Microsoft Windows 8 - Configuring: Optimization and Performance

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This course covers key features and settings used to optimize the Windows 8 system for mobile computing and general system performance. Wireless networking and remote connectivity options are discussed along with optimal use of power plans to automatically help save power. The topic of network troubleshooting is also covered, including Windows 8 network management, configuration and diagnostic tools and utilities. Connecting remotely to a corporate network is an essential requirement of the mobile worker, or the IT administrator who will often have to access the corporate servers from remote locations to deal with routine or emergency issues. Secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections are supported in Windows 8 and can be configured using a number of communications and authentication protocols – this course details the available configuration options and covers the newest VPN technology, VPN Reconnect. In terms of system optimization and performance monitoring, the course discusses Windows 8 Event Viewer; Application, System, and Security logs; Group Policy settings used to configure event log behavior; forwarding and collecting events using the WinRM and Wecsvc services; and event subscriptions. You also learn how to enhance system performance by configuring virtual memory, using ReadyBoost, enabling write caching, adjusting visual effects, scheduling disk defragmentation and optimizing disk space, configuring Data Execution Prevention (DEP), configuring power management, and managing startup programs and services. Also covered is keeping your Windows 8 system up to date using the Windows Update system and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), which offers centralized management of Windows updates in a corporate environment. This course applies to objectives of the 70-687: Configuring Windows 8 exam of the MCSA: Windows 8 designation. Please note this course is based on the original Windows 8 release. Skillsoft recommends visiting the vendor website to confirm exam requirements.

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Anyone wishing to obtain knowledge on the Windows 8 operating system and candidates interested in pursuing the 70-687: Configuring Windows 8 certification exam of the Microsoft MCSA: Windows 8 designation. This may also include established IT professionals who install, configure, maintain and support Microsoft Windows 8 client desktops, devices, and users within any size organization. Candidates who have general IT experience with working knowledge of Windows clients, the installation of client desktop operating systems, basic networking, security concepts, as well as Active Directory concepts.

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Microsoft Windows 8 - Configuring: Optimization and Performance

  • match Windows default power plans to descriptions
  • recognize how to configure power options with Powercfg
  • recognize how to configure wireless networking
  • match Netsh WLAN commands to descriptions
  • recognize how to create a VPN connection
  • identify requirements for deploying DirectAccess on a server
  • identify typical performance tasks performed in Task Manager
  • identify typical tasks performed in Resource Monitor
  • recognize how to create and configure Collector Sets
  • distinguish between the tasks you can perform in Resource Monitor, Performance Monitor, and Task Manager
  • recognize how to create a Windows Performance Recorder sample set
  • match event log types to descriptions
  • match event subscription options to when they should be used
  • identify the improvements in CHKDSK in Windows 8
  • identify the function of ReadyBoost
  • recognize how to control startup applications
  • match Automatic Updates policy options to descriptions
  • recognize the steps for configuring a Windows 8 client to use WSUS
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