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Course Objectives

Expert-led training on Windows XP administration. This training course is meant to examine Windows XP Professional and its features to new Windows XP administrators, Windows XP developers and anyone else wanting to learn about Windows XP Professional. It's meant to get you started, expand your knowledge, and can also help you take your skills to the next level.
This course is best for:
  • Current Windows Administrators
  • Support personal who want to improve their Windows XP administration skills
  • Administrators upgrading from previous versions
  • Accomplished users who want to become administrators
Anyone else who wants to learn Windows XP Professional and already knows the basics of Windows, TCP/IP, and networking will also benefit from the training course. However, it is important that you have a good background in computers beforehand and preferably, several years experience as a Windows user.

What Will I Learn?

This class provides the essential core knowledge of Windows XP Professional needed to be a successful administrator. It covers everything from configuration to system restore to Windows Firewall.

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What Training Path Does This Course Relate To?

This training seminar is not meant as an examine prep but does cover most of the same skills tested on Exam 70-270. See the table below for an exact correlation. 
Preparation Guide for Exam 70-270
Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Key to the matrix:
  The course includes material to prepare you for this task.
  The course includes some material to prepare you for this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work.
  The course provides a general introductory overview of this task. You will need to supplement the course with additional work.
Skills measured by exam 70-270
Installing Windows XP Professional
Perform and troubleshoot an attended installation of Windows XP Professional.
Perform and troubleshoot an unattended installation of Windows XP Professional.
  • Install Windows XP Professional by using Remote Installation Services (RIS).
  • Install Windows XP Professional by using the System Preparation Tool.
  • Create unattended answer files by using Setup Manager to automate the installation of Windows XP Professional.
Upgrade from a previous version of Windows to Windows XP Professional.
  • Prepare a computer to meet upgrade requirements.
  • Migrate existing user environments to a new installation.
Perform post-installation updates and product activation.
Troubleshoot failed installations.
Implementing and Conducting Administration of Resources
Monitor, manage, and troubleshoot access to files and folders.
  • Configure, manage, and troubleshoot file compression.
  • Control access to files and folders by using permissions.
  • Optimize access to files and folders.
Manage and troubleshoot access to shared folders.
  • Create and remove shared folders.
  • Control access to shared folders by using permissions.
  • Manage and troubleshoot Web server resources.
Connect to local and network print devices.
  • Manage printers and print jobs.
  • Control access to printers by using permissions.
  • Connect to an Internet printer.
  • Connect to a local print device.
Configure and manage file systems.
  • Convert from one file system to another file system.
  • Configure NTFS, FAT32, or FAT file systems.
Manage and troubleshoot access to and synchronization of offline files.
Implementing, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Hardware Devices and Drivers
Implement, manage, and troubleshoot disk devices.
  • Install, configure, and manage DVD and CD-ROM devices.
  • Monitor and configure disks.
  • Monitor, configure, and troubleshoot volumes.
  • Monitor and configure removable media, such as tape devices.
Implement, manage, and troubleshoot display devices.
  • Configure multiple-display support.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot a video adapter.
Configure Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI).
Implement, manage, and troubleshoot input and output (I/O) devices.
  • Monitor, configure, and troubleshoot I/O devices, such as printers, scanners, multimedia devices, mouse, keyboard, and smart card reader.
  • Monitor, configure, and troubleshoot multimedia hardware, such as cameras.
  • Install, configure, and manage modems.
  • Install, configure, and manage Infrared Data Association (IrDA) devices.
  • Install, configure, and manage wireless devices.
  • Install, configure, and manage USB devices.
  • Install, configure, and manage hand held devices.
  • Install, configure, and manage network adapters.
Manage and troubleshoot drivers and driver signing.
Monitor and configure multiprocessor computers.
Monitoring and Optimizing System Performance and Reliability
Monitor, optimize, and troubleshoot performance of the Windows XP Professional desktop.
  • Optimize and troubleshoot memory performance.
  • Optimize and troubleshoot processor utilization.
  • Optimize and troubleshoot disk performance.
  • Optimize and troubleshoot application performance.
  • Configure, manage, and troubleshoot Scheduled Tasks.
Manage, monitor, and optimize system performance for mobile users.
Restore and back up the operating system, System State data, and user data.
  • Recover System State data and user data by using Windows Backup.
  • Troubleshoot system restoration by starting in safe mode.
  • Recover System State data and user data by using the Recovery console.
Configuring and Troubleshooting the Desktop Environment
Configure and manage user profiles and desktop settings.
Configure support for multiple languages or multiple locations.
  • Enable multiple-language support.
  • Configure multiple-language support for users.
  • Configure local settings.
  • Configure Windows XP Professional for multiple locations.
Manage applications by using Windows Installer packages.
Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting Network Protocols and Services
Configure and troubleshoot the TCP/IP protocol.
Connect to computers by using dial-up networking.
  • Connect to computers by using a virtual private network (VPN) connection.
  • Create a dial-up connection to connect to a remote access server.
  • Connect to the Internet by using dial-up networking.
  • Configure and troubleshoot Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).
Connect to resources by using Internet Explorer.
Configure, manage, and implement Internet Information Services (IIS).
Configure, manage, and troubleshoot Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance.
Configure, manage, and troubleshoot an Internet Connection Firewall (ICF).
Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Security
Configure, manage, and troubleshoot Encrypting File System (EFS).
Configure, manage, and troubleshoot a security configuration and local security policy.
Configure, manage, and troubleshoot local user and group accounts.
  • Configure, manage, and troubleshoot auditing.
  • Configure, manage, and troubleshoot account settings.
  • Configure, manage, and troubleshoot account policy.
  • Configure, manage, and troubleshoot user and group rights.
  • Troubleshoot cache credentials.
Configure, manage, and troubleshoot Internet Explorer security settings.

