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    #26
    I took this exam today as well. There was some questions that were really easy and some I was able to figure out with some good logic. Had 2 on system requirements with one that was a bit sly in the wording. Seemed like a lot on group policy and a good amount of deploying and installing images. I had one Ipv6 question as well, more networking questions than I expected with a lot of Branch Cache and on the other features that are new. I think its defnitely passable for anyone whos had MCSA or equivalent training/expierence. Overall, somewhat very easy and somewhat hard. I think my own 2 days of studying just helped on the features and the rest from other training in the past.
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    #27
    I took it today as well. I have not taken the Vista exam yet so I do not have that experiance. The Win 7 exam was just as everyone has described. I think that I passed, we'll find out in 6 weeks or so. Next up is Exchange 2007, 70-236.
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    #28
    Just back from the exam now.. Quite impressed with the level of knowledge needed for a client exam! Was fun, however I wish I took the time to study more.

    I think I may have scraped a pass in. I finished with a couple hours to go so I took an hour to go back review the questions. I think I knew about 60% of the exam just from past experience and skimming Claymoore's links. The were lots of questions where I narrowed it down to two answers and just couldn't decide which one was correct! That may fail me yet..

    For people that haven't taken it yet I would definitely read the Early Adopters guides, Especially for branch cache. I found reading the overviews and skimming these was just not enough for some questions.

    I would recommend focusing on:

    DISM
    BranchCache
    USMT (Know the commands)
    and anything Upgrade/Deployment

    Good Luck
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    #29
    Just got back from my exam this morning. As others have said as well, I was very impressed with the level of knowledge needed for this exam, but at the same time I am glad they use the old Microsoft way of being ambiguous with the questions and answers.
    Overall, I thought it was very straight forward for an IT exam (my only comparisons though are 1 MS exam and 3 CompTIA exams)
    It took me about and hour and a half including doing comments and survey.
    I had a lot of questions on BranchCache, DISM, deployment, and the other new features. I thought they would've given me more on IPv6 but had very few.
    Thanks to those who gave tips for this exam and a few round of beers must go to Claymoore for the 71-680 Resources Sticky (I saw there were more for the 70-640 and others and look forward to those).

    Good luck to anyone taking it. If you have used W7 at all and review the links Claymoore has put together, I think you will do fine.

    Next stop is the Server+ 2009 Beta this friday....

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    #30
    Well I was scheduled to take it this morning and i called the testing center to ask if I could come in later because the network at work went down and i had to go into fix it. They told me that the beta wasnt working on their computer system. They said it crashes the system and then loggs you off. SO LAME!!!! I really wanted to take this test today but looks like its not gonna happen. Oh well.
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    Went for the exam today, together with the Server+ Beta 2009.

    Trouble is, I completely forgot to read up on VHDs, BranchCache and Bitlocker and also IPv6. Don't want to say to much (NDA you know), but it wouldn't surprise me if I fail considering how many questions actually caught me off-guard.

    But heh, had nothing to lose Apart from those certain questions I have the feeling that this exam is closer to a client exam than vista was.

    I do agree with revenue though where some questions could have had easily two right answers... But like I said in the Server+ Beta thread - it is a beta exam so this is what comments are for

    IF I fail, I don't think I will actually re-take it . .... I am not THAT interested in Microsoft exams anymore (RHCE here I come).
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    #32
    My coworker and I took this exam on Saturday afternoon. It was interesting because he's never taken a Microsoft exam before and I've taken several, so we had some pretty extreme ends of the expectation-spectrum. Suffice it to say, he was surprised at the exam, and probably a bit relieved that my prophecies of doom didn't come true.

    My initial impression of the exam was that the questions were actually concise, I didn't see a single epic poem about Contoso Inc. anywhere. Yet, despite each question being only two or three sentences, the general feel of the exam was the same as older exams: you still had to watch for trick questions, you still had to dig into your memory to remember what the default settings for various accounts and programs are, and a lot of the questions still fall back to "the right way, the wrong way, and One Microsoft Way". Basically, the content and the feel of the questions are almost exactly the same, it's just that they're no longer several paragraphs long.

