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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-620): Configuring Windows Vista™ Client (Microsoft Press Training Kit) HAR/COM Edition

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Key Book Benefits:

- In-depth coverage of exam objectives and sub-objectives--plus instructive case studies and troubleshooting scenarios to enhance your performance on the job
- 425 practice and review questions
- Test engine that enables customized testing, pre-assessment and post-assessment, and automated scoring and feedback
- Complete objective-by-objective review section, plus a handy exam-mapping grid
-15 percent exam-discount voucher from Microsoft (limited time offer)
-Entire study guide in searchable eBook format

About the Author

Ian McLean, MCITP, MCSE, MCT, has 40 years’ experience as an author, consultant, and instructor. Ian has written 21 books, including several Microsoft Press® SELF-PACED TRAINING KITS for Windows Server, Windows Vista®, Microsoft® Exchange Server, and SQL Server®.

Ian McLean, MCITP, MCDBA, MCT, has 40 years' experience in the education and IT industries. He has coauthored numerous SELF-PACED TRAINING KITs covering Windows Server®, Windows® client, Microsoft Exchange Server, and SQL Server®; technologies.

Ian McLean, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, has 40 years of commercial and academic experience and runs an IT consulting firm.

Orin Thomas is a consultant, writer, and Microsoft MVP whose books include the Microsoft Press Training Kits for Exams 70-646, 70-647, 70-662, and 70-680. He is also a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro magazine.

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Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; HAR/COM edition (May 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735623902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735623903
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Weitz on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am an MCSE on NT 4.0, was an early adopter on Windows 2000 Pro, XP Pro and Vista. Of all the Microsoft client operating systems I've used, Vista is by far the most confusing. I decided to study for the 70-620 test to get a better understanding of Vista and learn some of the new features without going through the trial and error process.

So far this is a really easy to read book with good examples and labs. This is a great book for people that want to get their hands wet with Vista and / or take the 70-620 test. It is apparent that Vista is much more complex than previous Microsoft client operating Systems, and this book more than does the job of showing you the new features, how to use them and some nice real life examples. I would say it is Part 1 of the Vista learning experience.

If you want to learn about how the new security features work, how user account control works, how to configure parental controls, power schemes and the like, this book is for you. If you want to learn how to debug the BSOD, how to roll out images or how the OS interacts on the Domain level this isn't the book for you, but I bet you could pick up a couple of good nuggets anyway. At the very least this is a great foundational book.

There are a couple of typos / mistakes. It is pretty early in the product lifecycle. Not as bad as my second edition "Cisco Secure PIX Firewalls" book with incorrect configs.
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I used this book and only this book to pass the 620 Exam. First off, it's a first edition book and there are some errors in the book (words ran together, capital letters in the middle of words) and using the measureUP! software I found at least 5 questions that marked me as wrong but they were correct.

However, this should NOT stop you from passing the 620 Exam, this book goes into enough detail so you can pass the exam.

Another reviewer wrote that it's not for the I.T. Pro....and it's NOT. This is for the test, the test is titled "Configuring Windows Vista Client."

If you want to learn the kernel debugger, use Group Policies, learn how to setup an image of Vista, this is NOT the book for you and the title CLEARLY states that.

However, this book is good for passing 70-620 and I passed it in two weeks with an 815. I would have given the book five stars but being a first edition and having some errors, it will need to be fixed.

Overall: Buy this book if you want to become MCTS certified, or you are looking to get your MCSE before the tracks expire (for 2003). This test counts towards the client portion of the MCSE.
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If you've read other MS Press books, then this is no different. The book is very straight forward on the features of Vista and what is required for you to know on the Microsoft test. The included practice test on the CD-ROM is HIGHLY recommended. All I can say is that the practice test is very close to the actual test and covers the book really well. If you can nail the practice test, then you should have no problems passing the actual test.
I did pass the 70-620 exam because of this book.
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I found this book to be a great starting point for those IT professionals looking to become familiar with Microsoft's latest operating system - Vista.

This book was *not* written for the end user community. It strictly focuses on exam material and supporting Vista as an IT professional. It does an excellent job on introducing all the different flavors of Vista. In addition I feel it did a good job explaining all of the new features.

Prior to reading this book I felt lost when working on Vista; since I have completed the book and lessons, I feel totally comfortable working in the Vista environment.

Not too many cons here: I did feel the book at certain points failed to fully distinguish between what features where in each edition. For example, Chapter 12 discusses creating a Complete PC Restore and leaves the reader with the opinion that all editions of Vista supports it when only Business and Ultimate do. The other big con was the book did not come with an evaluation copy of Vista like previous MS Press training kits.

Overall, if you support Vista and want to get to know it better and/or you are planning on taking the 70-620 exam, then get this book!
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I used this book to pass my Vista 70-620 exam yesterday - good book that was clear, well-written, and well-organized. Although there were a lot of typos. There are corrections/an errata list on the Microsoft Press site for some but not all the mistakes.

Each chapter is broken up into lessons covering objective sub-topics. To really get the full benefit from this book, be sure to actually DO and following along with the practices offered in each lesson and do the chapter end reviews, and it will really help the info sink in.
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I have no real complaints about this book, provided you are purely using it to pass the 70-620 exam. EVERYTHING you need to pass the exam is in this book. It fully covers the entire objectives, and will rarely miss out on required details.

The book is a decent read as well, and the writing isn't overly dry like in some other MS Press books. I had no problem getting through the entire book and was consistently able to read several chapters in one sitting without dozing off from boredom. Its also very clear and concise, so I never found myself confused and wondering what the author(s) were saying.

For those of you who want to "learn" Vista, or become better at using Vista.. I'd say that there are much better books for that. This book is meant to help you pass the 70-620 exam, and the material involved is in some nebulous region in between "average user stuff" and "power user stuff". Regular users will find this material a bit over their head, while IT pros will get very little out of it.

Also, its worth noting that this is one of those rare cases where you don't really need more than one source of information. I didn't use any other books. The only thing you might want to do is set up a virtual machine and play around with Vista's control panel.

Take your time reading through this book, perform the examples, and use the test questions. If you don't rush it and have thoroughly explored the control panel, you will pass.

ABOUT THE TEST:

The 70-620 exam has got to be one of the easiest exams I've ever taken in my entire life. The scope of the objectives is about as deep as a puddle, and the material covered is not exactly rocket science. Its almost like a test for power users, not IT professionals.
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