70-680 Resources

ClaymooreClaymoore Posts: 1,637Member
Exam Notes

Windows 7 Virtual Labs
Windows 7 Virtual Labs
Resource Sites
Windows 7 Team Blog - The Windows Blog
TS: Windows 7, Configuring
TechNet Springboard: Windows 7 - Service Pack - Client TechCenter

Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7 (14 percent)
Perform a clean installation
Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums
Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP/Vista in three easy steps - TechSpot
Install Windows 7 Alongside Windows Vista for a Dual Boot System

Upgrade to Windows 7
Windows 7 Upgrade and Migration Guide

Migrate User Profiles
Windows XP Migration | Migrate User Profiles | Windows 7
User State Migration Tool | Migrate User Profiles | Windows 7
Download details: Windows 7 Walkthrough: User State Migration Tool
User State Migration Tool 3.0
Example Scenarios
What Does USMT 3.0 Migrate?

Deploying Windows 7 (13 percent)
Deployment TechCenter: Documentation, downloads, and additional resources
Imaging and Desktop Engineering
Windows Deployment Services
Download details: Windows AIK for Windows 7 documentation (October 2009 update)
MS Deployment - preparing for a deployment

Capture a system image
Microsoft Virtual Lab Express Registration
Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7
Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Deployment for IT Professionals

Prepare a system image for deployment
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - Lite Touch Screencast | Media | TechNet Edge
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit - Zero Touch Screencast | Media | TechNet Edge
TechNet Virtual Lab: Offline Servicing of Windows Images Using ImageX and PkgMgr
Download details: Windows 7 Walkthrough: Deployment Image Servicing and Management

Deploy a system image
Deployment Image Servicing and Management
Use Multicast Transmission to Deploy Multiple Clients

Configure a VHD
Frequently Asked Questions: Virtual Hard Disks in Windows 7
What's New in Virtual Hard Disks in Windows 7
Walkthrough: Deploy a Virtual Hard Disk for Native Boot
Add a Native-Boot Virtual Hard Disk to the Boot Menu

Configuring Hardware and Applications (14 percent)
Configure devices
Windows 7: Device Stage overview

Configure application compatibility
Enterprise Application Compatibility
TechNet Virtual Lab: Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0
TechNet Virtual Lab: Mitigating Application Issues Using Shims
Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Version 5.5
Download details: Windows 7 Walkthrough: Enterprise Application Compatibility

Configure application restrictions
AppLocker
Windows 7 AppLocker Executive Overview
What's New in AppLocker in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
Download details: Windows 7 Walkthrough: AppLocker

Configure Internet Explorer
Features for Users
Understanding Customization and Administration
Part 4: Maintaining and Supporting Internet Explorer 8
Windows 7: Internet Explorer 8 overview

Configuring Network Connectivity (14 percent)
Network Enhancements Executive Overview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Networking Enhancements for Enterprises
What's New in Networking

Configure IPv4 network settings

Configure IPv6 network settings
Windows 7 IPv6 Support | NetworkWorld.com Community
Support WebCast: Introduction to Internet Protocol Version 6
Microsoft Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)
The Cable Guy: IPv6 Autoconfiguration in Windows Vista

Configure networking settings
TechNet Virtual Lab: Managing Network Bandwidth using Windows Quality of Service (QOS) in Windows Vista

Configure Windows Firewall
TechNet Virtual Lab: Managing Network Security using Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Configure remote management
Windows 7: Easy Connect overview
Download details: Windows 7 Walkthrough: Problem Steps Recorder

Configuring Access to Resources (13 percent)
An Introduction to Security in Windows 7
Windows 7 Security Enhancements
Microsoft Virtual Lab Express Registration
Windows 7 Security Enhancements

Configure shared resources
Download details: Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5 (Beta)
Home Group - Windows 7 - Video
Windows 7: HomeGroup Overview

Configure file and folder access
What's New in Windows Search, Browse, and Organization in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Configure user account control (UAC)
User Account Control | UAC | Elevation Prompts | Windows 7
What's New in User Account Control in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Configure authentication and authorization
PKI Enhancements in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
What's New in Biometrics in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
What's New in Certificates in Windows 7
What's New in Smart Cards in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
What's New in Windows Security Auditing in Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Authentication

Configure BranchCache
BranchCache | Branch Office User Access | Windows 7
BranchCache Early Adopter?s Guide
BranchCache
http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/E/1/BE182FD5-1E6D-4557-AF7A-B601879A3C96/BranchCache_EarlyAdopters_Guide.doc

Configuring Mobile Computing (10 percent)
Configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go
Windows 7 BitLocker Executive Overview
Changes in BitLocker Drive Encryption
Download details: Windows 7 Walkthrough: BitLocker and BitLocker to Go

Configure DirectAccess
DirectAccess | VPN & Corporate Networking | Windows 7
DirectAccess Early Adopter's Guide
DirectAccess Technical Overview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
DirectAccess
Download details: DirectAccess Early Adopter's Guide

