70-620 Passed, Quick Tips Here !!

pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
Passed the MCTS-Vista Configuration !!! 976/1000

There is much study material geared towards certification study. Remember you need to learn what a admin or specialist needs to know, not necessarily how to use it (as a user). Also you should have a copy of Vista to get familiar with it.

I would recommend these books (buy or find someone to share with you):
Microsoft Windows Vista Client Configuration Study Guide -Sybex Publishing ***
Microsoft Windows Vista Unveiled- by Sams Publishing
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (exam 70-620):Configuring Windows Vista Client-MS Press
Vista Inside/Out - Microsoft ***
Windows Vista The Missing Manual- O'reilly
Microsoft Vista Resource Kit - Microsoft ***

For those who don't currently have Vista, you can get familiar with the screens with these two books:
Microsoft Windows Vista Visual Quickstart Guide- Peachpit Press
Windows Vista Plain and Simple- MS Press

Make use of the Virtual Labs that Microsoft provides, as well as the free Webcasts. Practice test material is just for that... PRACTICE. It may help you pass the test but believe me you will only last one day in a job if you don't know what you are doing, so if you use practice material, read the question and if you don't know the answer, research it and learn it, don't just memorize the answer....I will tell you right now that their answers are not always right.
Also make sure when you test that you read the questions carefully, they many times put extra information, that you don't need, to see if you know what you are doing (not to throw you off as some think) or they are asking for a specific answer, not how to resolve all the problems in the scenario.. Be aware of the type of exam you are taking. For example, if you are taking a basic operating system exam, a networking problem is USUALLY resolved by using the TOOLS the operating system comes with and may not be the advanced administrator troubleshooting found in Server exams. Also in networking there is the Microsoft answer and there is the Cisco answer and they will both be right but only for THEIR type of test.

I hope to continue this thread with review mini-lessons using the above books,Microsoft websites and various forums as references. Any one that wants to share their studies, please join in...lets use the "open-source" concept and contribute so that we all LEARN and pass. I need help too, I am still learning this and there is a lot of experience in this wonderful forum, use those guys, they are willing to help. We are a community, we keep business productive, we are the last line of defense,we are Techies.

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Comptia A+, Comptia Security+,Microsoft Certified Professional (XP), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist-Vista, Configuration, Microsoft Certified System Administrator
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  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Know your Network and Wireless settings:

    Vista supports three types of network categories: private, public, and domain.
    Private networks are usually home or small office networks. The computers are members of a workgroup and are not connected directly to the internet but usually use a device such as a router to connect to the internet. By default, Vista turns on Network Discovery that enables you to see other computers and devices on your network and file and printer sharing.
    Public networks are usually wireless "hot spot" connections in public places,where you are connected directly to the internet. By default, Vista turns off Network Discovery and file and printer sharing to make the computer more secure.
    Domain networks applies to networks that are part of a corporate domain. By default, discovery and file sharing are allowed.

    IPv4 32-bit addresses are expressed as four separate decimal values, such as 192.168.0.5
    IPv6 128-bit addresses are expressed as eight 16-bit blocks separated by colons and in hexadecimal format, such as FEC0:0:0:02BC:FF:BECB:FE4F:961D

    If you assign an IP address manually (IPv6) you must have a valid IP address, the subnet mask for this IP and a default gateway to use for internetwork communication.

    Wireless adapters run in one of two modes:
    Ad Hoc- adapter connected directly to other computers with wireless adapters
    Infrastructure- adapter connects to an access point instead of directly

    As a security precaution, some wireless networks are set up with the network namebroadcasting (SSID) disabled. This means that when you display the list of networks within range networks that don't broadcast their SSID don't appear in the list.
    If you know that a network is within range but it doesn't appear in the list of available networks, you can still add the network manually. Click the Set Up a Connection or Network link, click Manually Connect to a Wireless Network, and then click Next. Use this dialog box to enter the network particulars, including the SSID (the Network Name), Security Type, Encryption Type, and Security Key (if required). Click Next to connect. Be aware of these options and choose accordingly:
    Connect automatically when the network is in range
    Connect even if the network is not broadcasting
    Keep this connection active when the computer is on (recommended)
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Setting Up Per-User Wireless Network Connections
    By default, when you set up a wireless connection , it is available to all users of your computer.
    You can optionally make a connection available only to the user currently logged on.
    To set this up:
    1. In Network And Sharing Center, click Manage Wireless Networks.
    2.Click Profile Types
    3.Select Use All-User And Per-User Profiles.
    When you set up a new wireless network, Vista asks whether you want the network to be available to all users or only to yourself. You can’t apply this setting to an existing network. You must first delete the network and then re-create the network .

