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We’re excited about the reception Windows 8 is getting from the industry, analysts, partners and customers. At the same time, we get that you’re busy IT professionals with tons of pressure and responsibilities. You need to move beyond the hype and clearly understand how this new platform might enable you to improve your organization. Beyond the new UI, are there any real improvements for IT? How will Windows 8 make IT and the rest of the organization better? Why is the industry reacting differently to this version of Windows? If these are the types of questions you’re asking, this Microsoft Jump Start is for you.
Instructors | We’re especially excited to bring you a fantastic instructor team for this Jump Start. Microsoft Senior Product Marketing and Community Manager, Stephen Rose and Senior Technical Evangelist Joey Snow are two of the most popular and well-respected technologists around and share a passion for helping IT professionals increase value.
Associated Exams(s) | Exam 70-689: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8Associated Course(s) | Course 20687B: Configuring Windows 8; Course 20688A: Managing and Maintaining Windows 8; Hands-On Lab 40031A: Hands On Lab: Windows 8 for IT Professionals
Stephen Rose and Joey Snow kick off this course by setting appropriate expectations and a quick course overview. Next, they jump right in with an engaging discussion about what's new in Windows 8 for the IT professional. This course explores the Windows 8 user interface, keyboard shortcuts, the Windows App Store, Internet Explorer 10, and other topics including: Tablets and mobile productivity, the touch interface, changes and improvements to Task Manager, Windows Explorer, and File History Storage Spaces.
In this module, Stephen and Joey walk IT Pros through how to simplify planning and deployment—and ease migration from earlier versions of the Windows operating system. They show how to customize, deploy, and centrally manage Windows 8 in your organization using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK), which includes: Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), Deployment tools like Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM), System Preparation, SysPrep, and Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE), Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE), User State Migration Tool (USMT), Volume Activation Management Tool, and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). Next, they demonstrate how System Center Configuration Manager and Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) can be powerful deployment tools as well.
This module features Stephen Rose and Joey Snow helping IT Pros explore virtualization scenarios for Windows 8, specifically with regard to Windows To Go, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and Client Hyper-V. This course will walk you through the benefits of Windows to Go, requirements, and common usage, Building a Windows to Go workspace using the Creator tool, building a Windows to Go workspace using Windows PowerShell, encrypting a workspace using BitLocker Drive Encryption, VDI benefits and options (pooled, personal, sessions), and Client Hyper-V scenarios.
Learn how to utilize key Windows 8 features and complementary technologies to enable users to be productive virtually anywhere. This course covers the mobile broadband and platform enhancements in Windows 8 plus common scenarios like providing a consistent user experience across devices, virtual machines, session-based desktops, offline domain joins, and cloud management. Technologies and products covered include Windows To Go, SkyDrive Pro, BitLocker, DirectAccess, BranchCache, Folder Redirection, User Experience Virtualization (UE-V), and Application Virtualization (App-V)
In this session, Joey and Stephen demonstrate how to deploy and manage applications in Windows 8. This course covers common scenarios like developing apps for Windows 8, sideloading apps for individual users or all users, utilizing a self-service portal for Windows applications, and managing apps using cloud technologies. Tools and features discussed include AppLocker, Group Policy, Windows PowerShell, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft System Center.
Stephen Rose and Joey Snow illustrate how to better control, secure, and manage Windows 8 PCs with BitLocker, UEFI, Secure Boot, Measured Boot, and the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT). This course will go over the security features integrated into Windows 8 and then walk you through the process of: Resetting the PC, Refreshing the PC, Creating a custom refresh image, Creating a DaRT recovery image, Deploying the DaRT recovery image by using Windows DS, Installing the DaRT recovery image locally, Utilizing BitLocker and Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM).