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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7 (Corrected Reprint Edition) (Microsoft Press Training Kit) [Hardcover]

by Ian McLean, Orin Thomas
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October 31, 2009 0735627088 978-0735627086 1

Note: The most recent printings of this title incorporate corrections to errors found in the earlier printings.

This Self-Paced Training Kit is designed to help maximize your performance on 70-680, the required exam for the Microsoft® Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows 7, Configuration certification.This 2-in-1 kit includes the official Microsoft study guide, plus practice tests on CD to help you assess your skills. It comes packed with the tools and features exam candidates want most—including in-depth, self-paced training based on final exam content; rigorous, objective-by-objective review; exam tips from expert, exam-certified authors; and customizable testing options. It also provides real-world scenarios, case study examples, and troubleshooting labs to give you the skills and expertise you can use on the job.Work at your own pace through the lessons and lab exercises.

This official study guide covers installing, upgrading, and migrating to Windows 7; configuring network connectivity, applications, and devices; implementing backup and recovery; configuring User Account Control (UAC), mobility options, and new features such as DirectAccess and BranchCache; and managing system updates.Then assess yourself using the 200 practice questions on CD, featuring multiple customizable testing options to meet your specific needs. Choose timed or untimed testing mode, generate random tests, or focus on discrete objectives. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including pointers back to the book for further study. You also get an exam discount voucher—making this kit an exceptional value and a great career investment.

A Note Regarding the CD or DVD: The practice test materials are available as a download along with your ebook version of the kit, and will be located in your account. Please direct any questions or concerns to

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This 2-in-1 training kit delivers in-depth preparation plus practice for 70-680, the exam for the new MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration certification. Ace your exam prep—and build real-world job skills—with lessons, labs, and practice tests.

Test How Much You Know with Sample Case Scenarios from MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680)

Case Scenario 1: Installing Windows 7 at Contoso
You work for Contoso, Ltd. The company has a head office and two branch office locations. The company has just purchased 50 small form factor laptops on which you want to deploy Windows 7. A total of 40 of these computers will be deployed at the head office site, with 5 deployed to each of the branch office sites. The small computers do not include DVD-ROM drives, but they do have PXE-compliant network adapters and USB ports. You have tested the default version of Windows PE available with the WAIK and found that it is not compatible with the network adapters on these computers. Contoso, Ltd has a volume license agreement with Microsoft. All servers at Contoso, Ltd have the Windows Server 2008 operating system installed. You would like to ensure that the computers' hard disks are protected with encryption so that data is protected in case they are lost. Considering these facts, answer the following questions:

1. Which installation media or source could you use to deploy Windows 7 in the head office?

2. Which installation media or source could you use to deploy Windows 7 in the branch offices?

3. Which edition of Windows 7 should you deploy to the computers?

1. You could use WDS or a USB storage device as an installation source for deploying Windows 7. Because you do not have access to Windows PE, you cannot use a network share.

2. You could use a USB storage device as an installation source for deploying Windows 7. Because you do not have access to Windows PE, you cannot use a network share. You would not use WDS when you need to deploy operating systems to only five computers at each location.

3. Windows 7 Enterprise supports BitLocker hard disk drive encryption and is available to volume license customers. Although Windows 7 Ultimate also supports BitLocker hard disk drive encryption, it uses a retail license rather than a volume one.

Case Scenario 2: Migrating User Data at Fabrikam
You are in charge of supporting client operating systems at Fabrikam. In the head office, you have 20 users that have computers running Windows 7 Enterprise (x86). You will be increasing the amount of RAM in these computers from 4 GB to 16 GB and need to upgrade the operating system to Windows 7 Enterprise (x64). After the upgrade is complete, users should not be able to boot into the x86 version of Windows 7. You have 10 users at a branch office who currently have computers running Windows XP Professional that are more than 5 years old. These computers each have only 256 MB of RAM. You do not have any Windows Easy Transfer cables and do not want to store branch office user profile data on network drives or on USB storage devices. You will replace these computers with 10 new computers running Windows 7 Professional. Considering these facts, answer the following questions:

1. What sort of migration should you perform at the branch office, side-by-side or wipe-and-load?

2. What sort of migration should you perform at the head office, side-by-side or wipe-and-load?

3. Which technology and method would you use to perform the migrations in the branch office?


1. Side-by-side migrations are appropriate because you are moving users in the branch offices from old computers to new computers. Wipe-and-load migrations are appropriate only when the same computer hardware is being used.

