Microsoft MCSA: Windows 8.1 - Only 6 Days

Why

Seven reasons why you should sit your MCSA: Windows 8.1 course with Firebrand Training

Find Out How We Help You To Learn New Skills Quickly

  1. You'll be MCSA: Windows 8.1 certified in just 6 days. With us, you’ll be MCSA: Windows 8.1 trained in record time
  2. Our MCSA: Windows 8.1 course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  3. Pass MCSA: Windows 8.1 first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  4. You’ll learn more MCSA: Windows 8.1. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  5. You’ll learn MCSA: Windows 8.1 faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  6. You’ll be studying MCSA: Windows 8.1 with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 68,075 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  7. You'll do more than study MCSA: Windows 8.1 courseware. We use practical exercises to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging

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What

Windows 8

Get the knowledge you need to administer, support and configure Windows 8.1 on this accelerated six day course. Plus, earning this MCSA: Windows 8.1 certification will qualify you for a position as a computer support specialist.

As well as learning how to install and customise Windows 8.1 operating systems and apps, you’ll also study:

  • Volume Activation for Windows 8.1
  • Answer File creation
  • Remote management tools
  • Windows PowerShell
  • User profile management

On this official course, you’ll get access to Microsoft Official Courseware and take both MCSA: Windows 8.1 certification exams onsite.

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Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study

This information has been provided as a helpful tool for candidates considering training. Courses that include certification come with a certification guarantee. Pass first time or train again for free (just pay for accommodation and exams on your return). We do not make any guarantees about personal successes or benefits of obtaining certification. Benefits of certification determined through studies do not guarantee any particular personal successes.

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Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Network Environment

  • Managing Windows 8.1 in an Enterprise Environment
  • Overview of Windows 8.1

Installing and Deploying Windows 8.1

  • Preparing to Install and Deploy Windows 8.1
  • Installing Windows 8.1
  • Customizing and Preparing an Image for Deployment
  • Volume Activation for Windows 8.1

Managing Profiles and User State in Windows 8.1

  • Managing User Accounts and Profiles
  • Configuring User State Virtualization
  • Migrating User State and Settings

Tools Used for Configuring and Managing Windows 8.1

  • Tools Used to Perform Local and Remote Management of Windows 8.1
  • Using Windows PowerShell to Configure and Manage Windows 8.1
  • Using Group Policy for Management

Managing Disks and Device Drivers

  • Managing Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes
  • Working with Virtual Hard Disks
  • Installing and Configuring Device Drivers

Configuring Network Connectivity

  • Configuring IPv4 Network Connectivity
  • Configuring IPv6 Network Connectivity
  • Implementing Automatic IP Address Allocation
  • Implementing Name Resolution
  • Implementing Wireless Network Connectivity

Configuring Resource Access for Domain-Joined and Non-Domain Joined Devices

  • Configuring Domain Access for Windows 8.1 Devices
  • Managing Non-Domain Devices
  • Configuring Workplace Join
  • Configuring Work Folders

Implementing Network Security

  • Overview of Threats to Network Security
  • Configuring Windows Firewall
  • Securing Network Traffic
  • Guarding Against Malware

Configuring File, Folder, and Printer Access

  • Managing File and Folder Access
  • Managing Shared Folder Access
  • Configuring File and Folder Compression
  • Overview of SkyDrive
  • Managing Printers

Securing Windows 8.1 Devices

  • Authentication and Authorization in Windows 8.1
  • Implementing Local Policies
  • Securing Data with EFS and BitLocker
  • Configuring User Account Control

Configuring Applications for Windows 8.1

  • Application Deployment Options in Windows 8.1
  • Managing Windows Store Apps
  • Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
  • Configuring Application Restrictions in the Enterprise

Optimizing and Maintaining Windows 8.1 Computers

  • Optimizing the Performance of Windows 8.1
  • Managing the Reliability of Windows 8.1
  • Managing Software Updates in Windows 8.1

Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access

  • Configuring Mobile Computers and Device Settings
  • Overview of DirectAccess
  • Configuring VPN Access
  • Configuring Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance

