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Microsoft System Center 2012 Private Cloud 70-247

Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012, MCSE: Private Cloud

Course Duration: 10:42:55
Introduction to System Center 2012, VMM 2012, and the 70-247 Exam
A Microsoft Private Cloud has Hyper-V as its foundation, but the MCSE: Private Cloud focuses little on Hyper-V itself. The exam’s focus is instead on System Center 2012, and most specifically VMM 2012. But don’t fret if you’re still a Hyper-V neophyte. Nearly all of Hyper-V’s activities are entirely manageable inside VMM these days. What you need is an introduction to Microsoft’s Private Cloud mindset and supporting System Center solutions. Get that and more in this introductory Nugget.
Understanding the Microsoft Private Cloud Architecture and Components
Eight individual components make up the System Center 2012 portfolio. You’ll need experience in at least seven of them to pass the MCSE Private Cloud. You’ll also need that experience to truly appreciate Microsoft’s vision in delivering IT services. Greg gets you started in this Nugget as he whiteboards the entire solution set and accelerates your understanding of System Center’s place in Windows and Microsoft Private Cloud management.
Installing and Configuring Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2
What? We’re not starting with Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012? What gives? Due to differences in the delivery schedules for Windows Server and System Center, VMM 2012 RTM only supports Hyper-V v2 on Windows Server 2008 R2. It isn’t until SP1 where Windows Server 2012 support gets added. Notwithstanding, most environments these days are still running Microsoft’s immediately-previous server OS. Not to worry: This is our only Nugget where we spend time in Hyper-V itself. Everything else happens inside System Center. In this Nugget, Greg will share his experience in preparing Hyper-V hosts for System Center management. You’ll get the exam info, but also the best practices in configuring Hyper-V hosts for best availability and performance.
Installing and Configuring VMM 2012
Our first activity in System Center is merely getting VMM 2012 installed. That’s an activity that requires a few prerequisites, as well as a few preparatory activities. Don’t waste time tracking down the TechNet minutiae of requirements. Get started fast by joining Greg in this installation and initial configuration.
Configuring the Network and Storage Fabric
For the new Hyper-V admin, VMM’s “fabric” concept is going to seem a bit cumbersome. One can’t create a Private Cloud without it, and configuring its network and storage components might seem like extra work. But there are reasons for the fabric’s existence. Learn the right (and wrong) ways to build your own fabric with Greg in this incredibly important pre-cloud Nugget.
Clustering Hyper-V Hosts and Creating a Microsoft Private Cloud
Your Private Cloud doesn’t necessarily require a Windows Failover Cluster, but yours might really want one. High availability and VM load balancing all require a cluster if they’re to protect your VMs. It is for those reasons that our entire Private Cloud build centers around standing up a Hyper-V host cluster. That’s not an easy task, even with VMM’s new built-in automations. Learn how best to cluster, and how to create your own highly-available Private Cloud in this Nugget.
Working with the VMM 2012 Library: Profiles and VM Templates
Creating that Private Cloud is great, but it is merely the first step in assembling the building blocks you’ll need to automate your IT operations. Being smart in managing your Private Cloud means laying down the myriad of constituent components your Private Cloud services will eventually need. Those components include items in the VMM library like OS Profiles, Hardware Profiles, and VM Templates, among other things. Spend plenty of quality time with this Nugget, because your success here will determine everything about your automation success in the Nuggets to come.
Configuring VMM User Roles and the Self-Service Portal
Get this: VMM’s Self-Service Portal is in fact deprecated in this version! Then why are we spending any time with it? Well, you’ve got to know it for the MCSE, and it in fact is a great starting point for our Private Cloud exploration of self-service. You’ll get a chance to see it in this Nugget. Those self-serving activities require some high-quality roles and permissions too. That knowledge Greg also shares in this quick Nugget.
Creating Virtual Application Packages with the Server App-V Sequencer
Heard of App-V? How about Server App-V? These two solutions have similarly-sounding names, but they are in fact quite different when you peel away the layers. Server App-V, as you can expect, is designed to deliver application packages to…servers! It’s also a built-in feature of VMM 2012 that many admins have missed entirely. Save yourself days of research, time, and effort. Learn the foundations of creating your own Server App-V packages in this art-and-science Nugget. You won’t get this kind of surprisingly-important training anywhere else.
Working with VMM 2012 Services and Service Templates
VMM 2012 can provision virtual machines just like its previous versions, but VMM 2012 takes VM management to an entirely new level with Services and Service Templates. Using a VMM Service Template, you can automatically deploy a VM, its needed applications, any further configurations, and everything else that VM needs to be ready for production. But the hard part is in the Service Template Designer, an entirely new tool that takes getting used to. Greg shares his experience in this useful Nugget.
Automating the Private Cloud Deployment of a Three-Tier Service
This Nugget is our capstone, and the learning you get here hasn’t been replicated anywhere else. Go ahead! Search around on the internet for a complete, start-to-finish explanation of how to deploy a multiple-tier VMM 2012 Service that mimics something you’d do in real life. Greg tells us he spent more hours – four full days, three to prepare and one to film – on this single Nugget than any other in any CBTN series he’s developed. You’ll need to watch it to understand why. Once you do, you’ll share in his awestruck realization of how powerful VMM 2012 can really be. Discover how to create complete automation for your IT services in this unprecedented hour-long Nugget with Greg Shields.
Managing Fabric Updates in VMM 2012
Deploying an IT service is one thing, but after that deployment come the daily care-and-feeding drudgery of maintaining those services. Those updates might seem extra challenging when you realize that Hyper-V is an OS in an OS. Windows requires patches, which means Windows Hyper-V hosts require them too. Greg shows you how to automate the process (almost) entirely by linking WSUS with VMM in this Nugget.
Automating the Deployment of Hyper-V Hosts
VMM can automatically deploy VMs. It can deploy applications. It can even deploy SQL DAC packages and scripts. But get this: It can also deliver entire Hyper-V hosts, if you’ve got the hardware and the technical chops. Boot your Hyper-V hosts from VHDs and continue adding automation with what you learn in this bare-metal Nugget.
Installing and Configuring App Controller
Fourteen Nuggets later and we’re finally getting around to an actual self-service solution (that isn’t deprecated). That’s on purpose, because the administrator’s job in System Center and VMM 2012 is all about creating and managing the building blocks. Once prepared for prime time delivery, then can those components be exposed for others in IT to self-service their needs. System Center 2012’s tool to accomplish this is App Controller. You’ll be excited to see how it works.
Integrating Private Cloud Monitoring with Operations Manager 2012
With a constructed and self-servable Private Cloud now in operations, you’re ready to add in the rest of System Center’s functionality. You’re also ready for the set of MCSE test questions that focus on “the rest” of System Center’s components. Monitoring your Private Cloud is a task for Operations Manager. Integrating it with VMM and getting alerted on your Private Cloud’s behaviors is the topic of this Nugget.
Integrating Service Manager 2012
With monitoring setup, your next task centers on managing requests. System Center Service Manager is your tool for request management and further service automation. With Service Manager 2012 in place, an environment can take a user request through all its approvals through to delivery. Discover the steps in integrating this key solution into your workflow in this Nugget.
Incorporating Orchestrator 2012 Runbooks and Integration Packs into Service Delivery
Building the building blocks is indeed a primary task for the VMM 2012 systems administrator. But sometimes a fully-automated service requires attention from datacenter components that exist outside VMM. It’s here where System Center Orchestrator becomes the administrator’s (and developer’s) best friend. In this Nugget Greg will share his experience in creating Orchestrator runbooks and deploying Integration Packs for even greater automation flexibility in managing your Private Cloud.
Protecting Private Cloud Data with Data Protection Manager 2012
Backups are arguably the administrator’s most important job. With the wrong tools, they’re also one of the hardest and least enjoyable jobs as well. This is one activity you can’t screw up, which is why Data Protection Manager 2012 now even more tightly integrates with VMM. Learn how to protect your data, your VMs, and your applications and services in this Nugget.
Working with VMM 2012 SP1 and Hyper-V v3 in Windows Server 2012
You’ll notice as you’re watching this series that only once has our learning been directly on Hyper-V technology. That obfuscation is on purpose, partially because it mirrors what you need to know for the MCSE and partially because Hyper-V these days can almost be managed like an “appliance." VMM 2012 SP1 adds support for Hyper-V v3 atop Windows Server 2012 as well as an entirely new Windows management experience. Life doesn’t change in System Center but it does in Windows Server, so this Nugget gets you started down the path of Hyper-V v3 success as you configure Windows Server 2012.
Extending VMM into the Windows Azure Public Cloud
Microsoft Private Cloud, meet Microsoft Public Cloud! Say hello to Windows Azure, a solution ready to support your virtual machines in the cloud. A second new feature of VMM 2012 SP1 is the near-seamless integration of VMM and Windows Azure: VMM offers the management tools, Azure provides the cloud resources. Not every environment might need those resources, but more are every day. Get burstability and near-unlimited expandability for your IT needs with the knowledge you’ll learn in extending VMM onto Windows Azure.