Who's Teaching?

Instruction by one of the world's leading experts:
William R. Stanek -- no substitutes, no second-stringers.

I teach all classes. There will never be a substitute. Here's the bio blurb if you need to know more:

William R. Stanek (williamstanek@aol.com) has over 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He is a leading technology expert and an award-winning author. Over the years, his practical advice has helped millions of programmers, developers and network engineers all over the world. He has written over 50 computer books, which are sold all over the world and there are more than 3 million copies of his books in print. Current or forthcoming books include Windows Server 2008 Inside Out, Windows Command-Line Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant 2nd Edition, Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Windows Vista Administrator's Pocket Consultant and IIS 7.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.

William has been involved in the commercial Internet community since 1991. His core business and technology experience comes from over 11 years of military service. He has substantial experience in developing server technology, encryption, and Internet solutions. He has written many technical white papers and training courses on a wide variety of topics. He is widely sought after as a subject matter expert.

William has an MS in Information Systems degree with distinction and a BS Computer Science degree magna cum laude. He is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. He flew on numerous combat missions into Iraq and was awarded nine medals for his wartime service, including one of the United States of America's highest flying honors, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

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About the Related Book

Speed and ease of reference are essential parts of this hands-on guide. The book has an expanded table of contents and an extensive index for finding answers to problems quickly. Many other quick reference features have been added as well, including quick step-by-step instructions, lists, tables with fast facts, and extensive cross-references. The book is broken down into both parts and chapters. Each part contains an opening paragraph or two about the chapters contained in that part.

Part I, “Microsoft Windows XP Professional Essentials,” covers the fundamental tasks you need for workstation administration. Chapter 1 introduces key administration tools, techniques, and concepts. Chapter 2 covers customizing system and environment settings. Chapter 3 explores hardware and device management. Chapters 4 and 5 will focus on customizing the Windows desktop. You’ll learn how to manage themes, color schemes, toolbars, and more. Finally, Chapter 6 discusses how to install, manage and maintain programs.

In Part II, “Microsoft Windows XP Professional Core Administration,” you’ll find the essential tasks for managing access, permissions, and more. Chapter 7 discusses techniques you can use to manage user access to systems and configure global settings. Chapter 8 zeroes in on administration issues that are specific to laptops and traveling users. The chapter details considerations you should make when configuring laptops, such as power management, hardware profiles, and networking. Group Policy is the subject of Chapter 9. In this chapter, you’ll find extensive lists that tell you exactly what policies you should use to manage permissions, rights, and capabilities. Chapter 10 discusses partitioning, monitoring and optimizing drives. Chapter 11 explains how to configure shared folders and printers. Chapter 12 discusses additional file and folder options including offline files, shadow copies and disk quotas.

Part III, “Microsoft Windows XP Professional Networking, Optimization, and Security” focuses on networking techniques and tasks, as well as on techniques you can use to improve performance and resolve problems. Networking is the subject of Chapter 13, which examines local area network settings. You’ll find a complete discussion of installing and configuring TCP/IP networking. The chapter also covers troubleshooting networking and provides steps for performing detailed network diagnostics. Chapter 14 moves from corporate network environments to mobile environments, examining dial-up networking, wireless client connections and remote access with virtual private networks (VPNs). Chapter 15 explains how to configure Internet options, such as default applications and trusted sites. You’ll also learn how to customize Internet settings through Group Policy. In Chapter 16, you’ll learn how to improve system performance, optimize drives, and enhance data security. You’ll also learn how to resolve Windows XP errors and schedule routine maintenance tasks. In Chapter 17, you’ll learn how to use Remote Assistance to remotely troubleshoot problems with devices, applications, and the Windows operating system itself. You’ll also learn how to troubleshoot problems with startup and shutdown, and how to create and use Restore Points. Hopefully, after reading these chapters, you’ll be able to improve the overall experience of your users and reduce downtime.

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