Recovering Windows 8.1

  • Backing Up and Restoring Files in Windows 8.1
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8.1

Configuring Client Hyper-V

  • Overview of Client Hyper-V
  • Creating Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Checkpoints

Introduction to Troubleshooting Windows 8.1

  • Common Windows 8.1 Troubleshooting Scenarios
  • Overview of Windows 8.1 Architecture
  • Overview of Troubleshooting Steps

Troubleshooting Computer Startup

  • Overview of the Windows 8.1 Startup Recovery Environment
  • Optimizing and Troubleshooting Startup Settings
  • Troubleshooting Operating System Services Issues
  • Recovering BitLocker-Protected Drives

Troubleshooting Hardware and Device Drivers

  • Overview of Hardware Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting Physical Failures
  • Troubleshooting Device Driver Failures
  • Monitoring Reliability
  • Configuring the Registry

Remote Troubleshooting

  • Using Remote Desktop
  • Using Remote Assistance
  • Remoting with Windows PowerShell

Troubleshooting Network Connectivity Issues

  • Determining Network Settings
  • Troubleshooting Network Connectivity Issues

Troubleshooting Group Policy

  • Overview of Group Policy Application
  • Resolving Client Configuration Failures and GPO Application Issues

Troubleshooting User Settings

  • Troubleshooting Sign In Issues
  • Troubleshooting User Profiles
  • Troubleshooting Folder Redirection
  • Troubleshooting USMT

Troubleshooting Remote Connectivity

  • Troubleshooting VPN Connectivity Issues
  • Troubleshooting NAP Issues
  • Troubleshooting DirectAccess Issues

Troubleshooting Resource Access within a Domain

  • Troubleshooting File Access Issues
  • Troubleshooting File Permissions Issues
  • Troubleshooting Printer Access Issues

Configuring and Troubleshooting Resource Access for Non-Domain Joined Clients

  • Configuring and Troubleshooting Workplace Join
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting Work Folders
  • Configuring and Troubleshooting SkyDrive Access

Troubleshooting Applications

  • Troubleshooting Application Installation Issues
  • Troubleshooting Desktop Apps
  • Troubleshooting Windows Store Apps
  • Troubleshooting Internet Explorer
  • Troubleshooting Client Hyper-V

Maintaining Windows 8.1

  • Troubleshoot Windows Activation Issues
  • Monitoring and Configuring Performance Options in Windows 8.1
  • Protecting Windows 8.1 from Malware and Viruses
  • Applying Application and Windows Updates

Recovering Windows 8.1

  • Restoring Files in Windows 8.1
  • Recovery Options in Windows 8.1

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You'll sit the following exams, and gain your MCSA: Windows 8 certification:

  • Exam 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1
  • Exam 70-688: Supporting Windows 8.1

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Microsoft Official Curriculum

  • MOC 20687: Configuring Windows 8.1
  • MOC 20688: Supporting Windows 8.1

Included:

  • Managing And Maintaining Windows 8.1: Exam Ref 70-688 – ISBN 9780735684737

Firebrand Training offers top-quality technical education and certification training in an all-inclusive course package specifically designed for the needs and ease of our students. We attend to every detail so our students can focus solely on their studies and certification goals.

Our Certification Programs includes

  • Intensive Hands-on Training Utilising our (Lecture | Lab | Review)TM Delivery
  • Comprehensive Study Materials, Program Courseware and Self-Testing Software including MeasureUp *
  • Fully instructor-led program with 24 hour lab access
  • Examination vouchers **
  • Near site testing, Transportation to/from Testing Center are provided ***
  • Accommodation, all meals, unlimited beverages, snacks and tea / coffee****
  • Examination Passing Policy

Please note

  • * Not on all courses
  • ** Examination vouchers are not included for the following courses: PMP, CAPM and CISSP CBK Review
  • *** Not included in our PMP, CAPM, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, (ISC)2 or ITIL Managers and Revision Certifications
  • **** Accommodation not included on the CISSP CBK Review Seminar

Our instructors teach to accommodate every student's learning needs through individualised instruction, hands-on labs, lab partner and group exercises, independent study, self-testing, and question/answer drills.

