Stuff to know to prepare for the 71-652 : TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

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What do you need to know to pass the beta exam ( I blogged about just a minute ago : MCTS Windows Server Virtualization Is Available In Beta (71-652)) (you can also follow this course for free. Check out this post for more info) :

Skills measured by Exam 70-652

Install Hyper-V (14%)

Select and configure hardware to meet Hyper-V prerequisites. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · Evaluate existing environment
  • · Disk/LUN (logical unit number)
  • · Memory requirements
  • · Right CPU/BIOS
  • · Networking/NIC

Configure Windows Server 2008 for Hyper-V. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · Identify requirements
  • · Deploy Hyper-V w/VMM
  • · Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool
  • · Install on Full
  • · Install on Core

Configure Hyper-V to be highly available. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · Failover clustering
  • · Disk structure (RAID, quorum, shared storage)
  • · Network

Configure and Optimize Hyper-V (20%)

Manage and optimize Hyper-V server. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · VHD (virtual hard disk) location
  • · Snapshot location
  • · SCVMM vNext
  • · Authorization Manager
  • · Release Key
  • · Performance monitoring of 2k8

Configure virtual networking. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · Virtual Network Manager tool
  • · SCVMM
  • · Virtual switches
  • · VLAN tagging
  • · External/Private/Internal switches

Configure remote administration. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · Install Hyper-V manager (Windows 2008 & Vista)
  • · WMI
  • · WinRM
  • · Firewall settings
  • · RDP

Deploy Virtual Machines (30%)

Migrate a computer to Hyper-V. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · From VS 2005
  • · From third-party (Acronis)
  • · From VPC (virtual PC)
  • · From Hyper-V (import/export)
  • · Intel to AMD virtual machine state
  • · By using SCVMM vNext (P2V and V2V)
  • · Integration Services/VM additions
  • · Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool

Create or clone a virtual machine. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · Prepare guest OS for duplication (sysprep)
  • · Differencing disks
  • · Copying VHD
  • · SCVMM vNext
  • · PXE Boot (legacy network adapter)
  • · Manage the Self Service portal
  • · WDS

Create a virtual disk. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · Pass-through disks
  • · Fixed vs. dynamic
  • · Differencing disks
  • · IDE vs SCSI
  • · Virtual Hard Disk Wizard

Manage templates, profiles, and the image library by using SCVMM vNext. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · ISOs
  • · VHDs
  • · Deployment from library

Manage and Monitor Virtual Machines (36%)

Monitor and optimize virtual machines.This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · Tool: Reliability and performance monitor
  • · Tool: SCVMM vNext
  • · Processor
  • · Optimize memory
  • · Network
  • · Disks

Manage virtual machine settings. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · DVD/ISO
  • · NIC
  • · Integration Services
  • · State of virtual machines
  • · Hypercall adapter availability requirements
  • · Reboot/start options
  • · BIOS
  • · Memory
  • · Proc. (NT 4.0)

Manage snapshots and backups. This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · Live backups of a VM using VSS (DPM)
  • · Backup within a virtual machine
  • · Snapshots

Configure a virtual machine for high availability.  This objective may include but is not limited to:

  • · Quick migration
  • · Storage redundancy
  • · Perform a manual failover
  • · Live migration if available
  • · Networking redundancy