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  • Published:
    March 31, 2010
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  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Credit toward certification:

Pro: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator

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Design a virtualization strategy (22%)
  • Recommend a virtualization technology
    • Server virtualization, Application Virtualization (App-V), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Remote Desktop Services (RDS), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), Microsoft Virtual PC
  • Plan capacity
  • Plan licensing
    • Operating system editions
  • Design solutions for integration with third-party products
    • Hypervisors, VDIs, and management tools

Preparation resources

Design the physical and virtual infrastructure (21%)
  • Plan hardware and virtual resource requirements
    • CPUs, memory, disk, host, parent, child, performance, networking, Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), CPU Core Parking
  • Design storage
    • Dynamic, fixed, differential, pass-through; logical unit number (LUN) considerations
  • Design networking
    • Virtual network type, host NIC configuration, VLAN, TCP chimney, jumbo frames, Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ)
  • Plan snapshots and checkpoints

Preparation resources

Design a highly available virtual environment (20%)
  • Design parent for high availability
    • Windows Server 2008 failover clustering, migration types, Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)
  • Design child for high availability
    • Windows Server 2008 failover clustering, Network Load Balancing (NLB), shared storage
  • Design for migration type
    • Quick migration, live migration, storage area network (SAN) migration, network migration

Preparation resources

Design a deployment strategy (19%)
  • Design a virtual machine deployment
    • Virtual Machine Manager, Self-Service Portal (SSP), Windows PowerShell, scripting, Configuration Manager
  • Plan a virtual machine conversion
    • Physical to virtual (P2V), virtual to virtual (V2V)
  • Design a VDI deployment
    • Broker, profile management, applications, methods of access, static and dynamic deployment
  • Design an App-V deployment
    • Server roles, server role placement, application compatibility

Preparation resources

Design a management strategy (18%)
  • Plan backup and recovery for parent and child partitions
  • Design a monitoring strategy
    • Design for a parent, design for a child; integration with Operations Manager
  • Plan updates and maintenance
    • Offline image maintenance, hardware maintenance, integration services
  • Design an administrative strategy
    • Management networks, remote administration, Virtual Machine Manager, Authorization Manager

Preparation resources

Who should take this exam?

Candidates should have one to three years of experience using Microsoft virtualization products, including Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, and Remote Desktop Services (RDS), in a Windows Server 2008 R2 infrastructure. Candidates for this exam are IT professionals who have jobs in which managing or deploying virtualization technologies is their main area of responsibility.

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