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MS 20689 - Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8 .1

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This three day course is designed for IT Professionals who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. The course focuses on the new features and func... READ MORE

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MS 20689 - Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8 .1

Course Length: 3 Days

This three day course is designed for IT Professionals who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. The course focuses on the new features and functionality in Windows 8.1 and related tools and cloud services that pertain to:

  • Installation and activation
  • Upgrades and migration
  • Local and remote administration including Group Policy, Windows Intune and Windows PowerShell
  • Application solutions and compatibility
  • Internet Explorer
  • Remote access, VPN, and DirectAccess client configuration
  • Storage
  • Security
  • Troubleshooting and recovery
  • Client Hyper-V
  • Online services.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan and perform the installation of Windows 8.1
  • Install Windows 8.1 on computers that are running an existing operating system
  • Administer Windows 8.1 with administration tools, Group Policy, Windows Intune and Windows PowerShell
  • Implement an application strategy for Windows 8.1
  • Configure and control applications, application compatibility and Internet Explorer
  • Enable Windows 8.1 remote access with VPNs and DirectAccess
  • Implement and manage storage in Windows 8 including BitLocker and SkyDrive
  • Determine how to recover Windows 8.1 from various failures
  • Implement Client Hyper-V and VHDs for Windows 8.1 and use it to support legacy applications
  • Implement the online features of Windows 8.1 by using the boot from VHD feature


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Technical knowledge of networking fundamentals, including 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 2008 R2 fundamentals
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Client fundamentals; for example, working knowledge of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and/or Windows 7
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of management and experience using the Microsoft Office 2010 system or the Microsoft Office 2007 system
  • Knowledge of Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) 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

Intended Audience

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 8.1 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.

MS 20689 - Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8 .1

Module 1: Installing Windows 8.1

  • Introducing Windows 8.1
  • Preparing to Install Windows 8.1
  • Installing Windows 8.1
  • Activating Windows 8.1
  • Lab: Installing Windows 8.1
  • Planning to Install Windows 8.1
  • Performing a Clean Installation of Windows 8.1

Module 2: Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8.1

  • Upgrading to Windows 8.1
  • Migrating to Windows 8.1
  • Migrating User Data and Settings
  • Lab: Migrating to Windows 8.1
  • Migrating User Data with USMT

Module 3: Administering Windows 8.1

  • Performing the Local and the Remote Management of Windows 8.1
  • Implementing Group Policies
  • Administering Windows 8.1 with Windows Intune
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Windows PowerShell Remoting
  • Lab: Implementing GPOs
  • Creating Multiple GPOs
  • Testing the Application of the GPOs
  • Lab: Administering Windows 8.1 with Windows PowerShell ISE
  • Performing Common Administrative Tasks

Module 4: Implementing an Application Strategy for Windows 8.1

  • Application Deployment Options in Windows 8.1
  • Mitigating Application Compatibility Issues
  • Lab: Mitigating Application Compatibility Issues
  • Analyzing Applications for Potential Compatibility Issues
  • Identifying Application Compatibility Issues

Module 5: Configuring Applications

  • 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 Explorer
  • Configuring Internet Explorer
  • Lab: Configuring AppLocker
  • Configuring AppLocker Rules
  • Testing AppLocker Rules

Module 6: Configuring Remote Access

  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Overview of DirectAccess
  • Lab: Configuring DirectAccess
  • Enabling a Remote Access Server
  • Implementing DirectAccess

Module 7: Implementing Storage in Windows 8.1

  • Understanding Storage Concepts in Windows 8.1
  • Implementing BitLocker
  • File Caching
  • Overview of SkyDrive
  • Lab: Implementing BitLocker
  • Recovering a Drive Encrypted by BitLocker

Module 8: Protecting and Recovering Windows 8.1

  • Configuring Host-Based Virus and Malware Protection
  • Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8.1
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8.1
  • Lab: Recovering Windows 8.1
  • Exploring Recovery Options in Windows 8.1
  • Introducing a Simulated Problem
  • Resolving the Problem

Module 9: Implementing Client Hyper-V

  • Overview of Client Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Snapshots
  • Lab: Implementing Client Hyper-V
  • Installing Client Hyper-V
  • Creating a Virtual Network and a Virtual Machine
  • Managing Virtual Machines

Module 10: Implementing the Online Features of Windows 8.1

    Lab: Implementing the Online Features of Windows 8.1
  • Renaming Your Host Computer
  • Using SkyDrive
  • Installing an App from the Windows Store

MCSA: Windows 8 certification

MCSA: Windows 8 certification

The skills for your professional career

Prove you have the expertise to configure, manage, and maintain a Windows 8 enterprise system.

Earning an MCSA: Windows 8 certification will qualify you for a position as a computer support specialist.


Exam title

Optional training

Required exam


Configuring Windows 8.1



Supporting Windows 8.1



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