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.
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.