Exam 70-680 – Windows 7, Configuring

70-680 guide



Windows 7 – 70-680 Exam Introduction


The 70-680  certification and exam is designed for IT professionals who have at least 1 year of real-world experience implementing, administering and configuring Windows operating systems. However, if you do not meet these recommendations, do not fret. With some extra study time and lab work, it is completely possible to be brought up to speed and gain the knowledge needed to succeed with this exam.

When you pass the 70-680 exam you will earn the title of “Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist” or MCTS. Furthermore, this credit combined with the 70-685 will earn you an MCSA in Windows 7.

There are many resources available to assist in your preparation for writing the first Windows 7 exam (practice tests, online tutorials, books etc). You will find that many of these resources are extremely helpful, however, I cannot stress enough the importance of using multiple resources to cover all areas of this exam. A common complaint is that resources such as CBTNuggets or the available books only scrape the surface, leaving out many of the important details that are required to pass. There is no better resource to utilize than Microsoft’s Technet library. Not only is it free, but it will cover absolutely all objectives while providing the detail needed to make sure you succeed.

Keep in mind that many of the 70-680 objectives have been extensively covered in previous versions of Windows. Microsoft does not release new documentation unless the technology is new or has been greatly overhauled. Therefor, some of the links in this study guide may be referencing Server 2003 or 2008 information. The information provided is still valid for Windows 7 services and features.


What to Focus On – Some difficult concepts for the 70-680 Exam

Deploying Images– Windows and image deployment is a rather hefty part of the exam and can be difficult if you have very little hands on experience. We recommend practicing this section in a lab as well as utilizing Technet as much as possible. It is going to be import to understanding how to prepare systems for imaging, capture images, using WIM, insert applications/drivers and updates direct to an image, configure post deployment tasks

Configuring Applications – The majority of this section involves configuring Internet Explorer. This topic is often a difficult area for people writing the 70-680 exam because it can catch you off guard. This is an application that many people use on a daily basis, resulting in overconfidence in regards to this topic. Be aware of add-ons, security settings, certificates, providers, inprivate browsing as well as software restrictions.

IPv4 and IPv6 – The section that many people dread. You will need to undestand the difference between both protocols, how to set up connections, troubleshoot connectivity, resolve names, connect to networks as well as IPV6 specific information such as IPIPA and addressing schemes.

Firewalls and Remote Management – These two elements make up another large portion of the networking part of the 70-680 certification. Understand how to configure firewall rules, allow and deny applications, turning on and configuring notification settings, configuring remote management as well as configuring and managing through powershell.

IPv4 and IPv6 – The section that many people dread. You will need to undestand the difference between both protocols, how to set up connections, troubleshoot connectivity, resolve names, connect to networks as well as IPV6 specific information such as IPIPA and addressing schemes.

Access to Resources – This section often trips up many people because there are a vast amount of topics to cover. Understand visualization of folders, folder permissions, homegroups, Encrypting File systems, NTFS permissions and printers and queues.

Bitlocker and Bitlocker to Go – The majority of the people I have spoken to who have written the 70-680 exam have had very little to no experience working with Windows encryption technology. It is important to read up on Technet and practice in a lab environment so you are familiar with configure policies, managing TPM modules, working with PIN numbers, using data recovery agents as well as understanding start key storage.

Drives, Disks and Monitoring – Unless you are tinkering with your system at home or are managing servers in your work environment, you may need to do an in-depth review of working with Drives and disks as well as monitoring them. Focus on hard drive caching, managing disk volumes, understanding RAID, working with removable device polices. For monitoring you will need to create data collector sets, system diagnostic reporting, logging and event subscriptions.

Exam Breakdown

The 70-680 exam consists of 8 main objectives:


– Install, Upgrade and Migrate Windows 7 (14%)

– Perform a Clean Install
– Upgrade to Windows 7 from Previous Versions
– Migrate User Profiles

– Deploy windows 7 (13%)

– Capture a System Image
– Prepare a System Image for Deployment
– Deploy a System Image
– Configure a VHD

– Configure Hardware and Applications (14%)

– Configure Devices
– Configure Application Compatability
– Configure Application Restrictions
– Configure Internet Explorer

– Configure Network Connectivity (14%)

– Configure IPv4 Network Settings
– Configure IPV6 Network Settings
– Configure Networking Settings
– Configure Windows Firewall
– Configure Remote Management

– Configure Access to Resources (13%)

– Configure Shared Resources
– Configure file and Folder Access
– Configure User Account Control
– Configure authentication and Authorization
– Configure Branch Cache

– Configure Mobile Computing (10%)

