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70-659 Part 16

Configuring Quick and Live Migrations When planning for a Hyper-V cluster, certain requirements must be taken into account. Servers must be certified for Windows 2008 R2; SANs must support SCSI-3 persistent reservation (possible firmware upgrade needed). For more information about cluster validation see the following blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2009/04/15/windows-2008-failover-cluster-validation-fails-on-validate-scsi-3-persistent-reservation.aspx The host servers should have multiple network cards […]

70-659 Part 15

Managing Backups Using Data Protection Manager (DPM) is one of the methods for backing up VMs and host systems. DPM supports two methods for backing up VMs; Live (online backup) and offline backup. Live backups have no downtime for the VM. Offline backups are used for VMs that don’t support live backup. This means that […]

70-659 Part 14

Managing Snapshots Dealing with snapshots can be a bit of a headache. First, best practice mandates that you never use snapshots in a production environment. The second headache is dealing with them especially using snapshot trees. Keep in mind that snapshots should only be used in a test environment. A snapshot is a saved point […]

Current MCSE tracks

If anyone is interested in pursing the new MCSE tracks, I have put together this chart outlining the current exam listing. Keep in mind some of these are in beta and/or still in development. These images where taken from the MSL website, I just put them into an easy to follow diagram.

70-659 Exam Prep Part 13

Performing physical-to-virtual (P2V) and virtual-to-virtual (V2V) migrations Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) has an intelligent placement feature that allows the VMM admin to place VMs on host servers to best suit the needs of the work load or performance of the VM in question. Ideal placement is suggested based on a star rating for the hosts. […]

70-659 Exam Prep Part 12

Manage non-Hyper-V aware virtualization hosts If you have a VMware environment and want to manage it along with your Windows environment then VMM is the answer. VMM has the capability to manage VMware hosts. In order for VMM to manage VMware hosts, VMM must first manage vCenter. Only through vCenter can VMM see the hosts […]

70-659 Exam Prep Part 11

Create roles and configure authorization rights This section revolves around Authorization Manager. Authorization Manager (AzMan) is the best way to control user rights when it comes to Hyper-V. AzMan is accessed through the AzMan.msc management console. Hyper-V relies on XML files to store the user rights. The default AzMan store is called InitialStore.xml. Azman allows […]

70-659 Exam Prep Part 10

Configuring delegation of rights User policies for SSP are a set of rules that define what a user or group can do within SSP. For instance quotas can be assigned as to how many VM can be created, what permissions or restrictions there are for the user or group. There are three types of user […]

70-659 Exam Prep Part 9

In this section I will cover managing and monitoring Virtual Machines. Solve performance and resource issues Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) is a feature that is activated when you integrate Operations Manager (OpsMgr) and VMM. PRO is designed to allow OpsMgr to monitor the VMM environment should any issues arise, and report back with PRO […]

MCSA and MCSE are back!!

Yes the title says it all. The MCSA and MCSE are back. However, they have been renamed and rebranded. This is to reflect the shift towards cloud solutions. The MCSA is Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate and The MCSE is Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert As it stands now, based on the Microsoft Learning web site: The […]