MCSA Windows 8

The MCSA Windows 8 certification validates your expertise to install, configure, maintain and manage a Windows 8 system. The MCSA windows 8 course from Network-Zone Follows the offical curriculum of Microsoft and encapsulates two module fo fulfill the requirements of this certification.

MCSA Windows 8 Exam and recommended training.


Required Exam Recommended Training
70-687 Configuring Windows 8
70-688 Managing and Maintaining Windows 8

Configuring Windows 8


This module covers the fundamentals of installing and configuring Windows 8 at enterprise level deployments. The course teaches professionals to configure hardware and applications including device drivers, desktop applications, Windows Store applications, Internet Explorer and Hyper-V. It also incorporates configuring network connectivity which includes IP settings, network security and remote management. Some other topics covered in this exam are: Configuring Resource Access, Monitoring and Maintaining Windows Clients, and Configuring Backup and Recovery.

40 Hrs


  • Networking fundamentals, including Transmission Control Protocol /Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles and fundamentals of AD DS management
  • Understanding of the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) components and working knowledge of the fundamentals of Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 fundamentals
  • Microsoft Windows Client fundamentals; for example, working knowledge of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and/or Windows 7
  • Fundamentals of management and experience using the Microsoft Office 2010 system or the Microsoft Office 2007 system
  • Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) components including Windows PE, Windows SIM, VAMT, ImageX, USMT, and DISM concepts and fundamentals.

Course Detail

Installing and Deploying Windows 8

  • Introducing Windows 8
  • Preparing to Install Windows 8
  • Installing Windows 8
  • Automating the Installation of Windows 8
  • Activating Windows 8

Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8

  • Upgrading to Windows 8
  • Migrating to Windows 8
  • Migrating User Data and Settings

Managing Disks and Device Drivers

  •  Managing Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  •  Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  •  Working with Virtual Hard Disks
  •  Installing and Configuring Device Drivers

Configuring and Troubleshooting Network Connections

  •  Configuring IPv4 Network Connectivity
  •  Configuring IPv6 Network Connectivity
  •  Implementing Automatic IP Address Allocation
  •  Implementing Name Resolution
  •  Troubleshooting Network Connectivity

Implementing Wireless Network Connections

  • Overview of Wireless Networks
  • Implementing a Wireless Network

Implementing Network Security

  • Overview of Threats to Network Security
  • Configuring Windows Firewall
  • Securing Network Traffic
  • Configuring Windows Defender

Configuring File Access and Printers on Windows 8 Clients

  • Managing File Access
  • Managing Shared Folders
  • Configuring File Compression
  • Managing Printers
  • Overview of SkyDrive

Securing Windows 8 Desktops

  • Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8
  • Implementing GPOs
  • Securing Data with EFS and BitLocker
  • Configuring User Account Control

Configuring Applications

  • Install and Configure Applications
  • Managing Apps from the Windows Store
  • Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
  • Configuring Application Restrictions in the Enterprise

Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8 Client Computers

  • Optimizing the Performance of Windows 8
  • Managing the Reliability of Windows 8
  • Managing Windows 8 Updates

Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access

  • Configuring Mobile Computers and Device Settings
  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Configuring Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance
  • Overview of DirectAccess

 Implementing Hyper-V

  • Overview of Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Snapshots

Troubleshooting and Recovering Windows 8

  • Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8

 Using Windows PowerShell

  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Windows PowerShell Remoting
  • Using Windows PowerShell Cmdlets

Managing and Maintaining Windows 8, Exam Code (70-688)

In this course, students learn how to plan and implement the installation, management, and maintenance of Windows 8. Course participants develop their knowledge and skills in Windows 8 installation methods, local and remote management using bundled tools, policy and Windows PowerShell, networking, user authentication and access control, endpoint protection, encryption, profiles and settings, file and print resources, Windows Store apps and desktop apps, and mobile device management with Windows Intune.

40 Hrs


  • Experience
  • Installing Windows operating systems and updates
  • Configuring client network connectivity
  • Installing Windows applications
  • An understanding of how Windows computers integrate with server computers in a domain environment.

Course Detail

Planning and Implementing Management of Windows 8

  • Performing Local and Remote Management of Windows 8
  • Using Windows PowerShell for Remote Management
  • Using Group Policy for Management
  • Additional Tools for Managing Windows 8

Designing and Implementing an Installation Strategy

  • Design an Installation Strategy for Windows 8
  • Migrating User State and Data
  • Creating an Unattended Answer File
  • Performing Offline Modification of a Windows Image File
  • Configuring Boot to VHD

Planning and Implementing Authentication for Windows 8

  • Planning IPv4 Addressing
  • Planning IPv6 Addressing
  • Overview of Wired Network Connectivity
  • Planning Wireless Network Connectivity
  • Securing Network Connectivity with Windows Firewall

Implementing an Application Strategy for Windows 8

  • Managing Different Types of Application Installers
  • Designing Application Deployment
  • Planning an Application Compatibility Strategy
  • Managing Windows Store Apps

Planning and Implementing a Solution for User Settings

  • Managing User Profiles
  • Overview of UE-V
  • Deploying and Using UE-V

Planning for and Configuring Cloud Services

  • Overview of Cloud Services
  • Overview of Office 365

Planning and Implementing Windows Intune

  • Planning for Windows Intune
  • Deploying Windows Intune Clients
  • Basic Windows Intune Administration

Managing Computers by Using Windows Intune

  • Working with Windows Intune Policies and Updates
  • Deploying Software with Windows Intune

Planning and Implementing Access to File and Print Services

  • Managing Local Storage
  • Planning Access to File Shares
  • Planning File Caching
  • Planning, Installing, and Configuring Printing

Planning and Implementing Encryption for Windows 8

  • Planning and Implementing BitLocker
  • Planning EFS

Planning and Implementing Endpoint Security

  • Planning an Update Strategy
  • Implementing Virus and Malware Protection
  • Implementing AppLocker

Planning and Implementing Extranet Connectivity

  • Configuring Virtual Private Networks for Windows 8
  • Planning DirectAccess for Windows 8
  • Managing Mobile Devices

Planning and Implementing a Recovery Solution

  • Overview of the Windows 8 Boot Process
  • Repairing Stability Issues in Windows 8
  • Planning User Data Recovery for Windows 8
Designed AdiSoftronics
MCSA Windows 8.