• Tricia Palanca

MD-101 | Managing Modern Desktops

Updated: Sep 6

Audience Profile

The Modern Desktop Administrator deploys, configures, secures, manages, and monitors devices and client applications in an enterprise environment. Responsibilities include managing identity, access, policies, updates, and apps. The MDA collaborates with the M365 Enterprise Administrator to design and implement a device strategy that meets the business needs of a modern organization.

The MDA must be familiar with M365 workloads and must have strong skills and experience of deploying, configuring and maintaining Windows 10 and non-Windows devices.


Modern Desktop Administrator must be familiar with M365 workloads and must have strong skills and experience of deploying, configuring, and maintaining Windows 10 and non-Windows devices. The MDA role focuses on cloud services rather than on-premises management technologies. It is recommended students complete course MD-100, Windows 10, before taking this course.

Course Outline

Module 1: Planning an Operating System Deployment Strategy


• The Enterprise Desktop

• Assessing Deployment Readiness

• Deployment Tools & Strategies

Module 2: Implementing Windows 10


• Upgrading Devices to Windows 10

• Deploying New Devices and Refreshing

• Migrating Devices to Windows 10

• Alternate Deployment Methods

• Imaging Considerations

Module 3: Managing Updates for Windows 10


• Updating Windows 10

• Windows Update for Business

• Introduction to Windows Analytics

Module 4: Device Enrollment


• Device management options

• Microsoft Intune Overview

• Manage Intune device enrollment and inventory

• Managing devices with Intune

Module 5: Configuring Profiles


• Configuring device profiles

• Managing user profiles

• Monitoring devices

Module 6: Application Management


• Implement Mobile Application Management (MAM)

• Deploying and updating applications

• Administering applications

Module 7: Managing Authentication in Azure AD


• Azure AD Overview

• Managing identities in Azure AD

• Protecting identities in Azure AD

• Managing device authentication

Module 8: Managing Device Access and Compliance


• Microsoft Intune Overview

• Implement device compliance policies

Module 9: Managing Security


• Implement device data protection

• Managing Windows Defender ATP

• Managing Windows Defender in Windows 10

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