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Configuring Windows 8.1
 Configuring Windows 8.1


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This course covers Windows 7 & 8 versions


This is a five-day training course structured into 43 modules


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.
Before attending this course, students must have:

  • At least two years of experience in the IT field
  • Knowledge of networking fundamentals, including Transmission Control Protocol /Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles and fundamentals of AD DS management
  • Understanding of the certificate security and working knowledge of the fundamentals of Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
  • Understanding of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 fundamentals
  • Understanding of Microsoft Windows Client essentials; for example, working knowledge of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and/or Windows 8
  • Basic understanding of Windows PowerShell syntax
  • Basic awareness of Windows deployment tools (Windows ADK components: Windows PE, Windows SIM, VAMT, ImageX, USMT, and DISM concepts and fundamentals) but no actual prerequisite skills with the specific tools are assumed


This is an authorised Microsoft training course, delivered by certified Microsoft trainers at fully equipped centres using the latest equipment, software and course materials. There is no better way to undertake your training, to maximise your learning and ensure the highest marks possible in your certification exams.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe solutions and features related to managing Windows 8.1 in an enterprise network environment.
  • Determine requirements and perform the tasks for installing and deploying Windows 8.1.
  • Manage profiles and user state between Windows devices.
  • Determine the most appropriate management tools to configure Windows 8.1 settings.
  • Configure disks, partitions, volumes, and device drivers in a Windows 8.1 system.
  • Configure network connectivity.
  • Configure resource connectivity for both domain-joined and non-domain joined PCs and devices.
  • Implement Windows 8.1 technologies to secure network connections.
  • Configure file, folder, and printer access.
  • Implement tools and technologies that can help secure Windows 8.1 PCs and devices.
  • Configure and control desktop apps, Windows Store apps, and virtual apps.
  • Optimize and maintain Windows 8.1 PCs and devices.
  • Configure mobile computer settings and to enable remote access.
  • Determine how to recover Windows 8.1 from various failures.
  • Describe and configure Client Hyper-V.


This course (20687) will help to prepare delegates for exam 70-687: Windows 8.1 Configuring.

