Exam
70-981

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  • Published:
    August 13, 2014
  • Languages:
    English, Japanese
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Windows Server 2012
  • Credit toward certification:
    MCP, MCSE

Recertification for MCSE: Private Cloud

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Configure data center process automation
  • Implement workflows
    • Implement SCO Runbook automation; automate remediation of incidents, including resolution of System Center Virtual Machine‒based incidents; design and build end-to-end automation, incorporating System Center 2012 technologies; implement change control and problem resolution workflows
  • Implement service offerings
    • Add a new service offering to the service catalog, create a custom workflow using the Service Manager console, reference Orchestrator workflows in Service Manager, implement self-service provisioning of virtual machines
Deploy resource monitoring
  • Deploy end-to-end monitoring
    • Deploy agents, discover and deploy network device monitoring, import and configure management packs, deploy and configure monitoring of a heterogeneous virtualization infrastructure
  • Configure end-to-end monitoring
    • Configure overrides, create synthetic transactions, configure Outside-In monitoring, configure application performance monitoring (APM), create distributed application models, integrate the monitoring infrastructure with Global Service Monitor (GSM)
  • Create monitoring reports and dashboards
    • Implement service-level tracking; implement reports, including chargeback reports and System Center Manager data warehouse reports; implement dashboards
Configure and maintain service management
  • Implement service level management
    • Define service level objectives (SLOs) and service level agreements (SLAs); implement SLA management and escalation; maintain SLAs, including planning for future growth; analyze SLAs (reporting)
  • Manage problems and incidents
    • Customize problem management, link incidents to problems, and resolve problems; raise, assign, and resolve incidents; perform root cause analysis/diagnosis; integrate problem and incident resolution with change management; create and manage a knowledge base
  • Manage cloud resources
    • Deploy new applications to private and public clouds; deploy virtual machine (VM)/service (applications, SQL, roles), deploy multi-tier applications by using service templates, manage applications in private and public clouds, manage VM hardware (CPUs, dynamic memory), manage self service
Configure the fabric
  • 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 host deployment using Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
  • Configure clouds and virtualization hosts
    • Clouds and host groups, configure and deploy virtualization hosts
Configure System Center integration
  • 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 Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

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Who should take this exam?

This exam is for individuals looking to maintain their MCSE: Private Cloud certification. It is based on the exam objectives from Exam 246 and Exam 247.

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