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    Some of us are probably preparing to take this exam in Beta so I figured I would gather some information to start with (in Claymoores stead).

    Keep in mind that there is not as much information out there on windows 7 as we probably need to be 100% prepared for this, but there is a good amount. I have listed things that I think will help with the given topics. The given domains overlap quite a bit so a few items repeat, they could help in a few sections. Also, where I couldnt find any or much info for 7 i placed a couple Vista references in there. Its no guarantee, but what you see in Vista should be pretty close to what it will be like in 7 (as close as we can get, anyway). Good luck!

    Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial
    The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7
    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010
    Free Windows 7 Deployment Ebook










    Planning and Managing a Client Life Cycle Strategy
    • Plan and manage client licensing and activation.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: applications and operating systems; activation method; KMS vs. MAK; prerequisites; choosing a SKU; licensing infrastructure; licensing compliance audits; inventory audits; virtualization licensing considerations; making recommendations for licensing strategy and compliance
    Volume Activation Planning Guide

    Volume Activation Deployment Guide
    Volume Activation Operations Guide
    Volume Activation Technical Reference Guide


    Additional Links provided by RobertKaucher (thanks):

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/e...ation-faq.aspx
    Windows Volume Activation | Guide List | Vista & Windows Server 2008
    Fundamentals of Volume Activation
    KMS Activation for Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2
    MAK Activation for Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2


    • Plan and manage software updates.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: application updates and operating system updates; evaluating and approving software updates; enterprise applications; designing an update strategy; choosing an update tool; planning and deploying a service pack; schedule considerations; network considerations; test updates; auditing for security compliance
    WSUS Operations Guide







    Plan and manage a physical hardware and virtualization strategy.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: analyzing existing hardware environment; determining which systems meet minimum requirements; tradeoffs of physical vs. VDI environment; network load considerations; disk space; direct connection vs. brokered connection; determining a VHD strategy; choosing 32 bit vs. 64 bit
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/system-requirements.aspx
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare-editions/default.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/adhall/archive/2009/08/07/remote-desktop-services-versus-vdi-spot-the-difference.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/adhall/archive/2009/07/20/understanding-how-to-license-for-vdi-scenarios.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/iftekhar/archive/2009/06/20/microsoft-virtual-desktop-infrastructure.aspx
    32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions - Windows ...
    Boot from VHD in Win7 | Media | TechNet Edge
    knom's developer corner : Windows 7VHD Boot – Setup Guideline
    Download details: Demonstration: Windows 7 VHD Boot
    Virtual Hard Disks in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7









    Designing a Standard Image
    • Design an image creation strategy.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: identifying operating system and enterprise applications that will be included with the standard image; thick, thin, or hybrid; role-based or geographic-based images vs. single core image; image localization
      Design a custom image.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: identifying applications to be installed; identifying features and components to be enabled or disabled; testing the customized image
    • Define an image update strategy.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: performance optimization; security considerations; efficiency; offline servicing vs. online or post-image updates; re-creating; recapturing
    Windows 7: Deployment
    Download details: Choosing a Deployment Strategy
    Windows 7 Desktop Deployment
    Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7
    Download details: Windows 7 Walkthrough: Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Prepare and Service Windows Images Using the New DISM Tool
    DISM Command-Line Options










    Designing Client Configurations
    • Design standard system settings.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: choosing methods, including logon scripts, startup scripts, and Group Policy; designing profiles; designing error reporting; designing audit policy
      Define client security standards.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: application control policies; encryption; stopping unnecessary services; designing firewall rules; defining anti-malware settings; changes to Kerberos and NTLM; configuring user rights; defining UAC policy; designing a security template for system lockdown; defining account policies; designing security standards for removable storage
    • Define Windows Internet Explorer settings.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: defining security zones; cache location; branding; in-private mode; restricting or allowing plug-ins; add-ons; privacy policy; browser protected mode
    What's New in Group Policy in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
    What's new in Group Policy for Windows 7? | Media | TechNet Edge
    Windows PowerShell Blog : Group Policy Cmdlets in Windows 7
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=18c90c80-8b0a-4906-a4f5-ff24cc2030fb#tm
    Using AppLocker in Win7 | Media | TechNet Edge
    Understanding Windows 7 AppLocker - Springboard Series Blog - The ...
    What's New in AppLocker in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
    Securing Application Execution with Microsoft AppLocker
    Mark Russinovich on Windows 7 UAC - Windows Security Blog - The ...
    Application Compatibility Issues | User Account Control (UAC) | Tools
    Engineering Windows 7 : User Account Control
    Download details: Windows 7 Walkthrough: BitLocker and BitLocker to Go
    Windows 7 BitLocker Executive Overview
    Windows 7 Screencast - BitLocker To Go | Media | TechNet Edge
    TechNet Webcast: Protecting Your Data With Windows 7 BitLocker and ...
    Group Policy and Internet Explorer 8
    Download details: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows ...
    Group Policy Preferences
    Internet Explorer 8 Deployment Guide