Firebrand Training has dedicated, well-equipped educational facilities where you will attend instruction and labs and have access to comfortable study and lounging rooms. Our students consistently say our facilities are second-to-none.

Examination Passing Policy

Should a student complete a Firebrand Training Program without having successfully passed all vendor examinations, the student may re-attend that program for a period of one year.  Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees.

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As well as professional experience, Firebrand recommend you possess:

  • At least two years of experience in IT
  • Knowledge of networking fundamentals, including Transmission Control Protocol /Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles and fundamentals of AD DS management
  • Understanding of the certificate security and working knowledge of the fundamentals of Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
  • Understanding of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 fundamentals
  • Understanding of Microsoft Windows Client essentials; for example, working knowledge of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and/or Windows 8
  • Basic understanding of Windows PowerShell
  • Basic awareness of Windows deployment tools (Windows ADK components: Windows PE, Windows SIM, VAMT, ImageX, USMT, and DISM concepts and fundamentals) but no actual prerequisite skills with the specific tools are assumed

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites?

Don’t worry - we’ll discuss your technical background, experience and qualifications to determine whether this accelerated course suits you.

Just call us on +971 4 3199019 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants.

Firebrand is an immersive environment and requires commitment. Some prerequisites are simply guidelines; you may find your unique experience, attitude and determination enables you to succeed on your accelerated course.

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Reviews

Here's the Firebrand Training review section. Since 2001 we've trained exactly 68,075 students and asked them all to review our Accelerated Learning. Currently, 96.71% have said Firebrand exceeded their expectations.

Read reviews from recent accelerated courses below or visit Firebrand Stories for written and video interviews from our alumni.


"With some preparation before arriving in the centre, everything went well. Off home now for some much deserved sleep."
Phillip Edwards, Telis Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows 8.1 (6 days) (24/8/2015 to 29/8/2015)

"Great place to be. I'm sad I have to leave here on my birthday."
Daniel Bishop, Telis Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows 8.1 (6 days) (24/8/2015 to 29/8/2015)

"One stop learning shop."
Simon Ramsbottom, CNS LTD. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows 8.1 (6 days) (1/12/2014 to 6/12/2014)

"Instructor was great as was the food. Instructor spent time ensuring that people understood technologies."
Namit Sood, Systematic. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows 8.1 (6 days) (1/12/2014 to 6/12/2014)

"Very intensive. Worthwhile. We will be back."
Susan Bielska. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows 8.1 (6 days) (1/12/2014 to 6/12/2014)

"Overall the course was very good, trainer was very knowledgeable and delivered the material very well. The resources were very good and easy to use, would definitely recommend. "
Thomas Dowdell, PVM Oil Associates Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows 8.1 (6 days) (2/6/2014 to 7/6/2014)

"Above and beyond truly dedicated trainer with real life experience as well as text book. He'll always ensure you are grasping all concepts."
Shaun Mcgregor. - Microsoft MCSA: Office 365 (5 days) (16/7/2018 to 20/7/2018)

"The course instructor was very experienced in the course, bringing real life experience, which made the training even more interesting."
Vincent Parris, Hearst Magazine UK. - Microsoft MCSA: Office 365 (5 days) (16/7/2018 to 20/7/2018)

"The training from the instructor was very good and can relate to practical experience which is always a good thing and was a subject matter expert. The facilities are very good. "
Mark Burgess. - Microsoft Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (3 days) (7/7/2018 to 9/7/2018)

"The training with Firebrand is quick, detailed and helpful. Everything is covered in detail and the training is done in a walk through style with completed examples also available."
J.K, IBM. - Microsoft MTA HTML5 App Development Fundamentals (2 days) (4/7/2018 to 5/7/2018)

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S.C. - Microsoft MTA Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (2/7/2018 to 3/7/2018)

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"Good informative 2 days of training, made light work of a lot of information."
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M.D. - Microsoft Windows Server 2016 - Identity (4 days) (21/6/2018 to 24/6/2018)

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Arash Goudarzi, Atlas Copco Support Services NV (Belgium). - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (11 days) (14/6/2018 to 24/6/2018)

