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MCTS Guide to Microsoft Windows 7 (Exam # 70-680) (Networking (Course Technology)) Paperback – October 4, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1111309770 ISBN-10: 1111309779 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Networking (Course Technology)
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111309779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111309770
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"…fits my current course well. I believe this text will be a more student friendly book and it will help the students to better understand the concepts with the detail used."

About the Author

Byron Wright is a Partner in Conexion Networks, a computer consulting firm that implements and maintains networks, e-mail systems, and security for a wide variety of organizations. In addition to possessing a Bachelor of Commerce degree (B. Comm), Wright is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), a Certified Novell Instructor (CNI), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), a Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), and Certified Linux Professional (CLP). Wright also is a sessional instructor with the University of Manitoba teaching Information Systems for the Asper School of Business. As well, Byron has authored and co-authored a number of books for Cengage - Course Technology, including MCSE Guide to Microsoft Windows Vista, MCSE Guide to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administration, and MCSE Guide to Planning a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network.

Leon Plesniarski is a Senior Solutions Architect who has been building with Microsoft products since 1984. After graduating with a BS in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1990, he applied his training as a Network Administrator and independent consultant. He joined Applied Innovation in 1996 where he supplied Microsoft and Novell teaching services for the University of Manitoba Continuing Education Division as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Certified Novell Instructor (CNI), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Certified Novell Engineer (CNE). He has worked on developing new A+ certification course material on computer hardware and operating systems, focusing attention on details to enable students to pass certifications and gain employment or job upgrades. After joining Broadview Networks in 2001 as a Senior Network Engineer, and ultimately becoming a Solutions Architect, Plesniarski has focused his efforts on helping small to large companies design, deploy, and benefit from Microsoft technology and optimized network infrastructures. Leon has co-authored MCSE Guide to Microsoft Windows Vista for Cengage Learning.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mëa Anders on February 24, 2011
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Accuracy: 5 of 5. I have yet to come across a procedural error in either the body text or the hands-on exercises.

Usability: 4.5 of 5. The hands-on exercises assume very little on the part of the user and are written clearly. Some of the concepts explained in the text do make assumptions, over which I have occasionally stumbled. However, the most important thing is excellent hands-on exercises; this is why I still rate the usability as high.

Design: 5 of 5. The design flow of the concepts covered in the book work well. I rarely find myself wondering why a certain concept or topic wasn't introduced in an earlier chapter.

Presentation: 3 of 5. For anyone who regularly browses online forums, you will understand when I say that the presentation of information in the book is something like a wall of text. The paragraphs are too chunky and stuffed together. The pictorial elements used are helpful to the reader but the cramped and varying lay-out often obfuscate, at first glance, their purpose.

Overall: 4 of 5. Students will find it worth purchasing, as will anyone who is interested in its topics. Teachers, for the love of all that is good, PLEASE be careful when using this book to create PowerPoint lectures. It is too easy to simply pull straight from the text, and while this may reduce impact on your time, your students will not enjoy 75 slides of content over 2 hours that they could have read from the book in approx. 40 minutes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rusty Nichols on March 12, 2012
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This book is great for reviewing and learning the Windows 7 operating sytem.

However, as a study guide for the 70-680 it is lacking scenarios that were similar to the test, and ultimately if I had not purchased other study material and reveiwed it before my test I would have failed.

This material alone will not give you enough knowledge to pass the test.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Elslip on May 25, 2014
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To preface: This book is FULL FULL FULL of information, but that doesn't mean the information is presented in a way that's useful or applicable in a real world context.
Do you like to take two full pages of notes for every one page of text you read? Then get this book. You probably have to regardless, because your instructor uses it for the class you're taking.
If you secretly hate your instructor for this, I don't blame you.
Paid for new from the college bookstore the book and labmentor access is about $280.00. The book is just wall after wall of text. There is absolutely no visual aid that's actually helpful, just screenshots of windows showing properties tabs. (For $280 you guys couldn't whip up some visuals?) I find this book to be poorly organized and it offers little to no real world context to help identify and explain different aspects of the operating system. It's essentially just bare bones facts listed out in paragraph form. I guess if you're a robot, or already intimately familiar with doing network administration that's ok. But most people reading this book are students who aren't already certified.
The best part is that when covering a subject like User Accounts, the information pertaining to Administrative Accounts within the chapter is randomly scattered throughout the chapter, instead of being housed in one area. I understand they did this because it seems relevant to other areas of the chapter to cover different aspects of the Administrative account, but it makes note taking and studying an even bigger chore than it already is.
The labs online are just as bare bones and useless. A long list of obsessively detailed step by step instructions are listed in a window on the right, with a VM window on the left.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brvnczy on October 1, 2013
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This book arrived quickly and even the replacement I received overnight was great as well, but what I called for and said I was missing; I was still missing. Come to find out, this book (although brand new it's supposed to) come w/ Lab Mentor, does not!!! I ultimately got a refund for this item which was placed back on my card within 6 hours of them sending me an email confirmation saying they had received the product back even though they say give up to 48 hours. I was more disappointed it didn't come w/ the Lab Mentor b/c I would've rather that than a refund or be able to get a Lab Mentor access code... Which Amazon unfortunately doesn't sell.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tech Bookworm on May 12, 2013
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A couple of readers have pointed out that this book will not prepare us for the 70-680, so that is very disappointing, given the title and book says it will.

Additionally, I believe the authors and editors were very lazy in putting this book together. The coverage of some topics were thorough, while coverage of other topics would be brief and allude to an explanation, but never expand on it sufficiently.

I also did not like how a topic was partially introduced in the early paragraphs, and then later (almost out of context) introduced a little more 9 chapters later. The topics were not cohesive or clear, something I have come to expect from Cengage.

I felt this book was a waste of my money because the topics were many times not explored fully, or portions of a topic were separated by many chapters without cohesion. Also, a lot of the content was far too outdated for the publish date. This made me feel the authors were lazy in not keeping up with current hardware/software.

I used an additional book to help me understand this MCTS book: Microsoft's "Resource Kit for Windows 7" by Tulloch/Northrup, which was excellent on deployment planning and a very good reference manual on troubleshooting Win 7 and how to plan so that you have a successful install. It also helped that I devoted a hard drive to Win 7 Enterprise to get experience in the working problems of the MCTS book.

I'd really like to get my MCTS, so I will be looking for an additional reference book so I learn topics that are covered in the Exam 70-680.
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