Windows® 8 Introduction

Course 2404 | 4 Days

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Windows 8 Introduction

You Will Learn How To:

  • Install, manage and support the Windows 8/8.1 operating system
  • Navigate and perform administrative tasks using the Windows 8/8.1 interface
  • Create, manage and secure user accounts, groups and resources
  • Customise Windows 8/8.1 settings, network protocols and services
  • Install and configure Hyper-V virtual machines on Windows 8/8.1
Participants installing App Store downloads.

Hands-On Experience Includes:

  • Managing virtual machines with client Hyper-V
  • Customising the Windows 8/8.1 GUI
  • Configuring the system with PowerShell
  • Securing and auditing resource access
  • Creating and maintaining local and domain users and groups
  • Troubleshooting application compatibility

About This Course: As organisations adapt to rapidly shifting computing trends, Windows 8 has emerged as the first Microsoft operating system to integrate cloud, virtualisation and mobile technologies into the enterprise environment. In this course, you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to fully realise the benefits of these technologies to successfully maintain, manage and support Windows 8 and 8.1.

  • Course Info

    Course Content

    Introduction to Windows 8/8.1

    Assessing platform requirements

    • Selecting 32-bit/64-bit hardware
    • Leveraging Hyper-V virtualisation

    Installing Windows 8/8.1

    • Initiating installation from removable media
    • Deploying via the network with WDS
    • Creating Windows To Go environment

    Discovering the new technologies

    • Navigating the interface
    • Exploring the Windows Store

    Configuring and Maintaining the OS

    Optimising system configuration

    • Installing and managing device drivers
    • Refreshing and resetting the OS installation
    • Creating and attaching Virtual Hard Disks (VHD)

    Monitoring and troubleshooting the OS

    • Investigating the system with the Task Manager
    • Supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
    • Burning a Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) CD
    • Conducting administration with PowerShell

    Selecting Windows Update options

    • Scheduling patch installation
    • Considering intranet update alternatives
    • Removing problematic patches

    Managing Local and Domain Accounts

    Creating users and groups

    • Integrating Windows Live IDs
    • Supporting Workplace Join
    • Granting specific rights to groups

    Customising user profile options

    • Redirecting folders and libraries
    • Syncing user data with the cloud

    Configuring User Account Control (UAC)

    • Avoiding surreptitious administrative activity
    • Mandating UAC settings with Group Policy

    Securing Resources

    Controlling object access

    • Allowing and denying access to files and folders
    • Removing business data automatically
    • Locking down devices

    Customising permissions

    • Evaluating inheritance propagation
    • Auditing resource access
    • Checking audit logs

    Encrypting media

    • Protecting data with BitLocker To Go
    • Recovering access to encrypted volumes
    • Implementing Pervasive Device Encryption

    Optimising Network Access

    Managing Network Location Awareness (NLA)

    • Fine-tuning Windows Firewall profiles
    • Inspecting NLA-Firewall relationships

    Selecting network protocol options

    • Comparing IPv4 and IPv6 benefits and limitations
    • Troubleshooting network configurations
    • Determining appropriate protocol bindings

    Providing customised network access

    • Managing both Windows 8.1 and RT
    • Shadowing and optimising RDS sessions
    • Configuring Tethering and WiFi hotspots

    Considering Additional Windows Capabilities

    Supporting legacy desktop applications

    • Investigating built-in compatibility technologies
    • Defining application-specific Registry permissions

    Leveraging the Steps Recorder

    • Analysing end-user programme crashes
    • Editing recorded step reports

    Managing applications

    • Suspending applications
    • Fully exiting apps

    Who Should Attend

    IT and desktop support staff, systems administrators, power users and anyone wanting to gain hands-on experience with Windows 8.

    Training Hours

    Standard class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Last day class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Free optional course exam:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Each class day:
    Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest:
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • More Course Info

    What is this course about?

    In this course, you gain the skills necessary to manage, maintain and support the most advanced features and capabilities of Windows 8/8.1. You learn to configure and customise the OS for optimal performance, establish and maintain user accounts and groups, secure local and network-accessible resources, ensure application compatibility and functionality, and troubleshoot Windows 8/8.1 operating and networking systems.

    Who will benefit from this course?

    This course will be helpful to any IT staff member responsible for installing, maintaining, securing, and/or supporting Windows 8/8.1 desktop computers. It may also be helpful to system administrators, power users, managers and budget decision makers considering a move to Windows 8/8.1.

    What background do I need?

