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Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-686) Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Administrator (MCITP) Paperback – Oct 11 2010

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (Oct. 11 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735627177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735627178
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Craig Zacker is a writer, editor, and network administrator who has written or contributed to dozens of books on operating systems, networking, and PC hardware, along with several college texts and online training courses.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
WIndows 7 Desktop Administrator June 26 2011
By Mark R. James - Published on
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I have been using Windows 7 since the Beta release, and actively working with this OS since the RTM. I certified a long time ago, and I can tell you that after reading well over 3500 pages of technical reference material in relation to this operating system, this book has allowed me to learn about parts and features of this version of Windows that none of the others have (Yes, including the Resource kit). As technical reference books go, it written extremely well, and provides for a comfortable read. The eBook provided with the traditional hard-copy format is a welcome searchable addition to an indexed reference 'library'. Well worth the investment in time and expense.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good for test prep March 19 2011
By Eric Ruthenberg - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book cover to cover in preparation for the test. While the actual 70-686 test I took had more difficult questions (50 multiple choice), I did feel prepared, and I passed on the first try. As with all exam prep material, you never know if they've changed the test since the book was published, so it's always best to supplement with other test prep materials. That having been said, the book and practice tests were more than adequate to earn me a passing score (in March '11).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Covers all the important topics April 11 2011
By Kevin C - Published on
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What's priceless is the exam topic map. It lists each category that's covered on the exam, then tells you exactly which part of the book to find information on that category. You can study one category then take a practice test on only that information. I would've paid $45 for that alone!

This is my first certification I'm going after and this book is getting me prepared really well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've read a lot of certification books..... Sept. 16 2011
By Joli Ballew - Published on
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I've read a lot of certification books and done a lot of studing in my time. I hold lots of certifications. I'm currently working on various MCITP tests. One of those tests is test 70-686, to become an MCITP for Windows 7 Desktop Administrator.

Since I've already passed 70-680, I understand how the certification program works, what objectives are, and how authors "map" those objectives to chapters and labs when they write these books. Craig Zacker does a fine job of this mapping. If you're still a bit in the dark about how the objectives for this test line up, or if you know you need to focus on only two or three, you'll find this mapping helpful.

Beyond that, there are lots of carefully explained concepts, lots, of hands-on exercises, and lots of review and study materials. It's a great starting point for study, and I say "starting point" because I always suggest any student read two or three books for a well rounded experience.

I highly recommend this book. It's well written, has been carefully edited, and offers lots of text, labs, and review materials for study.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In depth coverage of exam 70-686 Dec 1 2011
By B. P. ODwyer - Published on
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I read the book before taking the exam and it covered the material well. I did not have difficulty with the exam and found the content of the book covered the exam except for a few areas that were left to Technet articles. You should have knowledge of other MS technologies that are mentioned in the text. I have used numerous MS Press books and find them to be very useful outside of just studying for the exams. The SQL 2005 series was excellent in breadth and depth.