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Musings on MS Cert Exam 98-349

MS Learning Exam page for 98-349

OK, so I’m on tap with my fearless and feckless co-author and project manager, Kim Lindros, to write a short exam prep book on Windows Operating System Fundamentals (Exam 98-349). This item takes Windows 7 as its focus, and is part of Microsoft’s new Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification family. For those not already in the know, the MTA program (in Microsoft’s own words):

• is targeted primarily at students who attend high schools and two-year colleges.

• assumes some hands-on experience or training but does not assume on-the-job experience.

• provides an appropriate entry point to a future career in technology.

This is an interesting exam because it provides a basic but thorough introduction to desktop operating systems as see through the lens of Windows 7. Great coverage of configuration issues, items, and tools including msconfig.exe, the Control Panel and its many built-in (and add-on) elements. Even better coverage of install and upgrade maneuvers, especially the various paths to Windows 7 install with USB now finally an official sanctioned method, and how virtualized clients figure into (and onto) the desktop. OS maintenance also gets good coverage, too.

.With all this in mind, should IT professionals who don’t fit Microsoft’s target audience consider this exam? Nah, but there’s no harm in using its curriculum, objectives, and prep materials as a great set of learning materials for those in need of Windows 7 knowledge. It’s probably best viewed as a great intro for others in your organization, and power users, who want to dig into and learn Windows 7 basics to boost their skills on the job.

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