Passwords are insufficient to protect systems today. Windows 10 adds new security features such as Windows Hello, virtual SmartCards, and Microsoft Passport that seek to overcome the limitations of traditional passwords. Windows 10 also introduces a new way to authenticate users with Azure-based accounts. In this course, we explore the details of how login works as well as key concepts behind authentication including domain accounts, Kerberos, and Azure AD. In addition, we explore the new security technologies in Windows 10 and learn how to implement Windows Hello and virtual SmartCards. This Skillsoft learning path covers the objectives for the Microsoft exam, Building Configuring Windows Devices (beta for Windows 10) (70-697). This exam counts toward the Configuring Windows Devices Microsoft Specialist certification.

Target Audience
This course targets IT professionals who install, configure, maintain, and support Microsoft Windows 10 client desktops, devices, and users within any size organization.


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Lesson Objectives

Configure Authentication and Secure Identities for Windows 10


  • start the course
  • describe how to know if a device is secure
  • describe the examples of an attack
  • describe defense in depth
  • describe how login works
  • describe user accounts and devices
  • describe user accounts
  • compare types of devices
  • describe Microsoft passport and VSM
  • describe what is new in Windows 10 for securing identities
  • describe how Microsoft Passport works
  • describe Microsoft Passport considerations
  • describe virtual secure mode
  • describe how Kerberos works
  • describe how access tokens work
  • configure local user and Microsoft accounts
  • configure HomeGroup
  • configure domain accounts
  • configure cloud accounts
  • describe what Azure AD is
  • configure sign-in options
  • describe certificate–based authentication
  • describe where certificates come from
  • describe how certificate-based authentication works
  • configure Windows Hello
  • describe the configuration stages for Windows Hello
  • configure virtual SmartCards
  • add a Microsoft account

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