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20687 Configuring Windows 8.1

Course Objectives

This course provides students hands-on experience with Windows 8.1. Get expert instruction and hands-on practice administering and configuring Windows 8.1 in this 5-day Microsoft Official Course. This 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. 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 course is also designed to prepare certification candidates for Exam 70-687, Configuring Windows 8.1. As part of the learning experience, you will perform hands-on exercises in a virtual lab environment.

NOTE: This course is based on Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition with domain services provided by Windows Server 2012 R2

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.

Course Outline

Module 1: Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Network Environment
Managing Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Environment
Overview of Windows 8.1
Module 2: Installing and Deploying Windows 8.1
Preparing to Install and Deploy Windows 8.1
Installing Windows 8.1
Customizing and Preparing an Image for Deployment
Volume Activation for Windows 8.1
Lab : Installing Windows 8.1
Lab : Customizing and Capturing a Windows 8.1 Image
Lab : Deploying a Windows 8.1 Image
Module 3: Managing Profiles and User State in Windows 8.1
Managing User Accounts and Profiles
Configuring User State Virtualization
Migrating User State and Settings
Lab : Configuring Profiles and User State Virtualization
Lab : Migrating User State by Using USMT
Module 4: Tools Used for Configuring and Managing Windows 8.1
Tools Used to Perform Local and Remote Management of Windows 8.1
Using Windows PowerShell to Configure and Manage Windows 8.1
Using Group Policy for Management
Lab : Using Management Tools to Configure Windows 8.1 Settings
Module 5: Managing Disks and Device Drivers
Managing Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
Working with Virtual Hard Disks
Installing and Configuring Device Drivers
Lab : Managing Disks – Creating Volumes
Configuring Disk Quotas
Managing Virtual Hard Disks
Lab : Configuring Device Drivers
Module 6: Configuring Network Connectivity
Configuring IPv4 Network Connectivity
Configuring IPv6 Network Connectivity
Implementing Automatic IP Address Allocation
Implementing Name Resolution
Implementing Wireless Network Connectivity
Lab : Configuring a Network Connection
Lab : Resolving Network Connectivity Issues
Module 7: Configuring Resource Access for Domain-Joined and Non-Domain Joined Devices
Configuring Domain Access for Windows 8.1 Devices
Managing Non-Domain Devices
Configuring Workplace Join
Configuring Work Folders
Lab : Configuring Resource Access for Non-Domain Joined Devices
Module 8: Implementing Network Security
Overview of Threats to Network Security
Configuring Windows Firewall
Securing Network Traffic
Guarding Against Malware
Lab : Configuring Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules
Lab : Configuring IPsec Rules
Lab : Configuring Malware Protection
Module 9: Configuring File, Folder, and Printer Access
Managing File and Folder Access
Managing Shared Folder Access
Configuring File and Folder Compression
Overview of SkyDrive
Managing Printers
Lab : Configuring File Access
Lab : Configuring Printers
Module 10: Securing Windows 8.1 Devices
Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1
Implementing Local Policies
Securing Data with EFS and BitLocker
Configuring User Account Control
Lab : Implementing Local Group Policy Objects
Lab : Securing Data Using BitLocker
Lab : Configuring User Account Control
Module 11: Configuring Applications for Windows 8.1
Application Deployment Options in Windows 8.1
Managing Windows Store Apps
Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
Configuring Application Restrictions in the Enterprise
Lab : Configuring Internet Explorer Security
Lab : Configuring AppLocker
Module 12: Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 Computers
Optimizing the Performance of Windows 8.1
Managing the Reliability of Windows 8.1
Managing Software Updates in Windows 8.1
Lab : Optimizing Windows 8.1 Performance
Lab : Maintaining Windows Updates
Module 13: Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access
Configuring Mobile Computers and Device Settings
Overview of DirectAccess
Configuring VPN Access
Configuring Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance
Lab : Configuring a Power Plan
Lab : Implementing DirectAccess
Lab : Implementing Remote Desktop
Module 14: Recovering Windows 8.1
Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8.1
Recovery Options in Windows 8.1
Lab : Recovering Windows 8.1
Module 15: Configuring Client Hyper-V
Overview of Client Hyper-V
Creating Virtual Machines
Managing Virtual Hard Disks
Managing Checkpoints
Lab : Configuring Client Hyper-V


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