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MS 20687 - Configuring Windows 8.1

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This course provides students hands-on experience with Windows 8.1. It provides guidance on installing, upgrading, and licensing for Windows 8.1. Students will learn how to mana... READ MORE

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MS 20687 - Configuring Windows 8.1

Course Length: 5 Days

This course provides students hands-on experience with Windows 8.1. It provides guidance on installing, upgrading, and licensing for Windows 8.1. 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.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan and perform the installation of Windows 8.1
  • Install Windows 8.1 on computers that are running an existing operating system
  • Configure disks, partitions, volumes, and device drivers in a Windows 8.1 system
  • Configure network connectivity
  • Install, configure, and maintain wireless network connections
  • Implement Windows 8.1 technologies to secure network connections
  • Share files and printers
  • Implement tools and technologies that can help secure Windows 8.1 desktops
  • Configure and control applications in Windows 8.1
  • Optimize and maintain Windows 8.1 based computers
  • Configure mobile computer settings to enable remote access
  • Create and configure virtual machines in Hyper-V for Windows 8 and describe how to use Hyper-V to support legacy applications
  • Determine how to recover Windows 8.1 from various failures
  • Describe how to use Windows PowerShell to manage Windows 8.1


  • 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

MS 20687 - Configuring Windows 8.1

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 Deploying Windows 8.1

  • 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
  • Lab: Installing Windows 8.1
  • Planning to Install Windows 8.1
  • Performing a Clean Installation of Windows 8.1
  • Lab: Customizing and Capturing a Windows 8.1 Image
  • 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
  • Lab: Deploying a Windows 8.1 Image
  • Using DISM to Deploy a Windows Image

Module 3: Managing Profiles and User State in Windows 8.1

  • Managing User Accounts and Profiles
  • Configuring User State Virtualization
  • Migrating User State and Settings
  • Lab: Configuring Profiles and User State Virtualization
  • Configuring Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection
  • Implementing and Configuring UE-V
  • Lab: Migrating User State by Using USMT
  • Creating and Customizing USMT XML Files
  • Capturing and Restoring User State to a Target Computer

Module 4: Tools Used for Configuring and Managing Windows 8.1

  • 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
  • Lab: Using Management Tools to Configure Windows 8.1 Settings
  • Managing Windows 8.1 by Using Group Policy
  • Implementing Windows PowerShell Remoting

Module 5: 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
  • Lab: Managing Disks
  • Creating Volumes
  • Configuring Disk Quotas
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Lab: Configuring Device Drivers
  • Installing Device Drivers
  • Managing Device Drivers

Module 6: Configuring Network Connectivity

  • Configuring IPv4 Network Connectivity
  • Configuring IPv6 Network Connectivity
  • Implementing Automatic IP Address Allocation
  • Implementing Name Resolution
  • Implementing Wireless Network Connectivity
  • Lab: Configuring a Network Connection
  • Enabling Automatic IPv4 Configuration
  • Configuring IPv4 Manually
  • Lab: Resolving Network Connectivity Issues
  • Creating a Simulated Network Connectivity Problem
  • Resolving a Network Connectivity Problem

Module 7: Configuring Resource Access for Domain-Joined and Non-Domain Joined Devices

  • Configuring Domain Access for Windows 8.1 Devices
  • Managing Non-Domain Devices
  • Configuring Workplace Join
  • Configuring Work Folders
  • Lab: Configuring Resource Access for Non-Domain Joined Devices
  • Implementing Workplace Join
  • Configuring Work Folders

Module 8: Implementing Network Security

  • Overview of Threats to Network Security
  • Configuring Windows Firewall
  • Securing Network Traffic
  • Guarding Against Malware
  • Lab: Configuring Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules
  • Creating an Inbound Firewall Rule
  • Creating an Outbound Firewall Rule
  • Lab: Configuring IPsec Rules
  • Creating and Configuring IPsec Rules
  • Lab: Configuring Malware Protection
  • Configuring Windows SmartScreen
  • Configuring Windows Defender

Module 9: Configuring File, Folder, and Printer Access

  • Managing File and Folder Access
  • Managing Shared Folder Access
  • Configuring File and Folder Compression
  • Overview of SkyDrive
  • Managing Printers
  • Lab: Configuring File Access
  • Creating a Shared Folder for the Marketing Group
  • Configuring File and Folder Compression
  • Lab: Configuring Printers
  • Creating and Sharing a Local Printer

Module 10: Securing Windows 8.1 Devices

  • Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1
  • Implementing Local Policies
  • Securing Data with EFS and BitLocker
  • Configuring User Account Control
  • Lab: Implementing Local Group Policy Objects
  • Creating Multiple Local GPOs
  • Testing the Application of the Local GPOs
  • Lab: Securing Data Using BitLocker
  • Protecting Files with BitLocker
  • Lab: Configuring User Account Control
  • Modifying UAC Prompts
  • Testing UAC Prompts

Module 11: Configuring Applications for Windows 8.1

  • Application Deployment Options in Windows 8.1
  • Managing Windows Store Apps
  • 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 12: Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 Computers

  • Optimizing the Performance of Windows 8.1
  • Managing the Reliability of Windows 8.1
  • Managing Software Updates in Windows 8.1
  • Lab: Optimizing Windows 8.1 Performance
  • Creating a Performance Baseline
  • Introducing Additional Workload
  • Measuring System Responsiveness Under Load
  • Lab: Maintaining Windows Updates
  • Configuring Windows Update

Module 13: Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access

  • Configuring Mobile Computers and Device Settings
  • Overview of DirectAccess
  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Configuring Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance
  • Lab: Configuring a Power Plan
  • Creating and Configuring a New Power Plan
  • Lab: Implementing DirectAccess
  • Running the Getting Started Wizard
  • Validating the DirectAccess Deployment
  • Lab: Implementing Remote Desktop
  • Configuring a Remote Desktop Connection

Module 14: Recovering Windows 8.1

  • Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8.1
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8.1
  • Lab: Recovering Windows 8.1
  • Exploring Windows 8 Recovery Options
  • Introducing a Simulated Problem
  • Resolving a Problem

Module 15: Configuring Client Hyper-V

  • Overview of Client Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Checkpoints
  • Lab: Configuring Client Hyper-V
  • Installing Client Hyper-V
  • Creating a Virtual Network and Virtual Machine

MCSA: Windows 8 certification

MCSA: Windows 8 certification

The skills for your professional career

Prove you have the expertise to configure, manage, and maintain a Windows 8 enterprise system.

Earning an MCSA: Windows 8 certification will qualify you for a position as a computer support specialist.


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Configuring Windows 8.1



Supporting Windows 8.1



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