MVA Course with preparation materials for Exam 74-409 online

Microsoft put the videos to prepare for Exam 74-409 (Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center) online. Enjoy watching and good luck with the exam.

Here you can find the MVA course.

If you need a voucher to take the exam for free, you can request it here. The voucher will be valid until 30th of June 2014.


New Exam for Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft released a new Exam for Windows Server Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.

Exam 74-409:
Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center

Read more at Microsoft learning page here.

Configure Hyper-V
  • Create and configure virtual machine settings.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure dynamic memory; configure smart paging; configure Resource Metering; configure guest integration services; create and configure Generation 1 and 2 virtual machines; configure and use extended session mode, and configure RemoteFX
  • Create and configure virtual machine storage.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Create VHDs and VHDx; configure differencing drives; modify VHDs; configure pass-through disks; manage checkpoints; implement a virtual Fibre Channel adapter; configure storage Quality of Service
  • Create and configure virtual networks.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure Hyper-V virtual switches; optimize network performance; configure MAC addresses; configure network isolation; configure synthetic and legacy virtual network adapters; configure NIC teaming in virtual machines
Configure and Manage Virtual Machine High Availability
  • Configure failover clustering with Hyper-V.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure shared storage; configure Quorum; configure cluster networking; restore single node or cluster configuration; implement Cluster Aware Updating; upgrade a cluster; configure and optimize clustered shared volumes; and configure clusters without network names
  • Manage failover clustering roles.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure role-specific settings including continuously available shares; configure VM monitoring; configure failover and preference settings; and configure guest clustering
  • Manage virtual machine movement.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Perform Live Migration; perform quick migration; perform storage migration; import, export, and copy VMs; configure Virtual Machine network health protection; configure drain on shutdown; manage Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) and Virtual-to-Virtual (V2V) migrations; and implement virtual machine migration between clouds
Implement a Server Virtualization Infrastructure
  • Implement virtualization hosts.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: implement delegation of virtualization environment (hosts, services, and virtual machines) including self-service capabilities; implement multi-host libraries including equivalent objects; implement host resource optimization; integrate third-party virtualization platforms; and deploying Hyper-V hosts to bare metal
  • Implement virtual machines.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Implement highly available VMs; implement guest resource optimization including shared VHDx; configure placement rules; create a Virtual Machine Manager template
  • Implement virtualization networking.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure Virtual Machine Manager logical networks including virtual switch extensions and logical switches; configure IP address and MAC address settings across multiple Hyper-V hosts including network virtualization; configure virtual network optimization; plan and implement Windows Server Gateway; implement VLANs and pVLANs; plan and implement virtual machine networks; and implement converged networks
  • Implement virtualization storage.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure Hyper-V host clustered storage; configure Hyper-V virtual machine storage including virtual Fibre Channel, Internet SCSI (iSCSI), and shared VHDx; plan for storage optimization; and plan and implement storage by using SMB 3.0 file shares
  • Manage and maintain a server virtualization infrastructure.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: Manage dynamic optimization and resource optimization; integrate Operations Manager with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and System Center Service Manager; update virtual machine images in libraries; implement backup and recovery of a virtualization infrastructure by using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM)
Monitor and Maintain a Server Virtualization Infrastructure
  • Plan and implement a monitoring strategy.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: planning considerations including monitoring servers using Audit Collection Services (ACS) and System Center Global Service Monitor, performance monitoring, application monitoring, centralized monitoring, and centralized reporting; implement and optimize System Center 2012 Operations Manager management packs; and plan for monitoring Active Directory
  • Plan and implement a business continuity and disaster recovery solution.
    • This objective may include but is not limited to: plan a backup and recovery strategy; planning considerations including Active Directory domain and forest recovery, Hyper-V replica including using Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager, domain controller restore and cloning, and Active Directory object and container restore using authoritative restore and Recycle Bin; and plan for and implement backup and recovery by using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM)

Chance to Win a Free Certification Exam Pack—Attend Microsoft Insights!

