20695: Deploying Windows Desktops and Enterprise Applications

Length: 5 days | Audience: IT Professionals | Level: 300

This five-day course describes how to assess operating system and application deployment options, determine the most appropriate deployment strategy, and then implement a lite-touch or zero-touch deployment solution for Windows devices and apps. Solutions that this course covers include operating system deployment scenarios using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

This course is intended for IT professionals who deploy, manage, and maintain PCs, devices, and apps across medium/large/enterprise organizations, and for individuals who are interested in taking the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) exam 70-695: Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Assess the network environment for supporting operating system and application deployment.
  • Determine operating system deployment strategies.
  • Assess application compatibility.
  • Plan and implement user state migration.
  • Determine an image management strategy.
  • Prepare for deployments using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK).
  • Support PXE-initiated and multicast operating system deployments.
  • Implement operating system deployment by using the MDT.
  • Implement operating system deployment by using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.
  • Integrate MDT and Configuration Manager for operating system deployment.
  • Activate clients and manage additional configuration settings.
  • Deploy Office 2013.

Module 1: Assessing the Network Environment for Supporting Operating System and Application Deployment

This module provides an overview of the enterprise desktop life cycle. It explains how to assess hardware and infrastructure readiness for a desktop deployment, and how to use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) to assess deployment readiness.


Lessons

  • Overview of the Enterprise Desktop Life Cycle
  • Assessing Hardware and Infrastructure Readiness for a Desktop Deployment
  • Using MAP to Assess Deployment Readiness 

Module 2: Determining Operating System Deployment Strategies

This module explains how to identify the most appropriate operating system deployment strategy based upon organizational requirements. It describes tools and deployment strategies, different types of operating system deployments, and alternative deployment strategies for desktop computers.


Lessons

  • Understanding the Tools and Strategies That Are Available for an Effective Operating System Deployment
  • Operating System Deployment by Using High-Touch with Retail Media
  • Operating System Deployment by Using High-Touch with Standard Image
  • Operating System Deployment by Using Lite-Touch
  • Operating System Deployment by Using a Zero-Touch Strategy
  • Alternative Deployment Strategies for Windows Desktops

Module 3: Assessing Application Compatibility

This module explains how to assess application compatibility issues and identify mitigation solutions to ensure that applications function successfully after an operating system deployment. It also describes how to use Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) to address application compatibility issues.


Lessons

  • Diagnosing Application Compatibility Issues
  • Mitigating Application Compatibility Issues
  • Using ACT to Address Application Compatibility Issues

Module 4: Planning and Implementing User State Migration

This module describes user state migration strategies, and explains how to configure these strategies during operating system deployments.


Lessons

  • Overview of User State Migration
  • Overview of USMT 5.0
  • Planning User State Migration
  • Migrating User State by Using USMT

Module 5: Determining an Image Management Strategy

This module describes the Windows image file format, and provides an overview of image management. It also explains how to determine the most appropriate image management strategy to support operating system and application deployments.


Lessons

  • Overview of the Windows Image File Format
  • Overview of Image Management 

Module 6: Preparing For Deployments Using Windows ADK

This module describes the tools provided in Windows ADK, and explains how to use them to prepare for and support automated deployment strategies.


Lessons

  • Overview of the Windows Setup and Installation Process
  • Preparing Boot Images Using Windows PE
  • Using Windows SIM and Sysprep to Automate and Prepare an Image Installation
  • Capturing and Servicing a Reference Image

 

Module 7: Supporting PXE-Initiated and Multicast Operating System Deployments

This module explains how to identify solutions to support PXE-initiated and multicast solutions when performing operating system deployment tasks. It also describes the process of installing and configuring the Windows Deployment Services environment.


Lessons

  • Overview of PXE-Initiated and Multicast Operating System Deployments
  • Installing and Configuring the Windows Deployment Services Environment

Module 8: Implementing Operating System Deployment by Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

This module explains how to configure an operating system deployment strategy by using the MDT. It describes how to plan for the MDT environment, implement MDT 2013, and integrate Windows Deployment Services with MDT.


Lessons

  • Planning for the MDT Environment
  • Implementing MDT 2013
  • Integrating Windows Deployment Services with MDT

Module 9: Implementing Operating System Deployment by Using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

This module describes operating system deployment, and the process of preparing the site for operating system deployment. It also explains how to configure an operating system deployment strategy by using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.


Lessons

  • An Overview of Deploying Operating Systems
  • Preparing a Site for Operating System Deployment
  • Deploying an Operating System

Module 10: Integrating MDT and Configuration Manager for Operating System Deployment

This module explains how to integrate MDT with Configuration Manager to support operating system deployment procedures. It also reviews the features that are provided by the integration of MDT and Configuration Manager.


Lessons

  • Integrating Deployment Tools with Configuration Manager
  • Features Provided by Integrating MDT and Configuration Manager

 

Module 11: Activating Clients and Managing Additional Configuration Settings

This module explains how to implement volume license activation and determine configuration settings for client computers. It also describes the different volume license activation solutions.


Lessons

  • Solutions for Volume-License Activation
  • Determining Additional Configuration Client Settings

Module 12: Deploying Microsoft Office 2013

This module explains how to customize and deploy Microsoft Office 2013 to an enterprise network environment. It describes the methods for deploying Office 2013, customizing Office deployments, and deploying Office 2013 from Office 365.

Lessons

  • Methods for Deploying Microsoft Office 2013 Editions
  • Customizing Office Deployments
  • Deploy Office 2013 by Using Office 365
  • Considerations for Deploying Office 2013 by Using App-V
  • Managing Office Settings

Before attending this course, students must have system administrator–level working knowledge of:

 

  • Networking fundamentals, including common networking protocols, topologies, hardware, media, routing, switching and addressing.
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles and fundamentals of AD DS management.
  • Installation, configuration, and troubleshooting for Windows-based personal computers.
  • Basic concepts of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) security.
  • Basic understanding of scripting and Windows PowerShell syntax.
  • Basic understanding of Windows Server roles and services.
  • Basic understanding of management tasks using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

 

Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by attending the following courses, or by obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills:

 

  • Course 20687: Configuring Windows 8.1
  • Course 20688: Supporting Windows 8.1

or

Course 20689: Upgrading your Skills to MCSA Windows 8

 

  • Course 20411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Course 20694: Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps
  • Course 20696: Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps Using System Center Configuration Manager