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  • Question

  • Anyone passed this exam recently? If so, what material did you use?

     

    I used the Self Paced Training Kit & the Sybex book and noticed the books didn't cover even majority of the exam. I took the exam twice and prior to rescheduling the second time, I went to both books to look up some unfamiliar information I memorized on the test. Came up with nothing, wondering where I was supposed to study this at.

    Both times I took the test I ended up having the same exact 50 questions. So confused of where I should go from now.

    Also before taking the test the second time, I went into the sections that the test results showed I didn't do well on, and barely any information was covered on these sections in either book. Both times I marked different answers and came up with the same score (600) for both exams. Such a confusing experience.

    Monday, November 1, 2010 5:59 PM

Answers

  • Well, under "Skills Measured", the following is shown:

    Configuring Mobile Computing (10 percent)

    • Configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring BitLocker and BitLocker To Go policies; managing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) PINs; configuring startup key storage; data recovery agent support
    • Configure DirectAccess.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring client side; configuring authentication; network infrastructure requirements
    • Configure mobility options.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring offline file policies; transparent caching; creating and migrating power policy
    • Configure remote connections.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: establishing VPN connections and authentication; enabling a VPN reconnect; advanced security auditing; NAP quarantine remediation; dial-up connections; remote desktop; published apps

    And...chapters 8, 10 and 11 of the MS Press book appears to address all of the above.

    Monday, November 1, 2010 7:18 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi altjx,

    Charles gave you an extract of the page related to 70-680 objectives (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-680&Locale=en-us). For me 70-680 is a tough exam. It demands to know the processes involved. You mentioned various sources, but I want to add "Windows 7 Pocket Administrator Consultant" by William Stanek. It covers in detail Bitlocker among other things. Some technologies  introduced in Windows 7 are so complex that you have to dig on many sources to fully comprehend them. Never, ever rely on few sources to study for an exam. As an uncle of mine says, "The less books you read, more is the damage".

    70-680 is about configuring. So go for it, you have to know how to configure every single aspect of the Skills measured. For example, you have to know how to configure in detail TPM PINs or Remotre Desktop. Another example, deploying Windows is one of the most enjoyable skill to have. I can tell that I installed a machine 7 times in every possible way just to learn. And that´s the key verb "learn". Have you search for info in Technet, or see the Walkthrough Videos. Do you know that you can boot natively to a VHD containing Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7 ultimate or enterprise...

    The objectives are a guide and the material is a guide. You have to learn how to configure and that means Hands-on.

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no express or implied warranties or rights.
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:08 AM

All replies

  • Hopefully, the test center gave you a print out that explained what areas you were strong and weak in.  Can you advise what those areas were?
    Monday, November 1, 2010 6:20 PM
    Answerer
  • I don't have the paper with me right now but I know for sure that Configuring Mobile Computing was one of them. The test had 2-3 questions about Windows Mobility Center. Anyone can look, the self paced training kit has NO information about Windows Mobility Center. Nothing out of 800 something pages.  Is it really safe to just master one book and pass the exam? The sybex book doesn't have anything regarding this either =\
    Monday, November 1, 2010 6:30 PM
  • Well, under "Skills Measured", the following is shown:

    Configuring Mobile Computing (10 percent)

    • Configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring BitLocker and BitLocker To Go policies; managing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) PINs; configuring startup key storage; data recovery agent support
    • Configure DirectAccess.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring client side; configuring authentication; network infrastructure requirements
    • Configure mobility options.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring offline file policies; transparent caching; creating and migrating power policy
    • Configure remote connections.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: establishing VPN connections and authentication; enabling a VPN reconnect; advanced security auditing; NAP quarantine remediation; dial-up connections; remote desktop; published apps

    And...chapters 8, 10 and 11 of the MS Press book appears to address all of the above.

    Monday, November 1, 2010 7:18 PM
    Answerer
  • Well, under "Skills Measured", the following is shown:

    Configuring Mobile Computing (10 percent)

    • Configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring BitLocker and BitLocker To Go policies; managing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) PINs; configuring startup key storage; data recovery agent support
    • Configure DirectAccess.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring client side; configuring authentication; network infrastructure requirements
    • Configure mobility options.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring offline file policies; transparent caching; creating and migrating power policy
    • Configure remote connections.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: establishing VPN connections and authentication; enabling a VPN reconnect; advanced security auditing; NAP quarantine remediation; dial-up connections; remote desktop; published apps

    And...chapters 8, 10 and 11 of the MS Press book appears to address all of the above.

    Nothing above was mentioned in the test except for 1-2 questions about Bitlocker, 1 question about working offline. There was 1 question about DirectAccess just asking which edition supports it. Still nothing about Windows Mobility Center. The test asked about Content Advisor, nothing in the book. Any other books additionally recommended at least? Too much missing in here.

    Also, it asked about a transform/update file. Nothing in the MS Press book about this. Also the test asked about Windows Scripting Host and the book doesnt mention anything about this, in fact only 1 statement but nothing regarding what I seen on the test. It also mentioned something /efs:copyraw, nothing in the book. I only remember most of thiis cause I went back to research it after taking it the first time. I was surprised to see this same exact set for a second time.

    Monday, November 1, 2010 8:08 PM
  • Hi altjx,

    Charles gave you an extract of the page related to 70-680 objectives (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-680&Locale=en-us). For me 70-680 is a tough exam. It demands to know the processes involved. You mentioned various sources, but I want to add "Windows 7 Pocket Administrator Consultant" by William Stanek. It covers in detail Bitlocker among other things. Some technologies  introduced in Windows 7 are so complex that you have to dig on many sources to fully comprehend them. Never, ever rely on few sources to study for an exam. As an uncle of mine says, "The less books you read, more is the damage".

    70-680 is about configuring. So go for it, you have to know how to configure every single aspect of the Skills measured. For example, you have to know how to configure in detail TPM PINs or Remotre Desktop. Another example, deploying Windows is one of the most enjoyable skill to have. I can tell that I installed a machine 7 times in every possible way just to learn. And that´s the key verb "learn". Have you search for info in Technet, or see the Walkthrough Videos. Do you know that you can boot natively to a VHD containing Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7 ultimate or enterprise...

    The objectives are a guide and the material is a guide. You have to learn how to configure and that means Hands-on.

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no express or implied warranties or rights.
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:08 AM
  • You probably already knew this but there are 2 different Windows 7 Certs. The first is  Win7 Configuration (70-680) and then there is the Win7 Enterprise Administrator cert (70-686). A guy from our shop failed twice because he was studying 60-680 but kept selecting 70-686 when it was time to take the exam, simply because he didn't know the difference. I'm taking this exam next week Friday but won't start studying until Monday as I am in the middle of Finals for school. I'll let you now how I make out.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 6:48 PM
  • You probably already knew this but there are 2 different Windows 7 Certs. The first is  Win7 Configuration (70-680) and then there is the Win7 Enterprise Administrator cert (70-686). A guy from our shop failed twice because he was studying 60-680 but kept selecting 70-686 when it was time to take the exam, simply because he didn't know the difference. I'm taking this exam next week Friday but won't start studying until Monday as I am in the middle of Finals for school. I'll let you now how I make out.

    Yeah. I did not reply to the thread already but I passed it about a week or two ago after my last post with an 860 or so, can't remember. I'm glad the exam was over with, and I've definitely learned a lot from it. I just coincidentally got the same questions in the same order, with the same multiple choice questions, and the same results although different answers. I'm satisfied I passed and have no plans on looking back at it. Good luck on yours! 
    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:02 PM