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Configuring Windows 8

Exam 70-687

Configuring Windows 8, 5 Day Boot Camp

Microsoft’s latest release hasn’t received very good reviews; so much so that the company has released a major upgrade (Windows ‘8.1’) which may soothe some ruffled feathers by putting the ‘Start’ button back into the OS. This course will provide training for exam 70-687, which include material from both releases.

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Course Overview

Topics include: Windows 8 installation options, managing disks, configuring device manager, networking, security, application management, remote access, Hyper-V, Windows PowerShell 3.0, and troubleshooting.

Attendees will be able to install and configure Windows 8 in a mixed Windows Server 2008 and Server 2012 environment, as well as communicate with other network devices such as switches, routers, and network printers.

Prerequisites: The student should have a general knowledge of Microsoft Operating Systems, as well as basic networking topics.

Course Outline

Day 1: Windows 8 Installations

  • Comparison with previous operating systems.
  • Dual-booting with Windows 7 and Linux.
  • Installing Windows 8
  • Automating installs for enterprise environments.
  • Clean installs vs. upgrading.
  • Data migration.
  • Device Manager and Disks Management.
  • Configuring partitions and volumes.
  • Working with drivers.
  • VHDs (Virtual Hard Disks).
  • Troubleshooting common problems.

Day 2: Networking

  • All about IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
  • DNS, DHCP, WINS with Windows 8
  • Wireless configurations.
  • Connecting devices, even non-Microsoft (printers, routers, and switches).
  • Network Security.
  • Why are Microsoft products so vulnerable?
  • Windows Firewall and other options to protect your computer.
  • Securing Network Traffic.
  • Firewall and IPSEC rules.
  • Windows Defender, anti-virus, anti-spyware.

Day 3: File Access, Security, and Printers

  • File and Folder sharing.
  • File Compression.
  • Managing Printers.
  • Securing Windows 8 Desktops.
  • Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.
  • Implementing Group Policy Objects (GPOs).
  • Securing Data with EFS and BitLocker.
  • Configuring User Account Control.
  • Protecting Files with BitLocker.
  • Modifying UAC Prompts.
  • Best practices for installing applications.
  • Restricting applications to prevent endless support calls.
  • Configuring AppLocker Rules.

Day 4: Hyper-V, PowerShell, and Remote Access

  • What is Hyper-V?
  • Creating Virtual Machines.
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks and Snapshots.
  • Client Hyper-V, Virtual Networks and Virtual Machines.
  • PowerShell 3.0.
  • PowerShell Remoting.
  • PowerShell Cmdlets.
  • Remote Access and Mobility.
  • Mobile Computers and Device Settings
  • VPN, Remote Desktop, and Remote Assistance
  • Direct Access

Day 5: Windows 8 Maintenance and Troubleshooting

  • Configuring baselines and optimizing performance.
  • Windows Updates: what to install, what to avoid.
  • Windows 8 compatibility issues with applications.
  • Power Plans for laptops
  • Backup and Recovery.
  • Backup and restore configurations.
  • Windows 8 recovery options.
  • Course review and exam prep.