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MODULE 1:  Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Network Environment
Topics covered:
  • Managing Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Environment
  • Overview of Windows 8.1
MODULE 2:  Installing and Deploying Windows 8.1
Topics covered:
  • Preparing to Install and Deploy Windows 8.1
  • Installing Windows 8.1
  • Customizing and Preparing an Image for Deployment
  • Volume Activation for Windows 8.1
MODULE 3:  Lab : Installing Windows 8.1
Topics covered:
  • Planning to Install Windows 8.1
  • Performing a Clean Installation of Windows 8.1
MODULE 4:  Lab : Customizing and Capturing a Windows 8.1 Image
Topics covered:
  • Creating and Configuring an Answer File
  • Using an Answer File to Install Windows 8.1 on a Reference Image
  • Preparing and Capturing a Windows 8.1 Reference Image
MODULE 5:  Lab : Deploying a Windows 8.1 Image
Topics covered:
  • Using DISM to Deploy a Windows Image
MODULE 6:  Managing Profiles and User State in Windows 8.1
Topics covered:
  • Managing User Accounts and Profiles
  • Configuring User State Virtualization
  • Migrating User State and Settings
MODULE 7:  Lab : Configuring Profiles and User State Virtualization
Topics covered:
  • Configuring Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection
  • Implementing and Configuring UE-V
MODULE 8:  Lab : Migrating User State by Using USMT
Topics covered:
  • Creating and Customizing USMT XML Files
  • Capturing and Restoring User State to a Target Computer
MODULE 9:  Tools Used for Configuring and Managing Windows 8.1
Topics covered:
  • Tools Used to Perform Local and Remote Management of Windows 8.1
  • Using Windows PowerShell to Configure and Manage Windows 8.1
  • Using Group Policy for Management
MODULE 10:  Lab : Using Management Tools to Configure Windows 8.1 Settings
Topics covered:
  • Managing Windows 8.1 by Using Group Policy
  • Implementing Windows PowerShell Remoting
MODULE 11:  Managing Disks and Device Drivers
Topics covered:
  • Managing Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Working with Virtual Hard Disks
  • Installing and Configuring Device Drivers
MODULE 12:  Lab : Managing Disks
Topics covered:
  • Creating Volumes
  • Configuring Disk Quotas
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
MODULE 13:  Lab : Configuring Device Drivers
Topics covered:
  • Installing Device Drivers
  • Managing Device Drivers
MODULE 14:  Configuring Network Connectivity
Topics covered:
  • Configuring IPv4 Network Connectivity
  • Configuring IPv6 Network Connectivity
  • Implementing Automatic IP Address Allocation
  • Implementing Name Resolution
  • Implementing Wireless Network Connectivity
MODULE 15:  Lab : Configuring a Network Connection
Topics covered:
  • Enabling Automatic IPv4 Configuration
  • Configuring IPv4 Manually
MODULE 16:  Lab : Resolving Network Connectivity Issues
Topics covered:
  • Creating a Simulated Network Connectivity Problem
  • Resolving a Network Connectivity Problem
MODULE 17:  Configuring Resource Access for Domain-Joined and Non-Domain Joined Devices
Topics covered:
  • Configuring Domain Access for Windows 8.1 Devices
  • Managing Non-Domain Devices
  • Configuring Workplace Join
  • Configuring Work Folders
MODULE 18:  Lab : Configuring Resource Access for Non-Domain Joined Devices
Topics covered:
  • Implementing Workplace Join
  • Configuring Work Folders
MODULE 19:  Implementing Network Security
Topics covered:
  • Overview of Threats to Network Security
  • Configuring Windows Firewall
  • Securing Network Traffic
  • Guarding Against Malware
MODULE 20:  Lab : Configuring Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules
Topics covered:
  • Creating an Inbound Firewall Rule
  • Creating an Outbound Firewall Rule
MODULE 21:  Lab : Configuring IPsec Rules
Topics covered:
  • Creating and Configuring IPsec Rules
MODULE 22:  Lab : Configuring Malware Protection
Topics covered:
  • Configuring Windows SmartScreen
  • Configuring Windows Defender
MODULE 23:  Configuring File, Folder, and Printer Access
Topics covered:
  • Managing File and Folder Access
  • Managing Shared Folder Access
  • Configuring File and Folder Compression
  • Overview of SkyDrive
  • Managing Printers
MODULE 24:  Lab : Configuring File Access
Topics covered:
  • Creating a Shared Folder for the Marketing Group
  • Configuring File and Folder Compression
MODULE 25:  Lab : Configuring Printers
Topics covered:
  • Creating and Sharing a Local Printer
MODULE 26:  Securing Windows 8.1 Devices
Topics covered:
  • Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1
  • Implementing Local Policies
  • Securing Data with EFS and BitLocker
  • Configuring User Account Control
MODULE 27:  Lab : Implementing Local Group Policy Objects
Topics covered:
  • Creating Multiple Local GPOs
  • Testing the Application of the Local GPOs
MODULE 28:  Lab : Securing Data Using BitLocker
Topics covered:
  • Protecting Files with BitLocker
MODULE 29:  Lab : Configuring User Account Control
Topics covered:
  • Modifying UAC Prompts
  • Testing UAC Prompts
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe methods used for authentication and authorization in Windows 8.1.
  • Describe how to use local Group Policy objects to configure security and other settings.
  • Secure data with EFS and BitLocker.
  • Configure User Account Control.
MODULE 30:  Configuring Applications for Windows 8.1
Topics covered:
  • Application Deployment Options in Windows 8.1
  • Managing Windows Store Apps
  • Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
  • Configuring Application Restrictions in the Enterprise
MODULE 31:  Lab : Configuring Internet Explorer Security
Topics covered:
  • Configuring Internet Explorer
MODULE 32:  Lab : Configuring AppLocker
Topics covered:
  • Configuring AppLocker Rules
  • Testing the AppLocker Rules
MODULE 33:  Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 Computers
Topics covered:
  • Optimizing the Performance of Windows 8.1
  • Managing the Reliability of Windows 8.1
  • Managing Software Updates in Windows 8.1
MODULE 34:  Lab : Optimizing Windows 8.1 Performance
Topics covered:
  • Creating a Performance Baseline
  • Introducing Additional Workload
  • Measuring System Responsiveness Under Load
MODULE 35:  Lab : Maintaining Windows Updates
Topics covered:
  • Configuring Windows Update
MODULE 36:  Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access
Topics covered:
  • Configuring Mobile Computers and Device Settings
  • Overview of DirectAccess
  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Configuring Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance
MODULE 37:  Lab : Configuring a Power Plan
Topics covered:
  • Creating and Configuring a New Power Plan
MODULE 38:  Lab : Implementing DirectAccess
Topics covered:
  • Running the Getting Started Wizard
  • Validating the DirectAccess Deployment
MODULE 39:  Lab : Implementing Remote Desktop
Topics covered:
  • Configuring a Remote Desktop Connection
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure mobile computers and device settings.
  • Describe DirectAccess.
  • Configure VPN access.
  • Configure Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance.
MODULE 40:  Recovering Windows 8.1
Topics covered:
  • Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8.1
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8.1
MODULE 41:  Lab : Recovering Windows 8.1
Topics covered:
  • Exploring Windows 8 Recovery Options
  • Introducing a Simulated Problem
  • Resolving a Problem
MODULE 42:  Configuring Client Hyper-V
Topics covered:
  • Overview of Client Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Checkpoints
MODULE 43:  Lab : Configuring Client Hyper-V
Topics covered:
  • Installing Client Hyper-V
  • Creating a Virtual Network and Virtual Machine

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20688: Supporting Windows 8.1

[Duration: five day]

