74-409, 70-246 and 70-247 and how they work together

January 4, 2014

I got a question on twitter regarding the new Microsoft exam 74-409 and the Microsoft Private Cloud exams 70-246 and 70-247.

The new 74-409 Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center exam is as I see it a replacement for the old MCTS/MCITP Exam 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization.

Server virtualization is a foundation for a cloud implementation. If you stay on premise in a private cloud, reach out to add online resources in a hybrid cloud or simply move your workload online into a public cloud.

Microsoft Private cloud exam 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 teaches you how to use System Center to build your private cloud.

70-246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 teaches you how to integrate and maintain your workload in that cloud.

If you haven’t started studying for the Microsoft exams I would suggest that you start with 74-409 followed by 70-247 and 70-246, top that off with a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 and you are Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Private Cloud + Microsoft Certified Specialist: Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and System Center.

By the way you know that you can get the 74-409 for FREE 🙂 Check out this article to get started.

Earn Your Microsoft Certified Specialist: Server Virtualization Title with a Free Exam

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Exiting times…

March 5, 2013

# 1 New job at Lumagate.

Lumagate is a consultant company that focuses on Systems Management and the tools provided by Microsoft in the System Center Suite.

# 2 The challenge is back #90days2MCSA

Michael Bender is at it again, this time the challenge is retrieving the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) in 90 days. Microsoft Learning has already shared some created some awesome resources like the Microsoft Certification Study Groups.

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There will be more, so make sure you check the Born 2 Learn web site and follow Michael Bender @MichaelBender, Microsoft Learning @MSLearning and the hash tag #90Days2MCSA on Twitter.

I will have a go at this, I just need to pass one exam the the upgrade exam 70-417, that exam has no forum or Wiki ATM but the test is built on the 410, 411 and 412 exams so there will be plenty of information.

Another great resource for the upgrade exam is the Windows Server 2012 Upgrade Jump Start with Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Ed Liberman from TrainSignal

# 3 New Lab equipment

I ordered some hardware to build me a new lab. I will cover the build process in a blog post in a couple of days.

The lab contains of two identical boxes containing:
SHUTTLE XPC SH67H3 S-1155 300W
CORSAIR 32GB DDR3 XMS3 1333MHZ CL9 (4X8GB)
INTEL CORE I5 2320 3.0GHZ 6MB S-1155
OCZ AGILITY 3 2.5″ 120GB SSD SATA/600 MLC
WD GREEN 3.5″ 2TB SATA/600 64MB

# 4 Microsoft TechEd North America

The 90 days challenge ends just in time for the TechEd conference in New Orleans. To start studying on a topic before a major conference like TechEd is a really good idea that will help you get even more knowledge out of the conference.
It is hard to beat the opportunity to get answers from the Microsoft guys and girls behind the products directly from the hoses mouth. 

If you haven’t registered check it out.
TechEd North America 2013 
Register now and save $300

TechEd Europe 2013
Register now and save €300

All of this along with my new lab equipment will make sure to keep me busy for many nights to come.


Interesting times ahead.

January 25, 2013

There are a few conferences that are on my “which to attend list”. MMS in Las Vegas, TechEd North America in New Orleans, and TechEd Europe in Amsterdam if this information is correct.

Mr Bender has a new challenge in the makings and the Surface reaches the Scandinavian peninsula.

All this and it’s –19 C (-2 F) outside, Gotta love winter in Sweden.

Microsoft Management Summit

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Microsoft TechEd North America

 

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According to the stats provided by Scott Ladewig @Ladewig in his article TechEd Registration: Not Open, but Not Late the registration should open any day now 🙂
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Microsoft TechEd Europe

still no update on where and when but I guess there will be information available soon. Make sure to check the website for information and Join the Tech·Ed Europe mailing list to get information.

New adventure ahead

Last night I read a tweet by Michael Bender and there’s a new challenge coming up. 90 days to MCSA – Windows Server 2012

Make sure to follow @MichaelBender and the hash tag #90Days2MCSA so you dont miss out on the fun stuff to come.

In the meantime make sure to tune in on last years challange #60days2MCSE
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Windows Surface RT available in Sweden starting February 14

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Create a MCSA Windows Server 2012 study guide.

October 18, 2012

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You can create your own study guide to help you prepare for an exam quite easy.

I will use the Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012, 70-417 exam as an example but it can easily be changed to any other exam or topic.

A nice feature of TechNet is the ability to Print Multiple Topics.

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You can create a collection of articles in the TechNet Library and print them or save them as HTML or PDF files which comes in handy when studying.

Collect your information

Lets start with the first part of the Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012, Skills Measured.

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Broken down and some search of the topics on TechNet the section could look like this:
Exam 70-410
Install and Configure Servers (25%)

Install Servers.

Creating the guide

Now lets use that information and create the first part of the MCSA Windows Server 2012 study guide.

The first topic is Plan for a server installation. Click the link above and a new window starts. In the upper right corner you’ll find teh icons for Preferences and Print/Export

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Click the printer icon to get the option to select Print This Topic and Print Multiple Topics, select Print Multiple Topics.

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The link redirects you to the Print/Export Multiple Topics – Help page where you get information on the feature.

Click Start to continue.

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Click Add This Topic

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Continue with the other 5 topics and the first collection is complete.

click Collection

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In this view you can re-arrange and rename the content of the collection.

The result could look something like this.

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In the the Export Your Collection field you can choose to export your collection as HTML or PDF

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Now you can continue to add the topics into a larger one…

I’m currently in the middle of reading mine.

Hey wait a minute, got another great resouce to in cas you missed is. The Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs in case you need some time away from the theory.

See you around in binary space. 😉


MCSA Windows Server 2012

June 5, 2012

The release candidate for Windows Server 2012 became available 31:st of May and the learning path for MCSA Windows Server 2012 wasn’t far behind.
I found this really exciting news at the Born2Learn Blog in an article written by Veronica Sopher

Gear Up for Windows Server 2012 Training + Certification

And I’m really excited, there is a upgrade path for MCITP Virtualization Administrators.

There are two paths to achieve this new MCSA certification, upgrade your existing MCSA/MCITP or pass three exams.

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MCSA Windows Server 2012 exams:
70-410 –
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
70-411 – Administering Windows Server 2012
70-412 – Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

The upgradeable certifications are:
MCSA: Windows Server 2008
MCITP: Virtualization Administrator
MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator
MCITP: Lync Server Administrator
MCITP: SharePoint Administrator
MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator

The additional exam 70-417 – Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 grants you the MCSA Windows Server 2012 and are a prerequisite for the MCSE Server Infrastructure and MCSE Desktop Infrastructure

What resources are available for us now?

Free e-book
A few days ago a free e-book was released
Introducing Windows Server 2012 which is based on the beta release of Windows Server 2012. 

Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform
There is a lot of information found regarding the new platform at the
Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform that will be useful in preparation for the exams.

Download the release candidate and start building your environment.
Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC)

Windows Server 2012 Jump Start
Leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach, Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Microsoft Partner Corey Hynes will walk you through their personal favorite feature sets while answering why and how each one will have a positive impact on improving your day-to-day IT environment. These accelerated, engaging and demo-heavy sessions are guaranteed to get you excited and ready to try them yourself.
Windows Server 2012: Preparing for the Datacenter Evolution

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Now I really look forward to see the announcement for the new MCSE Private Cloud based on MCSA Windows Server 2012

My guess is something like this:

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Open your books and start preparing,
you know I do…