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MCSE: Private Cloud Certification Training

MCSE: Private Cloud Training Course (System Center 2012)

Course Number: #CED-909
Course Length: 12 days
Number of Exams: 2
SATV Vouchers: 10
Certifications: MCSE: Private Cloud
   
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Grants (discounts) are available for returning students, multiple students, active duty military, government, government contractors, non-profit companies and educational institutions or US Veterans.

"The instructor knew his stuff! Thanks to him I now have my MCSE. The structure of the class was excellent. Especially considering the fast pace of the course. Way to go!"

-Michael "Lynn" Steen, Carrollton, TX


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  • Includes roundtrip airfare and lodging (Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale locations only)
  • Hands-on instruction by a certified instructor
  • Includes all course materials and practice exams
  • On-site Testing
  • Breakfast and Lunch provided each day

Companies are looking for IT professionals who can help them build private cloud solutions to optimize IT service delivery. Are you ready?

With Windows Server 2008 and System Center 2012, you can build your Microsoft private cloud solution and gain the automation and flexibility you need for your IT infrastructure, now and in the future. Do you have experience with these technologies? Are you ready to begin the journey to cloud computing with a Microsoft private cloud implementation? Become MCSE: Private Cloud certified and prove your knowledge and skills in managing and implementing Microsoft private cloud computing technologies.

Prerequisites

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Course 20246

This course describes how to monitor and operate a cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. This course focuses on how to manage and administer a cloud environment, and it describes how you can monitor key infrastructure elements and applications that run within a cloud. It does not discuss planning and implementation, which is covered in 20247: Configuring and Deploying a Cloud with System Center.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for cloud administrators who are responsible for monitoring and protecting the cloud infrastructure. It is also intended for solution architects who are responsible for designing cloud architectures and extending existing cloud solutions. The primary audience for this course is administrators who create service requests.

Prerequisites

This course describes how to monitor and operate a cloud with System Center 2012 R2. Because this is an extensive technical domain that includes several individual products and technologies, it is strongly recommended administrators have prerequisite knowledge in the following areas:

  • Windows Server 2012 experience
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) knowledge
  • Networking experience
  • Working knowledge of previous versions of System Center products
  • Knowledge of configuration of Microsoft SharePoint
  • Hyper-V knowledge
  • Microsoft Windows Azure
  • Knowledge of cloud and data center management processes
  • Storage Area Network (SAN) Knowledge

At Course Completion

After completing this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the Cloud Model.
  • Configure and optimize a Private Cloud.
  • Deploy Cloud Services.
  • Monitor Cloud Services.
  • Configure Application Performance Monitoring in a Cloud Environment.
  • Operate and extend Service Management in in a Cloud Environment.
  • Automate Incident Creation, Remediation, and Change Requests in a Cloud Environment.
  • Perform Problem Management in a Cloud Environment.
  • Operate a Self-Service, Multi-Tenant Cloud with Windows Azure Pack.
  • Configure High Availability, Protection and Recovery in a Cloud Environment.
  • Optimize the Cloud Infrastructure.
  • Configure SLAs, Dashboards, and Widgets in a Cloud Environment.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to the Cloud Model

This module explains the key business and technical requirements behind choosing a cloud model and the elements it contains. The module also shows how to use Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 to monitor and operate clouds, ensuring that it is configured correctly and running in a healthy state. Finally, you will use System Center to verify cloud infrastructure for the cloud environment.

  • Overview of the Cloud Computing Model
  • Requirements for a Private Cloud
  • Requirements for a Public or Hybrid Cloud
  • Operating a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure with System Center
  • Maintaining the Health of a Cloud
  • Integrating System Center Components

After completing this module, you will be able to describe:

  • The key features of a cloud computing model.
  • Private cloud requirements
  • Public cloud requirements.
  • How System Center 2012 R2 can be used to monitor and manage a hybrid cloud.
  • How to maintain the health of a hybrid cloud infrastructure.
  • How to integrate System Center components.
Module 2: Configuring a Private Cloud Environment

This module examines how Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) plays a pivotal role in the private cloud. The module first provides an overview of Virtual Machine Manager, and will then show how it is used to manage a virtual environment. Additionally, this module explains how to create private clouds by using Virtual Machine Manager. In the lab, you will create a private cloud and then optimize it so that is ready for production use.

