Configuring Windows 8
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Candidates for this exam are IT professionals who configure or support Windows 8 computers, devices, users and associated network and security resources. The networks with which these professionals typically work are configured as a domain-based or peer-to-peer environment with access to the Internet and cloud services. The IT professional could be a consultant, full-time desktop support technician, or an IT generalist who administers Windows 8-based computers and devices as a portion of their broader technical responsibilities.
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Exam 70-687: Configuring Windows 8: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 8
Skills Being Measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.
The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.
Install and Upgrade to Windows 8 (14%)
Evaluate hardware readiness and compatibility.
This objective may include but is not limited to: determine whether 32 bit or 64 bit is appropriate; determine screen resolution; choose between an upgrade or a clean installation; determine which SKU to install
Install Windows 8.
This objective may include but is not limited to: install as Windows to Go; migrate from Windows XP or Windows Vista; upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 or from one edition of Windows 8 to another edition of Windows 8; install VHD
Migrate and configure user data.
This objective may include but is not limited to: migrate user profiles; configure folder redirection; configure profiles
Configure Hardware and Applications (16%)
Configure devices and device drivers.
This objective may include but is not limited to: install, update, disable, and roll back drivers; resolve driver issues; configure driver settings
Install and configure desktop applications.
This objective may include but is not limited to: set compatibility mode; install and repair applications by using Windows Installer; configure default program settings; modify file associations; manage App-V applications
Install and configure Windows Store applications.
This objective may include but is not limited to: install, reinstall, and update Metro applications; restrict Windows Store content; add internal content (side loading); disable Windows Store
Control access to local hardware and applications.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure AppLocker; configure access through Group Policy or local security policy; manage installation of removable devices
Configure Internet Explorer.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure compatibility view; configure security settings; manage add-ons; configure websockets; configure Download Manager
This objective may include but is not limited to: create and configure virtual machines; create and manage snapshots; create and configure virtual switches; create and configure virtual disks
Configure Network Connectivity (15%)
Configure IP settings.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure name resolution; connect to a network; configure network locations; resolve connectivity issues
Configure networking settings.
This objective may include but is not limited to: connect to a wireless network; manage preferred wireless networks; configure network adapters; configure location-aware printing
Configure and maintain network security.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure Windows Firewall; configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security; configure connection security rules (IPSec); configure authenticated exceptions; configure network discovery; manage wireless security
Configure remote management.
This objective may include but is not limited to: choose the appropriate remote management tools; configure remote management settings; modify settings remotely by using MMCs or Windows PowerShell
Configure Access to Resources (14%)
Configure shared resources.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure shared folder permissions; configure HomeGroup settings; configure file libraries; configure shared printers; set up and configure SkyDrive; configure Near Field Communication (NFC)
Configure file and folder access.
This objective may include but is not limited to: encrypt files and folders by using EFS; configure NTFS permissions; configure disk quotas; configure object access auditing
Configure local security settings.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure local security policy; configure User Account Control (UAC) behavior; configure Secure Boot; configure SmartScreen filter
Configure authentication and authorization.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure rights; manage credentials; manage certificates; configure smart cards; configure biometrics; configure picture password; configure PIN; set up and configure Windows Live ID
Configure Remote Access and Mobility (14%)
Configure remote connections.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure remote authentication; configure Remote Desktop settings; establish VPN connections and authentication; enable VPN reconnect; manage broadband connections
Configure mobility options.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure offline file policies; configure power policies; configure Windows to Go; configure sync options; configure WiFi direct
Configure security for mobile devices.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go policies; configure startup key storage; configure remote wipe; configure location settings (GPS)
Monitor and Maintain Windows Clients (13%)
Configure and manage updates.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure update settings; configure Windows Update policies; manage update history; roll back updates; update Metro applications
Manage local storage.
This objective may include but is not limited to: manage disk volumes; manage file system fragmentation; manage storage spaces
Monitor system performance.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure and analyze event logs; configure event subscriptions; configure Task Manager; monitor system resources; optimize networking performance; optimize the desktop environment; configure indexing options
Configure Backup and Recovery Options (14%)
This objective may include but is not limited to: create a system recovery disk; back up files, folders, and full system; schedule backups
Configure system recovery options.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure system restore; determine when to choose last known good configuration; perform a complete restore; perform a driver rollback; perform a push button refresh or reset; configure startup settings
Configure file recovery options.
This objective may include but is not limited to: configure file restore points; restore previous versions of files and folders; configure File History
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