Paperback: 651 pages
Publisher: Microsoft Press (September 19, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 8.9 inches
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This book will give you all the information you need to pass exam 70-623. Actually, it will give you way more than that. I passed the exam easily and was even involved in an automobile accident on my way to the testing center. This shook-up West Virginian still passed the test. That gives a lot of credibility to this book. As a note to Microsoft, though they may never read this review, the exam was way too easy to be at the MCITP level. This should be an MCTS exam at best. All an easy exam like this does is make the other valid MCITP exams (like those for SQL Server, Windows Server 2008 [soon], and Windows Vista in the Enterprise) look bad.In order to pass this exam, you will need to be able to troubleshoot the basic problems that a home user would experience. If you keep this in mind while you're reading the book and preparing for the exam, you'll do very well on the exam.After you read through the book, take the practice exam on the CD. As you are going through the exam and thinking how easy it is, keep in mind that the exam is almost that easy too. If you know what's in this book, you will definitely pass the exam.
Studied the book thoroughly and was getting 96% on the training exams (all 200 questions at once) went to take the real exam and got blindsided by questions that were not covered or only very briefly mentioned in the book. Probably about 25% of the real questions were not covered. So if you don't mind failing the first time and having to dig up more information to actually pass the test then this is the book for you. Other wise buy something else and save your $125 test fee. I would have hoped that having the Microsoft seal of approval would have prevented this but evedently it does not.
The book is packed with the essential knowledge one needs to pass the 70-623 exam. Usually a reviewer would recommend supplementing your test prep with additional study materials. Well, if you lack practical experience with Windows Vista I suggest augmenting your training with training videos or just using Vista as your primary OS. But if you just want to past exam 70-623 this single publication is sufficient to obtain a passing score.
This book is good for learning the basics of the system and consumer features. But if you want to pass the exam, this is NOT the tool to use. I've spent two months and countless hours working with this book and practice exams. I used the same study style that has allowed me to pass 6 other microsoft cert exams. Twice I have failed the exam. The information and practice questions are only good enough to get a 650-680 but not good enough to pass. If you're interested in passing, try something else.
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