In the previous post I put together some of the resources for the MD-100 Windows 10 (Beta) exam, which means that it’s logical to cover the MD-101 exam today. If you have already started researching what’s required for this exam you’ve probably already noticed that looks like a more up to date version of Exam 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices, as well as including updated content that might have been part of Exam 70-398: Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise. 

It’s been over three years since I sat both 70-697 and 70-398, so I’m not in a good position to compare what I thought of those exams in comparison to MD-101, except to say that the new exam feels more relevant to me, in terms of things that are included, as well as those that aren’t included. That doesn’t mean that the exam only covers things I personally care about, that’s not what I would expect. I always thought that 70-398 was a bit of a weird exam, especially considering that it was referred to as the EMS exam during development, but it had some core Windows 10 domain objectives as well, which made it strange for people not approaching the exam with Windows support technician type skills.

If you’re anything like me, preparation for the MD-100 exam was a great deal of revisiting topics that you’ve been looking at over the years, and a good reminder of some of the core functionality that Windows includes that may not really think about on a day to day basis. With MD-101, it was a bit different in that it was making sure that any of the changes in technologies I do work with on a more regular basis had major changes added that I wasn’t aware of, which is pretty easy these days. That’s one of the reasons why I prefer to use docs.microsoft.com while preparing to make sure I’m not just preparing for the exam, but also expanding knowledge that could be immediately beneficial.

 

Deploy and Update Operating Systems (15-20%)

Manage Policies and Profiles (35-40%)

Manage and Protect Devices (15-20%)

Manage Apps and Data (25-30%)

I’ve had to make some assumptions about the specifics of some of the requirements because they could be interpreted in multiple ways. If you’ve got some other good docs.microsoft.com articles that you think I’ve missed, or if you’ve got some additional suggestions, let me know and I’ll include them in the refresh once the exam is out of beta.