Aspire Journeys

Windows Desktop Administration

  • 16 Courses | 22h 34m 47s
  • 1 Lab | 4h
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Learners who enroll in the Windows Desktop Administration journey will acquire the knowledge necessary to deploy, configure, and secure devices and client applications in an enterprise setting, as well as administer and monitor those programs. They oversee managing things like identification, access, policies, updates, and applications. In addition to this, they become proficient in the evaluation, planning, migration, deployment, and management of Microsoft Windows services.

Track 1: Windows Installation and Administration

In this track of the Windows Desktop Administration Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on Windows installation and management.

  • 5 Courses | 6h 38m 34s

Track 2: Windows System Administration

In this track of the Windows Desktop Administration Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on Windows administration, such as managing users and groups, applications, and printing services. You will also explore system security and maintenance, services, devices, storage, networking, and file sharing.

  • 6 Courses | 10h 33m 52s

Track 3: Windows Maintenance and Troubleshooting

In this track of the Windows Desktop Administration Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on maintaining Windows 11 systems, which include backup and recovery options and troubleshooting.

  • 5 Courses | 5h 22m 21s
  • 1 Lab | 4h

COURSES INCLUDED

Windows 11 Installation Basics
There are various ways to install Windows 11 on a target system. Before a technician upgrades or performs a clean installation of Windows 11 there are a few things to consider. In this course, you'll explore the minimum and recommended Windows 11 system requirements. Discover feature-specific requirements for Windows 11, including 5G support, BitLocker to Go, and Microsoft Teams, as well as previous features that may be deprecated or removed in Windows 11. Explore the benefits of upgrade options and clean installations and discover how to backup and migrate files using the Windows Easy Transfer and User State Migration Tool (USMT). Lastly, explore how to use the PC Health Check app to see if a system can run Windows 11 and discover how to use Microsoft accounts to connect devices across Microsoft apps and services like Microsoft 365, OneDrive, Edge, and Microsoft Store.
14 videos | 1h 12m has Assessment available Badge
Windows 11 Installation Options
Windows 11 has become a ubiquitous operating system for personal users and businesses. It includes a broad set of features that leverage usability and connectivity. The easy to use and powerful platform offers several deployment options for small, medium, and large businesses. In this course, learn about deploying Windows 11, including typical installation methods and how to prepare for deployment. Next, discover how to install Windows 11 and perform post-installation tasks. Explore Windows 11 installation options offered using Intune, as well as Intune compliance reporting and monitoring features you can use to validate a Windows 11 deployment. Finally, explore Windows activation, deployment tools, and tools for managing installations, such as Windows Autopilot.
13 videos | 1h 17m has Assessment available Badge
Windows Desktop Management: System Settings
Windows 11 is a desktop operating system that is primarily run on laptops and desktop computer systems. In order to secure and maximize the Windows 11 user experience, the operating system includes various components to configure settings. In this course, you'll explore the Windows Registry, including registry values, keys, and hives, as well as the SAM, SECURITY, SOFTWARE, SYSTEM, and DEFAULT registry files. Discover how to access the Windows Registry and how to backup and restore the registry in Windows 11. Explore the features of the Windows Settings app including the sidebar, sub-menu buttons, and search. You will also discover common Windows Control Panel applets. Lastly, explore how to access and configure power management, accessibility, display, and theme settings in Windows 11.
14 videos | 1h 31m has Assessment available Badge
Windows Desktop Management: Default Applications
Windows 11 is equipped with many built-in applications to help users with common tasks including shopping for music, browsing the Internet, and managing their calendar. In this course, you'll explore common Windows applications, and discover how to differentiate between Microsoft 365 apps, Power apps, .NET apps, Web apps, and Windows apps. Discover built-in Windows Internet browsers including Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer and explore common applications in Windows 11 designed for productivity including OneNote, To Do, and Maps. Explore common applications used for working with media in Windows 11 including Photos, Movies & TV, and Windows Media Player, and discover how to view processes, performance, and user details in Task Manager. Next, explore how to use the Snipping Tool in Windows 11 and discuss how it can be helpful when troubleshooting a system. Lastly, explore Microsoft Teams and its features including Chat and Channels.
14 videos | 1h 22m has Assessment available Badge
Windows Desktop Management: Administrative Tools & Utilities
Windows 11 offers various administrative tools and utilities for configuring a system. Depending on a user's experience and level of knowledge, these tools and utilities can be used to customize a Windows user experience, troubleshoot a system, or even remotely access a computer. In this course, you'll access and explore the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) in Windows 11. Explore MMC access options including author mode, user mode -full access, user mode - limited access, multiple window, and single window, and discover how to add and remove MMC snap-ins. Explore Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance features in Windows 11 and discover the configuration options found within the System Configuration program. Lastly, explore the command prompt and PowerShell utilities in Windows 11.
12 videos | 1h 14m has Assessment available Badge

