The Performing System Maintenance module provides you with the instruction and Server hardware to develop your hands on skills. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Restoring a Windows Computer Using System Image Backup
  • Using Windows Disk Maintenance Tools
  • Configure and Run Windows Update

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • 22-902 1.2 Given a scenario, install Windows PC operating systems using appropriate methods (Driver installation, software and windows updates)
  • 22-902 1.3 Given a scenario, apply appropriate Microsoft command line tools (DISKPART)
  • 22-902 1.4 Given a scenario, use appropriate Microsoft operating system features and tools (Windows Update)
  • 22-902 1.7 Perform common preventive maintenance procedures using the appropriate Windows OS tools (Windows Updates)

Lab time: It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Restoring a Windows Computer Using System Image Backup

Backing up your computer is essential to safeguard your files, system settings, and other software components against loss due to hardware failure or a system crash. Depending on the operating system version, software vendors have different implementations on how to perform a backup of your system.

The Windows Backup process involves creating a system image at regular intervals. A system image is a copy of the OS, the installed applications, and other interdependent files on the system at the time the backup set was created. You then store the system image at a different place than the original system components, such as a separate system drive, external storage media, or to another server in an offsite location. This image can help you restore a system or configure a new system to the state at the time the system image backup was created.

In this exercise, you will use Windows System Image backup to backup a Windows 8.1 computer.

Using Windows Disk Maintenance Tools

Windows operating system includes a number of built-in disk maintenance tools to ensure optimal performance of your storage system.

In this exercise, you will learn how to use these tools like disk clean-up, chkdsk and disk defragmenter.

To get a better understanding of this technology, please refer to your course material or use your preferred search engine to research this topic in more detail.

In this exercise, you will be working with the following equipment.

  • PLABDC01 (Windows Server 2012 R2 - Domain Controller)
  • PLABWIN701 (Windows 7 - Domain Workstation)
  • PLABWIN810 (Windows 8.1 - Domain Workstation)

Configure and Run Windows Update

With the ever-increasing number of security threats and vulnerabilities in software products, network administrators must be one-step ahead in fighting off any security loopholes in their computer systems. An important component of vulnerability remediation on Windows and Linux systems is patching. Patching refers to applying OS updates, service packs, and any missing patches. Most of these are available as free downloads from product website of the software vendor. You can configure the system to automate such upgrades.

In this exercise, you will configure some of the common properties of Windows Update. You will also run the updates manually on some Windows desktops.

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