My Experience with the AZ-140 Exam

WVD
AZ-140

I had the pleasure of taking the new AZ-140: Configuring and Operating Windows Virtual Desktop on Microsoft Azure beta exam this morning.  I thought I would take a few minutes to write up my experience with the exam.  Before we get started, if you are looking for a brain dump or specific questions and answers, you won’t find that here. 

I took the test at an exam center.  I prefer testing centers over taking certification exams at home, especially with all of my family at home these days.  I don’t want to risk someone walking into my office unexpectedly and disqualify my test.  Also, most test centers will allow you to go to the restroom, important for a compulsive coffee drinker like me.  I have taken other exams at home.  If that’s your plan, be sure to run the system test a couple of days before the exam to prevent any technical issues.

The test starts and ends like any other Microsoft Certification.  The AZ-140 had 53 questions and 120 minutes to finish.  I was a little surprised.  The AZ-140 had fewer questions and time than the AZ-303 and AZ-304 I recently took.  This was a beta exam; the number of questions and time allotment may change when it is no longer beta.  Also, being a beta exam, I won’t have the score report for a couple of weeks. 

There was a mix of case study questions and multi-choice questions.  The case study questions are longer, providing an overview of an environment and requirements for a solution.  There are multiple questions based on the one case study.  My approach for a case study is to skim the environment and requirement details first.  Once I get to the questions, I go back and find the details relevant to the question.  There are usually a lot more details than needed for the questions. 

The questions covered a range of WVD and supporting services.   The Skills Measured sheet (link below) is a good reference if you are taking the test.  If you know what’s covered on the sheet, you should have no problem passing the exam. 
https://query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com/cms/api/am/binary/RE4MFST

The level of difficulty is hard for me to gauge since I’ve worked with the product so much.  I didn’t notice any “trick” questions or questions that didn’t align with the Skills Measured guide.  The bulk of the questions were around implementing and managing WVD.  With that said, there is a lot of crossover between those and the rest of the skills measured.

Overall, it was a comprehensive exam.  The amount of studying effort will depend on your experience with WVD.  I recommend getting hands-on in a lab and working through deploying pooled and personal host pools.  Like most certification exams, experience with the product goes a long way.  If you are interested in getting started with WVD, check out my course, Zero to Hero with Windows Virtual Desktop.
https://www.udemy.com/course/zero-to-hero-with-windows-virtual-desktop/?referralCode=B2FE49E6FCEE7A7EA8D4

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