What you need to know about MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration. Is it available? Will it help you get a MCITP? What do you need to do to prepare? How can WindowsNetworking.com help you?

Introduction
While Windows 7 has been available to IT Pros with Technet for a while, it was just released to the general public on October 22, 2009. One of the ways that I typically begin learning about a new Windows OS is to start by looking at its certification. What I mean is, if you are going to spend time learning about an OS, why not learn the things that Microsoft says are important enough to put in their certification requirements? Plus, if you are going to invest the time to learn about Windows 7, why not take a test when you are done learning and get a certification out of it? It just seems like the most logical way to learn about the new OS.

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With that, what is the status of the Windows 7 Exam program? What do you need to do to get Windows 7 certified and how can WindowsNetworking.com help you?

What is the status of the Windows 7 certification program?
Just as Windows 7 is now available, the entry-level Windows 7 certification, the MCTS, is also available. Microsoft’s Certified Technology Specialist (or MCTS) is the entry level certification for just about every Microsoft technology. There are MCTS programs not only for IT Admins who are interested in Windows Server or Windows 7 but also for those who are Office 2007 experts, SQL Admins, .NET developers, and even volume licensing specialists. In fact, there are over 50 MCTS certification options.

As you are reading this, you are interested in Windows 7 certification so the most important MCTS, to you, is the Microsoft Technology Specialist (TS) Exam 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring. You guessed it, this MCTS certification requires a single exam and it is all about configuring Windows 7.

This exam covers topics such as:
Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7
Deploying Windows 7
Configuring Hardware and Applications
Configuring Network Connectivity
Configuring Access to free Cisco practice tests Resources
Configuring Mobile Computing
Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7
Configuring Backup and Recovery Options(View the full topic list at the 70-680 skills measured page)