Configuring Windows 8.1 (M20687)


5 days


Employees of federal, state and local governments; and businesses working with the government.

Learn how to install and manage the Windows 8.1 desktop for enterprise organizations.

In this course, you will gain the skills needed administer and configure Windows 8.1in a Windows Server domain environment and also provide secure, managed access to users from their non-domain joined Windows devices. You will learn to install and customize Windows 8.1 operating systems and apps, integrate and control access to domains and cloud services, and migrate and synchronize settings across multiple devices. You will work with mobile security and customize configurations using Windows management tools including Group Policy and Windows PowerShell.

You will also cover how to configure user settings and profiles, local and remote network connectivity, Client Hyper-V, virtual apps, and Internet Explorer 11. Finally, you will learn how to optimize security and provide controlled access from Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to specified resources through Workplace Join services and Work Folders.

This course incorporates material from Configuring Windows 8 (M20687) and it can assist you in your preparation for Exam 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1.

NOTE: This course is based on Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition with domain services provided by Windows Server 2012 R2.

What You’ll Learn

  • Determine requirements and perform the tasks for installing and deploying Windows 8.1
  • Manage profiles and user state between Windows devices
  • Configure disks, partitions, volumes, and device drivers in a Windows 8.1 system
  • Configure network connectivity
  • Configure resource connectivity for both domain-joined and non-domain joined PCs and devices
  • Implement Windows 8.1 technologies to secure network connections
  • Configure file, folder, and printer access
  • Implement tools and technologies that can help secure Windows 8.1 PCs and devices
  • Configure and control desktop apps, Windows Store apps, and virtual apps
  • Optimize and maintain Windows 8.1 PCs and devices
  • Configure mobile computer settings and to enable remote access
  • Determine how to recover Windows 8.1 from various failures
  • Describe and configure Client Hyper-V

Who Needs to Attend

IT professionals who configure and support Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 computers, devices, users and associated network and security resources


You should have the following technical knowledge to attend this course:

  • Networking fundamentals, including Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Principles and fundamentals of active directory domain services (AD DS) management
  • Understanding of the public key infrastructure (PKI) components and working knowledge of the fundamentals of active directory certificate services (AD CS)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 R2 fundamentals
  • Microsoft Windows Client fundamentals
  • Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) components including Windows PE, Windows SIM, VAMT, ImageX, USMT, and DISM concepts and fundamentals
  • Basic understanding of Windows PowerShell syntax

Course Outline

1. Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Network Environment

  • Managing Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Environment
  • Overview of Windows 8.1

2. Installing and Deploying Windows 8 .1

  • Preparing to Install Windows 8.1
  • Installing Windows 8.1
  • Customizing and Preparing an Image for Deployment
  • Volume Activation for Windows 8.1

3. Managing Profiles and User State in Windows 8.1

  • Managing User Accounts and Profiles
  • Configuring User State Virtualization
  • Migrating User Data and Settings

4. Tools Used for Configuring and Managing Windows 8.1

  • Tools Used to Perform Local and Remote Management of Windows 8.1
  • Using Windows PowerShell to Configure and Manage Windows 8.1
  • Using Group Policy for Management

5. Managing Disks and Device Drivers

  • Managing Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs)
  • Installing and Configuring Device Drivers

6. Configuring Network Connectivity

  • Configuring IPv4 Network Connectivity
  • Configuring IPv6 Network Connectivity
  • Implementing Automatic IP Address Allocation
  • Implementing Name Resolution
  • Troubleshooting Network Connectivity

7. Configuring Resource Access for Domain-Joined and Non-Domain Joined Devices

  • Configuring Domain Access for Windows 8.1 Devices
  • Managing Non-Domain Devices
  • Configuring Workplace Join
  • Configuring Work Folders

8. Implementing Network Security

  • Threats to Network Security
  • Configuring Windows Firewall
  • Securing Network Traffic
  • Guarding Against Malware

9. Configuring File Access and Printers on Windows 8 Clients

  • Managing File Access
  • Managing Shared Folders
  • Configuring File and Folder Compression
  • Managing Printers
  • Overview of SkyDrive