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Tim Edwards, Hexegic. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (11 days) (14/6/2018 to 24/6/2018)

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Anonymous - Microsoft Windows Server 2016 - Installation, Storage and Compute (4 days) (14/6/2018 to 17/6/2018)

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"Great training, great instructor!"
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"Really good training, I was really happy with it."
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Jack Buchanan, NA. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Database Administration (6 days) (11/6/2018 to 16/6/2018)

"The instructor defiantly have excellent knowledge of the course subject. She is also a natural trainer who can keep all skill levels in mind while training."
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David Coleto, CityWest Homes. - Microsoft MTA Database Fundamentals (2 days) (11/6/2018 to 12/6/2018)

"The accelerated training provided good knowledge in able to obtain the certification."
Michael Howard. - Microsoft MCSA: BI Reporting (4 days) (7/6/2018 to 10/6/2018)

"Great training and additional extras, thanks very much."
Edward Williams, Lucid Partnership. - Microsoft MCSA: Web Applications (6 days) (1/6/2018 to 6/6/2018)

"I gained more knowledge and improved my technical skills!"
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"Although the days were long, I found that the training was very useful and I learned a lot. Overall a great experience and couldn't fault my experience here!"
Regan Walsh , GB Railfreight. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows 10 (6 days) (21/5/2018 to 26/5/2018)

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Reece Isles. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (14/5/2018 to 19/5/2018)

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K.H., VolkerWessels UK LTD. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (14/5/2018 to 19/5/2018)

"I had an enjoyable time considering the amount of content that was required to be learnt. Personally i found it frustrating that measure-up had not been updated to correspond with the exam, this was not the instructor's fault -he's a good trainer. "
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Anonymous - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (14/5/2018 to 19/5/2018)

"I think Firebrand goes the extra mile when providing students with learning exercises and the overall experience was a very pleasant and I would recommend it to my friends. "
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Tim Greaves, ICAEW. - Microsoft Specialist: Dynamics 365 Customisation and Configuration (4 days) (14/5/2018 to 17/5/2018)

"Great experience and learned quite a bit. What I did already know was also reinforced."
Reuben Phillips , Transport for London. - Microsoft MTA Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (10/5/2018 to 11/5/2018)

"Training - intense but we had a knowledgeable trainer and a lot of time for questions if required Accommodation - personally, I find excellent and the food is very welcome after a long day Staff - all staff are very helpful and on hand for any concerns/queries. Instructor - excellent and although the course was accelerated, he applied knowledge well and had a lot of time for candidates whether groups or face to face. "
Dod Frieslick, Firebrand Training. - Microsoft MTA Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (10/5/2018 to 11/5/2018)

"I feel that although the learning was quick paced, there was sufficient time and materials or extra online resources given to self study in areas of knowledge that I needed more development in."
Venessa Cox, Firebrand. - Microsoft MTA Software Development Fundamentals (2 days) (10/5/2018 to 11/5/2018)

"Great learning experience. Definitely improves your chances of passing versus doing it alone. Really helps to have an industry expert for feedback and to solidify the concepts."
Matt Eisengruber, Dynatrace. - Microsoft Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions (4 days) (24/4/2018 to 27/4/2018)

"Had a Legend of an instructor, who made the whole thing interesting!"
Akmil Matloob , MySelf. - Microsoft MCSA: Cloud Platform & MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure (Azure) (10 days) (21/4/2018 to 30/4/2018)

"The instructor was great with questions and I feel completely prepared for the exam at twice the speed."
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"Amazing instructor, very passionate and knows his field and more!"
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"Great facilities to study, a lot easier to concentrate with food, bed and drinks right around the corner."
Peter Van Ginkel, VWPFS. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (11 days) (19/4/2018 to 29/4/2018)

"Totally brutal but completely do-able."
Dominic Hogg, Brightsolid. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (11 days) (19/4/2018 to 29/4/2018)

"I attended the MCSA Server 2016 course with the view of taking the exams to gain the qualification, which would be my second MCSA at Firebrand. I feel I have the resources and knowledge to attain this soon, thanks to the course."
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