Configuring Work Folders

Practice Labs Module
Difficulty
Intermediate

The "Configuring Work Folders" module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises: Install and Configure Work Folders System Requirements, Install and Configure Work Folders, Connect to Work Folders from a Domain-Joined Workstation...

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Overview

Introduction

The Configuring Work Folders module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Install and Configure Work Folders System Requirements
  • Install and Configure Work Folders
  • Connect to Work Folders from a Domain-Joined Workstation
  • Connect to Work Folders from a Non-Domain Joined Workstation

Lab time: It will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes to finish this lab. Please note that you can reset the timer to give you more time to complete the exercises. You can likewise use the Out to Lunch feature to put the devices in a saved state for a short period of time. Please consult the Help/Support feature on how to use the said lab features.

Exercise 1 - Prepare Work Folders System Requirements

Bring your own device (BYOD) is gaining acceptance in a corporate network setting because of the increasing popularity of tablet computers like Microsoft Surface running the Windows RT operating system. Windows RT is an operating system designed for light and portable devices like tablets. BYOD presents a challenge to system administrators as there is a risk of corporate data theft using computers that are not joined to the Windows domain.

Work Folders is a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 that will allow domain joined or non-domain joined devices to access corporate data whether online or offline from any device running Windows 8.1. To address the issue of securing corporate data, Work Folders support creating a policy that will apply encryption and user authentication to data files before they can be accessed by Windows 8.1 users. For earlier operating systems like Windows 7, Microsoft has released a Work Folders update for this Windows version.

Microsoft is pushing for Work Folders for universal data access from other non-Microsoft devices like iOS and Android. Support for Work Folders for iOS is now available. You can look up more information about support for iOS by going to the vendor website.

In this exercise, you will first install and set up the system requirements to be able to use Work Folders.

Exercise 2 - Install and Configure Work Folders

In the previous exercise, you completed the system requirements that are needed by Work Folders service.

You will now install Work Folders on the designated server which is PLABDM01 and configure its properties to make the service functional

After configuring the server component of Work Folders, you will test it on a Windows 8.1 and find out how it works.

Exercise 3 - Connect to Work Folders from Domain Workstation

After installing and configuring Work Folders on the server, you will now test if a domain-joined workstation like Windows 8.1 can connect to Work Folders.

In this exercise, you will connect PLABWIN810 computer to the Work Folders and will find out how online and offline synchronization works.

Exercise 4 - Connect to Work Folders from Non-Domain Workstation

From the previous activity, you have verified that a domain administrator and a domain user account can access Work Folders while the PLABWIN810 is attached to the Windows domain.

In this exercise, you will remove a Windows 8.1 workstation from PRACTICELABS.COM domain and put it on a WORKGROUP. You will then access the Work Folders using a local user account created on a Windows 8.1 workstation.

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