2. You should perform a wipe-and-load because the users in the head office will be using the same hardware and should not be able to boot into the x86 version of Windows 7 Enterprise after the upgrade is complete.

3. Use Windows Easy Transfer with the network method.

About the Author

Ian McLean was called to the Bar in 1951 and admitted to the Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh, in 1985. His background includes criminal practice both in England and as a law officer in Northern Nigeria. Between 1970 and 1980 he was a Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate, and a Circuit Judge between 1980 and 1997. He has lectured widely both in the UK and on the Continent, and is the author of a number of practitioner books. Peter Morrish was called to the Bar in 1962. His background includes service in the Northern Rhodesia Police, where he acted as a Public Prosecutor, and in the Royal Air Force, where he gained extensive experience of courts-martial. In addition to an extensive criminal practice, he has held administrative posts in the Metropolitan Magistrates' Court Service, in the old Quarter Sessions courts (County of London, Lancashire, and Middlesex), the Central Criminal Court, and in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). He has lectured in the UK and in the US and is the author of a number of practitioner books. John Greenhill was called to the Bar in 1972. He served in the Metropolitan Magistrates' Courts, rising to Senior Chief Clerk, and Training Officer for the Metropolitan Area. He is currently based at Straford East Magistrates' Court. He holds an MSc in Criminology from the University of Leicester. Andrew Mimmack has been a Council Member of the Justices' Clerks' Society since 1996, and currently holds the office of Junior Vice President. He is Editor of The Magistrates' Courts Practice and also delivers training courses for a range of practitioners including lawyers in England and France, Guardians ad litem, Approved Social Workers, Local Authority Registration and Inspection Officers, and others.

Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735627088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735627086
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but got me through the exam! April 15, 2010
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This book is far superior to the Odom book, which I also owned. This book does a great job of covering all the bases. There are quite a few typos and errata, however those problems are fixable since the errata is published. I did not see any questions on the exam that weren't covered somewhere in this book. If you study this book, and supplement with some studying of Technet, you should pass. The practice exam that comes with book is too easy compared to the real exam. Microsoft tests are somewhat vague in general, so taking the practice test that comes with the book won't hurt you. Just don't think that the real test is as easy as the practice test.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I am shocked January 23, 2010
By A.G.
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I am the type of person that never writes reviews. This might actually be my first.

This is one of the most poorly written books I have ever read. I am only on page 136 and and I am totally frustrated by the amount of errors in this book. I can't get through a single exercise without having to go on the net to find the correct commands to get through the exercise. Did anyone test this out as it was written? I have 7 certifications and have read through many books and never come across a book with this many errors.

You can still learn from this book and pass your exam but it will just take a lot longer because you have to go online to verify everthing you read.

Not sure about the other Windows 7 study guides but if you are debating between this and others, go with the others.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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The book covers the exam topics closely, and the timed practice exams on the companion DVD (which also contains the book in .PDF format, and all the chapter review questions from the book in practice test format) closely simulated the exam experience. Each chapter was well-explained, and the practice exercises were well thought out and relevant... not only to exam 70-680, but also for real life Windows 7 tasks.

Bottom line: I spent a weekend plowing through the book, took the Microsoft exam Monday, and passed it. Well worth the money... especially since it included a 15% discount on the exam, making the net cost of the test at Prometric to $106.25... or, if you prefer, making the net cost of the book only about $25.
I just ordered the same book for the 70-685 exam.

