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Exam 70-687

Configuring Windows 8.1

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

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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 70-687. 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.

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Skills measured

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 authorisation

    • Configure user rights, manage credentials, manage certificates, configure biometrics, configure picture passwords, configure PIN, set up and configure Microsoft account, configure virtual smart cards, configure authentication in workgroups or domains, configure User Account Control (UAC) behaviour

  • 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

  • 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 analyse event logs, configure event subscriptions, configure Task Manager, monitor system resources, optimise networking performance, configure indexing options

  • 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

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Training Guide: Configuring Windows 8

Published: 01 January 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 maximise your performance on the job.

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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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