• Published:
    February 12, 2010
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  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows Server 2008
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TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

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Skills measured

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Installing and configuring host and parent settings (18%)
  • Add the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Installing and configuring Hyper-V on Server Core; verifying BIOS settings (i.e. DEP); adding the Hyper-V role using Virtual Machine Manager; configuring Hyper-V Server R2; identifying hardware requirements
  • Enable remote management
    • Deploying Virtual Machine Manager Agent; configuring firewall rules; configuring Virtual Network Manager settings
  • Configure virtual networks and VLAN security
    • Configuring Media Access Control (MAC) address pools; configuring network locations; configuring VLAN tags; configuring VLAN security; configuring virtual networks
  • Configure storage
    • Configuring Multi Path Input Output (MPIO); executing the mpiocpl.exe command, dynamic I/O redirection, iSCSI initiator; executing the iscsicli.exe command

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Configuring child settings (18%)
  • Configure child resources
    • Configuring disks, networks, CPU, and memory
  • Configure child storage
    • Configuring dynamic VM storage; creating differencing disks; configuring pass-through disks; taking snapshots; managing GUIDs; managing logical unit numbers (LUNs); editing VHDs; copying physical disks to VHDs
  • Configure child network adapters
    • Creating synthetic and emulated network adapters; configuring MAC spoofing; configuring VLAN ID; configuring Jumbo frame; configuring TCP Offloading Engine (TOE)
  • Create and deploy virtual machines
    • Creating, cloning, deploying, and saving virtual machines using Virtual Machine Manager; creating virtual machines using Hyper-V Manager; configuring Self-Service Portal; scripting and deploying virtual machines using Windows PowerShell

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Managing and monitoring virtual environments (18%)
  • Solve performance and resource issues
    • Configuring Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO); monitoring the environment by using System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2; configuring event triggers; allocating resources by using Virtual Machine Manager; monitoring performance and diagnosing issues by using Performance Monitor or Resource Monitor
  • Configure delegation of rights
    • Creating user policies for self-service portal; creating and managing templates; managing and replicating libraries in Virtual Machine Manager
  • Create roles and configure authorization rights
    • Creating roles and delegating rights using Authorization Manager (AzMan); delegating rights manually
  • Manage non-Hyper-V-aware virtualization hosts
    • Managing ESX/VI3 VMware hosts by using Virtual Machine Manager; managing Virtual Server 2005 R2 hosts using Virtual Machine Manager

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Ensuring high availability and recoverability (19%)
  • Manage snapshots
    • Taking, reverting, merging, deleting, and applying snapshots; configuring storage locations
  • Manage backups
    • Managing online and offline backups by using DPM, Windows Server Backup, or Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)
  • Perform non-clustered migrations
    • Performing a SAN migration of child partitions; performing a network migration of child partitions
  • Configure quick and live migrations
    • Configuring network and storage for clustered Hyper-V setup; enabling Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV); configuring dynamic I/0 redirection

Preparation resources

Performing migration (15%)
  • Perform physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration
    • Configuring Virtual Machine Manager Intelligent Placement; performing online and offline migrations
  • Perform virtual-to-virtual (V2V) migration
    • Configuring Virtual Machine Manager Intelligent Placement; performing online and offline migrations
  • Perform import/export migration
    • Migrating virtual machines between Hyper-V hosts using the Export/Import feature in Hyper-V

Preparation resources

Configuring Remote Desktop (RD) role services infrastructure (13%)
  • Configure RD session host
    • Configuring session host settings, network-level authentication settings, license settings; restricting users to single remote session; allowing time zone redirection; configuring resource redirection; configuring encryption; configuring multi-monitor support
  • Configure RD licensing
    • Activating and deactivating Remote Desktop License Service; installing and revoking client access licenses (CALs); reporting on CAL usage
  • Configure RD Connection Broker
    • Installing the RD Connection Broker; configuring DNS for Connection Broker; configuring Connection Broker farms; integrating with RD Virtualization Host role service
  • Configure RD Gateway
    • Configuring RD Gateway; integrating RD Gateway with network access protection (NAP); configuring authentication authorization
  • Configure RD Web Access
    • RD Web Access; configuring authentication options (forms, single sign-on); configuring per-user RemoteApp program filtering; configuring public and private computer options

Preparation resources

Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam should have more than one and a half years of experience working with Windows Server 2008, including Windows Server 2008 R2 environments, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 as virtualization administrators. Additionally, candidates have experience with server virtualization products and technologies, including Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, Windows PowerShell 2.0, and System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007.

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