Minor quibble: I counted at least a dozen typos in the book, including some in command lines. This cost it one star in my review.
Major quibble: There are even steps left out of the practice exercises. For example, the procedure for creating a Windows PE .ISO file -- a task early in the book that is necessary for other practice exercises -- is missing a crucial step, without which your Windows PE disks will never work. This is below the usual standards of MS Press. When I ran into this error, I chopped another star off this review.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy but has many Type-O's December 24, 2010
Microsoft Exammers, Test Takers, and Windows IT Professionals....Lend me your Ears!!

I have taken several Microsoft Exams and have been a Microsoft SysAdmin for about 5 years (been in the industry for 8) in an Enterprise enviornment and I would definately recommend the MS Press books for taking the exam. This is merely a supplement. What do I mean?? Well, I have noticed that, in my past exam-taking experience, these were not enough. I would use these MS Press books and read them cover-to-cover to get the basic idea, and then use something like "TestOut" or "CBTNuggets" video training. Sometimes things are dry and hard to understand in the MS Press books and I need something else to supplement what I read to help me better understand it. It definately helps to tackle the material from different angles.

Now, in saying all of that, I must agree with others that have commented on the book....

I am about to dig in to this book so I can knock this exam out within the next couple of weeks.
Note: I have been reading reviews by different ppl on Amazon and there are quite a few errors and type-o's in the 70-680 book. The author, Orin Thomas, actually posted all of the corrections on Amazon to quite a few questions, scenario's with problems, command line problems, etc...

Here is the link(I hope this helps you out as it did me):

I have printed off the link above and am keeping it by my side as I study. I would HATE to go into the exam room and have the wrong answers. These guys are supposed to be professionals....No doubt, they are better and wiser than I am.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor organization, too many errors to count November 16, 2010
By Esjay
Maybe I was hoping for too much, but this book is very difficult to follow. Information is repeated sporadically throughout various sections without any cohesive step-by-step information. Parts of the book appear to be step-by-step, but either leave out important details or contain completely incorrect information. I couldn't even make it through Chapter 2 without considerable rework and research from other sources.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sufficient December 7, 2010
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While the book and practice tests are informative they are not sufficient to pass the 70-680. I could easily obtain 95-100% on the practice tests, including study mode with all 200 questions, but was not able to pass the actual exam. 700 is needed to pass and I received 650.

I highly recommend the addition of alternative sources to pass this exam. The 70-680 exam I scheduled thru Prometric had plenty of questions not covered by this material. Recommend more knowledge on IE8 and the configuration of hardware and applications.

As others have mentioned, there are numerous typos and grammatical errors in the book but that shouldn't keep you from learning the material that it relays. Just dont rely on it exclusively or you will be disappointed.
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I haven't heard anything negative so I am going to assume that the person who ordered was happy with it.
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This book has labs you can do as you progress through the chapters to get some hands on with it at the same time. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars great purchase
required for my class,new item, c d enclosed. a lot of mistakes instructor compensated for. The book provides background,but not to be used as the only source of instruction.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is full of errors
This book is poorly written, and is full of errors. There are two versions of this book, ISBN 978-0-7356-2708-6 is an older version that is full of errors, I would not recommend... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Schafer
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Guide when studying for the 70-680 Test
This is a nice little guide for studying for the 70-680 test, I wouldn't use this as your sole resource, but it's a good resource to have/use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book
The books are well written.

I tried to study for the exam, but got distracted with other life's priorities.

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I just used the command "copy c:\winpe_x86\winpe.wim c:\winpe_x86\ISO\Sources\boot.wim" This webpage might help too.
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Hi Orin. Thanks for the instructional video. This is very well done.

Before this video was posted I struggled with this exercise in the book, and after much frustration (because of the errors) I finally succeed in creating the VHD. Ultimately, it was one of the most rewarding exercises for me... Read more
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