MCSA: Window 10 certification ends next month. Don’t be afraid to validate your Windows knowledge with certification. There are two new Windows exams available. If you pass both, you will earn a new certification. Each one is covered in our Windows 10 training, as luck would have it.
Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administration Associate replaces MCSA: Windows 10. You must pass two exams to earn this role-based certification: MD-100 or MD-101. Both exams are focused on Windows 10, validating skills required to manage, deploy, and maintain Windows 10.
There has been a lot of change in Windows 10 certification. We took a look at the new Windows 10 MD exams to help learners understand it.
Windows is entering a new era
You’ve probably heard that Windows 10 is the “last version” Windows. Microsoft has maintained that there will not be Windows 11 or Windows 12.
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Start trainingOfficially, this brought us to two conclusions. First, Microsoft will need new functionality and features to Windows 10 through the Windows Update process. They have received two major updates per annum so far: one in spring and one fall.
A version number is used to communicate your exact version of Windows. If you have Windows 10 Version 1809 installed, the most recent major update to Windows was in September 2018. This was the Fall Update for Windows 10 in that year.
Our second major conclusion was that Microsoft will release new Windows 10 certification exams every few years. They are still adding, removing and fixing features in Windows 10 even though the client Operating System’s name will be “Windows 10”.
The “Old Windows 10 Exams” and Certification
Let’s take a look at the MCSA Windows 10 certification exams 70-697 and 70-698 to get a better understanding about the new Windows MD exams. The MCSA: Windows 10 certification will be retiring on April 30, 2019. The exams have different retirement dates.
Exam 70-698 – Installing and Configuring Windows 10 (Retires March 31, 2019,)
This exam covers the following topics: Installation requirements and methods
Configuration of the device and driver
Installations for enterprise environments
Configuration of storage, networking, and data access
Implementation of applications
Monitoring and management tools
Authorization and authentication
Data and system recovery
Exam 70-697 – Configuring Windows Devices (Retires April 30, 2019).
This exam includes the following topics:Authentication and authorization
System and file recovery
One quick glance at the MCSA Windows 10 certification and its exams raises eyebrows. Is it logical for you to become certified in Windows 10? Is it more practical to have your certification to prove that you are capable of supporting modern desktop operating systems?
There are many overlaps in the exam content of both the exams. Remote management is a major focus of both exams. Remote management is a crucial topic in this field. But is it really necessary to be covered twice in two exams?
The New Windows 10 Certification Exams
Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate is earned by passing both the MD-100 exam and the MD-101 exam. This role-based certification validates the knowledge and skills required to perform common desktop admin skills.
Microsoft clearly sought to map the new certification to common tasks.