Windows 8 Configuring (70-687) Part 1: Initial Configuration

Part 1 of 4 in the Windows 8 Configuring (70-687) series focuses on initial configuration of Windows 8. This series offers an in-depth look at configuring Windows 8, focusing on the topics covered by the Microsoft 70-687 certification exam.
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(188)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 1, 2013
Duration
3h 43m
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Course info
Rating
(188)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 1, 2013
Duration
3h 43m
Description

Part 1 of 4 in the Windows 8 Configuring (70-687) series focuses on initial configuration of Windows 8. This series offers an in-depth look at configuring Windows 8, focusing on the topics covered by the Microsoft 70-687 certification exam. Students will learn how to install Windows 8, connect to any type of network, share and secure resources, and keep PCs running quickly and reliably. Whenever possible, the instructor teaches using real-world scenarios that simulate the tasks administrators must perform while on the job. Students only need a basic understanding of how to use Windows.

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Award-winning author and video instructor Tony Northrup (MCITP, MCPD, MCSE, MCTS, CISSP) has published more than 30 books covering Windows, networking, and Microsoft certification.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Evaluate Hardware Readiness and Compatibility
Hi, I'm Tony Northrup for Trainsignal, and welcome to the first lesson for the video training series covering the Microsoft 70-687 Certification Exam. This first lesson covers the first objective, "Evaluate Hardware Readiness and Compatibility. " So let's get started. This objective has four different sub-objectives. The first is 32-bit vs. 64-bit. These are memory bus bandwidths. It's really important, so we'll talk about the significance of that. The next is screen resolution which is how many little dots make up the horizontal and vertical lines on your monitor. The third is choose between an upgrade or a clean install. Again, this is "choose, " so we're not yet performing the upgrade or the clean install, but we're thinking about the right way to do it. And last is determine which SKU to install. SKU, I don't know why they use this term in the official objectives, but it just means which version of Windows 8 to install.

Install Windows 8
Hi, this is Tony Northrup for TrainSignal and welcome to this objective, Objective 1. 2 covers how to install Windows 8. So, let's look at the sub-objectives. This objective has four sub-objectives and I'm not going to cover them in this order but this is the official order. The first is Install as Windows To Go. What this does is it lets you boot Windows 8 from a USB flash drive. It's really cool! You can take a custom build of Windows 8, which has all your custom apps and even like virtual private network connections. Plug it in to any Windows 8 computer or any computer capable of running Windows 8, even if it has another operating system on it and boot it from that flash drive and then you have your own custom build there. It's perfect for organizations that want to be able to let people work from their PCs at home without having to give them mobile PCs that cost a lot of money and without worrying that they might have viruses and such installed. The second sub-objective is Migrate from Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 8. I'm going to walk you through the process of migrating from both XP and Vista because they're a little bit different, but don't worry you won't have to sit there through the entire long process. I'm going to zip you through it in just a couple of minutes and show you all the important stuff. The next sub-objective is to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 or to upgrade from one edition of Windows 8 to another edition of Windows 8 and as you start to upgrade from more recent operating systems it becomes easier and easier. So, that's going to be really a breeze and the last sub-objective is to install Windows 8 as a VHD. A VHD is a virtual hard drive file. So, basically you can put your entire Windows 8 install in one big file and this makes it really easy for you to copy it to another computer or to back it up, because you're not dealing with thousands of different files.

Configure Devices and Device Drivers
Hi, this is Tony Northrup for TrainSignal, and this video session is going to cover how to configure devices and device drivers in Windows 8. This lesson is specifically for the Microsoft Certification Exam 70-687, and it covers objective 2. 1. Now, the official objectives have three sub-objectives: Install, Update, Disable, and Roll Back Drivers; Resolve driver issues; and Configure Driver Settings. Good news, these are all pretty straightforward. It's going to go really quickly, and everything is hands-on, so this should be a fun lesson.

Install and Configure Desktop Applications
Hi, this is Tony Northrup for TrainSignal video training, and this lesson covers how to install and configure desktop applications. This lesson covers objective 2. 2 of the Microsoft 70-687 certification exam, and the official objectives list these five sub-objectives, set compatibility mode, install and repair applications by using Windows Installer, configure default program settings, modify file associations, and manage App-V applications. This is going to be a very hands-on lesson, so let's get started with a demonstration of how to configure compatibility mode for desktop applications.

Install and Configure Windows Store Applications
Hi, I'm Tony Northrup with Trainsignal, and in this video lesson we're going to be covering How to Install and Configure Windows Store Applications. This is objective 2. 3 for the Microsoft Certification Exam 70-687, and this objective has four official sub-objectives. Install, Reinstall, and Update Windows Store Applications. That basically covers really, really simple stuff where you go to the store and install an app and then remove it, and manage the apps. Anyway, it's all really simplistic and any user could handle this, so that's easy. You also learn how to Restrict Windows Store Content, and that gets a little bit more complex, but we'll show you the group policy settings that you need to know. We'll learn how to Add Internal Content. In the olden days, when everything was a desktop app, you could just install any app, however, with Windows Store apps, it's a little bit more complicated. The average user isn't allowed to install any random app. So, there's a process called Side Loading that enterprises can use to distribute their own internally developed apps, or apps that they've purchased that aren't available on the store. And the final sub-objective which we're going to cover when we cover policy is to Disable the Windows Store.

Control Access to Local Hardware and Applications
Hi, this is Tony Northrop for TrainSignal and in this video lesson, we're going to learn how to control access to local hardware and applications in Windows 8. This maps to Objective 2. 4 of the Microsoft 70-687 certification exam and their official objectives have four sub-objectives. The first is to configure AppLocker, which is a technology that gives you complete control over which apps can run on any computer in your organization. The second sub-objective is configure access through group policy and local security policy. When they say configure access, they're talking about hardware access, like which printers people can run or which other devices people allow to connect to their computers. For example, you could prevent people from connecting webcams to their computers if you wanted to. The third sub-objective, manage installation of removable devices. That's really talking about flash drives, so a lot of times people take a flash drive and connect to their computer so they can bring some work home with them. The downside to that is it could be a confidential document and you could have all these firewall rules set up to control access to your network, but if you give people the ability to copy files to a flash drive, all goes out the window as soon as they drop it in the parking lot and somebody else finds it, so a lot of organizations want to shut down those removeable flash drives and just get some control over it. I'm going to show you exactly how to do that.