The Support Windows Store and Cloud Apps module provides you with the instruction and Server hardware to develop your hands on skills. This module includes the following exercises:

  • AppLocker
  • Using Software Restriction Policy
  • Sign up for Microsoft Office 365 Trial
  • Windows Store Applications
  • Restricting Windows Store Applications
  • Sideloading a Windows Store App

Lab Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab.

  • IC3-GS5: Key Applications, App Culture.
  • IC3-GS5: Computing Fundamentals, Cloud Computing.

Exercise 1 - AppLocker

AppLocker is a Windows feature that gives administrators the ability to control which user applications are allowed to run on a Windows client computer. This feature can be configured on a computer using Local Group Policy Object or can be enforced on domain computers using Domain Group Policy Objects.

Exercise 2 - Using Software Restriction Policy

An alternative to AppLocker is Software Restriction Policy (SRP) which can enforce restrictions on programs that an end-user can run on earlier versions of Windows.

Exercise 3 - Sign up for Microsoft Office 365 Trial

Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of cloud-based services that is designed to meet your requrements for robust security, 24x7 reliability and enhance user productivity.

Office 365 comes in different subscription plans to fit an organization or individual requirement for this productivity software. Typically, an Office 365 subscription comes with a fully-installed desktop version of Microsoft Office that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access on your PC or Mac. Office 365 applications are accessible too on 1 tablet and mobile phone. Storing your files is convenient as your subscription comes with a 1 TB cloud storage in OneDrive and 60 minutes monthly Skype minutes.

E-mail users who have either Hotmail or Outlook accounts have free access to a scaled down version of Microsoft Office called Office Online. Office Online includes web-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. You can access these by signing in to OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) web storage.

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Exercise 4 - Windows Store Applications

In this exercise, you will download and install APP files from the Windows store. APP (application) files is a new type of executable file in Windows 8.x operating system. An app when installed, creates a tile within the Windows Start screen that you can click to start it.

Windows 8.x which also supports ARM platform (Windows Surface) can download and install apps (applications) - for free or paid from the Windows store.

Exercise 5 - Restricting Windows Store Applications

In this exercise you will enforce restrictions on user access to Windows Store applications.

Exercise 6 - Sideloading a Windows Store App

Software publishers are constantly adding cool Windows Store apps every week. All of them can be downloaded either as a free or paid subscription using your Windows 8.1 computer or Surface tablet.

You can use sideloading when it comes to Windows store apps. Sideloading means that the app is not published and neither downloaded from the Windows store. The app will be installed directly to the device.

In this exercise, you will learn how to create a simple Windows Store app using Visual Studio 2012 Express. This app will be sideloaded for this lab.

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