• Published:
    April 1, 2009
  • Languages:
    English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Turkish
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows 7
  • Credit toward certification:

Windows 7, Configuring

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Skills measured

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Installing, upgrading, and migrating to Windows 7 (10–15%)
  • Perform a clean installation
    • Identifying hardware requirements; setting up as the sole operating system; setting up as dual boot; installation methods; boot from the source of installation, preparing the installation source: USB, CD, network share, WDS
  • Upgrade to Windows 7 from previous versions of Windows
    • Upgrading from Windows Vista; migrating from Windows XP; upgrading from one edition of Windows 7 to another edition of Windows 7
  • Migrate user profiles
    • Migrating from one machine to another; migrating from previous versions of Windows; side-by-side vs. wipe and load

Preparation resources

Deploying Windows 7 (10–15%)
  • Capture a system image
    • Preparing system for capture; creating a WIM file; automated capture; manual capture
  • Prepare a system image for deployment
    • Inserting an application into a system image; inserting a driver into a system image; inserting an update into a system image; configuring tasks to run after deployment
  • Deploy a system image
    • Automated deployment methods; manually deploying a customized image
  • Configure a VHD
    • Creating, deploying, booting, mounting, and updating VHDs; offline updates; offline servicing

Preparation resources

Configuring hardware and applications (10–15%)
  • Configure devices
    • Updating, disabling, and uninstalling drivers; signed drivers; conflicts between drivers; configuring driver settings; resolving problem device driver
  • Configure application compatibility
    • Setting compatibility mode; implementing shims; compatibility issues with Internet Explorer
  • Configure application restrictions
    • Setting software restriction policies; setting application control policies; setting through group policy or local security policy
  • Configure Internet Explorer
    • Configuring compatibility view; configuring security settings; configuring providers; managing add-ons; controlling InPrivate mode; certificates for secure websites

Preparation resources

Configuring network connectivity (10–15%)
  • Configure IPv4 network settings
    • Connecting to a network; configuring name resolution; setting up a connection for a network; network locations; resolving connectivity issues; APIPA
  • Configure IPv6 network settings
    • Configuring name resolution; connecting to a network; setting up a connection for a network; network locations; resolving connectivity issues; link local multicast name resolution
  • Configure networking settings
    • Adding a physically connected (wired) or wireless device; connecting to a wireless network; configuring security settings on the client; set preferred wireless networks; configuring network adapters; configuring location-aware printing
  • Configure Windows Firewall
    • Configuring rules for multiple profiles; allowing or denying an application; network-profile-specific rules; configuring notifications; configuring authenticated exceptions
  • Configure remote management
    • Remote management methods; configuring remote management tools; executing PowerShell commands

Preparation resources

Configuring access to resources (10–15%)
  • Configure shared resources
    • Folder virtualization; shared folder permissions; printers and queues; configuring HomeGroup settings
  • Configure file and folder access
    • Encrypting files and folders by using EFS; configuring NTFS permissions; resolving effective permissions issues; copying files vs. moving files
  • Configure user account control (UAC)
    • Configuring local security policy; configuring admin vs. standard UAC prompt behaviors; configuring Secure Desktop
  • Configure authentication and authorization
    • Resolving authentication issues; configuring rights; managing credentials; managing certificates; smart cards with PIV; elevating user privileges; multifactor authentication
  • Configure BranchCache
    • Distributed cache mode vs. hosted mode; network infrastructure requirements; configuring settings; certificate management

Preparation resources

Configuring mobile computing (10–15%)
  • Configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go
    • Configuring BitLocker and BitLocker To Go policies; managing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) PINs; configuring startup key storage; data recovery agent support
  • Configure DirectAccess
    • Configuring client side; configuring authentication; network infrastructure requirements
  • Configure mobility options
    • Configuring offline file policies; transparent caching; creating and migrating power policy
  • Configure remote connections
    • Establishing VPN connections and authentication; enabling a VPN reconnect; advanced security auditing; NAP quarantine remediation; dial-up connections; remote desktop; published apps

Preparation resources

Monitoring and maintaining systems that run Windows 7 (10–15%)
  • Configure updates to Windows 7
    • Configuring update settings; determining source of updates; configuring Windows Update policies; reviewing update history; checking for new updates; rolling back updates
  • Manage disks
    • Managing disk volumes; managing file system fragmentation; RAID; removable device policies
  • Monitor systems
    • Configuring event logging; filtering event logs; event subscriptions; data collector sets; generating a system diagnostics report
  • Configure performance settings
    • Configuring page files; configuring hard drive cache; updated drivers; configuring networking performance; configuring power plans; configuring processor scheduling; configuring desktop environment; configuring services and programs to resolve performance issues; mobile computing performance issues; configuring power

Preparation resources

Configuring backup and recovery options (10–15%)
  • Configure backup
    • Creating a system recovery disk; backing up files, folders, or full system; scheduling backups
  • Configure system recovery options
    • Configuring system restore points; restoring system settings; last known good configuration; complete restore; driver rollback
  • Configure file recovery options
    • Configuring file restore points; restoring previous versions of files and folders; restoring damaged or deleted files by using shadow copies; restore user profiles

Preparation resources

Preparation options

Instructor-led training
Practice test

Take a Microsoft Official Practice Test for Exam 680


MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Microsoft Windows 7
Published: October 2009

This Self-Paced Training Kit is designed to help maximize your performance on 70-680, the required exam for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows 7, Configuration certification. This 2-in-1 kit includes the official Microsoft study guide, plus practice tests on CD to help you assess your skills. It comes packed with the tools and features exam candidates want most—including in-depth, self-paced training based on final exam content; rigorous, objective-by-objective review; exam tips from expert, exam-certified authors; and customizable testing options. It also provides real-world scenarios, case study examples, and troubleshooting labs to give you the skills and expertise you can use on the job. Work at your own pace through the lessons and lab exercises.

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MCTS 70-680 Rapid Review: Configuring Windows 7
Published: March 2012

Assess your readiness for MCTS Exam 70-680 and quickly identify where you need to focus and practice. This practical, streamlined guide walks you through each exam objective, providing "need to know" checklists, review questions, tips, and links to further study—all designed to help bolster your preparation.

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Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam operate in computing environments that use Microsoft Windows 7 as a desktop operating system in an enterprise environment. Candidates should have at least one year of experience in the IT field, as well as experience implementing and administering any Windows client operating system in a networked environment.

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