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Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments (M6294)


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Course number HK365S
Length 5 days
Delivery method Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)
Instructor-led training (ILT)
Onsite dedicated training (OST)
Price USD $2,500
CAD $2,750

Special notes

Elements of this syllabus are subject to change.

Course overview

This 5-day instructor-led course is intended for desktop administrators who want to specialize in desktop deployment, configuration, and management. In this course, students will learn how to plan and deploy Windows 7 desktops in large organizations. They will also learn how to design, configure, and manage the Windows 7 client environment. This course helps students prepare for the Exam 70-686, Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator.


Before attending this course, students must have:
  • A solid understanding of TCP/IP and networking concepts
  • A solid Windows and Active Directory background. For example, domain user accounts, domain vs. local user accounts, user profiles, and group membership
  • A good understanding of scripts and batch files
  • A solid understanding of security concepts such as authentication and authorization
  • Performed a clean installation of Windows 7, Upgrade to Windows 7, and migrate user-related data and settings from Windows XP
  • Configured disks, partitions, volumes, and device drivers to enable Windows 7 to function as desired
  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting permissions and other settings to allow access to resources and applications on Windows 7 Systems
  • Experience configuring settings to enable network connectivity
  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting a wireless network connection
  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting Windows 7 security
  • Configure mobile computers and devices
  • Familiarity with the client administration capabilities of Windows Server and familiar with management tools such as the System Center suite of products
  • Familiarity with deployment, packaging, and imaging tools
  • The ability to work in a team/virtual team
  • Trained and mentored others


This course is intended for IT Professionals who are interested in specializing in Windows 7 desktop and application deployments and managing the desktop environments for large organizations. People attending this training could be support technicians or currently in deployment roles and are looking at taking the next step in their career or enhancing their skills in the areas of planning and deploying Windows 7 desktops.

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Course objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Prepare to deploy Windows 7 business desktops
  • Assess and resolve application compatibility issues with Windows 7
  • Determine the most appropriate method to deploy Windows 7 based upon specific business requirements
  • Design a standard Windows 7 image by assessing and evaluating the business requirements
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using WAIK
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using WDS
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using Lite Touch Installation
  • Deploy Windows 7 by using Zero Touch Installation
  • Migrate user state by using Windows Easy Transfer and User State Migration Tool 4.0
  • Design, configure, and manage the Windows 7 client environment
  • Plan and deploy applications and updates to Windows 7 client computers
  • Plan and deploy Windows 7 by using LTI. (Lab-Only Module)

Course outline

Module 1: Preparing to Deploy Windows 7 Business Desktops


  • Overview of the Desktop Lifecycle
  • Desktop Deployment: Challenges and Considerations
  • Tools and Technologies Used in the Desktop Deployment Lifecycle
  • Assessing the Current Computing Environment for Deploying Windows 7
  • Designing Windows Activation

Lab: Assessing the Computing Environment by Using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

  • Assessing the Computing Environment by Using Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

Lab: Recommending an Activation Strategy

  • Review the Activation Scenario

Module 2: Assessing Application Compatibility in Windows 7


  • Overview of Application Compatibility
  • Assessing and Resolving Application Compatibility Issues by Using ACT 5.5

Lab: Evaluating Application Compatibility Using the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit

  • Installing and Configuring ACT
  • Collecting Application Inventory
  • Organizing the Application Inventory
  • Analyzing Application Inventory Results

Lab: Creating Application Compatibility Fixes

  • Identifying Application Compatibility Issues
  • Mitigating Application Issues

Module 3: Evaluating Windows 7 Deployment Methods


  • Evaluating In-Place Deployment
  • Evaluating Side-by-Side Deployment
  • Evaluating Lite-Touch Deployment Method
  • Evaluating Zero-Touch Deployment Method

Lab: Determining the Windows 7 Deployment Method

  • Determining Windows 7 Deployment Methods

Module 4: Designing Standard Windows 7 Images


  • Overview of Windows 7 Installation Architecture
  • Overview of the Imaging Process
  • Determining the Image Strategy
  • Selecting the Image Servicing Methods

Lab: Determining the Windows 7 Imaging Strategy

  • Determining the Windows 7 Image Strategy

Module 5: Deploying Windows 7 by Using WAIK


  • Overview of WAIK 2.0
  • Building a Reference Windows 7 Image by Using Windows SIM and Sysprep
  • Managing the Windows Preinstallation Environment
  • Capturing, Applying, and Servicing a Windows 7 Image

Lab: Installing WAIK

  • Install the Windows Automated Installation Kit
  • Identify Resources and Tools included with the Windows Automated Installation Kit

