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Exam Ref 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1

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Fully updated for Windows 8.1! Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-687 - and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of configuring Windows 8.1 in the enterprise. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA or MCSE level.

Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives:

  • Install and upgrade to Windows 8.1

  • Configure hardware and applications

  • Configure network connectivity

  • Configure access to resources

  • Configure remote access and mobility

  • Monitor and maintain Windows clients

  • Configure backup and recovery options

  • This Microsoft Exam Ref:

  • Organizes its coverage by objectives for Exam 70-688.

  • Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you.

  • Designed for IT professionals who have real-world experience configuring or supporting Windows 8.1 computers, devices, users, and associated network and security resources.

  • Note: Exam 70-688 counts as credit toward MCSA and MCSE certifications

    Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
      1. Microsoft certifications
      2. Acknowledgments
      3. Errata & book support
      4. We want to hear from you
      5. Stay in touch
      6. Preparing for the exam
    2. 1. Install and upgrade to Windows 8.1
      1. Objective 1.1: Evaluate hardware readiness and compatibility
        1. Choose the ideal Windows 8.1 edition
        2. Perform readiness tests
        3. Choose an installation option (clean or upgrade)
        4. Objective summary
        5. Objective review
      2. Objective 1.2: Install Windows 8.1
        1. Perform manual installations and upgrades
        2. Perform a clean installation
        3. Upgrade from Windows 7
        4. Upgrade from Windows 8
        5. Migrate from previous versions of Windows
          1. Use the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard on stand-alone workstations
          2. Automate installations in enterprises
        6. Install additional Windows features
          1. Install additional features
          2. Configure Windows for additional languages
            1. Add a language
            2. Download and install language packs
            3. Change your Windows display language
            4. Switch between keyboards
            5. Add a keyboard layout for a language
        7. Install as Windows To Go and to VHD
          1. Install as Windows To Go
          2. Install to VHD
        8. Explore the custom Windows 8.1 installation
        9. Objective summary
        10. Objective review
      3. Objective 1.3: Migrate and configure user data
        1. Use Windows Easy Transfer
          1. Explore the User State Migration Tool
            1. Explore Windows PE
            2. Explore USMT
        2. Configure folder location
        3. Configure profiles
          1. Explore and configure a Microsoft Account profile
          2. Understand the local user profile
          3. Configure a roaming user profile
          4. Understand the mandatory user profile
        4. Objective review
      4. Chapter summary
      5. Answers
        1. Objective 1.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 1.1: Review
        3. Objective 1.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 1.2: Review
        5. Objective 1.3: Thought experiment
        6. Objective 1.3: Review
    3. 2. Configure hardware and applications
      1. Objective 2.1: Configure devices and device drivers
        1. Install and manage drivers with Device Manager
          1. Install and uninstall
          2. Disable and rollback
        2. Configure devices
          1. Use Devices and Printers
          2. Use Device Stage
        3. Use Pnputil.exe to manage the Driver Store
        4. Create a driver update policy
        5. Objective summary
        6. Objective review
      2. Objective 2.2: Install and configure desktop apps and Windows Store apps
        1. Install and repair applications
          1. MSIExec
          2. Explore the Application Compatibility Toolkit
        2. Manage access to the Windows Store
          1. Disable access using Group Policy Editor
          2. Disable access using group policies
        3. Objective summary
        4. Objective review
      3. Objective 2.3: Control access to local hardware and applications
        1. Configure application restrictions using AppLocker
        2. Configure application restrictions using Software Restriction Policies
        3. Manage installation of and access to removable devices
        4. Configure Assigned Access
        5. Objective summary
        6. Objective review
      4. Objective 2.4: Configure Internet Explorer 11 and Internet Explorer for the desktop
        1. Configure Compatibility View and explore Group Policy settings
        2. Configure security and privacy settings
        3. Manage add-ons, toolbars, extensions, search providers, and more
        4. Configure Download Manager
        5. Objective summary
        6. Objective review
      5. Objective 2.5: Configure Hyper-V
        1. Create and configure a virtual machine
          1. Create a virtual machine
          2. Configure a virtual machine