  • Overview of System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
  • Managing the Virtual Environment with Virtual Machine Manager
  • Creating Clouds

After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the, key features, architecture, and security features of Virtual Machine Manager, including the role that it plays in a cloud environment.
  • Manage a cloud infrastructure using Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Configure private cloud resources and security.
Module 3: Deploying Cloud Services

This module reviews the key elements that form a service in VMM and how the service is deployed to the private cloud.

  • Overview of Service Templates
  • VMM Profiles
  • Web Deploy Packages
  • Overview of Server App-V
  • Data-Tier Application Packages
  • Deploying Services through App Controller

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Create service templates.
  • Create VMM machine profiles.
  • Create Web Deploy packages.
  • Sequence applications by using Server App-V.
  • Create data-tier application packages.
  • Deploy services by using App Controller.
Module 4: Monitoring Cloud Based Applications

Module 1 explained how the health of the private cloud infrastructure is monitored with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager. This is important in maintaining the underlying infrastructure that the private cloud relies on. This module shows how Operations Manager is used to monitor the services deployed in a cloud.

  • Overview of System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
  • Agent Deployment in Operations Manager
  • Configuring Custom Monitoring
  • Monitoring the Network Infrastructure
  • Monitoring Distributed Applications

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe Operations Manager, including its key features, security and architecture.
  • Deploy agents in Operations Manager to application servers.
  • Configure custom monitoring for applications and services in the cloud.
  • Monitor the networking infrastructure that applications and services rely upon.
  • Monitor Distributed Applications.
Module 5: Configuring Application Performance Monitoring

This module explains how to configure APM to monitor the performance and availability of a .NET application. Additionally, it discusses how Operations Manager 2012 R2 detects and reports failure of these monitors with its alerting and diagnostics tools.

  • Application Performance Monitoring
  • Advanced Monitoring in APM
  • Viewing Application Performance Data in Operations Manager

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe APM including the core components and best practices when using APM.
  • Configure advanced monitoring in APM.
  • View Application Performance Monitoring data in Operations Manager.
Module 6: Operating and Extending Service Management in the Private Cloud

This module covers the core features of Service Manager and the security model that supports it. It also covers how to map critical IT processes to Service Manager, and how to use the features of Service Manager to administer these processes. Additionally, the module describes methods to create and manage change requests, incidents, and release records.

  • Overview of Service Manager
  • Configuring Security and User Roles
  • Configuring Work Items
  • Configuring Incident Queues
  • Configuring Service Offerings for a Cloud

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe Service Manager.
  • Configure security and user roles.
  • Configure work items.
  • Configure incident queues.
  • Configure service offerings.
Module 7: Automating Incident Creation, Remediation, and Change Requests

This module describes Orchestrator, reviews the integration features that are available through the installation of the System Center Integration Packs, and explains the processes to follow when configuring automation between Service Manager and Operations Manager.

  • Overview of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator
  • Integrating Orchestrator with Operations Manager and Service Manager

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe Orchestrator including Integration Packs.
  • Configure integration between Orchestrator, Operations Manager and Service Manager.
Module 8: Problem Management in the Private Cloud

This module explains how a defined set of processes can help reduce the time to resolve problems. It also reviews how incidents and problems are managed within Service Manager. Additionally, this module explains how the integration of Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, and System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager can provide an automated method of generating problem records in Service Manager.

  • Overview of Problem Management
  • Creating Custom Rules

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe problem management.
  • Create custom rules.in Operations Manager.
Module 9: Operating a Self Service, Multi-Tenant Cloud with Windows Azure Pack

In this module you will learn how the Windows Azure Pack can be used to provide a self-service portal for tenants and administrators, and a multi-tenant framework for onboarding users. You will also learn how to provision web site, virtual machine and service bus clouds as well as looking at providing database services and automation.

