Overview

Introduction

The Securing Windows User Account Access 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:

  • Using System Configuration Tool
  • Using Run As Feature
  • Understanding User Account Control

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • 220-902: 1.1 Compare and contrast various features and requirements of Microsoft Operating Systems (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
  • 220-902: 1.4 Given a scenario, use appropriate Microsoft operating system features and tools (Administrative System configuration)
  • 220-902: 3.3 Compare and contrast differences of basic Windows OS security settings (Run as administrator vs. standard user)

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

Exercise 1 - Using System Configuration Tool

The System Configuration Tools (msconfig.exe) is an administrator program that you can use to control the boot up of Windows, launch applications and control the start-up of programs executed when a user logs on to Windows.

Exercise 2 - Using Run As Feature

Like other operating systems, Windows will require an administrator account to perform system setting modifications on a computer such as installing a new program, managing disk volumes, creating users or groups and other tasks that will have an impact on the performance of your computer.

To avoid unintended changes on the system and ensure security while working on corporate assets, it is recommended that you use a regular user account that is paired with an administrator account. By having this approach, the user will invoke the privileged account only when performing system-related tasks and revert back as an ordinary user after the task has been completed.

In this exercise, you will use the Windows Run As feature by signing on as a common user and invoke administrative rights by using an Administrator account.

Exercise 3 - Understanding User Account Control

User Account Control (UAC) is a security feature in Windows that appears as a screen prompt that will ask the user for confirmation or at times an administrator account and password before launching an application set aside for privileged access. The UAC prompt will likewise manifest itself if you are about to replace system-protected files on the computer.

UAC was introduced in Windows Vista and has been carried over to succeeding versions of Windows with minor changes. UAC setting can be changed on a per-computer basis via Control Panel or changed globally via Group Policy Objects or GPO.

In this exercise, you will explore the basic features of UAC and find out how this security feature works.

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