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Free taste of the Microsoft Certified Career Conference: Windows 7 Cram 4 Exam

Posted by Rubel Khan on January 21, 2011

Thinking about attending the Microsoft Certified Career Conference on February 17th, but want to know what you’re getting into? Here’s your chance to attend a free session that gives you a taste of what’s in store for the whole conference.

Join Microsoft Certified Trainer, Craig Brown, on Monday, January 24th for this Cram 4 Exam session that focuses on what you need to know to get certified and pass the Windows 7 Technology Specialist exam 70-680. Craig will walk you through the objectives that are covered in the exam, give you some general exam taking tips and technology “gotchas” about Windows 7. This session will be your last step in getting ready for this exam.

Take advantage of this free peek into the Microsoft Certified Career Conference. Register for this free session now!

January 24 2011 at  8am Pacific Time (What time is this in my region?)

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Get Up to Speed on Windows 7

Posted by Rubel Khan on July 13, 2010

Whether you’ve had years of experience or just starting out, Windows 7 training and certification resources are available to help you master the intricacies of deploying and maintaining Windows 7 systems in companies of all sizes.

A great way to start is by signing up to receive free Microsoft Press online book chapters about Windows 7. Chapters are from “Windows 7 Step by Step,” “Windows 7 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant,” and six other books. Learn more and sign up to receive Windows 7 chapters

With extended support for Windows XP having ended and the expected release of the first Window 7 service pack in the coming weeks, it’s anticipated companies will start migrating their client systems to Windows 7. If you’ve been certified in Windows XP or Windows 2000, explore training, practice, and certification options for upgrading your Windows certification.

If you earned a Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification, you can now upgrade to a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) by taking just one exam: Exam 70-680: PRO: Upgrading  to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician.

Here are some additional training and certification resources for Windows 7.

Source: Born to Learn

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Live Meeting – Windows 7 Exam Cram!

Posted by Rubel Khan on March 9, 2010

Windows 7 is just about the hottest ticket around and now you can get in on the action!

Join Microsoft Certified Trainer, Craig Brown, this Thursday for the first ever exam cram to address the Windows 7 Technology Specialist and IT Professional exams all in one exciting session! Craig will take you from 70-680 all the way through 70-685 and 70-686. You can expect exam-specific pointers and tips and tricks that will help prepare you to take the next step in your career.

In addition, one lucky winner from each session will receive a free exam voucher!

Register now!

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MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician certification update

Posted by Rubel Khan on November 11, 2009

MSL will be offering a MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician certification. The requirements are not yet finalized. Microsoft expect to have final requirements shortly. Candidates wishing to pursue this certification can safely proceed to prepare for 680: Win 7, Configuring and 685: Win 7, EDST. Additional requirements will be announced by the end of December 2009. Upgrade requirements have not been determined yet and will be announced at the same time.

If you have any questions, post a comment here and Microsoft will have their certification product managers answer them.

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New book: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows® 7

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 26, 2009

Just in time for the official launch of Windows 7 comes our newest Microsoft Press Training Kit – MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows® 7 by Ian McLean and Orin Thomas (ISBN: 9780735627086; 912 pages).

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The Training Kit provides in-depth preparation plus practice for the MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration certification. And includes all the standard Training Kit benefits: comprehensive coverage of all 70-680 exam objectives, 350+ practice test and lesson review questions, real-world scenarios, case study examples, troubleshooting labs, fully searchable eBook of the book’s contents, and a 15 percent exam-discount voucher from Microsoft.

We’re so excited about Windows 7 that we’ve added something new for this book – a series of webcasts (included on the book’s DVD) on exam 70-680 objectives from our friends at Microsoft TechNet.

Just a note that the book is available from our distributors as of Wednesday October 21st. That means your favorite bookseller should have it in stock very, very soon (if not this very instant).