    Anyone with a Windows IT background will likely find this course of value. If you have never had experience with Windows operating systems, but have experience in other GUI operating systems, such as Mac OS or Red Hat Linux, you will likely succeed in this course.

    Will I learn how to configure my laptop to interact safely with my domain servers at work and at home?

    Yes. While we will not concentrate on home networks and personal computing, we know it is important for today's travelers to use their laptops securely wherever they work. In this course, you learn about Network Location Awareness (NLA), which provides laptop users with a safe and secure method of networking everywhere.

    Will I learn about BitLocker and BitLocker -To-Go recovery and relocking techniques?

    Yes. You will perform a BitLocker recovery in a hands-on exercise, and you will learn to schedule automatic relocking of BitLocker-encrypted drives based on time and/or events.

    Does this course cover all editions of Windows 8/8.1?

    All desktop editions are covered at some level, but this course is delivered using an enterprise desktop edition of Windows 8. Users of server products should review the course brochure topics before deciding if this course is appropriate for them.

    Will I learn to use PowerShell to manage Windows 8/8.1?

    You will learn the basic concepts and capabilities of PowerShell for routine workstation investigation and management, such as synchronising folder permissions and starting or stopping services. For a full overview of the PowerShell product, you should consider Course 969, Windows PowerShell®: Automating Administrative Tasks, which deals exclusively with PowerShell for four full days.

    Will the course be updated to include Windows 8.1?

    Yes. This course has incorporated Windows 8.1 content. General availability for Windows 8.1 was on October 18th, 2013.

    Does this course address Active Directory administration from Windows 8 workstations?

    Yes, but only in basic techniques. You will install Active Directory administrative tools onto a Windows 8/8.1 computer and use them to create domain users and groups. For a full introduction to Windows domains and the Active Directory, you should consider Course 960, Windows Server® 2008 Introduction, Course 2400, Windows® 7 Introduction or Course 2410, Windows Server® 2012 Introduction.

    How does Windows 8/8.1 fit into the Windows family?

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are the latest desktop operating systems from Microsoft. They are built on Windows 7 concepts and technologies, but include the new interface, and vastly improved performance, security and usability features.

    I have 5 years of support experience with an earlier edition of Windows. Should I take this course?

    Yes. If your company is planning to move to Windows 8, then you will benefit by becoming familiar with the user interface and the latest tools afforded by Windows 8 operating systems. If your company is already immersed in its desktop migration, you will be ready to assist this process with the knowledge gained in this course.

    How much time is spent on each topic?

    Content Hours
    Introduction to Windows 8/8.1 4.0
    Configuring and Maintaining the OS 4.0
    Managing Local and Domain Accounts 3.5
    Securing Resources 4.0
    Optimising Network Access 4.0
    Considering Additional Windows Capabilities 3.5

    Times, including the workshops, are estimates; exact times may vary according to the needs of each class.

    What kinds of hands-on exercises are performed in this course?

    Approximately 40% of the time in this course is spent on extensive hands-on exercises that provide practical experience configuring Windows 8/8.1. Exercises include:

    • Installing and customising Windows 8/8.1
    • Navigating the Windows 8/8.1 user interface
    • Browsing the Windows 8/8.1 App Store
    • Configuring the system with PowerShell
    • Managing user accounts and profiles
    • Securing resource access
    • Providing access to network resources
    • Solving application compatibility issues
    • Troubleshooting application compatibility

    I'm attending this course from work using AnyWare - Learning Tree's web-based remote attendance platform. How will that impact what I learn?

    You will participate fully in the course and acquire the same knowledge and skills as your classmates who participate in the classroom. You will have the same course materials, be able to easily communicate back and forth and ask questions of your instructors and peers, and you will control an in-classroom workstation dedicated entirely to you. Your instructor will be able to see exactly what you're doing and can interactively offer concrete help.

    How does this course help prepare me for Course 2410, Windows Server® 2012 Introduction?

    This course introduces you to Microsoft's newest desktop operating system, its interface and some of the concepts and technologies involved in domain participation. When you move forward to Course 2410, you will be better prepared to understand domain principles as well as those of desktop operating systems participating in a domain.

    I have already taken Course 2400, Windows® 7 Introduction . Will this course be of benefit to me?

    Yes. While Windows 8 is an evolution of the Windows 7 operating system core, it has some significant improvements and an entirely new interface. However, many fundamental Windows concepts are covered in both courses.

    How does this course relate to other Learning Tree courses?

    Learning Tree offers a number of courses that will help you expand upon the knowledge gained in this course and further your skills in several key areas. Those courses include:

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