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This Microsoft video training series with Greg Shields covers how create a private cloud with the latest version of Microsoft System Center, including how to install and configure VMM 2012, automating the deployment of Hyper-V hosts, and more.

Recommended skills:
  • Experience with Windows Server, Active Directory, System Center 2012, security, high availability, fault tolerance, and networking in an enterprise environment
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server and Windows PowerShell
  • Familiarity with with ITIL and MOF concepts

Recommended equipment:
  • Microsoft System Center 2012

Related certifications:
  • MCSE: Private Cloud

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals

In a world of confusion about cloud computing’s technologies, techniques, and reason for being, it takes a lot of guts for Microsoft to include a button marked “Create Cloud” in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012. With so many people still trying to figure out what cloud means, the clever developers at Microsoft can now simply say, “Hey, we’ve got a button for that!”

That button might be a bold move for Microsoft, but clicking it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Before you ever consider that click, you’ve got to build Hyper-V hosts. You’ll need a storage and network fabric among those hosts. You might even need shared storage if clustering, automatic failover, and load balancing are your requirements. Indeed, that button might seem simple, but there’re a lot of configurations that require attention first.

Helping you build that Microsoft Private Cloud is the topic of this series by globally-recognized virtualization and cloud expert Greg Shields. Greg has been recognized by all three major virtual platform vendors for his influence in these technologies, having received the highest honors of each: Microsoft’s MVP, VMware’s vExpert, and recently Citrix’s CTP awards. More importantly, Greg’s also a long-time CBT Nuggets instructor that many IT pros worldwide have come to trust.

In this series, Greg walks you through the technologies that get your Microsoft Private Cloud operational. He helps you with learning the topics and technologies you need for success on the first of two MCSE: Private Cloud exams, the 70-247. But he doesn’t stop there. He digs deep into the reasons why the Microsoft Private Cloud is the next step in virtualization. You’ll learn how Microsoft’s System Center 2012 components like Virtual Machine Manager, Server App-V, App Controller, Operations Manager, Service Manager, and even Data Protection Manager integrate to automate everything in IT service delivery. You’ll construct complex IT services, made of virtualized applications, web applications, and databases, and configure them for self-service delivery by others in IT.