    Designing a Windows 7 Client Deployment
    • Analyze the environment and choose appropriate deployment methods.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: building the infrastructure; advantages of lite-touch vs. zero-touch vs. local install; capacity and scale considerations; determining required changes to the infrastructure
      Design a lite-touch deployment strategy.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: unicast vs. multicast; auto-cast vs. scheduled-cast; staggered deployment; scheduling considerations; network load considerations; choosing a client boot method for deployment; unattended answer files; restricting who can receive images; choosing a delivery mechanism
      Design a zero-touch deployment strategy.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: designing and configuring task sequencing; unattended answer files; scheduling considerations; staggered deployment; network load considerations; restricting who can receive images
    • Design a user state migration strategy.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: determining which user data and settings to preserve; local vs. remote storage considerations; determining mitigation plan for non-migrated applications; securing migrated data; testing designed strategy; wipe-and-load migration vs. side-by-side migration
    Lite-Touch, High-Volume Deployment
    High Touch with Standard Image
    Zero-Touch, High-Volume Deployment
    High-Touch with Retail Media
    Unattended Answer Files Using Windows System Image Manager
    The Deployment Guys : Windows 7 WAIK and Custom Images
    Deploying Windows 7 - Part 1: Windows AIK 2.0 Enhancements
    Windows Deployment Services Getting Started Guide
    Introduction to Windows Deployment Services [6 Min ] | Media ...
    Dave Stork's IMHO : Deploying Windows 7 with Windows Deployment ...
    Download details: Windows Deployment Services Step-by-Step Guide
    Download details: Deploying and Managing the Windows Deployment ...
    Windows Deployment Services (technet main)
    User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide

    Windows XP to Windows 7 Hard-Link Migration of User Files and Settings
    Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Migration using USMT for IT Professionals
    Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
    Step-by-Step: Windows 7 Upgrade and Migration
    Windows 7 Upgrade Paths









    Designing Application Packages for Deployment
    • Design a delivery or deployment strategy.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: auditing for prerequisites and minimum requirements; choosing a deployment method such as virtualized, Remote Desktop Services, Group Policy, or software distribution; server-based or client-based install; scheduling considerations; staggered deployment; network considerations; package creation standards
    • Manage application compatibility.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: testing incompatibility; choosing a method for resolving incompatibility, such as upgrading, Remote Desktop Services, shim, or VDI; auditing incompatible software
    Windows 7: Deployment
    Application Compatibility Issues | User Account Control (UAC) | Tools
    Application Compatibility
    Introduction to the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) Version 5.5
    Using the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)
    Application Compatibility Toolkit Technical Reference
    Customer Support and Documentation Resources
    Troubleshooting ACT
    Software and Hardware Requirements for ACT 5.5
    Download details: Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit










    Identifying and Resolving Deployment and Client Configuration Issues
    • Identify and resolve Internet Explorer issues.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: security zones; Web applications; advanced settings; Group Policy restrictions; certificates
      Identify and resolve Group Policy issues.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: delegation; inheritance; policies are not effective; blocking; permissions; loopback processing; user vs. computer settings; filtering; performance
      Identify and resolve networking issues.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: wireless; remote access; VPN; certificates; performance; IP communication; Windows Firewall
    • Identify and resolve authentication and authorization issues.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: user rights; distinguishing between client-based and server-based issues; time synchronization (Kerberos)
    How to solve Internet Explorer 8 installation problems
    Internet Explorer Solution Center
    Internet Explorer 8: Help and support
    EnhanceIE.com - Troubleshooting Internet Explorer problems
    Group Policy and Internet Explorer 8
    Download details: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows ...
    Group Policy Preferences
    Internet Explorer 8 Deployment Guide

    Windows Server Group Policy Home
    Troubleshooting Group Policy Using Event Logs
    Deploying Group Policy Using Windows Vista
    Keith Combs' Blahg : Windows Group Policy Fundamentals - 14 Part ...
    TechNet Webcast: Group Policy Fundamentals (Part 13 of 14 ...
    TechNet Webcast: Group Policy Fundamentals (Part 06 of 14): Group ...
    Gpupdate
    Gpresult
    What's new in the Windows 7 Firewall?
    Using Netsh with Windows Firewall
    How to use the "netsh advfirewall firewall" context instead of the ...
    Appendix B: Netsh Command Syntax for the Netsh Firewall Context
    Configure Windows Firewall
    Configuring the Windows Time Service
    Kerberos Explained
    Kerberos Troubles
    Kerberos Enhancements
    User Account Control: Inside Windows 7 User Account Control
    Windows 7 Security Enhancements
    Understanding Windows NTFS Permissions
    Share Permissions
    File and Printer Sharing in Windows Vista
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    Nice work and thank you!
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    This is a great list of resources. I wonder if theyll be alot of overlap between this and 71-685
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    There will definitely be some overlap, but 686 looks much more deployment oriented and 685 looks like just covering the core basics of desktop support.

