70-681: TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying

ClaymooreClaymoore Posts: 1,637Member
TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying

Just got the beta invite for this one. It counts as a client exam for the MCITP:EA but I bet it will eventually be a partner requirement for MS packaged service like the 624 Vista version was before it. Registration opens next week and the beta period will be in July. Looks like there is some overlap between this and the 686 so I may take both the same day.

Anyone else plan on taking this?
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  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,728Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Interesting, a certification that covers both Office and Windows 7.
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • wd40wd40 Senior Member Posts: 983Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I would love to get an invitation to this beta icon_rolleyes.gif

    We are deploying Windows 7 + Office 2010 next year.

    I'm studying for 70-680 and 70-685 at the moment, may be I will go for this + 70-686 early next year.
  • Hyper-MeHyper-Me Posts: 2,059Banned
    I didnt get the invite, wtf?

    I'll take it if MSL can ever stop failing.
    I got a fortune cookie that said "Outlook not so good" and I thought to myself "Yeah...but Microsoft sells it anyway."
  • BocaRatonITBocaRatonIT Posts: 24Member ■□□□□□□□□□
  • Hyper-MeHyper-Me Posts: 2,059Banned
    Stlil no invite. When does registration open?
    I got a fortune cookie that said "Outlook not so good" and I thought to myself "Yeah...but Microsoft sells it anyway."
  • ClaymooreClaymoore Posts: 1,637Member
    Monday. I updated my SME profile a few weeks ago to include Office 2010 experience. I have also passed 624 and 680 so that may make a difference. The 624 wasn't very popular so I doubt the 681 will fill up from invites alone.
  • Hyper-MeHyper-Me Posts: 2,059Banned
    I dont have office experiences listed in my SME (i dont think), but i know it clearly states Windows 7 deployment and I have passed 680 and 686.

    Hmph.
    I got a fortune cookie that said "Outlook not so good" and I thought to myself "Yeah...but Microsoft sells it anyway."
  • dageneraldageneral Posts: 7Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    I wouldnt mind taking it, would be happier if i got a beta invite too :D
  • Hyper-MeHyper-Me Posts: 2,059Banned
    Well, I can't get a response from MSL and I know they dont work on the weekends so it looks like im SOL.

    MSL has failed me for the last time /Darth Vader
    I got a fortune cookie that said "Outlook not so good" and I thought to myself "Yeah...but Microsoft sells it anyway."
  • DThomassenDThomassen Posts: 6Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Search in Google for "71-681 psilva". Registration now open. My exam is booked for the 26th of July.
  • MentholMooseMentholMoose Senior Member Posts: 1,550Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I received the invite via email last week, and registered a couple hours ago. The website was giving errors, so I called and was registered in about 10 minutes. I'm scheduled for July 24.
    MentholMoose
    LFCE - MCITP: EDA7, VA, SA, EA - MCSA:S 2003 - CCA (PVS 5, XD 3 / 4 / 5, XS 5 / 6) - VCP 4 / 5
  • wd40wd40 Senior Member Posts: 983Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    DThomassen wrote: »
    Search in Google for "71-681 psilva". Registration now open. My exam is booked for the 26th of July.

    Thanks :)

    IT is in Spanish "I think", Google Translate is blocked here icon_rolleyes.gif

    However I can understand the Promo Code part :).

    Is it legal?, will I have issues wit M$ if I pass the Beta exam without having an invitation?
  • ClaymooreClaymoore Posts: 1,637Member
    I scheduled both 681 and 686 for July 23rd. I was trying to schedule these around a partner class on delivering Windows 7 Jumpstart engagements - I figure the free training can't hurt. Of course my recent Windows 7 pilot deployment expereince helps even more.

    I'll get started on a resource guide this week, but if you want to begin studying early, check out Hyper-Me's 686 sticky.
  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,728Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Claymoore wrote: »
    I scheduled both 681 and 686 for July 23rd. I was trying to schedule these around a partner class on delivering Windows 7 Jumpstart engagements - I figure the free training can't hurt. Of course my recent Windows 7 pilot deployment expereince helps even more.

    I'll get started on a resource guide this week, but if you want to begin studying early, check out Hyper-Me's 686 sticky.

    Cool! I might have to check this out if I have time in the coming months...

    Since there is a trial version of 2010 I might be able to cram for it.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/try/
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • Hyper-MeHyper-Me Posts: 2,059Banned
    Got signed up for the 24th. I could never get anyone at MSL to respond so I had to use "unofficial" channels to get the code.

