Monday, October 3, 2011


Topics On Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (70-680)

bench3 is resolved to help out those who aspire to become MCTS in Windows 7 Configuring, by introducing a new feature on Practical Test for the said examination viz., Exam 70-680. Before moving to the new feature, it is pertinent to have an overview about the said Examination.

Also read about the Microsoft Certified Courses On Windows 7 Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, an Overview

This Exam 70-680 measures individuals ability to accomplish Technical tasks.

1. Installation, Up gradation and Migration to Windows 7:

This topic carries 14% weightage in the examination. This topic includes performing a clean Installation, Up gradation to Windows 7 from other older versions of Windows and Migration of User Profiles. Ability to identify Hardware requirements and knowledge about methods of installation are required and experience in working with dual boot setup, actual Installations and upgrades are preferable. With reference to User Profiles, knowledge of Migration of one User Profile from one machine to another and Migration from older versions of Windows are preferable and the methods of migration shall also cover ‘side by side’ and ‘wipe and load’.

Topics On Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (70-680)

2. Deployment of Windows 7:

This topic weighs 13% of the examination. It covers Capturing / Creating a System Image, Preparation of the image for deployment, Actual deployment and Configuration of Virtual Hard Disk or VHD. With reference to capturing image the following topics are also covered: Preparation of system, Capturing image itself through Windows Imaging Format or WIM. Preparation of a System Image for deployment includes insertion of application, driver and direct updation into the image and configuration of tasks to run after deployment.

3. Configuration of Windows 7 Hardware and Applications:

This topic weighs 14% of the examination. This topic covers Ability in configuring devices and Internet Explorer, Ability in configuring application compatibility and restrictions, how to update, disable, and uninstall device drivers and signed drivers, Ability in troubleshooting conflicts between drivers and configure the driver’s settings and familiarity with configuring Internet Explorer. The topic configuring Internet Explorer includes all Internet Explorer settings and configuration of Compatibility view; Add-ons; In-Private mode; Security settings; Providers; and certificates for secure web sites. Also the familiarity with application restrictions similar to the requirements for Internet Explorer along with ability to set software restriction policies and ability to set up control policies through group policies or local security policies is preferable.

4. Configuration of Network Connectivity for Windows 7:

This topic weighs 14% of the exam. It covers various network settings, including IPv4 and IPv6, Windows Firewall, and Remote Management. The main features of the topic are: differences between configurations for IPv4 and IPv6 including name resolutions, connection to a network, setting up of connection, various network locations, troubleshooting and how to resolve connectivity issues. The topic IPv4 includes Automatic Private IP Addressing or IPIPA, and IPv6 includes linking of local multi-cast name resolutions. The topic Network connectivity includes Windows Firewall,Remote Management, ability in configuring rules for multiple profiles with reference to allowing / denying applications, configuration of notifications, and authentication of exceptions, configuring remote management tools, using remote management methods, and using PowerShell commands. Also knowledge about general networking practices including addition of a wired or wireless device, connection to a wireless network, configuration of security settings on the connected client, setting up of preferred wireless networks, configuration of network adapters, and location-aware printing.

5. Configuration of access to resources in Windows 7:

This topic weighs 13% of the exam. It covers the following topics viz., ability to configure shared resources, files and folders access, User Account Control or UAC, authentication and authorization, BranchCache, folders virtualization, shared folders permissions, printers / queues, Home Group settings, files / folders encryption using the Encrypting File System or EFS, NTFS permissions, files / folders access permissions, configuration of local security policy, configuration of the admin and standard user group prompt behaviors,configuration of Secure Desktop, BranchCache, a tool which allows contents from servers at various locations to be cached at a local branch office through a Wide Area Network (WAN.)

6. Configuration of Mobile computing in Windows 7:

This topic weighs 10% of the exam. It deals with configuration of mobility options and remote connections, using and configuring BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, Direct Access configuration of offline file policies, transparent caching, creation and migration of power policies, creating and establishing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, enabling a VPN reconnect, advanced security auditing, dial-up connections, remote desktop, Network Access Protection (NAP) quarantine remediation,published applications. With reference to BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, the topics covered are configuration of policies, managing the Trusted Platform Module or TPM, Personal Identification Numbers or PINs, configuration of startup key storage, and ability to support the data recovery agent. With reference to DirectAccess, this topic covers ability in configuration of the client side of application, authentication, and other network infrastructure requirements.

7. Monitoring and maintenance of Systems which run Windows 7:

This topic weighs 11% of the exam. It covers details about configuring updates to Windows 7 viz., determination of source of updates, configuration of update policies, review of update history, checking of new updates, and roll back of updates, ability to Manage Disk volumes, system file fragmentations, configuration of Redundant Array of Independent Disk or RAID setups, configuration of removable device policies, familiarity with monitoring systems through event logging, events subscriptions, system diagnostics reports, data collector sets, ability in configuration performance settings, including page files, hard drive cache, updating drivers, power plans, desktop environments, processor schedule, network performance, services / programs that resolve performance issues, and mobile computing performance issues.

8. Configuration of Recovery & Back-up Options in Windows 7:

This topic weighs 11% of the exam. It covers topics like ability in configuring a backup through system recovery disks, files / folders backups onto a server, C.D., or any other medium, familiarity with full system backups and scheduled backups, system recovery and files recovery options including system restore points, last known good configuration startup recovery, system settings restoration, complete restoration, driver rollbacks and shadow copies.

No Brain dumps for Exam 70-680:

bench3 do not encourage using brain dumps for passing this certification program for various reasons. among which… Read more in my previous post, Microsoft Certified Courses On Windows 7.


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