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70-680 then 70-686? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have just completed and past my CompTIA Network+ exam and I am A+ certified. I have decided to work towards a Microsoft Cert. I have available to me the entire online learning kit for the 70-680 prep. I also have what apears to be the learning kit for 70-686 prep. My question is: 70-680 seems to be a good place to start (please inform if I am wrong about that) but is 70-686 the logical next step or is there something I should work on before I jump from 70-680 to 70-686.

    Just trying to get a general direction as well as utilize the training I already have available at no cost. any advice/coments would be helpful.

    thanks

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 9:47 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    It's better for you to begin with the 70-680 (Windows 7 Configuration), you'll be enjoying yourself a while. Microsoft's exams are different from the COMPTIA exams. Be sure to get the objectives of the exam covered in detail for both exam before siting on the chair. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-680&locale=en-us and http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-686&locale=en-us.

    You must be sure to get hands on experience installing Windows 7, back and forth, and forth and back, using every method available. This exam requires you to understands the difference between the Windows 7 versions and to work exhaustively with Windows 7 Enterprise, because its unique features. Sometimes, training kit are not exhaustively enough, so you'll have to rely on Technet and other sources to complete the objectives. Some experience working with a Windows 2008 server is needed for some practices.

    Good luck,

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no express or implied warranties or rights.
    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 12:23 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    It's better for you to begin with the 70-680 (Windows 7 Configuration), you'll be enjoying yourself a while. Microsoft's exams are different from the COMPTIA exams. Be sure to get the objectives of the exam covered in detail for both exam before siting on the chair. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-680&locale=en-us and http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-686&locale=en-us.

    You must be sure to get hands on experience installing Windows 7, back and forth, and forth and back, using every method available. This exam requires you to understands the difference between the Windows 7 versions and to work exhaustively with Windows 7 Enterprise, because its unique features. Sometimes, training kit are not exhaustively enough, so you'll have to rely on Technet and other sources to complete the objectives. Some experience working with a Windows 2008 server is needed for some practices.

    Good luck,

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no express or implied warranties or rights.
    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 12:23 AM
  • Thanks for the info. I can see your point. I should just focus on 70-680 and worry about whats next later. I have ordered the microsoft self paced training kit and also have all the windows 7 microsoft elearning courses from 10237 through 10256 (19 - 2 hour courses). Besides Technet is there any other resources that you can think of that might help. I do have a laptop that I can uninstall and reinstall W7 on but it wont be the enterprise version.

    Thanks a lot for your help. seems unusual to get good advise without condisention from a tech forum - much appreciated.

    Earl

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 11:59 AM
  • Hi Earl,

    Thanks for you words.

    E-learning courses from Microsoft are excelent. I used them to get in deep in various themes and they are practical and handy. The issue is, as its very nature, that they are tightly focused on the matter at hand.

    I use, from Microsoft Press, Windows 7, Administrator's Pocket Consultant, from William Stanek and there's must be an "Inside Out Windows 7"somewhere. Moreover, you can rely on the exams self-paced training and the academic self-training series. I think that the academic series are both more complete and expensive. You can ask questions in learning forums and in Windows 7 forums for specific questions. At the end, you can get into some Windows 7 bootcamp from various training providers, a total immersion week.

    Furthermore, you can have a trial vesion of Windows 7 enterprise from technet at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/aa905051.aspx.

    You can upgrade you software version using a Anytime Upgrade package to Windows 7 Ultimate, found in your local Electronics store as, COMPUsa, Best Buy or likewise. It worths it.

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no express or implied warranties or rights.
    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 3:45 PM