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MCSA: Windows 8 Certification Training Course

Course Length: 6 days
Certifications: MCSA: Windows 8
Number of Exams: 2
SATV Vouchers: 6

Class Schedule
06/02/14 - 06/07/14

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08/11/14 - 08/16/14

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  • Includes roundtrip airfare and lodging
    (Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale boot camps only)
  • Hands-on instruction by a certified instructor
  • Includes all course materials and practice exams
  • Onsite Testing
  • Breakfast and Lunch provided each day

Working with Windows Desktops and Devices? Earn the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 8 certification.


Microsoft Course 20687

Exam 70-687 - This course provides students hands-on experience with Windows 8. It provides guidance on installing, upgrading, and licensing for Windows 8. Students will learn how to manage storage by creating simple, spanned, and striped volumes, and how to optimize file-system performance. Additionally, they will learn how to manage available disk space by using quotas. Students will work with Windows tools and services to determine the source of performance and reliability issues, and to troubleshoot these issues.

This course describes how to configure networking to include IPv4, IPv6, connect to wireless networks, and use the networking features included in Windows 8 to troubleshoot networking issues. Students will also learn preventive measures and tools that work together to protect their computers from security threats.

The course then covers the features related to file and folder management, which include setting permissions, file/folder compression, and configuring shared folders. Students will also learn about installing and managing printers. Additionally, the course provides an overview of the SkyDrive functionality, and describes the procedures to install and configure applications, including Windows Store apps.

The course also examines the fundamentals of working with virtual machines in the Client Hyper-V environment in Windows 8.

Students will learn about features such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and DirectAccess, which provide mobile users access to internal resources when the users are out of the office.

Throughout the course, students will use Windows PowerShell 3.0, and its graphical user interface (GUI) to configure and manage the system. Students will also use the scripting editor to create and examine PowerShell scripts used to manage the system.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for IT professionals who configure or support Windows 8 computers, devices, users and associated network and security resources. The networks with which these professionals typically work are configured as a single domain-based or peer-to-peer environment with access to the Internet and cloud services. The IT professional could be a consultant, full-time desktop support technician, or an IT generalist who administers Windows 8-based computers and devices as a portion of their broader technical responsibilities. The course is also intended for students who seek certification in the 70-687 Windows 8 Configuring exam.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan and perform the installation of Windows 8.
  • Install Windows 8 on computers that are running an existing operating system.
  • Configure disks, partitions, volumes, and device drivers in a Windows 8 system.
  • Configure network connectivity.
  • Install, configure, and maintain wireless network connections.
  • Implement Windows 8 technologies to secure network connections.
  • Share files and printers.
  • Implement tools and technologies that can help secure Windows 8 desktops.
  • Configure and control applications in Windows 8.
  • Optimize and maintain Windows 8 based computers.
  • Configure mobile computer settings and to enable remote access.
  • Create and configure virtual machines in Hyper-V for Windows 8 and describe how to use it to support legacy applications.
  • Determine how to recover Windows 8 from various failures.
  • Describe how to use Windows PowerShell to manage Windows 8.

Course Outline

Module 1: Installing Windows 8

This module will introduce the student to some new features of Windows 8, provide guidance on installing Windows 8, and introduce them to the Windows 8 licensing environment.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the different editions of Windows 8.
  • Prepare a computer for Windows 8 installation.
  • Install Windows 8.
  • Automate the Installation of Windows 8.
  • Explain Windows 8 Licensing and Activation.
Module 2: Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8

This module examines the upgrade process, identifies different methods for upgrading and migrating, and introduces you to the tools and processes used to perform an upgrade or migration.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the options and processes for upgrading to Windows 8.
  • Describe the options and processes for migrating to Windows 8.
  • Identify important settings and data to migrate and explain how to migrate them.
Module 3: Managing Disks and Device Drivers

This module explains how to manage disk, including simple, spanned, or striped volumes. It also explains how to optimize file-system performance, and how to use disk quotas to manage available disk space on installed volumes.

  • Managing Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Working with Virtual Hard Disks
  • Installing and Configuring Device Drivers

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Manage local hard disks.
  • Maintain local hard disks.
  • Use VHDs.
  • Install and configure device drivers.
Module 4: Configuring and Troubleshooting Network Connections

This module explains how to configure and troubleshoot Windows 8 networking features including both TCP/IP version 4 and TCP/IP version 6.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure a local area network (LAN) connection with IPv4.
  • Configure a LAN connection with IPv6.
  • Implement automatic IP address allocation.
  • Implement name resolution.
  • Troubleshoot common network-related problems.
Module 5: Implementing Wireless Network Connections

This module describe the wireless network technologies available, the procedures for configuring wireless network components, and the Windows 8 elements that are necessary to access wireless networks.

