Windows® 7 Introduction

Course 2400 | 4 Days

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Windows 7 Introduction

You Will Learn How To:

  • Install, manage and support Windows 7
  • Configure the operating system for optimal performance
  • Secure local & network-accessible resources
  • Protect files, folders and drives with built-in encryption technologies
  • Troubleshoot Windows 7 operating systems
  • Selectively control user access to specific installed applications
Participants managing credentials with Windows Vault.

Hands-On Experience Includes:

  • Performing network installations with Windows Deployment Services
  • Troubleshooting system performance with Action Center tools
  • Creating and managing physical and virtual disk volumes
  • Securing USB data with BitLocker To Go
  • Sharing and accessing network resources
  • Prohibiting applications with AppLocker

About This Course: Organizations are always looking for ways to lower costs and increase the return on their IT infrastructure investment. Windows 7 offers stability, security, performance and compatibility which further maximizes productivity and reduces total cost of ownership. In this course, you gain the skills needed to manage, maintain and support the most advanced features and capabilities of Windows 7.


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  • Course Info

    Course 2400 Content

    Introduction to Windows 7

    Discovering the new features

    • Evaluating performance improvements
    • Investigating usability enhancements

    Installing Windows 7

    • Licensing and activation
    • Selecting installation options

    Navigating the system

    • Exploring the new user interface
    • Locating and launching new tools

    Configuring and Maintaining the OS

    Evaluating alternate installation options

    • Installing to Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs)
    • Installing to virtual machines

    Ensuring optimal configurations

    • Performing post-setup customization
    • Modifying settings with PowerShell
    • Managing hardware through Device Stage

    Troubleshooting and restoring

    • Booting to the Windows Recovery Environment
    • Recovering functionality with System Restore
    • Repairing the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store

    Managing User Accounts and Environments

    Creating and modifying security boundaries

    • Comparing workgroups with domains
    • Establishing HomeGroups
    • Credential Manager

    Operating within an Active Directory domain

    • Joining and participating in a Windows domain
    • Publishing and locating network resources

    Configuring and controlling user environments

    • Creating custom libraries
    • Implementing Offline Caching and Folder Redirection

    Customizing User Account Control (UAC)

    • Adjusting the UAC to allow routine tasks
    • Mandating UAC settings with Group Policies

    Securing Local and Network Resources

    Implementing Discretionary Access Control (DAC)

    • Setting permissions for files, folders and printers
    • Simplifying object access with inheritance

    Securing and auditing the system

    • Tracking user rights and object access
    • Troubleshooting access problems

    Encrypting drives and devices

    • Leveraging biometric devices for authentication
    • Protecting hard disks with BitLocker
    • Maintaining USB media privacy with BitLocker To Go

    Networking with Windows 7

    Configuring TCP/IP functionality

    • Selecting protocol and options
    • Investigating TCP/IP configurations

    Network Location Awareness

    • Exploring the Network and Sharing Center
    • Merging cached networks

    Connecting to wireless networks

    • Generating a network map
    • Managing Wi-Fi network lists
    • Simplifying wireless access with enhanced features

    Sharing and accessing resources

    • Providing local resources to the network
    • Locating printers and folders with Network Explorer

    Accessing the enterprise remotely

    • Working securely with Remote Desktop Services (RDS)
    • DirectAccess
    • BranchCache
    • VPN Reconnect

    Managing Programs and Compatibility

    Leveraging built-in technologies

    • Tracking crashes with Problem Steps Recorder
    • Customizing system security for legacy programs

    Monitoring and analyzing applications

    • Preventing issues with Program Compatibility troubleshooter
    • Inspecting file system and registry redirection

    Who Should Attend

    IT and desktop support staff, systems administrators, power users and anyone wanting to gain hands-on experience with Windows 7.

    Training Hours

    Standard class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Last day class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Free optional course exam:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Each class day:
    Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest:
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • More Course Info

    What is this course about?

    In this course, you gain the skills necessary to manage, maintain and support the most advanced features and capabilities of Windows 7. You learn to configure and customize the OS for optimal performance, establish and maintain user accounts and groups, secure local and network-accessible resources, ensure application compatibility and functionality, and troubleshoot Windows 7 operating and networking systems.

    Who will benefit from this course?

    IT and desktop support staff, system administrators, power users and anyone wanting to gain hands-on experience with Windows 7 will benefit from this course.

    What background do I need?

    Anyone with a Windows IT background will likely find this course of value. If you have never had experience with Windows operating systems, but are technically inclined with experience in other GUI operating systems, such as Mac OS or Red Hat Linux, you will likely succeed in this course.

