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Exam Objectives

The objectives for this exam, as stated by Microsoft include:

Design an Installation and Application Strategy (25%)

  • Design an operating system installation strategy.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations: Windows To Go; Operating system virtualization; Native VHD boot; Multi boot; Upgrade vs. migration

  • Design an application strategy for desktop applications.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations: Application compatibility using Client Hyper-V; Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP); Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT); and App-V; Application updates; Application co-existence; Application reputation; Internet Explorer 10 management

  • Design an application strategy for cloud applications.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations: Microsoft Office 365; Metro applications; Restricting Windows Store content; AppLocker; Internal content

  • Design a solution for user settings.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations: User profiles; USMT 5.0/WET; Windows Live integration; Folder redirection; User experience virtualization (UE-V)

Maintain Resource Access (27%)

  • Design for network connectivity.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations: IPv4 and IPv6; Name resolution; Wireless; Network security; Network settings

  • Design for remote access.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations: Off-network use and management; Metered networks; VPN; RDP; DirectAccess; Remote administration

  • Design for authentication and authorization.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations: Two-factor authentication including certificates, smart cards, picture passwords, and biometrics; Workgroup vs. domain; Trust relationships; Local account vs. Microsoft account

  • Manage data storage.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Resolve data storage issues; Manage pools; Manage data availability using BranchCache

  • Manage data security.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Manage share/NTFS permissions for storage spaces; Configure EFS; Configure security for removable media; Manage BitLocker and BitLocker To Go

Maintain Windows Clients and Devices (27%)

  • Manage hardware and printers.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Resolve hardware and device issues; Sync devices and resolve sync issues; Monitor and manage print servers

  • Manage mobile devices.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: 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.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations: 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.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: 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

Manage Windows 8 Using Cloud Services and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (21%)

  • Manage clients by using Windows Intune.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Manage updates and update groups; Configure the company portal; Monitor on-network and off-network machines; Manage asset inventory

  • Manage public cloud services.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: 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.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: 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)

Where to Go from Here

Those passing the 70-688 do not automatically receive a Microsoft certification. This exam counts as credit toward the MCSA: Windows 8 certification. In order to receive this certification, you must pass the following exams:

  • Exam 70-687, Configuring Windows 8
  • Exam 70-688, Managing and Maintaining Windows 8
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