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    I sat in on the exam yesterday and passed. From what I took yesterday, I had questions about SCCM connectors for Intune, a question about Hyper-V and switches. Azure Remote Apps and App-V were there as well. Can someone point me in the direction of some good 70-698 test material please?
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    #27
    I'm prepping for the exam now as well. Read the sybex book, but it looks like that's worthless. I have the measureup test to work with, and cbtnuggets. Hoping to knock this thing down by the end of the year.
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    Hey everyone,

    I see that this thread has been quiet for the last few months. Does anyone have any updates that they would like to post? I just passed my Security+ exam with two weeks of studying. I was given in insanely short deadline from my employer.

    I'm having the same issue as everyone else in that there isn't much information our there to study.

    Are there a lot of questions that focus on the command prompt?
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    #29
    There are quite a few questions based around powershell.
    I suggest you learn the basic parameters for intunes, O365 and power schemes. I think that was mainly what I got
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    Ive got my exam at the end of next January. I haven't done a exam since I left school 16 years ago and I was never good at them.

    Thanks to people in this thread, I have been reading the Andrew Bettany 70-697 study guide, Sybex 70-697 study guide, watching all of the CBT Nuggets 70-697 videos, will be on be on my second round of watching them again soon. Over the weekend I will be setting my some VM's, signing upto the free trials of O365, Intune and Azure while reading all the technet notes. This will be my first ever Microsoft exam even though I have been working in IT for over 10 years.

    I hope this will fully prepare me for the exam as I am doing this by choice and paying for it myself, therefore I need to pass I am going to book the exam with exam replay incase I dont pass first time round.
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    I just spent 20 hours in the last two days studying. Read the book in the original post. I watched the CBT nugget videos.

    Now I can't find any practice tests. What. The. Hell.

    What is the best paid option for practice questions?
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    Thank you for this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quench24 View Post
    I just spent 20 hours in the last two days studying. Read the book in the original post. I watched the CBT nugget videos.

    Now I can't find any practice tests. What. The. Hell.

    What is the best paid option for practice questions?
    Below are the two practice tests that links were provided for in the first post of this thread. Transcender is the one I used. Something I always caution people about in case they haven't used non-braindump practice tests before, these are not going to have the exact or even necessarily similar questions to what you see on the test. They will test you on similar subjects though. If you find you have a tough time with a particular subject on these practice tests then you should devote some study time towards that subject.

    https://www.transcender.com/product....id=Cert-70-697

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMD4EVER View Post
    Below are the two practice tests that links were provided for in the first post of this thread. Transcender is the one I used. Something I always caution people about in case they haven't used non-braindump practice tests before, these are not going to have the exact or even necessarily similar questions to what you see on the test. They will test you on similar subjects though. If you find you have a tough time with a particular subject on these practice tests then you should devote some study time towards that subject.

    https://www.transcender.com/product....id=Cert-70-697

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    I should also note that it is actually cheaper to pay for a month with CBT Nuggets that gives you free access to Transcender tests than it is to buy a Transcender outright
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    #35
    Which study book would you suggest to buy - in addition to other material like videos and practices test, either the Microsoft Official Book or the William Panek one ?

    thanks in advance

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    As someone who has taken the 70-697 exam, do not for a second waste time ever with the microsoft press book. It is beyond belief worthless towards the exam as a whole, if you bought it. burn it.
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    #38
    I'm just going to get it out there since I already said the above and I can't edit my post.

    The Exam Ref guide is so off base and so off the mark, that after my exam knowing what I was asked on it and tried going through the book to kind of refresh or go over things a bit more, the stuff wasn't even in the book at all. Just put it that way, that is how far off the book is that it doesn't even mention the topics the exam asked.

    I knew by the 5th question into the exam I was ######!

    Only things between book and exam that were legit, were the powershell. Beyond powershell? NOTHING. Not remotely worth it AT ALL. Do NOT buy the microsoft press books for the 70-697!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoftwareGuy View Post
    if you bought it. burn it.
    S**t!!
    I bought it a week ago , I discovered only afterwards about the William Panek.
    Ok, I'll buy the other one... Thanks SoftwareGuy and malachi1612 for the tip !
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    #40
    Made the same mistake twice, got microsoft press books for the 70-697 and 698!! Wasted of money, was told by many people too but it was too late. William Panek books all the way.
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    #41
    Took the exam on Tuesday and scored 650. I have NEVER failed an exam before. This was definitely tough. I have the CBT Nuggets, but got them late. Will definitely go through them again. DO NOT USE SkillSoft! It was provided by my company and the vids are terrible. All lecture with no hands on examples.

    And I will be going back through Exam Ref and Panek again.
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    You did better than me, I got 550. I'm retaking mine in 4 weeks.
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    Thank you for the materials.

