MCSA Microsoft Windows 8.1 Complete Study Guide: Exams 70-687, 70-688, and 70-689

MCSA Microsoft Windows 8.1 Complete Study Guide: Exams 70-687, 70-688, and 70-689

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 234mm x 38mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 22 May 2015
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118556879
  • ISBN 13: 9781118556870
  • Edition statement: Study Guide
  • Sales rank: 246,215

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Comprehensive, hands-on study guide for the Microsoft Windows 8.1 exams The MCSA: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Complete Study Guide is a comprehensive package loaded with educational study tools, including a pre-assessment test, hands-on exercises, hundreds of review questions, exclusive practice exam questions, electronic flashcards, and over an hour of author-led videos. For IT students and professionals, getting certified on Microsoft Windows 8.1 can mean huge career opportunities. Over 90% of all personal computing devices run on Windows, and those certified on the newest version will be in high demand. This comprehensive resource prepares candidates to master all the exam objectives for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 8.1 exams 70-687 and 70-688, as well as the Upgrade exam 70-689. Through real-world scenarios and hands-on exercises, readers are given a solid background in the most essential concepts they need to know for exams. The book guides readers through installing and upgrading to Windows 8.1, configuring hardware and applications, configuring network connectivity and access to resources, monitoring and maintaining Windows clients, and more. This resource's specialized, practical focus is also a benefit to IT help desk and user support professionals who are simply looking to upgrade their skills in Windows. * Serves as an comprehensive, practical study guide for those preparing for their MCSA: Windows 8.1 certification * Covers all exam objectives and includes invaluable study tools * Guides readers through the installation, deployment, upgrading, and maintenance of Windows 8.1 * Offers educational benefits for professionals looking to improve their Windows 8.1 knowledge and skills MCSA: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Complete Study Guide promises not only to prepare readers for the MCSA: Windows 8.1 exams, but also for the scenarios and challenges they will encounter professionally once certification has been obtained.

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Jeffrey R. Shapiro, MSCD, MCT, MCSE, MCITP, has been involved with Microsoft in infrastructure servers, desktops and networks and software for more than 20 years. He has taught many courses on MCSE (NT 4.0, Windows Server 2000-2012), MCITP (Windows XP, Windows 8 and 8.1, SQL Server, IIS, Active Directory and more), MCSD (Visual Basic, C#, ASP, ASP.NET and the .NET Framework), networking fundamentals, and network security. Jeffrey has authored, coauthored, or contributed on more than 20 IT books. Darril Gibson is a veteran trainer who holds Microsoft, CompTIA, and (ISC)2 certifications. He has authored or coauthored more than 30 books.

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Covers 100% of exam objectives, including installing and upgrading to Windows 8.1, configuring hardware and applications, configuring network connectivity, configuring access to resources, monitoring and maintaining Windows clients, designing an installation and application strategy, and much more... Includes interactive online learning environment and study tools with: + 2 custom practice exams + More than 100 Electronic Flashcards + Searchable key term glossary Your complete guide to helping you pass MCSA Exams 70-687 and 70-688 The MCSA Windows 8.1 Complete Study Guide is your one-stop resource for complete coverage of Exams 70-687 and 70-688, as well as upgrade Exam 70-689. This Sybex Study Guide covers 100% of all exam objectives. You'll prepare for the exam smarter and faster with Sybex thanks to superior content, including assessment tests that check exam readiness, objective map, real-world scenarios, hands-on exercises, key topic exam essentials and challenging chapter review questions. Reinforce what you have learned with the Sybex exclusive interactive online learning environment, accessible across multiple devices. Get prepared for the MCSA exams with Sybex. Coverage of 100% of all exam objectives in this Study Guide means you'll be ready for: Evaluating hardware readiness and compatibility Installing Windows 8.1 Migrating and configuring user data Configuring devices and device drivers Configuring Internet Explorer Supporting operating system installation Designing an operating system installation strategy Managing data security Managing hardware and printers Managing mobile devices Designing a recovery solution Managing endpoint security Managing clients by using Windows Intune Monitoring and maintain clients by using MDOP Managing public cloud services Interactive learning environment Take your exam prep to the next level with Sybex's superior interactive online study tools. To access our learning environment, simply visit http: //sybextestbanks.wiley.com, type in your unique PIN and instantly gain access to: Interactive test bank with 2 practice exams, covering core Exams 70-687 and 70-688, as well as upgrade Exam 70-689. Practice exams help you identify areas where further review is needed. Get more than 90% of the answers correct, and you're ready to take the certification exam. 100 questions total! More than 100 Electronic Flashcards to reinforce learning and last minute prep before the exam Comprehensive glossary in PDF format gives you instant access to the key terms so you are fully prepared

