MS50322A – Configuring and Administering Windows 7

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Course duration: 5 Days

Cost: £1495 + VAT

Pre-requisites

Before attending this course, students must have:

– Experience with previous versions of Windows operating systems such as Windows XP or Windows Vista.
– Some knowledge of Windows Server operating systems and Active Directory concepts.

In addition, students are expected to understand:

– Networking with TCP/IP including IPv4 and some IPv6 knowledge.
– A general understanding of user accounts and authentication.

About this Course

This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to configure and administer Microsoft Windows 7 as a standalone installation or in a corporate environment as a part of a Windows Active Directory domain. It can also be used to prepare for exam 70-680 TS: Windows 7, Configuring.

The contents of the course provide students with the ability to create and deploy images, configure hardware and software, configure networking and backup and restore system information. The course also provides a complete set of exercises on installing and configuring DirectAccess in the classroom.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for novice and experienced Network Administrators, Desktop Support Technicians or other IT professionals who have a need to install, configure, and administer Microsoft Windows 7. This course can also serve as training preparation for the Windows 7 certification exams.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

Describe and choose the various versions of Windows 7.
Perform a clean install of Windows 7.
Create an image for deployment.
Configure hardware devices.
Configure software for compatibility.
Configure networking including sharing resources.
Configure DirectAccess for the network.
Monitor and configure system performance.
Perform backups and configure system restore.

Course Outline

Module 1: Installing Windows 7

This module explains the various editions of Windows 7 and some of the core features of the operating system. Students will learn the hardware requirements and upgrade paths to Windows 7. The module will also show students how to prepare an image of the operating system for deployment.

Lessons

Introduction to Windows 7
Installing Windows 7 Using Image-Based Installation
Migrating User Settings

Lab : Configure a Reference Computer for Imaging

Configure the Reference Computer
Clean the image with sysprep
Prepare the image for deployment

Lab : Capture an Image Using ImageX

Capture the image and copy to a network share

Lab : Deploy a Windows 7 Image

Prepare a virtual machine to receive the image
Prepare the disk and image the new computer
Configure the newly installed OS image

Lab : Migrate User Settings

Migrate settings to a server
Transfer user settings to new computer
After completing this module, students will be able to:
Describe the various editions of Windows 7
Configure and deploy a Windows 7 image
Learn to use ImageX for image creation and deployment
Use Diskpart to prepare disk partitions to receive a new operating system
Migrate user settings

Module 2: Configure Hardware and Software

This module explains how to install and configure hardware devices on Windows 7. Users will learn how to add hardware devices, install and update drivers and configure options. It also teaches the student how to configure application compatibility and how to lock down a Windows 7 computer using AppLocker.

Lessons

Configure Devices
Configure Application Compatibility

Lab : Install and Configure Devices

Add a printer
Configure printer properties
Configure properties for COM1
View device driver details
Configure Device Manager

Lab : Configure Application Compatibility

Configure application compatibility settings
Configure the Application Compatibility Toolkit

Lab : Configure Application Restrictions

Configure application execution permissions
Configure network zone rules for applications
Restrict application execution using AppLocker

Lab : Configure Internet Explorer

Configure the home page and browser history settings
Configure security settings in Internet Explorer
Configure content ratings in Internet Explorer
Manage Internet Explorer Add-ons
Configure Internet Explorer using Group Policy
After completing this module, students will be able to:
Install and configure hardware devices
View properties on and driver information for hardware
Configure application compatibility settings
Configure application restrictions
Configure Internet Explorer

Module 3: Configure the Network

This module explains how to configure the networking aspects of Windows 7. Students will be introduced to configuration of general network settings including TCP/IP network configuration using IPv4 and IPv6 settings. They will also learn about wireless network configuration. Students will also learn how to share resources across the network, configure the Windows Firewall for security, configure remote management using Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance, and troubleshoot network connectivity issues.

Lessons

Configure General Network Settings
Managing Wireless Networks
Sharing Resources
Configure TCP/IP
Troubleshooting Network Connectivity
Configure Windows Firewall
Configure Remote Management

Lab : Configure Network Discovery

Turn on and configure Network Discovery
Create a network map

Lab : Configure TCP/IP Settings

Configure Static IPv4 Settings
Configure IPv4 for Dynamic IP Addressing
Configure IPv6 Addressing
Using PING
Using ipconfig
Using tracert
Using nslookup

Lab : Configure Windows Firewall

Configure Windows Firewall Settings for the Private Network
Configure Windows Firewall for the Public Network
Configure Additional Programs Access
Configure Advanced Firewall Settings
Configure Inbound Rules
Configure Outbound Rules

Lab : Configure Remote Management

Configure Remote Desktop
Configure Remote Assistance
Secure Remote Assistance with Group Policy
After completing this module, students will be able to:
Configure networking on Windows 7 including network discovery
Configure TCP/IP settings using IPV4 and IPv6
Configure the Windows Firewall
Configure and use Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance

Module 4: Sharing and Securing Resources

This module explains how to implement sharing of resources on the network with Windows 7 computers. Topics covered will introduce the student to share permissions and NTFS permissions. Students will also learn how configure and implement a HomeGroup using Windows 7 computers.

