MS-20689 - Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8

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.

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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

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Network Environment

Managing Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Environment
Overview of Windows 8.1

Module 2: Installing and Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Preparing to Install Windows 8.1
Installing Windows 8.1
Volume Activation for Windows 8.1
Migrating User State and Settings

Module 3: Configuring and Managing Windows 8.1

Tools Used to Perform Local and Remote Management of Windows 8.1
Configuring and Managing Windows 8.1 by Using Windows PowerShell
Managing Windows 8.1 by Using Group Policy
Administering Windows 8.1 by Using Windows Intune
Configuring User State Virtualization

Module 4: Implementing an Application Strategy for Windows 8.1

Application Deployment Options in Windows 8.1
Managing Windows Store Apps
Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
Configuring Application Restrictions in an Enterprise

Module 5: Managing Devices and Resource Access

Options for Managing Non-Domain Member Devices
Configuring Workplace Join
Configuring Work Folders and Remote Business Data Removal

Module 6: Securing Windows 8.1 Devices

Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1
Securing Data by Using BitLocker
Configuring User Account Control
Guarding Against Malware
Configuring Windows Firewall

Module 7: Configuring Remote Access

Overview of DirectAccess
Advanced DirectAccess Infrastructure
Configuring VPN Access

Module 8: Monitoring and Recovering Windows 8.1

Monitoring and Troubleshooting Performance in Windows 8.1
Troubleshooting Windows 8.1 Startup
Recovery Options in Windows 8.1

Module 9: Implementing Client Hyper-V in Windows 8.1

Overview of Client Hyper-V
Creating Virtual Machines
Managing Virtual Hard Disks
Managing Checkpoints