Table of contents

Introduction xxvii Assessment Test xl Chapter 1 Introducing Windows 8.1 1 Navigating Windows 8.1 2 Using Gestures 4 Using Charms 5 Using Tiles 5 Using Alt Menus 6 Using the Start Menu 6 Showing Administrative Tools 7 Snapping Apps 9 Using Windows 8.1 Shortcuts 10 Understanding Authentication and Authorization 12 Account Types 12 PIN and Picture Passwords 15 Using the Windows Command Prompt 17 Launching the Command Prompt 17 Launching with Administrator Privileges 18 Command Prompt Basics 19 Using runas 23 System Variables 24 Commands and Paths 25 Using Copy and Paste with the Command Prompt 33 Capturing the Output 35 Creating a Batch File 35 Using Windows PowerShell and the PowerShell ISE 38 Windows PowerShell ISE 39 PowerShell Command Overview 42 Verbs and Nouns 44 Sending Output to a Text File 44 PowerShell Syntax 45 Running PowerShell Commands 48 Running PowerShell Scripts 49 Just a Glimpse 51 Summary 52 Exam Essentials 52 Review Questions 54 Chapter 2 Planning the Windows 8.1 Installation 59 Choosing a Windows 8.1 Edition 60 Windows RT and the Surface Tablet 63 Software Assurance 64 Evaluating Hardware and Compatibility Requirements 64 Considering x86 and x64 (32-Bit and 64-Bit) 65 Determining Screen Resolution 65 Choosing Between an Upgrade and a Clean Install 66 Windows.old Folder 67 Upgrade Paths 67 Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant 68 Upgrade vs. Migration 69 Designing an Operating System Installation Strategy 70 Windows 8.1 Images 71 Design Considerations 78 Summary 82 Exam Essentials 83 Review Questions 85 Chapter 3 Installing Windows 8.1 89 Performing a Local Installation 90 Installing and Configuring Windows To Go 94 Installing Windows To Go 95 Configuring Windows To Go 96 Using Command-Line Tools 97 Creating and Installing a VHD 99 Designing a Solution for User Settings 102 User Profiles 103 Folder Redirection 107 User Experience Virtualization 109 Migrating User Data 109 Windows Easy Transfer 110 User State Migration Tool 112 Folder Redirection for Migration 122 Summary 122 Exam Essentials 123 Review Questions 124 Chapter 4 Using Virtualization Technologies 129 Understanding Virtualization and Hyper-V 130 Reviewing Requirements for Hyper-V 132 Enabling Hyper-V 134 Configuring Virtual Switches 135 Creating Virtual Machines 138 Creating a VM for Windows 8.1 140 Installing Windows 8.1 in a VM 142 Creating a VM for Windows Server 2012 143 Installing Windows 2012 in a VM 144 Configuring Windows Server 2012 145 Promoting a Server to a DC 148 Joining Your Windows 8.1 System to a Domain 151 Logging On to the Domain 153 Creating and Manipulating Snapshots 154 Comparing Test and Production Networks 157 Configuring Virtual Machines 158 Designing a Virtual Application Strategy 159 Remote Desktop Services 160 Comparing RemoteApp and RemoteFX 161 Understanding App-V 162 Summary 162 Exam Essentials 163 Review Questions 164 Chapter 5 Networking 169 Understanding Network Connectivity in an Enterprise 170 Unicast, Multicast, and Broadcast 172 Understanding IP Addresses 173 IPv4 vs. IPv6 178 Resolving Names to IP Addresses 182 Basic Commands Used with Networking 185 Using the Network and Sharing Center 192 Understanding Network Locations Profiles 193 Configuring Network Locations 196 Configuring HomeGroup Settings 197 Configuring a Wired Network Interface Card 200 Configuring Wireless Network Settings 202 Resolving Connectivity Issues 210 Verifying Hardware and Cabling 211 Using Command Prompt Tools for Troubleshooting 213 Troubleshooting and Resolving Name Resolution Issues 214 Summary 216 Exam Essentials 216 Review Questions 218 Chapter 6 Windows Firewall and Remote Access 223 Configuring Windows Firewall 224 Firewall Limitations 227 Windows Firewall Exceptions 227 Windows Firewall with Advanced Security 229 Enabling a Port 232 Enabling a Protocol 234 Configuring Authenticated Exceptions 236 Configure Connection Security Rules (IPsec) 238 Configuring Remote Management 241 Remote Access Overview 241 Choosing the Appropriate Remote Management Tools 242 Configuring Remote Management Settings 243 Configuring Remote Desktop Settings 247 Configuring Remote Authentication 248 Connecting to a Remote System with Remote Desktop Connection 251 Supporting VPNs 254 DirectAccess 258 BranchCache 258 Supporting Mobile Devices 260 Sync Center 261 Supporting Broadband 263 Summary 264 Exam Essentials 265 Review Questions 267 Chapter 7 Managing Windows 8.1 in a Domain 271 Workgroups vs. Domains 272 Domain Controllers 272 Joining a Domain 273 Authentication and Authorization in a Domain 275 Authentication 276 Authorization 276 Using Group Policy in a Domain 283 Group Policy and the GPMC 284 Group Policy Scope 286 Group Policy Nodes 288 Group Policy Settings 290 Summary 292 Exam Essentials 292 Review Questions 293 Chapter 8 Users and Groups 297 Overview of Windows 8.1 User Accounts 298 Account Types 299 Built-in Accounts 300 Local and Domain User Accounts 301 Logging On and Logging Off 302 Using