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Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8

This three day course is designed primarily for IT Professionals who want to upgrade their technical skills from Windows 7 to Windows 8. The course focuses on the new features and functionality in Windows 8 and related tools and cloud services that pertain to installation, activation, upgrades and migration, local and remote administration including Group Policy, Windows Intune and Windows PowerShell, application solutions and compatibility, Internet Explorer, remote access, VPN and DirectAccess client configuration, storage and security, troubleshooting and recovery, Client Hyper-V, and online services. This course also serves as preparation for Exam 70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8.

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Praha3 19 150 CZK included in course price 30
Brno3 19 150 CZK included in course price 30
Bratislava3 420,00 EUR 178,00 EUR 30

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Audience profile

The primary audience for this course is information technology (IT) professionals who are experienced Windows 7 administrators or support technicians and want to update their skills to Windows 8 and associated administration tools and cloud services.
The secondary audience for this course includes certification candidates who have an existing Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) level certification for Windows 7 and who want to migrate their current credentials to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) for Windows 8.

At course completion students will be able

Plan and perform the installation of Windows 8.
Install Windows 8 on computers that are running an existing operating system.
Administer Windows 8 with administration tools, Group Policy, Windows Intune and Windows PowerShell
Implement an application strategy for Windows 8.
Configure and control applications, application compatibility and Internet Explorer
Enable Windows 8 remote access with VPNs and DirectAccess
Implement and manage storage in Windows 8 including BitLocker and SkyDrive.
Determine how to recover Windows 8 from various failures.
Implement Client Hyper-V and VHDs for Windows 8 and use it to support legacy applications.
Use the boot from VHD feature to test online features of Windows 8.


Knowledge in extent of the courses which are listed in the bellow sections Previous Courses and Related Courses
Good understanding of TCP/IP and DNS technologies

Teaching methods

Instructor-led classroom training with self-paced practical exercises in computer-based virtual environment on Hyper-V platform
Self-paced excercises usually take at least one third of the time spent on the course

Student materials

Microsoft Learning (MSL) official student training kit in English
The student kit contains a book with the presentations used during the course as well as detailed procedures for practical exercises. Excercises usually take at least one third of the time spent on the course
The student kit also represents a valid license to attend the course. Every student is officially required to have the student kit available for his own use during the course. If the student already owns student kit from a previous training, it is not necessarily required to pay for it again

Course outline

Introducing Windows 8
Preparing to Install Windows 8
Installing Windows 8
Automating the Installation of Windows 8
Activating Windows 8
Upgrading to Windows 8
Migrating to Windows 8
Migrating User Data and Settings
Local and Remote Management of Windows 8
Implementing Group Policies
Administering Windows 8 with Windows Intune
Introduction to Windows PowerShell 3.0
Windows PowerShell Remoting
Using Windows PowerShell Cmdlets
Application Deployment Options in Windows 8
Application Compatibility
Install and Configure Applications
Managing Apps from the Windows Store
Configure Internet Explorer Settings
Configuring Application Restrictions in the Enterprise
Configuring VPN Access
Overview of DirectAccess
Understanding Storage Concepts in Windows 8
Implementing BitLocker
File Caching
Overview of SkyDrive
Configuring Host-Based Virus and Malware Protection
Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8
Recovery options in Windows 8
Overview of Client Hyper-V
Creating Virtual Machines
Managing Virtual Hard Disks
Managing Snapshots

Preparation for Microsoft certification

Most Microsoft certification exams do not require students to attend an official MOC course in order to pass the exam. This applies to all certifications except for MCM
Official Microsoft MOC courses as well as our own GOC courses are good ways of preparation for Microsoft certifications such as MCP, MTA, MCSA, MCSE or MCM
This does not mean that official MOC courses would serve as the only necessary praparation. The primary goal of an MOC course is to provide for sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical experience to effectively work with the related product
MOC courses usually cover most of the topics required by their respective certification exams, but often do not give every topic the same amount of time and emphassis as may be required to completelly pass the exam

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