    Setting Up an Ad Hoc Network
    An ad hoc network is a temporary network connecting two or more wireless computers and devices without requiring a hub or wireless access point. The network adapters talk directly with each other. An ad hoc network is handy when you need to exchange files or share an internet connection with someone who is not part of your network.
    To setup an aAd Hoc network:
    1. Open Network And Sharing Center >Tasks list, > Set Up A Connection Or Network.
    2. Select Set Up A Wireless Ad Hoc (Computer-to-Computer) Network and click Next> click Next.
    3. Specify a network name..
    4. Specify a security type. Ad hoc networks support only WEP encryption; the only other option is an open, unsecured network.
    5. If you selected WEP, enter a security key
    6. If you plan to use the ad hoc network again in the future, select Save This Network
    7. Click Next. If your computer is connected directly to the internet (through a network adapter other than the wireless adapter you’re using for the ad hoc network) and you want to share the internet connection, click Turn On Internet Connection Sharing.
    8. Click Close

    The network is now set up and ready to use. Others can join the network by:
    1. Clicking the network icon in the taskbar’s notification area
    2. Click Connect To A Network (or Disconnect if already connected to a wireless network).
    3. Select the ad hoc network and click Connect.
    4. If the ad hoc network is secured with WEP encryption, another box asks for the security key
    5. Click Connect
  • LukeQuakeLukeQuake Posts: 579Member
    Thanks for the write up and tips! :)

    I plan on taking this exam in a few months, I'll get hold of a copy of this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/MCTS-Microsoft-Windows-Client-Configuration/dp/0470108819/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/203-4502342-7311144?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1175544658&sr=8-1

    Already read the following:-

    Microsoft Windows Vista Unveiled- by Sams Publishing
    Introducing Microsoft Vista-MS Press
    Vista for Dummies
    Microsoft Certifications: MCITP:EA, MCSE:S, MCSA:M, MCDST, MCTS: Vista Config, MCITP: Ent Support
    Citrix Certifications: CCA XenApp 4.5/5.0 and XenServer 5.0
    Other: Marathon Certified Consultant (HA, FT and VM), ISEB InfoSec Management Principles and Security+
    Working on: CISSP and Check Team Member
  • VistaNoobVistaNoob Posts: 3Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Windows Vista Versions


    Vista Starter

    OEM - only ships on computers (not retail)
    Not available in the US, EU, Australia, Japan, etc.


    "N" Editions

    Designed to satisfy anti-trust agreements in the European Union
    Home Basic & Business Editions Only
    Does not include Windows Media Player, DVD Maker, etc.


    32-bit and 64-bit Versions

    Starter edition is 32-bit only
    32-bit and 64-bit DVDs come with Ultimate

    Home and Business must order from Microsoft for 64-bit DVD

    32-bit Allows Up to 4GB

    64-bit Allows More RAM
    Home 8GB
    Buisness 16GB
    Ultimate 128 GB

    Vista Home Basic

    No domain support
    (5 computer Max in workgroup)
    No Aero interface
    No Second monitor
    Limited backup capabilities
    No Group Policy,
    No Games
    No Offline Files
    No Shadow Copy
    No DVD Maker
    No Media Center



    Vista Home Premium
    No domain support
    (10 computer Max in workgroup)

    Everything from Home Basic
    Plus

    Aero interface
    Media Center
    DVD Maker
    Second Monitor
    Tablet PC


    Vista Business
    Domain support (or 10 computer workgroup)
    2 CPU (physical) support
    Group Policy
    Offline files
    IIS
    Shadow Copy
    System imaging/recovery

    No Media Center
    No DVD Maker
    No Movie Maker
    No Parental Controls


    Vista Enterprise

    Same as Vista Business
    Only for Volume Licensing customers
    Includes BitLocker, Language support (multiple/same time)

    Vista Ultimate
    All of the above and more
    Windows Ultimate Extras
    (Additional games, utilities and other stuff)

    Home Premium, Business or
    Ultimate Editions

    Minimum
    Requirements


    CPU (800Mhz or greater)
    Memory 512MB
    Hard Drive 15GB free space
    Graphics DirectX 9-capable Graphics processor
    DVD Drive



    Upgrade to Vista

    You can't upgrade all OS
    95, 98, ME & NT4 can not be upgraded
    2000 & XP 64-bit are clean install only!

    2000 and XP 64-bit have license ugrades, you
    cant upgrade the OS just the licence so you can get
    Vista at a lower price.

