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The Knowledge Academy - Microsoft Certifications

Course Overview: The course at a glance

Microsoft Certifications is a course directed at IT industry professionals with previous experience using Office 2000/2003, who are now looking to discover how the programme has evolved. The broad, all-inclusive course serves as a one stop information source for all aspects of Microsoft 2007, detailing any changes and updates in the interface – this includes everything from new charts to new styles and layouts. The course covers a wide range of topics including a brief history of Office, the new ribbon interface and where to find all your previous shortcuts. The Microsoft Certifications course will ensure you are thoroughly prepared for the 70-680 Windows Configuring exam.

On completion, the Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client Course will have taught you:

  • How to use Windows 7 for imagine-based performance installation

  • How to prepare for Windows 7 Installation

  • How to safeguard Windows 7 Desktops

  • The key features and hardware requirements of Windows 7

  • How to share and secure folders

  • IPv4 and IPv6 network connectivity

  • How to make a Windows 7 computer more secure

  • Key wireless network technologies

  • The monitoring and configuration tools

What is Microsoft

Microsoft is an American technology company, created by Bill Gates with headquarters in Washington DC. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, PCs, consumer electronics and other services. The multinational company is best known for its line of Microsoft Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer and of course, the worldwide famous Microsoft Office.

Windows 7 was released to the public in 2009. Instead of a large rework of Windows, it just focussed on improving areas of Vista with easy to use features and enhancements to the performance.

Course Topics

  • Windows 7 Installation, Upgrade and Migration

  • Prepare for Windows 7 Installation

  • Carrying out a Clean Installation of Windows 7

  • Windows 7 Upgrading and Migrating

  • Windows 7 for imagine-based performance installation

  • Application Compatibility Formation

  • Windows 7 Disk Partitioning

  • Disk Volume Management

  • Windows 7 Disk Management

  • Device Drivers Installation and Configuration

  • Authentication and Authorization

  • Controlling File Admission in Windows 7

  • Administering Communal Folders

  • Designing File Compression

  • Printing Management

  • IPv4 Network Connectivity Formation

  • IPv6 Network Connectivity Formation

  • Allocating IP Addresses Automatically

  • Name Resolution

  • Analysing Network Issues

  • Safeguarding Windows 7 Desktops

  • Security Management in Windows 7

  • Using Local Security Policy Settings to Secure a Windows 7 Client Computer

  • Using EFS and BitLocker to Secure Data

  • Application Restrictions Administration

  • Administering User Account Control

  • Administering Windows Firewall

  • Security Settings Procedures in Internet Explorer 8

  • Windows Defender

  • Improving and Preserving Windows 7 Client Computers

  • Operating Windows 7 Performance Tools to Maintain Performance

  • Applying the Windows 7 Diagnostic Tools to Maintain Reliability

  • Windows Data Backup

  • Employing System Restore Points to Restore a Windows 7 System

  • Windows Update

  • Configuring Mobile Computing and Remote Access in Windows 7

  • Mobile Computer Formation

  • Device Settings Development

  • Remote Access By Means of Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance

  • Direct Access for Remote Access

  • BranchCache for Remote Access

Microsoft Technical Qualifications

Microsoft Certifications have three levels, and this course prepares you for the Exam 7. The exam will help strengthen and deepen an already existing knowledge of the niche topic of Microsoft Certified Technology Specialists (MCTS). The first step towards obtaining an MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT professional requirement) is to take the first level of qualification. Then participants may go on to take the following levels of Microsoft Certifications:


Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) – This certification will authenticate Microsoft technical skills in many specific areas of training e.g. SharePoint or Windows 7. Partakers will be tested on troubleshooting and how to resolve problems using specific software.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) – aimed at those in the early stages of their IT careers, this course provides a comprehensive insight into essential on-site training and cloud-computing skills which are needed in order to develop and adequately control Microsoft’s core platforms such as Windows Client, Windows Server, SQL Server or Visual Studio.


Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) – If you are a seasoned programmer or developer, then this expert-level qualification will serve to expand on your already wide knowledge of the MCTS certification and improve you skills across the entire certification. Your skills and expertise will be expanded upon in order to give you a wider, more specific knowledge across multiple technologies for certain, precise job rolls e.g Database administrator or Enterprise Desktop Support Technician. Once qualified to this expert level, you will have gained transferable skills to things including - but not limited to - designing, deploying, operating and optimising technologies for your IT role.


Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) – If you are a high achieving IT professional, this Master qualification aids you in building upon existing, deep knowledge and diverse skillset to further enhance IT Microsoft training. With this qualification under your belt, you will have used all your skills acquired through all levels of examinations. You will have been working in IT for over 10 years and have a relatively senior position in IT for at least 3 years. The MCA certification has an oral review by a board of your peers.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) – Much like the MCA, this is one of the industry’s most challenging and esteemed qualifications the IT industry has to offer. In order to undertake the course participants must be experts in their field with an extremnely strong technical knowledge of how to design implement and plan complex IT and business solutions.

Who is this course suitable for?

IT professionals

For companies that previously used Office versions 2000/2003, employees would greatly benefit in the upgrade in knowledge they will attain from this course. The course will guide them through how the interface has changed and developed, all the while designed to accelerate learning and enhance IT skills.

Those who want to better understand Windows 7 Client

Are you unsure of how to fully and efficiently use all aspects of Windows 7? Perhaps you’re unsure of how to find your previous shortcuts or how to fully make use of the enhanced and updated features? This course will guide you through Windows 7, filling in all gaps in your knowledge.

Students to prepare for the 70-680, TS: Windows 7, Configuring Exam

Eight modules in total, this course gives a broad understanding of exam question topics. Students preparing for the exam will benefit from covering a wide range of subjects that will come up in the examination such as installing, upgrading and migrating to Windows 7, recovery options and how to configure backup. The exam question subjects are roughly split in the exam in the following percentages:

  • Installing, Upgrading and Migrating to Windows 7: 14%

  • Deploying Windows: 13%

  • Configuring Hardware and Applications: 14%

  • Configuring Network Connectivity: 14%

  • Configuring Access to Resources: 13%

  • Configuring Mobile Computing: 10%

  • Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that run Windows 7: 11%

  • Configuring Backup and Recovery Options: 11%


Why should I do Microsoft Training?

Microsoft is a worldwide, well known and highly respected brand; having the ability to use the Microsoft logo may well increase business due to the fact it is a known and trusted brand. Companies and businesses will therefore greatly benefit from having Microsoft trained staff. Staff will be able to ask Microsoft for help with technical issues and furthermore will gain confidence in using the latest technologies.

What jobs would this course compliment?

Having a Microsoft accredited qualification under your belt creates ample opportunity for career progression in the IT industry. Skills acquired on the course by the candidate will make jobs such as Windows 7 Rollout Engineer and Deployment Support become real possibilities. The job role of a Rollout engineer is to upgrade existing PC’s with hard drive swaps whilst a Deployment Support professional will carry out duties such as building and upgrading machines.

How much can I expect my earnings to increase on completion of this course?