The Configuring Windows 8.1 Course is designed for students preparing for the Microsoft 70-687 Exam. This is the first of two required exams for the MCSA Windows 8 certification. Students learn to understand configuration for Windows 8 computers, devices, users and associated network and security sources.

Students will learn how to install and customise Windows 8.1 operating systems and apps, and how to integrate and control access to domain and cloud services, and how to migrate and synchronise settings on numerous devices. Students will also learn how to apply mobile security and customise configurations using Windows management tools including Group Policy and Windows PowerShell cmdlets.

The course will teach how to configure user settings and profiles, local and remote network connectivity, Client Hyper-V, virtual apps, and Internet Explorer 11 and will cover how to optimise security and deliver measured access from Windows 8.1 PCs and devices to identified sources through Workplace Join services and Work Folders.

The Microsoft 70-687 exam measures a students ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below:

  • Install and upgrade to Windows 8.1
  • Configure hardware and applications
  • Configure network connectivity
  • Configure access to resources
  • Configure remote access and mobility
  • Monitor and maintain Windows clients
  • Configure system and data recovery options

MOAC Course MaterialsThis course consists of the official Microsoft Office Academic Course (MOAC) books, Online Live Labs and MeasureUp Test Prep software. The Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) lessons map directly to the Microsoft 70-687 certification exam.

The Configuring Window 8.1 Course consists of the following items:

Microsoft 70-687 Certification Official Academic Course Book:

  • Lesson 1: Evaluating Hardware Readiness and Capability
  • Lesson 2: Installing Windows 8.1
  • Lesson 3: Migrating and Configuring User Data
  • Lesson 4: Working with Disks and Devices
  • Lesson 5: Installing and Configuring Desktop Apps and Windows Store Apps
  • Lesson 6: Controlling Access to Local Hardware and Applications
  • Lesson 7: Configuring Internet Explorer 11 and Internet Explorer for the Desktop
  • Lesson 8: Configuring Hyper-V
  • Lesson 9: Configuring IP Settings
  • Lesson 10: Configuring Network Settings
  • Lesson 11: Configuring and Maintaining Network Security
  • Lesson 12: Configuring Remote Management
  • Lesson 13: Configuring Shared Resources
  • Lesson 14: Configuring File and Folder Access
  • Lesson 15: Configuring Authentication and Authorization
  • Lesson 16: Configuring Remote Connections
  • Lesson 17: Configuring Mobility Options
  • Lesson 18: Configuring Security for Mobile Devices
  • Lesson 19: Configuring and Managing Updates

  • Lesson 20: Managing Local Storage

  • Lesson 21: Monitoring System Performance

  • Lesson 22: Configuring System Recovery

  • Lesson 23: Configuring File Recovery

Microsoft 70-687 MOAC Labs Online (180 Days Access):

These official MOAC online labs are delivered via a cloud-based environment that allows students to conduct exercises using real Microsoft products. These are not online simulations. They are access to live virtual machines where students can perform any activities they would on a local virtual machine.

The Online Live Labs offer the student the ability to work on the actual software, rather than a simulation, simply by connecting through their Internet Explorer browser and they also alleviate the need for local setup, configuration and troubleshooting tasks.

MeasureUp Test Prep Software (180 Days Access):

MeasureUp Test Prep software covers all of the objectives of the exam to make sure you are best prepared! Industry experts, who work closely with the certification providers to understand the exam objectives, write these MeasureUp practice tests.

  • Online performance-based simulations give hands on work environment experience.
  • Questions are similar to exam questions so you test your knowledge of exam objectives.
  • Detailed explanations for both correct and distractor answers reinforce the material.
  • Study Mode covers all objectives ensuring topics are covered.
  • Certification Mode (timed) prepares students for exam taking conditions.
  • Instant, drill-down score reports tell you exactly the areas to focus on.


It is recommended that students should have at least one year of experience in the IT field, as well as experience implementing and administering any Windows client operating system in a networked environment, although this is not essential.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time. The courses are designed as self-study courses but if you have any problems you can email our email support team. You will be registered for support and Live Labs for a 12 month period.


Assessment is from the Microsoft 70-687 Examination. Examinations are in a multiple choice/multiple answer format. Exams usually take between two and three hours to complete and consist of between 40 and 90 multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, and solution-building questions; and simulated content with respect to which students must perform certain common administrative tasks


MCSA Windows 8On Completion of this course, students can apply for the Microsoft 70-687 Examination. This is a single exam which is also part of the MCSA: Windows 8 syllabus.

Examinations must be sat at a registered Pearson Vue testing centre and are currently £99.00 + VAT each.


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