    Is this a new features course, only covering the differences between earlier Windows versions and Windows 7?

    No. This course is a comprehensive introduction to Windows 7. We cover the fundamental IT topics, principles and concepts in a Windows 7 environment.

    Will I learn how to configure my laptop to interact safely with my domain servers at work and at home?

    Yes. While we will not concentrate on home networks and personal computing, we know it is important for today's travelers to use their laptops securely wherever they work. In this course, you learn about Network Location Awareness and Homegroups, which together provide laptop users with a safe and secure method of networking everywhere.

    Will I learn about BitLocker recovery and relocking techniques?

    Yes. You will perform a BitLocker recovery in a hands-on exercise, and you will learn to schedule automatic relocking of BitLocker-encrypted drives based on time and/or events.

    Will I learn to use PowerShell to manage Windows 7?

    You will learn the basic concepts and capabilities of PowerShell for routine workstation investigation and management, such as synchronizing folder permissions and starting or stopping services, but for a full overview of the PowerShell product, you should consider Course 969, Windows PowerShell®: Automating Administrative Tasks, which deals exclusively with PowerShell for four full days.

    Does this course cover all editions of Windows 7?

    Yes, all editions are covered at some level, but this course is delivered using Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate Edition. Users of other editions should review the course brochure topics before deciding if this course is appropriate for them.

    Does this course address Active Directory administration from Windows 7 workstations?

    Yes, but only in basic techniques. You will install Active Directory administrative tools onto a Windows 7 computer and use them to create domain users and groups while sitting at a workstation. However, for a full introduction to Windows domains and the Active Directory, you would should consider Course 960, Windows Server® 2008 Introduction

    How does Windows 7 fit into the Windows family?

    Windows 7 is the latest desktop operating system from Microsoft. It is built on Windows Vista concepts and technologies, but includes vastly improved performance, security, and usability.

    I have 5 years of support experience with an earlier edition of Windows. Should I take this course?

    Yes. If your company is planning to move to Windows 7, then you will benefit by becoming familiar with the latest tools and technologies afforded by Windows 7 operating systems. If your company is already immersed in its desktop migration, you will be ready to assist this process with the knowledge gained in this course.

    How much time is spent on each topic?

    Content Hours
    Introduction to Windows 7 3.0
    Configuring and maintaining the OS 5.0
    Managing user accounts and environments 4.0
    Securing local and network resources 5.0
    Networking with Windows 7 3.0
    Managing programs and compatibility 3.0

    Times, including the workshops, are estimates; exact times may vary according to the needs of each class.

    What kinds of hands-on exercises are performed in this course?

    Approximately 40 percent of the time in this course is spent on extensive hands-on exercises that provide practical experience configuring Windows 7. Exercises include:

    • Installing Windows 7
    • Monitoring and troubleshooting system performance with Action Center tools
    • Creating and managing users and groups
    • Adjusting User Account Control (UAC) strictness
    • Securing USB data with BitLocker To-Go
    • Sharing and accessing network resources
    • Prohibiting applications with AppLocker
    • Troubleshooting application compatibility
    • Managing credentials with Windows Vault

    I'm attending this course from work using AnyWare - Learning Tree's web-based remote attendance platform. How will that impact what I learn?

    You will participate fully in the course and acquire the same knowledge and skills as your classmates who participate in the classroom. You will have the same course materials, be able to easily communicate back and forth and ask questions of your instructors and peers, and you will control an in-classroom workstation dedicated entirely to you. Your instructor will be able to see exactly what you're doing and can interactively offer concrete help.

    I have recently been promoted to a PC support role, and I'm new to Windows technologies. Will I be adequately prepared for this course?

    If you have been involved with the daily use of Windows computers, and if you are comfortable with IT concepts, you will benefit from this course, even though some topics and technologies may not be familiar.

    How does this course help prepare me for Course 960, Windows Server® 2008 Introduction?

    This course introduces you to Microsoft's newest desktop operating system and to some of the concepts and technologies involved in domain participation. When you move forward to Course 960, you will be better prepared to understand domain principles as well as those of desktop operating systems participating in a domain.

    How does this course relate to other Learning Tree courses?

    Learning Tree offers a number of courses that will help you expand upon the knowledge gained in this course and further your skills in several key areas. Those courses include:

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    College Credit – 2 Semester Hours This course qualifies for 2 semester hours of college credit as certified by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). Read More...
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"In this Windows 7 course I learned command prompt tools that enabled me to find the exact location of possible problems and how to remove them."

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