COURSES INCLUDED

Windows Administration: Managing Users & Groups
Windows Administrators, also referred to as Windows Systems Administrators, are responsible for installing, managing, and upgrading Windows-based systems and servers inside an organization. They may also be responsible for the management of user accounts and groups. In this course, you will explore the basics of user and group accounts in Windows and learn how to differentiate between local and domain user accounts. You will discover the various ways to create and manage users and groups in Windows, and explore how to change account settings, such as passwords, account types, and account expirations. Next, you will learn how Group Policy Editor can help control, manage accounts in a working environment, and consider account security considerations, including locking features and sign-in options. Lastly, you will explore ways to protect a computer from unauthorized access, including protecting against malware and using a well-chosen and protected password.
14 videos | 1h 43m has Assessment available Badge
Windows Administration: Windows Services, Devices, & Storage
In order for users to maximize their Windows operating system, they must understand the concepts, features, and best practices surrounding services, devices, and storage. In this course, you will explore the fundamentals of Windows Services and learn how to differentiate between types of services like Active Directory, DNS Client, and Routing and Remote Access. Then you will investigate the Device Manager utility and identify the types of devices that can be connected to a Windows system. Next, examine how the Device Manager is used to install and update device drivers and manage devices in Windows, including enabling, disabling, and uninstalling devices, and changing device settings. Discover storage management capabilities in Windows and the different types of storage available, such as local, network, and cloud. Finally, learn how to manage files and folders using PowerShell and Group Policy settings, as well as storage features like Storage Sense and Storage Spaces.
20 videos | 2h 44m has Assessment available Badge
Windows Administration: System Security & Maintenance
Windows 10/11 has numerous built-in features to protect your device and your data. Implementing these features will enable you to create a more secure environment. In this course, you will see the importance of keeping Windows systems safe and secure and learn to differentiate between common threats and vulnerabilities that put a system at risk. Explore how to administer account settings such as password and privilege configurations and manage user and group permissions and access controls with advanced tools such as the Group Policy Editor and the local security policy. Discover key features of the Windows Firewall and Windows Defender anti-malware component and explore how to use the Security Configuration Wizard to harden systems. Lastly, learn common strategies for preventing security breaches and vulnerabilities.
13 videos | 1h 30m has Assessment available Badge
Windows Administration: Managing Applications
To maximize the end-user experience, administrators must utilize the principles of application management and recognize the various types of applications available in Windows. In this course, you'll explore the concept of application management in Windows and the different types of applications available, including desktop applications and Windows Store apps. Discover the importance of managing applications and the benefits of using application management tools. Learn how to leverage advanced tools such as the Group Policy Editor and the command prompt to manage application settings. Explore how to install and update applications in Windows, including using the Windows Store to download applications from the Internet. Learn how to manage application permissions and settings in Windows, including configuring default programs and managing access to system resources. Lastly, explore how to perform application maintenance, work with enterprise applications, restore applications, and enhance security by limiting the installation of apps from the Microsoft store.
14 videos | 1h 26m has Assessment available Badge
Windows Administration: Networking & File Sharing
The Windows operating system offers features to help users share and access resources. Organizations can maximize file and resource sharing by using networks to interconnect computer systems and users. In this course, you'll explore networking and file sharing in Windows and learn about the types of networks available. Discover the importance of managing networking and file sharing and learn the benefits of using networking and file sharing tools. Explore best practices for managing networking and file sharing, including keeping networks and file sharing configurations current and configured properly. Learn how to configure network settings in Windows, including setting up a wired or wireless connection, configuring proxy settings, and troubleshooting connection issues. Discover how to share files and resources in Windows, including how to configure shared folders and printers. Lastly, explore how to secure networks by configuring firewalls and antivirus settings and applying access controls.
13 videos | 1h 46m has Assessment available Badge
Windows Administration: Managing Printing Services
Adding a printer to a Windows system is a user-friendly process. You can add a printer via USB, wireless network, or Bluetooth. However, with Windows print services, users can do more than print text or pictures onto paper. In this course, you'll explore the concept of printing services in Windows and learn to differentiate between the types of printers available, including local and network printers. You will discover how to access the Devices and Printers tool in Windows and explore using this tool to manage printers. You will learn to install and configure printers in Windows and how to download and install printer drivers from the Internet. Next, you will explore how to manage printer permissions and settings in Windows, including access to printer resources and using advanced tools such as the Group Policy editor and the command prompt to manage printer settings. Lastly, you will explore how to share printers, access the print management console, and the basics of Windows print servers.
12 videos | 1h 22m has Assessment available Badge

