Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8 (20689)


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.


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Technical knowledge of networking fundamentals, including TCP/IP, User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles and fundamentals of AD DS management
  • Understanding of the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) components and working knowledge of the fundamentals of Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 fundamentals
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Client fundamentals; for example, working knowledge of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and/or Windows 7
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of management and experience using the Microsoft Office 2010 system or the Microsoft Office 2007 system
  • Knowledge of Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) components including Windows PE, Windows System Image Manager (SIM), Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), ImageX, User State Migration Tool (USMT), and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) concepts and fundamentals


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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
  • Implement the online features of Windows 8 by using the boot from VHD feature

  OUTLINE: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8 (20689)

Module 1: Installing Windows 8

This module explains how to plan and perform the installation of Windows 8.


  • Introducing Windows 8
  • Preparing to Install Windows 8
  • Installing Windows 8
  • Activating Windows 8

Lab : Installing Windows 8

  • Planning to Install Windows 8
  • Performing a Clean Installation of Windows 8

Module 2: Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8

This module explains how to install Windows 8 on computers that are running earlier versions of Windows.


  • Upgrading to Windows 8
  • Migrating to Windows 8
  • Migrating User Data and Settings

Lab : Migrating to Windows 8

  • Migrating User Data with USMT

Module 3: Administering Windows 8

This module explains how to administer Windows 8.


  • Performing the Local and the Remote Management of Windows 8
  • Implementing Group Policies
  • Administering Windows 8 with Windows Intune
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Windows PowerShell Remoting

Lab : Implementing GPOs

  • Creating Multiple GPOs
  • Testing the Application of the GPOs

Lab : Administering Windows 8 with Windows PowerShell ISE

  • Performing Common Administrative Tasks

Module 4: Implementing an Application Strategy for Windows 8

This module explains how to implement a strategy for deploying and managing applications on computers running Windows 8.


  • Application Deployment Options in Windows 8
  • Mitigating Application Compatibility Issues

Lab : Mitigating Application Compatibility Issues

  • Analyzing Applications for Potential Compatibility Issues
  • Identifying Application Compatibility Issues

Module 5: Configuring Applications

This module explains how to install, configure, and control applications in Windows 8.


  • Install and Configure Applications
  • Managing Apps from the Windows Store
  • Configuring Settings in Internet Explorer
  • Configuring Application Restrictions in the Enterprise

Lab : Configuring Security in Internet Explorer

  • Configuring Internet Explorer

Lab : Configuring AppLocker

  • Configuring AppLocker Rules
  • Testing AppLocker Rules

Module 6: Configuring Remote Access

This module explains how to enable remote access by configuring VPN and DirectAccess.


  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Overview of DirectAccess

Lab : Configuring DirectAccess

  • Enabling a Remote Access Server
  • Implementing DirectAccess

Module 7: Implementing Storage in Windows 8

This module explains the important storage concepts and technologies in Windows 8.It also describes how to implement BitLocker and how Microsoft SkyDrive provides cloud-based storage for Windows Live users.


  • Understanding Storage Concepts in Windows 8
  • Implementing BitLocker
  • File Caching
  • Overview of SkyDrive

Lab : Implementing BitLocker

  • Recovering a Drive Encrypted by BitLocker

Module 8: Protecting and Recovering Windows 8

This module explains how to configure Windows Defender, back up and restore files in Windows 8, and recover a computer running Windows 8.


  • Configuring Host-Based Virus and Malware Protection
  • Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8

Lab : Recovering Windows 8

  • Exploring Recovery Options in Windows 8
  • Introducing a Simulated Problem
  • Resolving the Problem

Module 9: Implementing Client Hyper-V

This module introduces you to Client Hyper-V in the Windows 8 operating system and explains the fundamentals of working with virtual machines in the Client Hyper-V environment.


  • Overview of Client Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Snapshots

Lab : Implementing Client Hyper-V

  • Installing Client Hyper-V
  • Creating a Virtual Network and a Virtual Machine
  • Managing Virtual Machines

Module 10: Implementing the Online Features of Windows 8

This module is a stand-alone lab that explains how to implement the online features of Windows 8.

Lab : Implementing the Online Features of Windows 8

  • Renaming Your Host Computer
  • Using SkyDrive
  • Installing an App from the Windows Store