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    Default Has anyone taken 71-680 yet?

    I have it scheduled for Saturday the 16th. I am just wondering if anyone can share their experience. Not looking to violate the NDA. I installed the RC1 version over top of the beta version yesterday, not too much different as of yet.
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    I just got back from the testing center.... I have to be honest, I think there is a good chance I failed this one. It was tough! I think coming off fresh from the Vista exam, allowed me to make the mistake of underestimating this exam.

    I have 2 major regrets about this exam. The first is not having a 2008 Domain Environment with Windows & clients to play with. The other thing I regret, is really my own fault, but I should have spent a lot more time with the new features.

    I watched all the videos posted in the resource link here, but I got lazy when it came to reading for this exam. I think that again, I misjudged how hard this exam was going to be.

    The exam objectives are listed on the resource thread. That is a great place to start. I can tell you right now that I should have focused more on the following:

    DISM
    DirectAccess
    BitLocker To Go
    BranchCache

    I knew enough about these feature to be dangerous. LOL. Watching the Video presentations on these technologies alone, in most cases only lead me to a 50/50 shot of answering the question... In the other cases, I drew a blank.

    I felt comfortable with 60% of the test
    I narrowed down between 2 options on about 15% of the test
    The rest of the test... I honestly and regrettably didn't know.

    If I end up passing this one, it will be 60% know how and the rest... Dumb Luck.

    http://blog.lukeacha.com/2009/05/06/...s-7-beta-exam/
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    So you don't know what you make on the beta exam right after you take it? When do you find out then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by msethk View Post
    So you don't know what you make on the beta exam right after you take it? When do you find out then?
    Shortly before the public release of the exam... I'm not expecting anything until the fall season.
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    I thought it was only a six week wait or so. You'll know before the exam goes live, and I think that's scheduled for June.
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    Hmmm... that kinda sucks. I didn't know that. So I guess we won't know if we really know what were doing in Windows 7 until we get our scores nearly 6 months later!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik View Post
    I thought it was only a six week wait or so. You'll know before the exam goes live, and I think that's scheduled for June.
    I may be getting my beta exams mixed up!

    It must be the Server+ Beta that I won't know until fall..... I'll look it up later, but chances are someone will beat me to it.
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    Yea, Server+ is Q4.
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    I just sat it as well.

    I think its difficulty falls in between 620 and 622.

    The first 20ish questions i was having a rough time with (they are proud of their new corporate features )

    Finally i hit a pile of deployment/upgrade/migration questions and since thats one of my favorite topics i think i nailed all those.

    If i passed, id imagine the score to be in the mid-high 700s, lol.
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    Sounds like they have made the Windows 7 client exam like they should have made the Vista client exam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msteinhilber View Post
    Sounds like they have made the Windows 7 client exam like they should have made the Vista client exam.
    Exactly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by msethk View Post
    Hmmm... that kinda sucks. I didn't know that. So I guess we won't know if we really know what were doing in Windows 7 until we get our scores nearly 6 months later!
    Pass or fail doesn't matter, you'll know exactly how well you know Windows 7 as your walking out of the exam room. You can guess enough to pass, that doesn't mean your a Windows 7 expert though.

    I have this booked for 5-16, can't wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwwest7 View Post
    Pass or fail doesn't matter, you'll know exactly how well you know Windows 7 as your walking out of the exam room. You can guess enough to pass, that doesn't mean your a Windows 7 expert though.

    I have this booked for 5-16, can't wait!
    Plus, if you fail you knoiw what to study for the re-take.
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    I took 71-680 this afternoon and I feel pretty confident that I passed. Definitely more of an enterprise-level OS exam than 620. Some of the questions surprised me, both in subject matter and in the depth of knowledge required, and I hope a few of the more difficult questions survive the beta and make it into the final exam.

