MCTS Windows 7 Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-680 / Edition 1

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Prepare for certification in Windows 7 configuration with this all-new study guide

This comprehensive book guides readers through preparation for Microsoft's brand new MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring exam (70-680). You'll find 100% coverage of all exam objectives; practical, real-world scenarios; hands-on exercises, and challenging review questions, both in the book and on the CD included with the book.

  • Prepares you for the new exam 70-680, the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification for Windows 7; Windows 7 is Microsoft's new operating system releasing in late 2009
  • Shows you how to install, configure, and maintain Windows 7 for the exam
  • Covers upgrading and migrating; deploying Windows 7; configuring hardware applications, network connectivity, access to resources, and mobile computing; monitoring and maintaining; handling backup and recovery, and more

This is the ideal guide to prepare you for Microsoft's new Windows 7 certification.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470568750
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Panek, MCTS, MCITP, MCT, CCNA, CHFI, is founder of Stellacon Corporation, a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner and a Certified Learning Solutions Provider and leading training provider in the U.S. He is the author of MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration Study Guide, MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration Study Guide, and MCTS: Windows Server Virtualization Configuration Study Guide, all by Sybex.
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Table of Contents


Assessment Test.

Chapter 1 Installing Windows 7.

Introducing Windows 7.

Overview of Windows XP.

Overview of Windows Vista.

New Features in Windows 7.

Windows 7 Architecture.

32-bit versus 64-bit.

Preparing to Install Windows 7.

Different Versions of Windows 7.

Hardware Requirements.

The Hardware Compatibility List (HCL).

BIOS Compatibility.

Driver Requirements.

New Install or Upgrade.

Disk Space Partitioning.

Language and Locale.

Installing Windows 7.

Performing a Clean Install of Windows 7.

Performing an Upgrade to Windows 7.

Troubleshooting Installation Problems.

Migrating Files and Settings.

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Supporting Multiple-Boot Options.

Using Windows Activation.

Using Windows Update.

Installing Windows Service Packs.


Exam Essentials.

Review Questions.

Answers to Review Questions.

Chapter 2 Automating the Windows 7 Installation.

Choosing Automated Deployment Options.

An Overview of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010.

An Overview of Unattended Installation.

An Overview of Windows Deployment Services.

An Overview of the System Preparation Tool and Disk Imaging.

Overview of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK).

Summary of Windows 7 Deployment Options.

Deploying Unattended Installations.

Using the System Preparation Tool to Prepare an Installation for Imaging.

Using ImageX to Create a Disk Image.

Installing from a Disk Image.

Using Windows System Image Manager to Create Answer Files.

Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS).

Preparing the WDS Server.

WDS Server Requirements.

Network Services 87

Installing the WDS Server Components.

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit.

Chapter 3 Managing Disks.

Configuring File Systems.

File System Selection.

File System Conversion.

Configuring Disk Storage.

Basic Storage.

Dynamic Storage.

GUID Partition Table (GPT).

Using the Disk Management Utility.

Using the Microsoft Management Console.

Understanding the Disk Management Utility.

Managing Storage.

Managing Dynamic Storage.

Troubleshooting Disk Management.

Using Disk Management Status Codes.

Troubleshooting Disks That Fail to Initialize.

Managing Data Compression.

Using the Compact Command-Line Utility.

Using Compressed (Zipped) Folders.

Managing Data Encryption with EFS.

Encrypting and Decrypting Folders and Files.

Managing EFS File Sharing.

Using the DRA to Recover Encrypted Data.

Recovering Encrypted Files.

Understanding RAID.

RAID Models.

Using Disk Maintenance Tools.

Using the Disk Defragmenter Utility.

Using the Disk Cleanup Utility.

Using the Check Disk Utility.

Chapter 4 Managing the Windows 7 Environment.

Configuring the Windows 7 Operating System.

Configuring the Desktop Environment.

Configuring Windows Aero.

Using Control Panel.

Understanding the System Icon.

Using the Registry Editor.

Configuring Remote Connections.

Remote Assistance.

Remote Desktop.

Configuring a VPN Connection.

Configuring Mobile Computing.

Recognizing the Improvements to Power Management.

Managing Power States.

Managing Power Options.

Configuring the Power Button.

Configuring Advanced Power Settings.

Configuring Hibernation.

Managing Power Consumption Using the Battery Meter.

Using Windows ReadyBoost and Windows 7.

Using ReadyDrive and Windows 7.

Managing Windows 7 Services.

Chapter 5 Configuring Hardware and Applications.

Configuring Hardware.

New/Updated Features—Device Stage.

Using Device Manager.

Installing and Updating Device Drivers.

Driver Signing.

Managing I/O Devices.

Configuring Removable Storage Devices.

Managing Printers.

Installing Printers.

Managing Applications.

Configuring Applications.

Overview of Internet Explorer 8.

Using New User Features of IE8.

Defining IE8 Accelerators.

Defining IE8 Web Slices.

Using IE8 Compatibility View.

Using New Security and Safety Features of IE8.

Installing Add-Ons to IE8.

Using Protected Mode for IE8.

Configuring Windows Internet Explorer 8 Options.

Chapter 6 Managing Users, Groups, and Security.

Overview of Windows 7 User Accounts.

Account Types.

Built-in Accounts.

Local and Domain User Accounts.

Logging On and Logging Off.

Using Local User Logon Authentication.

Logging Off Windows 7.

Working with User Accounts.

Using the Local Users And Groups Utility.

Using the User Accounts Option in Control Panel.

Creating New Users.

Disabling User Accounts.

Deleting User Accounts.

Renaming User Accounts.

Changing a User's Password.

Managing User Properties.

Managing User Group Membership.

Setting Up User Profiles, Logon Scripts, and Home Folders.