Configuring and deploying a Microsoft Private Cloud with System Center 2012 isn’t a task to be taken lightly. It takes up-front effort to build the proper automations and craft the right experience for self-serving users. And the reward? What you’ll get is near-complete automation for everything that makes up your Windows server operating environment.

So, consider joining Greg in this MCSE and Private Cloud exploration. There’s effort involved, but you won’t be sorry when all that IT scut work suddenly becomes smooth automation.

Introduction to System Center 2012, VMM 2012, and the 70-247 Exam

00:00:01 - Do you ever stop and wonder that in a world of IT pros who
00:00:04 - tend to think of things in kind of binary terms, zeroes
00:00:08 - and ones, off and on, works and doesn't work, red light,
00:00:12 - green light, that for someone, probably in marketing, to come
00:00:17 - up with a name for a service or the name for an approach to
00:00:22 - IT operations and call it cloud?
00:00:26 - What were they thinking?
00:00:28 - We IT pros, we deal in whether stuff works or not.
00:00:31 - And so the idea of a cloud and its nebulous shapeless,
00:00:36 - formless, I don't know what, is something that, I think, a
00:00:40 - lot of us have struggled with for a very
00:00:41 - long period of time.
00:00:43 - Well, cloud is kind of a challenge for we IT pros, and
00:00:47 - in its various iterations, private cloud, public cloud,
00:00:51 - hybrid cloud, I think a lot of us can get confused about,
00:00:54 - well, what exactly is this thing, and how can I use it?
00:00:59 - Will it actually make my life easier?
00:01:02 - Now, that's one of the things that I think we hope to answer
00:01:04 - here in this 20 Nugget Series on the 70-247 Microsoft Exam
00:01:10 - titled Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with
00:01:14 - System Center 2012.
00:01:17 - My name is Greg Shields, and over the last couple of years,
00:01:19 - I've had an opportunity to travel around the country and
00:01:22 - a variety a cities to talk with IT pros everywhere about
00:01:25 - cloud, and to get their impressions on it, to get
00:01:27 - their feelings about really where it might fit in with our
00:01:30 - whole portfolio of things we have to manage.
00:01:33 - And I've got to tell you, with what we see now in Microsoft's
00:01:39 - private cloud offering and even in their new MCSE Private
00:01:42 - Cloud, they've got a pretty visionary future set out for
00:01:46 - we IT pros.
00:01:48 - That future is kind of moving away from the click here, then
00:01:51 - click here approach that we've used up until this point and
00:01:54 - almost tends to kind of hybridize our role with the
00:01:58 - role that our developers serve whenever they're building our
00:02:01 - applications.
00:02:02 - And you're not necessarily going to create an environment
00:02:06 - for developers in all businesses and in all
00:02:10 - operations.
00:02:11 - But there may be some circumstances where you need
00:02:14 - to make resources available for other people in the IT
00:02:17 - organization.
00:02:18 - Maybe they are developers, or maybe they are just other
00:02:22 - individuals that need virtual machines and those resources
00:02:25 - out in your IT organization.
00:02:28 - And that's what a private cloud can
00:02:29 - actually provide for you.
00:02:30 - You know, it takes a lot of guts for Microsoft to, in this
00:02:35 - world where nobody knows what cloud is, to create a solution
00:02:38 - where they've got a button that says, Create Cloud.
00:02:42 - Microsoft can say, aye.
00:02:44 - We got a button for that.
00:02:45 - And so I think you're going to really appreciate some of the
00:02:48 - things that we'll be talking about here in
00:02:50 - this 20 Nugget Series.
00:02:51 - And we'll be spending quite a bit of time together, you and
00:02:54 - I, and getting to understand exactly how we can go about
00:02:58 - deploying that private cloud and configuring it so that it
00:03:02 - supports the needs of those other people in our IT
00:03:04 - organization.
00:03:06 - You may find at the conclusion of the series that a private
00:03:09 - cloud is not something that's nebulous and
00:03:11 - un-understandable, but is, in fact something very concrete.
00:03:15 - And if you create all of the building blocks in the just
00:03:18 - appropriate ways, you can create something that is very
00:03:21 - manageable even in what would otherwise be considered a very
00:03:24 - dynamic environment.
00:03:26 - So in this first Nugget, I'm going to spend just a minute
00:03:29 - or two kind of talking with you a little bit about System
00:03:31 - Center, but more specifically about just the exam, the
00:03:34 - 70-247 exam.
00:03:37 - Now, we are not necessarily here to provide--
00:03:40 - this is no brain dump series.
00:03:43 - This is no, here are exactly the things you need to know
00:03:45 - for the 70-247 exam.
00:03:48 - We're here primarily to help you, we are together, to help
00:03:51 - you develop those skills that you need in preparing for,
00:03:54 - installing, configuring, and doing maintenance of a
00:03:57 - Microsoft Private Cloud, the top Microsoft Hyper-V.
00:04:01 - Kind of the secondary piece there, the unspoken
00:04:04 - undercurrent is that this exam closely tracks to the
00:04:08 - objectives you'll find in the 70-247 exam.
00:04:12 - That exam, if you've taken a look at the objectives online,
00:04:15 - can be overwhelming.
00:04:17 - The more so than any other exam I have seen in my entire
00:04:22 - career history, I've never seen an exam that is so mile
00:04:26 - wide and inch deep.
00:04:27 - The variety of topics that are required for you to have
00:04:30 - success with this exam encompasses nearly the
00:04:34 - entirety of the System Center portfolio.
00:04:37 - And in fact, we'll be spending the vast majority of our time,
00:04:41 - if not, over 90% of our time, not even in Hyper-V, but
00:04:45 - instead, in all the System Center components that you
00:04:48 - must lay into place, to actually go about constructing
00:04:52 - and creating that private cloud.
00:04:54 - Along the way, I hope to share with you a few of my personal
00:04:56 - experiences and some of the best practices I've learned in
00:04:59 - actually building those private clouds.
00:05:02 - I think you'll find that there are some really
00:05:05 - heavy topics here.
00:05:06 - There are some challenging ones, and there are ones that
00:05:08 - may actually stretch your normal limits of what you
00:05:12 - consider appropriate in a regular IT operations
00:05:14 - environment,
00:05:15 - But if you are willing to put forth the upfront effort
00:05:19 - towards creating these building blocks and making
00:05:22 - them available in ways that they can be added to and