          3. Install integration services
        2. Create and manage checkpoints
        3. Create and configure virtual switches
        4. Create and configure virtual disks
        5. Move a virtual machine
        6. Objective summary
        7. Objective review
      6. Chapter summary
      7. Answers
        1. Objective 2.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 2.1: Review
        3. Objective 2.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 2.2: Review
        5. Objective 2.3: Thought experiment
        6. Objective 2.3 Review
        7. Objective 2.4: Thought experiment
        8. Objective 2.4: Review
        9. Objective 2.5: Thought experiment
        10. Objective 2.5: Review
    4. 3. Configure network connectivity
      1. Objective 3.1: Configure IP settings
        1. Configure IP settings
          1. Explore the Local Area Network Connections Properties dialog box
          2. Connect to a network
          3. Configure network locations
          4. Configure name resolution
          5. Resolve connectivity issues
            1. Network and sharing center
            2. Action Center troubleshooting tools
            3. Command-line tools
        2. Objective summary
        3. Objective review
      2. Objective 3.2: Configure networking settings
        1. Connect to a wireless network
        2. Manage preferred wireless networks
        3. Configure location-aware printing
        4. Configure network adapters
        5. Objective summary
        6. Objective review
      3. Objective 3.3: Configure and maintain network security
        1. Configure Network Discovery
        2. Configure Windows Firewall
          1. Monitor the Windows Firewall
          2. Allow an app through the Windows Firewall
        3. Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
        4. Configure connection security rules (IPsec)
        5. Create authenticated exceptions
        6. Objective summary
        7. Objective review
      4. Objective 3.4: Configure remote management
        1. Configure and use Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop
          1. Enable or disable remote features
          2. Explore Remote Desktop options
          3. Configure and use Remote Assistance
        2. Make modifications remotely using an MMC
        3. Explore Remote Management tools and configure settings
          1. Enable Remote Management
          2. Execute commands from a command prompt
          3. Make modifications remotely using Windows PowerShell
          4. Access the applicable Group Policy settings
        4. Objective summary
        5. Objective review
      5. Chapter summary
      6. Answers
        1. Objective 3.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 3.1: Review
        3. Objective 3.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 3.2: Review
        5. Objective 3.3: Thought experiment
        6. Objective 3.3: Review
        7. Objective 3.4: Thought experiment
        8. Objective 3.4: Review
    5. 4. Configure access to resources
      1. Objective 4.1: Configure shared resources
        1. Configure HomeGroup settings
        2. Configure shared folder permissions
          1. Public folder sharing
          2. Any folder sharing
          3. Other ways to share
            1. Share from a command line
            2. Share using an MMC
            3. Share using windows powershell
        3. Configure file libraries
        4. Configure shared printers
          1. Add a printer and configure sharing
          2. Share and configure a printer manually
          3. Know common print terms
        5. Set up and configure SkyDrive
        6. Objective summary
        7. Objective review
      2. Objective 4.2: Configure file and folder access
        1. Configure NTFS permissions
          1. Permission terminology and rules
          2. Basic and advanced permissions
          3. Inheritance
          4. Move, copy, and permission inheritance
          5. Icacls.exe
          6. Resource ownership
        2. Configure disk quotas
        3. Encrypt files and folders using EFS
        4. Configure object access auditing
        5. Objective summary
        6. Objective review
      3. Objective 4.3: Configure authentication and authorization
        1. Set up and configure a Microsoft account
        2. Configure authentication in workgroups and domains
          1. Password policies
          2. Account Lockout policies
        3. Configure virtual smart cards and biometrics
          1. Smart cards and virtual smart cards
          2. Use biometrics
          3. Local security settings
        4. Configure user rights
        5. Manage credentials and certificates
          1. Credentials
          2. Certificates
        6. Configure User Account Control behavior
        7. Objective summary
        8. Objective review
      4. Chapter summary
      5. Answers
        1. Objective 4.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 4.1: Review
        3. Objective 4.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 4.2: Review
        5. Objective 4.3: Thought experiment
        6. Objective 4.3: Review
    6. 5. Configure remote access and mobility
      1. Objective 5.1: Configure remote connections
        1. Configure remote authentication
