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71-686 beta taken

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by wagnerk, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi All,

    Well just taken the 71-686 beta exam, and this is my experience without breaking the NDA:

    Total Time: 240 minutes
    Exam time: 180 minutes
    Questions: 77

    This will change once the exam goes live.

    Advice:

    1. Study everything on the objectives, and I mean everything.

    2. Do not underestimate this exam just because it is aimed at the client OS instead of the Server OS. This exam is a tier 3/level 3 for a very good reason.

    I failed the 71-680 by 20 points, I believe my failure on this exam will be greater.

    Do not think that you'll pass this exam if you have previous experience with XP & Vista, there is alot of specific questions to Windows 7.

    -Ken
     
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  2. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

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    Never assume mate, I'm sure you'd have done fine ;)
    Well done for taking it and reporting back to us!
    when do you find out the results of the test?
     
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  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    At the end of the exam it says 8 weeks after the beta period ends, but can be longer in some cases... So I'll have to wait and see :)

    -ken
     
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  4. mickys19

    mickys19 New Member

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    I have also sat this exam today..

    I agree with the O/P on everything said...

    This is a tricky exam and definately definately use the resources provided!.

    hth Micky.
     
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  5. jk2447

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    Got both my W7 Pro exams in 3 weeks. My bottle has gone already! Fingers crossed for your results mate. Jim
     
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    Thank you, Ken for your input.

    I just re-schedule the exam till Oct 16 and give me more time to study.

    Good luck to all of you who had either taken or will be taking this beast.
     
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  7. mr_zzz

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    thank you for the input!

    Was the exam also mostly about deloyment?
    is it more windows 7 or windows server 2008R2 related? because tier 3 is sometimes more a w2k8 exam then a windows 7 exam ... .
    I also wonder if they ask much about the command syntaxes?, I can't study them all by head :)
     
  8. wagnerk
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    On the old track (MCP, MCDST, MCSA, MCSE), Microsoft tried to get it by job role, however imo failed. It was more technology based, eg Tier 1 was Desktop, Tier 2 was Servers and Tier 3 was Network (including design).

    However on the new MCTS/MCITP track it is different, the MCTS certs are the technology based ones, while the MCITP are job/role based.

    Without beaking the NDA, just check out the Skills Measured. A tier 2 support person most likely would not have to deal with the following (let alone a Tier 1) and more:

    1. Licensing (and I don't mean for a single PC either)
    2. Designing an update strategy
    3. Analyzing existing hardware environment; determining which systems meet minimum requirements; tradeoffs of physical vs. VDI environment; network load considerations; disk space; direct connection vs. brokered connection; determining a VHD strategy; choosing 32 bit vs. 64 bit
    4. Identify and resolve Group Policy issues
    5. Etc, etc, etc...

    So as you can see the MCITP: EDA is a Tier 3 qualification.

    -Ken
     
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  9. craigie

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    Looks like I might fail this one based on Ken's feedback.
     
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  10. wagnerk
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    I wouldn't say that, I was ill-prepared for the exam...

    -Ken
     
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  11. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    well, I took this this morning, and found one thing - I either knew the answer or I didn't.

    some of the questions I found to be straight forward, others were far beyone what I deal with, or have experienced dealing with and are very windows7/2008R2 and its new bits specific.

    As Ken has already said, past knowledge alone will not get you through this exam.

    One thing i do know though is where the gaps are in my knowledge.

    8)
     
  12. craigie

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    I didn't do any revision for the exam mate.

    So have to wait on this one, I think it could be my first failure.
     
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