00:05:27 - consumed by other users in your IT org, well, you can
00:05:30 - create complete automation out of your server environment.
00:05:35 - And when I say complete, you're going to be impressed
00:05:37 - as we get further along in the series of exactly how complete
00:05:40 - System Center can make this.
00:05:42 - So all right.
00:05:44 - I've dangled the carrot in front of you.
00:05:46 - There is an amazing amount of automation that you can
00:05:50 - actually put together with this private cloud once you
00:05:53 - get the pieces laid into place in order to do that.
00:05:55 - Well, all right.
00:05:56 - How do you get there?
00:05:57 - What are the steps to actually construct the private cloud?
00:06:00 - What are the steps to lay all the system
00:06:02 - centerpieces in place?
00:06:03 - Those are our steps over these next 20 Nuggets, and also,
00:06:08 - with a little bit of that hint as I mentioned before towards
00:06:11 - what those exam objectives are for preparing for 70-247.
00:06:16 - I will tell you that the entirety of this series is
00:06:21 - actually going to be based on, not Windows Server 2012, but
00:06:25 - instead, on Windows Server 2008 R2.
00:06:29 - Now, before you pause the recording or before you shut
00:06:33 - down this recording, be aware that when we get to the 19th
00:06:37 - Nugget, we'll pick back up the 2012 and Hyper-V 3.0 topics.
00:06:43 - Because everything that you need to know for the exam is
00:06:46 - based off of the System Center content and not so much off of
00:06:50 - the Hyper-V content.
00:06:52 - So we will only spend maybe one or two Nuggets out of the
00:06:56 - entire 20 talking about Hyper-V itself.
00:06:58 - Microsoft really intends with this release of System Center
00:07:02 - to think of Hyper-V as almost an Appliance Operating System.
00:07:07 - And in that Appliance Operating System, you can
00:07:09 - manage just about every single one of the configurations of
00:07:12 - your Hyper-V infrastructure without ever having to log
00:07:15 - into a Hyper-V server ever again.
00:07:17 - That's impressive.
00:07:19 - And that is a really, really good shot over the bough at
00:07:22 - some of the other virtualization platforms that
00:07:25 - exists out in this world that also think of themselves as
00:07:28 - Appliance Operating Systems.
00:07:30 - I want to spend a minute to also, in this Nugget, talking
00:07:32 - about just some of the exam stats, the audience, the
00:07:35 - notes, the series outline, the objectives, and also the
00:07:38 - network that we'll be constructing here in order to
00:07:40 - build this complete automation.
00:07:43 - So let's actually scroll down here and take a look at some
00:07:47 - of just the facts that are associated with Microsoft's
00:07:50 - System Center Certification, that's new MCSE.
00:07:53 - So if you haven't figured it out, and I'm sure you have
00:07:55 - because you're paying attention to this training
00:07:58 - video, the MCSE is back and hooray.
00:08:02 - The MCSE has just a great name and amongst IT professionals,
00:08:07 - it's really well-loved by IT pros, and that's one of the
00:08:09 - reasons why Microsoft kind of moved away from their MCITP
00:08:14 - approach and brought back the MCSE.
00:08:17 - What's different is that the MCSE is no longer an engineer,
00:08:20 - but an expert.
00:08:21 - The term engineer was a protected word in a lot of
00:08:25 - countries and Microsoft was facing some stiff penalties
00:08:27 - for keeping it.
00:08:28 - So once they realized that there was another great word,
00:08:31 - expert, that they could use to replace the E for engineer,
00:08:35 - they brought back the MCSE in its new form.
00:08:38 - I cannot stress to you enough that the MCSE is almost
00:08:42 - entirely about, and specifically this private
00:08:44 - cloud MCSE, is almost entirely about System Center.
00:08:48 - In order to get the MCSE, you must first actually pass three
00:08:53 - exams that make up the MCSA.
00:08:56 - These are 7410, 411, and 412.
00:09:01 - These initial MCSA exams talk to or speak to and prepare you
00:09:06 - for this specific Windows Server content
00:09:09 - that you need to know.
00:09:10 - And so you'll be dealing a lot more with Windows Server in
00:09:13 - these three initial examinations
00:09:15 - that get you the MCSA.
00:09:17 - And it is my assumption that you will have already been
00:09:19 - familiar with the content in the MCSA, potentially if you
00:09:22 - passed the exams, before you've even got into these two
00:09:25 - new exams 7247, and 7246.
00:09:29 - So you will not see a lot of the very basics of Hyper-V, of
00:09:34 - the very basics of creating virtual machines.
00:09:36 - My assumption here is that you're at least minimally
00:09:39 - familiar with the concept of networks and storage, and
00:09:41 - virtualization, and virtual machines, because we need to
00:09:44 - have or you need to have that information in place to get to
00:09:48 - the levels of automation that 7247 tests against.
00:09:52 - Now, as you see here, there are, in fact, two exams that
00:09:55 - make up the private cloud MCSE.
00:09:58 - The first is the 70-247 exam.
00:10:01 - And I call it first because you kind of have to configure
00:10:04 - and deploy the private cloud before you can really get on
00:10:07 - to monitoring and operating it.
00:10:09 - Microsoft's content seems to put them in the reverse order
00:10:15 - where the 7246 is accomplished first and the 7247
00:10:19 - accomplished second.
00:10:20 - I've actually reverse these because as I said, we've got
00:10:23 - to get that private cloud built before we can go about
00:10:26 - putting things into it.
00:10:27 - There will be a little bit of overlap in the content between
00:10:30 - these two series, but for the most part, you're going to get
00:10:33 - a chance to see how the private cloud is built here in
00:10:35 - the first series and then how the private cloud is later
00:10:38 - operated and monitored there in the second series.
00:10:41 - But as far as intended audience is concerned, I've
00:10:44 - actually copied this right off of Microsoft's website.
00:10:46 - But Microsoft intends for candidates of the exam to have
00:10:50 - some familiarity with System Center and System Center 2012.
00:10:54 - So you need to understand how System Center is facilitated
00:10:57 - in installing and configuring a private cloud solution.
00:11:01 - The intended audience also are people that design, configure,
00:11:05 - and deploy the underlying infrastructure fabric.
00:11:08 - When you are creating your little private cloud, this
00:11:12 - little private cloud here might look like a cloud to
00:11:14 - everyone that's facing it from the user side, but underneath
00:11:17 - it, it's going to be an entire fabric of network, of storage,
