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70-688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8.1

70-688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8.1

Course Overview

The 70-688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 online training course teaches students how to plan and implement the installation, management, and maintenance of Windows 8.1. Develop your knowledge and skills in Windows 8.1 installation methods, local and remote management using bundled tools, policy and Windows PowerShell, user authentication, Windows Store and desktop apps, and mobile device management with Windows Intune. This online training course assists you in preparation for Exam 688: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 and persue the MCSA: Windows 8 certification.

Skills Learned

After completing this online training course, students will be able to:

  • Plan and implement local and remote management methods
  • Plan and implement Windows 8.1 installation methods
  • Manage user authentication and intranet connectivity
  • Implement encryption and maintain endpoint security
  • Manage user settings, profiles, file resources and print resources
  • Manage and maintain remote access and extranet connectivity
  • Manage and maintain Windows Store apps and desktop apps
  • Configure cloud services and manage Windows 8.1 clients with Windows Intune
  • Plan and implement Windows 8.1 recovery solutions

Who Should Attend This Course

This course is intended for IT Professionals who administer and support Windows client operating systems and who want to acquire the skills necessary to manage, maintain, and support Windows 8.1 users, devices, applications, and cloud services in a domain environment. This audience includes desktop support technicians, consultants, and IT generalists who have hands-on experience with prior Windows client operating systems, basic configuration skills for Windows 8.1, and basic familiarity with related Windows Server network services in a domain environment. This online training course is also appropriate for candidates preparing for Exam 688, Managing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 and pursue the MCSA: Windows 8 certification.


Before attending this online training course, students should have experience:

  • Attendance of the Configuring Windows 8.1 (687) course is recommended
  • Installing Windows operating systems and updates
  • Configuring client network connectivity
  • Installing Windows applications
  • An understanding of how Windows computers integrate with server computers in a domain environment.

Course Outline

Module 1: Planning and Implementing Management of Windows 8.1

  • Local and Remote Management of Windows 8.1
  • Using Windows PowerShell for Management
  • Using Group Policy for Management
  • Additional Tools for Managing Windows 8.1

Module 2: Designing and Implementing an Installation Strategy

  • Determining a Deployment Strategy for Windows 8.1
  • Planning a Migration Strategy for Windows 8.1
  • Planning and Implementing Additional Windows 8 Deployment Methods
  • Planning for Operating System Virtualization

Module 3: Planning and Implementing Authentication for Windows 8.1

  • User Authentication
  • Domain-Based Security

Module 4: Planning and Implementing IP Addressing and Intranet Connectivity

  • Planning IPv4 Addressing
  • Planning IPv6 Addressing
  • Wire Network Connectivity
  • Planning Wireless Network Connectivity
  • Securing Network Connectivity with Windows Firewall

Module 5: Implementing an Application Strategy for Windows 8.1

  • Planning Application Deployment
  • Sideloading a Windows Store App
  • Managing Windows Store Apps

Module 6: Planning and Implementing a Solution for User Settings

  • Managing User Profiles
  • UE-V
  • Deploying and Using UE-V

Module 7: Planning for and Configuring Cloud Services

  • Cloud Services
  • Office 365

Module 8: Planning and Implementing Windows Intune

  • Windows Intune
  • Deploying Windows Intune Clients
  • Basic Windows Intune Administration

Module 9: Managing Computers by Using Windows Intune

  • Working with Policies and Updates
  • Deploying Software with Windows Intune

Module 10: Planning and Implementing Access to File and Print Services

  • Managing Local Storage
  • Planning Access to File Shares
  • Planning File Caching
  • Planning, Installing, and Configuring Printing

Module 11: Planning and Implementing Encryption for Windows 8.1

  • Planning Encrypting File System (EFS)
  • Planning and Implementing BitLocker

Module 12: Planning and Implementing Endpoint Security

  • Planning an Update Strategy
  • Implementing Virus and Malware Protection
  • Implementing AppLocker

Module 13: Planning and Implementing Extranet Connectivity

  • Configuring Virtual Private Networks for Windows 8.1
  • Planning Direct Access for Windows 8.1
  • Managing Mobile Devices

Module 14: Planning and Implementing a Recovery Solution

  • Windows 8.1 Boot Process
  • Repairing Stability Issues in Windows 8.1
  • Planning User Data Recovery for Windows 8.1

Hands-On Labs

  • Install Windows 8
  • Perform an Unattended Installation of Windows 8
  • Migrate to Windows 8
  • Manage Disks
  • Configure Device Drivers
  • Configure Network Connection
  • Troubleshoot Network Connectivity
  • Plan the Implementation of Wireless Network Connections
  • Configure Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules
  • Create and Configure Connection Security Rules
  • Configuring Host-Based Virus and Malware Protection
  • Configure File Access
  • Configure Printers
  • Implement Local Group Policy Objects
  • Secure Data
  • Configure and Test User Account Control (UAC)
  • Configure Internet Explorer Security
  • Configure AppLocker
  • Optimize Windows 8 Performance
  • Maintain Windows Updates
  • Configure a Power Plan
  • Implement a VPN Connection
  • Implement Remote Desktop
  • Recover Windows 8


  • Expert-facilitated Virtual Online Classroom: $1,990

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