MS6291 – Updating your Technology Skills from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 7

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Updating XP to Windows 7 Training


This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to work with the new technologies in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Beta. This course is intended for individuals who already have experience with Windows XP to upgrade their skills to Windows 7 Beta.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for IT professionals who generally perform desktop support for Windows computers. Typical duties for IT professionals include user support, desktop configuration, and desktop troubleshooting. They will be particularly interested in the new features of Windows 7 Beta and how the changes affect Windows security, reliability, performance, productivity and manageability.

Please note: M6291 is an official Microsoft course based on Windows 7 beta software.


One year experience installing, configuring, and supporting Windows XP desktop operating systems.

Delegates will learn how to

Manage the desktop settings that personalize the computing experience.
Describe how Windows 7 Beta Search enhancements improve productivity.
Implement Search Federation to search remote data sources within the enterprise infrastructure.
Describe the new Group Policy Preferences and Administrative Templates that are available to IT professionals who manage Group Policy Objects.
Describe how IT professionals use the Group Policy Management Console to create scripts that manage Group Policy Objects.
Identify and use the improvements made to the latest version of PowerShell.
Describe how DirectAccess enables IT professionals to remotely manage and update user PCs.
Describe the platform and network requirements necessary to implement DirectAccess.
Describe the VPN reconnection features and the platform and network requirements.
Illustrate how to use Group Policy to prevent specific types of files from being synchronized to the server.
Describe how BranchCache improves user productivity in branch offices by caching content from remote file and Web servers in branch locations.
Administer new User Account Control security settings to improve the end-user computing experience.
Describe how AppLocker enables IT Professionals to specify the programs that are allowed to run on user desktops.
Describe how Windows 7 Beta improves upon the firewall policy by allowing IT professionals to identify multiple active firewall profiles.
Describe new Windows 7 Beta features as they relate to Windows Deployment Services and virtualization.
Explain how the Problem Steps Recorder can be used to reproduce and record experiences with an application failure.
Summarize key components of the Windows Troubleshooting Platform and run the troubleshooting wizard from the Start menu for a specific problem.
Identify how unified tracing provides IT professionals with a single tool for troubleshooting issues in the Windows 7 Beta networking stack.
Describe how Windows Management Instrumentation provides IT professionals with programmatic access to reliability data, enabling them to check stability status and review recent events remotely.
Describe how to use the Device Manager and Devices and Printers to manage devices.

Course outline

Module 1: Introduction to User Productivity Enhancements

This module introduces the key enhancements included in Windows 7 Beta, including improvements to desktop controls and Search functionality, and the addition of the new Search Federation functionality.

Controlling Your Desktop
Overview of Desktop Search Enhancements
Introduction to Search Federation
Lab : Implementing Search Enhancements in Windows 7 Beta
Create and Configure a Library
Configure Search Indexes
Create and Pin a Search Connector

Module 2: Managing Desktop Configurations

This module reviews the enhancements made in Windows 7 Beta that enable IT professionals to more effectively manage desktops and mobile PCs.

Automating Group Policy Enhancements
Introduction to Windows PowerShell 2.0
Using Windows PowerShell 2.0
Lab : Desktop Configuration
Applying Group Policy Enhancements
Using Windows PowerShell 2.0

Module 3: Introduction to Remote Access

This module describes how Windows 7 Beta makes it easier for users to get connected and stay connected regardless of location or type of network.

Introduction to DirectAccess
Designing a DirectAccess Solution
Install and Configure DirectAccess
Overview of VPN Reconnect
Introduction to BranchCache

Module 4: Introduction to Windows 7 Beta Security Components

This module examines how Windows 7 Beta improves upon the security lineage of Windows Vista by making security features more useable and manageable, by protecting data on PCs and devices, and by enabling IT professionals to specify exactly what is to run on user desktops

Implementing User Account Control
Introduction to Windows BitLocker
Introduction to Windows AppLocker
Configuring Windows Defender
Introduction to Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
Lab : Implementing User Account Control
Configure User Account Control
Lab : Implementing AppLocker Security Controls
Create AppLocker Rules and Configure Enforcement
Lab : Implementing Windows Defender
Configure Scans for Windows Defender
Lab : Implementing Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
Adjust Windows Firewall Configuration
Lab Shutdown

Module 5: Deploying Windows 7 Beta Images

This module examines the Windows 7 Beta system imaging tools that enable IT professionals to manage operating system images using a single, consolidated tool-set, improve system image delivery over the network, and reduce image sizes.

Preparing to Deploy a Windows 7 Beta Image
Deploying a Windows 7 Beta Image
Servicing a Windows 7 Beta Image

Module 6: Troubleshooting in Windows 7 Beta

This module examines the new troubleshooting capabilities in Windows 7 Beta that provide IT professionals the tools they need to resolve issues quickly without having to call the help desk.

Troubleshooting with Problem Steps Recorder
Using the Windows Troubleshooting Platform
Diagnosing Issues with Unified Tracing
Analyzing Performance with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
Managing Devices
Lab : Using New Windows 7 Beta Troubleshooting Features
Create and Analyze a Report by using Problem Steps Recorder
Analyze Troubleshooting Results Generated from the Windows Troubleshooting Wizard
Use Netsh Commands to Capture Network Trace Information
Create a Data Set Collector in Performance Monitor and Analyze Results
Restrict Installation of a Device by using Group Policy

Course duration: 3 Days

Cost: £995 + VAT

Updating XP to Windows 7 Training Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available.

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