MCSA | Windows 7 Solutions

80 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

This Microsoft 70-680 Windows 7, Configuring course teaches students the knowledge and skills to configure and administer Windows 7 as a standalone installation or in a corporate environment as a part of a Windows Active Directory domain. Students provided with the ability to create and deploy images, configure hardware and software, configure networking and backup and restore system information.

This Microsoft 70-685 Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician course has been designed specifically for Tier 2 support environments where IT professionals are working with Windows 7. This course builds upon the knowledge and experiences gained from working with Windows XP and Windows Vista in a Corporate environment (Support).

This course includes FREE access for 12 months to a cloud based lab platform to assist students develop the practical information technology (IT) skills necessary to succeed in high in demand IT jobs.  This cloud based lab solution uses real equipment that enables our students to execute each practical task in a safe environment that is accessible from anywhere without needing to buy their own hardware or risk damage to their own system.

Along with providing the necessary hardware in a virtual environment, students gain access to high quality practical exercises that cover many of the exam topics they will encounter on their certifying exams.

The MCSA Windows 7 Solutions Associate course bundle includes 2 courses:

  • Microsoft 70-680: Configuring Windows 7  
  • Microsoft 70-685: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Course Outline:

Microsoft Exam 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Installing Windows 7
  • Introducing Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Architecture
  • Preparing to Install Windows 7
  • Installing Windows 7
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review questions
Lesson 2: Automating the Windows 7 Installation
  • Understanding Automated Deployment Options
  • Deploying Unattended Installations
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review questions
Lesson 3: Managing Disks
  • Configuring File Systems
  • Configuring Disk Storage
  • Using the Disk Management Utility
  • Managing Storage
  • Troubleshooting Disk Management
  • Managing Data Compression
  • Managing Data Encryption with EFS
  • Understanding RAID
  • Using Disk-Maintenance Tools
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review questions
Lesson 4: Managing the Windows 7 Environment
  • Configuring the Windows 7 Operating System
  • Configuring Remote Connections
  • Configuring Mobile Computing
  • Configuring Advanced Power Settings
  • Managing Windows 7 Services
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review questions
Lesson 5: Configuring Hardware and Applications
  • Configuring Hardware
  • Managing I/O Devices
  • Managing Applications
  • Understanding Internet Explorer
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review questions
Lesson 6: Managing Users, Groups, and Security
  • Overview of Windows 7 User Accounts
  • Working with User Accounts
  • Managing User Properties
  • Troubleshooting User Account Authentication
  • Managing and Creating Groups
  • Managing Security Using GPOs and LGPOs
  • Configuring User Account Control
  • Using Advanced Security Options
  • Understanding BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • Understanding AppLocker
  • Understanding Smart Cards
  • Managing File and Folder Security
  • Managing Network Access
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review questions
Lesson 7: Configuring Network Connectivity
  • Understanding Networking
  • Configuring Windows 7 NIC Devices
  • Understanding TCP/IP
  • Configuring Windows 7 on a Network
  • Configuring Windows Firewall
  • Configuring Remote Management
  • Understanding BranchCache
  • Using DirectAccess
  • Understanding Virtualization
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review questions
Lesson 8: Monitoring and Maintaining Windows 7
  • Optimizing Windows 7 with Performance Monitor
  • Using Reliability Monitor
  • Using Other Windows 7 Tools to Discover System Information
  • Using System Configuration
  • Setting Up Task Scheduler
  • Using Event Viewer
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review questions
Lesson 9: Configuring Backups and Recovery
  • Safeguarding and Recovery Basics
  • Using Advanced Boot Options
  • Using the Startup Repair Tool
  • Maintaining Windows 7 with Backup and Restore
  • Using System Protection
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Review questions
Lesson 10: Appendix A
  • Certification Objectives Map
Microsoft Exam 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring Practice Lab:
  • Identifying Cause of and Resolving Desktop Application Issues
  • Identifying Cause of and Resolving Networking Issues
  • Managing and Maintaining Systems That Run Windows 7 Client
  • Supporting Mobile Users
Microsoft Exam 70-685: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Using the Command Prompt and PowerShell
  • Using the Windows Command Prompt
  • Using Windows PowerShell and the PowerShell ISE
  • Summary
  • Chapter Essentials
Lesson 2: Managing the Life Cycle-Keeping Windows 7 Up to Date
  • Keeping Windows Up to Date
  • Choosing an Update Tool
  • Using MBSA for Security Audits
  • Using Windows Server Update Services
  • Summary
  • Chapter Essentials
Lesson 3: Maintaining and Troubleshooting Windows 7
  • Identifying and Resolving Performance Issues
  • Using Windows RE
  • Managing Hardware in Windows 7
  • Troubleshooting Boot Issues
  • Summary
  • Chapter Essentials
Lesson 4: Configuring and Troubleshooting Application Issues
  • Installing and Configuring Software
  • Designing a Delivery Strategy
  • Designing a Deployment Strategy
  • Identifying and Resolving Software Failure Issues
  • Summary
  • Chapter Essentials
Lesson 5: Networking with Windows 7
  • Understanding Network Connectivity in an Enterprise
  • Resolving Names to IP Addresses
  • Using the Network and Sharing Center
  • Troubleshooting Network Connectivity Problems
  • Summary
  • Chapter Essentials
Lesson 6: Accessing Resources on a Network
  • Accessing Network Resources
  • Understanding Permissions
  • Identifying and Resolving Network Printer Issues
  • Summary
  • Chapter Essentials
Lesson 7: Managing Windows 7 in a Domain
  • Joining a Domain
  • Authentication vs. Authorization
  • Identifying and Resolving Logon Issues
  • Understanding User Profiles
  • Anti-Malware Software
  • Summary
  • Chapter Essentials
Lesson 8: Managing Security in Windows 7
  • User Account Control
  • Security Policies
  • Designing BitLocker Support
  • Windows Firewall
  • Summary
  • Chapter Essentials
Lesson 9: Supporting Mobile Windows 7 Users
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting Wireless Connectivity
  • Troubleshooting Remote Access Issues
  • Understanding DirectAccess
  • Using BranchCache
  • Summary
  • Chapter Essentials
Lesson 10: Administering Internet Explorer
  • Managing Windows Internet Explorer Settings
  • Understanding Advanced Settings
  • Troubleshooting Internet Explorer Issues
  • Summary
  • Chapter Essentials
Lesson 11: Appendix A
  • Certification Objectives Map
Microsoft Exam 70-685: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician Practice Lab:
  • Identifying Cause of and Resolving Desktop Application Issues
  • Identifying Cause of and Resolving Networking Issues
  • Managing and Maintaining Systems That Run Windows 7 Client
  • Supporting Mobile Users

Certification(s):

This course prepares students to take the Microsoft Exam 70-680: Configuring Windows 7 and 70-685: PRO: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician certification exams.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **