Beta invites have been sent for exam 71-688 Managing and Maintaining Windows 8. We are addressing a delay with publishing the prep-guide on the Microsoft Learning site. For those who have received an invitation in the interim, here is the prep guide:
Target Audience: This exam is intended for IT professionals who work with small businesses and individuals to manage their computers and devices, which are typically set up in a peer-to-peer or remote environment.
Tasks that candidates typically perform include:
1. Design an Installation and Application Strategy (25%)
1.1. Design an operating system installation strategy.
This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations:
Windows To Go
Operating system virtualization
Native VHD boot
Upgrade vs. migration
1.2. Design an application strategy for desktop applications.
Application compatibility using Client Hyper-V, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), and App-V
Internet Explorer 10 management
1.3. Design an application strategy for cloud applications.
Microsoft Office 365
Restricting Windows Store content
1.4. Design a solution for user settings.
Windows Live integration
User experience virtualization (UE-V)
2. Maintain Resource Access (27%)
2.1. Design for network connectivity.
IPv4 and IPv6
2.2. Design for remote access.
Off-network use and management
2.3. Design for authentication and authorization.
Two-factor authentication including certificates, smart cards, picture passwords, and biometrics
Workgroup vs. domain
Local account vs. Microsoft account
2.4. Manage data storage.
This objective may include but is not limited to:
Resolve data storage issues
Manage data availability using BranchCache
2.5. Manage data security.
Manage share/NTFS permissions for storage spaces
Configure security for removable media
Manage BitLocker and BitLocker To Go
3. Maintain Windows Clients and Devices (27%)
3.1. Manage hardware and printers.
Resolve hardware and device issues
Sync devices and resolve sync issues
Monitor and manage print servers
3.2. Manage mobile devices.
Resolve mobility issues
Manage mobile device policies including security policies, NFC, secure SIM, and remote access
Manage mobile access
Manage Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync in mobile devices
3.3. Design a recovery solution.
Windows 7 file recovery
User files including local files, SkyDrive, and file history
User profile settings
3.4. Manage endpoint security.
Resolve endpoint security issues
Manage updates using Windows Update
Manage client security using Windows Defender
Manage client security using the Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection client
Configure application reputation
4. Manage Windows 8 Using Cloud Services and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (21%)
4.1. Manage clients by using Windows Intune.
Manage updates and update groups
Configure the company portal
Monitor on-network and off-network machines
Manage asset inventory
4.2. Manage public cloud services.
Manage Windows Live services including Trusted PC, storage, SkyDrive/Live Mesh apps, and groups
Implement Office 365 using the Office 365 Desktop Setup
Manage Office 365
4.3. Monitor and maintain clients by using MDOP.
Remediate startup issues using the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT)
Monitor clients using System Center Desktop Error Monitoring
Manage the App-V client
Manage BitLocker and BitLocker To Go using Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM)
If you have not received an invitation and are interested in participating in future betas, be sure to sign up for our SME database (http://aka.ms/MSLSME). Good luck!
Thank you for sharing the prep guide! It will be very useful when I take the exam - October, 31
Thanks for sharing.
I was searching everywhere for this.
Why didn't I get an invite? My SME Profile is up to date and includes Windows 8 as expertise.
I received this invitation yesterday at 4:30pm and the code had already expired by the time I attempted to use it, primarily because the "starting sign-up date" was given as October 10th, yet the invites didn't go out until yesterday.
I haven't had this happen in past beta exams: any reason this one was delayed?
Also, your link to the "SME Database" is broken.
I tried to complete my survey using IE10 that comes with Windows 8, and even I used compatibility view after submitting it, it doesn't work... I needed to use another web browser to complete it.... I see most of Microsoft site are not compatibles with IE10 :(
Hi, I sent my SME profile survey (11/06/2012) but I didn't receive answer yet :(
If the SME database link doesn't work, copy and paste the URL into your browser.
I'm forwarding your comments to the appropriate people in MSL. Thanks!
Same as Reed. Tried to register as soon as I got the invite and it was full already. Of course these are exams which are in high demand and lots of people probably on the SME list.
It looks like several people (including me!) were teased to take the beta exam using a voucher code that was NOT VALID. Thats messed up AND THATS NOT RIGHT!
For those who are still going to take the 70-688 / 71-688. I've created a preparation guide that includes links to information that might be relevant for the exam: bjornhouben.wordpress.com/.../prepare-for-71-688
Good luck with the exam.
When the invitation arrives it's almost halfway through the promotional period and yet there's no prep stuff, at least the exam outline published by Microsoft. When we try to register for it after spending numerous hours/days finding the necessary materials "The maximum count for the promotion has been exceeded".
I really don't understand how you guys expect us to sit for an exam which we don't know what it's made of and I don't understand how you can assess a beta exam and expect the candidates to provide useful feedback for the development of the final exam when they are expected to sit for it unprepared.
As has always been our practice, seats for beta exams are first come, first served and are not guaranteed even if you receive a promotional code. However, because we know that some candidates may not get a beta seat but still want or need to take the exam before it is live, it will remain available after the beta period for the same price that you would pay once it was live. Thanks for your interest our beta program!