I prepared for it with the MS-Press book a transcender CD . My strategy is always to read the book, write a summary and then take a test examn, study what I did wrong, take another, etc.. Usually 4 test examns is sufficient.
Despite other people's opinions up until now I had the impression that transcenders were a decent way to prepare for an examn. Not for this one! The transcender questions are hopelessly outdated, a large part seems to come directly from the old 2000 exam.
What to study:
- Basic TCP/IP
- Policies, what they can do and how to check if they are applied and how to force them onto a machine
- All the different ways to install and upgrade XP
- PXE booting
- Printing (spooling, queues, operating rights, pooling)
- Dial-up networking
- Remote assistance and remote desktop
- What rights are needed to install hardware (printers, removable media devices)
- IIS and especially the limitations of the XP implementation
- Encryption and what you can and cannot do for a user
- Offline files
- Disks, basic, dynamic and what you can do to extend them
Next exam: 70-284, Microsoft Exchange!
Update: According to the friendly people at Transcender next time I should try and get the exam from their site instead of from the CD.