20687 Configuring Windows 8.1


Course Description

 Students 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.

Audience Profile

This 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 70-687 Windows 8.1 Configuring exam will also benefit from this course.


 Before attending this 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.

Learning Objectives

 After completing this course, students will 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.


Course Outline

Course Outline

  1 – Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Network Environment

Managing Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Environment Overview of Windows 8.1

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

3 – 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 to Manage Windows 8.1 Lab : Using Management Tools to Configure Windows 8.1 Settings

4 – Managing Profiles and User State in Windows 8.1

Managing User Profiles Configuring User State Virtualization Migrating User State and Settings Lab : Configuring Profiles and User State Virtualization Lab : Migrating User State by Using USMT

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 Lab : Configuring Device Drivers

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

7 – Configuring File Access and Printers on Windows 8.1 Clients

Managing File Access Managing Shared Folders Configuring File Compression Configuring File Access Managing Printers Lab : Configuring File Access Lab : Configuring Printers

8 – Implementing Network Security

Overview of Threats to Network Security Configuring Windows Firewall Securing Network Traffic by Using IPsec Guarding Windows 8.1 Against Malware Lab : Configuring Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules Lab : Configuring IPsec Rules Lab : Configuring Malware Protection

9 – Configuring Resource Access for Domain-Joined Devices and Devices That Are Not Domain Members

Configuring Domain Access for Windows 8.1 Devices Configuring Resource Access for Devices That Are Not Domain Members Configuring Workplace Join Configuring Work Folders Lab : Configuring Resource Access for Devices That Are Not Domain Members

10 – Securing Windows 8.1 Devices

Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1 Applying Security Settings by Using Group Policy Securing Data with EFS and BitLocker Configuring and Testing UAC Lab : Implementing Local GPOs Lab : Securing Data Using BitLocker Lab : Configuring and Testing UAC

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 Lab : Configuring Internet Explorer Security Lab : Configuring AppLocker

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

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 by Using the Getting Started Wizard Lab : Implementing Remote Desktop

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

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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