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Deploying the Modern Desktop

Learn how to plan and implement an operating system deployment and update strategy.

Course Overview

As desktops has evolved, so have methods for deploying and updating them. In this course, students will learn how to plan and implement an operating system deployment strategy. This course will examine deployment methods using both on-premise and cloud solutions. Students will learn the differences and benefits of each method, and guidance for which to choose in various scenarios. Content will included methods for new deployments, as well as strategies for upgrading and migrations.

The course will continue with implementing and deploying Windows 10, introducing methods such as Windows Autopilot and provisioning packages. Also covered will be tools used in upgrade planning, application compatibility and migration methods.

This course will continue with managing Windows updates. Students will be introduced the servicing options for Windows 10. Students will learn the different methods for deploying updates, learn to configure Windows Update for Business and configuring update policies. The course will conclude with Windows Analytics to identify upgrade readiness and monitor update compliance.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Develop an Operating System deployment and upgrade strategy
  • Understand the different methods of deployment
  • Understand which scenarios on-premise and cloud-based solutions can be used for
  • Deploy and migrate desktops to Windows 10
  • Plan and configure Windows Update policies


The Modern Desktop Administrator must be familiar with M365 workloads and must have strong skills and experience of deploying, configuring, and maintaining Windows 10 and non-Windows devices. It’s recommended that students complete the Windows 10 courses (MD100) prior to taking this course.

Course Staff

Brian Hinkelman

Brian Hinkelman

Sr Content Developer

Brian has over 20 years' experience in IT, working as a Desktop Technician, Network Administrator, IT Manager and Web Application Developer. In recent years, he has worked as pre-sales engineer in the enterprise space, and formerly a Microsoft Datacenter TSP. Brian now manages the Modern Desktop track at Microsoft Worldwide Learning.

Andrew Warren

Andrew Warren

Microsoft Certified Trainer

Andrew is a Microsoft Certified Trainer with three decades of IT experience. He has been writing for Microsoft for many years and has helped to develop Microsoft's official curriculum instructor-led training material. Andrew served as a subject matter expert on many of the current Windows Server 2016 courses, was technical lead on several of the Windows 10 titles, and was involved in Office 365, Azure, and Intune course development. Andrew is also the author/co-author of four Microsoft Press Exam Ref series book titles, including "Configuring Windows Devices" and "Installing and Configuring Windows 10". When not writing about Microsoft technologies, Andrew can be found in the classroom, teaching other IT professionals what they need to know to manage their organization’s IT infrastructure.

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    8-12 hours in total