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New Microsoft Windows 7 Exam Development Underway

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Lots of new information on Windows 7 is getting released given the new OS is scheduled to come out later this year. For starters, Microsoft Learning is currently developing the new exams associated with the new OS system. Right now, not much is being said or released on the progress, but what we do know is that there will be three new MCTS certification -level exams for the upcoming operating system:

  • 70-680, MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring
  • 70-685, MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician
  • 70-686, MCITP: Windows 7, Desktop Administrator.

Microsoft is currently looking for experts that already have familiarized themselves to help out with the objectives.

While not much is known about the exams, there has been information on what IT professionals can expect from the new operating system that is said to be faster, more reliable and makes it easier to do what you want, thus making your job easier. The new OS system was primarily created to include the feedback of many professionals who had problems with earlier operating systems.

Here’s a list of 10 things IT professionals should know about how the new Windows 7 OS system will benefit them. Actually, there’s a beta release of Windows 7 now available, which means you should definitely download a version to your computer and begin testing your applications and devices to get to know what’s in it for you.

First of, Windows 7 has immense application compatibility. Windows 7 is built on the same basic architecture as Windows Vista, so most applications will retain their compatibility between these operating systems. This alone will make adopting Windows 7 much less challenging than migrating from Windows XP to Windows Vista. If your organization is like many that are still standardized on Windows XP, you will need to transition to updated versions of your key applications, but the availability of Windows Vista–compatible versions and well-proven shims will make this task more manageable. It’s also has hardware compatibility and requirements with Vista

IT professionals will appreciate the fact that Windows 7 and the Windows Server 2008 operating system share a common code base, and are maintained with a single servicing model. This servicing model means updates and security updates are shared across both client PCs and servers, simplifying the process of maintaining an up-to-date infrastructure. In order to keep companies’ networks safe, Windows 7 includes BitLocker technology, first implemented in Windows Vista, which now provides full encryption of all boot volumes on a PC; along with introducing BitLocker To Go that offers data protection on portable storage, such as USB flash drives. In addition, BitLocker Drive Encryption and BitLocker To Go can be managed via Group Policy, placing more control over sensitive information in the hands of the professionals.

Windows 7 allows you to also control the application portfolio available to end users in your company. It features AppLocker, a new capability that allows IT administrators to specify which applications are permitted to run on a laptop or desktop PC. This capability helps you manage license compliance and control access to sensitive programs, but also importantly, it helps reduce the opportunity for malware to run on client PCs.

To help IT administrators better maintain a consistent environment and improve personal productivity, Windows 7 includes an updated graphical scripting editor, Windows PowerShell 2.0—a powerful, complete scripting language that supports branching, looping, functions, debugging, exception handling, and internationalization. The new OS sytem also provides rich tools to identify and resolve technical issues, often by the end users themselves. If a help desk call is unavoidable, Windows 7 includes several features and troubleshooting tools to help speed resolution, as well as the ability to create, deploy, and manage images more efficiently to get users up and running as quickly as possible.

Finally, Windows 7 introduces BranchCache, a technology that caches frequently accessed content from remote file and Web servers in the branch location, so users can access this information more quickly. And, as a bonus, the operating system delivers a richer experience when users are connected to a virtual desktop—much closer to the experience provides by a native Windows desktop.