The Monitoring and Maintaining Windows 7 module provides you with the instruction and computer hardware to develop your hands on skills. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Windows Updates
  • Disk Management Tools
  • Monitor Systems
  • Configuring Desktop Environment

Exercise 1 - Windows Updates

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.

Exercise 2 - Disk Management Tools and Disk Manager

In this exercise, you will learn how to use Disk Management to administer and maintain the disks on a Windows 7 PC.

Please refer to your course material or use your favourite search engine to research this topic in more detail.

Disk Manager is a utility that manages the system disks and the volumes or partitions on a Windows 7 PC. With Disk Management, you can initialize disks, create volumes, and format volumes with file systems FAT, FAT32, or NTFS. Disk Manager allows you to perform most tasks related to disks without rebooting the system or interrupting users.

Exercise 3 - Monitor Systems

In this exercise, you will have a look at some of the monitoring functions you can perform on a Windows 7 PC.

Exercise 4 - Configuring Desktop Environment

In this exercise, you will look at some of the ways to personalize the Windows desktop environment.

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