The Microsoft Private Cloud Certification
is a designation meant to demonstrate an IT professional’s knowledge and experience with building private cloud solutions using Microsoft server technologies. The Private Cloud Certification is an additional designation which can be added to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) on Windows Server 2012 certification track. It can also be added to the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Enterprise Administrator or Server Administrator tracks, or to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) on Windows Server 2008 certification track.
There are two exams which must be passed to achieve the Private Cloud certification, and they are definitely not entry-level exams. Here is how Microsoft describes the experience level required for the Private Cloud certification exams:
“Candidates for [these exams] will have Windows Server, System Center 2012, security, high-availability, fault tolerance, and networking experience in an enterprise environment. Candidates should also have basic Microsoft SQL Server, Windows PowerShell knowledge, and application configuration experience.”
Microsoft System Center 2012 is a suite of server products that make up Microsoft’s latest enterprise network management system. One of the components of System Center 2012 is System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), which some of you may know from its older incarnation as Systems Management Server (SMS). SCCM 2012 is the new one-stop shop for performing OS deployment and software distribution, asset management (both hardware and software), and patch deployment for Windows clients.
Private Cloud Exam Overview
The Private Cloud certification exams were released in June 2012. As mentioned, there are two exams which candidates must pass to receive the Private Cloud certification:
Let’s take a look at both of these exams in some greater detail.
Exam 70-246 Details
Here is a list of the knowledge domains covered by the 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 exam. The approximate percentage of questions dedicated to each knowledge domain on the exam is also listed.
1) Configure data center process automation. (15-20%)
This topic includes implementing workflows and service offerings.
2) Deploy resource monitoring. (20-25%)
This topic includes deploying and configuring end-to-end monitoring, and creating monitoring reports and dashboards.
3) Monitor resources. (20-25%)
This topic includes monitoring network devices, servers, the virtualization layer, a...
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