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Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments

Course Description/Agenda

In this course intended for desktop administrators who want to specialize in desktop deployment, configuration, and management, you will learn how to plan and deploy Windows 7 desktops in large organizations. You will also learn how to design, configure, and manage the Windows 7 client environment.

This course incorporates material from the Official Microsoft Learning Product 6294: Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments.


This course helps you prepare for Exam 70-686: Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator, which counts as credit towards Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator certification.

What You'll Learn

  • 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

Who Should Attend

IT professionals interested in specializing in Windows 7 desktop and application deployments and managing the desktop environments for large organizations; Ideal candidates include support technicians or IT professionals currently in deployment roles who want to advance their careers or enhance their skills in planning and deploying Windows 7 desktops.

Course Prerequisites

  • A solid understanding of TCP/IP, networking concepts, scripts, batch files, and security concepts such as authentication and authorization
  • A solid Windows and Active Directory background, including familiarity with domain user accounts, domain vs. local user accounts, user profiles, and group membership
  • Experience performing clean Windows installations, upgrading Windows, and migrating user-related data and settings
  • Experience configuring disks, partitions, volumes, device drivers, and mobile computers and devices
  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting a wireless network connection, Windows 7 security, and permissions and other settings to allow access to resources and applications
  • Experience configuring settings to enable network connectivity
  • Familiarity with the client administration capabilities of Windows Server, management tools such as the System Center suite of products, and deployment, packaging, and imaging tools

Course Outline

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 Licensing and Activation

2. Assessing Application Compatibility in Windows 7

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

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

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

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

6. Deploying Windows 7 by Using Windows Deployment Services

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

7. Deploying Windows 7 by Using Lite Touch Installation

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

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

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

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

11. Planning and Deploying Applications and Updates to Windows 7 Clients

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

12. Planning and Deploying Windows 7 by Using LTI

  • Planning the MDT Lite Touch Environment


Lab1a: Assessing the Computing Environment by Using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

Lab 1b: Recommending a Licensing Strategy

  • Determining the Activation Method

Lab 2a: 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 2b: Creating Application Compatibility Fixes

  • Identifying Application Compatibility Issues
  • Mitigating Application Issues

Lab 3: Determining the Windows 7 Deployment Method

Lab 4: Determining the Windows 7 Imaging Strategy

Lab 5a: Using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)

  • Install the WAIK
  • Resources and Tools Included with the WAIK

Lab 5b: 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 5c: 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 5d: Capturing and Applying a Windows 7 Image Using ImageX

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