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Microsoft - Managing Modern Desktops



Only 3 Days



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16.10.2023 (Monday)


On this accelerated Microsoft Managing Modern Desktops course, you will learn how to plan and implement an operating system deployment strategy using modern deployment methods, as well as how to implement an update strategy.

You will be introduced to key components of modern management and co-management strategies. This course also covers what it takes to incorporate Microsoft Intune into your organization. You will also learn about methods for deployment and management of apps and browser-based applications. You will be introduced to the key concepts of security in modern management including authentication, identities, access, and compliance policies. You will be introduced to technologies such Azure Active Directory, Azure Information Protection and Microsoft Defender for Endpoint as well as how to leverage them to protect devices and data.

In just 3 days, you’ll learn to Plan, develop, and implement an Operating System deployment, upgrade, and update strategy. You’ll also learn how to:

  • Understand the benefits and methods of co-management strategies.
  • Plan and implement device enrolment and configuration.
  • Manage and deploy applications and plan a mobile application management strategy.
  • Manage users and authentication using Azure AD and Active Directory DS.
  • Describe and implement methods used to protect devices and data.

At the end of this course, you’ll sit the Microsoft exam, and achieve your Microsoft Managing Modern Desktops certification.

Through Firebrand’s Lecture | Lab | Review methodology, you’ll get certified at twice the speed of the traditional training and get access to courseware, learn from certified instructors, and train in a distraction-free environment.


This course is ideal for:

  • Desktop Administrators
  • Anyone whose responsibilities include managing identity, access, policies, updates, and apps.

Four reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be trained and certified faster. Learn more on this 3-day accelerated course. You'll get at least 12 hours a day of quality learning time in a distraction-free environment
  2. Your course is all-inclusive. One simple price covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals – so you can focus on learning
  3. Pass first time or train again for free. Your expert instructor will deliver our unique accelerated learning methods, allowing you to learn faster and be in the best possible position to pass first time. In the unlikely event that you don't, it's covered by your Certification Guarantee
  4. Study with an award-winning training provider. We've won the Learning and Performance Institute's "Training Company of the Year" three times. Firebrand is your fastest way to learn, with 134561 students saving more than one million hours since 2001


Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online courses
  2. You'll be certified fast. With us, you’ll be trained in record time
  3. Our course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams**, accommodation* and meals*. No hidden extras.
  4. Pass first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified over 100,000 professionals
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts


Module 1: Modern Management

This module explains the concepts of supporting the desktop through its entire lifecycle. You will be introduced to the tools and strategies used for desktop deployment. You will be introduced to the concept of directory in the cloud with Azure AD. You will learn the similarities and differences between Azure AD and Active Directory DS and how to synchronize between the two. You will explore identity management in Azure AD and learn about identity protection using Windows Hello for Business, as well as Azure AD Identity Protection and multi-factor authentication.


  • The Enterprise Desktop
  • Azure AD Overview
  • Managing Identities in Azure AD

Lab: Managing identities in Azure AD

Lab: Using Azure AD Connect to connect Active Directories

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the enterprise desktop lifecycle.
  • Describe the capabilities of Azure AD.
  • Manage users using Azure AD with Active Directory DS.
  • Implement Windows Hello for Business.
  • Join devices to Azure AD.

Module 2: Device Enrolment

This module will also cover Azure AD join and will be introduced to Microsoft Endpoint Manager, as well as learn how to configure policies for enrolling devices to Endpoint Manager and Intune.


  • Manage Device Authentication
  • Device Enrolment using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager
  • Device Enrolment using Microsoft Intune

Lab: Manage Device Enrolment into Intune

Lab: Configuring and managing Azure AD Join

Lab: Enrolling devices into Microsoft Intune

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Configure and join devices to Azure AD
  • Configure device enrolment in Microsoft Endpoint Manager
  • Enrol devices in Endpoint Configuration Manager and Intune

Module 3: Configuring Profiles

This module dives deeper into Intune device profiles including the types of device profiles and the difference between built-in and custom profiles. The student will learn about assigning profiles to Azure AD groups and monitoring devices and profiles in Intune. You will be introduced to the various user profile types that exist in Windows for on-premises devices. You will learn about the benefits of various profiles and how to switch between types of profiles. You will examine how Folder Redirection works and how to set it up. The lesson will then conclude with an overview of Enterprise State roaming and how to configure it for Azure AD devices.


Configuring Device Profiles

Managing User Profiles

Lab: Configuring Enterprise State Roaming

Lab: Creating and Deploying Configuration Profiles

Lab: Monitor device and user activity in Intune

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the various types of device profiles in Intune
  • Create, manage and monitor profiles
  • Manage PowerShell scripts in Intune
  • Explain the various user profile types that exist in Windows.
  • Explain how to deploy and configure Folder Redirection.
  • Configure Enterprise State Roaming for Azure AD devices.

Module 4: Application Management

In this module, students learn about application management using on-premise and cloud-based solutions. This module will cover how to manage Office 365 ProPlus deployments in Endpoint Manager as well as how to manage apps on non-enrolled devices. The module will also include managing Win32 apps and deployment using the Microsoft Store for Business. This module will conclude with an overview of Microsoft Edge and Enterprise Mode.