COURSES INCLUDED

Maintaining Windows 11 Systems
There are many key utilities and approaches Windows System Admins can take to ensure a well-optimized, fast, and smooth computing experience in Windows 11. In this course, you will explore the term 'maintenance' in the context of a Windows system and learn the importance of performing regular and ongoing maintenance of Windows 11 systems. Next, discover the benefits of the Disk Cleanup utility and learn how to run the Disk Defragmenter utility to defrag a hard drive. Then examine how to access resources and configure devices in Device Manager and find out how to use the Device Manager to troubleshoot hardware issues. Finally, investigate the features of common Windows tools including System File Checker, Disk Management, and the CHKDSK.
14 videos | 1h 22m has Assessment available Badge
Windows 11 Backup & Recovery Options
Windows 11 has a variety of utilities and features designed to protect and preserve valuable information. This could be a single file, a volume, or an entire system. In this course, you will explore the concepts of backup and recovery in the context of a computer system and investigate backup solutions including cloud storage, external drives, and network drives. Then you will discover the importance of having a backup and recovery strategy and find out how to use the Backup and Restore settings to create a full backup of a Windows 11 system. Next, access and use System Restore in Windows 11 and highlight features that can be used for backup and recovery. Finally, determine when to use features such as recovery reset and refresh options, Startup Repair, and restore tools.
13 videos | 1h 25m has Assessment available Badge
Windows 11 Desktop Troubleshooting
Windows troubleshooting tools and approaches can help identify, plan, and resolve problems, errors, or faults. Having the right skillset, tools, knowledge, and patience are key in correcting issues relating to Windows or other Microsoft products. In this course, you will explore approaches and techniques for troubleshooting a Windows 11 system. Discover how to use the Task Manager to troubleshoot slow-running or frozen applications and basic steps to resolve common sound issues in Windows. Explore how to boot into safe mode to fix operating system issues and discover how the Windows Update feature can play a role in resolving Windows 11 problems. Lastly, explore other troubleshooting tools available in Windows, including the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter and the Health Check app.
13 videos | 1h 24m has Assessment available Badge
Advanced Troubleshooting in Windows 11
Windows has built-in troubleshooting features that help automate the troubleshooting of more advanced issues. Some of these features are called troubleshooters. Often a last resort option, they are designed to help diagnose and resolve system issues. In this course, you will explore how to access the troubleshooter tools in Windows 11 and how to use them for troubleshooting Internet connections, printers, and network adapters. Discover how to view reliability history for system stability and reliability events. Explore the Task Manager in Windows and learn how to use it to resolve problems. Lastly, explore how the Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor are used to perform advanced troubleshooting of issues in Windows.
11 videos | 1h 8m has Assessment available Badge
Final Exam: Windows Desktop Administration
Final Exam: Windows Desktop Administration will test your knowledge and application of the topics presented throughout the Windows Desktop Administration journey.
1 video | 32s has Assessment available Badge

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