Once the student understands how to share resources and make them available on the network, they will be introduced to securing the computer through the use of the User Account Control (UAC) features of Windows 7.

They will also learn how to work with authentication and authorization to the computer and the use of digital certificates. Finally, the students will learn about the BranchCache feature of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Lessons

Configure Shared Resources
Configuring HomeGroup Settings
Configure User Account Control (UAC)
Configure Authentication and Authorization
Configure BranchCache

Lab : Configure Shared Resources

Configure Shared Folders in Computer Management
Configure Shares Using Windows Explorer
Configure properties for COM1
Share a printer

Lab : Configure HomeGroup Settings

Configure HomeGroup

Lab : Configure User Account Control (UAC)

Configure UAC Prompt Behaviors
Configure UAC Group Policy Settings
Configure Account Policies

Lab : Configure Authentication and Authorization

Configure Generic Credentials using Credential Manager
Configure a Certificate-Based Credential
Backup the Credential Manager Vault
Restore the Vault from a Backup
Configure NTFS Permissions and View Effective Permissions

Lab : Configure BranchCache

Configure BranchCache with Active Directory for Hosted Cache Mode
Configure BranchCache Using netsh for Client-Side Distributed Cache Mode
After completing this module, students will be able to:
Configure Shared Resources
Configuring HomeGroup Settings
Configure User Account Control (UAC)
Configure Authentication and Authorization
Configure BranchCache

Module 5: Windows 7 and Mobile Computing

This module will teach the student how to work with the features in Windows 7 for mobile users. Students will learn how to configure and implement BitLocker and BitLockerToGo for securing files on hard drives and removable storage devices. Mobile users often make use of offline files and this module will introduce students to offline files in Windows and how to configure for offline use and resolve synchronization issues. Students will also learn how to configure other mobility options such as power settings and remote connections such as dial-up and VPN.

Finally students will learn about a new feature in Windows 7 for remote users known as DirectAccess. This new technology eliminates the need to create and configure VPN connections over Remote Access Services. Instead DirectAccess allows secure connections directly from the client computer over the Internet.

DirectAccess requires careful configuration and specific components to be implemented. Students will learn how to configure a complete DirectAccess implementation with the final lab allowing them the opportunity to perform all the setup and configuration necessary to make DirectAccess work including a simulated Internet environment.

Lessons

Configure BitLocker and BitLocker ToGo
Configuring DirectAccess
Configure Mobility Options
Configure Offline Files
Configure Remote Connections

Lab : Working with BitLocker

Encrypt a disk drive
Remove BitLocker encryption from a drive
Configure a data recovery agent

Lab : Working with Offline Files

Configure Offline Files
Manage Offline File Settings

Lab : Manage Offline File Settings

This lab includes 36 total exercise and takes the student through the installation and configuration of DirectAccess using all the necessary servers and client computers.
Some configuration is already in place such as a Domain Controller and an Internet server
Students will configure a certification authority, a DirectAccess server, and internal application server and a client computer in a scenario similar to what they will configure in an office environment.

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Configure BitLocker and BitLocker ToGo
Configuring DirectAccess
Configure Mobility Options
Configure Offline Files
Configure Remote Connections

Module 6: Monitoring and Maintaining Windows 7

This module will teach the student how to configure updates in Windows 7 to ensure their computers are getting the necessary updates to keep them secure and performing at peak efficiency. Students will also learn how to monitor the system through the use of various tools to determine where performance issues exist and then how to configure performance settings to increase responsiveness.

The module also discusses how to manage the disks on a computer including how to create and manage partitions using Disk Management and how to create virtual hard drives (VHDs).

Lessons

Configure Updates
Manage Disks
Monitor Systems
Configure Performance Settings

Lab : Configure Windows Updates

Schedule Automatic Updates
View Installed Updates
Configure Windows Update using Group Policy

Lab : Manage Disks

Create Disk Volumes
Extend a Volume, Shrink, and Delete Volumes
Extend Partitions Across Disks (Spanned Volumes)
Convert a Disk to Dynamic
Create a VHD
Initialize Disks
Using diskpart
Defragment a Drive

Lab : Monitor Systems

Configure the Event Log Settings
Clear and Archive Logs
Filter Event Logs and Create Custom Views
Create Subscriptions
Configure Performance Monitor
Create Data Collector Sets
Generate a System Diagnostics Report

Lab : Configure Performance Settings

Configure Page File settings
Configure Drive Caching
Configure Power Settings
Adjust Performance Settings
After completing this module, students will be able to:
Configure Updates
Manage Disks
Monitor Systems
Configure Performance Settings

Module 7: Backup and Recovery

This module will teach the student how configure backup and restore for data files on the computer. Students will also learn about System Restore points and System Recovery options. The labs reinforce the use of system recovery options and restore points by demonstrating the use of each to protect data and other files.

Lessons

Configure Backup
Configuring System Recovery Options

Lab : Configure Backup

Backup the computer
Modify a backup schedule
Restore a backup

Lab : Configure System Recovery

Configure System Restore Points
Restore the Computer to a Previous State

Lab : Configure File Recovery

Configure File Recovery Options
Create a File and Restore Point
Restore a Previous Version of a File
After completing this module, students will be able to:
Configure Backup
Configuring System Recovery Options

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