Week 13 – Access Control

Week 13 LabSim Assignment

Complete all of Section 5.0 in your LabSim Windows Client Pro course material. Complete the following subsections:

  • 5.1 Authentication and Authorization,
  • 5.2 Authentication Management,
  • 5.3 Alternative Authentication Options,
  • 5.4 NTFS Permissions,
  • 5.5 Resource Sharing
  • 5.6 Libraries and HomeGroups
  • 5.7 Printer Sharing and Management
  • 5.8 Auditiing
  • 5.9 Encryption
  • 5.10 BranchCache

Week 14 – Mobile Computing

Week 14 LabSim Assignment

Complete Section 8.0 in your LabSim Windows Client Pro course material. Complete the following subsections:

  • 8.1 Network Access Protection (NAP),
  • 8.2 Virtual Private Network (VPN),
  • 8.3 DirectAccess,
  • 8.4 BitLocker,
  • 8.5 BitLocker To Go,
  • 8.6 Mobile Device Security,
  • 8.7 Power Management,
  • 8.8 Mobility Options,
  • 8.9 Mobile Networking

Week 14 Non-Labsim Assignment – Post a Windows 7 or 8 Tip, Tweak or Tool

Do some research on the web for cool "Windows 7 or WIndows 8 Tips Tweaks, Tricks or Tools." Post your favorite tip, tweak, tool or app to the DansCourses Forum under Windows 7 & 8 Tips Tweaks and Tools. Make sure you supply instructions, links, and a screenshot!

Turning it in:
Due date: End of week 15 The assignment is considered finished when you have posted to the danscourses.com Forum!


How to use Internet Connection Sharing with Wireless


I have always found Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to be a valuable exercise for networking students. Why? By turning on ICS you turn your laptop or desktop into:

  1. a router with NAT services which routes traffic to and from the connected clients that you are sharing internet with
  2. a DHCP server that gives out ip addresses, subnet mask, gateway address, and DNS address,
  3. a DNS Proxy to forward dns lookups to the DNS server all in one shot.

What does that mean? It means there are a lot of networking fundamentals that can be addressed by understanding ICS and what it is doing. It means that your laptop is auto configuring all of those networking services in order to make your laptop function like a router and share internet with other computers. It means people can get to the internet by accessing your laptop like they would a Linksys wireless router. Look at my diagram below.

Lets say you have a laptop with a USB cellular card, so you pretty much have internet everywhere your go, but you decide to go to Starbucks where your friends do not want to pay for wireless internet access because all they have is regular wireless ethernet NICS and the wireless in Starbucks is not free. So you decide you want to share your internet connection with your friends. This is normally done with Windows ICS or Internet Connection Sharing. To enable ICS you need 2 network cards, one that will act as the WAN where the internet comes into your laptop (in this case your cellular connection) and the other that will act as the LAN where the internet gets shared out of (in this case your Wireless NIC or your Wired ethernet port). If you use the standard Windows ICS you will find that only the wired connection will work in this scenario so you will be stuck with a situation like either one below:

The problem with the ICS scenarios above are that the first requires a crossover cable which most people do not have, and the situation on the right requires two straight through ethernet cables and a hub or a switch to share the connection which people usually do not carry around with them. The easiest solution is the one on top where you would share out of your wireless connection effectively turning your laptop into a wireless router. There happens to be a very nice and free application called VirtualRouter, currently in Beta, that will allow you to do just that. Go to http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com and download the .msi installer. The program is very easy to use. Essentially, VirtualRouter turns on ICS for you, but allows you to put in a SSID for clients to connect to wirelessly. It even allows you to password protect the shared connection with WPA2 security. It is easy to install and use, but one downside is that it will not work with all wireless cards, and it will only work with Windows 7 or Server 2008R2. See my video demonstration below:

Typically to use internet connection sharing you need two network cards. To use VirtualRouter you will need a Windows 7 computer with either two network cards (a wireless ethernet card and an ethernet card) or at least one wireless ethernet card. In the video tutorial below, I only use my laptop’s one wireless card, for both the WAN input and the LAN output. You may need to get creative with how you go about this with your own computer. If your Windows 7 machine does not have a wireless card then either borrow someone’s Windows 7 laptop or hopefully you have two ethernet NICS on your tower with which to demonstrate the procedure.

