A+ Windows 7 refresh: A few thoughts

January 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Posted in CompTIA, Transcender news | 1 Comment
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Well, here it is January 31, 2011, and I am diligently working on A+ once again. CompTIA announced last year that it would be  updating the A+ exams this month to include questions about Windows 7 and IPv6. So far, we haven’t heard anything more. While customers have been asking us about our A+ practice test updates,  no one has reported actually seeing the new content in a certification exam. Just like you, folks, we are waiting to see the new content hit test centers. But while we’re waiting, I can give you a few insights from my past years of A+ experience, and tell you where I would focus my attention if I were studying for the test today.

As always, start by taking a look at the Exam Guide from CompTIA located at http://www.comptia.org/certifications/testprep/examobjectives.aspx. (You will need to provide some information to download the objectives.) While the objective’s titles still include 2009, the relevant objectives have already been updated.

When it comes to Windows 7, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the different editions that are available. You need to understand all the hardware requirements for installation, the installation methods, and the upgrade paths from other operating systems. You will also need to know how to navigate to the common tools that are used.

As for IPv6, you need to understand how it compares to IPv4. Here’s some quick bullet points:

  • 128-bit addresses, versus 32-bit with IPv4
  • Larger packet size accommodation
  • More secure (IPSec enabled)
  • Allows 340 undecillion addresses, versus 4 billion with IPv4
  • Allows double-colon zero suppression – FF02:30:0:0:0:0:0:5 can be rewritten FF02:30::5

If you’ve read my previous posts, you may remember me mentioning that I had the rare (and as it turns out very rewarding!) opportunity to meet Mike Meyers near the end of last year. We recorded some chat sessions about the A+ exam refresh and the new expiration policy for the A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications. And I CANNOT wait to share everything we talked about with y’all! The wait is almost over…we have four sessions we think you’d like to see, and starting February 14th, we’ll release one of those sessions each week!

So you should hear from me again in a couple weeks. Until then, let us know if you see any Windows 7 or IPv6 content on those exams – without violating the NDA or posting actual questions, of course! Let me reiterate, PLEASE do not include actual exam questions in your comments, many thanks. Just share your general observations of any changes to the exam. Or ask any questions about the expected changes, and we’ll be happy to answer as many as we can.

-Robin

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  1. Hi Robin, I enjoyed your blog. It seems like Microsoft has done a really good job of “bullet proofing” Windows 7. I don’t have any certifications from them, but I’d like to start with whatever will be required to be certified on Windows 7. I look forward to hearing more from you as Microsoft releases the details for their certification, as well as your recommendation on the best approach to ramp up on this technology. Thanks OrclTestGuy.


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