70-659 Exam Prep Part 2

In this section, I will cover remote management.

Remote Management

VMM Agents are installed automatically on all hosts and library servers. The agents can also be installed manually or locally through the VMM setup or with the vmmAgent.msi file. When installing in a perimeter network, you must use the vmmAgent.msi file and provide additional information.

Firewall rule settings also need to be applied to allow for remote management

Firewall rules are added automatically when Hyper-V is installed and when a host is added from VMM.

To enable remote management from the command line use the following:

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="remote administration" new enable=yes

Configuring Virtual Network Manager settings consists of 2 categories: Virtual Networks and Global Network Settings. Virtual Networks allow you to create External, Internal, or Private networks. It also allows you to configure LAN and cluster settings. The Global Network Settings allow you to configure MAC ranges to be assigned to VMs dynamically.

70-659 Prep Part 1

In this series of blog posts, I will be trying to explain the requirements for the 70-659 exam.

In mirroring the actual exam outline, I will start with Installing and Configuring Host and Parent Settings.

Installing Hyper-V

To start off, the required BIOS settings should be turned on to allow Hyper-V to work.

The BIOS must support:

Hardware Assisted Virtualization:
Intel-VT
or
AMD-V

Data Execution Prevention (DEP):
The nomenclature for DEP can differ between Intel and AMD, or BIOS vendors. But the standards are below:
AMD CPUs – AMD No-Execute (NX) bit must be turned on.
Intel CPUs – Intel Execute Disable (XD) bit must be turned on.

Once the BIOS settings are enabled, Hyper-V can be installed. There are a few ways that Hyper-V can be installed.

In Server Core:

Use Start /w ocsetup Microsoft-Hyper-V command.

GUI:

In the full GUI of Windows Server 2008 R2, you will have to add the role.

Virtual Machine Manager (VMM):

A third method to install Hyper-V on a system is using VMM.

In host systems without the Hyper-V role installed, VMM will install the Hyper-V role, as long as they are discoverable in AD. The host systems must be Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. For Windows Server 2003 systems, VMM will install Virtual Server 2005.

Hyper-V Server R2 is a standalone server that does only one thing; Hyper-V. It is the only role in the product. Configuring it is pretty straight forward. This is due to fact that it is configured with a menu type interface. The menu allows for quick configuration of the server, due to the fact that no GUI is present. The file name used to bring the menu back (if closed) is HVCONFIG. Don’t confuse HVCONFIG with SCONFIG. Although they look the same, SCONFIG is the menu for Server Core, whereas HVCONFIG is the menu for Hyper-V Server.

MS Exams set to retire – 70-403 on the list

On June 17th MSL posted a list of exams that are set to retire soon. In that list, I noticed that 70-403 was on the list. This is the Configuring Virtual Machine Manager 2008 exam, and is set to retire at the end of June. Rather short notice, in my opinion.

Well as it turns out, I was trying to take this exam in the near future, needing for work and all. The company I work for is part of the MS partner network and the exam is in one of the competencies.

So I e-mailed MSL and asked them what the status is on the exam. Was something taking its place?. Well something will take its place, when VMM 2012 comes out.

But it also turns out in my e-mails with them that as of yesterday, June 21, 2011, they are extending the retirement of 70-403 to September.

There will be a post on Born To Learn soon regarding this decision.

Windows Server 2008 exam updates

For those of you out there thinking of doing the Windows Server 2008 exam track, the exams have been updated with R2 content. What does this mean? Well if you have the old training kits, you might have to do some digging to familiarize yourself with  the changes.

But not all hope is lost. MS Press is putting out updated training kits, 2nd editions,  for the current exam standings. See the post below, and at the bottom of the post is a table of estimated release dates.

http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/forums/tnc/f/18/p/20893/63749.aspx#63749

Remote Desktop Services Resource Kit

For those out there who use Terminal Services or plan on implementing / upgrading to Remote Desktop Services, the RDS Resource Kit is set to be published December 15th 2010.

Windows Server 2008 Remote Desktop Services Resource Kit

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Server-Desktop-Services-Resource/dp/0735627371

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Windows-Server-Remote-Desktop-Services-Anderson-Griffin-Team/9780735627376-item.html?ref=Search+Home%3a+%27remote+desktop+services%27

Get on the Bus tour is coming to Canada!

The Microsoft Get on the Bus tour is coming to Canada. Well kind of. There is only one stop in Canada and it is going to be in Montreal on May 21, 2010. The rest will be in the states.

The agenda is going to include Windows 7, Office 2010 and MDOP 2010.

Find all the info here: http://microsoftbustour.com/

Virtualization Administrator Certification update

Microsoft Learning has updated the info for obtaining the Virtualization Administrator certification. Basically one needs to pass 3 exams. Below is the chart from the MSL Born to Learn website/post.

Requirement Exam Status
Desktop Virtualization

70-669: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization

In beta—live in May 2010
Server Virtualization (choose one)

70-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

OR

70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

Both are available now
Virtualization Administration
70-693: Pro: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator
Live now

Although I personally think one exam is missing from the list. 70-403 Configuring System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. This would round out the Virtualization Administrator certification over all, Desktop, Server, Data Center management, and Administration.

I am currently pursuing all these exams.

MDOP 2010 Refresh Released

Looks like MDOP 2010 has been released with a refresh on April 1.

MED-V 1.0 SP1 RTM has been added and now fully supports Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit hosts. The server components now support being run on Windows Server 2008 R2.

APP-V 4.6 has localized client versions and supports additional languages.

Only down side: the docs are not on the media and are only in the on-line TechNet library.

I prefer documentation I can print or read off-line.

Mentoring Moments

As of this post, I am a part time student while looking to get back into the workforce. Just something to do to keep busy.

I run into a lot of 1st year IT students while I’m there. I try and start conversations with them and see how they like their program and the courses that they are taking.

Most seem to enjoy their studies and are surprised at the amount of work that is involved. For the most part, I tell them to get used to. After they graduate, they will be at least 6+ months behind any new stuff that comes out. As anyone knows, the IT field is an ever changing landscape, and in the IT field, you have to keep up.

For this reason, I tell them the following:

Even if you are 1st year students you should get your resources together.Whether it be blogs, news letters, RSS feeds, or join a local user group, you should stay up to date on what is going on in the industry and stay informed. Join a local ToastMasters club and work on your presentation skills. You never know when you will be asked to give a presentation or it might help in a job interview.

As a friend of mine at Microsoft asked me once,”What are you passionate about?”

What’s in your toolkit?

Well this will be my first post for my blog. I have always wondered what other IT pros have up their sleeves, or in this case, in their toolkits. I keep my toolkit on CD/DVDs and USB flash drives personally.

 

On Flash drives I have:

– all of the current Microsoft Solution Accelerators (and keep them up to date whenever they are updated)

– Both RSATs (Vista and Windows 7; 32 and 64 bit)

– The Offline Servicing Tool for VMs.

– MAP toolkit

– MDT 2010

On CD/DVDs:

– WAIK for both Vista and Windows 7

– Loads of documentation and reference materials

– and other IT stuff