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MCSE: Private Cloud Certification Training

MCSE: Private Cloud Training Course (System Center 2012)

Course Length: 12 days
Certifications: MCSE: Private Cloud
Number of Exams: 2
SATV Vouchers: 10
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Course Number: #CED-909

"The instructor did an excellent job. He covered the material as thoroughly as possible in the time we had. Although I had to study hard to pass my exams, there is no doubt in my mind that I owe my scores in large part to his excellent instruction. Although this 'boot camp' was difficult, it was a very convenient and doable way to quickly pass my MCSE exams. I was very happy with both the quality and quantity of information presented in the classes and study materials. It was a very rewarding experience that I will recommend to others. I will return to CED Solutions for future education and certification. This 'boot camp' was an excellent value!"

-Joe Ramsey, Knoxville, TN


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  • Includes roundtrip airfare and lodging
    (Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale boot camps only)
  • Hands-on instruction by a certified instructor
  • Includes all course materials and practice exams
  • Onsite 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 10751

Exam 70-247 - This course teaches students how to design, install and configure a private cloud, including how to configure and deploy the application infrastructure as well as the key components of System Center 2012 that are necessary for delivering services on the private cloud infrastructure.

This course provides direction on producing a high-level design that accounts for requirements for the private cloud environment. Students will learn how to configure and deploy the application infrastructure, how to configure a preboot execution environment (PXE) server, an update server, and a software update baseline. Students will learn how to sequence and deploy an application virtually, and how to build the core components that are necessary for delivering services in the infrastructure. They will also allocate resources and grant access to the private cloud.

Additionally, students will learn how to monitor the private cloud, and setup, configure, and integrate the core System Center 2012 - Service Manager components into the private cloud infrastructure. Students will learn how to configure a service catalog and publish this catalog to the self-service portal. They will also gain the knowledge required to deploy and configure System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager (DPM) and Orchestrator in a private cloud, and integrate these products with other System Center 2012 components.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for data center administrators who will be responsible for designing, installing, and configuring a private cloud infrastructure. The secondary audience for this course are data center administrators who will be responsible for monitoring and protecting the private cloud infrastructure.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan for the private cloud.
  • Configure and deploy the private cloud infrastructure.
  • Extend and maintain the private cloud infrastructure.
  • Configure virtual application delivery.
  • Create the private cloud building blocks.
  • Deploy and access the first business unit private cloud.
  • Monitor the private cloud infrastructure.
  • Extend and customize monitoring of the private cloud infrastructure.
  • Implement service management for the private cloud.
  • Configure a private cloud service catalog.
  • Protect the private cloud infrastructure.
  • Automate and standardize the private cloud.

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students should already have the following technical knowledge:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).
  • Networking experience.
  • Working knowledge of previous versions of System Center products.
  • Microsoft SharePoint configuration.
  • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.
  • Familiarity with data center management processes.
  • Storage area networks (SANs).

Course Outline

Module 1: Planning for the Private Cloud

This module describes the core components of a private cloud and the prerequisites for deploying a private cloud.

  • Understanding the Private Cloud
  • Requirements for Deploying a Private Cloud
  • Designing the Private Cloud Components
  • Deploying a Private Cloud Infrastructure with System Center 2012
  • Deploying Hyper-V Clustering with Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the private cloud.
  • Describe the requirements for deploying a private cloud.
  • Design private cloud components.
  • Deploy a private cloud infrastructure with System Center 2012.
  • Deploy Hyper-V clustering with VMM.
Module 2: Configuring and Deploying the Private Cloud Infrastructure

This module describes how to configure infrastructure components by using System Center 2012 -Virtual Machine Manager.

  • Virtual Machine Manager Architecture and Components Overview
  • Installing and Upgrading Virtual Machine Manager
  • Configuring VMM Security and Roles
  • Understanding Host Groups

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe VMM architecture and components.
  • Install and upgrade VMM.
  • Configure VMM security and roles.
  • Understand host groups.
Module 3: Extending and Maintaining the Private Cloud Infrastructure

This module describes how to integrate features provided by Windows Deployment Services (WDS) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to help extend and manage the VMM private cloud infrastructure resources.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how VMM integrates with WDS and WSUS to provide PXE and Update server roles.
  • Describe how to deploy bare-metal Hyper-V host servers.
  • Describe how to maintain updates within the VMM fabric.
  • Configure the Update server role.
  • Create and remediate a software update compliance baseline.
Module 4: Configuring Virtual Application Delivery

This module explains how to use the Microsoft Web Deployment Tool and Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V) to dynamically deploy applications in the private cloud.

  • 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, students will be able to:

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

This module explains how to prepare and deploy the underlying infrastructure components that are used as building blocks for delivering private cloud services.

