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Configuring Windows 8.1 (20687)

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Module 1: Installing Windows 8
This module will introduce the student to some new features of Windows 8, provide guidance on installing Windows 8, and introduce them to the Windows 8 licensing environment.


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

Lab : Installing Windows 8

  • Planning to Install Windows 8
  • Performing a Clean Installation of Windows 8

Lab : Performing an Unattended Installation of Windows 8

  • Configuring an Answer File
  • Using an Answer File to Install Windows 8

Module 2: Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8
This module examines the upgrade process, identifies different methods for upgrading and migrating, and introduces you to the tools and processes used to perform an upgrade or migration.


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

Lab : Migrating to Windows 8

  • Backing Up Important User Data and Settings
  • Restoring User Data and Settings to a Target Computer
  • Verifying Successful Migration of User Data and Settings

Module 3: Managing Disks and Device Drivers
This module explains how to manage disk, including simple, spanned, or striped volumes. It also explains how to optimize file-system performance, and how to use disk quotas to manage available disk space on installed volumes.


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

Lab : Managing Disks

  • Creating Volumes
  • Configuring Quotas
  • Working with VHDs

Lab : Configuring Device Drivers

  • Installing Device Drivers
  • Managing Device Drivers

Module 4: Configuring and Troubleshooting Network Connections
This module explains how to configure and troubleshoot Windows 8 networking features including both TCP/IP version 4 and TCP/IP version 6.


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

Lab : Configuring Network Connection

  • Enabling Automatic IPv4 Configuration
  • Configuring IPv4 Manually

Lab : Troubleshooting Network Connectivity

  • Creating a Simulated Network Connectivity Problem
  • Resolving a Network Connectivity Problem

Module 5: Implementing Wireless Network Connections
This module describe the wireless network technologies available, the procedures for configuring wireless network components, and the Windows 8 elements that are necessary to access wireless networks.


  • Overview of Wireless Networks
  • Implementing a Wireless Network

Lab : Planning the Implementation of Wireless Network Connections

  • Planning a Wireless Network
  • Determining the Cause of Wireless Network Problems
  • Configuring a Wireless Network Policy

Module 6: Implementing Network Security
This module explains how to formulate a strategy to protect your computers by using User policies, anti-virus software, encrypted network traffic, and other protective measures. It also explains how to optimize the appropriate Windows network security features, such as the Windows Firewall and Windows Defender.


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

Lab : Configuring Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules

  • Creating an Inbound Firewall Rule
  • Creating An Outbound Firewall Rule

Lab : Configuring Connection Security Rules

  • Creating and Configuring Connection Security Rules

Lab : Configuring Host-Based Virus and Malware Protection

  • Configuring Windows Defender

Module 7: Configuring File Access and Printers on Windows 8 Clients
This module provides the information and tools you need to manage access to shared folders and printers. Specifically, the module describes how to share and protect folders, configure folder compression, and how to install, configure, and manage printers. Additionally, this module introduces the SkyDrive functionality, and describes how to set up NTFS folder permissions.


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

Lab : Configuring File Access

  • Creating a Shared Folder for All Users
  • Creating a Shared folder for the Marketing Group

Lab : Configuring Printers

  • Creating and Sharing a Local Printer

Module 8: Securing Windows 8 Desktops
This module explains the features of Windows 8 that help you maintain a secure computer desktop environment.


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

Lab : Implementing Local Group Policy Objects

  • Creating Multiple Local Group Policy Objects
  • Testing the Application of the Local Group Policy Objects

Lab : Securing Data

  • Protecting Files with EFS

Lab : Configuring and Testing UAC

  • Modifying UAC Prompts

Module 9: Configuring Applications
This module explains how to install and configure applications, which include both desktop apps and Windows Store apps.


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

Lab : Configuring Internet Explorer Security

  • Configuring Internet Explorer

Lab : Configuring AppLocker

  • Configuring AppLocker Rules
  • Testing the AppLocker Rules

Module 10: Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8 Client Computers
This module explains the tools that you can use to determine the source of performance and reliability issues. It also describes the steps to take to improve system performance and reliability.


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

Lab : Optimizing Windows 8 Performance

  • Creating a Performance Baseline
  • Introducing Additional Workload
  • Measuring System Responsiveness Under Load

Lab : Maintaining Windows Updates

  • Configuring Windows Update

Module 11: Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access
This module explains how to identify and configure appropriate mobile computer access, specifically DirectAccess and VPN. Additionally, this module describes various power options, and device synchronization capabilities that students can configure.


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

Lab : Configuring a Power Plan

  • Creating and Configuring a New Power Plan

Lab : Implementing a VPN Connection

  • Creating and Testing a VPN Connection

Lab : Implementing Remote Desktop

  • Configuring a Remote Desktop Connection

Module 12: Implementing Hyper-V
This module introduces the student to Client Hyper-V in Windows 8, and explains the fundamentals of working with virtual machines in the Client Hyper-V environment.


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

Module 13: Troubleshooting and Recovering Windows 8
This module explains how to use the included tools to maintain a backup of important data files and additional tools that can help you to recover a computer that will not start, or starts with errors.


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

Lab : Recovering Windows 8

  • Exploring Windows 8 Recovery Options
  • Introducing a Simulated Problem
  • Resolving the Problem

Module 14: Using Windows PowerShell
This module explains how to use Windows PowerShell, its (GUI), and scripting editor to write scripts that automate repetitive tasks, and thereby increase consistency and productivity.


  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Windows PowerShell Remoting
  • Using Windows PowerShell Cmdlets

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