    In terms of the Windows 7 content, I felt like a lot of the questions were very familiar from practice tests I've done on Vista, so having worked with Vista since it came out helped me a great deal in understanding the inner workings of 7. The new features were covered pretty well in Microsoft's freebie videos and TechNet documentation, but it's obvious that you need to have some more in-depth hands-on experience to handle the curve balls. There were a lot more command-line questions than I was expecting, and on things I'd never dreamed of, (reminded me a little bit of the Linux exams I've taken in the past where the command-line way is the "right" way, even if there is a way to configure the box from the GUI). Learn to do as much as you can from the command-line, learn the new CLI tools inside and out, and make sure you remember what each tool does and doesn't do. As someone else said, this is definitely an enterprise exam, a regular ol' power user or student shouldn't take this one lightly.

    All in all, there were vast improvements in the format, the content is what you'd expect from Microsoft, but there's a higher expectation of professionals to know the inner workings of Windows than there has been in the past. I feel like I did well on this test, but I'm fairly sure it wasn't well enough to pass. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but I certainly won't be surprised if I do battle with this one again.

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    #33
    I keep thinking that the new features of the OS as well as one of the installation/migration parts tanked my arse for sure.

    I cant wait to get the results.

    Unfortunately, because people cried, they released FOUR times as many keys as they usually do for a beta. We can probably expect a delay in processing.
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    #34
    Slowhand, You are actually right, not even one 'Contoso' question

    Over all I think it was a good exam, even though I might not pass it

    But I agree with Jordus, it will take a WHILE until we receive the results :S
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    #35
    I took mine this morning...75 questions just like everyone else, and I had to mark more than half of them for review as I went through the test on my first round. I'm not very confident that I did well - I have no imaging/deployment experience. And I tried to install DISM tools, etc. on my virtual install this weekend and I was getting blue screens (!), so I gave up on the hands on practice aspect for deployment & imaging.

    Honestly, if I had some more (or any, really) imaging & deployment experience, I think I would feel more confident that I passed. I was able to manage a good chunk of the remaining questions OK (although some network config stuff & IPv6 stuff threw me for a bit of a loop). I'm not really sure, but I am leaning more towards thinking that I didn't pass.

    Oh well. At the very least, I got a sneak peek at the exam, got to participate in a beta, lost no money in the process (only lots of sleep!) and I have a bit of a leg up for a retake when this one finally goes live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordus View Post
    Unfortunately, because people cried, they released FOUR times as many keys as they usually do for a beta. We can probably expect a delay in processing.
    I'm pretty sure all the statistical work is automated and the people responsible for this exam just look for trends. Aside from a few extra CPU cycles, I wouldn't think more people would create any significant delay. It may even expedite things since they have a better sample and will be able to come to conclusions quicker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik View Post
    I'm pretty sure all the statistical work is automated and the people responsible for this exam just look for trends. Aside from a few extra CPU cycles, I wouldn't think more people would create any significant delay. It may even expedite things since they have a better sample and will be able to come to conclusions quicker.
    The guy that runs the beta announcement blog said himself that they are worried that they wont be able to process all the beta data before they are supposed to have the exam finished and released.

    Perhaps it was conjecture. All i know is i would like my results sooner than later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik View Post
    I'm pretty sure all the statistical work is automated and the people responsible for this exam just look for trends. Aside from a few extra CPU cycles, I wouldn't think more people would create any significant delay. It may even expedite things since they have a better sample and will be able to come to conclusions quicker.
    I've been to Redmond (on their dime) to work on a beta test with them. They do alot of work after all the data comes in. I met a few of the people who do this and I can assure you that it's not all computers doing the work. They have highly educated psycho-metriticans that go over the data and questions.
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