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Managing and Maintaining Windows 8

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This Microsoft Windows 8 training course with James Conrad covers how to manage and maintain Windows 8....
This Microsoft Windows 8 training course with James Conrad covers how to manage and maintain Windows 8.

Related area of expertise:
  • Desktop Support

Recommended skills:
  • Basic PC hardware skills
  • Basic Windows knowledge
  • If necessary, consider all or parts of the A+ 2012 course and the 70-687 course as a foundation
  • Windows Server 2012 knowledge would also be helpful. Consider the 70-410 course to learn a server foundation.

Recommended equipment:
  • Viewers who also want to practice Windows 8 administration on their own can do follow most of the demos on a single Windows 8 computer. However, it is strongly recommended that you use virtualization software such as virtual box, VMware, or Hyper-V to install and test multiple other machines. In particular, much of this course uses multiple machines at once and you will need at least a domain controller and one other server besides Windows 8.

  • Related certification:
    • MCSA: Windows 8

    Related job functions:
    • High-level help desk professionals
    • Desktop planners
    • Server admins

    Get ready to learn Windows 8 with James Conrad. From Windows to Go to managing mobile devices, this course covers all objectives of the Microsoft 70-688 exam. Whether you're looking to obtain MCSA: Windows 8 certification, or need to learn Windows 8 skills for your job, James has you covered.

    This course is geared more toward desktop planners and implementers. Many viewers are likely to also be responsible for at least some server and Active Directory management.
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    1. Series Introduction (4 min)
    2. Windows to Go (15 min)
    3. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (24 min)
    4. Session Virtualization, Multiboot, Native VHD Boot (47 min)
    5. Alternative Installation Methods (32 min)
    6. User Profiles (38 min)
    7. Migration and Folder Redirection (38 min)
    8. Desktop Applications (27 min)
    9. App-V (20 min)
    10. Internet Explorer (22 min)
    11. Office 365 (21 min)
    12. Windows Store and Applocker (27 min)
    13. Name Resolution and IPv4 (32 min)
    14. IPv6 and Wireless (35 min)
    15. Windows Firewall (17 min)
    16. VPN Connections (18 min)
    17. Remote Administration: WinRM and RDP (23 min)
    18. Remote Administration: PowerShell, RSAT, and MMC (18 min)
    19. Remote Administration: Local vs Microsoft Accounts, Workgroup vs Domain (19 min)
    20. Authentication: Logon Alternatives and Smartcards (14 min)
    21. Manage Data Storage (30 min)
    22. Manage Data Security (37 min)
    23. Manage Hardware and Printers (32 min)
    24. Manage Mobile Devices (24 min)
    25. Design a Recovery Solution (30 min)
    26. Manage Endpoint Security (40 min)
    27. Manage Clients by Using Windows Intune (33 min)
    28. Monitor and Maintain Clients by Using MDOP (41 min)

    Series Introduction


    Hello, My name is James Conrad. And it's my pleasure to have you here with me on this journey through the 7-688 exam preparation series from CBT Nuggets. The name of the exam is Managing and Maintaining Windows 8. This does assume some foundational level of Windows.


    So if you haven't already taken my series here for the 70-687, I recommend you go back and review that. That has a lot of great material that'll be foundational to what you're about to learn here. When we take a look here, though, at this particular series for the 688, we'll start with one of the exam objectives of Windows to go.


    This is a great way to take Windows with you without having a whole desktop of your own. You'll see here that it's very portable and flexible. We also will take a look at something that's very important in the IT landscape today. That's the virtual desktop infrastructure and session virtualization.


    Everything's really moving off of users' own desktops. That's what VDI is about, so that you can take your desktop and have it managed elsewhere, in some kind of a centralized location. And the same is true with session virtualization. We take a look at profiles.


    In other words, all your user's settings and preferences, and also the folder, and folder redirection. These are two things that are kind of flip side of a coin in giving the user their entire workspace that they need to both be productive and comfortable in what they're working on.


    Here we take a look, also, at desktop, and at vApps. Desktop are the traditional kinds of apps that you would normally expect to install. And then vApps are a great way to install an application without really installing it. It's kind of sandboxed and protected from the rest of your applications and operating system.


    We take a look at Internet Explorer in Office 365. Wow, this is huge. Office 365 is very full featured. And it gives you a great amount of quality features for what I think is a relatively low price. But you'll have to price it out for yourself. And we also take a look here at the Windows Store and the Windows Store apps, as well as AppLocker.


    And then, as we continue on through our series, we'll take a look at networking. And in particular, we'll look at wireless networks. We'll look at IP version 4, IP version 6, and some of the differences between those two, which are dramatic. We'll also look at the firewall, and how to configure those settings properly, and then VPN settings.


    VPN is something that is continuing to be an important part of the IT landscape. And there's some new technologies that Microsoft is introducing here. We also take a look at remote administration. And that's basically where we want to be able to administer machines from the comfort of our own cubicle, and yet not have to actually physically visit that machine.


    A lot of different ways of doing that. Also, authentication is critical. You've got to make sure that you are who you say you are. And we can use a lot of different methods for that, everything from just conventional passwords, to biometrics, and smart cards.


    We'll look at those options, as well as data storage. There's some new things that came out with Server 2012 and Windows 8. We'll look here at how to manage your data storage in a new way. And it's a great way to collect a lot of different separate storage pieces and make them useful.


    And we, of course, also have to look at data security, primarily through shared NTFS permissions. Now we continue on with managing hardware, including printers, mobile devices, which are very difficult to secure in many instances, but I'll show you some ways that you can do that.


    We also take a look at recovery environments, so that you can get a system up and running again with something like PC refresh and reset, or file history. Lots of different options here. Endpoint security, particularly relating to System Center Configuration Manager and its endpoint protection client.


    We also look at Windows Intune, which I kind of call SCCM-lite. It gives you some of the same features of System Center, except that it's all stored in the cloud. And then we'll conclude here with MDOP, which is going to give us great options, again, to recover our systems by using the Diagnostics and Recovery toolkit, or by using MBAM to secure our hard drives, along with BitLocker itself.


    Well, I'm very excited about this series. I really put a lot of heart and soul into this. And I do hope you enjoy very much listening to it and watching it. Let's go ahead and get started with our first Nugget.

    Windows to Go

    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

    Session Virtualization, Multiboot, Native VHD Boot

    Alternative Installation Methods

    User Profiles

    Migration and Folder Redirection

    Desktop Applications


    Internet Explorer

    Office 365

    Windows Store and Applocker

    Name Resolution and IPv4

    IPv6 and Wireless

    Windows Firewall

    VPN Connections

    Remote Administration: WinRM and RDP

    Remote Administration: PowerShell, RSAT, and MMC

    Remote Administration: Local vs Microsoft Accounts, Workgroup vs Domain

    Authentication: Logon Alternatives and Smartcards

    Manage Data Storage

    Manage Data Security

    Manage Hardware and Printers

    Manage Mobile Devices

    Design a Recovery Solution

    Manage Endpoint Security

    Manage Clients by Using Windows Intune

    Monitor and Maintain Clients by Using MDOP

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