MCSA: Windows 8 Solutions Associate

Prove you have the expertise to configure, manage, and maintain a Windows 8 enterprise system. (New to IT? Learn about MTA certification for new entrants.)

Earning an MCSA: Windows 8 certification will qualify you for a position as a computer support specialist.

Required Exams

  • Configuring Windows 8.1, Exam 687
  • Supporting Windows 8.1, Exam 688

(20687A) Exam: 70-687, Configuring Windows 8

Course Content

Module 1: Installing Windows 8

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

Module 2: Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 8

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

Module 4: Configuring and Troubleshooting Network Connections

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

Module 5: Implementing Wireless Network Connections

Overview of Wireless Networks
Implementing a Wireless Network

Module 6: Implementing Network Security

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

Module 7: Configuring File Access and Printers on Windows 8 Clients

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

Module 8: Securing Windows 8 Desktops

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

Module 9: Configuring Applications

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

Module 10: Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8 Client Computers

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

Module 11: Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access

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

Module 12: Implementing Hyper-V

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

Module 13: Troubleshooting and Recovering Windows 8

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

Module 14: Using Windows PowerShell

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

Exam: 70-688, Managing and Maintaining Windows 8

Exam: 70-689, Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows 8