Troubleshooting User Account Authentication.

Troubleshooting Local User Account Authentication.

Creating and Managing Groups.

Using Built-in Groups.

Using Special Groups.

Managing Security.

Managing Security Configurations.

Using the Group Policy Result Tool.

Managing and Applying LGPOs.

Configuring Local Security Policies.

Using Account Policies.

Using Local Policies.

Configuring User Account Control.

Managing Privilege Elevation.

Registry and File Virtualization.

Using Advanced Security Options.

Configuring the Action Center.

Performing a Manual Scan.

Configuring Windows Defender.

Using BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Managing File and Folder Security.

Folder Options.

Securing Access to Files and Folders.

Determining Effective Permissions.

Viewing Effective Permissions.

Determining NTFS Permissions for Copied or Moved Files.

Managing Network Access.

Creating Shared Folders.

Configuring Share Permissions.

Chapter 7 Configuring Network Connectivity.

Understanding Networking.

Windows Peer-to-Peer Network.

Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Network.

Microsoft Networking Terms and Roles.

Configuring Windows 7 NIC Devices.

Configuring a Network Adapter.

Troubleshooting a Network Adapter.

Configuring Wireless NIC Devices.

Understanding TCP/IP.

Benefits of Using TCP/IP.

Features of TCP/IP.

Basics of IP Addressing and Configuration.

Configuring TCP/IP on Windows 7.

Testing IP Configuration.

TCP/IP Troubleshooting.

Configuring Windows 7 on a Network.

Adding Windows 7 to the Domain.

Joining and Sharing HomeGroups in Windows 7.

Configuring Windows Firewall.

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

Configuring Remote Management.

Windows Remote Management.

Windows PowerShell.

Understanding BranchCache.

Distributed Cache Mode Requirements.

Hosted Mode Requirements.

Configuring DirectAccess.

DirectAccess vs. VPNs.

Understanding How DirectAccess Works.

Knowing the DirectAccess Infrastructure Requirements.

Understanding Virtualization.

Understanding Microsoft Hyper-V.

Creating a Hyper-V Windows 7 Virtual Machine.

Understanding Windows Virtual PC.

Chapter 8 Monitoring and Maintaining Windows 7.

Understanding Windows 7 Performance Optimization.

Creating Baselines.

Testing Configuration Changes or Tuning Efforts.

Using Alerts for Problem Notification.

Optimizing Windows 7 with Performance Monitor.

Using Resource Monitor.

Utilizing Customized Counters in Performance Monitor.

Managing Performance Monitor Data with Collector Sets.

Managing System Performance.

Managing Processor Performance.

Managing the Disk Subsystem.

Optimizing the Network Subsystem.

Using Reliability Monitor.

Using Windows 7 Tools to Discover System Information.

System Information.

Task Manager.

Performance Information and Tools.

Using System Configuration.

Setting Up Task Scheduler.

Creating a Scheduled Task.

Managing Scheduled Task Properties.

Troubleshooting Scheduled Tasks.

Using Event Viewer.

Chapter 9 Configuring Backups and Recovery.

Safeguarding Your Computer and Recovering from Disaster.

Using Advanced Boot Options.

Starting in Safe Mode.

Enabling Boot Logging.

Using Other Advanced Boot Options Menu Modes.

Using the Startup Repair Tool.

Maintaining Windows 7 with Backup and Restore.

Creating a Backup.

Restoring Files from a Backup.

Using Advanced Backup Options.

Using System Protection.

Troubleshooting System Restore.

Appendix About the Companion CD.

What You’ll Find on the CD.

Sybex Test Engine.

PDF of Glossary of Terms.

Adobe Reader.

Electronic Flashcards.

System Requirements.

Using the CD.


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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    I enjoyed this book and the CD that came with it

    I am studying for the Microsoft MCTS Windows 7 Configuring exam. I've passed many exams in the past ten years, and my technique has always involved reading a Microsoft certification title, taking a class/lab, and then choosing one or two more books to fill in the gaps. I'm happy to say that this book was a great choice for me.

    The book was laid out in the order of the objectives, so it mirrored my studies at school and what I was reading in my lab book. When I didn't understand something fully in a lab, I could refer to this book to learn more. The author offers a different perspective, and was just what I needed to round out my studies.

    There are lots of things you have to memorize to pass an exam though; you can't just read a book and do labs. You have to know what the installation requirements are, how many volumes and partitions you can create on basic and dynamic disks, and lots more. The tables in this book offer a good place to memorize these facts. Facts are much easier to memorize if they're laid out in some kind of table.

    I was also pleased to find out that the entire book was on a disk at the back of the book. It was a PDF. I put that on my iPad and read it wherever I was and had time. There is also a test engine on the CD complete with lots of test questions, and there were digital flash cards. It makes for a great reference. I was surprised at all of the things on the disk, and the disk alone was well worth the price.

    If you're studying for this exam, this is a good book to read or use as a study reference. While no one, single book can get you through any Microsoft exam, if you work through this book and the exercises that go with it, complete all of the practice tests both on the CD and at the end of each chapter, you'll be pretty darned close to passing.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

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    The Sybex books have been very easy for me to read and have broken the chapters down into real life scenarios. You almost feel like the author is your best friend with the wording used in the book like he is talking directly to you, just like any friend would. All of the illustrations and examples in the book really make the reading easy to follow. The most important feature that I love in the book is the exercises you get to complete in order for you to understand the task you just learned after reading the chapter sections of the book. The note feature illustrated in the book also makes it easy to remember the very important stuff in the book that you might have overlooked. Another amazing part of this book is the ease of readability and ability to comprehend what the author is saying. The review questions at the end of each chapter allow you to test your knowledge on the information you just studied.

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