Course Code: 848

20687 Configuring Windows 8.1

Class Dates:
5 Days
Class Time:


  • Course Overview
  • 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 cmdlets. 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.

  • Audience
  • 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. Students who seek certification in the 70-687 Windows 8.1 Configuring exam will also benefit from this course.


  • 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)

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Course Details

  • Module 1: Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise 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 a Windows 8.1 Image for Deployment
  • Volume Activation for Windows 8.1
  • Lab : Installing Windows 8.1
  • Lab : Customizing and Capturing a Windows 8.1 Image
  • Lab : Deploying a Windows 8.1 Image
  • Module 3: 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 to Manage Windows 8.1
  • Lab : Using Management Tools to Configure Windows 8.1 Settings
  • Module 4: Managing Profiles and User State in Windows 8.1
  • Managing User Profiles
  • Configuring User State Virtualization
  • Migrating User State and Settings
  • Lab : Configuring Profiles and User State Virtualization
  • Lab : Migrating User State by Using USMT
  • 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
  • Lab : Configuring 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
  • Lab : Resolving Network Connectivity Issues
  • Module 7: Configuring File Access and Printers on Windows 8.1 Clients
  • Managing File Access
  • Managing Shared Folders
  • Configuring File Compression
  • Configuring File Access
  • Managing Printers
  • Lab : Configuring File Access
  • Lab : Configuring Printers
  • Module 8: Implementing Network Security
  • Overview of Threats to Network Security
  • Configuring Windows Firewall
  • Securing Network Traffic by Using IPsec
  • Guarding Windows 8.1 Against Malware
  • Lab : Configuring Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules
  • Lab : Configuring IPsec Rules
  • Lab : Configuring Malware Protection
  • Module 9: Configuring Resource Access for Domain-Joined Devices and Devices That Are Not Domain Members
  • Configuring Domain Access for Windows 8.1 Devices
  • Configuring Resource Access for Devices That Are Not Domain Members
  • Configuring Workplace Join
  • Configuring Work Folders
  • Lab : Configuring Resource Access for Devices That Are Not Domain Members
  • Module 10: Securing Windows 8.1 Devices
  • Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1
  • Applying Security Settings by Using Group Policy
  • Securing Data with EFS and BitLocker
  • Configuring and Testing UAC
  • Lab : Implementing Local GPOs
  • Lab : Securing Data by Using BitLocker
  • Lab : Configuring and Testing UAC
  • 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
  • Lab : Configuring Internet Explorer Security
  • Lab : Configuring AppLocker
  • Module 12: Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 Computers
  • Optimizing Performance in Windows 8.1
  • Managing the Reliability of Windows 8.1
  • Managing Software Updates in Windows 8.1
  • Lab : Optimizing Windows 8.1 Performance
  • Lab : Maintaining Windows Updates
  • 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
  • Lab : Implementing DirectAccess by Using the Getting Started Wizard
  • Lab : Implementing Remote Desktop
  • 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
  • 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