As is our custom, we’d like to give you a sample of what’s inside. First, the Contents at a Glance:

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Next, an excerpt from the book’s Introduction:

 

Introduction

This training kit is designed for IT professionals who operate in enterprise environments
that use Windows 7 as a desktop operating system. You should have at least one year of
experience in the IT field, as well as experience implementing and administering any Windows client operating system in a networked environment.

You should be able to install, deploy, and upgrade to Windows 7, including ensuring
hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, you should be able to configure
preinstallation and postinstallation system settings, Windows security features, network
connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing. You should
also be able to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and
reliability issues and have a basic understanding of Windows PowerShell syntax.

By using this training kit, you will learn how to do the following:

■ Install, upgrade, and migrate to Windows 7.
■ Deploy Windows 7.
■ Configure hardware and applications.
■ Configure network connectivity.
■ Configure access to resources.
■ Configure mobile computing.
■ Monitor and maintain systems that run Windows 7.
■ Configure backup and recovery options.

 

Here’s one of the new Training Kit’s Real World examples (a very popular feature with our readers):

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And to test your new Windows 7 skills, we include one of the case scenarios from the book, along with the answers (no peeking!):

Case Scenario: Using Data Collector Sets and Event Forwarding

James Seymour is an IT professional administering the production network at Tailspin Toys.
Recently, users have been experiencing intermittent performance problems when accessing a file server running Windows Server 2008 R2 from their computers running Windows 7.

James checks resource usage on the file server by using Task Manager but sees no indication of excessive processor, memory, disk, or network resource usage. He needs to monitor these resources over a period of time rather than look at a real-time snapshot, and to monitor resources both when the performance problems are occurring and when they are not. From his computer running Windows 7, James opens Performance Monitor and connects to the file server.

With these facts in mind, answer the following questions:

1. How does James generate performance logs that help him analyze disk, network,
processor, and memory resource usage on the server, both when problems are
occurring and when performance is normal?

2. James knows roughly when problems started to occur. How can he check what
applications were installed or upgraded at that time?

3. Recently, a number of your users have had problems downloading files and e-mail
because the space on their local disks had reached a critical limit. James needs to
create a proactive method of identifying low disk space problems on computers
running Windows 7 on the Tailspin Toys network so he can ask his desktop support
technicians to free disk space on client computers before critical limits are reached.
How does he monitor client computers for low disk space events?

Case Scenario 1: Answers

1. James uses DCSs to record a performance baseline when the server is performing normally. He then runs the same DCSs manually when a performance problem occurs. If the
performance problems occur at a certain time of day, he can schedule the performance data sets to record data at that time over an extended period. He uses Performance Monitor to analyze the results, compare them with the baseline, and identify the factors that could be causing the problems.

2. James accesses the server through Remote Desktop and runs Reliability Monitor. This shows the applications that were installed or updated on the server at about the time that problems began to occur.

3. James uses event forwarding to transfer low disk space events to a central server. He then monitors the server event log to identify computers with low disk space by attaching a task that informs him that a low-disk-space event has been logged.

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Microsoft Learning Exam Index

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 9, 2009

Thank you for your interest in learning more about Microsoft Learning’s training products. The below listing is simply an index of Microsoft’s  available exams (As of October 9, 2009). To better sort and search through our list of available exams, I suggest you visit Microsoft  Learning Catalog.

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RTM’d today: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7

Posted by Rubel Khan on September 28, 2009

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Microsoft Windows 7 (Microsoft Press, 2010; ISBN: 9780735627086; 912 pages), by Ian McLean and Orin Thomas, is at the printer.  Congrats, Ian and Orin!

About Ian McLean and Orin Thomas

Ian McLean is the coauthor of numerous Microsoft Press SELF-PACED TRAINING KITs, covering the Windows Server, Windows Client, Exchange Server, and SQL Server technologies.

Orin Thomas is a writer, teacher, and consultant whose books include the SELF-PACED TRAINING KITs for Windows Vista exam 70-620 and Windows Server 2008 exams 70-646 and 70-647.

The book will be available via online retailers around October 21, 2009. You can preorder it here or here.

