My take on the MCSA Windows 10 Certification (70-697 & 70-698)

MCSA Windows 10 Certification

Yesterday I passed the exam 70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10. With that I received my MCSA Windows 10 as I previously passed the exam 70-697 Configuring Windows Devices.

I used the Microsoft reference books to study for these exams, and I passed both on first try. But it’s my impression that these books unfortunately don’t go deep enough into the subjects to pass the exams. I have taken several MS certifications, and the books used to be 800-1000+ pages, and these are only at about 400 pages each. Now the books have a lot of references to specific Technet articles, and you need to look those up and study them as well in order to pass.

The exams will test your skills on both GUI and Powershell. So you need to know exactly where and how to perform the operations and the how to do the exact same thing with Powershell.

It only took a few hours from passing the exams until they showed up in my MCP profile, which is a huge improvement earlier where it could take several days.

70-697 Configuring Windows Devices

Exam reference book: https://www.amazon.com/Exam-70-697-Configuring-Windows-Devices/dp/1509303014/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488367290&sr=8-1&keywords=70-697

  • Manage Identity (10-15%)
  • Plan desktop and device deployment (10-15%)
  • Plan and implement a Microsoft Intune device management solution (10-15%)
  • Configure networking (10-15%)
  • Manage data access and protection (10-15%)
  • Manage remote access (10-15%)
  • Manage apps (10-15%)
  • Manage updates and recovery (10-15%)

You need to know how to manage users and groups from Intune, as well as patching and deploying software to devices. My test also had  several questions about storage pools, work folders and file history and I strongly advice you to read up on this, and play around with this functionality before taking the test.

The exam prep “70-697 Configuring Windows Devices” from Ignite 2016 quickly goes through the major topics and have some example questions that could appear on the exam.

 

 

70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Exam reference book: https://www.amazon.com/Exam-70-698-Installing-Configuring-Windows/dp/1509302956/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488367352&sr=8-1&keywords=70-698

Microsoft will test you on the following subjects

  • Implement Windows (30-35%)
  • Configure and support core services (30-35%)
  • Manage and maintain Windows (30-35%)

You need to know your way around Windows Deployment Services, Assesment and Deployment kit, Application Compability Toolkit. User state migration tools and answer files are also something you should now quite well. Know the difference between performance monitor and resource monitor, and when to use them.

The manage and maintain Windows part overlaps some parts of the 70-697 exam, and you will see some questions that are similar from that exam.

There are also several commands where you need to know what they do, and how to use them.

  • bcdboot.exe
  • bcdedit.exe
  • bootcfg.exe
  • bootsect.exe
  • drvload.exe
  • pnputil.exe

Exam prep session “70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10” from Ignite 2016.

 

Pass both exams and you can proudly title yourself MCSA Windows 10.

About the Author

Anders Rodland
Anders Rødland started his carrer as an IT consultant in 2006 and now works as a Senior IT-Specialist and Service Owner for Atea, one of the major IT companies in Scandinavia. My main focus is on Microsoft System Center, and I currently have more than 13 Microsoft certifications. Certified on Windows Server, Windows Client, SQL, Exchange and System Center Configuration Manager. Anders Rodland also holds an ITIL Foundation certification. This is my private blog and do not represent my employer. I use this to share information that I find useful. Sharing is caring.