Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Core credit for the MCSE and MCSA on Windows 2000 and 2003

Exam Objectives for 70-270.

Look for a bunch of specific policies ... you don't have to know everything about the order group policies are applied, like for 217, but know the various policies ... for IE, etc. That seemed to me to be the biggest difference between 210 & 270.
I hope you find this and my other lists helpful.

I took 210 back in February 2001, but to prepare for 270 I installed & played with the Beta of XP for a couple days. I also read these articles:
  • Windows XP Technical Overview
  • Deploying XP Part 1
  • Depoying XP Part 2
  • User State Migration in XP
    I was well-prepared except for the policy junk. I guessed on that stuff -- don't know how much of it I got, but passed with a 799.
    Passing score is 733. For the current time limit and number of questions, (as well as a study resource that was not available when I prepared), check the 270 Cramsession
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    New material in March '03!

    This page has been pretty short ... not as helpful as my other MCSE test prep lists, I'm sure. So I'm going to start adding some more information here.

    Study Guides

    My experience has been that the Sybex study guides are the best, but here is Microsoft's as well.
    MCSE Windows XP Professional STUDY GUIDE from Sybex
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional: Exam 70-270 Training Kit from Microsoft Press

    Online resources by exam objective

    Installing Windows XP Professional
  • Attended installations -- like how hard is that?
    • Walkthrough of a clean XP installation -- but hopefully you're actually DOING one of these as part of your training, not just reading about it.
  • Unattended installations -- this is important on the exam
  • Upgrading to XP Product activation
  • failed installations
    Implementing and Conducting Administration of Resources
  • Access to files
  • Shared Folders
    • File Sharing for Win9x people -- a good introduction to sharing under XP Pro
  • Print devices -- that is the piece of hardware that everyone but MS calls a printer. To MS a printer is the software entry in your Windows Printers folder.
  • File systems -- FAT, FAT32, NTFS
    Implementing, Managing, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Hardware Devices and Drivers
  • Disk devices -- HDD, CD, DVD, and even tape drives under this
  • Display devices -- monitors, video cards ... and the multi-monitor setup IS cool.
  • ACPI
  • I/O devices
  • Drivers & driver signing
  • Multi-processor systems -- Come on, how many corporations really roll out dual CPU's on the desktop?
    Configuring and Troubleshooting the Desktop Environment
    Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting Network Protocols and Services
    Configuring, Managing, and Troubleshooting Security -- why is this almost always the last item on the list?

    If you know of more resources which should be listed here, please email a link to me. I very much appreciate other resources to study and will be sure to acknowledge you on this page.

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