MCA Modern Desktop Administrator Study Guide with Online Labs Exam MD-100

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Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?


Virtual, hands-on learning labs allow you to apply your technical skills using live hardware and software hosted in the cloud. So Sybex has bundled Microsoft 365 Certified Associate (MCA) Modern Desktop from Practice Labs, the IT Competency Hub, with our popular MCA Modern Desktop Administrator Study Guide: Exam MD-100.  Working in these labs gives you the same experience you need to prepare for the Microsoft 365 Certified Associate (MCA) Modern Desktop MD-100 that you would face in a real-life setting. Used in addition to the book, the labs are a proven way to prepare for the certification and for work in the Windows IT professional field.

The new Microsoft 365 Certified Associate (MCA) Modern Desktop certification exam measures a candidate’s ability to deploy Windows, manage devices and data, configure connectivity, and maintain Windows. MCA certification, sought by a growing number of employers, is an important part of any IT professional’s resume.

The MCA Modern Desktop Administrator Study Guide: Exam MD-100 is a must-have book for anyone preparing for certification. This clear and accurate study guide covers 100% of exam objectives—providing hands-on exercises, challenging review questions, full explanations, and real-world examples to deploy, configure, secure, manage, and monitor devices and client applications in an enterprise environment. Access to Sybex's comprehensive online learning environment—comprising a self-assessment test, a bonus practice exam, flashcards, a searchable glossary, and chapter exercise videos—is included to fully prepare for exam day. This study guide:

  • Covers all Exam: MD-100 objectives
  • Prepares readers to implement, install, and configure Windows 10
  • Reinforces comprehension and retention of central exam topics
  • Helps readers learn new skills or upgrade existing skills to Microsoft's latest desktop client

Demand for competent IT professionals is already high and continues to grow at a rapid pace. The MCA Modern Desktop Administrator Study Guide: Exam MD-100 is a valuable resource for preparing for the new Exam MD-100 and MCA certification.

And with this edition you also get Practice Labs virtual labs that run from your browser. The registration code is included with the book and gives you 6 months unlimited access to Practice Labs Microsoft 365 Certified Associate (MCA) Modern Desktop Labs with 29 unique lab modules to practice your skills.

Author Biography

William Panek, MCP, MCSE, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP, CCNA, is a Five-Time Microsoft MVP Winner. He has taught at Boston University, Clark University, and the University of Maryland, and presently conducts live online classes for StormWind Studios (www.stormwind.com). Will has been a consultant and trainer for the United States Secret Service, Cisco, the United States Air Force, and the United States Army. He also creates training videos to help students prepare for various Microsoft exams.

Wiley has partnered up with Practice Labs, the IT Competency Hub, to give IT learners discounted access to their live, virtual Practice Labs. Connect to real devices using actual hardware and software straight from a web browser. Practice Labs allow you to cement your theoretical studies with practical, hands-on experience. Master your IT skills and gain virtual work experience to increase your employability. Each purchase provides 6 months' unlimited access. Ready to practice your IT skills?