    685 actually looks pretty easy, and I'd take it if i actually had plans on doing the HDI exam but i dont.
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    Nice post Hyper-Me! You saved me a whole lot of time
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    I couldn't get in yesterday, kept getting errors booking the exam, and this morning, the EDA7 code had reached the maximum
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    Booked on the 685 on the 15th oct.

    Thanks for putting this list together, Its going to be very useful! Good luck to all taking.

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    I couldn't get in yesterday, kept getting errors booking the exam, and this morning, the EDA7 code had reached the maximum
    well son of a beach.. I just tried again this morning, and I'm in for Oct 14

    I'm more of a Helpdesk kind of guy, so the 680/685 (or 682 as I usually promote) is right up my alley, but this will be fun to take a stab at..
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    Hi there!

    Well, first of all, let me say one thing. I've found this forum thanks to google, searching informations about the exams 71-685 and 71-686(which I'd managed to subscribe).

    The link on google drove me directly to this post and I'm amazed by the amount of information that I've found.

    So, I'd register myself just to say:

    Thanks Hyper-me, you've done a great job and save us a lot of precious time.



    Keep it up!
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    thank you for the terrific post sir!!
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    No problem, guys. Hope this helps out when it comes to game time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theles View Post
    Hi there!

    Well, first of all, let me say one thing. I've found this forum thanks to google, searching informations about the exams 71-685 and 71-686(which I'd managed to subscribe).
    welcome, and just a quick note.. I see you list MCDST under your certs, so you won't need to take the -685 exam.. wait for the 70-682 exam, it will upgrade your MCDST in one shot and give you the same certification as passing both 70-680 and 685
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piers View Post
    welcome, and just a quick note.. I see you list MCDST under your certs, so you won't need to take the -685 exam.. wait for the 70-682 exam, it will upgrade your MCDST in one shot and give you the same certification as passing both 70-680 and 685
    To my knowledge you still have to pass the HDI cert in order to get the MCITP: EDST7. Again, to my knowledge, MS has not release any info about any upgrade exam from MCDST/MCITP: EST to the MCITP: EDA7 credential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NinjaBoy View Post
    To my knowledge you still have to pass the HDI cert in order to get the MCITP: EDST7. Again, to my knowledge, MS has not release any info about any upgrade exam from MCDST/MCITP: EST to the MCITP: EDA7 credential.

    -Ken
    I didn't really mention the final credential of MCITP EDST7. Only that the 682 upgrade exam would take the place of 680 + 685, as shown on the HDI diagram on their website. http://www.thinkhdi.com/images/Both%20Charts.jpg

    This is found as an answer to my question about 682 in the "Important Clarification about Windows 7 certifications" postings..

    70-682 is an upgrade exam so it is created from parts of the exam track. Because the content will have already gone through beta by that point, there isn't a psychometric need to beta upgrade exams.

    Once we've finished with 685 and determine which bits are used in 682 we can get the prep guide posted. Generally upgrade exams come out roughly 90 days after their component exams have been published.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piers View Post
    I didn't really mention the final credential of MCITP EDST7. Only that the 682 upgrade exam would take the place of 680 + 685, as shown on the HDI diagram on their website. http://www.thinkhdi.com/images/Both%20Charts.jpg

    This is found as an answer to my question about 682 in the "Important Clarification about Windows 7 certifications" postings..

    Hi guys!

    I'd found these information about the certs on the "Born to Learn" blog too.

    And, I found the informations on the Microsoft Learning page, but nothing about the upgrading on MCITP:EAD7

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en...citp.aspx#tab2

    But, I'm going to take 71-685 exam mostly to see how the questions will be, and raise the approval chances on the 70-686, since on other posts are informations that this exam is pretty hard.
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    Do we think it will really take 8 weeks for score reports?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmypizzle83 View Post
    Do we think it will really take 8 weeks for score reports?
    we can only assume a similar time frame as was achieved for the 71-680 exam results.. that took a couple of months iirc
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    added Robert, thanks.
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    Good JOB!!! ^^
    It's really useful for me to prepare the exam
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    added Robert, thanks.
    Hyper, trying to send you a PM. Could you email me?
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    First i want to thank you I am about to take the exam and about 80% of what am using is in this guide, I also created a book of sorts based on this material, once I edit it, and pass the exam ( i would like to make sure what i edit helps with the exam ) I would love to share because it has taken me about 5 days even thou most is copy and paste is still preety tough putting it all toghether in the best order possible.

    my question to whoever has passed or taken the test is, I read the objectives and honestly i am a little confused in how much of each thing is the exam going to be about, I usually like to focus on one are and branch out from there, this is only my fourth exam, i have yet to failed or had to take any exam more than twice, iam really hoping this isnt the first, but i am so confused as to what i should focus on, it seems deployment and volume licencing to be the main topics but those are partially covered in the 70 680 so i just dunt see where is the difference in both exams,

    I know for sure that applocker, deplyment, VDI VHD, volume licencing, MAK and KMS keys ect those are obviously going to be in the exam but just curious is anybody able to give me an idea what else i should watch out for.

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    Not sure if you would want to add this here or not since it cover 685 and 686. It's not released yet.
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