Upgrading Your Skill to MCSA Windows 8

Session Detail:    Classroom 3 Day

Get detailed instruction and hands-on practice upgrading your configuration and troubleshooting skills from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 in this 3-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is designed for experienced IT professionals who configure and support Windows PCs and devices. You will learn the new skills you need to support Windows 8.1 in a Windows Server domain environment with managed access to the Internet and cloud services. You will learn how to install and customize Windows 8.1 operating systems and apps, as well as how to migrate user state and settings. The labs in the course incorporate Windows PowerShell and Group Policy and other Windows management tools. With the increasing BYOD trend, learn to control access for non-domain joined Windows devices through Workplace Join services and Work Folders. Additionally, you will learn how to resolve common support issues related to Windows 8.1, including troubleshooting Internet Explorer, recovering BitLocker encrypted drives, and optimizing performance. Finally, you will learn about implementing Client Hyper-V in Windows 8.1. As part of the learning experience, you will perform hands-on exercises in a virtual lab environment. This course also helps candidates prepare for Exam 70-689, MCSA: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8. NOTE: This course is based on Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition with domain services provided by Windows Server 2012 R2.


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Technical knowledge of networking fundamentals, including Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles and fundamentals of AD DS management
  • Understanding of the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) components and working knowledge of the fundamentals of Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 fundamentals
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Client fundamentals; for example, working knowledge of Windows 7
  • Knowledge of Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) components including Windows PE, Windows System Image Manager (SIM), Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), ImageX, User State Migration Tool (USMT), and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) concepts and fundamentals

Who Can Benefit

The primary audience for this course is IT professionals who configure and support Windows 7 or Windows 8-based PCs, devices, users, and associated network and security resources, and who wish to update their skills to Windows 8.1. The audience includes experienced IT Professionals who focus on supporting a broad range of technical issues related to Windows operating systems, devices, cloud services, applications, networking, and hardware.A secondary audience for this course includes certification candidates who want to migrate their current credentials to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows 8.1, and have either:

  • An existing Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) level certification for Windows 7
  • An existing Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) level certification for Windows 8

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Network 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:

  • Identify the features and solutions in Windows 8.1 that you can use to support domain member and non-member devices.
  • Identify the changes to the Windows 8.1 user interface and customize the desktop and Start screen.

Module 2: Installing and Upgrading to Windows 8.1

  • Lesson 1: Preparing to Install and Deploy Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 2: Installing Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 3: Volume Activation for Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 4: Migrating User State and Settings

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify hardware, software, and infrastructure readiness for installing and deploying Windows 8.1
  • Install Windows 8.1
  • Describe the methods to manage volume activation in Windows 8.1
  • Migrate user state and settings when upgrading to Windows 8.1

Module 3: 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
  • Lesson 4: Administering Windows 8.1 by Using Windows Intune
  • Lesson 5: Configuring User State Virtualization

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the tools used to perform local and remote management of Windows 8.1
  • Administer Windows 8.1 by using Windows PowerShell
  • Implement Group Policy to manage client computers running Windows 8.1
  • Explain how to administer Windows 8.1 by using Windows Intune
  • Configure Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V)

Module 4: Implementing an Application Strategy 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 in an Enterprise

After completing this module, students will be able to:

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

Module 5: Managing Devices and Resource Access

  • Lesson 1: Options for Managing Non-Domain Member Devices
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Workplace Join
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Work Folders and Remote Business Data Removal

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the options in Windows 8.1 for managing devices that are not domain members
  • Configure Workplace Join
  • Configure Work Folders and remote business data removal

Module 6: Securing Windows 8.1 Devices

  • Lesson 1: Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 2: Securing Data by Using BitLocker
  • Lesson 3: Configuring UAC
  • Lesson 4: Guarding Against Malware
  • Lesson 5: Configuring Windows Firewall

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe authentication and authorization in Windows 8.1
  • Select a suitable file encryption method to help secure Windows 8.1 files
  • Configure User Account Control (UAC)
  • Configure malware protection
  • Configure Windows Firewall

Module 7: Configuring Remote Access

  • Lesson 1: Overview of DirectAccess
  • Lesson 2: Advanced DirectAccess Infrastructure
  • Lesson 3: Configuring VPN Access

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Implement DirectAccess by using the Getting Started Wizard
  • Identify the components that are used in advanced DirectAccess infrastructure
  • Explain how to configure VPN access

Module 8: Monitoring and Recovering Windows 8.1

  • Lesson 1: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Performance in Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Windows 8.1 Startup
  • Lesson 3: Recovery Options in Windows 8.1

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Monitor and troubleshoot performance in Windows8.1
  • Troubleshoot Windows8.1 startup
  • Use the recovery options in Windows8.1

Module 9: Implementing Client Hyper-V in Windows 8.1

  • 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, students will be able to:

  • Describe Client HyperV in Windows8.1
  • Create and work with virtual machines
  • Manage virtual hard disks
  • Manage checkpoints in Client HyperV

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