Configuring Windows 8.1

Session Detail:    Classroom 5 Day

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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.


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.

Who Can Benefit

Before attending this course, students should 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

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Environment

  • Lesson 1: Managing Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Environment
  • Lesson 2: Overview of Windows 8.1

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain the different options for managing Windows 8.1 in an enterprise environment
  • Describe Windows 8.1 and its UI

Module 2: Installing and Deploying Windows 8.1

  • Lesson 1: Preparing to Install and Deploy Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 2: Installing Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 3: Customizing and Preparing a Windows 8.1 Image for Deployment
  • Lesson 4: Volume Activation for Windows 8.1

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Prepare to install and deploy Windows 8.1
  • Install Windows 8.1
  • Customize and prepare a Windows 8.1 image for deployment
  • Describe volume activation for Windows 8.1

Module 3: Tools Used for Configuring and Managing Windows 8.1

  • Lesson 1: Tools Used to Perform Local and Remote Management of Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 2: Using Windows PowerShell to Configure and Manage Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 3: Using Group Policy to Manage Windows 8.1

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify the tools used to perform local and remote management of Windows 8.1
  • Use Windows PowerShell to configure and manage Windows 8.1
  • Use Group Policy to manage Windows 8.1

Module 4: Managing Profiles and User State in Windows 8.1

  • Lesson 1: Managing User Profiles
  • Lesson 2: Configuring User State Virtualization
  • Lesson 3: Migrating User State and Settings

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Manage user profiles
  • Configure User State Virtualization
  • Migrate user state and settings

Module 5: Managing Disks and Device Drivers

  • Lesson 1: Managing Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Lesson 2: Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Lesson 3: Working with Virtual Hard Disks
  • Lesson 4: Installing and Configuring Device Drivers

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Manage disks, partitions, and volumes
  • Maintain disks, partitions, and volumes
  • Explain how to use virtual hard disks
  • Install and configure device drivers

Module 6: Configuring Network Connectivity

  • Lesson 1: Configuring IPv4 Network Connectivity
  • Lesson 2: Configuring IPv6 Network Connectivity
  • Lesson 3: Implementing Automatic IP Address Allocation
  • Lesson 4: Implementing Name Resolution
  • Lesson 5: Implementing Wireless Network Connectivity

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe how to configure IPv4 network connectivity
  • Describe how to configure IPv6 network connectivity
  • Implement automatic IP address allocation
  • Implement name resolution
  • Implement wireless network connectivity

Module 7: Configuring File Access and Printers on Windows 8.1 Clients

  • Lesson 1: Managing File Access
  • Lesson 2: Managing Shared Folders
  • Lesson 3: Configuring File Compression
  • Lesson 4: Configuring File Access
  • Lesson 5: Managing Printers

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Implement file access management in Windows 8.1
  • Configure and manage shared folders
  • Configure file compression in Windows 8.1
  • Describe the purpose and functionality of OneDrive
  • Configure and manage printers

Module 8: Implementing Network Security

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Threats to Network Security
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Windows Firewall
  • Lesson 3: Securing Network Traffic by Using IPsec
  • Lesson 4: Guarding Windows 8.1 Against Malware

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the threats to network security
  • Configure Windows Firewall
  • Secure network traffic by using Internet Protocol security (IPsec)
  • Guard Windows 8.1 against malware

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

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Domain Access for Windows 8.1 Devices
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Resource Access for Devices That Are Not Domain Members
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Workplace Join
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Work Folders

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Configure domain access for Windows 8.1 devices
  • Configure resource access for devices that are not domain members
  • Configure the Workplace Join feature in Windows 8.1
  • Configure the Work Folders feature in Windows 8.1

Module 10: Securing Windows 8.1 Devices

  • Lesson 1: Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 2: Applying Security Settings by Using Group Policy
  • Lesson 3: Securing Data with EFS and BitLocker
  • Lesson 4: Configuring and Testing UAC

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Implement authentication and authorization features in Windows 8.1
  • Use Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to apply security settings
  • Describe how to secure data with EFS and BitLocker
  • Describe how to configure UAC

Module 11: Configuring Applications for Windows 8.1

  • Lesson 1: Application Deployment Options in Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 2: Managing Windows Store Apps
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Application Restrictions

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe application deployment options in Windows 8.1
  • Install and manage Windows Store apps
  • Configure and secure Internet Explorer
  • Configure application restrictions

Module 12: Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 Computers

  • Lesson 1: Optimizing Performance in Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 2: Managing the Reliability of Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 3: Managing Software Updates in Windows 8.1

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Optimize performance in Windows 8.1
  • Manage the reliability of Windows 8.1
  • Manage software updates in Windows 8.1

Module 13: Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Mobile Computers and Device Settings
  • Lesson 2: Overview of DirectAccess
  • Lesson 3: Configuring VPN Access
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Configure mobile computers and device settings
  • Configure DirectAccess
  • Configure VPN access
  • Configure Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance

Module 14: Recovering Windows 8.1

  • Lesson 1: Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 2: Recovery Options in Windows 8.1

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Back up and restore files in Windows 8.1
  • Explain the use of recovery options in Windows 8.1

Module 15: Configuring Client Hyper-V

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Client Hyper-V
  • Lesson 2: Creating Virtual Machines
  • Lesson 3: Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Lesson 4: Managing Checkpoints

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the functionality and benefits of using Client Hyper V
  • Create virtual machines
  • Manage virtual hard disks
  • Manage checkpoints

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