  • Configuring Guest Operating System Profiles
  • Configuring Hardware Profiles
  • Deploying SQL Server Using SQL Server Profiles
  • Configuring Application Profiles for a Deployment
  • Configuring Virtual Machine Templates
  • Configuring Self-Service Portal Users

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Configure guest operating system profiles.
  • Configure hardware profiles.
  • Deploy SQL Server using SQL Server profiles.
  • Configure application profiles for a deployment.
  • Configure virtual machine templates.
  • Configure self-service portal users.
Module 6: Deploying and Accessing the First Business Unit Private Cloud

This module explains private clouds, System Center 2012 - App Controller, and private cloud services.

  • Understanding Private Clouds
  • Installing and Configuring Application Controller
  • Creating and Managing Services and Service Templates

After completing this module, students will be able to:

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

This module explains how to monitor the private cloud infrastructure by using System Center 2012 - Operations Manager.

  • Operations Manager Architecture and Security
  • Upgrading Operations Manager
  • Configuring Notifications
  • Configuring Management Packs
  • Configuring Integration with System Center 2012

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Operations Manager architecture and security considerations.
  • Upgrade from Operations Manager 2007 R2 to System Center 2012 - Operations Manager.
  • Describe the notification options available in Operations Manager.
  • Install, configure, and upgrade management packs.
  • Install and configure Operations Manager integration with VMM and DPM.
Module 8: Extending and Customizing Monitoring of the Private Cloud Infrastructure

This module explains how to use Operations Manager templates to monitor various applications and implement distributed application monitoring.

  • Configuring a SharePoint Portal
  • Using the Monitoring Templates
  • Understanding Distributed Application Monitoring

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Integrate Operations Manager data into a SharePoint portal.
  • Describe how to use monitoring templates.
  • Implement distributed application monitoring.
Module 9: Implementing Service Management for the Private Cloud

This module explains how to setup, configure, and integrate the core components of System Center 2012 - Service Manager into the private cloud infrastructure.

  • System Center Service Manager Architecture Overview
  • Upgrading Service Manager
  • Understanding Service Manager Work Items
  • Configuring System Center Service Manager Connectors
  • Configuring Notifications
  • Understanding Incident and Problem Management

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Setup and configure the core components of Service Manager.
  • Plan an upgrade from Service Manager 2010 R2 to System Center 2012 - Service Manager.
  • Describe the various work items and their relationships with each other.
  • Configure the Service Manager connectors.
  • Configure notifications.
  • Understand incident and problem management.
Module 10: Configuring a Private Cloud Service Catalog

This module explains how to configure a service catalog and publish the service catalog to the self-service portal.

  • What Is a Service Catalog?
  • Cloud Service Process Management Pack Overview
  • Configuring Service Request Fulfillment
  • Configuring Service Offerings
  • Service Level Management

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the service catalog and how it is implemented in Service Manager.
  • Configure the Cloud Services Process Management Pack.
  • Configure service request fulfillment.
  • Configure service offerings.
  • Use service level management.
Module 11: Protecting the Private Cloud Infrastructure

This module describes how to deploy and configure Data Protection Manager in a private cloud.

  • Data Protection Manager Architecture and Security
  • Upgrading Data Protection Manager
  • Configuring Data Protection Manager for Protection of the Private Cloud
  • Configuring Application Protection for the Private Cloud
  • Restoring Applications to the Private Cloud

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Data Protection Manager architecture and security considerations.
  • Plan an upgrade from Data Protection Manager 2010 R2 to System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager.
  • Configure the components required to provide protection for the private cloud infrastructure.
  • Configure protection of key applications within the private cloud infrastructure.
  • Restore key applications within the private cloud infrastructure.
Module 12: Automating and Standardizing the Private Cloud

This module explains how to deploy and configure System Center Orchestrator in a private cloud and integrate it with other System Center 2012 components.

  • System Center Orchestrator Overview
  • Deploying and Configuring Core Components
  • Configuring Integration Packs
  • Creating Runbooks
  • Executing a Runbook from Service Manager

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe key components of System Center Orchestrator.
  • Describe how to deploy and configure key Orchestrator components in a private cloud.
  • Configure the System Center integration packs in Orchestrator.
  • Create runbooks.
  • Configure Service Manager to execute runbooks.

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Microsoft Course 10750

Exam 70-246 - This course describes the various components of System Center and how to deploy, monitor and manage a service and prepackaged applications in to the private cloud as well as automating incident creation, remediation and change requests.

