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Troubleshooting and Supporting Windows 7 in the Enterprise

This course is designed for Information Technology (IT) professionals who have experience with Windows XP and Windows Vista who work as Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technicians (EDSTs) in Tier 2 support environments. The goal of this training is to enable these individuals to support the Windows 7 operating system and solve technical troubleshooting problems in a Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 networking environment.

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Learning Objectives

By the course's end, students will have been exposed to the process of establishing and using a troubleshooting methodology, and the EDST job role and responsibilities.

Additionally, students will be exposed to various troubleshooting tools and techniques that enable them to address the following Windows 7 issues in an enterprise network environment:
- Startup
- Group Policy
- Hardware and device driver
- Performance
- Network connectivity
- Remote connectivity
- User profile and logon
- Security
- Applications

The primary audience for this course is the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (EDST) providing Tier 2 support. The secondary audience for this course is the Desktop Support Technician (DST) in an Upper MORG Organization.

EDSTs are experienced IT Professionals who focus on a broad range of desktop operating system, desktop application, mobile device, networking, and hardware support issues. EDSTs must combine technical expertise with problem solving and decision making skills and a deep understanding of their business and technical environments to quickly resolve support issues. They consider all variables, justify resolutions with a logical troubleshooting approach, and relate tradeoffs while adhering to business and technical requirements and constraints. EDSTs are primarily responsible for the maintenance and support of PC desktops, installing and testing line-of-business applications on end-user computers, and physically making changes to user desktops or re-images as required.

EDSTs have used previous versions of Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems and may have experience with Microsoft Windows Server operating systems. Their job requires them to keep their skills and knowledge current with new versions and updates of technology as defined by the business environment. They use EMS/PowerShell scripts for routine tasks and bulk operations. They conduct most server management tasks remotely by using Terminal Server or other administration tools installed on their local workstations.

Describe the processes of establishing and using a troubleshooting methodology, and define the EDST job role and responsibilities.

Pre-Requisites

In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge: Networking fundamentals, including TCP/IP/User Datagram Protocol (UDP), Domain Name System (DNS)
- Microsoft Active Directory principles and management
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 fundamentals
- Microsoft Windows Client fundamentals

Fundamentals of using the 2010 Microsoft Office system or the 2007 Microsoft Office system

Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by attending the following courses, or obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills:
- Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client
- Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008

Course Content

Implementing a Troubleshooting Methodology

This module describes the steps involved in establishing and using a typical troubleshooting methodology. It also covers the job role and responsibilities of the EDST.

Troubleshooting Startup Issues

This module describes how to use Windows 7 recovery tools to troubleshoot startup problems. Additionally, it provides the information to configure and troubleshoot startup settings, and to troubleshoot operating system services.

 

Using Group Policy to Centralize Configuration

This module describes Group Policy application. It also covers steps to troubleshoot both client configuration failures and GPO application issues.

Troubleshooting Hardware Device, Device Driver, and Performance Issues

This module helps students troubleshoot issues related to hardware devices and device drivers by identifying basic hardware-related issues. Additionally, the module helps students determine hardware failure issues, and the problems that device drivers can cause. Finally, this module provides guidance on how to configure performance options in Windows 7, as well as monitor reliability and performance of Windows 7 computers.

Troubleshooting Network Connectivity Issues

This module describes how to troubleshoot issues related to network connectivity by providing the steps to determine the network configuration of client computers, and then to troubleshoot network connections.

Troubleshooting Remote Connectivity Issues

This module describes how to troubleshoot remote connectivity issues. This module instructs students on how to configure and troubleshoot virtual private network (VPN) connections, as well as Assistance to assist users. This module also covers the troubleshooting steps for Network Access Protection (NAP) and DirectAccess issues.

Troubleshooting Logon and Resource Access Issues

This module describes how to use troubleshooting tools and methods to troubleshoot user profile and logon scripts issues, and issues with file and printer access.

Troubleshooting Security Issues

This module describes how to troubleshoot issues related to security systems such as EFS, BitLocker, and file permissions. The module instructs students how to troubleshoot and recover files encrypted with EFS and BitLockerprotected drives. In this module, students also troubleshoot file permissions, content access issues, and Windows Internet Explorer issues.

Troubleshooting Operating System and Application Issues

This module describes how to troubleshoot issues related to operating system features and applications, including application installation and operation issues. This module also addresses applying application and Windows updates.

Exams & Certification

This course helps candidates prepare for Exam 70-685, the final requirement for the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (EDST) professional credential.

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