Exam 70-689

Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8

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  • Published: 22 January 2013
  • Languages: English, Japanese
  • Audiences: IT professionals
  • Technology: Windows 8.1
  • Credit towards certification: MCSA

Convince your boss email

Copy the following content into an email message to your boss and update [the bracketed text] with the appropriate content.

Dear [your boss's name]:

I'd like to expand and prove my technical skills by earning a Microsoft Certification. My next step is taking Exam 70-689. The registration fee is $150.00 USD.

When I pass this certification, you'll have proof of my ability to work with Windows 8.1. Microsoft has training and online resources to help me prepare for the exam. I believe I'll be more effective and productive after achieving this valuable technical certification.

Let me know if you have any questions. In the meantime, you can find out more about this exam at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-sa/exam-70-689.aspx. As you can see, the exam validates skills that are crucial to our team's success.

Thank you for your support,

[your name]

Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area in the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area in the exam.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

As of January 2014, this exam includes content covering Windows 8.1.

  • Install Windows 8.1

    • Choose between an upgrade and a clean installation; determine which SKU to use, including Windows RT; determine requirements for particular features, including Hyper-V, Miracast display, pervasive device encryption, virtual smart cards and Secure Boot

  • Migrate and configure user data

    • Migrate user profiles; configure folder location; configure profiles, including profile version, local, roaming and mandatory

  • Install and configure desktop apps and Windows Store apps

    • Install and repair applications by using Windows Installer, configure default program settings, modify file associations, manage access to Windows Store

  • Configure Hyper-V

    • Create and configure virtual machines, including integration services; create and manage checkpoints; create and configure virtual switches; create and configure virtual disks; move a virtual machine’s storage

  • Configure mobility options

    • Configure offline file policies, configure power policies, configure Windows To Go, configure sync options, configure WiFi direct

  • Configure security for mobile devices

    • Configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, configure startup key storage

  • Configure system recovery

    • Configure a recovery drive, configure system restore, perform a refresh or recycle, perform a driver rollback, configure restore points

  • Support operating system installation

    • Support Windows To Go; manage boot settings, including native virtual hard drive (VHD) and multiboot; manage desktop images; customise a Windows installation by using Windows Preinstallation Environment (PE)

  • Support desktop apps

    • Desktop app compatibility using Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), including shims and compatibility database; desktop application co-existence using Hyper-V, RemoteApp and App-V; installation and configuration of User Experience Virtualization (UE-V); deploy desktop apps by using Windows Intune

  • Support Windows Store and cloud apps

    • Install and manage software by using Office 365 and Windows Store apps; sideload apps by using Windows Intune; sideload apps into online and offline images; deep link apps by using Windows Intune; integrate Microsoft account, including personalisation settings and Trusted PC

  • Support data storage

    • Distributed File System (DFS) client, including caching settings; storage spaces, including capacity and fault tolerance; optimising data access by using BranchCache; OneDrive

Preparation resources

  • Support mobile devices

    • Support mobile device policies, including security policies, remote access and remote wipe; support mobile access and data synchronisation, including Work Folders and Sync Center; support broadband connectivity, including broadband tethering and metered networks; support Mobile Device Management by using Windows Intune, including Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android

  • Support client compliance

    • Manage updates by using Windows Update and Windows Intune, including non-Microsoft updates; manage client security by using Windows Defender, Windows Intune Endpoint Protection, or Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection; manage Internet Explorer 11 security; support Group Policy application, including Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP), policy processing and Group Policy caching

  • Manage clients by using Windows Intune

    • Manage user and computer groups, configure monitoring and alerts, manage policies, manage remote computers

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Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are IT professionals already certified on Windows 7, and 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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