00:11:22 - of servers, and all kinds of other stuff that has to
00:11:26 - aggregate together to create the service delivery platform
00:11:29 - that we're creating here with our private cloud.
00:11:32 - The candidates also should have experienced Windows
00:11:34 - Server, Active Directory, System Center,
00:11:36 - and some of the more--
00:11:38 - these are sort of newer topics for Microsoft certification,
00:11:42 - things like security, and high availability, fault tolerance,
00:11:45 - and networking experience.
00:11:47 - So if you have that familiarity, that will do you
00:11:50 - far, that will do you well in passing this
00:11:53 - MCSE private cloud.
00:11:55 - I'll tell you, from everything that I read on the internet,
00:11:58 - the vast majority of the questions here are going to
00:12:01 - relate to VMM itself.
00:12:04 - So if you've got a familiarity with VMM, you're going to do
00:12:06 - fairly well.
00:12:07 - But there are another set of questions, another percentage
00:12:10 - of those that deal with the other pieces in System Center.
00:12:14 - These are things like System Center Orchestrator, System
00:12:16 - Center Service Manager, System Center Operations, and also
00:12:20 - System Center App Controller.
00:12:22 - If you have experience with those, you'll do just fine.
00:12:26 - But even if you don't have experience, I'm going to
00:12:29 - assume that you can at least get
00:12:30 - these components installed.
00:12:32 - The installation for most of these, these days, is a very
00:12:34 - easy thing.
00:12:35 - I'll help you through some of the very basic introduction
00:12:38 - for how you'll integrate the components with virtual
00:12:41 - machine manager, which is the centerpiece for everything
00:12:45 - that we're working here.
00:12:46 - Microsoft also recommends Windows PowerShell knowledge,
00:12:49 - application configuration experience, which we will talk
00:12:52 - about whenever we get to Server App-V. And even some
00:12:55 - familiarity with ITIL and MOF concepts, which will become
00:12:58 - important when we talk about service manager.
00:13:00 - We're going to spend a little bit of time dealing with some
00:13:02 - of the ITIL concepts like service requests, and
00:13:05 - incidents, and problems, these things that ITIL defines as
00:13:08 - activities that make up an IT infrastructure.
00:13:11 - So if you are that person, you're going to do
00:13:13 - just fine, I think.
00:13:16 - Now, a few notes on the exam itself, and again, these are
00:13:19 - just some items that in some cases, I copied right off of
00:13:21 - Microsoft's website.
00:13:23 - If you've never taken a Microsoft exam before, the
00:13:26 - assumption here is that you have, there is
00:13:28 - no penalty for guessing.
00:13:30 - If you choose an incorrect answer, you're not going to
00:13:32 - earn points for that item.
00:13:34 - No points are deducted for incorrect answers.
00:13:37 - If you have a multi-choice answer or a multi multi-choice
00:13:41 - where you have to choose among the following, you must choose
00:13:45 - all of the correct answers to earn a point for that item.
00:13:49 - These are the question items that can get very challenging.
00:13:52 - And some questions, in fact, may actually not even be
00:13:55 - included in the calculation of your score.
00:13:58 - Microsoft recognizes that there are some questions that
00:14:00 - may not necessarily test appropriately the fact that
00:14:04 - you know the knowledge that you need to know.
00:14:06 - And so Microsoft will put those questions on the exam in
00:14:09 - a trial mode to see if there are questions that they
00:14:12 - actually want to later on include as real questions that
00:14:15 - are actually scored.
00:14:16 - Microsoft uses these test questions to identify the
00:14:19 - second metrics of the exam and exactly how they end up
00:14:22 - testing whether or not you actually know what you
00:14:25 - anticipate or hope that you know.
00:14:28 - Couple of format decisions here too
00:14:30 - associated with the exam.
00:14:31 - There are a variety of question formats that you can
00:14:34 - find including case study formats, simulations, and even
00:14:37 - some virtual labs.
00:14:39 - The question types that you might find include multiple
00:14:42 - choice and I should also add multi multi-choice, which is
00:14:45 - choose the correct number of from among the following
00:14:49 - possibilities, some hot area questions, some active screen
00:14:52 - questions, drag and drop, and
00:14:54 - build-list and reorder questions.
00:14:56 - The case study formats, they can be longer case studies.
00:15:00 - They could be shorter case studies.
00:15:02 - It again just depends on which of the questions you actually
00:15:04 - end up getting on your specific exam.
00:15:07 - These exams are now administered through Prometric
00:15:09 - at, and at last check, they're
00:15:13 - about $150 each.
00:15:14 - So make sure that you've got your studying down because
00:15:17 - these exams don't come cheaply.
00:15:20 - In addition to that, we are going to spend the next 20
00:15:24 - Nuggets talking about the build, the management, and the
00:15:28 - operations of your private cloud.
00:15:32 - In this first Nugget and also in the second Nugget, we won't
00:15:36 - actually spend any time on the product itself.
00:15:39 - We've got to spend a little bit of time understanding what
00:15:42 - the exam is, getting to know each other, and then also
00:15:45 - understanding what the architecture is between all of
00:15:47 - these components that make up System Center.
00:15:50 - I'll show you here in just a minute how many virtual
00:15:52 - machines you're going to need, and you make shrug your head,
00:15:54 - because there's a lot of equipment, a lot of hardware
00:15:57 - requirements that are required if you anticipate following
00:16:00 - along with what you see here on the screen,
00:16:02 - so prepare for that.
00:16:03 - And making use of tools like VMware Workstation or just a
00:16:07 - bunch of servers that you may have lying around, can
00:16:10 - definitely assist when you're creating these VMs.
00:16:13 - We will spend one Nugget and only one Nugget on Hyper-V.
00:16:17 - That's installing and configuring Hyper-V
00:16:19 - on Server 2008 R2.
00:16:22 - Actually, that's a bit of a lie.
00:16:23 - We'll spend one more Nugget down here on how similar it
00:16:27 - looks when we move to Windows Server 2012.
00:16:30 - Again, you shouldn't necessarily fret that all of
00:16:32 - this really deals with server 2008.
00:16:35 - Many of us are moving very quickly to Server 2012, and
00:16:38 - everything is very similar between these
00:16:40 - two operating systems.
00:16:42 - We will then install and configure VMM.