  • Windows Azure Pack Key Concepts
  • Administer Windows Azure Pack
  • Windows Azure Pack Providers

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the key features, architecture, components, and security features of Windows Azure Pack.
  • Describe the Windows Azure Pack concepts.
  • Provision and Configure services in the Windows Azure Pack.
Module 10: High Availability, Protection, and Recovery for the Cloud

This module explains how to manage a highly available cloud Infrastructure using SQL Server 2012 Always-On, Hyper-V Replica and Azure Site Recovery. This module also details how to use Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - Data Protection Manager (DPM) to provide data protection for a cloud.

  • High Availability for a Cloud
  • Protecting Data in the Private Cloud
  • Recovering Data in the Private Cloud

After completing this module, you will be able to configure:

  • High availability for a cloud.
  • Data protection for a cloud.
  • Data recovery for a cloud.
Module 11: Optimizing Your Cloud Infrastructure

You will learn how Configuration Manager can be used to provide update management for Virtual Machines hosted in a cloud infrastructure. You will also learn how System Center Advisor can be used to optimize and manage cloud infrastructure by providing best practice guidelines for the configuration of the servers hosting cloud infrastructure. Finally you will learn how Pro-Tips can be used to optimize the virtualized environment and provide automated remediation when problems are detected in the environment.

  • Using Virtual Machine Manager to Keep the Cloud Infrastructure Up-to-Date
  • Using Configuration Manager to keep Virtual Machines up-to-date
  • Using System Center Advisor to Optimize Cloud infrastructure
  • Using Pro-Tips to Optimize Cloud infrastructure

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Update the host infrastructure with Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Update the host and guest infrastructure with Configuration Manager.
  • Optimize your platform with System Center Advisor.
  • Optimize your virtual machine workloads with Pro-Tips.
Module 12: Configuring SLAs, Dashboards, and Widgets

As an IT operations toolset, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 produces and collects a vast array of data. The challenge for IT organizations as a whole is to gather this information and present it in a meaningful way to the relevant stakeholders. This module explains the various available methodologies within System Center to collect, measure, and scorecard the performance and availability of the private cloud infrastructure.

  • Service Level Tracking
  • Configuring and Deploying Widgets and Dashboards
  • Publishing Real-Time State with Microsoft Visio Snap-in
  • System Center Analytics
  • Using Excel and SSRS to View Data
  • Configuring Service Reporting

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Configure Service Level Tracking in Operations Manager.
  • Configure and deploy dashboards and widgets.
  • Publishing real-time dashboards with Microsoft Visio.
  • Use System Center analytics.
  • Analyze Service Manager OLAP cube data using Microsoft Office Excel.
  • Install, configure and use Service Reporting to create chargeback reports.

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Microsoft Course 20247

This course equips students with the skills they require to configure and deploy a cloud using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. Using hands-on labs, students learn the following:

  • Produce a high-level design that accounts for requirements for cloud environments.
  • Configure and deploy the cloud fabric.
  • Configure a PXE server, an update server, and a software update baseline.
  • Configure Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (App-V) so that it can be used to sequence and deploy an application virtually.
  • Build the core components necessary for delivering services on the fabric.
  • Allocate resources to a cloud and grant access to a cloud.
  • Understand how to monitor clouds using Operations Manager.
  • Understand the tools necessary to extend and customize Operations Manager for cloud environments.
  • Set up, configure, and integrate the core components of Service Manager into a cloud fabric.
  • Configure a service catalog, and then publish it to the Self-Service Portal.
  • Gain the knowledge necessary to deploy and configure Data Protection Manager in a cloud.
  • Deploy and configure Orchestrator in a cloud, and then integrate it with other System Center components.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for cloud administrators who will be responsible for designing, installing and configuring a cloud infrastructure.

