*Update – Be sure to check out the free Training Courses for 70-652! *
5 Free Virtualization Training Courses for the Holidays! (HyperV)
How much does Free Microsoft Learning Cost? (Hint: Free!)
Now continue to this old post :)
You’re signed up, you’re in the beta! with 12 days left to take the test!
You get out there, study study study… wait, what am I supposed to study?
Well, first of all you decide to check out that Microsoft E-Learning I mentioned before here:
And let me tell you, this E-learning is very useful, if you’ve never touched ESX, XenServer, or Hyper-V.
If you’ve played with Hyper-V at all, and read the help file you will find it isn’t ALL that useful.
I’m not saying don’t give it a whirl, give it a try… But do NOT expect that to be your keys to the kingdom. You’ll be lucky if it can be used as a dowsing rod to find the moat!
(Wait, do castles even have keys?!)
Okay, so what do I do now?
Here is the first and most important thing you should do.
Read this: Test Information and Support
If ever there was a time in your life to read something like this, read it, look at it, read it again.
Go line by line, if there is something you do not understand (WTF? winrm?!) Learn about it, read about it, study it. Because that little bit of guidance there is one of the first things you ought to do, as you’ll be on a tough road without it.
Now it is pertinent that you get face time, hardcore time spent playing with the following:
Hyper-V: Load it up, the console up and running, virtualize some machines.
Hyper-v on Core: Atleast know how to do it!
SCVMM: If you’ve never touched this, looked at it, give up now. Seriously, give up now!
SCOM: This isn’t as important, but atleast be familiar with how SCOM plays with Virtualization
MAPS: No, not that song from Rockband, The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solutions
2008 Clusters: Seriously, Seriously Francine, these Clusters, Seriously. Yes, know the clusters!
Networking: Know the difference between the different networking types and when they apply.
Disks: Know inside and out all of the details of the different type of disk options.
Snapshots: Snapshots are your friend, and your enemy if you think you know them and don’t!
CPU Requirements: This cannot be stressed enough. This ISN’T VMware – It’s more like Xen.
Check out Blogs and other things ofcourse.
Definitely DO check out the SCVMM Videos (Thanks to Jeff Webb for mentioning the link)
If by trial, jury and virtue – You wholly understand each of these concepts, ideas and have a grasp of Virtualization, you should be fine. Just by installing Hyper-V, you’ll be set for 25% of the questions. The same can be said of the installation of SCVMM as well.
I’m not at liberty to share explicit details of the exam, which is why I reference back to the ‘study notes’, as these were more or less on the ball – Read each line if you don’t understand it, plan to do poorly on that question(s)!