The Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification is intended for specialists who plan to work as Modern Desktop Administrators. Such professionals are able to deploy, configure, protect, operate, and monitor devices and client apps in an enterprise environment. They also are able to deal with Windows, devices, and data, configure connectivity, manage apps and data, and upgrade profiles.
To gain this Microsoft certification, candidates have to pass 2 exams: MD-100, and MD-101. The first exam is also known as Windows 10 and assesses candidate’s skills to deploy Windows and maintain it, operate data and devices, configure connectivity and storage. The exam covers four domains in which you should possess solid skills to demonstrate. So, the first domain is about Windows deployment. It implies that you possess skills to demonstrate a clean installation, upgrade Windows from the previous version, implement Windows Configuration Designer, PE, System Image Manager, and provide post-installation configuration. The second domain is about operating data and devices, and in this part, your skills to manage users, groups, Bluetooth settings for devices, configure them through using local policies, and work with Windows security will be checked. The third section validates your skills in configuring storage and connectivity, which means, that you are proficient in configuring mobile networking, client IP settings, NTFS permissions, OneDrive and OneDrvie for Business. The fourth domain refers to maintaining Windows, which means that candidates should possess skills to provide data recovery and configure system, manage updates, operate Windows as well as monitor it, and configure remote connectivity.
The second exam one needs to pass is known as Managing Modern Desktops. It also includes 4 domains. The first one refers to deployment and upgrading of operating systems. To be more precise, it checks your skills in planning upgrade & downgrade paths and app compatibility, planning and implementing Windows 10 using MDT, managing VPN connections, accounts, and certificates on Windows 10. The second domain spans managing profiles and policies. This section checks your skills to plan, manage, and implement, compliance policies for devices and device profiles. In addition, candidates have to configure user profiles, sync settings, Enterprise State Roaming in Azure AD. The third part is about devices management and protection. You should possess skills to use and operate apps, devices, and threat protection. In addition, deal with devices enrolled in Microsoft Intune, monitor devices utilizing Desktop Analytics and Azure Monitor, as well as monitor Windows 10 updates. And the final part refers to apps and data management. That’s why you should demonstrate that you are able to update and deploy apps by using Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Store for Business/iTunes, and Google Play, gather Microsoft 365 Apps readiness data, plan, use, and manage App Protection policies.
Note, that before enrolling in the process of passing these two exams, candidates have to be skilled in dealing with Microsoft 365 workloads, deploying, configuring and operating both Windows 10 and non-Windows technologies and devices.
Speaking of the salary, candidates with the obtained Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate accreditation can earn annually about $69,681 per year, according to ZipRecruiter website. At the same time, experienced professionals get up to $121,500 per annum.