At Course Completion

After completing this course students will be able to:

  • Plan for a Hybrid Cloud
  • Configure and deploy a Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
  • Extend and maintain the Cloud infrastructure
  • Configure application delivery for a cloud
  • Create Private Cloud building blocks
  • Deploy and access private clouds
  • Monitor the Cloud infrastructure
  • Extend and customize monitoring of the Cloud infrastructure
  • Implement Service Management for the Cloud
  • Configure High Availability, Disaster Recovery and Protection for a Cloud
  • Automate and standardize the Cloud
  • Configure a multi-tenant Cloud

Prerequisites

This course describes cloud configuration and deployment with System Center 2012 R2. Because this is an extensive technical domain that includes several individual products and technologies, it is strongly recommended administrators have prerequisite knowledge in the following areas:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
  • Working knowledge of previous versions of System Center products
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Windows Azure
  • Microsoft Windows Azure Pack
  • Networking and storage experience
  • Familiarity with cloud management processes
  • Previous work with IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
  • Previous work with Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF).

Course Outline

Module 1: Planning for the Cloud

Students learn how to plan for a hybrid cloud. This includes the various cloud models, understanding the requirements for a private and public cloud and designing a private cloud infrastructure. They are also provided with an overview of the System Center 2012 R2 components.

  • Understanding Cloud Models
  • Benefits for Deploying a Private Cloud
  • Designing a Private Cloud Infrastructure
  • Overview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
  • Overview of System Center 2012 R2 Components
  • Deploying Hyper-V Clustering with VMM

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the private cloud.
  • Understand the requirements for deploying a private cloud.
  • Design the private cloud infrastructure.
  • Describe the Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 components.
  • Deploy Hyper-V host clustering with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).
Module 2: Configuring and Deploying the Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Students learn how to configure and deploy a private cloud using Virtual Machine Manager. This includes an overview of the various Virtual Machine Manager components including Security Roles and host groups.

  • Overview of VMM Architecture and Components
  • Configuring Advanced Networking in VMM
  • Installing and Upgrading VMM
  • Configuring VMM Security and Roles
  • Understanding Host Groups

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Define and describe the components of VMM and its architecture.
  • Configure advanced networking in VMM.
  • Install and upgrade VMM.
  • Configure VMM security and roles.
  • Understand host groups.
Module 3: Extending and Maintaining Cloud Infrastructure

Students learn how to extend and maintain the private cloud infrastructure. This includes how VMM integrates with WDS and WSUS and how to deploy bare-metal Hyper-V host servers. They also learn how to configure software updates for the private cloud fabric using VMM.

  • Overview of the PXE and Update Server Roles
  • Deploying Bare-Metal Hyper-V Host Servers
  • Configuring the Update Server Role
  • Creating and Using an Update Baseline

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe how VMM integrates with WDS and WSUS to provide Pre-Boot eXecution Environment (PXE) Server role and Update Server roles.
  • Describe how to deploy bare-metal Hyper-V host servers.
  • Configure the Update Server role.
  • Create and remediate a software update compliance baseline.
Module 4: Configuring Application Delivery

Students learn how to configure application delivery for the private cloud using VMM. This includes configuring dynamic application deployment and sequencing applications using Server App-V.

  • Dynamic Application Deployment Overview
  • Web Deployment Packages
  • Server Application Virtualization Overview
  • Configuring Server App-V Components
  • Sequencing and Deploying Virtual Applications

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe dynamic application deployment.
  • Create web deployment packages by using the Web Deployment Tool.
  • Configure the Server App-V Sequencer and agent.
  • Sequence and then deploy a Server App-V virtualized application.
Module 5: Creating the Private Cloud Building Blocks

Students learn about the private cloud building blocks which include configuring virtual machine templates and profiles in VMM. They also learn how to configure the Service Provider Foundation and networking in VMM.

  • Configuring Guest Operating System Profiles
  • Configuring Hardware Profiles
  • Configuring SQL Server Using SQL Server Profiles
  • Configuring Application Profiles
  • Configuring Virtual Machine Templates
  • Configuring Service Provider Foundation
  • Configuring User Roles

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Configure the guest operating system profiles.
  • Configure hardware profiles.
  • Configure SQL Server by using SQL Server profiles.
  • Configure application profiles.
  • Configure virtual machine templates.
  • Configure the Service Provider Foundation.
  • Configure the self-service user role.
Module 6: Deploying and Configuring Access to a Private Cloud

Students learn how to deploy and access a private cloud. This includes configuring private cloud resources and private cloud capacity. They also learn how to install and configure App Controller and how to manage services and service templates.

