On April 15th @MichaelBender challenged the readers of MS Learning’s Born To Learn blog. The challenge is to complete the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Private Cloud Certification. This certification requires five exams, I have completed three of these already so I decided that I will take on the challenge of completing two of these exams by/at Tech Ed! I am required to complete two exams, however there an extra exam that is a possible substitute. The exam is the 70-659 (Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization), which will count as the 70-247. Throughout this blog post I am going to outline my tentative schedule and some of the learning resources I’ve already gathered.
- Read Born To Learn
- Follow Hash Tag #60Days2MCSE
- DO LABS! – This is the best way to learn is by doing!
- Watch Videos – I personally gather more watching than reading
To complete a task like this you need to have a plan, and my plan is in the form of resources I will be using and a schedule I will be following, the schedule isn’t going to be easy considering I am graduating from college in 22 days, and I am at the beginning of finals now.
This week will consist of mostly planning and gathering, considering I will only be doing my studying for week 1 for the next two days because of school/work obligations. However I have already started by deciding to take this challenge and gathering the resources I am going to use in this post. This week I will begin by watching the Train Signal Videos for Microsoft Server Virtualization Training available for purchase at Train Signal.
Week 2 will be pretty simple, I plan to continue knocking out the Train Signal videos however considering there are 25 videos equaling nearly 14 hours I should be finishing this somewhere around the middle-late week 2. If I complete the Train Signal videos I will continue by finding supplemental reading materials about this exam most likely through technet. For week 2 I will also be working on acquiring the hardware which I’ve already started looking into, you will find my potential hardware build in the resources below.
Time to cram with any possible materials I find, I will be taking Exam 1! Near the end of Week 3 it is my goal to have passed the 70-659 exam, this exam will cover my first exam requirement that I am missing for my MCSE: Private Cloud. This week I hope to have acquired my hardware and will begin building the true lab environment for learning.
Now that I will have the 70-659 out of the way I will switch gears to the newer cooler technology System Center 2012! My first resource I will be reading through and hopefully following through will be the Microsoft Private Cloud: Evaluation Guide, which I have no idea where I found this downloadable PDF, but I have attached it for your downloading pleasure!
I have a feeling I am going to get tired of reading guides so I am going to mix in some of the MMS videos I have linked below in as additional study material. I did not link all MMS videos, just the ones that I believe are close to the curriculum that will be covered on the exam.
We are getting close! Now it is time to learn great details and depth into these systems… that means White Papers! I found this white paper on Microsoft Private Cloud shared on twitter which I plan on at least reading partially and continue watching the videos from MMS that are linked below. I will also be spending a good chunk of my focus on the Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs.
Week 7 is going to be me continuing with the guided labs, possibly some videos and making myself comfortable for this exam. I’ll tell you now there is a good chance I’ll have the MMS videos playing while I drive so I can at least listen (I will not watch it and try to drive at same time I promise!)
Tech Ed!!!! Whew this is going to be the most fun week, considering it is the last one (hopefully)! This will also be a short week considering I am hoping to have this done by June 10th. I am going to be driving to Tech Ed, and that means it is a 16 hour 24 minute drive for me. I will be leaving my home (sometime) on the 9th of June, and taking my exam (hopefully) sometime in the afternoon on the 10th.
Microsoft Jump Start! Microsoft Server Virtualization (70-659) – Cost $99 + You get Exam Voucher
Microsoft E-Learning Materials for 70-659
Server Lab Hardware Guide: Blistering Fast Windows Server Parts
Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Guide (PDF)
Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs
Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software
Private Cloud Jump Start Videos
AM-B310 - I’ve Deployed Operations Manager Application Performance Monitoring (APM): Now What?
AM-B313 - Why Should IT Pros Care about Application Management?
AM-B316 - Server App-V: End-to-End Virtual Application Deployment Using System Center 2012
AM-B318 – Operations Manager: Application Monitoring Overview (.NET + Java)
AM-B319 - Managing from the Cloud
AM-B321 - System Center 2012 Suite: Real-World Solutions by CSC and Royal Mail
CD-B207 - Configuration Manager 2012: Getting Started
CD-B311 – Configuration Manager 2012: Application Management Technical Overview
CD-B315 - Configuration Manager 2012: Plan, Deploy, and Migrate from Configuration Manager 2007
CD-B327 - Configuration Manager 2012: Deployment and Infrastructure
CD-B328 - Configuration Manager 2012: Maximizing Security
CD-B329 - Configuration Manager 2012: Operating System Deployment Technical Overview
CD-B330 – Configuration Manager 2012: Overview
CD-B331 – Configuration Manager 2012: Security and Compliance Management
CD-B406 – Configuration Manager 2012 and PowerShell: Better Together
CD-B408 – Implementing Security Compliance Manager for Compliance in Configuration Manager 2012
CD-B409 – Configuration Manager 2012: Application Management Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting
CD-B410 – Configuration Manager 2012: The Expert Quiz
CD-B411 – Configuration Manager 2012: Infrastructure Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting
FI-B307 – Cloud Clustering: Leveraging System Center 2012 for Continual Availability in the Private Cloud
FI-B316 – Operations Manager: Network Monitoring
FI-B317 – Operations Manager 2012: Overview of What’s New
FI-B318 - System Center 2012: Managing Multiple Hypervisors, VMware and Xen, and How They Fit into the Microsoft Private Cloud
FI-B320 – Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Service Creation and Deployment from the Ground Up
FI-B321 – Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Maintenance and Updates to a Service and the Underlying Hypervisor Infrastructure
FI-B322 – Virtual Machine Manager 2012: PowerShell Is Your Friend, and Here’s Why
FI-B323 – Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Feature Drilldown on Libraries, Service Template Import/Export, and More
FI-B327 – Automating Protection and Recovery with Data Protection Manager and the System Center Suite
FI-B328 – How to Build a Microsoft Private Cloud in Your Own Lab in 1,000 Tiny Steps with Free Trial Software
FI-B330 – System Center 2012 Unified Installer
SD-B305 – Operations Manager and Orchestrator: Better Together
SD-B306 – System Center 2012 Self Service: The Future of SSP
SD-B307 – Service Delivery and Automation: Configure and Deploy
SD-B308 – Service Delivery and Automation: Monitor and Operate
SD-B310 – Service Manager 2012: Automated Request Offering in Six Steps
SD-B315 – System Center 2012: Monitoring and Operations Tips and Advice
SV-B310 – Deep Dive: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V Changes – Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX
I would like to thank everyone who may have shared some of these resources on twitter, or other blogs that I stumbled upon. Specifically a big thanks to Phil Schwan of MyITForum for posting how to download the MMS videos and the cementer on his site Joe Gasper for linking them for easy downloading!