– Configure Bitlocker
– Configure DirectAccess
– Configure Mobility Options
– Configure Remote Connections

-Monitor and Maintain Systems that run Windows 7 (11%)

– Configure Updates to Windows 7
– Manage Disks
– Monitor Systems
– Configure Performance Settings

– Configure Backup and Recovery Options (11%)

– Configure Backup
– Configure System Recovery Options
– Configure File Recovery Options

70-680 Objectives

Objective 1: Installing, upgrading and migrating to Windows 7

Objective 1: Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7 (14 percent)


Sub Objective: Prepare to Install Windows 7

Windows 7 Features and Editions – Summary of all Windows 7 Editions and their Included Features

System Requirements – Minimum Hardware Requirements for Windows 7 and additional features

Access Hardware and Device Compatibility – Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP)

Upgrade Paths – Supported and Unsupported Upgrade Paths

Planning for Application Compatibility – Planning your Application Compatibility Project


Sub Objective: Basic Windows 7 Installation

Clean Install of Windows 7 – Step by Step Basic Install

Dual Boot Installation of Windows 7 with XP/Vista

USB/DVD Installation – Installing Windows 7 via USB/DVD

Network Share Installation – Installing Windows 7 via Network Share

Windows Deployment Services (WDS) Installation – Installing Windows 7 via WDS


Sub Objective: Upgrading to Windows 7

Upgrading from Windows Vista – Upgrade Scenario

Migrating from Windows XP – Migration Scenario

Upgrading from one edition of Windows 7 to another edition of Windows 7 – Anytime Upgrade


Sub Objective: Migrate user profiles

Migrating from one machine to another – Windows Easy Transfer (WET)

Migrating from previous versions of Windows

Common Migration Scenarios

Side-by-side vs Wipe and load Scenarios

User State Migration Tool (USMT) 4.0 What Does USMT Migrate?

Objective 2: Deploying Windows 7

Objective 2: Deploying Windows 7 (13 percent)


Sub Objective: Capture a system image

Preparing Image for Capture– Generalize using Sysprep

Creating a WIM -Using Windows AIK/ImageX

Automated Image Capture -Capturing an Image using WDS


Sub Objective: Prepare a system image for deployment

Inserting an application into a system image – Offline Image Servicing

Inserting a driver into a system image – Offline driver deployment and updating

Inserting an update into a system image – Using WSIM

Configuring tasks to run after deployment – SetupComplete.cmd


Sub Objective: Deploy a system image

Unattended Installation– Creating an Answer File

Manual Deployment – High Touch Deployment

Automated Deployment with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) – Lite Touch Deployment

Automated Deployment with System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) – Zero Touch Deployment

Unattended Installation– Creating an Answer File


Sub Objective: Configure a VHD

Creating a VHD – Create and use a VHD

Deploying a VHD – Deploying a VHD for Native Boot

Booting a VHD – Booting a VHD in Windows 7

Mounting a VHD – Mounting a VHD in Windows 7

Offline Updates and Servicing – Using DISM

Objective 3: Configuring Hardware and Applications

Objective 3: Configuring Hardware and Applications (14 percent)


Sub Objective: Configure devices

Configuring Devices in Windows 7 – Updating, disabling, and uninstalling drivers; signed drivers; conflicts between drivers; configuring driver settings; resolving problem device driver


Sub Objective: Configure application compatibility

Setting compatibility mode – Using Program Compatibility Mode

Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) – This tool inventories applications, analyzes compatibility, and creates compatibility fixes for applications.

Implementing shims – Understanding Shims


Sub Objective: Configure application restrictions
Setting software restriction policies – Local or Group Policy

Setting application control policies – Using Applocker


Sub Objective: Configure Internet Explorer

Configuring compatibility view – Turning on and Off

Configuring security settings – Security Zones

Configuring providers – Changing Search Providers

Managing add-ons – View, Turn On/Off

Controlling InPrivate mode – How to launch an InPrivate Browsing Session

Certificates for secure websites – Web Certificate FAQ

Objective 4: Configure Network Connectivity

Configuring Network Connectivity (14 percent)


Sub Objective: Configure IPv4 network settings

Connecting to a network – Adding a Device or Computer to a Network

Configuring name resolution – DNS

Setting up a connection for a network – Setting Up a Home Network

Network locations – Location Options

Resolving connectivity issues – Troubleshooting network issue

APIPA – Summary of Automated Private IP Addressing


Sub Objective: Configure IPv6 network settings

Resolving connectivity issues – Ipv4 vs Ipv6

Link local multicast name resolution – LLMNR Explanation


Sub Objective: Configure networking settings


Adding a physically connected (wired) or wireless device – Add a Device or Computer to a Network

