70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1

The 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1 online training course is designed for experienced IT professionals who have knowledge and experience administering Windows PCs and devices in a domain environment with managed access to the Internet. You will learn the skills you need to administer Windows 8.1 in a Windows Server domain environment and also provide secure, managed access to users from their non-domain joined Windows devices.
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You will learn how to install and customize Windows 8.1 operating systems and apps, integrate and control access to domains and cloud services, and migrate and synchronize settings across multiple devices. In addition, you will learn how to implement mobile security and customize configurations using Windows management tools including Group Policy and Windows PowerShell. You will also learn how to configure user settings and profiles, local and remote network connectivity, Client Hyper-V, virtual apps, and Internet Explorer 11. Finally, you will learn how to optimize security and provide controlled access from Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to specified resources through Workplace Join services and Work Folders. This online training course is also designed to prepare candidates for Exam 687, Configuring Windows 8.1 and pursue the MCSA: Windows 8 certification.

 

Exam Number: 70-687

Instructor: Will Panek

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Skills Learned

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe solutions and features related to managing Windows 8.1 in an enterprise network environment.
  • Determine requirements and perform the tasks for installing and deploying Windows 8.1.
  • Manage profiles and user state between Windows devices.
  • Determine the most appropriate management tools to configure Windows 8.1 settings.
  • Configure disks, partitions, volumes, and device drivers in a Windows 8.1 system.
  • Configure network connectivity.
  • Configure resource connectivity for both domain-joined and non-domain joined PCs and devices.
  • Implement Windows 8.1 technologies to secure network connections.
  • Configure file, folder, and printer access.
  • Implement tools and technologies that can help secure Windows 8.1 PCs and devices.
  • Configure and control desktop apps, Windows Store apps, and virtual apps.
  • Optimize and maintain Windows 8.1 PCs and devices.
  • Configure mobile computer settings and to enable remote access.
  • Determine how to recover Windows 8.1 from various failures.
  • Describe and configure Client Hyper-V.

Who Should Attend This Course

This online training course is intended for IT professionals who administer and support Windows 8.1 PCs, devices, users, and associated network and security resources. The networks with which these professionals typically work are configured as Windows Server domain-based environments with managed access to the Internet and cloud services. This course is also intended to provide foundation configuration skills for Enterprise Desktop/Device Support Technicians (EDSTs) who provide Tier 2 support to users who run Windows desktops and devices within a Windows domain environment in medium to large enterprise organizations. Students who seek certification in the 687 Windows 8.1 Configuring exam and pursue the MCSA: Windows 8 certification will also benefit from this online training course.

Prerequisites

Before attending this online training course, students must have:

  • At least two years of experience in the IT field
  • Knowledge of networking fundamentals, including Transmission Control Protocol /Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles and fundamentals of AD DS management
  • Understanding of the certificate security and working knowledge of the fundamentals of Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
  • Understanding of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 fundamentals
  • Understanding of Microsoft Windows Client essentials; for example, working knowledge of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and/or Windows 8
  • Basic understanding of Windows PowerShell syntax
  • Basic awareness of Windows deployment tools (Windows ADK components: Windows PE, Windows SIM, VAMT, ImageX, USMT, and DISM concepts and fundamentals) but no actual prerequisite skills with the specific tools are assumed

Course Outline

Module 1: Installing Windows 8

  • Preparing to Install Windows 8
  • Installing Windows 8
  • Automating the Installation of Windows 8
  • Activating Windows 8

Module 2: Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8

  • Upgrading to Windows 8
  • Migrating to Windows 8
  • Migrating User Data and Settings

Module 3: Managing Disks and Device Drivers

  • Managing Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs)
  • Installing and Configuring Device Drivers

Module 4: Configuring and Troubleshooting Network Connections

  • Configuring IPv4 Network Connectivity
  • Configuring IPv6 Network Connectivity
  • Implementing Automatic IP Address Allocation
  • Implementing Name Resolution
  • Troubleshooting Network Connectivity

Module 5: Implementing Wireless Network Connections

  • Wireless Networks
  • Implementing a Wireless Network

Module 6: Implementing Network Security

  • Threats to Network Security
  • Configuring Windows Firewall
  • Securing Network Traffic
  • Configuring Windows Defender

Module 7: Configuring File Access and Printers on Windows 8 Clients

  • Managing File Access
  • Managing Shared Folders
  • Configuring File Compression
  • Managing Printers
  • SkyDrive

Module 8: Securing Windows 8 Desktops

  • Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8
  • Implementing Group Policy Objects
  • Securing Data with Encrypting File System and BitLocker
  • Configuring User Account Control

Module 9: Configuring Applications

  • Installing and Configuring Applications
  • Managing Applications from the Windows Store
  • Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
  • Configuring Application Restrictions in the Enterprise

Module 10: Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8 Client Computers

  • Optimizing the Performance of Windows 8
  • Managing the Reliability of Windows 8
  • Managing Windows 8 Updates

Module 11: Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access

  • Configuring Mobile Computers and Device Settings
  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Configuring Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance
  • DirectAccess

Module 12: Implementing Hyper-V

  • Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Snapshots

Module 13: Troubleshooting and Recovering Windows 8

  • Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8

Module 14: Using Windows PowerShell

  • Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Windows PowerShell Remoting
  • Using Windows PowerShell Cmdlets

Hands On Labs

Hands-on Live Labs with Real Gear

Hands-on practice so you can apply what you learned.

1. Install Windows 8
2. Perform an Unattended Installation of Windows 8
3. Migrate to Windows 8
4. Manage Disks
5.: Configure Device Drivers
6. Configure Network Connection
7. Troubleshoot Network Connectivity
8. Plan the Implementation of Wireless Network Connections
9. Configure Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules
10. Create and Configure Connection Security Rules
11. Configuring Host-Based Virus and Malware Protection
12. Configure File Access
13. Configure Printers
14. Implement Local Group Policy Objects
15. Secure Data
16. Configure and Test User Account Control (UAC)
17. Configure Internet Explorer Security
18. Configure AppLocker
19. Optimize Windows 8 Performance
20. Maintain Windows Updates
21. Configure a Power Plan
22. Implement a VPN Connection
23. Implement Remote Desktop
24. Recover Windows 8