Three big jobs for a desktop administrator are managing network objects (users, groups, and devices); configuring systems network-wide; and managing security. This course explores all three, including details on Active Directory and Azure AD.
Windows 10 is installed, device drivers installed, and the desktop is set up; what comes next? In this course, Managing Windows 10 Devices and Data, you will gain the ability to manage network objects, configure hardware, and provide for secure operation. First, you will learn to manage users, groups, and devices in a domain environment, whether on-premises Active Directory or cloud-based Azure AD. Next, you will see how to use Group Policy and cloud services to configure device policies to control access. Then, you will discover how to troubleshoot those policies and migrate them to Mobile Device Management systems. Finally, you will explore how to secure Windows devices and data through the use of password management, User Account Control, Windows Defender Antivirus, Windows Defender Firewall, and encryption technologies such as EFS and BitLocker. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to set up Windows 10 successfully for device and data management so that you can then manage connectivity and ongoing maintenance as explained in later courses. This course aligns with the learning objectives for the new MD-100 exam to obtain certification as a Modern Desktop Administrator Associate.
Glenn is President of Independent Software Inc., a Denver IT consultancy. He has been teaching advanced computer seminars around the world since 1988. He developed official Server 2008 courseware for Microsoft. Glenn has written 18 commercial books for McGraw-Hill, Wiley, IDG and Sybex. He is also a sought-after expert witness.
Course Overview Hi everyone, my name is Glen Weadock, and welcome to my course, Managing Windows 10 Devices and Data. I'm a consultant and seminar leader at Independent Software, Inc. in Colorado and an author of 18 books on Windows networking and certification. Three big responsibilities of a desktop administrator are managing users and groups, configuring devices, and managing security, and that's what this course explores, including details on account types, policies, antivirus, firewall, and encryption. Some of the major topics that we will cover include the four kinds of Windows accounts and how to configure sign‑in options, managing users and groups with on‑premises and cloud tools, understanding how the Registry and Group Policy interact, creating and securing passwords for local and domain devices, and the difference between EFS and BitLocker encryption methods. Now by the end of this course you'll know how to create local, domain, and Azure‑based users, deploy device configurations to Active Directory and Azure Active Directory, and secure systems with Microsoft Defender and Windows Firewall. You'll learn tips for migrating Group Policy settings to MDM platforms, and you'll explore how encryption helps keep data safe from prying eyes. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with Windows and Active Directory basics, but no advanced knowledge is required. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn about how to configure accounts, policies, and security with the Managing Windows 10 Devices and Data course at Pluralsight.