Connecting to a wireless network – Adding Computers to a Wireless Network

Configuring security settings on the client – Setting Security Type and Key

Set preferred wireless networks – Set and Change order of Preferred Networks

Configuring network adapters – Installation and Configuration of Network Adapters

Configuring location-aware printing – Assign Printers Based on Network Location


Sub Objective: Configure Windows Firewall

Configuring rules for multiple profiles – Domain vs Private vs Public

Allowing or denying an application – Allowing or Denying Programs

Network-profile-specific rules – Configuring Rules for Each Profile

Configuring notifications – GUI or Command Line

Configuring authenticated exceptions – Creating a List Rule


Sub Objective: Configure remote management

Remote management methods – Various Tools for Remote Management

Configuring remote management tools – Configuration Settings for RMTs

Executing PowerShell commands – PowerShell Basics

Objective 5: Configure Access to Resouorces

Configuring Access to Resources (13 percent)


Sub Objective: Configure shared resources

Folder virtualization – Combining Files Across Multiple Locations to One View

Shared folder permissions – Assigning Permissions Levels

Printers and queues –Managing Printers and Print Queues

Configuring HomeGroup settings – Creating a HomeGroup and Configuring Settings


Sub Objective: Configure file and folder access

Encrypting files and folders by using EFS: Encrypting or Decrypting a File

Configuring NTFS permissions – How to Assign NTFS Permissions

Resolving effective permissions issues – How to Verify Effective Permissions

Copying files vs. moving files – Difference Explained


Sub Objective: Configure user account control (UAC)

Configuring local security policy – Creating and Editing Policies

Configuring admin vs. standard UAC prompt behaviors – UAC Differences For Admin vs Standard User

Configuring Secure Desktop – Using Security Policy and Registry


Sub Objective: Configure authentication and authorization

Resolving authentication issues – Account Policies and Accounts Recovery

Configuring rights – Configuring User Authentication

Managing credentials – Windows Credential Manager

Managing certificates – Obtain, Renew, View, Modify, Delete Certificates with Certificate Manager

Smart cards with PIV – Smart Card Enhancements

Elevating user privilege – Running Programs under Admin Credentials

Multifactor authentication – Authentication Options in Windows 7


Sub Objective: Configure BranchCache

Distributed cache mode vs. hosted mode – Mode Differences Explained

Network infrastructure requirements – Deployment Requirements

Configuring settings – PowerShell and Netsh commands

Certificate management – Create and Deploy Certificates

Objective 6: Configure Mobile Computing

Configuring Mobile Computing (10 percent)


Sub Objective: Configure BitLocker and BitLocker To Go

Configuring BitLocker and BitLocker To Go policies – Policy Options

Managing Trusted Platform Module (TPM) PINs – Setup Steps

Configuring startup key storage – BitLocker Policies

Data recovery agent support – Recovery Methods


Sub Objective: Configure DirectAccess

Configuring client side – Configuring via Group Policy

Configuring authentication – Authentication Options

Network infrastructure requirements – Configuring Infrastructure Requirements


Sub Objective: Configure mobility options

Configuring offline file policies – Group Policy Settings for Offline Files

Transparent caching – Enabling and Configuring

Creating and migrating power policy – Importing and Exporting Power Plans


Sub Objective: Configure remote connections

Establishing VPN connections and authentication – Configuring Connections and Authentication

Enabling a VPN reconnect – Enabling Reconnect Feature

Advanced security auditing – Policy Settings

NAP quarantine remediation – Configuring NAP Compliance

Dial-up connections – Creating Dialup and ISDN Connections

Remote desktop – Configuring RDP Settings

Published apps – Publish and Use Virtual Apps

Objective 7: Monitoring and Maintaining Systemms that run Windows 7

Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7 (11 percent)

Windows 7 Manageability Overview – What’s New in Group Policy in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7


Sub Objective: Configure updates to Windows 7

Configuring update settings – How to configure Windows Update Settings in the GUI

