Monday 26 March 2012

Private Cloud & System Center Exams

I blogged ages ago (here) that Microsoft were looking for input into how to structure some of the new System Center 2012 exams.

Starting with MMS 2012 (Where I hope to be taking and passing them!!) Microsoft will be looking to offer 3 new exams.

  • Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
  • Exam 70-246: Private Cloud Monitoring and Operations with System Center 2012.
  • Exam 70-247: Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012.
There was a call to split 70-243 into two exams, and while this doesn't initally appear to have happened, what is encouraging is the fact that with the System Center 2012 release being a bundle of all the individual components, they have split this into the two areas:

Monitoring and Operating
Can be seen as day to day operations

Configure Data Center Process Automation (18%)
  • Implement workflows.
  • Implement service offerings.
Deploy Resource Monitoring (20%)
  • Deploy end-to-end monitoring.
  • Configure end-to-end monitoring.
  • Create monitoring reports and dashboards.
Monitor Resources (23%)
  • Monitor network devices.
  • Monitor servers.
  • Monitor the virtualization layer.
  • Monitor application health.
Configure and Maintain Service Management (18%)
  • Implement service level management.
  • Manage problems and incidents.
  • Manage cloud resources.
Manage Configuration and Protection (22%)
  • Manage compliance and configuration.
  • Manage updates.
  • Implement backup and recovery.

Configuration and Deployment
For those responsible for design and implementation of the solutions.

Design and Deploy System Center (19%)
  • Design a scalable System Center architecture.
  • Install the System Center Infrastructure.
  • Upgrade System Center components.
Configure System Center Infrastructure (21%)
  • Configure System Center components.
  • Configure portals and dashboards.
Configure the Fabric (27%)
  • Configure the storage fabric.
  • Configure the network fabric.
  • Configure the deployment and update servers.
  • Configure clouds and virtualization hosts.
Configure System Center Integration (16%)
  • Configure private cloud integration.
  • Configure integration of private and public clouds.
Configure and Deploy Virtual Machines and Services (18%)
  • Configure profiles.
  • Create and configure server App-V packages.
  • Configure and deploy a service.
  • Update a service.

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