Updating your Technology Skills from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 7

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Course Code MS6291



This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to work with the new technologies in Windows Vista and Windows 7. This course is intended for individuals who already have experience with Windows XP to upgrade their skills to Windows 7.

Audience Profile
This course is intended for IT professionals who generally perform desktop support for Windows computers. Typical duties for IT professionals include user support, desktop configuration, and desktop troubleshooting. They will be particularly interested in the new features of Windows 7 and how the changes affect Windows security, reliability, performance, productivity and manageability.


One year experience installing, configuring, and supporting Windows XP desktop operating systems. 

Delegates will learn how to

         Manage the desktop settings that personalize the computing experience.

         Describe how Windows 7 Search enhancements improve productivity.

         Implement Search Federation to search remote data sources within the enterprise infrastructure.

         Describe the new Group Policy Preferences and Administrative Templates that are available to IT professionals who manage Group Policy Objects.

         Describe how IT professionals use the Group Policy Management Console to create scripts that manage Group Policy Objects.

         Identify and use the improvements made to the latest version of PowerShell.

         Describe how DirectAccess enables IT professionals to remotely manage and update user PCs.

         Describe the platform and network requirements necessary to implement DirectAccess.

         Describe the VPN reconnection features and the platform and network requirements.

         Illustrate how to use Group Policy to prevent specific types of files from being synchronized to the server.

         Describe how BranchCache improves user productivity in branch offices by caching content from remote file and Web servers in branch locations.

         Administer new User Account Control security settings to improve the end-user computing experience.

         Describe how AppLocker enables IT Professionals to specify the programs that are allowed to run on user desktops.

         Describe how Windows 7 improves upon the firewall policy by allowing IT professionals to identify multiple active firewall profiles.

         Describe new Windows 7 features as they relate to Windows Deployment Services and virtualization.

         Explain how the Problem Steps Recorder can be used to reproduce and record experiences with an application failure.

         Summarize key components of the Windows Troubleshooting Platform and run the troubleshooting wizard from the Start menu for a specific problem.

         Identify how unified tracing provides IT professionals with a single tool for troubleshooting issues in the Windows 7 networking stack.

         Describe how Windows Management Instrumentation provides IT professionals with programmatic access to reliability data, enabling them to check stability status and review recent events remotely.

         Describe how to use the Device Manager and Devices and Printers to manage devices.

Course outline

Module 1: Introduction to User Productivity Enhancements
This module introduces the key enhancements included in Windows 7, including improvements to desktop controls and Search functionality, and the addition of the new Search Federation functionality.

         Controlling Your Desktop

         Overview of Desktop Search Enhancements

         Introduction to Search Federation

         Lab : Implementing Search Enhancements in Windows 7

         Create and Configure a Library

         Configure Search Indexes

         Create and Pin a Search Connector

Module 2: Managing Desktop Configurations
This module reviews the enhancements made in Windows 7 that enable IT professionals to more effectively manage desktops and mobile PCs.

         Automating Group Policy Enhancements

         Introduction to Windows PowerShell 2.0

         Using Windows PowerShell 2.0

         Lab : Desktop Configuration

         Applying Group Policy Enhancements

         Using Windows PowerShell 2.0

Module 3: Introduction to Remote Access
This module describes how Windows 7 makes it easier for users to get connected and stay connected regardless of location or type of network.

         Introduction to DirectAccess

         Designing a DirectAccess Solution

         Install and Configure DirectAccess

         Overview of VPN Reconnect

         Introduction to BranchCache

Module 4: Introduction to Windows 7 Security Components
This module examines how Windows 7 improves upon the security lineage of Windows Vista by making security features more useable and manageable, by protecting data on PCs and devices, and by enabling IT professionals to specify exactly what is to run on user desktops

         Implementing User Account Control

         Introduction to Windows BitLocker

         Introduction to Windows AppLocker

         Configuring Windows Defender

         Introduction to Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

         Lab : Implementing User Account Control

         Configure User Account Control

         Lab : Implementing AppLocker Security Controls

         Create AppLocker Rules and Configure Enforcement

         Lab : Implementing Windows Defender

         Configure Scans for Windows Defender

         Lab : Implementing Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

         Adjust Windows Firewall Configuration

Module 5: Deploying Windows 7
This module examines the Windows 7 system imaging tools that enable IT professionals to manage operating system images using a single, consolidated tool-set, improve system image delivery over the network, and reduce image sizes.

         Preparing to Deploy a Windows 7 Image

         Deploying a Windows 7 Image

         Servicing a Windows 7 Image

Module 6: Troubleshooting in Windows 7
This module examines the new troubleshooting capabilities in Windows 7 that provide IT professionals the tools they need to resolve issues quickly without having to call the help desk.

         Troubleshooting with Problem Steps Recorder

         Using the Windows Troubleshooting Platform

         Diagnosing Issues with Unified Tracing

         Analyzing Performance with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

         Managing Devices

         Lab : Using New Windows 7 Troubleshooting Features

         Create and Analyze a Report by using Problem Steps Recorder

         Analyze Troubleshooting Results Generated from the Windows Troubleshooting Wizard

         Use Netsh Commands to Capture Network Trace Information

         Create a Data Set Collector in Performance Monitor and Analyze Results

         Restrict Installation of a Device by using Group Policy

Instructional Method Interactive presentation and practical application through hands-on labs and group activities


Certification Preparation This course will prepare you for the following MCTS exam: 70-680 TS: Windows 7, Configuring


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