  • Understanding Private Cloud Computing
  • Installing and Configuring App Controller
  • Creating and Managing Service Templates

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe a private cloud.
  • Install and configure App Controller.
  • Create and manage services and service templates.
Module 7: Monitoring Cloud Infrastructure

Students learn how to monitor the hybrid cloud infrastructure with Operations Manager. This includes installing and configuring Operations Manager and integrating Operations Manager with other System Center 2012 R2 components.

  • Operations Manager Architecture and Security
  • Operations Manager Installation Considerations
  • Configuring User Roles and Notifications
  • Configuring Management Packs
  • Configuring Integration with System Center 2012 R2

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the security considerations and architecture of Operations Manager.
  • Plan for high availability and disaster recovery.
  • Upgrade from Operations Manager 2012 SP1 to Operations Manager 2012 R2.
  • Configure notification subscriptions in Operations Manager.
  • Install, configure, and upgrade management packs.
  • Configure integration between Operations Manager and other System Center 2012 R2 components.
Module 8: Extending and Customizing Monitoring of the Cloud Infrastructure

Students learn how to extend and customize the monitoring of the hybrid cloud infrastructure. This includes configuring System Center Advisor to assess the hybrid cloud infrastructure configuration, integrating Operations Manager with SharePoint and how monitoring templates are used in Operations Manager. They also learn how to implement distributed application monitoring in Operations Manager.

  • Configuring System Center Advisor
  • Configuring the SharePoint Server Portal
  • Monitoring Templates
  • Distributed Application Monitoring

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Configure System Center Advisor.
  • Configure the Operations Manager SharePoint Web Part.
  • Describe how to use Management Pack templates in Operations Manager.
  • Configure distributed application monitoring.
Module 9: Implementing Service Management for the Cloud

Students learn how to implement service management for the private cloud using Service Manager. This includes an overview of Service Manager including the architecture, understanding work items and configuring connectors in Service Manager. They also learn how to configure notifications in Service Manager.

  • Service Manager Architecture Overview
  • Upgrading to System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager
  • Understanding Service Manager Work Items
  • Configuring Service Manager Connectors
  • Configuring Service Manager Notifications

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Service Manager architecture.
  • Upgrade to System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager.
  • Understand Service Manager work items.
  • Configure Service Manager connectors.
  • Configure Service Manager notifications.
Module 10: Configuring High Availability, Disaster Recovery and Protection for a Cloud

Students learn how to configure protection and disaster recovery for the private cloud. This includes configuring Hyper-V Recovery Manager. Students are also provided with an overview of Data protection Manager (DPM) and learn how to configure data protection and recovery in DPM.

  • Planning for Azure Site Recovery
  • Planning DPM Deployment
  • DPM Architecture and Components
  • Upgrading DPM
  • Configuring DPM for the Private Cloud
  • Configuring Application Protection for a Cloud
  • Restoring Applications to the Cloud

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Configure Azure Site Recovery.
  • Plan DPM deployment.
  • Describe DPM architecture and components.
  • Upgrade DPM.
  • Configure DPM for the private cloud.
  • Configure application protection for the private cloud.
  • Restore applications to the private cloud.
Module 11: Automating and Standardizing a Cloud

Students learn how to automate and standardize the private cloud using System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator. This includes an overview of Orchestrator including its architecture and components. They also learn how to configure Integration Packs and Runbooks in Orchestrator and how these can be used to automate processes in the private cloud.

  • Orchestrator Architecture and Components Overview
  • Deploying and Configuring Core Components
  • Managing Runbooks
  • Configuring Integration Packs

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe Orchestrator architecture and components.
  • Deploy and configure Orchestrator components.
  • Create and execute run books.
  • Configure integration packs.
Module 12: Configuring a Self-Service Multi-Tenant Cloud with the Windows Azure Pack

Students learn how to configure a multi-tenant private cloud by Windows Azure Pack including how to configure virtual machine clouds, website clouds and SQL clouds.

  • Configuring the Windows Azure Pack

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Windows Azure Pack, configure VM Clouds, configure Website Clouds, configure SQL Clouds, and configure Plans.

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