    There are at least a few people at MSL who really shouldnt have a job. Its only getting worse.
    I got a fortune cookie that said "Outlook not so good" and I thought to myself "Yeah...but Microsoft sells it anyway."
  • wd40wd40 Senior Member Posts: 983Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    wd40 wrote: »
    Thanks :)

    IT is in Spanish "I think", Google Translate is blocked here icon_rolleyes.gif

    However I can understand the Promo Code part :).

    Is it legal?, will I have issues wit M$ if I pass the Beta exam without having an invitation?
    guys .. any Ideas please icon_redface.gif

    Hyper-Me, I see that you have taken this route .. any advise on this icon_confused.gif:
  • DThomassenDThomassen Posts: 6Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    The Search goes to an MS website and is also referenced from the Born to learn website forums. If a MS employee publishes the information, who am I to turn down the invite, especially if I accurately list my experience with the products under test at the start of the exam.
  • wd40wd40 Senior Member Posts: 983Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    That is a good point DThomassen icon_cheers.gif

    I will register later.

    Thanks again.
  • wd40wd40 Senior Member Posts: 983Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I received an invitation moments ago icon_cheers.gif, it was in the SPAM folder in the secondary mail address "the none hotmail one"

    You are forbidden from publishing the code, but they say nothing about using the code without invitation.

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  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas Posts: 5,728Member ■■■■■■■■■■
  • PsoasmanPsoasman Posts: 2,687Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Got signed up for mine on the 24th. Hopefully enough time to play with the office and go over deployments again.
  • PiersPiers Posts: 454Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    cool.. I'll play too.. booked for the 23rd.. thanks for the heads up, I didn't get an email
    :study: Office 365 70-347 / 698 later
  • zippie666zippie666 Posts: 29Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thanks for the tip guys!

    Booked on monday July 12th in the afternoon. It'll be hard, because as a student I'm also working nightshifts in the Volvo Car Factory, luckily there was still room on a mondayafternoon!icon_lol.gif
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  • aaronchristensonaaronchristenson Posts: 261Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    B2L just posted this on their site and I was able to get registered for July 24th. I hope by then I will have a good understanding of the Office 2010 part of the exam. When I did the beta for 70-680 I missed passing by 3 questions or so. I remember getting a 640. This would make me one closer to finishing the EA track. I will still need 70-647.
    Aaron
    MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA Windows Server 2012, MCSA SQL Server 2012/2014, MCSA Windows 10, MCITP Server Admin, Security+, Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center Specialist
  • wd40wd40 Senior Member Posts: 983Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I tried to register, and received the following message.
    The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded. Please try another promotion.

    no beta for me icon_rolleyes.gif
  • wd40wd40 Senior Member Posts: 983Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    wd40 wrote: »
    I tried to register, and received the following message.

    no beta for me icon_rolleyes.gif

    I tried again and it worked this time icon_cheers.gif

    Booked for 26-Jul-2010 @ 8:00 A.M.
  • aaronchristensonaaronchristenson Posts: 261Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    How do you guys plan on practicing for this exam? I do not have enough hardware to setup a test of deploying Windows 7 using Lite Touch, Zero touch, or upgrades. I do not think that there is enough time to setup VMs either.
    Aaron
    MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA Windows Server 2012, MCSA SQL Server 2012/2014, MCSA Windows 10, MCITP Server Admin, Security+, Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center Specialist
  • MentholMooseMentholMoose Senior Member Posts: 1,550Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    How do you guys plan on practicing for this exam? I do not have enough hardware to setup a test of deploying Windows 7 using Lite Touch, Zero touch, or upgrades. I do not think that there is enough time to setup VMs either.
    I already passed 70-686 so I'm going to quickly review that material and focus the Office 2010 resources. I will do labs with VMs. The time consuming part is not setting up VMs, but rather learning the material.

    There is plenty of time to setup VMs for the deployment stuff. What is needed, maybe two servers? That's 2-4 hours max, depending on your hardware. You can do a simple Windows 7 install (1 hour) and use that as the base for doing image captures, etc., and build a few empty VMs (5 minutes) for deployment targets.
    MentholMoose
    LFCE - MCITP: EDA7, VA, SA, EA - MCSA:S 2003 - CCA (PVS 5, XD 3 / 4 / 5, XS 5 / 6) - VCP 4 / 5
  • aaronchristensonaaronchristenson Posts: 261Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Has anyone taken this yet that wants to report on the feel of the test? I am taking it on Saturday.
    Aaron
    MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA Windows Server 2012, MCSA SQL Server 2012/2014, MCSA Windows 10, MCITP Server Admin, Security+, Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center Specialist
  • PiersPiers Posts: 454Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I cancelled mine, I just haven't been able to put in any time towards the material..
    :study: Office 365 70-347 / 698 later
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