AZ-140 Exam Study Guide: Configuring and Operating Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure

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Published on | Updated on March 2, 2021

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In this article, I will share with you how to prepare and pass the AZ-140: Windows Virtual Desktop Specialty certification exam successfully.


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At the Windows Virtual Desktop Master Class in late January 2021, Microsoft announced a new certification exam specialty for Windows Virtual Desktop: Configuring and Operating Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure.

Exam preparation

While preparing to take this exam myself, I would like to share with you how to prepare and pass the AZ-140: Configuring and Operating Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure exam successfully.

At the time of this writing, this exam will be available in March 2021 in the Beta phase. Beta exams are not scored immediately because Microsoft is gathering data on the quality of the questions and the exam. I will update this article as soon as I get the exam results from Microsoft.

Exam Target Audience

Candidates for this exam are Microsoft Azure administrators with subject matter expertise in planning, delivering, and managing virtual desktop experiences and remote applications, for any device, on Azure.

The responsibilities for this role include deploying virtual desktop experiences and apps to Azure. Professionals in this role deliver applications on Windows Virtual Desktop and optimize them to run in multi-session virtual environments. To deliver these experiences, they work closely with the Azure administrators and architects, along with Microsoft 365 Administrators.

Candidates for this exam should have experience in Azure technologies, including virtualization, networking, identity, storage, backups, resilience, and disaster recovery. They should understand on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure technologies as they relate to migrating to Windows Virtual Desktop. These professionals use the Azure portal and Azure Resource Manager templates to accomplish many tasks. This role may use PowerShell and Azure Command-Line Interface (CLI) for more efficient automation.

Please note that to take this exam, you must have expert Azure administration skills. Check my AZ-104 Exam: Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate study guide to get prepared.

Skills measured on this exam

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical topics listed below based on the latest update from Microsoft.

I have also included the direct link to the Microsoft documentation so you can read more about each objective.

Plan a Windows Virtual Desktop Architecture (10-15%)

Design the Windows Virtual Desktop architecture

Design for user identities and profiles

Implement a Windows Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (25-30%)

Implement and manage networking for Windows Virtual Desktop

Implement and manage storage for Windows Virtual Desktop

Create and configure host pools and session hosts

Create and manage session host images

Manage Access and Security (10-15%)

Manage access

Manage security

Manage User Environments and Apps (20-25%)

Implement and manage FSLogix

Configure user experience settings

Install and configure apps on a session host

Monitor and Maintain a Windows Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (20-25%)

Plan and implement business continuity and disaster recovery

Automate Windows Virtual Desktop management tasks

Monitor and manage performance and health

Learning Paths

At the time of this writing, Microsoft did not publish the official learning path for this exam yet. However, I gathered all the resources available to help you get prepared ahead of time and pass this exam.

I highly recommend you start practicing how to implement Windows Virtual Desktop in the enterprise by following the online course and the step-by-step guide below:

The hands-on lab is brought to you by Microsoft Cloud Workshop.

Additionally, you can study and go through the following resources that will help you to get prepare for this exam based on the topics covered in the learning objectives for each domain:

  1. Windows Virtual Desktop – Product vision, latest news, and roadmap.
  2. Security Practices for Windows Virtual Desktop Environments – How to increase the security posture of your Windows Virtual Desktop deployment.
  3. Windows Virtual Desktop – Operating your Windows Virtual Desktop environment at scale.
  4. Windows Virtual Desktop – Simplifying image and application management.
  5. Windows Virtual Desktop – Cost Optimization.
  6. Windows Virtual Desktop – Using GPUs to improve user experience and scalability.
  7. Windows Virtual Desktop – Migrating to Windows Virtual Desktop.
  8. Windows Virtual Desktop – AZ-140 WVD Study Guide YouTube Playlist.

Microsoft Learn – Study Resources

To prepare for this exam, I use the new Microsoft Learn which is a great resource and provides self-paced skills training on delivering remote desktops and applications from Azure with Windows Virtual Desktop. I highly recommend checking the following modules:

Schedule AZ-140 Exam

At the time of this writing, this exam will be available in March 2021 and it will be in the beta phase first. Please head over to the Microsoft official certification page and stay tuned once this exam becomes available for registration.

Exam AZ-140: Configuring and Operating Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure

If you are planning to take this exam… I wish you all the best and Happy Studying!!!

Thank you for reading my blog.

If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment.

-Charbel Nemnom-

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