  • Overview of Wireless Networks
  • Implementing a Wireless Network

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the standards and technologies related to wireless network connections.
  • Configure a wireless network connection.
Module 6: Implementing Network Security

This module explains how to formulate a strategy to protect your computers by using User policies, anti-virus software, encrypted network traffic, and other protective measures. It also explains how to optimize the appropriate Windows network security features, such as the Windows Firewall and Windows Defender.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the threats to network security.
  • Explain how to configure Windows firewall.
  • Explain how to secure network traffic.
  • Explain how to configure Windows Defender.
Module 7: Configuring File Access and Printers on Windows 8 Clients

This module provides the information and tools you need to manage access to shared folders and printers. Specifically, the module describes how to share and protect folders, configure folder compression, and how to install, configure, and manage printers. Additionally, this module introduces the SkyDrive functionality, and describes how to set up NTFS folder permissions.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe file access management.
  • Describe shared folders management.
  • Describe how to configure file compression.
  • Explain how to configure and manage printers.
  • Describe the purpose and functionality of SkyDrive.
Module 8: Securing Windows 8 Desktops

This module explains the features of Windows 8 that help you maintain a secure computer desktop environment.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe authentication and authorization in Windows 8.
  • Describe how to use local Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to configure security and other settings.
  • Select a suitable disk encryption method.
  • Configure User Account Control.
Module 9: Configuring Applications

This module explains how to install and configure applications, which include both desktop apps and Windows Store apps.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Install and configure applications.
  • Install and manage applications from the Windows Store.
  • Configure and secure Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  • Configure application restrictions.
Module 10: Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8 Client Computers

This module explains the tools that you can use to determine the source of performance and reliability issues. It also describes the steps to take to improve system performance and reliability.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how to optimize Windows 8 performance.
  • Explain how to manage Windows 8 reliability.
  • Explain how to manage and maintain Windows 8 updates.
Module 11: Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access

This module explains how to identify and configure appropriate mobile computer access, specifically DirectAccess and VPN. Additionally, this module describes various power options, and device synchronization capabilities that students can configure.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure Windows 8 settings that are applicable to mobile computing devices.
  • Enable and configure VPN access.
  • Enable and configure Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance.
  • Describe when and how to use DirectAccess to address remote users' requirements.
Module 12: Implementing Hyper-V

This module introduces the student to Client Hyper-V in Windows 8, and explains the fundamentals of working with virtual machines in the Client Hyper-V environment.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Hyper-V.
  • Explain the process for creating and working with virtual machines.
  • Identify key aspects of working with virtual disks.
  • Understand and manage snapshots with Hyper-V.
Module 13: Troubleshooting and Recovering Windows 8

This module explains how to use the included tools to maintain a backup of important data files and additional tools that can help you to recover a computer that will not start, or starts with errors.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how to back up and restore files in Windows 8.
  • Describe how to recover a Windows 8 computer.
Module 14: Using Windows PowerShell

This module explains how to use Windows PowerShell, its (GUI), and scripting editor to write scripts that automate repetitive tasks, and thereby increase consistency and productivity.

  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Windows PowerShell Remoting
  • Using Windows PowerShell Cmdlets

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic features of Windows PowerShell 3.0.
  • Describe Windows PowerShell Remoting.
  • Describe the use of Windows PowerShell cmdlets.

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Microsoft Exam 70-688

Exam 70-688 - In this course, students learn how to plan and implement the installation, management, and maintenance of Windows 8. Course participants develop their knowledge and skills in Windows 8 installation methods, local and remote management using bundled tools, policy and Windows PowerShell, networking, user authentication and access control, endpoint protection, encryption, profiles and settings, file and print resources, Windows Store apps and desktop apps, and mobile device management with Windows Intune.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for IT Professionals who administer and support Windows client operating systems and who want to acquire the skills necessary to manage, maintain, and support Windows 8 users, devices, applications, and cloud services in a domain environment. This audience includes desktop support technicians, consultants, and IT generalists who have hands-on experience with prior Windows client operating systems, basic configuration skills for Windows 8, and basic familiarity with related Windows Server network services in a domain environment. This course is also appropriate for candidates preparing for Microsoft Exam 70-688, Managing and Maintaining Windows 8.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan and implement local and remote management methods
  • Plan and implement Windows 8 installation methods
  • Manage user authentication and intranet connectivity
  • Implement encryption and maintain endpoint security
  • Manage user settings, profiles, file resources and print resources
  • Manage and maintain remote access and extranet connectivity
  • Manage and maintain Windows Store apps and desktop apps
  • Configure cloud services and manage Windows 8 clients with Windows Intune
  • Plan and implement Windows 8 recovery solutions

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students should have experience:

  • Installing Windows operating systems and updates
  • Configuring client network connectivity
  • Installing Windows applications
  • An understanding of how Windows computers integrate with server computers in a domain environment.

Course Outline

Module 1: Planning and Implementing Management of Windows 8

This module explains how to plan, select, and implement appropriate methods for managing Windows 8 with graphical tools, policy, and Windows PowerShell

  • Performing Local and Remote Management of Windows 8
  • Using Windows PowerShell for Remote Management
  • Using Group Policy for Management
  • Additional Tools for Managing Windows 8

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Perform local and remote management of Windows 8
  • Use Windows PowerShell for remote management of Windows 8
  • Manage Windows 8 using Group Policy
  • Describe additional management tools for Windows 8
Module 2: Designing and Implementing an Installation Strategy

This module explains how to plan and manage Windows deployments, migrations, and operating system virtualization methods.