  • Implement Mobile Application Management (MAM)
  • Deploying and updating applications
  • Administering applications

Lab: Configure App Protection Policies for Mobile Device

Lab: Deploying cloud apps using Intune

Lab: Deploy Apps using Endpoint Configuration Manager

Lab: Deploy Apps using Microsoft Store for Business

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the methods for application management.
  • Deploy applications using Endpoint Manager and Group Policy.
  • Configure Microsoft Store for Business.
  • Deploy Office365 ProPlus using Intune.
  • Manage and report application inventory and licenses.

Module 5: Managing Authentication in Azure AD

This module covers the various solutions for managing authentication. The student will also learn about the different types of VPNs. This module also covers compliance policies and how to create conditional access policies.


  • Protecting Identities in Azure AD
  • Enabling Organization Access
  • Implement Device Compliance Policies
  • Using Reporting

Lab: Creating device inventory reports

Lab: Configuring and validating device compliance

Lab: Configuring Multi-factor Authentication

Lab: Configuring Self-service password reset for user accounts in Azure AD

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe Windows Hello for Business
  • Describe Azure AD Identity Protection
  • Describe and manage multi-factor authentication
  • Describe VPN types and configuration
  • Deploy device compliance and conditional access policies
  • Generate inventory reports and Compliance reports using Endpoint Manager

Module 6: Managing Security

In this module, students will learn about data protection. Topics will include Windows & Azure Information Protection, and various encryption technologies supported in Windows.

This module also covers key capabilities of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and how to implement these capabilities on devices in your organization. The module concludes using Microsoft Defender and using functionalities such as antivirus, firewall and Credential Guard.


  • Implement device data protection
  • Managing Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
  • Managing Microsoft Defender in Windows Client

Lab: Configuring Endpoint security using Intune

Lab: Configure and Deploy Windows Information Protection Policies by using Intune

Lab: Configuring Disk Encryption Using Intune

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the methods protecting device data.
  • Describe the capabilities and benefits of Windows ATP.
  • Deploy and manage settings for Windows Defender clients.
  • Module 7: Deployment using Microsoft Endpoint Manager - Part 1

    In this two-part module, students well be introduced to deployment using Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Part 1 will cover the tools for assessing the infrastructure and planning a deployment, followed by deployment using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and Endpoint Configuration Manager.


    • Assessing Deployment Readiness
    • On-Premise Deployment Tools and Strategies

    Lab: Deploying Windows 10 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

    Lab: Deploying Windows 10 using Endpoint Configuration Manager

    After completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the tools for planning a deployment.
    • Deploy Windows clients using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
    • Deploy Windows clients using Endpoint Configuration Manager

    Module 8: Deployment using Microsoft Endpoint Manager - Part 2

    This module continues with deployment using Microsoft Endpoint Manager. In part two, the student will learn about using Windows Autopilot and deployment using Microsoft Intune. This module will also include dynamic OS deployment methods, such as Subscription Activation. The module will conclude learning how Co-Management can be used to transitioning to modern management. Finally, students will be introduced to Azure Virtual Desktops and how to configure and manage cloud PC using Windows 365.


    • Deploying New Devices
    • Dynamic Deployment Methods
    • Planning a Transition to Modern Management
    • Managing Virtual Desktops

    Lab: Configuring Co-Management Using Configuration Manager

    Lab: Deploying Windows 10 with Autopilot

    After completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Deploy Windows 10 using Autopilot
    • Configure OS deployment using subscription activation and provisioning packages
    • Upgrade, migrate and manage devices using modern management methods

    Module 9: Managing Updates and Using Analytics

    This module covers managing updates to Windows. This module introduces the servicing options for Windows clients. Students will learn the different methods for deploying updates and how to configure windows update policies. Finally, students will learn how to ensure and monitor updates using Desktop Analytics.


    • Updating Windows Clients
    • Windows Update for Business
    • Desktop Analytics Endpoint Analytics

    Lab: Managing Windows 10 security and feature updates

    After completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the Windows client servicing channels.
    • Configure a Windows update policy using Group Policy settings.
    • Configure Windows Update for Business to deploy OS updates.
    • Use Desktop Analytics to assess upgrade readiness.
    • Use Endpoint Analytics to monitor user experience and assess Windows 11 readiness

Exam Track

At the end of this accelerated course, you’ll sit the following exam at the Firebrand Training centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops exam

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: deploy Windows client; manage identity and access; manage compliance policies and configuration profiles; manage, maintain, and protect devices; and manage apps.

  • Passing score: 700
    • Domains:
    • Deploy Windows client (25-30%)
    • Manage identity and access (10-15%)
    • Manage compliance policies and configuration profiles (10-15%)
    • Manage, maintain, and protect devices (25-30%)
    • Manage apps (10-15%)

What's Included

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


Before attending this accelerated course, you should have:

  • Be familiar with M365 workloads and must have strong skills and experience of deploying, configuring, and maintaining Windows 10 and later, 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 Client, prior to taking this course.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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