MCSE: Private Cloud Certification – I’ll take one!

21 Sep

Well, today I went and took the 70-247 “Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud With System Center 2012” exam today which was all that I had left to earn the new “MCSE for Private Cloud” certification that Microsoft started offering this year.  When the whole “cloud” buzz word started I didn’t buy the hype and just thought it was a marketing term.  Although I still think it gets thrown around WAY in too much in advertising I do see where Microsoft is going with it and I do think the concept of all servers being virtual except for of course the physical hosts is the future, so a better way to manage that kind of infrastructure is definitely necessary.

Logistically getting this MCSE was a little more difficult for me then it could have been because Tulsa no longer has a Prometric testing center that offers the exams.  So a trip to Oklahoma City and two trips to Fort Smith,  Arkansas and I finally got it.

That being said, here is a summary of the new certification:

1. MCSA for Server 2008 or MCSA for Server 2012 – 3 exams covering Active Directory, Networking and Administration of Windows Server.

2. Exam 70-246 “Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012” – This exam had a lot of Operations Manager 2012 questions which makes sense since the basic premise of the exam covers monitoring.  There was also quite a few questions regarding SLAs in Service Manager and backing up using Data Protection Manager.  There was not a lot of Configuration Manager questions on the exams but there were some questions around keeping systems updated using the new Virtual Machine Manager integration into WSUS. In my opinion this was the harder exam of the two.

3. Exam 70-247 “Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud With System Center 2012” – This exam was A LOT of Virtual Machine Manager 2012.  I have got to play with VMM 2012 in a lab but I have not had a chance to work with Virtual Machine Manager 2012 a lot since so far no customers have wanted it in their environments. Luckily I found a really good book that covers the product inside and out and reading that book helped tremendously on the exam. Let me point out that I am in no way associated with this book but I definitely recommend it. It’s called “Microsoft Private Cloud Computing” and can be found on Amazon for about $30.  http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Private-Cloud-Computing-Aidan/dp/1118251474 In addition to VMM there was also quite a bit of Service Manager and very little SCOM, SCCM or DPM.

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2 Responses to “MCSE: Private Cloud Certification – I’ll take one!”

  1. jamnaij April 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Hi travis . Read your blog . Thanks for the info. I am trying to get my MCSE Cloud. Can you please recommend a good book for self study on Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 — Exam 70-410

  2. perri May 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Hi, thank you for the helpful information. I have completed the MCSA 2008 a while ago and am planning to do the 70-246 and 70-247. I don’t have any System Center 2012 experience at all, but am planning study, do lab, and eventually roll it out at work. Given my circumstance, which one do think is better doing first? The 70-246 or 70-247? From what I’ve read, people said do the 246 first. But from your blog post, it seems like the 247 first is the way to go.

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