AZ-140, WVD

AZ-140 Windows Virtual Desktop Speciality Study Guide

This week Microsoft announced the AZ-140 exam which will be released in March. In this page I will include links so help you study to pass this exam!! Microsoft generally builds their exams from the docs pages so I will try and include any links that I find, as well as external links.

The description of the exam is:

“This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: plan a Windows Virtual Desktop architecture; implement a Windows Virtual Desktop infrastructure; manage access and security; manage user environments and apps; and monitor and maintain a Windows Virtual Desktop infrastructure.”

So what do we know about the exam so far?

  • It will be called AZ-140
  • After passing the exam you will earn “Microsoft Certified: Windows Virtual Desktop Speciality”
  • It will be released in March 2021.
  • It will be priced £113

The main outline of the exam is as follows:

  • Plan a Windows Virtual Desktop architecture – 10-15%
  • Implement a Windows Virtual Desktop infrastructure – 25-30%
  • Manage access and security – 10-15%
  • Manage user environments and apps – 20-25%
  • Monitor and maintain a Windows Virtual Desktop infrastructure – 20-25%

You can find more information here:

Microsoft Certified: Windows Virtual Desktop Specialty – Learn | Microsoft Docs

Links to the main WVD docs site is: Windows Virtual Desktop documentation | Microsoft Docs

Here are some other links which you will find useful. I will update these as I find them.

My recommendation would be to read through as much as the Microsoft Docs site as you can, take Travis Robert’s course, go through as much YouTube content as you can, and then you should be ready!

This page will be constantly updated as new information appears.

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

Design the Windows Virtual Desktop architecture
 assess existing physical and virtual desktop environments

Windows Virtual Desktop: Free Tool to See if WVD Is Right for You (

 assess network capacity and speed requirements for Windows Virtual Desktop

 recommend an operating system for a Windows Virtual Desktop implementation

Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session FAQ – Azure | Microsoft Docs

What is Windows Virtual Desktop? – Azure | Microsoft Docs

 plan and configure name resolution for Active Directory (AD) and Azure Active Directory

Manage DNS for Azure AD Domain Services | Microsoft Docs

Domain Services (Azure AD DS)
 plan a host pools architecture

Windows Virtual Desktop for the enterprise – Azure Example Scenarios | Microsoft Docs
 recommend resource groups, subscriptions, and management groups

Windows Virtual Desktop for the enterprise – Azure Example Scenarios | Microsoft Docs
 configure a location for the Windows Virtual Desktop metadata

 calculate and recommend a configuration for performance requirements

Virtual machine sizing | Microsoft Docs

 calculate and recommend a configuration for Azure Virtual Machine capacity requirements

Virtual machine sizing | Microsoft Docs

Design for user identities and profiles
 select an appropriate licensing model for Windows Virtual Desktop based on requirements

Windows Virtual Desktop Pricing | Microsoft Azure

 recommend an appropriate storage solution (including Azure NetApp Files versus Azure Files)

Using Windows Virtual Desktop with Azure NetApp Files | Microsoft Docs

Storage FSLogix profile container Windows Virtual Desktop – Azure | Microsoft Docs

 plan for Windows Virtual Desktop client deployment

Connect to Windows Virtual Desktop Windows 10 or 7 – Azure | Microsoft Docs

 plan for user profiles

Windows Virtual Desktop FSLogix profile containers files – Azure | Microsoft Docs

 recommend a solution for network connectivity

Understanding Windows Virtual Desktop network connectivity – Azure | Microsoft Docs

 plan for Azure AD Connect for user identities

Azure AD Connect: Design concepts | Microsoft Docs

Azure AD Connect: Supported topologies | Microsoft Docs

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

Implement and manage networking for Windows Virtual Desktop
 implement Azure virtual network connectivity
 manage connectivity to the internet and on-premises networks
 implement and manage network security
 manage Windows Virtual Desktop session hosts by using Azure Bastion
 monitor and troubleshoot network connectivity
Implement and manage storage for Windows Virtual Desktop
 configure storage for FSLogix components
 configure storage accounts
 configure disks
 create file shares
Create and configure host pools and session hosts
 create a host pool by using the Azure portal
 automate creation of Windows Virtual Desktop host and host pools by using PowerShell,
Command-Line Interface (CLI), and Azure Resource Manager templates
 create a host pool based on Windows client or Windows Server session hosts
 configure host pool settings
 manage licensing for session hosts that run Windows client or Windows Server
 assign users to host pools
 apply OS and application updates to a running Windows Virtual Desktop host
 apply security and compliance settings to session hosts
Create and manage session host images
 create a gold image
 modify a session host image
 install language packs in Windows Virtual Desktop
 deploy a session host by using a custom image
 plan for image update and management
 create and use a Shared Image Gallery
 troubleshoot OS issues related to Windows Virtual Desktop

Manage Access and Security (10-15%)

Manage access
 plan and implement Azure roles and role-based access control (RBAC) for Windows
Virtual Desktop
 manage local roles, groups and rights assignment on Windows Virtual Desktop session
 configure user restrictions by using Azure AD group policies and AD policies
Manage security
 plan and implement Conditional Access policies for connections to Windows Virtual
 plan and implement multifactor authentication in Windows Virtual Desktop
 manage security by using Azure Security Center
 configure Microsoft Defender Antivirus for session hosts

Manage User Environments and Apps (20-25%)

Implement and manage FSLogix
 plan for FSLogix
 install and configure FSLogix
 configure Profile Containers
 configure Cloud Cache
 migrate user profiles to FSLogix
Configure user experience settings
 configure Universal Print
 configure user settings through group policies and Endpoint Manager policies
 configure persistent and non-persistent desktop environments
 configure Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) properties on a host pool
 configure session timeout properties
 troubleshoot user profile issues
 troubleshoot Windows Virtual Desktop clients
Install and configure apps on a session host
 configure dynamic application delivery by using MSIX App Attach
 implement application masking
 deploy an application as a RemoteApp
 implement and manage OneDrive for Business for a multi-session environment
 implement and manage Microsoft Teams AV Redirect
 implement and manage browsers and internet access for Windows Virtual Desktop
 create and configure an application group
 troubleshoot application issues related to Windows Virtual Desktop

Monitor and Maintain a Windows Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (20-

Plan and implement business continuity and disaster recovery
 plan and implement a disaster recovery plan for Windows Virtual Desktop
 design a backup strategy for Windows Virtual Desktop
 configure backup and restore for FSLogix user profiles, personal virtual desktop
infrastructures (VDIs), and golden images
Automate Windows Virtual Desktop management tasks
 configure automation for Windows Virtual Desktop
 automate management of host pools, session hosts, and user sessions by using
PowerShell and Azure Command-Line Interface (CLI)
 implement autoscaling in host pools
Monitor and manage performance and health
 monitor Windows Virtual Desktop by using Azure Monitor
 monitor Windows Virtual Desktop by using Azure Advisor
 customize Azure Monitor workbooks for Windows Virtual Desktop monitoring
 optimize session host capacity and performance
 manage active sessions and application groups
 monitor and optimize autoscaling results

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