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Exam : Managing and Maintaining Windows 8

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

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    Design an installation and application strategy (25–30%)
  • Design an operating system installation strategy

    • Windows To Go; operating system virtualization; native VHD boot; multi boot; upgrade vs. migration

  • Design an application strategy for desktop applications

    • Application compatibility using Client Hyper-V; Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP); Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT); App-V; application updates; application co-existence; application reputation; Internet Explorer 10 management

  • Design an application strategy for cloud applications

    • Microsoft Office 365; Windows Store applications; restricting Windows Store content; AppLocker; internal content

  • Design a solution for user settings

    • User profiles; USMT 5.0/WET; Windows Live integration; folder redirection; user experience virtualization (UE-V)

Preparation resources

Maintain resource access (25–30%)
  • Design for network connectivity

    • IPv4 and IPv6; name resolution; wireless; network security; network settings

  • Design for remote access

    • Off-network use and management; metered networks; VPN; RDP; DirectAccess; remote administration

  • Design for authentication and authorization

    • Two-factor authentication including certificates, smart cards, picture passwords, and biometrics; workgroup vs. domain; trust relationships; local account vs. Microsoft account

  • Manage data storage

    • Resolve data storage issues; manage pools; manage data availability using BranchCache

  • Manage data security

    • Manage share/NTFS permissions for storage spaces; configure EFS; configure security for removable media; manage BitLocker and BitLocker To Go

Preparation resources

Maintain Windows clients and devices (25–30%)
  • Manage hardware and printers

    • Resolve hardware and device issues; sync devices and resolve sync issues; monitor and manage print servers

  • Manage mobile devices

    • Resolve mobility issues; manage mobile device policies including security policies, NFC, secure SIM, and remote access; manage mobile access; manage Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync in mobile devices

  • Design a recovery solution

    • PC refresh/reset; Windows 7 file recovery; recovery drive; system restore; user files including local files, SkyDrive, and file history; user profile settings; application settings

  • Manage endpoint security

    • Resolve endpoint security issues; manage updates using Windows Update; manage client security using Windows Defender; manage client security using the Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection client; configure application reputation

Preparation resources

Manage Windows 8 using cloud services and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (20–25%)
  • Manage clients by using Windows Intune

    • Manage updates and update groups; configure the company portal; monitor on-network and off-network machines; manage asset inventory

  • Manage public cloud services

    • Manage Windows Live services including Trusted PC, storage, SkyDrive/Live Mesh apps, and groups; implement Office 365 using the Office 365 desktop setup; manage Office 365

  • Monitor and maintain clients by using MDOP

    • Remediate startup issues using the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT); monitor clients using System Center Desktop Error Monitoring; manage the App-V client; manage BitLocker and BitLocker To Go using Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)

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