This course provides an overview of a private cloud infrastructure, the business and technical drivers behind the implementation, and how System Center 2012 can be used to monitor and operate the private cloud infrastructure. Students will learn how to configure and optimize a new business unit cloud as well as how to deploy pre-packaged applications and create a new service template to deploy a service into the cloud. Students will learn how System Center Operations Manager is used to monitor the various services that underpin the private cloud and will gain a deep insight into the Application Performance Monitoring (APM) feature of Operations Manager to monitor the performance and availability of an application. Students will learn about the core functionality of Service Manager and learn how to create and manage change requests, incidents, and release records as well as the security model behind Service Manager.

Students will also learn about problem management and how to use it within a service management framework using Service Manager. They will perform custom event monitoring in Operations Manager and then use it to identify and route incidents and problems to Service Manager, providing automatic incident creation, remediation and change requests. Students will learn how to provide automated self service provisioning and how to protect and recover the resources in the private cloud. Students will learn how to implement IT Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) in a private cloud. They will configure the environment to verify whether key private cloud infrastructure is correctly patched and updated, and will check for compliance across key Service Components and remediate non-compliant items. Students will learn how to provide surfacing service and performance-related data and how to optimize Cloud Resources.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for Datacenter administrators responsible for monitoring and protecting the private cloud infrastructure and solution architects responsible for designing private cloud architectures and extending existing private cloud solutions. Additionally, this course targets administrators who create service requests.

A secondary audience for this course may include datacenter administrators who are responsible for providing provisioning for applications that includes configuring and deploying those applications. In addition, business owners of applications or services, and administrators who implement service requests may be interested in this course. There is another course, Course 10751A, Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012, that specifically targets this secondary audience.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Configure Data Center Process Automation
  • Implement workflows
  • Implement service offerings
  • Deploy Resource Monitoring
  • Deploy end-to-end monitoring
  • Configure end-to-end monitoring
  • Create monitoring reports and dashboards
  • Monitor Resources
  • Monitor Network Devices
  • Monitor Servers
  • Monitor the virtualization layer
  • Monitor application health
  • Configure and Maintain Service Manager
  • Implement service level management
  • Manage problems and incidents
  • Manage cloud resources
  • Manage Configuration and Protection

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students should have:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 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
  • Knowledge of data center management processes
  • SAN Knowledge

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to the Private Cloud

This module gives students an overview of a private cloud infrastructure, including what it is, the business and technical drivers behind implementing it, and how they can use System Center 2012 to monitor and operate it. Students will understand the key concepts of a private cloud and verify key components of System Center 2012.

  • Overview of the Cloud Computing Model
  • Requirements for the Private Cloud
  • Operating a Private Cloud Infrastructure with System Center
  • Verifying the Health of the Private Cloud Infrastructure
  • Verifying the Health and Configuration of System Center
  • Verifying the Compliance of the Private Cloud Infrastructure

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the features of a cloud computing model.
  • Describe the requirements for the private cloud.
  • Describe how to use System Center 2012 to monitor and manage the private cloud.
  • Verify the health of the private cloud infrastructure.
  • Verify the health and configuration of System Center 2012.
  • Verify the compliance of the private cloud infrastructure.
Module 2: Configuring and Optimizing Business Unit Clouds

In this module, students will learn how to configure a new business unit cloud within Virtual Machine Manager.

  • Overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Managing a Virtual Environment with Virtual Machine Manager
  • Creating Business Unit Clouds

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the core components, key features, architecture, and security features of Virtual Machine Manager, and the role it plays in the private cloud.
  • Use Virtual Machine Manager to manage a virtual environment.
  • Describe how to build, and configure resources and security for, a business unit cloud.
Module 3: Deploying Cloud Services

In this module, students will learn to deploy pre-packaged applications and create a new service template to deploy a service into the cloud.

  • Overview of Service Templates
  • VMM Machine Profiles
  • Configuring SQL Server Profiles
  • Configuring Application Profiles
  • Overview of Web Deploy Packages
  • Overview of Server App-V
  • Overview of Data Tier Application Packages

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the elements of a service in VMM
  • Create service templates in VMM using the service template designer
  • Describe the process of creating machine profiles
  • Describe the process of creating application profiles
  • Describe the process of creating SQL profiles
  • Deploy services to a private cloud
Module 4: Monitoring Private Cloud Services

In this module, the students are given an overview of System Center Operations Manager. The students are also shown how Operations Manager is used to monitor the various services that underpin the private cloud. The students are then shown how to deploy agents to key service components running within the private cloud. Custom monitoring is then applied to these components which include the creation of a distributed application model to give a holistic view of the health of the private cloud infrastructure.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe what Operations Manager is, including the architecture, key features and security.
  • Describe how agents are deployed in Operations Manager.
  • Describe how to configure custom monitoring.
  • Describe how to monitor the networking infrastructure.
  • Describe how to monitor distributed applications.
Module 5: Configuring Application Performance Monitoring

