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  • Published:
    April 7, 2014
  • Languages:
    English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Microsoft System Center 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • Credit toward certification:

Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud

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Skills measured

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Design and deploy System Center (15–20%)
  • Design a scalable System Center architecture
    • Planning for capacity, high availability, scalability, business continuity, delegation, and disaster recovery; assess the current datacenter environment; identify the appropriate System Center components for the private cloud implementation
  • Install the System Center Infrastructure
    • Install prerequisites required for System Center; install System Center components
  • Upgrade System Center components
    • In-place upgrade, side-by-side migration

Preparation resources

Configure System Center infrastructure (20–25%)
  • Configure System Center components
    • Configure Data Protection Manager (DPM) storage pools; configure DPM site-to-site replication; configure System Center agents; configure System Center Management Groups; configure System Center data retention; configure Orchestrator watcher nodes; configure Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for System Center; configure user roles, Run-As accounts, Run-As profiles; configure Service Manager database; configure Operations Manager Gateway
  • Configure portals and dashboards
    • App Controller portal; Service Manager self-service portal; Operations Manager dashboards including Application Monitoring dashboards

Preparation resources

Configure the fabric (25–30%)
  • Configure the storage fabric
    • Classification and pools; providers; arrays; File server cluster; storage pools; file shares
  • Configure the network fabric
    • Logical networks; VM networks; IP/MAC resource pools; VIP templates; load balancing; logical switches; network isolation, including network virtualization with Windows Server Gateway; private VLANs and VLANs
  • Configure and manage the deployment and update servers
    • Integrate a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server into the Virtual Machine Manager fabric; configure and manage a library server; integrate Windows Deployment Services (WDS)/PXE into the Virtual Machine Manager fabric, including virtualization hosts deployment using Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
  • Configure clouds and virtualization hosts
    • Clouds and host groups; configure and deploy virtualization hosts

Preparation resources

Configure System Center integration (15–20%)
  • Configure private cloud integration
    • Configure Operations Manager connectors; Orchestrator integration packs; Service Manager connectors; SharePoint integration; Configure IP Address Management (IPAM) server integration, configure AppController
  • Configure integration of private and public clouds
    • Configure Service Provider Framework (SPF), configure Microsoft Azure Pack for Windows Server

Preparation resources

Configure and deploy virtual machines and services (15–20%)
  • Configure profiles
    • Configure physical computer profiles, guest operating system profiles, hardware profiles, SQL server profiles, application profiles, capability profiles
  • Create and configure server App-V packages
    • Sequence an application, configure App-V package settings; configure and deploy a server App-V agent
  • Configure and deploy a service
    • Import and export templates; configure VM templates; configure service templates; deploy a SQL DAC package; deploy a web deploy package; deploy a Server App-V package; create and configure pre-install post-install, and First VM When Created scripts
  • Update a service
    • Apply updates to existing VMs (in-place); deploy new VMs with updated settings; update/replace the operating system; update/replace apps; update/replace SQL; scale out service tiers

Preparation resources

Preparation options

Instructor-led training
Exam prep video

Microsoft Certification PREP Talk: Exam 247

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From the community

Exam Ref 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud
Published: October 30, 2014 (estimated)

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Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam 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.

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