Configuring Windows 8

Course:  WIN8CF
Duration:  5 Days
Level:  II
Course Summary

This course provides students hands-on experience with Windows 8. It provides guidance on installing, upgrading, and licensing for Windows 8. Students will learn how to manage storage by creating simple, spanned, and striped volumes, and how to optimize file-system performance. Additionally, they will learn how to manage available disk space by using quotas. Students will work with Windows tools and services to determine the source of performance and reliability issues, and to troubleshoot these issues.

This course describes how to configure networking to include IPv4, IPv6, connect to wireless networks, and use the networking features included in Windows 8 to troubleshoot networking issues. Students will also learn preventive measures and tools that work together to protect their computers from security threats.

The course then covers the features related to file and folder management, which include setting permissions, file/folder compression, and configuring shared folders. Students will also learn about installing and managing printers. Additionally, the course provides an overview of the SkyDrive functionality, and describes the procedures to install and configure applications, including Windows Store apps.

The course also examines the fundamentals of working with virtual machines in the Client Hyper-V environment in Windows 8.

Students will learn about features such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and DirectAccess, which provide mobile users access to internal resources when the users are out of the office.

Throughout the course, students will use Windows PowerShell 3.0, and its graphical user interface (GUI) to configure and manage the system. Students will also use the scripting editor to create and examine PowerShell scripts used to manage the system.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Installing Windows 8

  • Introducing Windows 8
  • Preparing to Install Windows 8
  • Installing Windows 8
  • Automating the Installation of Windows 8
  • Activating Windows 8

Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8

  • Upgrading to Windows 8
  • Migrating to Windows 8
  • Migrating User Data and Settings

Managing Disks and Device Drivers

  • Managing Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Working with Virtual Hard Disks
  • Installing and Configuring Device Drivers

Configuring and Troubleshooting Network Connections

  • Configuring IPv4 Network Connectivity
  • Configuring IPv6 Network Connectivity
  • Implementing Automatic IP Address Allocation
  • Implementing Name Resolution
  • Troubleshooting Network Connectivity

Implementing Wireless Network Connections

  • Overview of Wireless Networks
  • Implementing a Wireless Network

Implementing Network Security

  • Overview of Threats to Network Security
  • Configuring Windows Firewall
  • Securing Network Traffic
  • Configuring Windows Defender

Configuring File Access and Printers on Windows 8 Clients

  • Managing File Access
  • Managing Shared Folders
  • Configuring File Compression
  • Managing Printers
  • Overview of SkyDrive

Securing Windows 8

  • Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8
  • Implementing GPOs
  • Securing Data with EFS and BitLocker
  • Configuring User Account Control

Configuring Applications

  • Install and Configure Applications
  • Managing Apps from the Windows Store
  • Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
  • Configuring Application Restrictions in the Enterprise

Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8 Client Computers

  • Optimizing the Performance of Windows 8
  • Managing the Reliability of Windows 8
  • Managing Windows 8 Updates

Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access

  • Configuring Mobile Computers and Device Settings
  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Configuring Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance
  • Overview of DirectAccess

Implementing Hyper-V

  • Overview of Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Snapshots

Troubleshooting and Recovering Windows 8

  • Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8

Using Windows PowerShell

  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Windows PowerShell Remoting
  • Using Windows PowerShell Cmdlets
What You Can Expect

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan and perform the installation of Windows 8.
  • Install Windows 8 on computers that are running an existing operating system.
  • Configure disks, partitions, volumes, and device drivers in a Windows 8 system.
  • Configure network connectivity.
  • Install, configure, and maintain wireless network connections.
  • Implement Windows 8 technologies to secure network connections.
  • Share files and printers.
  • Implement tools and technologies that can help secure Windows 8 desktops.
  • Configure and control applications in Windows 8.
  • Optimize and maintain Windows 8 based computers.
  • Configure mobile computer settings and to enable remote access.
  • Create and configure virtual machines in Hyper-V for Windows 8 and describe how to use it to support legacy applications.
  • Determine how to recover Windows 8 from various failures.
  • Describe how to use Windows PowerShell to manage Windows 8.
Who Should Take This Course

This course is intended for IT professionals who configure or support Windows 8 computers, devices, users and associated network and security resources. The networks with which these professionals typically work are configured as a single domain-based or peer-to-peer environment with access to the Internet and cloud services. The IT professional could be a consultant, full-time desktop support technician, or an IT generalist who administers Windows 8-based computers and devices as a portion of their broader technical responsibilities. The course is also intended for students who seek certification in the 70-687 Windows 8 Configuring exam.

Recommended Prerequisites

In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:

  • 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 2008 R2 fundamentals
  • Microsoft Windows Client fundamentals; for example, working knowledge of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and/or Windows 7
  • Fundamentals of management and experience using the Microsoft Office 2010 system or the Microsoft Office 2007 system
  • Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) components including Windows PE, Windows SIM, VAMT, ImageX, USMT, and DISM concepts and fundamentals
Training Style

Instructor-led, with at least 50% of class time in hands-on workshops.

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