    The test may have been easier if I had actually installed and used Win7 before the exam, though. I was just too busy with work and Exchange exams.
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    Claymoore,

    What did you use to prepare? I'm scheduled for Sunday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Technowiz View Post
    Claymoore,

    What did you use to prepare? I'm scheduled for Sunday.
    I used the best 71-680 exam resource on the web:
    http://www.techexams.net/forums/mcts...resources.html

    Seems kinda silly to go through all that work and then not use my own notes.
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    I used those links too. Worked like a charm. Plenty of info in there to get a pass mark. I found the test pretty easy after reading all those links.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claymoore View Post
    Some of the questions surprised me, both in subject matter and in the depth of knowledge required, and I hope a few of the more difficult questions survive the beta and make it into the final exam.

    I think i know which questions you are speaking of, and I feel like they were beyond the scope of a client config exam.

    They were more well suited for something like the 291 or 642.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordus View Post
    I think i know which questions you are speaking of, and I feel like they were beyond the scope of a client config exam.

    They were more well suited for something like the 291 or 642.
    I just got back from my test and think I passed in the 700s to very low 800s. I thought the exam was very good. Questions were good quality and pertained to the technology rather than trying to confuse. I totaly agree with the above statement. I am approaching the line here, but why was I using the calculator in binary mode <hint> on a client config exam?

    This is truely an enterprise level exam. 75 question. Lots of good general questions about Windows 7 configuration and a good mix of WAIK related questions. Make sure you know the changes in WAIK from Vista to 7! I felt most of the BranchCache questions were easy if you knew the basics and have good deductive logic. Make sure you know the requirements for DirectAccess and the system requirements for Windows 7 itself, so you don't fool yourself into thinking questions are asking x when they are infact only asking y.
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    I Just took this today. Not too shabby. I agree that it was a well designed exam. The questions were interesting and direct. I'm pretty sure I passed, mind you I was surprised, from this thread I thought the questions would be harder.

    Only advice I can give is KNOW the new features. and have a strong understanding of the WAIK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordus View Post
    They were more well suited for something like the 291 or 642.
    I recently took 291 and I saw two questions on 680 that were from the version of 291 I took. Same answers and exhibits.
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    I just got back from my 71-680 exam and I think I might failed because I had bad head ache this morning and can’t concentrate at all. Anyway this exam is tougher than I thought.

    This is truly an enterprise level exam. 75 question. Please focus on the following areas:

    DISM
    DirectAccess
    BitLocker To Go
    Bitlocker on Hard Drive
    BranchCache
    WAIK
    Windows Updates
    Internet Explorer Settings
    VHD
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    Windows 7 System Requirements
    Windows Easy Transfer
    System Restore
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    I took it today also. I won't blame my failing on a headache, but I probably failed due to the fact that I only got 1 or 2 days of studying in (which wasn't much) because things were busy at my job. Who knows though, I may come out with a pass on it?

    Seemed like every other question was about BitLocker, EFS, and the forms of image deployment. Oh yeah, and you better study up on the new AppLocker and controlling it with group policies. They are proud of that too. Some questions were just to easy and alot of the questions seemed to hard for this exam. It's an enterprise level exam.. no doubt. I actually thought the 70-622 was easier than this.
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    It was a lot more difficult than I thought, too. Although, a lot of the questions were more for the "marketing" crowd and how the new features work. There were a few that were out there that I would never have studied on. I think I got them right, but wow. Pretty broad exam.
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    Took this test on the last possible day... I also scheduled my 620 and 623 exams on Wednesday just because I felt there was some synergy value there.

    The 680 was a little tougher than 620. Mostly because 680 had a corporate/active directory flavor to it. I liked that because I felt the 620 was kind of a joke being apart of the MCITP:EA track. Obviously not having any sims on the 680 was a big difference between it and the 620. For me that made it harder since sims are easier to do correctly than decipher poorly worded 4-choice question.

    Anyway, I had 75 questions and liked it for the most part. There was definitely some "meat" to it. Even a couple straight up Cisco like questions that required subnetting knowledge. That's a welcome change to low-level MS exams since I feel alot of support techs don't understand the first thing about networking.

    Overall a pretty good exam. I might not even have passed since some questions I did not know. Others I was able to narrow down to two. Some questions were crazy easy. Some I did not know at all.
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