Overview

Introduction

The Supporting Mobile Access Using 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:

  • Configure Work Folders System Requirements
  • Install and Configure Work Folders
  • Connect to Work Folders from a Domain-Joined Workstation
  • Configure System Requirements for Work Folders on Standalone Windows Computer
  • Connect to Work Folders from a Standalone Windows Workstation

Exercise 1 - Configure 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 or later. 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 or Windows 10 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 10 computer and find out how it works.

Exercise 3 - Connect to Work Folders from a Domain-Joined Workstation

After installing and configuring Work Folders on the server, you will now test if a domain-joined workstation like Windows 10 can connect to Work Folders.

In this exercise, you will connect PLABWIN10 computer to the Work Folders and will find out how online and offline synchronization works.

Exercise 4 - Configure System Requirements for Work Folders on Standalone Windows Computer

From the previous activity, you have verified that a domain administrator and a domain user account can access Work Folders while the PLABWIN10 is attached to the Windows domain.

In this exercise, you will remove a Windows 10 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 10 workstation.

Exercise 5 - Connect to Work Folders from a Standalone Windows Workstation

From the previous activity, you set up the system pre-requisites to allow a non-domain joined workstation to access Work Folders. In this exercise, you will now attempt to connect to the Work Folders using a standalone Windows 10 device.

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