Local User Logon Authentication 302 Signing Out of Windows 8.1 303 Working with User Accounts 303 Using the Local Users and Groups Utility 304 Using the User Accounts Option in Control Panel 306 Creating New Users 307 Disabling User Accounts 311 Deleting User Accounts 312 Renaming User Accounts 313 Changing a User s Password 314 Managing User Properties 315 Managing User Group Membership 316 Setting Up User Profiles, Logon Scripts, and Home Folders 317 Troubleshooting User Account Authentication 322 Troubleshooting Local User Account Authentication 322 Using, Creating, and Managing Groups 323 Using Built-in Groups 324 Creating Groups 328 Managing User and Computer Groups in Intune 332 Summary 333 Exam Essentials 333 Review Questions 334 Chapter 9 Managing Security 339 Managing Security 340 Managing Security Configurations 340 Group Policy Processing 341 Using the Group Policy Results Tool 342 Group Policy Caching 343 Managing and Applying LGPOs 343 Configuring Local Security Policies 346 Support Authentication and Authorization by Using Account Policies 347 Using Local Policies 354 Configuring User Account Control 363 Managing Privilege Elevation 363 Registry and File Virtualization 366 Using Advanced Security Options 366 Configuring the Action Center 367 Performing a Manual Scan 367 Configuring Windows Defender 369 Other Security Options 371 Using BitLocker Drive Encryption 373 Understanding Smart Cards 374 Managing File and Folder Security 375 Folder Options 375 Securing Access to Files and Folders 379 Managing Network Access 380 Creating Shared Folders 380 Configuring Share Permissions 382 HomeGroup 383 Using Windows Update 383 Using System Center 2012 386 Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection 386 Summary 386 Exam Essentials 387 Review Questions 388 Chapter 10 Managing Files and Disks on Windows 8.1 393 Understanding Files and Folders 394 File Basics 394 About Folders 396 Configuring Folder Sharing 399 Advanced Sharing Options 402 Using Public Folders 402 Advanced Sharing 403 Configuring OneDrive 404 Configuring HomeGroups 405 Managing File and Folder Security 410 Folder Options 410 Securing Access to Files and Folders 414 Determining Effective Permissions 419 Viewing Effective Permissions 420 Determining NTFS Permissions for Copied or Moved Files 421 Managing Network Access to Folders 421 Creating Shared Folders 422 Configuring Share Permissions 423 Dynamic Access Control 424 NTFS Auditing 425 Supporting Data Security by Using EFS 426 Managing Local Storage 427 Managing Disk Volumes and Filesystems 428 Configuring Disk Quotas 430 Managing Storage Spaces 432 Supporting Data Storage 433 Monitoring System Performance 434 Configuring Indexing Options 435 Controlling Access to Removable Media 438 BitLocker and BitLocker To Go 438 Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring 440 Summary 440 Exam Essentials 441 Review Questions 442 Chapter 11 Managing Windows 8.1 Hardware and Printers 447 Configuring Devices and Device Drivers 448 Signed and Unsigned Drivers 455 Installing, Updating, and Disabling Drivers 457 Managing Driver Packages 462 Resolving Driver Issues 463 Rolling Back Drivers 464 Configuring Driver Settings 465 Installing and Sharing Printers 466 Adding and Connecting to Printers 467 Connecting to a Shared Printer 470 Configure Location-Aware Printing 474 Monitoring and Managing Print Servers 476 NFC Tap-to-Pair 477 Summary 478 Exam Essentials 478 Review Questions 480 Chapter 12 Monitoring System Performance and Recovery 485 Using Task Manager 486 Reviewing the Enhancements 486 Task Manager 487 Using Task Manager 490 Remediating Startup Issues by Using the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit 498 Using Event Viewer 498 Configuring Event Logs 499 Analyzing Event Logs 500 Configuring Event Subscriptions 502 Resolving Hardware and Device Issues 504 Using Performance Monitor 506 Data Collector Sets 509 Accessing and Using Reports 512 Using Resource Monitor 512 Optimizing Performance by Using Windows Performance Toolkit 513 Xperf.exe 513 XperfView.exe 514 Xbootmgr.exe 514 Windows Performance Recorder 515 Troubleshooting Boot Issues 517 Using System Recovery Options 518 Summary 520 Exam Essentials 521 Review Questions 522 Chapter 13 Recovery and Backup Options 527 System Protection 528 Enabling System Protection 528 File Recovery 531 Using File History 531 Creating a Recovery Drive 540 Summary 541 Exam Essentials 541 Review Questions 542 Chapter 14 Installing and Configuring Applications 547 Windows Store 548 Using the Windows Store 549 Navigating the Windows Store 550 Using Windows Intune 555 Supporting Desktop Apps 557 Configuring Application Restrictions 560 Summary 561 Exam Essentials 561 Review Questions 562 Appendix A Answers to Review Questions 565 Chapter 1 566 Chapter 2 568 Chapter 3 569 Chapter 4 571 Chapter 5 574 Chapter 6 575 Chapter 7 577 Chapter 8 578 Chapter 9 580 Chapter 10 581 Chapter 11 582 Chapter 12 584 Chapter 13 585 Chapter 14 586 Index 589