    Versions of XP that can be upgraded

    XP Home - upgrade to any edition of Vista
    XP Pro - upgrade only to Business or Ultimate editions of Vista
    XP Media Center - upgrade only to Home Premium or Ultimate editions of Vista
    XP Tablet PC - upgrade only to Business or Ultimate editions of Vista


    Steps to take
    -See Minimum system requirements
    -Run Upgrade Advisor (take action on recommendations)
    -Backup up important files, program settings (Easy Transfer Wizard)
    -Make a complete system backup
    -Launch setup from within Windows XP

    Clean Install of Vista
    -See Minimum System Requirements
    -Need a DVD drive
    -Product key (not required immediately)
    -Establish User account name, password, computer name
    -Backup your files (old PC)

    After Installation
    Check Device Manger
    Windows Update
    Activation
    Install Programs
    Copy data & Transfer settings

    I still don't know about deployment in a domain if you can uses the sysprep
    to make an image for RIS, or if you can use ghost, nor unattended installation
    i don't have a copy of vista to see if it has a deploy folder. Also don't know about the
    upgrades from vista (home) to vista (ultimate), or from business to ultimate,
    I assume its possible just have not read anything that confirms this. It anyone has this
    info could you please post a link.
  • royalroyal Posts: 3,353Member
    Congrats and good info across the board. It'll be a long time before I get to take this exam. I'll be busy with Exchange 2007 and Longhorn upgrades. Hopefully I can squeeze Vista in there somewhere.
    “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” - Harry F. Banks
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for your postings,
    I plan to get the book LukeQuake recommends, even though I passed, for reference and for teaching my son.

    VistaNoob got some good info, pay particular attention to the minimum requirements and the upgrade paths, I've seen it "somewhere", hmmmm

    icRoyal, I need to compliment my administration with messaging, any books you recommend? I know nothing about exchange icon_cry.gif
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    One-minute testing tips#3

    Know your firewall, part 1
    Windows Firewall is enabled by default for all connections. By default:
    • The firewall drops all inbound traffic except traffic sent in response to a request by your computer, and traffic allowed by an exception.
    • All outgoing traffic is allowed unless it matches an exception.
    • Windows Firewall supports both incoming and outgoing network traffic.

    Windows Firewall With Advanced Security console has more configuration options, and it can be configured remotely. Configuration of Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), which provides for authentication, encryption, and filtering of network traffic, is also done in the Windows Firewall. In Advanced Security console, firewall exceptions can be configured for services,

    Windows Firewall maintains a separate profile (settings, rules and exceptions for various programs, services, and ports) for each of the network location types:
    Domain Used when your computer is joined to an Active Directory domain
    Private Used when your computer is connected to a Home or Work network in a workgroup
    Public Used when your computer is connected to a network in a public location,

    Settings you make in the Windows Firewall Settings dialog box affect only the firewall profile for the network location you’re currently using. The settings in a profile apply to all networks (of the particular location type) to which you connect.
    The only reason to turn off Windows Firewall is if you have installed another third-party firewall that you plan to use instead of Windows Firewall


    Comptia A+, Comptia Security+,Microsoft Certified Professional (XP/Server 2003), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist-Vista, Configuration
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    One-minute testing tips #4

    Know Your Firewall, part 2

    When The Block All Incoming Connections check box on the General tab is selected, Windows Firewall rejects all unsolicited incoming traffic. including traffic that would be permitted by an exception. Use this mode when extra security against outside attack is needed (using a public wireless hotspot).
    Windows Firewall monitors all network connections for unwanted traffic. In some situations, you might want to disable its protection for one or more connections while leaving it on for others. (For a device on your connection that won’t work with Windows Firewall).
    1. In Windows Firewall, click the Advanced tab.
    2. Clear the check box of each connection for which you want to disable Windows Firewall.