    I am sitting for the 697 one week from today, wish me luck! I passed the 698 in January with an 850 something, but I am expecting this exam to be pretty rough.
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    Good luck. Yeah the 697 will be tough. Did you find the 698 easy?

    I did set my retake for the 697 for end of Feb but I might wait till of March now. I need that bit more time to understand how MS ask those questions.
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    I thought the 698 was hard. My score was way higher than I expected though. Maybe it is a confidence problem haha. I had passed the 70-410 before the 698, so I think that helped.

    I used my student discount and a coupon from for the 697 voucher, it only cost me about $60. So whatever happens next week I'm not going to get too upset.
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    I took the 697 this morning, passed with a 955. Swear to god.

    I used James Conrad's CBT Nuggets course (think my profile said I watched 91% of the course), used ITPro.tv's virtual labs, read technet, and made flash cards using studyblue.com. The Transcender practice exam is much, much harder that the actual test. Transcender is a very good tool though. I did not use any 70-697 books.

    Some context: I passed the 70-410 summer of 2016, and 70-698 last month. So I had that knowledge going in.

    Good luck everyone!
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    Well done, that's a very high score. I am just hoping to pass next time
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    #48
    I wanted to add my thoughts in on this subject as I have only been in IT for a relitively short amount of time (just over a year when I began studying), working as a Helpdesk Engineer. This was my first MS exam. Before this, I had passed A+ and Net+.

    I have been following these boards since I started the exam but found a lot of the advice is aimed at people who have been working in the industry for a while or have previously done similar MS certs. I thought maybe I could offer a different perspective.

    I have just taken and passed the 70-697 exam, score of 911. It was a long slog, it took me about 8 months start to finish and roughly 350 hours study time.

    Firstly, I tried pretty much all of the study material out there: CBT Nuggets, Pluralsight, Official Study Guide, Panek Study Guide, MeasureUp and Transcender. Some worked for me, some didn't. I'll try and give a round up of them below.

    I set up my own home lab to follow along with the videos, which was perhaps the toughest part of the whole journey. Mainly as I had never used Server software before, let alone set a domain up. "Eli the Computer guy" on youtube has a great Server 2012 series that I used heavily to get the domain controller set up. I set up the host with W10 Pro and the VMs using Hyper-V.
    This is the most important part, if you don't know how to do it in practice, you will struggle. MS have deliberately designed the exam like this.

    In terms of the video training, I found Pluralsight to be a lot better as it was more in depth and aimed towards people with less knowledge. I took the 6 months free offer with Visual Studio that was available when I started, so only ended up paying for a couple of months. I found CBT Nuggets assumed a lot of knowledge before starting and wasn't really suited to the newbies like me.

    With the books, I'm going to disagree with the general consencus here and say the Panek book wasn't really much good. It was very vague and didn't seem to have a lot of structure to it. I gave up on it after 100 pages or so as I wasn't getting anything out of it.
    The official study guide on the other hand, I found very useful. I must say straight up though, it is not an "all in one" guide. They don't pretend it is either. They offer the material up in a high level overview kind of way, but not much detail. For me, this was perfect as the videos took me a while to get through, so I'd forgotten some of it by the time I got to the end. The official study guide was great for a quick whip through in the weeks before the test.

    In terms of exam prep, again the Panek book was useless. The online portal provided is a neat idea, but the questions were so easy, it didn't really hold a lot of value when trying to get exam ready.
    Transcender, I would say is most similar to the exam. The interface is horrific though, I could only get it to work properly on my old laptop using Chrome. I used it through CBT Nuggets though, so I don't know if this made a difference.
    MeasureUp exam. In short, these questions were really difficult, the week before my exam, I was hitting 50-60%. Despite this, I found it to be the best of the lot. If you can pass their exams, you will breeze the actual test.

    Also, I'd like to thank AMD4EVER. The study notes he shared on these forums were actually spot on for what you need to know for the exam. My advice would be to keep reading through those until it all makes sense. At that point you are ready to take your exam!

    Overall, I found this a tough exam as it requires you to know a broad amount of things in quite a lot of detail. I'm glad I did it though, I am already more competant at my job, and much better placed now to move on to bigger and better things! Good luck to anyone else attempting it!
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    I am looking to study and complete this exam, but on the cbt nuggets website it says "This course will be retired in 17 days. If you have questions, please contact us. "

    Does anyone know how long til you can't take this exam?
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    The CBT Nuggets of James Conrad indeed are getting retired because Anthony Sequiera is busy re-ecording them CBT Nuggets' Windows 10 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices Course Outline - AJSNetworking.com
    I've informed and it seems they will be complete by March 10 . These Nuggets also provide hands on lab so I'm really enthousiastic about this! I hope to retake my exam in a couple of weeks after I had 2 failed attempts (650 and 675)
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