Determining source of updates – Verifying settings via the Registry

Configuring Windows Update policies – Configuring Updates Using Group Policy

Reviewing update history – Via Update History or WindowsUpdate.log

Checking for new updates – Manually Check for Updates

Rolling back updates – Manually Remove an Update


Sub Objective: Manage disks

Managing disk volumes – Assign Mount Point, Extend and Shrink Volumes

Managing file system fragmentation – GUI and Command Line Options

RAID – RAID Types and How to Set Them Up

Removable device policies – Control the Use of Removable Devices


Sub Objective: Monitor systems

Configuring event logging – Event Log Policy Settings

Filtering event logs – Sort and Search Logs

Event subscriptions – Forward and Collect Events

Data collector sets – Create Data Set from Different Sources

Generating a system diagnostics report – Collect and Analyze System Health


Sub Objectives: Configure performance settings


Configuring page files – Adjusting Page File Size and Location

Configuring hard drive cache – Enable of Disable Disk Write Caching

Updated drivers – Get Drivers via Windows Update

Configuring networking performance – Resource Monitor

Configuring power plans – Create, Delete, Modify Plans

Configuring processor scheduling – Adjust Program Performance

Configuring desktop environment – Configure Virtual Effects

Configuring services and programs to resolve performance issues – Optimize Performance

Mobile computing performance issues – ReadyBoost

Objective 8: Configure Backup and Recovery Options

Configuring Backup and Recovery Options (11 percent)


Sub Objective: Configure backup

Creating a system recovery disk – Access System Recovery Options

Backing up files, folders, or full system – Backup and Restore System and Files

Scheduling backups – Creating and Editing Backup Schedules


Sub Objective: Configure system recovery options

Configuring system restore points – How to Turn on System Restore and Create Restore Points

Restoring system settings – Restoring Restore Points

Last known good configuration – Using Last Know Good Configuration

Complete restore – How to Restore a System

Driver rollback – Restore a Driver to its Previous Version


Sub Objective: Configure file recovery options

Configuring file restore points – Setting up windows restore points

Restoring previous versions of files and folders – Recover Lost or Deleted Files

Restoring damaged or deleted files by using shadow copies – recover lost and deleted files with Shadow copies

Restore user profiles – Recovering corrupt user profiles

Virtual Labs

All labs below are offered for free from Microsoft and relate directly with the 70-680 objectives. They are online virtual machines and don’t require any special configuration on your end. Simply BROWSE HERE, select windows server from the side and then the correct operating system based on what lab you want to do below.

Windows 7 Labs

Application Compatability Toolkit 5.5
o   Inventory and Analyze your app portfolio

o   Understand and configure applocker

o   Implement and configure Bitlocker and Bitlocker to go

Getting Started with Windows Deployment Toolkit
o   Working with operating systems, drivers, updates applications and language packs

Instrumentation and Performance
o   Working with applications and performance counters

Deploying Windows 7 using Automated Installation Kit
o   Using Windows AIK toolkit and understanding new deployment technology

Migrating Applications using Shims
o   Apply SHIM databases and identify capability issues

Modify Operating Systems with DISM
o   Modify Windows 7 using DISM technology

Instrumentation and Performance
o   Working with applications and performance counters

Zero touch installation using MDT
o   Deploy operating systems using MDT and SCCM

Video Tutorials

Visit our 70-680 Technical Tutorials section to view videos of the most challenging objectives of the 70-680 exam. If you need some further knowledge or a better grasp on the concepts below, I recommend checking out these videos!

– Migrating User Profiles
– Capturing a System Image
– Create a VHD
– Software Restriction Policies
– Internet Explorer Configuration
– Configure IPV4
– Configure IPV6
– Configure Windows Firewall
– Configuring Branch Cache
– Authentication and Authorization
– Bitlocker and Bitlocker to Go
– Configure Mobility Options
– Monitor Windows
– Manage Disks
– Windows 7 Backups

Practice Tests

Practice Tests

Below is a small list of practice exams to test your knowledge . I highly recommend heading to our review section to look at purchasing a high quality paid practice exam.

Transcender – free review
o Outstanding paid practice exam with great explanations. Transcender offers ~200 questions for the 70-680 and offers great explanations. Additionally, you will receive over 250 flashcards to help your studies.

Measureup– free review
o Good paid practice exam to test your knowledge

eLearning Modules

Online Learning Modules for the 70-680

I highly recommend heading over to our review section to look at paid online learning modules to help assist your studies. Below are a few of the popular online resources:

CBTNuggets – free review
o Great online learning series to give a strong overview of objectives. If you don’t have a lot of hands on experience with windows 7, this is a great resource to use as it offers video explanations and tutorials.

Pluralsight – free review
o Another great online learning module for the 70-680

Transcender eLearning –free review
o Not as in depth as CBTnuggets but delivers an alternative e-learning video collection


Available Books for 70-680 Exam

It is worthwhile to head over to our book review section to check out the available books for the 70-680 exam.

MCTS Windows 7 Study Guide– free review
o William Panek’s 70-680 release of his full study guide. Includes practice exams, flashcards, videos and more.

Cert Guide MCTS 70-680free review
o Dan Poulton delivers an easy to read guide with a large amount of screenshots, great explanations and an excellent practice exam