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

Here I passed yet another Microsoft Certification exam on 74-409: Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and System Center. Candidates for this exam are IT professionals who are responsible for designing, implementing, managing, and maintaining a virtualization infrastructure and/or who are interested in validating their skills on current Microsoft virtualization technologies.

Passing the exam means you are now Microsoft Certified Specialist in Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and System Center technologies.

Preparing for the exam:

To help prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources.

20409A: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center (5 Days)

To support IT professionals willing to appear for this exam, WinServer Community also organized a one full day workshop in Hyper-V at Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal.

However, alternatively you can prepare for this exam from Microsoft Virtual Academy here and pass the exam successfully.

Your feedbacks are welcome!

WSC to host 1 day Workshop on Virtualization with Hyper-V for IT Pros

With the recent release of Windows Server 2012 R2, you won’t want to miss a chance to experience the very hot Hyper-V Workshop! As a Windows Server based community, we want to help the IT Pro community in Nepal to foster further in Server infrastructure domain. Discover the power of virtualization with Hyper-V in the one day workshop.

 

WSC Hyper-V Workshop by WinServer Community in Kathmandu!

imageWith today’s current difficult economic environment cost savings has become even more critical. Server virtualization can be a part of this cost savings if you understand how to best design and implement your server infrastructure. New virtualization tools, including System Center Virtual Machine Manager help you save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and optimized datacenter.

Join us for this one day workshop and see what Hyper-V virtualization solutions can do for organizations to run mission critical applications.

Workshop details:

Venue: Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal, Kathmandu

(Phone-2011302/3)

Date: December 13, 2013 (Saturday)

Time: 10:00AM- 5:00PM

Cost: NPR 1,000

Each participant receives:

· Learning materials

· Pen and a notebook

· Certificate of Participation

· Free Exam Voucher worth NPR 15,000

· Lunch and other refreshments during the Workshop hours

Target audience: IT pros interested in learning and utilize the capabilities of

Hyper-V.

Prerequisites: While specific experience with Hyper-V

is not required, participants should have ground knowledge on Windows Server 2012 and virtualization technologies.

Topics include:

(01) Introduction to Microsoft Virtualization

(02) Hyper-V Infrastructure

(03) Hyper-V Networking

(04) Hyper-V Storage

(05) Hyper-V Management

(06) Hyper-V High Availability and Live Migration

(07) Integration with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager

 

The event is supported by Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal, Office365 and O’Reilly Media.

With all these efforts, we believe that the workshop will be helpful to pass Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center exam (Exam Code: 74-409) to be a Microsoft Certified Specialist: Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and System Center. Come and register today for the workshop. Limited seats! Click here to register and book seat for the workshop.

Installing Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

This blogs walks you thru the installation process of standalone edition of Microsoft’s server virtualization platform, i.e. Hyper-V Server 2012 R2Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is a hypervisor-based server virtualization product that enables you to consolidate workloads, helping your organization improve server utilization and reduce costs.Below are the quick and easy steps with screenshots of the process.

First, start the computer from the installation media. You can get the media either from your Microsoft subscription or from here.
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Click <Install now> , and then accept the license terms.
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As the installation proceeds, the computer will restart several times. When the installation is complete, you will have the opportunity to set up the Administrator account credential.

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Click <OK>.
Type a strong password for the Administrator account, confirm it, and then press ENTER. Finally, you get to see the welcome screen which is not really kind of <welcoming>. Smile

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Client Hyper-V in Windows 8

Client Hyper-V is the same virtualization technology previously available in Windows Server operating system. Unlike in earlier client operating systems, the technology is now built into Windows 8.

Hyper- V is currently selling like a hot cake across the world and it’s nothing like rocket science to understand and configure Client Hyper-V too. IT Pros and developers can use this technology to create virtual Machines (VM) and can move them from Client Hyper-V to server Hyper-V.

To Enable using GUI:

  1. On the Control Panel click “Programs”, and then click “Programs and Features”

  2. Click “Turn Windows features on or off”

  3. Click “Hyper-V”, and then click “OK”, and then click “Close”

  4. Machine must be restarted to complete installation.

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There a few features included in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V that are not included in Client Hyper-V like the remote FX, Live VM migration, Hyper-V Replica, etc.

Note that Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). Atleast 4 GB RAM is required. The RAM on your Client Hyper-V machine is allocated and de-allocated dynamically as required by the VMs. We can run several VMs on a Client Hyper-V machine depending on the RAM requirements for each VM.

Client Hyper-V supports server Hyper-V’s “Live Storage Move” capability. This means we can use our host VMs keeping it independent of the underlying storage. We can move VMs to and from one local drive to another, to a USB stick, or to a remote file share without needing to stop the VM.

Virtual PC: An overview

Microsoft Virtual PC is a product that enables us to run several operating systems inside our existing one, each one of them acting as a real PC. This is very useful when we have a problem of system incompatibility. A virtual PC can share its network with the host operating system, making it possible to run several virtual machines at one, simulating a complete network, acting as if it were unique servers on the network.

This makes a very fantastic use before deploying something to the real production servers. In the other hand, It also saves reconfiguration time so that we can increase up our convenience and efficiency without wasting much time.

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Please, make note that above  interface is a screenshot of Microsoft Virtual PC environment.

Windows Virtual PC (Beta) is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology that allows us to run many productivity applications on a virtual Windows environment, with a single click, directly from a Windows 7-based PC.

You may want to download Windows Virtual PC (beta) here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=65E1C5EB-DF9B-415F-B2D6-27F6EF5DCEB9&displaylang=en

(Please, make sure that your PC has Windows 7 RC installed in it. Windows 7 beta do not support this feature.)

You may also want to download Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=28C97D22-6EB8-4A09-A7F7-F6C7A1F000B5&displaylang=en

Virtual PC made FCS Security Boot camp possible

Recently, I attended a bootcamp on Microsoft Forefront Client Server(FCS) Security organized by Microsoft at Brainworks Learning Center in Khichapokhari, Kathmandu. The three day long training was absolutely hands-on with very little to do with the theoretical knowledge underlying within.

FCS Security demands a huge network( Min. 250 computers interconnected under a domain) of clients and server based computers. In such a case, learning FCS in real world scenario for FCS configuration is nearly impossible. So, here, in such a condition, making use of Virtual PCs  is the best solution and that was what we did during the whole Bootcamp sessions.

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I wanted to share with you (of course the forefront part is not possible here!) on how exactly we made use of virtual PC to serve our purposes.We were actually working on desktop PCs with Windows XP platform having sound hardware configurations. But, for the whole sessions, Windows server 2003 was our ultimate platform. So, how? …..Yes exactly! We made use of Virtual Machine with server 2003 setup in it. Everything went great, we had no problems running it.

After that, we wanted to create few more virtual machines to run on the same platform. It wasn’t easy though. But,Thanks to our trainer, Mr. Udhyan Timilsina, who was already ready with the tools in hand. So, what we did was we simply ran other ready to use virtual PCs to serve our client server requirements.

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Now, it was more like a fun than cramming to learn. We configured a whole lot of server and client virtual PCs including the servers that deployed Microsoft exchange and Microsoft SharePoint. We needed time to learn, explore the panels and customize security policies. And, we did it all without having to worry for the chances to lose system database as we were working on virtual PCs. For a Server in Sydney to a client terminal in Cairo;), everything was made possible through virtual PC. Creating a virus in client machine, quarantining it and then applying various policies including to send an email notification to the Server was absolutely fun for a single trainee using a single computer.

Kudos to Virtual PC!