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Just came back from the 71-680 Win 7 beta exam

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

  1. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi All,

    Well, after driving to Luton & back (2 hour round trip), I'd just like to say that I've sat the beta 71-680 Windows 7 exam. For those that don't know, the 71-680 is the beta for the 70-680 exam.

    The exam itself

    I'm limited in what I can say, due to the NDA, but here are a couple of the key points:

    1. Unlike the Vista exam, the Windows 7 exam concentrates more on... Windows 7. For example when I sat the Vista exam, when it first came out, I could say that 50% of the answers could be answered right with little real experience with Vista. With the Windows 7 beta exam, maybe 5-10% can be answered. Moral: Know and study all of Windows 7.

    2. The exam format keeps in line with the MCTS format.

    Study materials I used

    Software

    Windows 7 - build 7000 (beta) & build 7100 (RC) at home and in a live coporate domain

    Websites

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd451022.aspx

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=922

    http://www.windowsvistaplace.com/windows-explorer-–-what’s-new-in-windows-7/othersoftware

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=4263

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=4254

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/windows-7/default.mspx#BOOKS

    http://learning.microsoft.com/manag...96b6-44e5-4a80-b86c-d0ce94688c84}&clang=en-US

    http://learning.microsoft.com/manag...4233-fc53-4a51-a143-0181b15c06d8}&clang=en-US

    http://learning.microsoft.com/manag...3e50-22a9-4639-9c7c-1404dd25d372}&clang=en-US

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/snacks/default.mspx#WIN7

    https://partner.microsoft.com/40091612

    https://partner.microsoft.com/40084742?msp_id=Windows7

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd262126.aspx

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/dd361745.aspx?ITPID=carepgm

    http://blogs.technet.com/mslcommunity/archive/2009/04/17/who-wants-a-windows-7-snack.aspx

    http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/hands-video-guide-windows-7-555?page=0,1

    http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/win7metro/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=2530

    http://www.msdev.com/Directory/SeriesDescription.aspx?CourseId=104

    e-Clinics/CBT's

    Clinic 10088: What's New in Windows 7 for Information Workers
    Clinic 10077: What's New in Windows 7 for IT Professionals

    Books

    Sorry, didn't use any/could find any at the time...


    My feelings

    Well I have to say, that I'm in two minds on if I passed or not. There were a few questions were I had to ask myself, is this done like this in XP, Vista or 7. While I would love to pass, there were questions on certain technologies that I either didn't know or didn't have enough knowledge on, however I took the educated guess - lets hope that it's pays off.

    -Ken
     
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  2. dales

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    Im sure you will have done fine. Do you know when you will find out?
     
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    In about 2 months time. The results will be sent out approx 8 weeks after the close of the beta program, which will be next week.

    -Ken
     
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  4. UKDarkstar
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    Is the Xp mode examined or do they regard that as old hat ?
     
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  5. onoski

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    Someone's just asked you to break the NDA you signed:), best wishes either way.
     
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  6. UKDarkstar
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    Ok, let me rephrase that :

    Does MS regard the Xp mode as part of the examinable syllabus for Win 7 or do they seem to be saying to exclude it as they have covered Xp in other certs ?
     
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    good luck Ken:D
     
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  8. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    I'll answer it this way...

    See here first of all, especially this part:

    While I can't confirm or deny it (and even if I could, because it a beta it can change), just remember that while XP is "old Hat". The virtualisation technology (the Windows 7 Virtual PC feature) is different from VPC 2007/VMWare workstation.

    -Ken
     
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  9. UKDarkstar
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    Thanks for the insight. It was just "of interest" as opposed to being a deadly serious topic of exam discussion :p
     
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  10. Tinus1959

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    Thanks for this vey usefull post. Thinking of taking windows 7 in a short time.
     
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  11. neilmowforth

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    Best be quick - you've only got until the 18th to take the beta exam.
     
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    I just got back from my 71-680 exam and I think I might failed because I had bad head ache this morning and can’t concentrate at all. Anyway this exam is tougher than I thought.

    This is truly an enterprise level exam. 75 question. Please focus on the following areas:

    DISM
    DirectAccess
    BitLocker To Go
    Bitlocker on Hard Drive
    BranchCache
    WAIK
    Windows Updates
    Internet Explorer Settings
    VHD
    USMT
    Windows 7 System Requirements
    Windows Easy Transfer
    System Restore
    IPv6
    Deployment
    Imaging
     
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