Here’s information about Exam 70-680.

And here’s the book’s chapter-level TOC:

Contents at a Glance

Introduction xxiii

CHAPTER 1 Install, Migrate, or Upgrade to Windows 7 1
CHAPTER 2 Configuring System Images 53
CHAPTER 3 Deploying System Images 113
CHAPTER 4 Managing Devices and Disks 195
CHAPTER 5 Managing Applications 255
CHAPTER 6 Network Settings 297
CHAPTER 7 Windows Firewall and Remote Management 381
CHAPTER 8 BranchCache and Resource Sharing 421
CHAPTER 9 Authentication and Account Control 477
CHAPTER 10 DirectAccess and VPN Connections 513
CHAPTER 11 BitLocker and Mobility Options 553
CHAPTER 12 Windows Update and Windows Internet Explorer 599
CHAPTER 13 Monitoring and Performance 647
CHAPTER 14 Recovery and Backup 729

Answers 783
Glossary 843
Index 847

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Windows 7 Certifications/Exams (MCTS & MCITP)

Posted by Rubel Khan on August 27, 2009

 

Certification Exam Number
MCTS: Windows 7 – Configuration

 

Exam 70-680
MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7

 

Exam 70-686 (available late 2009)

 

Hope this is helpful.

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Now available! Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring

Posted by Rubel Khan on July 15, 2009

At long last, Exam 70-680 is available in Prometric testing centers. This is a Technical Specialist exam designed to assess candidates’ hands-on skills configuring Windows 7.

Candidates for this exam operate in computing environments that use Microsoft Windows 7 as a desktop operating system in an enterprise environment. Candidates should have at least one year of experience in the IT field, as well as experience implementing and administering any Windows client operating system in a networked environment.

Candidates should be able to install, deploy, and upgrade to Windows 7, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, candidates should be able to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing. Candidates should also be able to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. Candidates should have a basic understanding of  Windows PowerShell syntax.

When you pass Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):

  • MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration

Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):

  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

For a list of the skills measured on this exam, check out the prep guide. To schedule your exam, visit Prometric’s Web site.

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Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring

Posted by Rubel Khan on July 2, 2009

Published: June 01, 2009
Language(s): English
Audience(s): IT Professionals
Technology: Windows 7
Type: Proctored Exam

 

About this ExamCandidates for this exam operate in computing environments that use Microsoft Windows 7 as a desktop operating system in an enterprise environment. Candidates should have at least one year of experience in the IT field, as well as experience implementing and administering any Windows client operating system in a networked environment.
 
Audience ProfileCandidates for this exam operate in computing environments that use Microsoft Windows 7 as a desktop operating system in an enterprise environment. Candidates should have at least one year of experience in the IT field, as well as experience implementing and administering any Windows client operating system in a networked environment.

Candidates should be able to install, deploy, and upgrade to Windows 7, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, candidates should be able to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing. Candidates should also be able to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. Candidates should have a basic understanding of  Windows PowerShell syntax.

Credit Toward CertificationWhen you pass Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration

Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):

MCITP: Enterprise Administrator

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

Note This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.

 

Skills Being MeasuredThis exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.

 

Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7 (14 percent)

  • Perform a clean installation.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: identifying hardware requirements; setting up as the sole operating system; setting up as dual boot; installation methods; boot from the source of installation, preparing the installation source: USB, CD, network share, WDS
  • Upgrade to Windows 7 from previous versions of Windows.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: upgrading from Windows Vista; migrating from Windows XP; upgrading from one edition of Windows 7 to another edition of Windows 7
  • Migrate user profiles.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: migrating from one machine to another; migrating from previous versions of Windows; side-by-side vs. wipe and load

Deploying Windows 7 (13 percent)

  • Capture a system image.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: preparing system for capture; creating a WIM file; automated capture; manual capture
  • Prepare a system image for deployment.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: inserting an application into a system image; inserting a driver into a system image; inserting an update into a system image; configuring tasks to run after deployment
  • Deploy a system image.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: automated deployment methods; manually deploying a customized image
  • Configure a VHD.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: creating, deploying, booting, mounting, and updating VHDs; offline updates; offline servicing

