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.
- 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
- Microsoft System Center 2012
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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.