Table of Contents

Introduction xxi

Assessment Test xxxi

Part I Exam MD-100 1

Chapter 1 Windows 10 Installation 3

Understanding the Basics 4

Windows 10 Features 8

Windows 10 Architecture 10

Preparing to Install Windows 10 11

Windows 10 Home 11

Windows 10 Pro 12

Windows 10 Enterprise 13

Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 14

Windows 10 Requirements 14

New Install or Upgrade? 17

Disk Partitioning 20

Language and Locale 21

Installing Windows 10 22

Performing a Clean Install of Windows 10 22

Performing an Upgrade to Windows 10 31

Troubleshooting Installation Problems 36

Supporting Multiple-Boot Options 38

Using Windows Activation 39

Understanding Automated Deployment Options 40

An Overview of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 41

An Overview of Unattended Installation 46

An Overview of Windows Deployment Services 48

An Overview of the System Preparation Tool and Disk Imaging 51

Overview of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit 55

Windows Configuration Designer 56

Summary of Windows 10 Deployment Options 56

Deploying Unattended Installations 57

Using the System Preparation Tool to Prepare an Installation for Imaging 59

Using Windows Configuration Designer to Create a Disk Image 61

Using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool 63

Using Windows System Image Manager to Create Answer Files 65

Windows Update 66

The Update Process 66

Using Windows Update 68

Using Command-Line Options 69

Installing Windows Store Updates 70

Summary 71

Exam Essentials 72

Video Resources 73

Review Questions 74

Chapter 2 Configuring Users 77

Understanding User Accounts 78

Account Types 79

Built-In Accounts 80

Local and Domain User Accounts 81

Working with User Accounts 82

Using the Local Users and Groups Utility 82

Using the User Accounts Option in Control Panel 84

Creating New Users 85

Disabling User Accounts 90

Deleting User Accounts 91

Renaming User Accounts 93

Changing a User’s Password 94

Using Windows Hello, Pictures, and Biometrics 94

Using Device Guard 95

Understanding Credential Guard 98

Configuring Device Health Attestation 99

Managing User Properties 101

Managing User Group Membership 101

Setting Up User Profiles, Logon Scripts, and Home Folders 103

Troubleshooting User Account Authentication 109

Managing and Creating Groups 110

Using Built-In Groups 111

Creating Groups 115

Managing Group Membership 116

Deleting Groups 118

Managing Security Using GPOs and LGPOs 118

Understanding the GPO and LGPO Basics 118

Using the Group Policy Result Tool 120

Managing and Applying LGPOs 121

Configuring Local Security Policies 123

Using Account Policies 124

Using Local Policies 130

Configuring User Account Control 138

Privilege Elevation 138

Registry and File Virtualization 140

Understanding Smart Cards 140

Configuring Remote Management 143

Remote Assistance 143

Remote Desktop 148

Enabling PowerShell Remoting 150

Configuring a VPN Connection 151

Transparent Caching 153

Broadband Tethering 153

Using PowerShell 155

Summary 157

Exam Essentials 157

Video Resources 157

Review Questions 158

Chapter 3 Managing Data 161

Managing File and Folder Security 162

Folder Options 163

Understanding Dynamic Access Control 167

Securing Access to Files and Folders 168

Determining and Viewing Effective Permissions for NTFS 172

Determining NTFS Permissions for Copied or Moved Files 174

Managing Network Access 174

Creating and Managing Shared Folders 175

Configuring Share Permissions 176

Configuring OneDrive 178

Understanding Hardware Security 181

Using BitLocker Drive Encryption 182

Features of BitLocker 183

Windows 7 vs. Windows 10 185

Using the BitLocker Administration and Monitoring Utility 187

Understanding Smart Cards 188

Summary 188

Exam Essentials 189

Video Resources 189

Review Questions 190

Chapter 4 Managing the Windows 10 Environment 193

Managing Windows 194

Manipulating the Desktop Environment 195

Configuring Personalization 204

Using Control Panel 209

Using the Microsoft Management Console 218

Using the System Icon 219

Understanding the Settings Window 222

Using PowerShell 224

Configuring Mobility Options 225

Configuring Offline Files and Synchronization 225

Configuring Power Policies 227

Configuring Windows To Go 233

Managing Windows 10 Services 236

Configuring Internet Browsers 238

Cortana 239

Browser Controls 240

Pinning Sites to the Taskbar 240

Searchable Address Bar 240

Security and Privacy Enhancements 240

Using the Browser’s Compatibility View 240

Using Protected Mode for IE11 241

Using InPrivate Browsing 242

Configuring Windows Internet Explorer 11 Options 243

Summary 247

Exam Essentials 247

Video Resources 248

Review Questions 249

Chapter 5 Configuring Security and Devices 253

Understanding Filesystems 254

Filesystem Selection 255

Filesystem Conversion 257

Configuring NTFS 258

Configuring Hardware 259

Understanding Devices 259

Using Device Manager 261

Installing and Updating Device Drivers 265

Driver Signing 275

Managing I/O Devices 275

Configuring Removable Storage Devices 275

Managing Printers 278

Configuring Windows Defender Firewall 291

Understanding the Windows Defender Firewall Basics 292

Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security 292

Summary 297

Exam Essentials 297

Video Resources 298

Review Questions 299

Chapter 6 Configuring Network Connectivity 301

Understanding the Basics 302

Peer-to-Peer Networks 302

On-site Active Directory Networks 304

Cloud-Based Azure Active Directory 306

Other Microsoft Networking Terms and Roles 306

Configuring NIC Devices 309

Configuring a Network Adapter 310

Troubleshooting a Network Adapter 316

Configuring Wireless NIC Devices 316

Configuring Wi-Fi Direct 324

Understanding TCP/IP 326

Benefits and Features of TCP/IP 327

Basics of IP Addressing and Configuration 329

Using IPv6 Addresses 334

Configuring TCP/IP on Windows 10 344

Testing Your IP Configuration 346

Configuring Windows 10 on a Network 348

Summary 350

Exam Essentials 351

Video Resources 351

Review Questions 352

Chapter 7 Configuring Recovery 355

Understanding Recovery 357

Knowing the Startup/Boot Options 358

Starting in Safe Mode 359

Enabling Boot Logging 362

Using Other Startup Setting Options 364

Understanding System Restore 365

Using the System Image Recovery 366

Using the Startup Repair Tool 367

Maintaining Windows 10 with Backup and Restore 368

Creating a Backup 369

Restoring Files from a Backup 370

Recovering Files from OneDrive 371

Using the Wbadmin Command Utility 372

Using Advanced Backup Options 373

Using System Protection 375

Creating Restore Points 376

Restoring Restore Points 376

Cleaning Up Old Restore Points 377

Using the Recycle Bin 377

Monitoring Windows 378

Introducing Performance Monitor 379

Using Other Performance-Monitoring Tools 388

Summary 397

Exam Essentials 398

Video Resources 399

Review Questions 400

Appendix Answer to Review Questions 403

Chapter 1: Windows 10 Installation 404

Chapter 2: Configuring Users 404

Chapter 3: Managing Data 405

Chapter 4: Managing the Windows 10 Environment 406

Chapter 5: Configuring Security and Devices 407

Chapter 6: Configuring Network Connectivity 408

Chapter 7: Configuring Recovery 409

Index 411

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