Configure mobility options
Microsoft Virtual Lab Express Registration
Mobile Broadband

Configure remote connections
Remote Access Step-by-Step Guide: Deploying Remote Access with VPN Reconnect
VPN Reconnect

Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7 (11 percent)
Windows 7 Manageability Overview
What's New in Group Policy in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Configure updates to Windows 7
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Home
Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Overview

Manage disks

Monitor systems
Windows Troubleshooting Platform | Reduce Help Desk Calls | Windows 7
Problem Steps Recorder
Microsoft Virtual Lab Express Registration
Windows 7: Action Center Overview

Configure performance settings
TechNet Virtual Lab: Managing Windows Vista Using New Management Technologies
Microsoft Virtual Lab Express Registration

Configuring Backup and Recovery Options (11 percent)
Configure backup
Methods for backing up your files
Registry - Backup and Restore - Windows 7 Forums
Explore the features: Windows Backup and Restore Center

Configure system recovery options
System Restore Point - Create - Windows 7 Forums
System Restore - Windows 7 Forums
System Recovery Options - Windows 7 Forums
System Image Recovery - Windows 7 Forums

Configure file recovery options
Explore the features: Shadow Copy
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Comments

  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned
    Sticky nomination!

    That's sweet! I was going to do something similar, but it appears that procrastination pays off yet again icon_cool.gif
  • ClaymooreClaymoore Posts: 1,637Member
    Beta notes for a beta exam. I'll work on cleaning up the formatting today.

    I'll also add resources as more become available.
  • ClaymooreClaymoore Posts: 1,637Member
    dynamik wrote: »
    Sticky nomination!

    That's sweet! I was going to do something similar, but it appears that procrastination pays off yet again icon_cool.gif

    Procrastination:
    "Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now."

    Procrastination
  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned
    I actually have a few of those up in my office. This is my favorite: Incompetence icon_lol.gif
  • Tyrant1919Tyrant1919 Posts: 515Member
    Outstanding! I shall be using this in the near future. As a valued Techexams member, I demand a sticky!
    I <3 DNS
  • RobertKaucherRobertKaucher Posts: 4,298Member
    Nice work Claymoore! I really appriciate the list. I wanted to add the following:

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/E/1/BE182FD5-1E6D-4557-AF7A-B601879A3C96/BranchCache_EarlyAdopters_Guide.doc

    BranchCache Early Adopter's Guide
  • ClaymooreClaymoore Posts: 1,637Member
    Nice work Claymoore! I really appriciate the list. I wanted to add the following:

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/E/1/BE182FD5-1E6D-4557-AF7A-B601879A3C96/BranchCache_EarlyAdopters_Guide.doc

    BranchCache Early Adopter's Guide

    Done.

    I had the technet version already, but a download and printable version is nice. I found the DirectAccess Early Adopter's guide download and added it as well, for all your alternate reading location needs.
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member
    Bloody Hell Claymoore, nice work.

    Now there is no excuse NOT to have a Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 section with THIS as sticky :)

    Oh and thanks a lot - going to be VERY helpfull as exam prep
    My own knowledge base made public: http://open902.com :p
  • msethkmsethk Posts: 53Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Good stuff. I'll give this a read through before I take the beta exam! Thanks! icon_lol.gif
  • Non-Profit TechieNon-Profit Techie Posts: 418Member
    dayum! That must be like 50 hours of studying for a client exam! Just kidding, thanks for sharing.
  • skrpuneskrpune Posts: 1,409Member
    Nice! I had some of those links, but that's a whole helluva lot more info than I had so far. Thanks so much!
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  • RevenueRevenue Posts: 130Member
    Great! Thanks, Appreciate the work put in for this :)
  • littlehoopslittlehoops Posts: 46Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thank you so much saved so much time!!! you are a star!!!
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member
    Someone posted the following PDF on a technet blog :

    Right Click - Save As (that is my mirror though).

    Trouble is I don't find the blog anymore - or basically I don't know on which one it was posted anymore.

    This is an almost 300 page document :

    862_Capture.jpg

    Windows Tools, Help & Guides | Seven, Vista, XP

    Haven't had a chance to check it out myself yet so I cannot really say whether its any good or not.
    My own knowledge base made public: http://open902.com :p
  • RevenueRevenue Posts: 130Member
    Wow thanks! looks like just what I was after..

    [Rant]
    I would comment on the PDF if my internet connection wasn't limited to 56k!!!! Taking forever to download. Stupid freaking NZ ISPs with their extremely low data caps...
    [/Rant]
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Posts: 4,317Member
    Revenue wrote: »
    Wow thanks! looks like just what I was after..

    [Rant]
    I would comment on the PDF if my internet connection wasn't limited to 56k!!!! Taking forever to download. Stupid freaking NZ ISPs with their extremely low data caps...
    [/Rant]

    Just read through it .. well .. kinda ..

    This guide is REALLY basic .. so I wouldn't "hope" this will help for the exam :)

    But if you want a nice overview about W7 - its good - just not very "technical" ... It shows how to install W7, how to add / remove programs, how to backup / restore, create user, Bitlocker, Homegroup etc.