    You may want to allow other computers to connect to your computer (to use Windows Meeting Space, play games, etc).For this you set up an exception in Windows Firewall, in the Exceptions tab. The list of programs and services that initially appears on the Exceptions tab depends on which services and programs are installed. To enable an exception, that’s already been defined, simply select its check box. You should clear the check box for all exceptions you don’t need. Exceptions are also created (but not enabled) when a program tries to set up an incoming connection. You can create an exception in any of three ways:
    Click Unblock when Windows Firewall blocks a program and asks if you want to keep blocking.
    • Set up a program exception on the Exceptions tab in Windows Firewall.
    Open a port on the Exceptions tab in Windows Firewall.
    Windows Firewall allows the exception only while the program is running, An exception created for a port you open is allowed whenever Windows itself is running, regardless of whether the program is actually running.
    The first time you run a program that tries to set up an incoming connection, Windows Firewall asks for your permission by displaying a dialog box. If the answer to any of these questions is no. click Keep Blocking.
    If you later find that a needed program isn’t working properly, you can open Windows Firewall Settings and enable the exception.
    From the Exceptions tab, you can set up a program exception manually:
    1. Click Add Program.
    2. Select the program for which you want to allow incoming connections. Or click Browse and navigate to the program’s executable file if it isn’t shown in the Programs list.
    3. Click Change Scope to display the dialog box and select the range of computers from which you want to allow incoming connections:
    Any Computer—any computer on your network or on the internet.
    My Network (Subnet)- allows inbound connections only from computers in the same subnet as yours
    Custom List lets you specify one or more computers by their IP address (on your local area network or on the internet.)

    Another way to create an exception for an incoming connection is to open a port, if a program or a service you want to use needs to use a particular port.
    1. In Windows Firewall, click the Exceptions tab.
    2. Click Add Port.
    3. In the Add A Port dialog box, make the following entries:
    Name box, type a descriptive name for the program or service.
    Port Number box, type the port number needed by the program or service. Select either TCP or UDP to match the protocol needed by the program or service.
    4. Click Change Scope, select the range of computers from which you want to allow incoming connections.


    Comptia A+, Comptia Security+,Microsoft Certified Professional (XP/Server 2003), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist-Vista, Configuration
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I just saw the first official book for the 70-620 exam:
    MCTS: Microsoft Windows Vista Client Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-620
    by Sybex.
    I saw it in Barnes & Noble, but I am sure most major booksellers will have it, if not, it can be found discounted at Amazon.com.
    http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-Microsoft-Windows-Client-Configuration/dp/0470108819/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/103-5344093-2296647?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1175657106&sr=8-2
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Windows Vista Testing Tips #5
    Know the UAC
    Windows Vista has two types of user accounts:
    Standard user
    Administrator
    Standard users can perform any general tasks and any support tasks that do not affect other users or the security of the computer. Administrators have complete access to the computer and can make changes that affect other users and the security of the computer.
    Whether you are logged on as a standard user or an administrator, you see a User Account Control (UAC) prompt whenever you attempt to perform a task that requires administrator permissions. If you are logged on with a standard user account, you are prompted to provide administrator credentials. In a local PC, the prompt lists each local administrator account by name. To proceed, you must click an account, type the account's password, and then click OK. On a domain, the prompt shows the logon domain and requires the administrator account username and password , and then click OK. If you are already logged on with an administrator account, you are prompted for consent to continue.
    The process of getting a user's approval prior to running an application in administrator mode and prior to performing actions which change system settings is known as elevation. Elevation enhances security by reducing the exposure to the operating system. It does this by providing notification when you are about to perform an action that could impact system settings, such as installing an application, and eliminating the ability for malicious programs to invoke administrator privileges without your knowledge and consent.
    Windows Vista switches to a secure desktop prior to displaying the prompt. The purpose of switching to the secure desktop is to prevent other processes or applications from providing the required permissions or consent. All other running programs and processes continue to run, it is only the prompt itself that runs on the secure desktop.
    You can disable User Account Control and all its related features on a per-account basis. Rather than completely disabling UAC, you can enable or disable individual features through policy settings. These policy settings are found under Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options.
    On a local computer, you can turn User Account Control on or off for your account:
    1. Click Start, then click Control Panel.
    2. Click the User Accounts heading, then click User Accounts again.
    3. Click Turn User Account Control On Or Off.
    4. You are prompted for permissions or consent.
    5. To disable User Account Control, clear the Use User Account Control checkbox. To enable User Account Control, select the Use User Account Control checkbox. Click OK.
    6. When prompted, click Restart Now or Restart Later. You will need to restart your computer for this change to take effect.
    In a domain, you cannot turn User Account Control on or off, since these features will more than likely be secured so that they cannot be configured unless you are an administrator for the domain.
    *credit to Paul Marquardt, and William R. Stanek , whose excellent article on WindowsDevCenter.com I used.
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    One-minute testing tips #6
    Control the UAC

    You can customize the User Account Control by using group policies. Go to the Local Security Settings snap-in (press Windows logo +R, type secpol.msc, click OK). Open the Security Settings, Local Policies, security Options. Here you will find policies that control the UAC.

