New book: MCTS 70-680 Rapid Review: Configuring Windows 7

imageWe’re happy to announce availability of MCTS 70-680 Rapid Review: Configuring Windows 7 (ISBN: 9780735657298; 228 pages) by Orin Thomas! This book is the first entry in the brand new Microsoft Press Rapid Review certification series.

The Rapid Review series is designed to help you assess your readiness for Microsoft certification exams. Each book in the series walks you through the exam objectives, providing “need to know” checklists, review questions, tips, and links to further study. It’s a streamlined way to evaluate and reinforce your preparation for the exam.

This book is an ideal complement to the in-depth training of the Microsoft Press Training Kit and other exam-prep resources for Exam 70-680.

For a preview, here’s the book’s Contents at a Glance and an excerpt from the Introduction. You can get a sampler of the book, which includes the entire first chapter, here:

Contents at a Glance

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7   1

Chapter 2 Deploying Windows 7   21

Chapter 3 Configuring Hardware and Applications   41

Chapter 4 Configuring Network Connectivity   65

Chapter 5 Configuring Access to Resources   97

Chapter 6 Configuring Mobile Computing   123

Chapter 7 Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7   147

Chapter 8 Configuring Backup and Recovery Options   179

Index   195


This Rapid Review is designed to help you assess—and complete—your readiness for MCTS Exam 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring. The Rapid Review series is intended for exam candidates who already have a solid grasp on the exam objectives through a combination of experience, skills, and study and could use a concise review guide to help with the final stages of preparation.

The 70-680 exam is aimed at professionals who have at least one year of experience supporting desktop operating systems in organizational environments. Although this experience focuses on the Windows 7 operating system, you might have real- world experience with other Windows client operating systems, such as Windows Vista and Windows XP that you can build on and apply. Most candidates who take this exam work in an environment where Windows 7 either has been deployed or is about to be deployed. It is important to note that you should have real world experience with Windows 7 prior to taking the 70-680 exam and that having practical knowledge is a key component to achieving a passing mark.

This book will review every concept described in the following exam objective domains:

  • Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7
  • Deploying Windows 7
  • Configuring Hardware and Applications
  • Configuring Network Connectivity
  • Configuring Access to Resources
  • Configuring Mobile Computing
  • Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7
  • Configuring Backup and Recovery Options

This is a Rapid Review and not a comprehensive exam prep or skills training resource such as the Microsoft Press Self-Paced Training Kit. The book covers every exam objective for the 70-680 exam as presented in the objective domain. The exam team does not give anyone access to the exam questions and regularly adds new questions to the exam, which makes complete coverage a real challenge. The coverage in this book is as complete as possible based on the information available. This book should be an excellent supplement to your existing independent study and real-world experience with the product.

If you encounter a topic in this book that you do not feel completely comfortable with, you can visit the links described in the text, in addition to researching the topic further using Microsoft TechNet, as well as consulting support forums. If you review a topic and find that you don’t understand it, you should consider consulting books such as the Windows® 7 Resource Kit and the MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows® 7 from Microsoft Press. You can also purchase practice tests, or use the one available with the Training Kit, to determine if you need further study on particular topics.

Note The MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows® 7 provides comprehensive coverage of each 70-680 exam objective, along with exercises, review questions, and practice tests. The Training Kit also includes a discount voucher for the exam.

Comments (5)
  1. Milad says:

    Good book, Is there any for MCTS 70-640?

  2. Orin says:

    Not yet Milad, but that's a great idea.

  3. Steven says:

    Just passed the 70-640. Barely squeezed by; tough test — I wish there was this sort of book available for when I was cramming (and re-cramming) for the 70-640.

    Just now started studying for the 70-680. Between the standard study material and this new book, hoping to do better than just "squeezing by".

  4. Neil says:

    Does this book fall apart like Orin's Resource Kit.

  5. Asfak says:

    This book rally helped me to pass my 70-680 exam.This book knowledge is enough to passed exam. i have never buy any braindumps or sample exams. now i am working as a system engineer at http:/

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