Lab: Building a Reference Image Using Windows SIM and Sysprep

  • Building a Custom Answer File by Using Windows SIM
  • Installing a Reference Computer using a Custom Answer File
  • Generalizing a Reference Computer by Using Sysprep

Lab: Creating Windows PE Boot Media

  • Adding Packages and Drivers to Windows PE
  • Creating a Bootable Windows PE ISO Image
  • Starting the Windows PE Operating System Environment

Lab: Capturing and Applying a Windows 7 Image Using ImageX

  • Capturing an Image Using ImageX
  • Apply an Image Using ImageX

Lab: Servicing Images by Using DISM

  • Servicing a Reference image using DISM

Module 6: Deploying Windows 7 by Using Windows Deployment Services


  • Overview of WDS
  • Designing and Configuring WDS for Windows 7 Deployment

Lab: Deploying Windows 7 by Using Windows Deployment Services

  • Designing the WDS Environment
  • Installing and Configuring the WDS Server Role
  • Adding Boot and Install Images to WDS
  • Provisioning Drivers by Using WDS
  • Deploying a Desktop Operating System Using WDS

Module 7: Deploying Windows 7 by Using Lite Touch Installation


  • Designing the Lite Touch Installation Environment
  • Implementing MDT 2010 for Deploying Windows 7

Lab: Planning and Configuring MDT 2010

  • Planning the MDT Lite Touch Environment
  • Installing MDT 2010 and Additional Component Files
  • Configuring the Deployment Share
  • Creating a Task Sequence

Lab: Deploying Windows 7 by Using Lite Touch Installation

  • Updating the Deployment Share to Generate Windows PE Media
  • Installing Windows 7 Using Lite Touch Installation

Module 8: Deploying Windows 7 by Using Zero Touch Installation


  • Designing the Zero Touch Installation Environment
  • Performing Zero-touch Installation of Windows 7 by using MDT 2010 and Configuration Manager 2007

Lab: Deploying Windows 7 by Using Zero Touch Installation

  • Planning the Zero Touch Installation Environment
  • Preparing the Zero Touch Installation Environment
  • Configuring Deployment Packages and System Images
  • Configuring and Advertising a Client Task Sequence

Module 9: Migrating User State by Using WET and USMT 4.0


  • Overview of User State Migration
  • Overview of USMT 4.0
  • Planning User State Migration (USMT 4.0)
  • Migrating User State by Using USMT 4.0

Lab: Migrating User State by Using Windows Easy Transfer

  • Preparing the Window Easy Transfer Source Files
  • Capturing User State Information from a Source Computer
  • Loading User State Information to a Target Computer

Lab: Migrating User State by Using the User State Migration Tool 4.0

  • Planning for the User State Migration
  • Creating USMT Migration Scripts
  • Capturing and Restoring User State by Using USMT
  • Performing a Hard-Link Migration

Lab: Migrating User State by Using State using Hard Link Migration

  • Performing a Hard-Link Migration

Module 10: Designing, Configuring, and Managing the Client Environment


  • Overview of Planning Client Configuration
  • Designing and Configuring Standard System Settings
  • Designing and Configuring Internet Explorer Settings
  • Designing and Configuring Security Settings
  • Designing and Implementing Group Policy
  • Troubleshooting Group Policy

Lab: Designing and Configuring the Client Environment

  • Designing a Client Environment
  • Implementing a Client Configuration

Lab: Troubleshooting GPO Issues

  • Resolving a GPO Application Problem

Module 11: Planning and Deploying Applications and Updates to Windows 7 Clients


  • Determining the Application Deployment Method
  • Deploying the 2007 Microsoft Office System
  • Planning and Configuring Desktop Updates by Using WSUS

Lab: Determining the Application Deployment Method

  • Determining the Application Deployment Method

Lab: Customizing the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 Installation

  • Configuring the Setup Category
  • Configuring the Features Category
  • Installing Microsoft Office Professional Plus By Using the Setup Customization File

Lab: Planning and Managing Updates by Using WSUS

  • Planning Automatic Updates Settings
  • Configuring Automatic Updates Settings by Using Group Policy
  • Approving and Deploying an Update by Using WSUS

Module 12: Planning and Deploying Windows 7 by Using LTI


  • Deploying Windows 7 - Challenge Scenario

Lab: Planning an End-to-End Windows 7 LTI Deployment

  • Planning the MDT Lite Touch Environment

Lab: Deploying Windows 7 using the LTI Deployment Plan

  • Performing a Network Assessment
  • Configuring MDT 2010 for an LTI Deployment
  • Configuring WDS for a PXE and Multicast Deployment
  • Configuring an MDT 2010 Deployment Share
  • Creating the Reference Computer
  • Preparing the Deployment Task Sequences
  • Performing an Upgrade on Target Computers

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