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MCSA Microsoft Windows 8.1 Complete Study Guide: Exams 70-687, 70-688, and 70-689

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Comprehensive, hands-on study guide for the Microsoft Windows 8.1 exams

The MCSA: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Complete Study Guide is a comprehensive package loaded with educational study tools, including a pre-assessment test, hands-on exercises, hundreds of review questions, exclusive practice exam questions, electronic flashcards, and over an hour of author-led videos. For IT students and professionals, getting certified on Microsoft Windows 8.1 can mean huge career opportunities. Over 90% of all personal computing devices run on Windows, and those certified on the newest version will be in high demand. This comprehensive resource prepares candidates to master all the exam objectives for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 8.1 exams 70-687 and 70-688, as well as the Upgrade exam 70-689.

Through real-world scenarios and hands-on exercises, readers are given a solid background in the most essential concepts they need to know for exams. The book guides readers through installing and upgrading to Windows 8.1, configuring hardware and applications, configuring network connectivity and access to resources, monitoring and maintaining Windows clients, and more. This resource's specialized, practical focus is also a benefit to IT help desk and user support professionals who are simply looking to upgrade their skills in Windows.

  • Serves as an comprehensive, practical study guide for those preparing for their MCSA: Windows 8.1 certification

  • Covers all exam objectives and includes invaluable study tools

  • Guides readers through the installation, deployment, upgrading, and maintenance of Windows 8.1

  • Offers educational benefits for professionals looking to improve their Windows 8.1 knowledge and skills

  • MCSA: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Complete Study Guide promises not only to prepare readers for the MCSA: Windows 8.1 exams, but also for the scenarios and challenges they will encounter professionally once certification has been obtained.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright
    3. Dedication
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. About the Authors
    6. Table of Exercises
    7. Introduction
      1. Who Should Read This Book
      2. What Is Covered in This Book
      3. What's Included in the Book
      4. Interactive Online Learning Environment and Test Bank
      5. How to Use This Book
      6. How to Contact the Author
      7. Exams 70-687, 70-688, and 70-689 Objectives Map
      8. Assessment Test
      9. Answers to Assessment Test
    8. Chapter 1: Introducing Windows 8.1
      1. Navigating Windows 8.1
      2. Using Windows 8.1 Shortcuts
      3. Understanding Authentication and Authorization
      4. Using the Windows Command Prompt
      5. Using Windows PowerShell and the PowerShell ISE
      6. Summary
      7. Exam Essentials
      8. Review Questions
    9. Chapter 2: Planning the Windows 8.1 Installation
      1. Choosing a Windows 8.1 Edition
      2. Evaluating Hardware and Compatibility Requirements
      3. Choosing between an Upgrade and a Clean Install
      4. Designing an Operating System Installation Strategy
      5. Summary
      6. Exam Essentials
      7. Review Questions
    10. Chapter 3: Installing Windows 8.1
      1. Performing a Local Installation
      2. Installing and Configuring Windows To Go
      3. Creating and Installing a VHD
      4. Designing a Solution for User Settings
      5. Migrating User Data
      6. Summary
      7. Exam Essentials
      8. Review Questions
    11. Chapter 4: Using Virtualization Technologies
      1. Understanding Virtualization and Hyper-V
      2. Reviewing Requirements for Hyper-V
      3. Enabling Hyper-V
      4. Configuring Virtual Switches
      5. Creating Virtual Machines
      6. Designing a Virtual Application Strategy
      7. Summary
      8. Exam Essentials
      9. Review Questions
    12. Chapter 5: Networking
      1. Understanding Network Connectivity in an Enterprise
      2. Using the Network and Sharing Center
      3. Resolving Connectivity Issues
      4. Verifying Hardware and Cabling
      5. Summary
      6. Exam Essentials
      7. Review Questions
    13. Chapter 6: Windows Firewall and Remote Access
      1. Configuring Windows Firewall
      2. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
      3. Configuring Remote Management
      4. Summary
      5. Exam Essentials
      6. Review Questions
    14. Chapter 7: Managing Windows 8.1 in a Domain
      1. Workgroups vs. Domains
      2. Authentication and Authorization in a Domain
      3. Using Group Policy in a Domain
      4. Summary
      5. Exam Essentials
      6. Review Questions
    15. Chapter 8: Users and Groups
      1. Overview of Windows 8.1 User Accounts
      2. Logging On and Logging Off
      3. Working with User Accounts
      4. Managing User Properties
      5. Troubleshooting User Account Authentication
      6. Using, Creating, and Managing Groups
      7. Summary
      8. Exam Essentials
      9. Review Questions
    16. Chapter 9: Managing Security
      1. Managing Security
      2. Managing and Applying LGPOs
      3. Configuring User Account Control
      4. Using Advanced Security Options
      5. Using BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6. Understanding Smart Cards
      7. Managing File and Folder Security
      8. Managing Network Access
      9. Using Windows Update
      10. Using System Center 2012
      11. Summary
      12. Exam Essentials
      13. Review Questions
    17. Chapter 10: Managing Files and Disks on Windows 8.1
      1. Understanding Files and Folders
      2. Configuring Folder Sharing
      3. Managing File and Folder Security
      4. Managing Network Access to Folders
      5. Managing Local Storage
      6. Monitoring System Performance
      7. Controlling Access to Removable Media
      8. Summary
      9. Exam Essentials
      10. Review Questions
    18. Chapter 11: Managing Windows 8.1 Hardware and Printers
      1. Configuring Devices and Device Drivers
      2. Installing and Sharing Printers
      3. Monitoring and Managing Print Servers
      4. Summary
      5. Exam Essentials
      6. Review Questions
    19. Chapter 12: Monitoring System Performance and Recovery
      1. Using Task Manager
      2. Using Event Viewer
      3. Using Performance Monitor
      4. Optimizing Performance by Using Windows Performance Toolkit
      5. Troubleshooting Boot Issues
      6. Summary
      7. Exam Essentials
      8. Review Questions
    20. Chapter 13: Recovery and Backup Options
      1. System Protection
      2. File Recovery
      3. Summary
      4. Exam Essentials
      5. Review Questions
    21. Chapter 14: Installing and Configuring Applications
      1. Windows Store
      2. Supporting Desktop Apps
      3. Summary
      4. Exam Essentials
      5. Review Questions
    22. Appendix A: Answers to Review Questions
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
      9. Chapter 9
      10. Chapter 10
      11. Chapter 11
      12. Chapter 12
      13. Chapter 13
      14. Chapter 14
    23. Free Online Learning Environment
    24. End User License Agreement