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MS-6294 - Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments

This five-day instructor-led course is intended for desktop administrators who want to specialize in desktop deployment, configuration, and management . In this course, students will learn how to plan and deploy Windows 7 desktops in large organizations . They will also learn how to design, configure, and manage the Windows 7 client environment. This course helps students prepare for the Exam 70-686, Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator.

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Before attending this course, students must have:
  • A solid understanding of TCP/IP and networking concepts.
  • A solid Windows and Active Directory background. For example, domain user accounts, domain vs. local user accounts, user profiles, and group membership.
  • A good understanding of scripts and batch files.
  • A solid understanding of security concepts such as authentication and authorization.
  • Performed a clean installation of Windows 7, Upgrade to Windows 7, and migrate user-related data and settings from Windows XP.
  • Configured disks, partitions, volumes, and device drivers to enable Windows 7 to function as desired.
  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting permissions and other settings to allow access to resources and applications on Windows 7 Systems.
  • Experience configuring settings to enable network connectivity.
  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting a wireless network connection.
  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting Windows 7 security.
  • Configure mobile computers and devices.
  • Familiarity with the client administration capabilities of Windows Server and familiar with management tools such as the System Center suite of products.
  • Familiarity with deployment, packaging, and imaging tools.
  • The ability to work in a team/virtual team
  • Trained and mentored others

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Preparing to Deploy Windows 7 Business Desktops

Overview of the Desktop Lifecycle
Desktop Deployment: Challenges and Considerations
Tools and Technologies Used in the Desktop Deployment Lifecycle
Assessing the Current Computing Environment for Deploying Windows 7
Designing Licensing and Activation

Module 2: Assessing Application Compatibility in Windows 7

Overview of Application Compatibility
Assessing and Resolving Application Compatibility Issues by Using ACT 5.

Module 3: Evaluating Windows 7 Deployment Methods

Evaluating In-Place Deployment
Evaluating Side-by-Side Deployment
Evaluating Lite-Touch Deployment Method
Evaluating Zero-Touch Deployment Method

Module 4: Designing Standard Windows 7 Images

Overview of Windows 7 Installation Architecture
Overview of the Imaging Process
Determining the Image Strategy
Selecting the Image Servicing Methods

Module 5: Deploying Windows 7 by Using WAIK

Overview of WAIK 2.0
Building a Reference Windows 7 Image by Using Windows SIM and Sysprep
Managing the Windows Preinstallation Environment
Capturing, Applying, and Servicing a Windows 7 Image

Module 6: Deploying Windows 7 by Using Windows Deployment Services

Overview of WDS
Designing and Configuring WDS for Windows 7 Deployment

Module 7: Deploying Windows 7 by Using Lite Touch Installation

Designing the Lite Touch Installation Environment
Implementing MDT 2010 for Deploying Windows 7

Module 8: Deploying Windows 7 by Using Zero Touch Installation

Designing the Zero Touch Installation Environment
Performing Zero-touch Installation of Windows 7 by using MDT 2010 and Configuration Manager 2007

Module 9: Migrating User State by Using WET and USMT 4.0

Overview of User State Migration
Overview of USMT 4.0
Planning User State Migration (USMT 4.0)
Migrating User State by Using USMT 4.0

Module 10: Designing, Configuring, and Managing the Client Environment

Overview of Planning Client Configuration
Designing and Configuring Standard System Settings
Designing and Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
Designing and Configuring Security Settings
Designing and Implementing Group Policy
Troubleshooting Group Policy

Module 11: Planning and Deploying Applications and Updates to Windows 7 Clients

Determining the Application Deployment Method
Deploying Office 2007
Planning and Configuring Desktop Updates by Using WSUS

Module 12: Planning and Deploying Windows 7 by Using LTI

This module is a comprehensive lab that gives the students an opportunity to perform an end-to-end deployment of Windows 7 by using the LTI.