Video Tutorial

In this demonstration, I show how to use VirtualRouter to share an Internet connection through wireless

Mounting a Backup WIM Image Using Windows AIK


If you have a Windows system image file or WIM you can mount the file just like you would an external hard drive. Once you mount the WIM you can browse through all of the files and directories just like a running dive. This enables you to run virus scans on the WIM and even add new files modifying the WIM before unmounting it. All you need to be able to do this is a WIM file and Windows AIK.

Steps (If you already have AIK installed go to step 3)

  1. Download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) ISO and burn it to a CD.
  2. Install AIK from the CD you just created.
  3. Make a directory on your C:\ drive call it something like images (Example: C:\images).
  4. Launch the Windows PE Deployment Tools Command prompt from the Program menu (Start > All Programs > Microsoft Windows AIK — Deployment Tools Command Prompt).
  5. Run “imagex /mountrw <path to WIM file> 1 C:\images”
    imagex /mountrw D:\test.wim 1 C:\images
    Note: The number 1 indicates the WIM’s index number. Each WIM can have multiple instances or indexes.
  6. Now you can navigate to C:\images and see all the mounted user data. Another nice thing is your can run an antivirus scan against the directory if you suspect a root-kit or other breach.
  7. Once you have finished you will unmount the image and commit any changes
    imagex /unmount c:\images /commit
    Note: If you are not going to change the WIM skip the /commit
    imagex /unmount c:\images

Week 7 – Applications Part 2

Week 7 LabSim Assignment

Complete the rest of Section 4.0 in your LabSim Windows Client Pro course material, this week will focus on the following subsections:

  • 4.4 Application Virtualization,
  • 4.5 Windows Store Applications,

Make sure you watch all the lectures and demonstration videos too.

Week 7 Non-LabSim Assignment – Download and Run Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC in Windows 7

Windows XP Mode in Virtual PC – One issue that you may run up against if you decide to upgrade to Windows 7 is program compatibility. Windows 7 offers a "Compatibility Mode" feature that you can use to try and get your legacy software to run in Windows 7. In order to use compatibility mode, you right+click on the program and set that feature under the properties dialogue box. But, what if that doesn’t work? Well you can always try downloading and running Windows XP mode With Virtual PC. Windows XP mode and Virtual PC are both free downloads from Microsoft ( http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx ). 

Note: For this lab you need to have a computer that will run hardware assisted virtualization.


  1. Download Windows XP Mode installer:  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx ). You may need Internet Explorer to download the program because it may prompt you to download and run a Windows Advantage Authentication program first. You will also need to choose which version of Windows 7 you are running. Save the Windows XP Mode installer to the desktop and wait to install it.
  2. Download Windows Virtual PC from the same Microsoft webpage. Save it to the Desktop and wait to install it
  3. Once you have finished downloading the programs you will need to install them. I would install Virtual PC and then Windows XP Mode. However, on my computer, I installed Windows XP Mode first and then Virtual PC and it seems to have worked just fine.
  4. Once you have the programs installed go to Start > All Programs > Windows Virtual PC — Windows XP Mode to run Windows XP Mode. On my first attempt to run the program, I got an error message stating that I needed to go into my BIOS and enable hardware virtualization first. Luckily my laptop supports hardware assisted virtualization so I was able to go into my BIOS (on my laptop press the F10 key on startup to get to BIOS) and enable virtualization.
  5. The first time you run Windows XP Mode you will need to go through a setup mode and create password credentials, etc., after which, you will have Windows XP running virtually in a separate window. You should treat your virtual XP operating system like a completely different operating system in that, it will need to run its own Microsoft updates, and have its own antivirus and antispyware programs installed.
  6. Now that you have Windows XP running in Virtual PC make sure to try out full screen mode and you will want to run a program that only runs in XP and not Windows 7. I am searching for one right now you should too.