00:16:44 - We will go through configuring the fabric and also the hosts
00:16:48 - and clusters that define our Microsoft private cloud.
00:16:53 - Once we understand what the fabric is, how the network
00:16:56 - gets connected, how the storage gets connected, how
00:16:58 - the hosts get connected and identified, we can then create
00:17:01 - that cluster and create that Microsoft private cloud.
00:17:04 - With a private cloud created then, that then becomes the
00:17:07 - foundation upon which we lay the virtual machines and the
00:17:11 - services that we intend to deploy onto the private cloud.
00:17:14 - Services can exist as one or more virtual machines and then
00:17:19 - the applications and customizations
00:17:20 - that exist on top.
00:17:22 - But before you ever get to services, we have to actually
00:17:24 - go through identifying all the building blocks that are used
00:17:28 - and connected together to create those services.
00:17:31 - Those building blocks are things like
00:17:33 - profiles and VM Templates.
00:17:35 - There are things like virtual application packages and we
00:17:38 - will actually go about packaging up an application
00:17:41 - using the Server App-V Sequencer, which is, you'll
00:17:44 - find out, is a special kind of App-V that is designed for use
00:17:47 - with servers.
00:17:49 - We'll take a look at those services and the service
00:17:51 - templates that we then create.
00:17:52 - We'll also take a step aside and take a look at user roles
00:17:55 - and the self-service portal.
00:17:57 - I'll tell you though, that the self-service portal is
00:17:59 - deprecated in RTM and is pretty much gone in
00:18:02 - Service Pack 1.
00:18:03 - So I introduce this because it's on the exam, but be aware
00:18:07 - that you probably won't be using this in production.
00:18:10 - Where we're looking to get is really this sort of mid-term
00:18:14 - capstone right here.
00:18:16 - You're familiar three-tier services.
00:18:18 - These are things like our web server that talks to some
00:18:22 - business logic server or an application server that itself
00:18:25 - talks to a database, which connects up to the
00:18:27 - data that we have.
00:18:28 - These n-tier services or three-tier services are fairly
00:18:31 - common in IT because we have our user side, we have our
00:18:34 - application side, and then we have our database side nicely
00:18:38 - separated out so that they can perform the activities that
00:18:41 - they require.
00:18:42 - Well, our goal in consolidating or connecting
00:18:45 - this fabric together, building the cloud, and putting
00:18:47 - together all the building blocks is to get us to the
00:18:50 - point where we can automate the deployment of an entire
00:18:53 - three-tier service with just a single click of the button.
00:18:56 - And this is exactly something that you're going to be able
00:18:59 - to do when we actually get to Nugget 7.
00:19:01 - You'll be very impressed because the functionality
00:19:03 - that's built into the VMM to accomplish this is a really,
00:19:06 - really cool.
00:19:08 - Once we've deployed that service, we then
00:19:09 - need to update it.
00:19:11 - We need to spend a minute just talking about the automatic
00:19:14 - deployment of Hyper-V Hosts, which in this case, is bare
00:19:17 - metal deployment of Hyper-V onto whatever equipment that
00:19:20 - you have laying around.
00:19:22 - If you have the right hardware, this is a very, very
00:19:24 - easy way for you to get Hyper-V deployed out to
00:19:27 - anywhere that you need in your organization.
00:19:30 - And then from there, we actually are going to spend
00:19:32 - four Nuggets here 15, 16, 17, and 18, talking about the
00:19:38 - System Center components, really, really five if you
00:19:40 - count App Controller.
00:19:42 - App Controller, if you're unfamiliar, is one of the
00:19:45 - mechanisms that you can use for exposing self service and
00:19:50 - the self-service options to the other people in your
00:19:52 - organization.
00:19:54 - Now, before you get your head wrapped around the notion of
00:19:56 - self service being a bad thing, recognize that the
00:19:58 - person doing the self service in Microsoft's world is
00:20:02 - probably not going to be the person in marketing, or the
00:20:05 - person in the sales team, or your executives.
00:20:08 - No.
00:20:09 - Different from those people, would be other people inside
00:20:12 - your IT organization.
00:20:13 - So the person doing self service might be your
00:20:15 - developers, or they might be or your database people, or
00:20:18 - your applications people, those people that aren't
00:20:21 - necessarily building new computers all day long, but
00:20:24 - are instead working with applications that exist on
00:20:26 - those computers.
00:20:27 - With that App Controller self service in place, we will then
00:20:30 - spend four Nuggets here talking about the other pieces
00:20:33 - of System Center.
00:20:35 - These other pieces of System Center are really the glue
00:20:38 - that ties everything together, monitoring with Operations
00:20:41 - Manager, scheduling, and in coordination with Service
00:20:47 - Manager, Orchestrator, which Microsoft actually refers to
00:20:51 - as the glue.
00:20:52 - And in fact, this 17 is another one of these to
00:20:55 - actually pay attention to because number 17 is where we
00:20:59 - take our three-tier service and take it one step further
00:21:03 - in completely automating out services via Orchestrator's
00:21:08 - Runbooks and its Integration Packs, again, really, really
00:21:11 - exciting stuff in terms of the automations you can build.
00:21:14 - And then lastly, down here, a short video on or short Nugget
00:21:16 - her on Data Protection Manager.
00:21:18 - We'll then conclude with a look at Hyper-V version 3.0 in
00:21:21 - Windows Server 2012 and then a very short look at taking VMM
00:21:25 - and taking our private cloud into the Windows public cloud
00:21:29 - with Windows Azure.
00:21:30 - Some pretty impressive stuff there.
00:21:32 - It's kind of a--
00:21:33 - call that a bonus Nugget here, because once you make that
00:21:36 - move to System Center Service Pack 1, which is where we will
00:21:40 - be at when we moved to both of these Nuggets, that will bring
00:21:43 - us some additional functionality that makes our
00:21:45 - private cloud able to connect up to a public cloud.
00:21:50 - So we have an exam objectives here.
00:21:51 - These are, again, copied off of Microsoft's website.
00:21:54 - The exam objectives, I would highly recommend you go to
00:21:58 - Microsoft's website, take a look at the web page that
00:22:01 - they've put together that talks about the specific tasks
00:22:04 - that are associated with each of these objectives.
00:22:06 - I've removed the specific tasks here just to make it fit
