Where's the 71-688 Prep Guide?

Where's the 71-688 Prep Guide?

Liberty Munson (Microsoft)

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:

  • Installing, upgrading to, and migrating to Windows 8
  • Managing updates and malware protection
    • Hardware and applications 
  • Managing and implementing network connectivity
  • Managing access to resources
  • Supporting mobile devices
  • Monitoring and maintaining Windows clients
  • Configuring backup and recovery  
  • Managing application compatibility
    • Hyper-V

Objective Domain

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

  • Multi boot

  • Upgrade vs. migration

1.2.    Design an application strategy for desktop applications.

This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations:

  • Application compatibility using Client Hyper-V, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), and App-V

  • Application updates

  • Application co-existence

  • Application reputation

  • Internet Explorer 10 management

1.3.    Design an application strategy for cloud applications.

This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations:

  • Microsoft Office 365

  • Metro applications

  • Restricting Windows Store content

  • AppLocker

  • Internal content

1.4.    Design a solution for user settings.

This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations:

  • User profiles

  • USMT 5.0/WET

  • Windows Live integration

  • Folder redirection

  • User experience virtualization (UE-V)

2.      Maintain Resource Access (27%)

2.1.    Design for network connectivity.

This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations:

  • IPv4 and IPv6

  • Name resolution

  • Wireless

  • Network security

  • Network settings

2.2.    Design for remote access.

This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations:

  • Off-network use and management

  • Metered networks

  • VPN

  • RDP

  • DirectAccess

  • Remote administration

2.3.    Design for authentication and authorization.

This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations:

  • Two-factor authentication including certificates, smart cards, picture passwords, and biometrics

  • Workgroup vs. domain

  • Trust relationships

  • Local account vs. Microsoft account

2.4.    Manage data storage.

This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • Resolve data storage issues

  • Manage pools

  • Manage data availability using BranchCache

2.5.    Manage data security.

This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • Manage share/NTFS permissions for storage spaces

  • Configure EFS

  • Configure security for removable media

  • Manage BitLocker and BitLocker To Go

3.      Maintain Windows Clients and Devices (27%)

3.1.    Manage hardware and printers.

This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • Resolve  hardware and device issues

  • Sync devices and resolve sync issues

  • Monitor and manage print servers

3.2.    Manage mobile devices.

This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • 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.

This objective may include but is not limited to the following design considerations:

  • PC refresh/reset

  • Windows 7 file recovery

  • Recovery drive

  • System restore

  • User files including local files, SkyDrive, and file history

  • User profile settings

  • Application settings

3.4.    Manage endpoint security.

This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • 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.

This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • 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.

This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • 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.

This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • 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!

Comments
  • Rechousa
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    Hi,

    Thank you for sharing the prep guide! It will be very useful when I take the exam - October, 31

    Best Regards,

    Pedro Martins

  • Nimantha
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    Thanks for sharing.

    I was searching everywhere for this.

  • Roel Janssens
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    Why didn't I get an invite? My SME Profile is up to date and includes Windows 8 as expertise.

  • Reed M. Wiedower
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    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?

  • Reed M. Wiedower
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    Also, your link to the "SME Database" is broken.

  • MCT: Antonio Rojas
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    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 :(

  • Andres Galvan
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    Hi, I sent my SME profile survey (11/06/2012) but I didn't receive answer yet :(

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    If the SME database link doesn't work, copy and paste the URL into your browser.

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    I'm forwarding your comments to the appropriate people in MSL. Thanks!

  • Bob Cornelissen MVP
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    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.

  • michael_romine
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    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!

  • Bjorn Houben
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    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.

  • Nimantha
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    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.

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    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!