Exam 70-683:

TS: Windows 7, Preinstalling for OEMs

Published:November 10, 2009
Language(s):English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese (Simplified)
Audience(s):IT Professionals
Technology:Windows 7
Type:Proctored Exam

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Exam Topics Covered
This is a Technical Specialist exam designed to assess candidates’ hands-on skills in preinstalling Windows 7 for OEMs.
Audience Profile
Candidates for this exam are IT professionals who use the Microsoft OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) and imaging tools to deploy and maintain Windows 7 desktops and additional applications and tools.  Candidates should have a minimum of one year of experience addressing day-to-day issues involving desktop image deployments. Candidates should be familiar with Microsoft best practices for using the OPK.
Credit Toward CertificationWhen you pass Exam 70-683: TS: Windows 7, Preinstalling for OEMs, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):
Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist: Preinstalling Windows 7 for OEMs
Note This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.
Skills Being MeasuredThis exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.
Preparing the OPK Environment
  • Prepare the technician computer for OPK installation.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: verifying and fulfilling hardware and software requirements, configuring the network environment, and installing necessary services, for example, Microsoft .NET Framework and core services
  • Install and configure OPK tools.
  • Configure the reference computer.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: verifying and fulfilling hardware and software requirements, installing Windows 7, and configuring the network environment
Creating a Base Image
  • Configure a base image.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: applying OEM-specific content, for example, logos, support information, Help files, contact information, and recovery programs
  • Configure an answer file.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: automating installation and post-installation tasks, for example, configuring desktop settings, user preference folders, time zones, and scripting; verifying licensing
  • Prepare and install applications and devices.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: applying drivers and software, for example, setting up peripheral devices and installing system updates; creating command-line scripts within the base image; integrating hot fixes; and preparing post-deployment software
Configuring the Image for Deployment
  • Configure users.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: adding additional users, configuring settings, configuring user-specific applications, and applying Group Policy
  • Finalize the image.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: modifying default preferences, for example, logos, folder locations, wallpaper, and screen savers; verifying the image
  • Audit the image.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: using sysprep and Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool (DISM)
  • Capture the image.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: generalizing the image and validating the captured image
Deploying and Updating the Image
  • Deploy the image.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: selecting a deployment method and tools, configuring network settings, and preparing the installation source
  • Update the image.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: updating software and applying patches within an image
  • Modify the answer file.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: adding file content and changing existing file content
Preparation Tools and ResourcesTo help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills Measured" tab.
Learning Plans and Classroom Training There is no classroom training currently available.
Microsoft E-Learning There is no Microsoft E-Learning training currently available.
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Microsoft Online Resources
Training Modules located on the Partner Learning Center
 
 
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