10. Securing Windows 8.1 Devices

  • Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1
  • Implementing Local Policies
  • Securing Data with Encrypting File System and BitLocker
  • Configuring User Account Control

11. Configuring Applications for Windows 8.1

  • Application Deployment options in Windows 8.1
  • Managing Windows Store Apps
  • Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
  • Configuring Application Restrictions in the Enterprise

12. Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 CComputers

  • Optimizing the Performance of Windows 8.1
  • Managing the Reliability of Windows 8.1
  • Managing Windows 8.1 Updates

13. Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access

  • Configuring Mobile Computers and Device Settings
  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Configuring Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance
  • DirectAccess

14. Recovering Windows 8 .1

  • Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8.1
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8.1

15. Configuring Client Hyper-V

  • Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Snapshots


Lab 1a: Install Windows 8.1

  • Perform a Clean Installation of Windows 8

Lab 1b: Customize and Capture an 8.1 image

  • Create and Configure an Answer File
  • Use an Answer File to Install Windows 8.1 on Reference image
  • Prepare and Capture a Windows 8.1 Reference image

Lab 1c: Deploy an 8.1 image

  • Use DISM to Deploy a Windows Image

Lab 2a: Configure Profiles and User State Virtualization

  • Configure Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection
  • Implement and Configure UE-V

Lab 2b: Migrate User State by Using USMT

  • Create and Customizie USMT XML Files
  • Capture and Restore User State to a Target Computer

Lab 3: Use Management Tools to Configure Windows 8.1 Settings

  • Manage Windows 8.1 by Using Group Policy
  • Implement Windows PowerShell Remoting

Lab 4a: Manage Disks

  • Create Volumes
  • Configure Quotas
  • Work with VHDs

Lab 4b: Configure Device Drivers

  • Install Device Drivers
  • Manage Device Drivers

Lab 5a: Configure Network Connection

  • Enable Automatic IPv4 Configuration
  • Configure IPv4 Manually

Lab 5b: Resolve Network Connectivity Issues

  • Create a Simulated Network Connectivity Problem
  • Resolve a Network Connectivity Problem

Lab 6: Configuring Resource Access for Non-Domain Joined Devices

  • Implementing Workplace Join
  • Configuring Work Folders

Lab 7a: Configure Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules

  • Create an Inbound Firewall Rule
  • Create an Outbound Firewall Rule

Lab 7b: Configure Connection Security Rules

Lab 7c: Configuring Malware Protection

  • Configure Windows Defender

Lab 8a: Configure File Access

  • Create a Shared Folder for All Users
  • Create a Shared Folder for the Marketing Group

Lab 8b: Configure Printers

  • Create and Share a Local Printer

Lab 9a: Implement Local Group Policy Objects

  • Create Multiple Local Group Policy Objects
  • Test the Application of the Local Group Policy Objects

Lab 9b: Secure Data

  • Protect Files with Bitlocker

Lab 9c: Configure User Account Control (UAC)

  • Modify UAC Prompts

Lab 10a: Configure Internet Explorer Security

  • Configure Internet Explorer

Lab 10b: Configure AppLocker

  • Configure AppLocker Rules
  • Test the AppLocker Rules

Lab 11a: Optimize Windows 8.1 Performance

  • Create a Performance Baseline
  • Introduce Additional Workload
  • Measure System Responsiveness Under Load

Lab 11b: Maintain Windows Updates

  • Configure Windows Update

Lab 12a: Configure a Power Plan

  • Create and Configure a New Power Plan

Lab 12b: Implement DirectAccess

  • Validate the DirectAccess Deployments

Lab 12c: Implement Remote Desktop

  • Configure a Remote Desktop Connection

Lab 13: Recover Windows 8.1

  • Explore Windows 8 Recovery Options
  • Introduce a Simulated Problem
  • Resolve the Problem

Lab 14: Configure Client Hyper-V

  • Install Client Hyper-V
  • Create a Virtual Network in a Virtual Machine