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MS20689 - Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows® 8 (MS20689)

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  • Certifications
  • Prerequisites
  • Objectives
  • Content
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Course Overview

Duration: 3 Days

Get detailed instruction and hands-on practice upgrading your configuration and troubleshooting skills from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 in this 3-day Microsoft Official Course. This course is designed for experienced IT professionals who configure and support Windows PCs and devices. You will learn the new skills you need to support Windows 8.1 in a Windows Server domain environment with managed access to the Internet and cloud services. You will learn how to install and customize Windows 8.1 operating systems and apps, as well as how to migrate user state and settings. The labs in the course incorporate Windows PowerShell and Group Policy and other Windows management tools. With the increasing BYOD trend, learn to control access for non-domain joined Windows devices through Workplace Join services and Work Folders. Additionally, you will learn how to resolve common support issues related to Windows 8.1, including troubleshooting Internet Explorer, recovering BitLocker encrypted drives, and optimizing performance. Finally, you will learn about implementing Client Hyper-V in Windows 8.1. As part of the learning experience, you will perform hands-on exercises in a virtual lab environment. This course also helps candidates prepare for Exam 70-689, MCSA: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8. NOTE: This course is based on Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition with domain services provided by Windows Server 2012 R2.

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is IT professionals who configure and support Windows 7 or Windows 8-based PCs, devices, users, and associated network and security resources, and who wish to update their skills to Windows 8.1. The audience includes experienced IT Professionals who focus on supporting a broad range of technical issues related to Windows operating systems, devices, cloud services, applications, networking, and hardware.
A secondary audience for this course includes certification candidates who want to migrate their current credentials to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows 8.1, and have either:
  • An existing Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) level certification for Windows 7
  • An existing Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) level certification for Windows 8

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


Before attending this course, students must have:
  • Technical knowledge of networking fundamentals, including Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Familiarity with 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)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Server ® 2008 or Windows Server 2012 fundamentals
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Client fundamentals; for example, working knowledge of Windows 7
  • Knowledge of Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) components including Windows PE, Windows System Image Manager (SIM), Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), ImageX, User State Migration Tool (USMT), and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) concepts and fundamentals


Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the solutions and features related to managing Windows 8.1 in an enterprise network environment.
  • Install Windows 8.1 and upgrade previous versions of Windows to Windows 8.1.
  • Configure and manage Windows 8.1 by using Windows PowerShell, Group Policy, and Windows Intune.
  • Implement an application strategy for Windows 8.1.
  • Manage non-domain member devices and provide resource access for these devices.
  • Secure Windows 8.1 devices by using appropriate tools and technologies.
  • Configure remote access for computers running Windows 8.1.
  • Monitor and recover Windows 8.1.
  • Implement Client Hyper-V® in Windows 8.1.

Course Content

Module 1: Installing Windows 8

This module explains how to plan and perform the installation of Windows 8.


  • Introducing Windows 8
  • Preparing to Install Windows 8
  • Installing Windows 8
  • Activating Windows 8

Lab :Installing Windows 8

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the different editions of Windows 8.
  • Prepare a computer for the installation of Windows 8.
  • Install Windows 8.
  • Explain licensing and activation for Windows 8.

Module 2: Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8This module explains how to install Windows 8 on computers that are running earlier versions of Windows.Lessons

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

Lab :Migrating to Windows 8

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Upgrade to Windows 8 from a previous version of Windows.
  • Migrate to Windows 8 from a previous version of Windows.
  • Migrate user data and settings.

Module 3: Administering Windows 8This module explains how to administer Windows 8.Lessons

  • Performing the Local and the Remote Management of Windows 8
  • Implementing Group Policies
  • Administering Windows 8 with Windows Intune
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Windows PowerShell Remoting

Lab :Implementing GPOsLab :Administering Windows 8 with Windows PowerShell ISE

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain how to perform the local and the remote management of Windows 8.
  • Implement Group Policy to manage client computers running Windows 8.
  • Explain how to administer Windows 8 by using Windows Intune.
  • Administer Windows 8 by using Windows PowerShell 3.0.

Module 4: Implementing an Application Strategy for Windows 8

This module explains how to implement a strategy for deploying and managing applications on computers running Windows 8.


  • Application Deployment Options in Windows 8
  • Mitigating Application Compatibility Issues

Lab :Mitigating Application Compatibility Issues

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the application deployment options for Windows 8.
  • Mitigate application compatibility issues in Windows 8.

Module 5: Configuring ApplicationsThis module explains how to install, configure, and control applications in Windows 8.Lessons

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

Lab :Configuring Security in Internet ExplorerLab :Configuring AppLocker

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Install and configure applications.
  • Install and manage apps from the Windows Store.
  • Configure and secure Windows Internet Explorer.
  • Configure application restrictions.

Module 6: Configuring Remote AccessThis module explains how to enable remote access by configuring VPN and DirectAccess.Lessons

  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Overview of DirectAccess

Lab :Configuring DirectAccess

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure VPN access.
  • Configure DirectAccess to provide seamless remote access to intranet resources.

Module 7: Implementing Storage in Windows 8

This module explains the important storage concepts and technologies in Windows 8. It also describes how to implement BitLocker and how Microsoft SkyDrive provides cloud-based storage for Windows Live users.


  • Understanding Storage Concepts in Windows 8
  • Implementing BitLocker
  • File Caching
  • Overview of SkyDrive

Lab :Implementing BitLocker

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain the storage concepts in Windows 8.
  • Implement BitLocker.
  • Explain the file caching features that are available in Windows 8.
  • Explain how Microsoft SkyDrive provides cloud-based storage for Windows Live users.

Module 8: Protecting and Recovering Windows 8

This module explains how to configure Windows Defender, back up and restore files in Windows 8, and recover a computer running Windows 8.


  • Configuring Host-Based Virus and Malware Protection
  • Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8

Lab :Recovering Windows 8

After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Configure Windows Defender.
  • Describe how to back up and restore files in Windows 8.
  • Recover a computer running Windows 8.

Module 9: Implementing Client Hyper-VThis module introduces you to Client Hyper‑V in the Windows 8 operating system and explains the fundamentals of working with virtual machines in the Client Hyper‑V environment.Lessons

  • Overview of Client Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machine

Course ID: MS20689

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