20689 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows® 8

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This course provides material for:
Microsoft Exam code: 70-689


In this class, IT Professionals will upgrade their technical skills from Windows 7 to Windows 8. The course focuses on the new features and functionality in Windows 8 and related tools and cloud services.


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
  • Administer Windows 8 with administration tools, Group Policy, Windows Intune and Windows PowerShell
  • Implement an application strategy for Windows 8
  • Configure and control applications, application compatibility and Internet Explorer
  • Enable Windows 8 remote access with VPNs and DirectAccess
  • Implement and manage storage in Windows 8 including BitLockerand SkyDrive
  • Determine how to recover Windows 8 from various failures
  • Implement Client Hyper-V and VHDs for Windows 8 and use it to support legacy applications
  • Implement the online features of Windows 8 by using the boot from VHD feature


The primary audience for this course is information technology (IT) professionals who are experienced Windows 7 administrators or support technicians and want to update their skills to Windows 8 and associated administration tools and cloud services. The secondary audience for this course includes certification candidates who have an existing Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) level certification for Windows 7 and who want to upgrade those credentials to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows 8.


Installing Windows 8

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

Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8

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

Administering Windows 8

  • 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 GPOs
  • Lab : Administering Windows 8 with Windows PowerShell ISE

Implementing an Application Strategy for Windows 8

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

Configuring Applications

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

Configuring Remote Access

  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Overview of DirectAccess
  • Lab : Configuring DirectAccess

Implementing Storage in Windows 8

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

Protecting and Recovering 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

Implementing Client Hyper-V

  • Overview of Client Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Snapshots
  • Lab : Implementing Client Hyper-V

Implementing Online Features of Windows 8

  • Lab : Implementing Online Features in Windows 8

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Teaching mode:
Classroom - Instructor Led
Online - Instructor Led
Duration: 3 days
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