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Exam Profile: MCITP 70-686, Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator

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This article profiles the Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administratorexam (MCITP 70-686), which is one of six exams testing a candidate’s knowledge of Windows 7 and is the most theoretical of the six. Pearson IT Certification provides a variety of exam preparation tools to help our customers in their quest for certification. As part of our service to you, we have developed this Exam Profile series. Each profile is developed based on the testing experience of one of our trainers or authors. You won’t get exact questions or answers, but you will get a real feel for the exam. Each profile describes question forms, trouble spots, hints for exam preparation, and recommendations for additional study resources. Find out what you can expect to see on the exam and how you can better prepare for it.

Microsoft’s Exam 70-686 (Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator) is one of six certification exams that are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of Windows 7. This exam, the last in the series, tends to be theoretical in nature and places a heavy emphasis on planning and managing a desktop client lifecycle strategy.

The vast majority of the questions on Exam 70-686 are based around Windows 7 deployment in an enterprise environment. Candidates who are taking the exam are expected to know how to create and maintain deployment images as well as how to deploy those images using either a light touch or a zero touch installation.

In addition to deployment planning, candidates are also expected to know how to troubleshoot failed deployments related to things like group policy issues, network issues, and authentication or authorization issues.

Exam Details

  • Number of Questions: Approximately 55 questions (Since Microsoft does not publish this information, the number of exam questions may change without notice.)
  • Types of Questions: This test format is multiple choice, drag-and-drop, simlet, and simulation.
  • Passing Score: 700
  • This passing score does not mean that you must answer 70 percent of the items correctly in order to pass the exam. The actual percentage varies from exam to exam and may be more or less than 70 percent. There is no penalty for guessing. No points are deducted for incorrect answers. If a question specifies that you must choose multiple correct answers, you must choose the exact number of correct answers specified in the question in order to earn a point for that item. Some of the questions on the exam may not count toward the calculation of your score. Microsoft will often throw a question in that is meant to gather data that will help them improve the exam.

  • Time Limit: 120 minutes
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