This module gives students a deep insight into the Application Performance Monitoring (APM) feature of Operations Manager. A .NET application has been installed into the lab environment that will be used for this module. Students will learn to configure APM to monitor the performance and availability of this application. A break in the application is then instigated where students will see how Operations Manager detects and reports this with the Alerting and Diagnostics tools that are built into Operations Manager.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe what should be monitored in .NET Web Applications.
  • Describe how to check for errors when monitoring application performance.
  • Describe the performance and availability checking capabilities of Application Performance Monitoring in terms of code failure, performance bottlenecks, security and connectivity issues.
  • Describe how to configure Application Performance Monitoring.
Module 6: Operating and Extending Service Management in the Cloud

Students will learn about the core functionality of Service Manager and learn how to create and manage change requests, incidents, and release records. Students will also learn about the security model behind Service Manager so that they can customize and extend the integral functionality of the service.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the core components of Service Manager.
  • Configure the security model behind Service Manager.
  • Operate the key request types within Service Manager.
  • Describe how an incident queue is created and maintained.
  • Create and extend a basic service offering.
Module 7: Problem Management in the Cloud

Students will learn what problem management is and how they can use it within a service management framework. Additionally, students will understand its implementation as a manual feature of Service Manager. Finally, students will learn how to create a custom event monitor in Operations Manager and then use it to identify and route incidents and problems to Service Manager.

  • Overview of Problem Management
  • Creating Custom Rules

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe all the key problem management functions within Service Manager.
  • Discover how to create custom rules within Operations Manager.
Module 8: Automatic Incident Creation, Remediation and Change Requests

In this module, students will learn about Orchestrator and how it integrates with Operations Manager and Service Manager.

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key components of Orchestrator, including Integration Packs.
  • Describe how Orchestrator integrates with Operations Manager and Service Manager.
Module 9: Automating Self Service Provisioning

In this modules, students learn about automating self service provisioning using the System Center Cloud Service Process Pack, including the configuration items that are created and the request items that are contained in the System Center Cloud Service Process Pack.

  • Installing and Configuring the System Center Cloud Services Process Pack
  • Cloud Services Configuration Items
  • Cloud Services Request Items

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the core components of the cloud services process pack.
  • Describe all the configuration items created by the System Center Cloud Service Process Pack.
  • Describe the request items contained in the System Center Cloud Service Process Pack.
Module 10: Private Cloud Protection and Recovery

In this module students will learn how to protect the resources in the private cloud by using Data Protection Manager. They will also learn how to implement a recovery action by using Orchestrator to recover a database.

  • Protecting Data in the Private Cloud
  • Recovering Data in the Private Cloud

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Protect resources using Data Protection Manager.
  • Recover data using Data Protection Manager.
Module 11: Configuring Compliance in the Cloud

In this module students will learn how to implement IT Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) in a private cloud environment using System Center 2012. They will learn how to implement Software Update Compliance in Virtual Machine Manager to verify whether key private cloud infrastructure is correctly updated with the latest software updates and how they can implement the IT GRC Management Pack in Service Manager to check for compliance across key Service Components and remediate non-compliant items.

  • Implementing IT Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC)
  • Implementing Software Update Compliance

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify key implementation scenarios for IT GRC Compliance.
  • Describe common Software Update Compliance scenarios.
Module 12: Configuring SLAs, Dashboards and Widgets

In this module, students will be able to describe and use various methods for surfacing service and performance-related data from Operations Manager and Service Manager to SharePoint and Microsoft Excel.

  • Understanding Service Level Tracking in Operations Manager
  • Configuring and Deploying Widgets and Dashboards in Operations Manager
  • Publishing Real-Time State with Microsoft Visio
  • PerformancePoint Overview
  • Configuring Service Manager Analytics
  • Viewing Data with Excel

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how service level tracking is implemented and configured in Operations Manager.
  • Configure and deploy widgets.
  • Create and publish Microsoft Visio diagrams to display state from SCOM.
  • Create SharePoint-based dashboards and scorecards using PerformancePoint.
  • Describe how to configure analytics in Service Manager and SharePoint.
  • Describe how to view OLAP data from Excel.
Module 13: Optimizing Cloud Resources

In this module, students learn how to optimize cloud resources using various tools from components such as the Microsoft online Management Pack Catalog, Operations Manager, Service Manager, and Orchestrator.

  • Updating Management Packs through the Catalog
  • Configuring Operations Manager Groom Setting
  • Configuring Service Manager Groom Settings
  • Orchestrator Log Overview

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Update SCOM management packs by using the Microsoft online Management Pack Catalog.
  • Change Operations Manager groom settings by using SQL or by using the command-line tool.
  • Describe how to change the Service Manager data-retention period.
  • Locate Orchestrator troubleshooting logs, interpret the data contained within them, and describe how to change the settings for these logs.

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