          1. VPN protocols
          2. Authentication protocols
        2. Configure Remote Desktop settings
        3. Configure VPN connections and authentication
        4. Enable VPN Reconnect
        5. Configure broadband tethering
        6. Objective summary
        7. Objective review
      2. Objective 5.2: Configure mobility options
        1. Configure offline file policies
        2. Configure power policies
          1. Use powercfg.exe
          2. Create power policies
        3. Configure sync options
          1. Sync Center and configuring Sync Options
          2. Configure sync options in PC Settings
          3. Work Folders
        4. Configure Wi-Fi Direct
        5. Configure Windows To Go
          1. Create a workspace with the Create a Windows To Go Workspace Wizard
          2. Create a workspace with Windows PowerShell
        6. Objective summary
        7. Objective review
      3. Objective 5.3: Configure security for mobile devices
        1. Configure BitLocker
          1. Configure BitLocker from Control Panel
          2. Configure BitLocker using Manage-BDE
        2. Configure BitLocker To Go
        3. Configure startup key storage
        4. Objective summary
        5. Objective review
      4. Chapter summary
      5. Answers
        1. Objective 5.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 5.1: Review
        3. Objective 5.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 5.2: Review
        5. Objective 5.3: Thought experiment
        6. Objective 5.3: Review
    7. 6. Monitor and maintain Windows clients
      1. Objective 6.1: Configure and manage updates
        1. Update Windows Store apps
        2. Configure update settings
          1. Windows Server Update Services
        3. Manage update history
        4. Roll back updates
        5. Configure Windows Update policies
          1. Do Not Display “Install Updates And Shut Down” Option In Shut Down Windows
          2. Do Not Adjust Default Option To “Install Updates And Shut Down” In Shut Down Windows
          3. Enabling Windows Update Power Management To Automatically Wake Up The System To Install Scheduled Updates
          4. Always Automatically Restart At The Scheduled Time
          5. Configure Automatic Updates
          6. Specify Intranet Microsoft Update Service Location
          7. Automatic Updates Detection Frequency
          8. Do Not Connect To Any Windows Update Internet Locations
          9. Allow Non-Administrators To Receive Update Notifications
          10. Turn On Software Notifications
          11. Allow Automatic Updates Immediate Installation
          12. Turn On Recommended Updates Via Automatic Updates
          13. No Auto-Restart With Logged On Users For Scheduled Automatic Updates Installations
          14. Re-Prompt For Restart With Scheduled Installations
          15. Delay Restart For Scheduled Installations
          16. Reschedule Automatic Updates Scheduled Installations
          17. Enable Client-Side Targeting
          18. Allow Signed Updates From An Intranet Microsoft Update Service Location
        6. Objective summary
        7. Objective review
      2. Objective 6.2: Manage local storage
        1. Manage disk volumes
          1. Terms you need to know
          2. Use Disk Management
          3. Use Diskpart
          4. Check Disk and Disk Cleanup
        2. Manage file system fragmentation
        3. Manage Storage Spaces
        4. Objective summary
        5. Objective review
      3. Objective 6.3: Monitor system performance
        1. Configure Task Manager
          1. Processes tab
          2. Performance tab
          3. App History tab
          4. Startup tab
          5. Users tab
          6. Details tab
          7. Services tab
        2. Monitor system resources
        3. Configure indexing options
        4. Configure and analyze event logs
        5. Configure event subscriptions
        6. Optimize networking performance
          1. Basic troubleshooting tools
          2. Performance Monitor
        7. Objective summary
        8. Objective review
      4. Chapter summary
      5. Answers
        1. Objective 6.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 6.1: Review
        3. Objective 6.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 6.2: Review
        5. Objective 6.3: Thought experiment
        6. Objective 6.3: Review
    8. 7. Configure system and data options
      1. Objective 7.1: Configure system recovery
        1. Perform a driver rollback
        2. Configure a recovery drive
          1. Use Windows RE
          2. Use additional recovery tools
        3. Configure System Restore and create a restore point
        4. Perform a refresh or recycle
        5. Objective summary
        6. Objective review
      2. Objective 7.2: Configure file recovery
        1. Recover files from SkyDrive
        2. Configure File History
        3. Restore previous versions of files and folders
        4. Objective summary
        5. Objective review
      3. Chapter summary
      4. Answers
        1. Objective 7.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 7.1: Review
        3. Objective 7.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 7.2: Review
    9. A. About the author
    10. Index
    11. About the Author
    12. Copyright