    User Account Control: Behavior of the Elevation Prompt for Administrators in Admin Approval ModeThis policy controls the prompt that appears when an administrator requires elevated privileges. The default is Prompt for Consent, where the administrator clicks Continue or Cancel. You can choose the setting Prompt for Credentials to prompt the administrator to type their credentials. If you choose No Prompt, the administrator will not be prompted at all, preventing administrators from elevating their privileges. They can still right-click an application shortcut and select Run As Administrator, to enter credentials.

    User Account Control: Behavior of the Elevation Prompt for Standard Users
    This policy controls the prompt that appears when a standard user requires elevated privileges. The default is Prompt for Credentials, which require typing in of an administrator’s credentials. You can choose No Prompt to prevent standard users from elevating their privileges by supplying administrator credentials. They can still right-click an application shortcut and select Run As Administrator, to enter credentials.

    User Account Control: Delete Application Installs and Prompt for Elevation
    To enable or disable automatic privilege elevation while installing programs.

    User Account Control: Only Elevate Executables That Are Signed and Validated
    To enable or disable whether Vista checks the security signature of any program that asks for elevated privileges.

    User Account Control: Run All Administrators in Admin Approval Mode Users
    To enable or disable running administrators (except the Built-in Administrator account) as standard users.
  • NinjaBoyNinjaBoy Posts: 968Member
    Congrats on the pass (and tips) :)

    -ken
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    One-minute testing tips #7

    New Features and Tools

    Windows Easy Transfer is a wizard that helps you transfer your user accounts, personal files and folders, email messages, settings and contacts, program data files, media, and Windows and Internet settings from your old computer to your new machine. Programs (applications) are not transferred.
    You can easily transfer your entire user account or all user accounts on the computer, or you can make custom selections of the data and folders to transfer. Windows Easy Transfer provides a number of ways for you to connect two computers to transfer your data.

    Windows ReadyBoost
    Adding system memory is often the best way to improve a PC’s performance. However, cost considerations and limited memory expansion capabilities, make it difficult to add RAM.
    Windows Vista introduces Windows ReadyBoost, a new concept where you can use non-volatile flash memory, such as a USB flash drive, to improve performance without having to add additional memory to the systemboard. The flash memory device serves as an additional memory cache, memory that the computer can access much more quickly than it can access data on the hard drive. Windows ReadyBoost relies on the intelligent memory management of Windows SuperFetch and can significantly improve system response.
    Using Windows ReadyBoost is easy. When a removable memory device is first inserted into a port, Windows Vista checks to see if its performance is fast enough to work with Windows ReadyBoost. If so, you are asked if you want to use this device to speed up system performance. You can choose to allocate part of a USB drive’s memory to speed up performance and use the remainder to store files. You can remove the memory device at any time while using Windows ReadyBoost without any loss of data or negative impact to the system; however, performance returns to the level experienced without the device. Finally, data on the storage device is encrypted to prevent inappropriate access.

    RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
    Web feeds allow you to avoid having to constantly check a news site or blog to find out if anything new has been posted. When you use Internet Explorer as a feed reader, you can subscribe to an RSS feed and allow the browser to download the feed on a schedule you set up. When a new post appears, the link for that site turns bold and clicking it shows the unread material in your browser window. To get started with RSS feeds, click the orange RSS icon on any webpage.To view all feeds on your subscribed list, open the Feed list in Favorites Center. After you add a feed to your list of subscriptions, you can adjust its properties by right-clicking the feed name in the Favorites Center and choosing Properties. You can give the feed a new name (but you can’t change its URL). You can choose a different value from the Use Custom Schedule drop-down list to change the retrieval schedule for the feed from its default of once per day to a custom schedule of your choosing. To change the default retrieval schedule, click Settings and adjust the options. You can also control the number of items stored for each feed (1-2500, 200 is the default).
  • VistaNoobVistaNoob Posts: 3Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Well today i went to take the 70-620 exam just to see how it was, because i got a free voucher. And to my surprise i actually passed the exam with 712 and i didn't really study much more then basic research on the exam objectives that are on the microsoft learning page and pllegends test tips which is why i passed and got very lucky. I was planning on going for the MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, 70-622 is still in beta. So this will give me time to have more hand on with vista. :D
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    congratulations and welcome to the club !!

    I notice you are CCNA and MCP, you might want to consider pursuing MCSA since you already have 70-270 and a qualifying elective. All you would need is the 70-290 and the 70-291.
    While I admit these are tough exams, I think they will make you a more marketable IT person since then you will know both sides of the story (hardware and software).