  • Determining a Deployment Strategy for Windows 8
  • Implementing a Migration Strategy for Windows 8
  • Planning and Implementing Additional Windows 8 Deployment Methods
  • Planning for Operating System Virtualization

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Determine a deployment strategy for Windows 8
  • Implement a migration strategy to Windows 8
  • Plan and implement additional Windows 8 deployment methods
  • Plan for operating system virtualization
Module 3: Planning and Implementing Authentication for Windows 8

This module explains how to plan and implement user authentication and domain-based security for Windows 8.

  • Planning User Authentication
  • Planning Domain-Based Security

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan user authentication
  • Plan domain-based security
Module 4: Planning and Implementing IP Addressing and Intranet Connectivity

This module explains how to plan and manage IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and wired and wireless networking for Windows 8 clients.

  • Planning IPv4 Addressing
  • Planning IPv6 Addressing
  • Overview of Wired Network Connectivity
  • Planning Wireless Network Connectivity
  • Securing Network Connectivity with Windows Firewall

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand IPv4 settings
  • Understand subnets
  • Describe methods for obtaining IPv4 configurations
  • View and configure IPv4
  • Describe how name resolution works
  • Describe tools for troubleshooting network issues
  • Troubleshoot common network issues
Module 5: Implementing an Application Strategy for Windows 8

This module explains how to manage application installers, deploy applications, planning application compatibility, and manage Windows Store Apps.

  • Managing Different Types of Application Installers
  • Designing Application Deployment
  • Planning an Application Compatibility Strategy
  • Managing Windows Store Apps

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Manage different types of application installers
  • Design application deployment
  • Plan an application compatibility strategy
  • Manage Windows Store apps
Module 6: Planning and Implementing a Solution for User Settings

This module explains how to manage user profiles and how to synchronize settings between devices using the Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) tool.

  • Managing User Profiles
  • Overview of UE-V
  • Deploying and Using UE-V

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Manage user profiles
  • Understand UE-V
  • Deploy and Use UE-V
Module 7: Planning for and Configuring Cloud Services

This module explains how to plan and configure cloud services including Microsoft SkyDrive, Windows Store, and Office 365.

  • Overview of Cloud Services
  • Overview of Office 365

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure Windows Cloud Services
  • Plan for Office 365
Module 8: Planning and Implementing Windows Intune

This module explains how to plan and deploy Windows Intune and administer Windows clients with Windows Intune.

  • Planning for Windows Intune
  • Deploying Windows Intune Clients
  • Basic Windows Intune Administration

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan for Windows Intune
  • Deploy Windows Intune clients
  • Perform basic administration tasks for Windows Intune
Module 9: Managing Computers by Using Windows Intune

This module explains how to manage Windows Intune policies and deploy software and updates with Windows Intune.

  • Working with Windows Intune Policies and Updates
  • Deploying Software with Windows Intune

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and functionality of Windows Intune policies and updates
  • Deploy software by using Windows Intune
Module 10: Planning and Implementing Access to File and Print Services

This module explains how to plan and manage local storage, access to file shares, file caching, and access to file and print services.

  • Managing Local Storage
  • Planning Access to File Shares
  • Planning File Caching
  • Planning, Installing, and Configuring Printing

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Manage local storage
  • Implement access to files and file shares
  • Implement file caching
  • Plan, install, and configure client-side printing
Module 11: Planning and Implementing Encryption for Windows 8

This module explains how to plan and implement encryption with BitLocker and EFS.

  • Planning and Implementing BitLocker
  • Planning EFS

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan the implementation of EFS in an organization
  • Plan and implement BitLocker
Module 12: Planning and Implementing Endpoint Security

This module explains how to plan and manage software updates, virus and malware protection, and application access.

  • Planning an Update Strategy
  • Implementing Virus and Malware Protection
  • Implementing AppLocker
Module 13: Planning and Implementing Extranet Connectivity

This module explains how to configure Virtual Private Networking for Windows 8, plan DirectAccess connectivity, and manage mobile devices.

  • Configuring Virtual Private Networks for Windows 8
  • Planning DirectAccess for Windows 8
  • Managing Mobile Devices

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure VPN Access
  • Explain how DirectAccess provides seamless remote access to intranet resources
  • Manage mobile devices
Module 14: Planning and Implementing a Recovery Solution

This module explains how to manage the Windows 8 boot process, repair stability issues, and plan user data recovery.

  • Overview of the Windows 8 Boot Process
  • Repairing Stability Issues in Windows 8
  • Planning User Data Recovery for Windows 8

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Diagnose problems with the Windows 8 boot process
  • Repair stability issues in Windows 8
  • Implement a user data recovery strategy for Windows 8

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