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MCTS Windows 7 Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-680

ISBN: 978-0-470-56875-0
624 pages
April 2010
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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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xxi

Assessment Test xxxi

Chapter 1 Installing Windows 7 1

Introducing Windows 7 2

Overview of Windows XP 2

Overview of Windows Vista 4

New Features in Windows 7 7

Windows 7 Architecture 10

32-bit versus 64-bit 11

Preparing to Install Windows 7 12

Different Versions of Windows 7 12

Hardware Requirements 17

The Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) 20

BIOS Compatibility 20

Driver Requirements 20

New Install or Upgrade 20

Disk Space Partitioning 27

Language and Locale 28

Installing Windows 7 28

Performing a Clean Install of Windows 7 29

Performing an Upgrade to Windows 7 33

Troubleshooting Installation Problems 35

Migrating Files and Settings 37

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 39

Supporting Multiple-Boot Options 42

Using Windows Activation 44

Using Windows Update 44

Installing Windows Service Packs 48

Summary 49

Exam Essentials 49

Review Questions 51

Answers to Review Questions 56

Chapter 2 Automating the Windows 7 Installation 59

Choosing Automated Deployment Options 60

An Overview of the Microsoft Deployment

Toolkit (MDT) 2010 61

An Overview of Unattended Installation 65

An Overview of Windows Deployment Services 67

An Overview of the System Preparation Tool and Disk Imaging 68

Overview of the Windows Automated

Installation Kit (Windows AIK) 72

Summary of Windows 7 Deployment Options 73

Deploying Unattended Installations 75

Using the System Preparation Tool to Prepare an Installation for Imaging 77

Using ImageX to Create a Disk Image 79

Installing from a Disk Image 80

Using Windows System Image Manager to Create Answer Files 81

Using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) 85

Preparing the WDS Server 86

WDS Server Requirements 87

Network Services 87

Installing the WDS Server Components 87

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 91

Summary 96

Exam Essentials 97

Review Questions 98

Answers to Review Questions 103

Chapter 3 Managing Disks 105

Configuring File Systems 106

File System Selection 107

File System Conversion 109

Configuring Disk Storage 110

Basic Storage 110

Dynamic Storage 111

GUID Partition Table (GPT) 113

Using the Disk Management Utility 114

Using the Microsoft Management Console 114

Understanding the Disk Management Utility 117

Managing Storage 131

Managing Dynamic Storage 131

Troubleshooting Disk Management 134

Using Disk Management Status Codes 134

Troubleshooting Disks That Fail to Initialize 135

Managing Data Compression 136

Using the Compact Command-Line Utility 137

Using Compressed (Zipped) Folders 138

Managing Data Encryption with EFS 138

Encrypting and Decrypting Folders and Files 139

Managing EFS File Sharing 140

Using the DRA to Recover Encrypted Data 141

Recovering Encrypted Files 143

Understanding RAID 145

RAID Models 145

Using Disk Maintenance Tools 146

Using the Disk Defragmenter Utility 146

Using the Disk Cleanup Utility 148

Using the Check Disk Utility 149

Summary 150

Exam Essentials 151

Review Questions 152

Answers to Review Questions 157

Chapter 4 Managing the Windows 7 Environment 159

Configuring the Windows 7 Operating System 160

Configuring the Desktop Environment 160

Configuring Windows Aero 166

Using Control Panel 169

Understanding the System Icon 185

Using the Registry Editor 191

Configuring Remote Connections 193

Remote Assistance 193

Remote Desktop 197

Configuring a VPN Connection 202

Configuring Mobile Computing 205

Recognizing the Improvements to Power Management 205

Managing Power States 206

Managing Power Options 207

Configuring the Power Button 209

Configuring Advanced Power Settings 209

Configuring Hibernation 210

Managing Power Consumption Using the Battery Meter 211

Using Windows ReadyBoost and Windows 7 211

Using ReadyDrive and Windows 7 212

Managing Windows 7 Services 212

Summary 215

Exam Essentials 216

Review Questions 217

Answers to Review Questions 222

Chapter 5 Configuring Hardware and Applications 225

Configuring Hardware 227

New/Updated Features—Device Stage 227

Using Device Manager 229

Installing and Updating Device Drivers 234

Driver Signing 244

Managing I/O Devices 246

Configuring Removable Storage Devices 246

Managing Printers 248

Installing Printers 249

Managing Applications 259

Configuring Applications 259

Overview of Internet Explorer 8 263

Using New User Features of IE8 264

Defining IE8 Accelerators 264

Defining IE8 Web Slices 268

Using IE8 Compatibility View 271

Using New Security and Safety Features of IE8 272

Installing Add-Ons to IE8 279

Using Protected Mode for IE8 280

Configuring Windows Internet Explorer 8 Options 280

Summary 284

Exam Essentials 284

Review Questions 285

Answers to Review Questions 289

Chapter 6 Managing Users, Groups, and Security 291

Overview of Windows 7 User Accounts 292

Account Types 293

Built-in Accounts 294

Local and Domain User Accounts 295

Logging On and Logging Off 296

Using Local User Logon Authentication 296

Logging Off Windows 7 297

Working with User Accounts 297

Using the Local Users And Groups Utility 298

Using the User Accounts Option in Control Panel 300

Creating New Users 301

Disabling User Accounts 304

Deleting User Accounts 305

Renaming User Accounts 307

Changing a User’s Password 308

Managing User Properties 309

Managing User Group Membership 309

Setting Up User Profiles, Logon Scripts, and Home Folders 310

Troubleshooting User Account Authentication 315

Troubleshooting Local User Account Authentication 316

Creating and Managing Groups 316

Using Built-in Groups 317

Using Special Groups 320

