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Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8 - 20689 Course Outline

 (3 days)
Version 8.1

This 3-day course is designed for experienced IT professionals who want to achieve the knowledge and skills required to install, configure, and support Windows 8.1 PCs and devices. In this course, you will learn the 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 Windows 8.1 and upgrade previous versions of Windows to Windows 8.1. You will learn to configure and manage Windows 8.1 by using Windows PowerShell, Group Policy, Windows Intune, and other Windows management tools. Additionally, you will learn to control access for non-domain joined Windows devices by using the Workplace Join and Work Folders features in Windows 8.1. You will also learn how to resolve common support issues related to Windows 8.1, including monitoring and troubleshooting performance in Windows 8.1, recovering BitLocker encrypted drives, and recovering Windows 8.1. Finally, you will learn how to implement Client Hyper-V in Windows 8.1.

NOTE: The course title, Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Window 8, references Windows 8 because it maps to the certification exam of the same name. However, the skills that are taught cover the latest Windows 8.1 features.

Audience Profile
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 segment of the 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

Before attending this course, students must have:
Networking fundamentals, including Transmission Control Protocol /Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS)
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)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012 fundamentals
Microsoft Windows Client fundamentals; for example, working knowledge of Windows 7
Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) components including Windows PE, Windows SIM, VAMT, ImageX, USMT, and DISM concepts and fundamentals

At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the solutions and features related to managing Windows 8.1 in an enterprise network environment.
Install Windows 8.1 and upgrade previous versions of Windows to Windows 8.1.
Configure and manage Windows 8.1 by using Windows PowerShell, Group Policy, Windows Intune.
Implement an application strategy for Windows 8.1.
Manage non-domain joined devices and provide resource access for these devices.
Secure Windows 8.1 devices by using appropriate tools and technologies.
Configure remote access for computers running Windows 8.1.
Monitor and recover Windows 8.1.
Implement Hyper-V in Windows 8.1

Course Outline

Module 1: Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Network Environment
This module explains how the features and related solutions in Windows 8.1 are used to support intranet, Internet, and non-domain joined Windows 8.1 clients. It also explains the changes to the Windows 8.1 user interface and how to perform customizations of the desktop and Start screen.
Managing Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Environment
Overview of Windows 8.1

Module 2: Installing and Upgrading to Windows 8.1
This module explains how to identify hardware, software, and infrastructure readiness for installing Windows 8.1. It also describes the methods to manage volume activation in Windows 8.1 and how to migrate user state and settings when 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
Lab : Installing Windows 8.1
Planning to Install Windows 8.1
Performing a Clean Installation of Windows 8.1
Customizing the Windows 8.1 User Interface
Lab : Migrating User State by Using USMT
Creating and Customizing USMT XML Files
Capturing and Restoring User State to a Target Computer

Module 3: Configuring and Managing Windows 8.1
This module explains the tools used for local and remote management of Windows 8.1. It also explains how to configure and manage common settings in Windows 8.1 by using Windows PowerShell, Group Policy, and Windows Intune.
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
Lab : Administering Windows 8.1 with Windows PowerShell ISE
Introducing Windows PowerShell
Using Windows PowerShell Remoting
Lab : Configuring User State Virtualization
Implementing and Configuring UE-V

Module 4: Implementing an Application Strategy for Windows 8.1
This module explains the application deployment options for Windows 8.1. It also explains how to install and manage Windows Store apps, secure Internet Explorer, and configure application restrictions.
Application Deployment Options in Windows 8.1
Managing Windows Store Apps
Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
Configuring Application Restrictions in an Enterprise
Lab : Managing Windows Store Apps
Sideloading a Windows Store App
Restricting Access to the Windows Store
Lab : Troubleshooting Internet Explorer Issues
Resolving an Internet Explorer Issue
Lab : Configuring AppLocker
Configuring AppLocker Rules
Testing the AppLocker Rules

Module 5: Managing Devices and Resource Access
This module explains the options for managing non-domain joined devices in a Windows 8.1 environment. It also explains how to configure SkyDrive access, Workplace Join, and Work Folders for non-domain joined devices.
Options for Managing Non-Domain Devices
Configuring and Using SkyDrive
Configuring Workplace Join
Configuring Work Folders and Remote Business Data Removal
Lab : Configuring Resource Access for Non-Domain Joined Devices
Implementing Workplace Join
Configuring Work Folders

Module 6: Securing Windows 8.1 Devices
This module explains the methods used for authentication and authorization in Windows 8.1. It also explains how to secure data by using BitLocker and configure User Account Control settings. It then explains how to configure Windows SmartScreen and Windows Defender to protect against malware. It also describes how to configure and implement Windows Firewall.
Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1
Securing Data by Using BitLocker
Configuring User Account Control
Guarding Against Malware
Configuring Windows Firewall
Lab : Securing Data by Using BitLocker
Protecting Files with BitLocker
Recovering BitLocker Encrypted Drives
Lab : Configuring Malware Protection
Configuring Windows SmartScreen
Configuring Windows Defender
Lab : Configuring Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules
Creating an Inbound Firewall Rule
Creating an Outbound Firewall Rule

Module 7: Configuring Remote Access
This module explains how to implement a simple DirectAccess deployment. It explains the process for implementing an advanced DirectAccess infrastructure. It also explains how to enable and configure virtual private network (VPN) access.
Implementing DirectAccess by Using the Getting Started Wizard
Advanced DirectAccess Infrastructure
Configuring VPN Access
Lab : Implementing DirectAccess by Using the Getting Started Wizard
Running the Getting Started Wizard
Validating the DirectAccess Deployment

Module 8: Monitoring and Recovering Windows 8.1
This module explains how to monitor and troubleshoot performance in Windows 8.1. It describes the Windows 8.1 startup process and how to troubleshoot Windows 8.1 startup. It then explains the recovery options in Windows 8.1 and how to recover Windows 8.1.
Monitoring and Troubleshooting Performance in Windows 8.1
Troubleshooting Windows 8.1 Startup
Recovery Options in Windows 8.1
Lab : Identifying Performance Problems
Troubleshooting a Performance Problem
Lab : Recovering Windows 8.1
Exploring Windows 8.1 Recovery Options
Introducing a Problem
Resolving a Problem

Module 9: Implementing Client Hyper-V in Windows 8.1
This module explains Client Hyper-V for Windows 8.1. It also explains how to manage virtual hard disks and checkpoints.
Overview of Client Hyper-V
Creating Virtual Machines
Managing Virtual Hard Disks
Managing Checkpoints
Lab : Implementing Client Hyper-V
Installing Client Hyper-V
Creating a Virtual Network and Virtual Machine

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