Microsoft offers with the Microsoft Insights event a good series where people who want to start or go on with certifications. Together with the start of this series, you can get a free certification exam pack.

To get more information about the event and how you can get the pack, please read Veronica Sopher‘s blogpost on born2learn.


So follow me and register for the event 🙂


How to start with IT Certifications – My opinion

After I received an email yesterday, how to start as an Administrator with certifications in IT, especially in the Microsoftworld. I decided to take my answer and write a blog about this topic.

This path is based on my own “road of certification” and written for people with around 1 year experience in IT. I focus on Microsoft and CompTIA in this post, because they are my main focus areas and they are good to combine with each other.


To prove your Microsoft Administration Skills, that you have right know you can try the MTA Exams.
I would suggest:
Exam 98-365: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
Exam 98-366: Networking Fundamentals

Exam 98-349: Windows Operating System Fundamentals
Exam 98-367: Security Fundamentals

That should be no Problem and gives you an understanding how Microsoft handles the Exams and what they are focusing on.

After this you should go on with the MCSA Windows Server 2012.

Here the Exams you have to take
Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
Exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
<book not released yet>

For you studies I would suggest you the learning guides from Keith Mayer.
You can find them in my Blogpost with the MCSA Materials.

For the learning and reading stuff you should order the Training Guides from microsoft. To save some money you could take used books.

I normally do the learning after work. That means I invest between 10 or 20 hours a week on training and reading. So I need around 3 to 4 Month to prepare for an exam and to get the knowledge in my head.
If you have tho opportunity to integrate this in you day 2 day work, I would say you can finish preparation in 2 months for each exam.

So the best way to be successfull on the new Microsoft exam and study style is “practicing, practicing, practicing”!

What I do to keep motivated is, to look over the board an gain some extra knowledge or prove my existing knowledge with additional CompTIA exams.

So for you it would be helpfull to show you skills in Networking, Storage and Server, if you want be successfull in enterprise business. So you should maybe focus on CompTIA Server+, Network+ CE and Storage+ CE. Since 2008 Microsft concentrates on normal Server knowledge like “which RAID Level to use” or “What is SAS”, too. When it comes to encryption and certifications environments, you will learn a lot while preparing for Securty+ CE.

To combine learning for MCSA/MCSE and CompTIA is a valuable way to improve training experience. Both sites cover sometimes the same topics and give you different views how to touch systems, network and operating systems.  From CompTIA you will also get the view upsides Microsoft, so like it is when you work in hetero genes environments.

I think that would be the best starting point in IT and you have enough space for specialization. Like me in the Cloud Business.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to me



Who should take the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Exams?



I will not answer on direct questions of the exam or give you more insides on the exam itself. Who await his can stop to read here. I only want to give a suggestion who should be able to pass the MTA requirements and when you should go on with the MCSA.



Why do I write about the MTA exam?

I decided to do the Microsoft Technology Associate Exam for Windows Server Fundamentals last week.


Why did I choose to take this exam?

I wanted to check the level of the exam if someone ask me for advice and to know which people should be able to pass them. Ok I also have to say, it was just for fun.


That brings me to my resume about the exam. At first, I really enjoyed it but for an IT Pro with more than 8 years’ experience this Exam offering is to easy and it looks like hunting for more certifications. When you see this exam it really targets the IT Basics of the different topics e.g.  Windows Server, Networking, Client or Databases.


At what point of your IT career should you choose the MTA?

I would suggest taking these exams during or short after your study at university or job training. That means in your first or second year in IT with specialization on the product you choose in MTA or later MCSA/MCSE.


Covers the MTA only Microsoft topics?

No it doesn’t. It is also an exam that touches day to day topics like basic hardware know how or backup.


How can I prepare myself for MTA?

I would suggest the courses on the Microsoft Virtual Academy to prepare for the exam.


After the MTA when should I go on with the MCSA Exam?

In my opinion you will need additional one or two year’s practical experience on the job and the product to be successful with the MCSA track.