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Client Exams - XP and Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista / 7 / 8 Client Exams' started by crazy horse, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. crazy horse

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    Client Exams - Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista

    The following exam information relates to Microsoft client exams.

    Where I have referenced the option of using the client exam as credit towards a server exam please see the notes at the bottom. Also please note that the items contained in resource sections are only a small offering as to what is available for these exams and are there to give you an idea - Other products/ companies are available!

    “The Guide to Self Study” written by Zimbo offers some good advice and resources for the MCDST

    Windows XP
    • Passing one of these exams gives you the certificate of MCP

    70-270 - Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional

    • Can be used as credit towards the Client or elective option for the MCSA & MCSE

    Skills Measured:

    • Installing Windows XP Professional
    • Implementing and Conducting Administration of Resources
    • Implementing, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Hardware Devices and Drivers
    • Monitoring and Optimizing System Performance and Reliability
    • Configuring and Troubleshooting the Desktop Environment
    • Configuring and Troubleshooting the Desktop Environment
    • Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting Network Protocols and Services
    • Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Security

    Resources:
    • Some good resources can be found at TechExams
    Free RIS video again from Zimbo
    • Books – MS Press Book

    CBT’s
    CBT Nuggets
    Train Signal

    MCDST - Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician

    ***Please note the 271 and 272 will be retired on 31st March 2011***

    Two exams are required to attain the MCDST

    70-271 - Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Windows XP Operating System


    Skills Measured
    • Installing a Windows Desktop Operating System
    • Managing and Troubleshooting Access to Resources
    • Configuring and Troubleshooting Hardware Devices and Drivers
    • Configuring and Troubleshooting the Desktop and User Environments
    • Troubleshooting Network Protocols and Services

    70-272 - Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on a Windows XP Operating System


    Skills Measured:
    • Configuring and Troubleshooting Applications
    • Resolving Issues Related to Usability
    • Resolving Issues Related to Application Customization
    • Configuring and Troubleshooting Connectivity for Applications
    • Configuring Application Security

    • Can be used as credit for the elective option of the MCSA (does not count as a client option)

    Resources for the MCDST:

    MS Press Books 271 - 272

    The link from Tech Exams will help for certain aspects

    CBTS:
    CBT Nuggets
    Train Signal

    Practice Exams:
    Trascender

    Windows VISTA

    Windows Vista 70-620

    • Passing this exam provides you with the MCTS Windows Vista Configuration
    • Can be used as credit for the following
    o MCITP Enterprise Support Technician (also require 70-622)
    o MCITP Cosumer Support Technician (also require 70-623)
    o The client exam for the MCSA and MCSE (see Notes at the bottom)
    o The client exam for the MCITP:EA (see Notes at the bottom)

    • Skills Measured:
    o Installing and upgrading Windows Vista
    o Configuring and troubleshooting Post-installation system settings
    o Configuring Windows security features
    o Configuring network connectivity
    o Configuring applications included with Windows Vista
    o Maintaining and optimizing systems that run Windows Vista
    o Configuring and troubleshooting mobile computing

    Resources for 70-620
    Books – MS Press
    Resources from Tech Exams
    Sybex Book

    CBTs
    CBT Nuggets -
    Train Signal

    Practice Exams –
    Boson
    Transcender


    Notes:

    • MCSA is made up of 4 exams – This is 2x core exams (290/291), 1x Client either the 270, 620 or 680, 1x Elective (a lot – see link)

    • MCSE – This is made up of 7 exams. 4x core (290/291/293/294), 1x Client either the 270, 620 or 680, 1x Design either the 297, 298 or 285), 1 elective (a lot – see link)

    • MCITP:EA – This is made up of 5 exam, 3x core (640/642/643), 1x Client (either 620/624/680) and a “Pro” exam 70-647
     
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  2. Darkfunnyguy

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    Personally I advised people to study and take the Windows XP and especially the Windows 7 exams as they will domninate the next 5-10 years and not Windows Vista as very few companies have installed or will install their network.
     
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    I knew I should have put a post in after stating why I had written this thread.....

    This thread should be regarded as purely information for people looking to take a Microsoft Client exam - not advice as to which exams to take. I am halfway through writing a similar one for Windows 7 - were I will go into detail regarding all three client exams - 680/685/686.

    Thanks,
    Crazy Horse
     
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    I think those two-star reviewers don't know what they're talkin' about. 8)

    For what it's worth, we don't have a rating below four stars on the Amazon US site.
     
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    Lol at Vista Professional, for some reason, i thought that was pretty funny. :oops:
     
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    There are exactly TWO instances of "Vista Professional"... both in practice exam items. One of them isn't vital to answering the question, and the other is a distractor (meaning, a wrong choice).

    The reviewer is correct that it was written during the Beta stages of Vista... just like Microsoft Press's book. The best we could do was write for what we had at the time.

    The reviewer is off his rocker regarding Parental Controls (found on pages 415-418, including a lab, and NOT including five related questions) and BitLocker (found on pages 251-252). Those pages tell you everything you need to know about those two features to pass the exam.

    Considering the uCertify plug the reviewer threw in his review, I would not be surprised if he were a shill for uCertify (a deceptive practice they've historically been known to engage in). If so, it's no wonder as to why he gave our book a bad review. :rolleyes:
     
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