For any exam, always go to the source, which in this case is the Microsoft Windows 7 certificate page. The exam objectives are listed later in this article as well as posted at the Microsoft site. You need to look at the objectives and rank them for what you think you know and what you think you need to learn about. If the objectives are totally foreign to you, don’t be discouraged; it just means that you have a lot of work ahead of you. Remember, everyone in Information Technology had to start somewhere.


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After you know the objectives, you should be using Windows 7 for several months. You need use the advanced features that deal with recovery and security, and support corporate environments. Again, these features are listed in the objectives but are not usually used by everyday home users.

Next, don’t be afraid to get on the Internet and research some of the topics. Again, take smaller steps so that you are not overwhelmed. Whenever possible, you want to use Microsoft websites because the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7 comes from Microsoft.

Look at your local schools. Many schools have excellent programs and include hands-on classes. Remember, that most people in the technical field learn best hands-on.

Don’t be afraid to set up your own network. You will most likely need to install a Windows Server 2008 R2 as a domain controller and use Windows 7 that is both connected as part of the domain and not connected as part of the domain. Also be sure you manually configure IP configuration, wireless connections, and Windows Firewall (Basic and Windows Firewall with Advanced Security).

For example, the certifications covered by the new releases include: MCTS: Windows 7 – Configuration which requires successfully passing Microsoft’s 70-680 exam; MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7 certification which requires passing two exams, 70-680 and 70-685; and MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7 certification which requires passing the 70-680 and 70-680 Exam. According to CBT Planet spokesman, John Paul Fernandez, “Each of the new Microsoft Windows 7 training courses allows Microsoft exam candidates to prepare for their certification exams from the convenience of their own homes or businesses.”