    A good friend of mine is CCNA and I find that he picks up on Microsoft technology quickly, and I think you will too. We play a game of challenging each other, claiming our "choice" in technology is better. It's is all in fun but it does motivate us to study and try to prove the other guy "wrong". So I challenge you to prove me wrong or "join" me in the battle !
  • VistaNoobVistaNoob Posts: 3Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Well the MCSA sounds like a good goal to me, my father is MCSE in 2k and he showed me a lot about windows 2k, he is planning on buying a windows 2k3 study kit, which i can barrow icon_cool.gif , because he wants to do the upgrade exams before they expire.
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Windows Vista Testing tips #8

    Windows Sidebar
    Windows Sidebar is a area on your desktop for mini-programs called gadgets . By default, Windows Sidebar is found on the right edge of your screen, but you can move it to the left or to a secondary monitor. You can make it rise above all other windows at all times , you can make it start automatically when Windows starts ( default ), and you can close and open it. You can also easily add or remove gadgets.
    • There is a gadget gallery that comes with Windows but there is a link to a much larger online gallery. To add a gadget, right-click anywhere in the sidebar and choose Add Gadgets. The gadget gallery then pops up. To install a gadget, you can either just drag it to the sidebar or right-click it and choose Install. To remove a gadget, right-click it and choose Close Gadget.
    • If Windows Sidebar is not currently open, you can open it by clicking the Start button and typing Sidebar in the Start menu’s Search box. Then click Windows Sidebar on the menu.
    • To customize Windows Sidebar, right-click any part of the sidebar other than on a gadget, and choose Properties. There are severval options. You can select a checkbox if you want the Sidebar to be on top of any open windows rather than having windows on top of the Sidebar. Clear another check box if you don't want the Sidebar to start every time you start Windows. You can also specify on which side of your Desktop you want the Sidebar to be displayed.
    • To close Windows Sidebar and hide all your gadgets, first drag any gadgets that lie outside
    the sidebar back into the sidebar. (otherwise they remain open ) Then right-click Windows Sidebar and choose Close Sidebar. If you don't want to use the Sidebar at all, right-click the Sidebar icon, and choose Exit . If you want to use the Sidebar again, you'll need to start again it from the Start menu.
    Laptop Presentations
    If you have a laptop, Vista has two features designed to help with your presentation, Presentation Settings and External Display. In Presentation Settings, you can:
    • Diasable Window’s popups and notifications
    • Control the speaker volume
    • Disable the screen saver
    • Display a desktop background to reduce distraction or to display your logo
    • Disable the automatic shutdown (sleeep)
    To go to Presentation Settings, click Start>Control Panel>Mobile PC>Adjust Settings Before giving a Presentation.
    If you use a certain projector or external monitor, you can tell Windows to use these presentation settings automatically whenever that display is connected. To do this, attach the monitor or projector, click Connected Displays and check “I always give a Presentation when I use This Display”, and save your prefered settings by clicking OK. Whenever you give a presentation with this equipment, open the Windows Mobility Center (Windows Key + X) or Start>All Programs>Accessories>Windows Mobility Center. Then in the Presentation Setting tile , click Turn On.
    To use an external display, attach an external display or projector to your PC. Then go to the Windows Mobility Center,in the external display tile, click the Connect Display button. The New Display Detected box appears, which you can setup settings. The settings are:
    • Duplicate my Desktop on all Displays- to display what you see on your laptop screen
    • Show Different Parts of My Desktop on Each Display- to show your audience one thing while you view something else on your laptop screen. You can drag windows back and forth between the displays.
    • Show My Desktop on the External screen Only- to blackout your laptop’s screen
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Testing Tips #9
    Configuring Add-ons in Internet Explorer
    IE allows you to install add-ons to extend the functions of the browser.
    To install, enable or disable add-ons, you should expand the Tools toolbar option in IE and select Manage Add-ons. The Manage Add-ons menu contains two items: Enable or Disable Add-ons and Find More Add-ons. Add-ons can be installed by clicking Find More Add-ons and selecting the desired add-on from the list. The add-on will be downloaded and you can install the add-on. Once installed, you can enable or disable the add-on by accessing the Manage Add-ons menu and clicking Enable or Disable Add-ons. Any add-ons that are currently loaded in IE will be also be displayed.
    The Show list of the Manage Add-ons dialog box provides several options for viewing and
    managing add-ons
    installed in IE.
    Add-ons That Have Been Used by Internet Explorer -Displays a complete list of all the add-ons installed

    Add-ons Currently Loaded in Internet Explorer -Displays a list of add-ons used for the currently loaded Web page

    Add-ons That Run Without Requiring Permission-Displays a list of add-ons that have been preapproved by Microsoft

    Downloaded ActiveX Controls -Displays a list of ActiveX controls installed on the computer

