• Published:
    September 17, 2012
  • Languages:
    English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows 8.1
  • Credit toward certification:

Configuring Windows 8.1

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

Install and upgrade to Windows 8.1 (10–15%)
  • Evaluate hardware readiness and compatibility
    • 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
  • Install Windows 8.1
    • Install as Windows To Go, migrate from previous versions of Windows to Windows 8.1, upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, install to VHD, install additional Windows features, configure Windows for additional languages
  • Migrate and configure user data
    • Migrate user profiles; configure folder location; configure profiles, including profile version, local, roaming, and mandatory

Preparation resources

Configure hardware and applications (10–15%)
  • Configure devices and device drivers
    • Install, update, disable, and roll back drivers; resolve driver issues; configure driver settings, including signed and unsigned drivers; manage driver packages
  • 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
  • Control access to local hardware and applications
    • Configure application restrictions, including Software Restriction Policies and AppLocker; manage installation of and access to removable devices; configure Assigned Access
  • Configure Internet Explorer 11 and Internet Explorer for the desktop
    • Configure compatibility view; configure Internet Explorer 11 settings, including add-ons, downloads, security, and privacy
  • 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

Preparation resources

Configure network connectivity (15–20%)
  • Configure IP settings
    • Configure name resolution, connect to a network, configure network locations
  • Configure networking settings
    • Connect to a wireless network, manage preferred wireless networks, configure network adapters, configure location-aware printing
  • Configure and maintain network security
    • Configure Windows Firewall, configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, configure connection security rules (IPsec), configure authenticated exceptions, configure network discovery
  • Configure remote management
    • Choose the appropriate remote management tools; configure remote management settings; modify settings remotely by using MMCs or Windows PowerShell; configure Remote Assistance, including Easy Connect

Preparation resources

Configure access to resources (10–15%)
  • Configure shared resources
    • Configure shared folder permissions, configure HomeGroup settings, configure libraries, configure shared printers, set up and configure OneDrive
  • Configure file and folder access
    • Encrypt files and folders by using Encrypting File System (EFS), configure NTFS permissions, configure disk quotas, configure file access auditing
  • Configure authentication and authorization
    • Configure user rights, manage credentials, manage certificates, configure biometrics, configure picture password, configure PIN, set up and configure Microsoft account, configure virtual smart cards, configure authentication in workgroups or domains, configure User Account Control (UAC) behavior

Preparation resources

Configure remote access and mobility (10–15%)
  • Configure remote connections
    • Configure remote authentication, configure Remote Desktop settings, configure virtual private network (VPN) connections and authentication, enable VPN reconnect, configure broadband tethering
  • 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

Preparation resources

Monitor and maintain Windows clients (10–15%)
  • Configure and manage updates
    • Configure update settings, configure Windows Update policies, manage update history, roll back updates, update Windows Store apps
  • Manage local storage
    • Manage disk volumes and file systems, manage storage spaces
  • Monitor system performance
    • Configure and analyze event logs, configure event subscriptions, configure Task Manager, monitor system resources, optimize networking performance, configure indexing options

Preparation resources

Configure system and data recovery options (10–15%)
  • Configure system recovery
    • Configure a recovery drive, configure system restore, perform a driver rollback, perform a refresh or recycle, configure restore points
  • Configure file recovery
    • Restore previous versions of files and folders, configure file history, recover files from OneDrive

Preparation resources

Preparation options

Instructor-led training
Exam prep video

Microsoft Certification PREP Talk: Exam 687

In this episode of PREP Talk (prep tips from certification experts), James Seymour, Senior Product Planner, and Joey Snow, Senior Technical Evangelist, discuss the relevancy of the skills being measured on Exam 687.

Practice test

Take a Microsoft Official Practice Test for Exam 687

From the community

Exam Ref 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1
Published: March 15, 2014

Fully updated for Windows 8.1! Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-687—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of configuring Windows 8.1 in the enterprise. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA or MCSE level.

Buy this book at the Microsoft Press Store

Training Guide: Configuring Windows 8
Published: January 1, 2013

Designed to help network administrators develop real-world, job-role-specific skills, this Training Guide focuses on deploying and managing Windows 8 clients in the enterprise. Build hands-on expertise through a series of lessons, exercises, and suggested practices—and help maximize your performance on the job.

Buy this book at the Microsoft Press Store

Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are IT professionals 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 domain-based or peer-to-peer environments with access to the Internet and cloud services. The IT professional could be a consultant, a 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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