Back in December 2018 I published the original version of my study resource guide for this exam, and I’ve held off on updating this one because the objectives haven’t changed during that time. However, once I started going through some of the resources I realized there were some better resources available on these topics versus almost two years ago.

An important thing to think about when it comes to when you should sit this exam compared to MD-100, MS-100 or MS-101 is where you think you are more highly skilled. If you have got good general knowledge of Windows 10, especially in a corporate environment, this exam shouldn’t be too much of a struggle for you. However, if you are primarily cloud focused, without too much traditional Windows desktop support and management exposure, I would probably steer you in to MD-101 first, as it’s definitely a more modern exam in terms of the concepts.

For any of you who have been doing Windows exams for a while, this one will feel pretty familiar in many ways, but obviously knowledge of Windows 10 is a requirement. However, you general Windows IT exposure goes a long way with this exam. As with any exam prep, focus on the topics you aren’t that familiar with rather than diving too deeply into things you already know, as this doesn’t generally pay dividends.

If you haven’t already, download the Windows and Office Deployment Lab Kit, which at the time of writing is 26.6 GB in size, but it does fluctuate with releases. This lab environment requires a Hyper-V enabled machine with 16GB-32GB of memory for the best experience, but if you are careful with the VMs you run simultaneously and adjust memory as needed, you might do okay with a lower end PC.

Deploy Windows (15-20%)

Manage Devices and Data (35-40%)

Configure Connectivity (15-20%)

Maintain Windows (25-30%)