20688: Supporting Windows 8.1

  • Implementing a Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Lab : Troubleshooting Windows 8.1
  • Troubleshooting Startup Issues
  • Lab : Troubleshooting Startup Issues
  • Lab : Recovering BitLocker-Encrypted Drives
  • Troubleshooting Hardware and Device Drivers
  • Lab : Troubleshooting Hardware and Device Drivers
  • Troubleshooting Remote Computers
  • Lab : Troubleshooting Remote Computers
  • Resolving Network Connectivity Issues
  • Lab : Resolving Network Connectivity Issues
  • Troubleshooting Group Policy
  • Lab : Troubleshooting Group Policy
  • Troubleshooting User Settings
  • Lab : Troubleshooting Sign-in Problems
  • Lab : Troubleshooting the Application of User Settings
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting Remote Connectivity
  • Lab : Configuring Network Access Protection Client Settings
  • Lab : Configuring and Testing DirectAccess
  • Troubleshooting Resource Access within a Domain
  • Lab : Troubleshooting Resource Access within a Domain
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting Resource Access for Clients That Are Not Domain Members
  • Lab : Configuring and Troubleshooting Resource Access for Clients That Are Not Domain Members
  • Troubleshooting Applications
  • Lab : Troubleshooting Desktop Apps
  • Lab : Troubleshooting Windows Internet Explorer
  • Maintaining Windows 8.1
  • Lab : Maintaining Windows 8.1
  • Recovering Windows 8.1
  • Lab : Troubleshooting a Windows 8.1 Computer (1)
  • Lab : Troubleshooting a Windows 8.1 Computer (2)

20695: Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps

[Duration: five day]

20695: Deploying Windows Devices & Apps

  • Assessing the Network Environment for Supporting Operating System and Application Deployment
  • Lab : Assessing the Network Environment for Supporting Operating System and Application Deployment
  • Determining Operating System Deployment Strategies
  • Lab : Determining Operating System Deployment Strategies
  • Assessing Application Compatibility
  • Lab : Assessing Application Compatibility
  • Planning and Implementing User State Migration
  • Lab : Planning and Implementing User State Migration
  • Determining an Image Management Strategy
  • Lab : Determining an Image Management Strategy
  • Preparing For Deployments Using Windows ADK
  • Lab : Preparing the Imaging and Windows PE Environment
  • Lab : Building a Reference Image by Using Windows SIM and Sysprep
  • Lab : Capturing and Servicing a Reference Image
  • Supporting PXE-Initiated and Multicast Operating System Deployments
  • Lab : Configuring Windows DS to Support PXE and Multicast Operating System Deployments
  • Implementing Operating System Deployment by Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
  • Lab : Operating System Deployment using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
  • Implementing Operating System Deployment by Using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
  • Lab : Preparing the Site for Operating System Deployment
  • Lab : Deploying Operating System Images for Bare-Metal Installations
  • Integrating MDT and Configuration Manager for Operating System Deployment
  • Lab : Integrating MDT and Configuration Manager for Operating System Deployment
  • Activating Clients and Managing Additional Configuration Settings
  • Lab : Configuring Additional Settings for Computer Clients
  • Deploying Office 2013
  • Lab : Deploying Microsoft Office 2013 Using the Office Customization Tool

20696: Managing Enterprise Devices & Apps

  • Managing Desktops and Devices in the Enterprise
  • Lab : Performing Administrative Tasks by Using the Configuration Manager Tools
  • Lab : Creating Queries and Configuring Reporting Services
  • Preparing the Infrastructure to Support Desktop and Device Management
  • Lab : Configuring Boundaries and Resource Discovery
  • Lab : Configuring User and Device Collections
  • Lab : Configuring Role-Based Administration
  • Deploying and Managing the Configuration Manager Client
  • Lab : Deploying the Configuration Manager Client Software
  • Lab : Managing Client Settings
  • Managing Inventory for PCs and Applications
  • Lab : Configuring and Managing Inventory Collection
  • Lab : Configuring Software Metering
  • Lab : Configuring and Managing Asset Intelligence
  • Distributing and Managing Content Used for Deployments
  • Lab : Distributing and Managing Content for Deployments
  • Deploying and Managing Applications
  • Lab : Creating and Deploying Applications
  • Lab : Managing Application Supersedence and Removal
  • Lab : Deploying Windows Store Apps by Using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
  • Lab : Deploying Virtual Applications by Using Configuration Manager
  • Managing Mobile Devices by Integrating Windows Intune with Configuration Manager
  • Maintaining Software Updates for Managed PCs
  • Lab : Configuring the Site for Software Updates
  • Lab : Deploying and Managing Software Updates
  • Implementing Endpoint Protection for Managed PCs
  • Lab : Implementing Endpoint Protection
  • Managing Compliance and Secure Data Access
  • Lab : Managing Compliance Settings
  • Managing Client Status, Power Management, and Remote Administration
  • Lab : Configuring and Monitoring Client Status
  • Lab : Configuring Power Management Settings
  • Lab : Configuring Remote Tools
  • Maintaining Configuration Manager Sites And Site Systems
  • Lab : Maintaining System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager


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