00:22:09 - on one screen.
00:22:10 - You'll notice that the objectives are almost equally
00:22:13 - broken out here between design/deploy, configure the
00:22:18 - infrastructure, slightly more weight here in configuring the
00:22:22 - fabric, a little bit in here in integration.
00:22:24 - I talked about the integration with those other pieces of
00:22:27 - System Center.
00:22:27 - And then lastly, down here, the configuring and deploying
00:22:30 - of virtual machines and services
00:22:32 - I have taken these objectives and re-ordered them to be able
00:22:35 - to give you a much better narrative, a much better
00:22:39 - storyline that takes you from the first things you would
00:22:42 - think of all the way through to the last things
00:22:44 - you would think of.
00:22:45 - So while these objectives may not necessarily tell a story,
00:22:49 - what I've tried to do here in this series is to give you
00:22:52 - exactly that story that you would go through when you're
00:22:54 - configuring your own private cloud infrastructure.
00:22:57 - And hopefully, at the conclusion of it, you'll be
00:22:59 - able to say, well, you know what?
00:23:00 - I think I really understand why this series was put
00:23:03 - together in the order that it was.
00:23:07 - We have finally, this one slide here that I'm almost
00:23:10 - embarrassed to show you.
00:23:12 - Microsoft, in the creation of the MCSE Private Cloud has, as
00:23:17 - I said, created this exam and created this infrastructure
00:23:21 - that in order for any of it to work, it all has to work.
00:23:24 - And so when we are creating this environment, we will
00:23:27 - literally be creating every one of these machines.
00:23:31 - We'll be creating a domain controller, and
00:23:32 - we'll have one available.
00:23:34 - We will have a storage server on which will be a bunch of
00:23:37 - disks that we will expose out through ISCSI We'll be using
00:23:40 - ISCSI throughout this series because it's just
00:23:44 - easier over a network.
00:23:45 - We will have our VMM server here, which will manage
00:23:51 - talking to each of our Hyper-V hosts down here and
00:23:54 - instructing them what to do when we're creating new
00:23:55 - virtual machines.
00:23:57 - Each of these Hyper-V hosts will have three different
00:23:59 - addresses that are used.
00:24:01 - The first address, the one net address being their regular
00:24:04 - production network address, their two net address being
00:24:07 - they're cluster address, and their three net address being
00:24:10 - what connects them up to the ISCSI LUNs that have been
00:24:14 - exposed over here on the ISCSI target on our storage server.
00:24:18 - We will also have a Service Manager Server, an Ops Manager
00:24:21 - Server, a Data Protection Manager Server, and an
00:24:24 - Orchestrator Server that we'll be building as we get into
00:24:26 - that four-part series later on.
00:24:28 - These servers have to be on their own individual equipment
00:24:32 - for them to work.
00:24:33 - Microsoft has made it so that you can't actually consolidate
00:24:36 - any of these activities with each other.
00:24:38 - The only one that can be is App Controller, which can be
00:24:43 - hosted here on the VMM server itself.
00:24:46 - We will be spending most of our time, however, here on
00:24:49 - this Windows desktop, a Windows 7
00:24:53 - desktop called Client.
00:24:55 - And this Windows desktop is the one that we'll be using
00:24:57 - because in a private cloud world, it's really not a great
00:25:01 - idea to be logging on directly onto the console of all of our
00:25:05 - machines, partially because it consumes resources, and also
00:25:10 - partially because when we are crafting these automations, we
00:25:14 - will craft them with the assistance of all of the
00:25:17 - System Center Servers.
00:25:19 - And so we'll be crafting an automation that begins as a
00:25:23 - service manager request that itself kicks off an
00:25:27 - Orchestrator Runbook, which it then can change something
00:25:32 - inside of the AMEN, or an Ops Manager PROTip that makes
00:25:36 - change to VMM, or an app controller service that needs
00:25:42 - to interact with service manager and ops.
00:25:45 - As you can see here, all of these need to work together.
00:25:47 - And so having a single location on our client where
00:25:50 - we can manage all the consoles becomes very important.
00:25:55 - Be prepared.
00:25:56 - And if you have the hardware, I believe I've got a single
00:26:00 - machine here running 32 gigs of RAM.
00:26:03 - It's running VMware Workstation version 9 because
00:26:05 - VMware Workstation can now home nested virtualization
00:26:08 - here with our Hyper-V hosts.
00:26:11 - That should get you most of the way in being able to build
00:26:15 - the entirety of this network.
00:26:17 - So some pretty heavy hardware that you're going to require.
00:26:20 - You may require a couple of machines that interact with
00:26:23 - each other in order to support this network, or you can just
00:26:26 - follow along.
00:26:27 - So that really kind of gives you an understanding,
00:26:30 - hopefully, of all the things that you're going to need to
00:26:32 - know in order to just prepare yourself for even watching
00:26:36 - what's going on here within this series.
00:26:39 - As I mentioned before my name is Greg Shields, and it is
00:26:42 - always exciting for me to be able to put together, again,
00:26:45 - another of these CBT Nugget series this time, the first of
00:26:48 - the two MCSE Private Cloud exams, this one being on
00:26:53 - configuring and deploying a private cloud with System
00:26:55 - Center 2012.
00:26:57 - I think you're going to get really excited about some of
00:26:59 - the things you'll be seeing here because with the
00:27:01 - information that you learn here, there are some pretty
00:27:03 - heavy-duty automation that you're going to be able to add
00:27:06 - to your data center.
00:27:08 - Coming up next, we're going to spend a little bit of time
00:27:10 - talking about the architecture of System Center and all the
00:27:13 - different pieces and how they interrelate.
00:27:16 - Microsoft has done a really good job of separating out the
00:27:18 - job of each of these individual System Center
00:27:20 - components so that the component that's responsible
00:27:23 - for monitoring really does the monitoring and the component
00:27:26 - that's responsible for orchestration does the
00:27:28 - orchestration.
00:27:29 - The only hard part is getting all these components
00:27:31 - integrated together, and that's your job as an IT pro.
00:27:35 - So we'll talk about that here coming up next, but until
00:27:37 - then, I hope this has been informative for you, and I'd
00:27:39 - like to thank you for viewing.