Here is a good article on this topic: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/5460/ 

Turning it in:
Due date: End of Week 8

Post a screenshot of your Windows 7 computer running Windows XP Mode in a window. Show a legacy XP program running in the virtual XP OS. Post your screenshot to the XP Mode in Virtual PC Forum in the DansCourses.com Forum. If your laptop or desktop with Windows 7 on it will not run hardware assisted virtualization send me an email.


Week 4 – Hardware Management Part 1

Week 4 LabSim Assignment

Complete the first part of Section 2.0 in your LabSim Windows Client Pro course material, this week will focus on the following subsections:

  • 2.1 Devices and Drivers,
  • 2.2 Display Management,
  • 2.3 Disk Partitions and Volumes,

Make sure to watch all the lectures and demonstration videos too.

Week 12 – Manipulating and Deploying WIMs

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  1. create a USB WindowsPE boot drive with ImageX.exe included on it;
  2. generalize a Windows 7 system using SysPrep;
  3. capture an image using ImageX creating a WIM file;
  4. deploy that wim file to a computer using ImageX;

This week we will finish studying about Windows images (WIMs) and how we can manipulate, deploy and use them.


Week 12 LabSim Assignment

Complete the second part of Section 7.0 in your LabSim Windows Client Pro course material, this week will focus on the following subsections:

  • 7.4 Manual Image Deployment,
  • 7.5 Image Servicing,
  • 7.6 Domain Image Deployment

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Week 12 Non-LabSim Assignment – Mounting a Backup WIM Image Using Windows AIK

You can follow step by step instructions by clicking here: Mounting a Backup WIM Image Using Windows AIK

Turn it in:
Due date: End of week 13

Send me a screenshot showing proof of your mounted image in an email attachment.

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Week 2 – Install Windows 7


This week you will install Windows 7 Professional. Many people have worked with Windows 7, without ever having to install it.  If your personal computer already has Windows 7, try to install a fresh version of Windows 7 Pro on a computer in the lab, or on another computer at home, or possibly in a virtual machine with VMware.

Week 2 Assignment

Complete the rest of section 1.0 and the beginning of Section 6.0 in your LabSim course material. This will include:

  • 1.4 Windows 8 User Interface Overview
  • 6.1 Windows Versions
  • 6.2 Windows 7 Installation

The LabSim curriculum will consist of materials to read, videos demonstrations to watch, and interactive simulations to accomplish. At the end of some of the chapter subsections there are multiple choice exams. All of these tasks to be accomplished can be retaken and you will find yourself redoing some of them more than once or even twice. This is not a bad thing. I will be able to chart your progress through TestOut.

Week 2 Non-LabSim Assignment – Install Windows 7

Install Windows 7 on a computer.

Check your email – Windows Client students you should be receiving an email from Debbie Kayser with your MSDN Alliance Username and Password. That account will enable you to request and download Microsoft Software because you are a student at Sheridan College. When you get your MSDN alliance account email: 

  • 1) An account with the MSDN Alliance 
  • 2) A download link to download Windows 7, and 
  • 3) Dont forget to write down the serial/license number for the operating system, when you see it in the pop-up browser window. 


  1. login to your MSDN Alliance account (see your recent email) and
  2. Click on the link to the Operating System you need to download this will open a pop-up window
  3. The pop-up window will have the serial/key number (write it down) and a download button, click it when you are ready to download. It will take a long time to download (If you have slow internet I can always burn you a copy of mine).
  4. The download button will download a small executable installer file. Download it to your desktop and double click on it to run it. It will save to a recommended location. My download defaulted to C:\temp\ directory. When the download is finished (LONG TIME) there should be an .iso image file which you can then burn to a DVD as a bootable image file.
  5. To burn the disk use Nero, Roxio, or ImgBurn which is a free program to burn a bootable disc from an .iso image file. Look for a choice like Copy Disc or Create Image, not create a Data Disc.

Turning It In
Due Date: End of Week 3

Your assignment is complete once you have set a unique desktop background and sent me a screenshot of your Windows 7 desktop. Save the screenshot as a JPG image file, and send it to me as an email attachment.