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Exam 70-688

Supporting Windows 8.1

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  • Published: 18 January 2013
  • Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Audiences: IT professionals
  • Technology: Windows 8.1
  • Credit towards certification: MCP, MCSA, MCSE

Convince your boss email

Copy the following content into an email message to your boss and update [the bracketed text] with the appropriate content.

Dear [your boss's name]:

I'd like to expand and prove my technical skills by earning a Microsoft Certification. My next step is taking Exam 70-688. The registration fee is $150.00 USD.

When I pass this certification, you'll have proof of my ability to work with Windows 8.1. Microsoft has training and online resources to help me prepare for the exam. I believe I'll be more effective and productive after achieving this valuable technical certification.

Let me know if you have any questions. In the meantime, you can find out more about this exam at https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-au/exam-70-688.aspx. As you can see, the exam validates skills that are crucial to our team's success.

Thank you for your support,

[your name]

Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area in the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area in the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Do you have feedback about the relevance of the skills measured on this exam? Please send Microsoft your comments. All feedback will be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate while still maintaining the validity and reliability of the certification process. Note that Microsoft will not respond directly to your feedback. We appreciate your input in ensuring the quality of the Microsoft Certification program.

If you have concerns about specific questions on this exam, please submit an exam challenge.

As of January 2014, the questions on this exam will include content covering Windows 8.1.

  • Support operating system installation

    • Support Windows To Go; manage boot settings, including native virtual hard disk (VHD) and multiboot; manage desktop images; customise a Windows installation by using Windows Preinstallation Environment (PE)

  • Support desktop apps

    • Desktop app compatibility using Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), including shims and compatibility database; desktop application co-existence using Hyper-V, RemoteApp and App-V; installation and configuration of User Experience Virtualisation (UE-V); deploy desktop apps by using Windows Intune

  • Support Windows Store and cloud apps

    • Install and manage software by using Office 365 and Windows Store apps; sideload apps by using Windows Intune; sideload apps into online and offline images; deep link apps by using Windows Intune; integrate Microsoft account, including personalisation settings and Trusted PC

  • Support network connectivity

    • IPv4 and IPv6, including transition technologies; names resolution, including Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSECs); wireless networks and connections; network security, including Windows Firewall and IP security

  • Support remote access

    • Virtual private network (VPN), including Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK); Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), including Remote Desktop Services Gateway access; DirectAccess; remote administration; Network Access Protection (NAP)

  • Support authentication and authorisation

    • Multi-factor authentication, including certificates, virtual smart cards, picture passwords and biometrics; workgroup versus domain, homegroup, computer and user authentication, including secure channel, account policies, credential caching, and Credential Manager; local account versus Microsoft account; Workplace Join

  • Support data storage

    • Distributed File System (DFS) client, including caching settings; storage spaces, including capacity and fault tolerance; optimising data access by using BranchCache; OneDrive

  • Support data security

    • Permissions, including share, NTFS and Dynamic Access Control (DAC); Encrypting File System (EFS), including Data Recovery Agent; access to removable media; BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, including Data Recovery Agent and Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)

  • Support operating system and hardware

    • Resolve hardware and device issues, including STOP errors and Reliability Monitor; optimise performance by using Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT), including Xperf.exe, Xbootmgr.exe, XperfView.exe and Windows Performance Recorder (WPR); monitor performance by using Data Collector Sets, Task Manager and Resource Monitor; monitor and manage printers, including NFC Tap-to-Pair and printer sharing; remediate startup issues by using the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT)

  • Support mobile devices

    • Support mobile device policies, including security policies, remote access and remote wipe; support mobile access and data synchronisation, including Work Folders and Sync Center; support broadband connectivity, including broadband tethering and metered networks; support Mobile Device Management by using Windows Intune, including Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android

  • Support client compliance

    • Manage updates by using Windows Update and Windows Intune, including non-Microsoft updates; manage client security by using Windows Defender, Windows Intune Endpoint Protection, or Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection; manage Internet Explorer 11 security; support Group Policy application, including Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP), policy processing and Group Policy caching

  • Manage clients by using Windows Intune

    • Manage user and computer groups; configure monitoring and alerts; manage policies; manage remote computers

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    I just passed the 70-688 exam on 3/19/15.  I thought I would share with you some of the tips to success on this exam.

    • Hands on experience with Windows 8 since preview versions
    • Study MS Press Exam Ref 70-688
    • I'm enrolled in course C184 from WGU which includes the following:
      • CBT Nuggets 70-688 Video & Audio Course - Watched them all multiple times with notes
      • MeasureUp Labs - I did them all but I also build my own virtual environment in Hyper-V.
      • Transcender Practice Tests 70-688 - Scored 100% multiple times.  Went through it all.
    • I also purchased and did MeasureUp Practice tests. Scored 100% multiple times.
    • Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses
    • Free 30 Trial of Microsoft Intune
    • Free Office 365 Subscription with WGU
    • Free one-month trial of Azure
    • Online Community - Born To Learn Forums, Twitter, Facebook, & Linkedin
    • Resources - TechNet, MSDN, & Bing

    This exam you really need to know the material inside out.  I recommend you take your time and really learn it.  Get lots of hands on experience.  Know and understand policies and if more than one technology like Exchange and Intune which one would take precedence over the other if they both have policies that are set.  This exam is not only about Windows 8 but the supporting technologies that can be used with it.

    I started my course of study in November of 2014 and finished it this month of March 2015.  I'm now MCSA: Windows 8 Certified which now qualifies me for my Free Exam Voucher for 70-697 MCSA: Windows 10.  It has been quite a journey and I am very happy with all that I have learned.  I'm married with 2 kids.  They have been very patient and supportive of me in this pursuit.  I'm very grateful for that type of support.  I want to thank all of those who have mentored me and a special thanks to Born to Learn!

    I want to wish you good luck on your journey my fellow students and I believe you all can do it too! 

    • Earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification in Windows 8 between
      February 15, 2015, and May 31, 2015, and you’ll be eligible to take a Windows 10 exam (Exam 697) for free.

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Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are IT professionals who configure or support Windows 8 computers, devices, users, and associated network and security resources. The networks with which these professionals typically work are configured as domain-based or peer-to-peer environments with access to the Internet and cloud services. The IT professional could be a consultant, a full-time desktop support technician or an IT generalist who administers Windows 8-based computers and devices as a portion of their broader technical responsibilities.

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