    Sometimes add-ons may cause the browser to become unstable or may interfere with other applications. To find out if add-ons are causing problems, IE provides the ability to load into “Add-ons Disable Mode” where only critical system add-ons are loaded. To load IE without loading any installed add-ons, you should click Start>All Programs> Accessories >System Tools>Internet Explorer (No Add-ons).If you find that an add-on is causing IE to become unstable, you can use the Manage Add-ons dialog box to disable the add-on.
    1. Open Internet Explorer> Tools> expand Manage Add-ons>click Enable or Disable Add-ons.
    3. Select the “Add-ons That Have Been Used by Internet Explorer” to display a list of add-ons installed on your computer.
    4. Select an add-on from the list, and click Disable, then click OK.

    Configuring the Pop-up BlockerPop-up Blocker is a to prevent pop-ups from being displayed by web pages.
    By default, Pop-up Blocker is enabled. When visiting a site that displays pop-ups, a message appears in the Information Bar indicating that a pop-up was blocked. You can disable Pop-up Blocker by opening IE>Tools>, expand Pop-up Blocker, and click Turn Off Pop-up Blocker. In the Pop-up Blocker dialog box, click Yes to disable Pop-up Blocker. Disabling Pop-up Blocker will allow any site to display pop-ups.
    If you want to enable pop-ups for just select sites, add those sites to the Allowed Sites list of the Pop-up Blocker Settings instead of disabling Pop-up Blocker.
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Testing tips #10
    Know the Calendar

    Windows Calendar is scheduling application where you can record appointments and tasks. The program supports iCalendar which lets you share your own schedule with others. You can e-mail specific appointment information or an entire calendar to someone else or publish your calendar to a website.
    You can also subscribe to public schedules which can be updated automatically at set schedules.

    To share your entire calendar, select its name in the Calendars section> choose Share> Send Via E-Mail.
    A message form in your e-mail program will appear, with an .ics file attached, which you then can email. The recipients will then be able to import the attachment into their calendar programs.

    To publish a calendar to a website, select the calendar name in the Calendars section> choose Share> Publish. Supply a URL, select the check boxes to indicate the level of detail you want to include, and
    then click Publish
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Testing tips #11
    Know you Meeting Space

    Windows Meeting Space is a program for the sharing of documents, images, and desktops between as many as ten users in a peer-to-peer setting. Each of the meeting participants must be running Vista. The first time each user runs Meeting Space, he or she will be prompted to enable file replication and sign into People Near Me. These steps require administrative credentials.
    You can either start a new meeting or join one in progress. If you choose to start a new meeting, you’ll be asked to name it and create a password that your attendees will have to use. By default, a meeting you create will be available to others on your network who have signed in to People Near Me and happen to be running Windows Meeting Space. If you prefer that your meeting not be available, click Options on the screen where you establish your meeting and select Do Not Allow People Near Me To See This Meeting.
    After you have named the meeting and created the password, clicking the green arrow to the right of the Password box takes you to the meeting screen. You can use the Invite button on the command bar to let people know about the meeting. The Invite People dialog box lists everyone on your local network who has signed in to People Near Me. To invite someone who is not on this list, click Invite Others. This will let you send invitations by e-mail or instant messaging.
    To begin sharing programs or your desktop, click the Share button. Windows Meeting Space will display a list of your open programs and documents. You can then select the item you want to share (or select Desktop). If what you want to share isn’t on the list, you can click Browse For A File To Open And Share. If you initiate the sharing, you control the action. A banner across the top of your screen indicates that you are sharing, and a Give Control button in the upper right corner allows you to pass the control to another participant
    To leave the meeting, choose Meeting> Leave Meeting or Meeting,>Exit. The meeting will still continue until all participants have left.
  • plazticsoulplazticsoul Posts: 9Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for all the helpful tips! I'm taking the exam May 10th. Been playing with Vista Ultimate since RC1 and of course the final release now. I've purchased the Sybex book. I feel pretty confident about this because I've prepared for 70-270 in the past but never actually took that exam. But I have passed 70-290 which has at least some overlapping information. I'm told there are still no simulations on the Vista exam... is that true?

    Wish me luck!
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    As of yet, the "talk" out there is there are no simulations. In my opinion simulations are probably not necessary since Vista becomes user friendly once you get out of the "XP way of thinking". But you never can tell for the future. I think the exam will probably have drag and drop type of questions in the future. It is not a hard exam once you get to know the new features which is what you are mostly tested on. (This is true for almost all tests, when a new system comes out.) Remember this is a configuration exam, so you don't need to know things about deployment, which is covered in the next exam (70-624). If you passed the 70-290, you will be fine, server exams are much, much harder exams and they cover much more material. Good Luck, I'll be looking for your "I passed" on the 10th.

