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.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
Module 1: Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Network Environment
This module describes solutions and features related to managing Windows 8.1 in an enterprise network environment. Delegates will identify how to use Windows 8.1 features and related solutions to support intranet, Internet, and non-domain joined Windows 8.1 clients. They will also learn how to identify changes to the Windows 8.1 user interface and perform customizations of the desktop and Start screen
After completing this module, delegates will be able to:
Module 2: Installing and Deploying Windows 8.1
This module describes how to identify hardware, software, and infrastructure readiness for installing and deploying Windows 8.1, and also describes the different options for installing Windows 8.1 on a computer. It also explains how delegates can customize a Windows 8.1 image file and deploy it using appropriate installation tools. This module also describes the methods students can use to manage volume activation in Windows 8.1.
Module 3: Managing Profiles and User State in Windows 8.1
This module describes how to manage profiles and user state between Windows devices. Delegates will learn about managing user accounts and profiles in Windows 8.1, configuring User State Virtualization using Microsoft UE-V and Windows 8.1, and migrating user state and settings when migrating to Windows 8.1.
Module 4: Tools Used for Configuring and Managing Windows 8.1
This module explains how to determine the most appropriate management tools to configure Windows 8.1 settings. It describes tools used for local and remote management of Windows 8.1, and the use of Group Policy and Windows PowerShell in managing Windows 8.1 settings.
Module 5: Managing Disks and Device Drivers
This module explains how to configure, partitions, volumes, and device drivers in a Windows 8.1 system. It also explains how to manage virtual hard disks in the Windows 8.1 file system.
Module 6: Configuring Network Connectivity
This module explains how to configure network connectivity using IPv4 and IPv6. It also describes how to implement automatic IP address allocation and name resolution.
Module 7: Configuring Resource Access for Domain-Joined and Non-Domain Joined Devices
This module explains how to configure resource connectivity for both domain-joined and non-domain joined devices. It also explains how to configure workplace join for non-domain joined computers, and configure work folders.
Module 8: Implementing Network Security
This module explains how to secure network connections by implementing Windows 8.1 technologies. It explains how to configure Windows firewall, Windows SmartScreen, and Windows Defender. It also explains how to implement connection security rules to secure network traffic.
Module 9: Configuring File, Folder, and Printer Access
This module explains how to manage secure file and folder access, create and manage shared folders, and configure file and folder compression. It also explains how to enable and configure SkyDrive access, and create and configure shared printers.
Module 10: Securing Windows 8.1 Devices
This module explains how to implement tools and technologies that can help secure Windows 8.1 desktops. It describes methods used for authentication and authorization in Windows 8.1. It also describes how to use local Group Policy objects to configure security and other settings, and explains the use of file encryption methods and User Account Control.
Module 11: Configuring Applications for Windows 8.1
This module explains how to configure and control applications in Windows 8.1. It describes application deployment methods, and explains how to install and manage Windows Store apps. It also explains how to configure and secure Internet Explorer, and configure application restrictions with AppLocker.
Module 12: Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 Computers
This module explains how to optimize and maintain Windows 8.1 based computers. It also explains how to manage reliability, and configure and manage software updates in Windows 8.1.
Module 13: Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access
This module explains how to configure Windows 8.1 settings that are applicable to mobile computing devices. It also describes DirectAccess, and how it can be used to provide remote access. This module also explains how to enable and configure VPN access, Remote Desktop, and Remote Assistance.
Module 14: Recovering Windows 8.1
This module explains how to recover Windows 8.1 from failures. It describes how to provide for file and folder recovery, and identify when and how to recover Windows 8.1,
Module 15: Configuring Client Hyper-V
This module describes Hyper-V for Windows 8.1, and explains how to create and configure virtual machines in Hyper-V for Windows 8.1. It also explains the use of virtual hard disks, and the creation and implementation of virtual machine checkpoints.