Managing Security 325

Managing Security Configurations 325

Using the Group Policy Result Tool 326

Managing and Applying LGPOs 328

Configuring Local Security Policies 330

Using Account Policies 332

Using Local Policies 338

Configuring User Account Control 345

Managing Privilege Elevation 346

Registry and File Virtualization 348

Using Advanced Security Options 348

Configuring the Action Center 349

Performing a Manual Scan 351

Configuring Windows Defender 352

Using BitLocker Drive Encryption 356

Managing File and Folder Security 357

Folder Options 357

Securing Access to Files and Folders 362

Determining Effective Permissions 366

Viewing Effective Permissions 368

Determining NTFS Permissions for Copied or Moved Files 369

Managing Network Access 369

Creating Shared Folders 369

Configuring Share Permissions 371

Summary 372

Exam Essentials 372

Review Questions 374

Answers to Review Questions 380

Chapter 7 Configuring Network Connectivity 383

Understanding Networking 385

Windows Peer-to-Peer Network 385

Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Network 387

Microsoft Networking Terms and Roles 389

Configuring Windows 7 NIC Devices 392

Configuring a Network Adapter 392

Troubleshooting a Network Adapter 397

Configuring Wireless NIC Devices 398

Understanding TCP/IP 410

Benefits of Using TCP/IP 410

Features of TCP/IP 411

Basics of IP Addressing and Configuration 412

Configuring TCP/IP on Windows 7 418

Testing IP Configuration 421

TCP/IP Troubleshooting 422

Configuring Windows 7 on a Network 422

Adding Windows 7 to the Domain 422

Joining and Sharing HomeGroups in Windows 7 424

Configuring Windows Firewall 430

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security 432

Configuring Remote Management 437

Windows Remote Management 437

Windows PowerShell 438

Understanding BranchCache 440

Distributed Cache Mode Requirements 440

Hosted Mode Requirements 442

Configuring DirectAccess 443

DirectAccess vs. VPNs 443

Understanding How DirectAccess Works 444

Knowing the DirectAccess Infrastructure Requirements 444

Understanding Virtualization 446

Understanding Microsoft Hyper-V 447

Creating a Hyper-V Windows 7 Virtual Machine 448

Understanding Windows Virtual PC 449

Summary 450

Exam Essentials 451

Review Questions 452

Answers to Review Questions 458

Chapter 8 Monitoring and Maintaining Windows 7 461

Understanding Windows 7 Performance Optimization 462

Creating Baselines 462

Testing Configuration Changes or Tuning Efforts 464

Using Alerts for Problem Notification 464

Optimizing Windows 7 with Performance Monitor 464

Using Resource Monitor 466

Utilizing Customized Counters in Performance Monitor 472

Managing Performance Monitor Data with Collector Sets 479

Managing System Performance 481

Managing Processor Performance 482

Managing the Disk Subsystem 484

Optimizing the Network Subsystem 485

Using Reliability Monitor 485

Using Windows 7 Tools to Discover System Information 487

System Information 487

Task Manager 488

Performance Information and Tools 494

Using System Configuration 496

Setting Up Task Scheduler 499

Creating a Scheduled Task 500

Managing Scheduled Task Properties 502

Troubleshooting Scheduled Tasks 503

Using Event Viewer 504

Summary 508

Exam Essentials 509

Review Questions 510

Answers to Review Questions 514

Chapter 9 Configuring Backups and Recovery 515

Safeguarding Your Computer and Recovering from Disaster 516

Using Advanced Boot Options 518

Starting in Safe Mode 518

Enabling Boot Logging 520

Using Other Advanced Boot Options Menu Modes 522

Using the Startup Repair Tool 523

Maintaining Windows 7 with Backup and Restore 524

Creating a Backup 524

Restoring Files from a Backup 528

Using Advanced Backup Options 530

Using System Protection 533

Troubleshooting System Restore 537

Summary 538

Exam Essentials 538

Review Questions 539

Answers to Review Questions 544

Appendix About the Companion CD 547

What You’ll Find on the CD 548

Sybex Test Engine 548

PDF of Glossary of Terms 548

Adobe Reader 548

Electronic Flashcards 548

System Requirements 549

Using the CD 549

Troubleshooting 549

Customer Care 550

Glossary 551

Index 557

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Author Information

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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Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

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1 11 Text correction
In the Note at the bottom of the page it is stated that "One GHz is one trillion cycles per second."

It should read "...one billion cycles per second."
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1 27 Text correction
Under Disk Space Partitioning the first paragraph contains a typographical error. In the second sentence, "2000 GB" should be "200 GB".
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2 65, 66 Text correction: Incorrectly identified answer file
Under "An Overview of Unattended Installation" the answer file utilized by unattended installations is incorrectly identified : The correct name of the file in Windows 7 is Autounattend.xml, not unattend.xml as given.
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2 74, 77 Incorrectly identified answer file in Tables 2.3 and 2.5
The file identified in the second line of Table 2.3 as unattend.xml and the Setup.exe Option in the last entry in Table 2.5 are incorrect. The answer file is named autounattend.xml and the Setup.exe option should be /autounattend:[answerfile].
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5 289 Text correction: Incorrect answer given for Review Question 7
The answer given for Question 7 is A. Install and use Windows Virtual PC. That is actually the only incorrect answer. The correct answers are B.,C.,D. The explanation is correct as given.
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