    P.S. if you have not taken the 70-291 (Server 2003 Infrastructure) yet, study for it and don't do it until you are comfortable with all the topics. It is very hard, it's nickname is "the beast".
  • plazticsoulplazticsoul Posts: 9Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    I've studied a bit for 70-291 and you're right it is pretty difficult and a lot of info to absorb!! I took about a year hiatus after passing the 290 but now that Vista has captured my enthusiasm I figured I would try to tackle that. Then possibly go back to 291.

    I work in tech support for an ISP and they don't know very much about Vista yet. But for certain, we have customers calling about it daily. Seems like I'm one of the very few people here that knows anything. The big folks high in administration have been made aware I'm going after 70-620 and are wanting to see how it goes for me. I smell possibility for advancement around the corner for staying on top of things. If not, well, at least I'll feel good about myself. icon_lol.gif

    Your info is very helpful... I've printed your posts out and I'm gonna make sure I give it a once-over before May 10th!

    QUESTION: Can you tell me how important it is to navigate "Control Panel Home" (aka Category View). I never bothered to get it down because I'm always using Classic View icon_twisted.gif
  • plazticsoulplazticsoul Posts: 9Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    ooh lookie lookie MS just released the public beta 3 for longhorn sever! check it out:

    www.microsoft.com/getbeta3

    Nothing to do with 70-620 I realize, but for some knowledge reinforcement I might as well play with it and add a vista client to a domain for kicks.
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    plazticsoul,
    the View is a matter of preference for you BUT be aware that in Vista the Categories and their contents are different than what you are used to in XP. There are 10 categories in a desktop computer and 11 on a mobile computer. You also have Additional Options which only appears when you install some third party programws that add applets to the Control panel (Java, Quicktime). The Mobile PC category is not present on desktop computers.The new categories ( or new names) are:
    Welcome Center - provides shortcuts for common tasks and some offers from MS
    Backup and Restore Center-for file ackup and restore. Business and Ultimate editions also include Complete PC backup/restore for disaster recovery.
    Indexing Options-to configure the searcha dn indexing feature
    Problem Reports and Solutions - for reporting, getting help for problems from MS
    Performandce Information and Tools- tips for improving performance and the Windows Experience score
    Windows Defender-antispyware application
    Parential Controls
    Bitlocker Drive Encryption-found in Ultimate and Enterprise edition for encrypting a drive's contents
    Network and Sharing Center-to configure settings and check network status
    People Near Me- for use with Windows Collaboration
    Sync Center- to synchronize with other PCs and devices
    AutoPlay-configure autoplay
    Personalization-adjust visual, display and sound settings
    Windows Sideshow- to set up secondary displays
    Pen and Input devices- for tablet and pen devices
    Tablet PC settings- to calibrate Tablet PC/input devices
    Windows Sidebar Properties-configure and install gadgets in Sidebar
    Windows Mobility Center-configure settings for laptops and Tablet PCs
    Windows Cardspace-create and configure Information Cards for logging in to password protected sites
    Ease of Access Center-configure user interface for hearing impaired or limited vision users
    So, use what you like , just know where to find things.I get confused all the time but I'm getting used to it..I **** by using the "Search" feature to find them.
  • plazticsoulplazticsoul Posts: 9Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Oh yes, the new Windows Search is really a godsend for sure! I **** on that as well. But I was just curious if the questions on the exam were heavily weighted on where THEY want you to find certain things. You know... the MS way has always been to know of *every* way to get to something rather than the most convenient way, or the user's preference of getting there.

    as for myself, I've setup the Control Panel to display as a menu instead of a link from the start menu. So it just expands outward and shows me a list of the stuff in classic view. I believe this was how it appeared in Server 2003 anyway. Plus it's just easier for me to get aquainted with a list than having menus spread out or categories. Just how I like to work :)

    Thanks!
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    As far as I saw, the questions focus on mainly on configuring and know the new features ,not so much on navigation.
    Thanks for the tip, I think I'll give your menu method a try!
  • plazticsoulplazticsoul Posts: 9Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Just curious... do you get a new certificate and microsoft ID card when you complete MCTS if you're already MCP?
  • pllegendspllegends Posts: 48Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    there is a welcome kit but I have not received it yet, I;ll let you know whats in it when I get it
  • plazticsoulplazticsoul Posts: 9Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Passed with a 907! I was shocked!!!! Thanks for all the helpful tips! :D
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