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Managing and Maintaining Windows 8

Exam 70-688

Managing and Maintaining Windows 8, 5 Day Boot Camp

This course is for those who plan on implementing and supporting Windows 8 in a Domain environment, such as Network Administrators, IT help-desk staff, desktop support personnel, and IT consultants. Along with exam 70-687, passing exam 70-688 completes the requirements for the MCSA Windows 8 certification.

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Course Overview

Topics covered include: migration strategies, application compatibility, network functionality, cloud services, Windows InTune, remote access, file and print services, encryption, and security.

Attendees of the class have access to a network comprised of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012 for the labs used with their Windows 8 clients.

Prerequisites: Students should have either already taken the 70-687 course, or have advanced knowledge and experience in supporting a Microsoft network with some Windows 8 clients.

Course Outline

Day 1: Implementing a Migration to Windows 8

  • Migration Strategies from Vista and Windows 7.
  • Deployment of Windows 8 in the enterprise.
  • Local and Remote Management
  • Remote Management with Windows Powershell and Group Policy.
  • Using Virtualization.
  • User State and Data migration.
  • Unattended Answer Files and Windows Image files.
  • VHD booting.

Day 2: Security and Authentication

  • Security flaws: Is Windows 8 any better than its predecessors?
  • Domain-Based Security and Authentication.
  • Picture Passwords and Microsoft Accounts.
  • Troubleshooting Domain Authentication.
  • Windows 8 Encryption and Security.
  • BitLocker and EFS.
  • Recovering a BitLocker Encrypted Drive.
  • Anti-Virus and Spyware best practices.
  • AppLocker configuration.

Day 3: Networking

  • IP Addressing Connectivity.
  • IPv4 and IPv6.
  • Wired and Wireless connections.
  • Windows Firewall.
  • DNS, DHCP, and IPSEC.
  • File and Print Services
  • Local Storage, File Sharing, and Caching
  • Local and Network Printing
  • Implementing Offline Files
  • Windows Update

Day 4: Applications and Compatibility

  • Installers and deployment best practices.
  • Application compatibility and data migration.
  • Windows Store.
  • User Profiles and Settings.
  • Dealing with User Profiles and User Experience Virtualization (UE-V).
  • Cloud Services and SkyDrive.
  • Windows Intune: What is it? Clients and deployment.
  • Intune administration and permissions.

Day 5: Remote Access and Disaster Recovery

  • Network connections outside the LAN.
  • VPNs and DirectAccess.
  • Remote Access.
  • Windows 8 mobility options.
  • Disaster Recovery options.
  • Windows boot process and the BCD Store.
  • Recovery Solutions and making sure users don’t lose all their data.
  • System Restore and File History configuration.
  • Course review and exam prep.