Configuring Hardware and Applications (14 percent)

  • Configure devices.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: updating, disabling, and uninstalling drivers; signed drivers; conflicts between drivers; configuring driver settings; resolving problem device driver
  • Configure application compatibility.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: setting compatibility mode; implementing shims; compatibility issues with Internet Explorer
  • Configure application restrictions.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: setting software restriction policies; setting application control policies; setting through group policy or local security policy
  • Configure Internet Explorer.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring compatibility view; configuring security settings; configuring providers; managing add-ons; controlling InPrivate mode; certificates for secure Web sites

Configuring Network Connectivity (14 percent)

  • Configure IPv4 network settings.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: connecting to a network; configuring name resolution; setting up a connection for a network; network locations; resolving connectivity issues; APIPA
  • Configure IPv6 network settings.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring name resolution; connecting to a network; setting up a connection for a network; network locations; resolving connectivity issues; link local multicast name resolution
  • Configure networking settings.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: adding a physically connected (wired) or wireless device; connecting to a wireless network; configuring security settings on the client; set preferred wireless networks; configuring network adapters; configuring location-aware printing
  • Configure Windows Firewall.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring rules for multiple profiles; allowing or denying an application; network-profile-specific rules; configuring notifications; configuring authenticated exceptions
  • Configure remote management.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: remote management methods; configuring remote management tools; executing PowerShell commands

Configuring Access to Resources (13 percent)

  • Configure shared resources.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: folder virtualization; shared folder permissions; printers and queues; configuring HomeGroup settings
  • Configure file and folder access.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: encrypting files and folders by using EFS; configuring NTFS permissions; resolving effective permissions issues; copying files vs. moving files
  • Configure user account control (UAC).
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring local security policy; configuring admin vs. standard UAC prompt behaviors; configuring Secure Desktop
  • Configure authentication and authorization.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: resolving authentication issues; configuring rights; managing credentials; managing certificates; smart cards with PIV; elevating user privileges; multifactor authentication
  • Configure BranchCache.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: distributed cache mode vs. hosted mode; network infrastructure requirements; configuring settings; certificate management

Configuring Mobile Computing (10 percent)

  • Configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring BitLocker and BitLocker To Go policies; managing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) PINs; configuring startup key storage; data recovery agent support
  • Configure DirectAccess.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring client side; configuring authentication; network infrastructure requirements
  • Configure mobility options.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring offline file policies; transparent caching; creating and migrating power policy
  • Configure remote connections.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: establishing VPN connections and authentication; enabling a VPN reconnect; advanced security auditing; NAP quarantine remediation; dial-up connections; remote desktop; published apps

Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7 (11 percent)

  • Configure updates to Windows 7.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring update settings; determining source of updates; configuring Windows Update policies; reviewing update history; checking for new updates; rolling back updates
  • Manage disks.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: managing disk volumes; managing file system fragmentation; RAID; removable device policies
  • Monitor systems.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring event logging; filtering event logs; event subscriptions; data collector sets; generating a system diagnostics report
  • Configure performance settings.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring page files; configuring hard drive cache; updated drivers; configuring networking performance; configuring power plans; configuring processor scheduling; configuring desktop environment; configuring services and programs to resolve performance issues; mobile computing performance issues; configuring power

Configuring Backup and Recovery Options (11 percent)

  • Configure backup.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: creating a system recovery disk; backing up files, folders, or full system; scheduling backups
  • Configure system recovery options.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring system restore points; restoring system settings; last known good configuration; complete restore; driver rollback
  • Configure file recovery options.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring file restore points; restoring previous versions of files and folders; restoring damaged or deleted files by using shadow copies; restore user profiles

 

Preparation Tools and Resources

To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the “Skills Measured” tab.

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