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Guide to: The Microsoft Modern Desktop Administrator Associate

Introducing the new Microsoft Modern Desktop Administrator Associate

2019 has proven to be an incredibly exciting year for Microsoft - they have been producing job-specific certifications that have already established themselves as the most in-demand qualifications by businesses. The Microsoft 365 Certified Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification falls into this category.

The certification teaches you to deploy, configure, secure, manage, and monitor devices and client applications in an IT enterprise environment. As a desktop administrator, you are responsible for managing the workstation deployment processes and technologies essential to an effective enterprise IT solution.

System deployment involves installation and configuration, maintenance and security of devices and applications - each of these skills are tested in this new role-based certification.


What is a role-based certification? 

The Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification was developed using Job Task Analysis. This new form of course creation was designed so that certifications now qualify professionals for specific roles. How it works is the position is broken down into specific features, these features are then identified and tailored into the certification.

You can therefore rest assured that this new Microsoft certification has been designed to equip you with the full range of skills and knowledge necessary for a successful Modern Desktop Administrator.


Why should I get certified?

As stated above, Microsoft have listened to IT professionals and the business have shifted their focus from solely technical product knowledge to a skills-based certification customised around specific job roles.

The areas covered by the certification are:
Microsoft 365 Certified Modern Desktop Administrator Associate
  • Deploy Windows
  • Manage devices and data
  • Configure connectivity
  • Maintain Windows
  • Deploy and update operating systems
  • Manage policies and profiles
  • Manage and protect devices
  • Manage apps and data

With more businesses adopting universal IT systems, the demand for skilled administrators is higher than ever. You'll perform installation, configuration, general local management and maintenance of Windows 10 core services.

The credibility of a Microsoft certification is invaluable – it is highly likely that with this certification, you will experience a boost to you career prospects and average salary.


What are the prerequisites?

To become a certified Modern Desktop Administrator, you must be familiar with M365 workloads and have experience of deploying, configuring, and maintaining Windows 10 and non-Windows devices.

You should also be familiar with enterprise scenarios and cloud-integrated services.

If you’ve already passed Exam 70-698: Configuring Windows 10, you only need to sit the MD-101 to earn this new certification.

You should have already completed and passed the MD-100 and MD-101 exams – Firebrand offer both of these exams as a part of all-inclusive courses.  


How do I get certified?

If you’re an IT technician looking to progress your career and certify your skills as a Desktop Administrator, then the Modern Desktop Administrator certification is ideal for you.

Through Firebrand Training, you'll learn from certified instructors, official courseware, labs and sit your exam during this accelerated all-inclusive course  allowing you to leave certified, fast.