Understanding the Microsoft Private Cloud Architecture and Components

Installing and Configuring Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2

Installing and Configuring VMM 2012

Configuring the Network and Storage Fabric

Clustering Hyper-V Hosts and Creating a Microsoft Private Cloud

Working with the VMM 2012 Library: Profiles and VM Templates

Configuring VMM User Roles and the Self-Service Portal

Creating Virtual Application Packages with the Server App-V Sequencer

Working with VMM 2012 Services and Service Templates

Automating the Private Cloud Deployment of a Three-Tier Service

Managing Fabric Updates in VMM 2012

Automating the Deployment of Hyper-V Hosts

Installing and Configuring App Controller

Integrating Private Cloud Monitoring with Operations Manager 2012

Integrating Service Manager 2012

Incorporating Orchestrator 2012 Runbooks and Integration Packs into Service Delivery

Protecting Private Cloud Data with Data Protection Manager 2012

Working with VMM 2012 SP1 and Hyper-V v3 in Windows Server 2012

Extending VMM into the Windows Azure Public Cloud

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Greg Shields

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Microsoft MVP; VMware vExpert; Citrix CTP

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Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, System Center, Hyper-V, virtualization and cloud, Microsoft Exchange, PowerShell, VBScript, Windows deployment. Columnist and author of more than a dozen books and hundreds of industry white papers.

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