    So like I say - seems to be a nice overview of the basic features anyway ..
    My own knowledge base made public: http://open902.com :p
  • RevenueRevenue Posts: 130Member
    Gomjaba wrote: »
    Just read through it .. well .. kinda ..

    This guide is REALLY basic .. so I wouldn't "hope" this will help for the exam :)

    But if you want a nice overview about W7 - its good - just not very "technical" ... It shows how to install W7, how to add / remove programs, how to backup / restore, create user, Bitlocker, Homegroup etc.

    So like I say - seems to be a nice overview of the basic features anyway ..

    Yeah I see that.. Very light overview of W7, Good for a skim but wouldn't look to much more into it.
  • ClaymooreClaymoore Posts: 1,637Member
  • JordusJordus Posts: 336Banned
    Claymoore wrote: »
    Windows 7 beta 1 Tips from TechNet Magazine

    Including Burn a Disc Image from an ISO or IMG file in Windows 7 - it's about time!


    They are 50% there. All we need now is the ability to natively mount ISO/IMG files without having to burn it.

    I want virtual DVD drive! now! :D
    MCITP:EST | MCTS: Vista / 7 / Hyper-V / AD-DS / Network Infrastructure 08 | MCP: XP

    Awaiting Results: Server+ Beta
  • ClaymooreClaymoore Posts: 1,637Member
    I was reviewing some BitLocker info and I wanted to make sure I knew which version of 7 included BitLocker (Enterprise and Ultimate) and that led to wondering which version of 7 includes what features. The PC Magazine article has a good public walkthrough of the features. The Windows 7 SKU plan PowerPoint available on the MS Partner site is the best, but I don't know if you need to work for a partner to download it (I work for an MS partner).

    A closer look at the Windows 7 SKUs - Windows 7 Team Blog - The Windows Blog
    The Windows 7 Versions: What You Need to Know - News and Analysis by PC Magazine
    Windows 7 SKU Plan

    To summarize, all the cool new features (execept for network location awareness printing) require Enterprise/Ultimate - BitLocker, AppLocker, BranchCache, DirectAccess and Boot from VHD.
  • Non-Profit TechieNon-Profit Techie Posts: 418Member
    thanks claymoore. this is all great stuff. its taking me a long time to go through it all. Yes, i am actually reading it all :) But this should really help me pass the exam. I am learning that Win7 is really pretty cool. Might actually be a cooler OS the Mac OSX. Actually, im pretty sure it is!

    *update : Took the test this morning. Seemed really easy after reading all of claymore's links. Thanks alot for the links Claymoore! I know there are some questions that I got wrong, but even those questions were not hard, I just wasnt fully read up on those topics.
  • PiersPiers Posts: 454Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Here's a couple things I didn't find as I was going through the pages listed (TYVM btw), might be helpful

    What is ImageX?
    Windows Deployment Services
    :study: Office 365 70-347 / 698 later
  • drew2000drew2000 Posts: 290Member
    FYI, it looks like the first link under "Perform a Clean Installation" has been moved/removed by Bill Gates:

    Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7 (14 percent)
    Perform a clean installation
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...tructions.aspx

    Here is one from sevenforums:

    Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

    Drew
  • ClaymooreClaymoore Posts: 1,637Member
    drew2000 wrote: »
    FYI, it looks like the first link under "Perform a Clean Installation" has been moved/removed by Bill Gates:

    Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7 (14 percent)
    Perform a clean installation
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...tructions.aspx

    Here is one from sevenforums:

    Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

    Drew

    Thanks! Added your link and a link to the Windows 7 virtual labs (originally only Vista labs were available). But the best news is that automatic retrival of titles from the external links is now working. It's another Festivus miracle!

    I would also like to add some recommendations on books or CBTs if anyone has any to recommend for Windows 7. I will add the Resource Kit of course, but I am also looking for exam-specific recommendations if anyone has used the official Training Kit or other exam prep materials.
  • baconfacebaconface Posts: 24Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    I've taken out all of the "more info" Technet links from the MS Press book and created Firefox bookmarks out of them for 70-680. I could zip them up and link them here if it's ok with the mods?
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    @Claymoore: Thanks for write up! This is really helping with my Windows 7 studies.
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    A suggested addition to the links: An Introduction to AppLocker (Part 1)

    :)
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,727Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member
    Here's a list of corrections for the MS Press Training kit
    MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows® 7 comments and corrections

    http://www.amazon.com/70-680-Errata-Thread/forum/Fx1YPQTLINOD6NN/TxAV8WUXY6AURU/1?_encoding=UTF8&asin=0735627088
    Some of the same typos are mentoned in both articles but the second addresses more errors in the exercises.

    EDIT: There are a lot of typo's in this book. There are also a lot of errors in some of the practice exercises.
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member
    Here's a Windows Live meeting on the windows 7 exam
    https://www112.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/view?id=DC031110&pw=webcast
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
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