Microsoft Specialist Certification in Virtualization

Microsoft Specialist Certification in Virtualization

Get virtualization training that can help you implement your private cloud. These courses also prepare you for certification on virtualization technologies.


Courses

1. Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps
2. Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V® and System Center


1. Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps

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About this Course

This five-day, hands-on training course is designed to teach you the breadth of Microsoft virtual desktop technology, and the course will compare and contrast the various technologies with use cases and best practices. This course builds your skills in Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V), and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) as part of Windows Server 2012 R2. Throughout this course, you will learn how to manage, monitor, support, and troubleshoot various Windows-based desktop virtualization solutions. 

Audience Profile

This course is intended for the IT administrators, and implementers, of large and midsized organizations who want to understand and get hands on experience with the latest Microsoft desktop and application virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe desktop and application virtualization.
  • Plan and implement user state virtualization.
  • Plan and implement App-V.
  • Plan and deploy App-V clients.
  • Manage and administer application virtualization.
  • Understand application sequencing.
  • Configure client Hyper-V.
  • Plan and deploy session-based desktops.
  • Publish and configure RemoteApp programs.
  • Plan pooled personal desktops.
  • Plan and implement pooled and personal desktops.
  • Implement Remote Access.
  • Understand health monitoring of VDI infrastructure.

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must be able to:

  • Networking fundamentals, including Transmission Control Protocol /Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and Domain Name System (DNS).
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) principles and fundamentals of AD DS management.
  • Installation, configuration, and troubleshooting for Windows-based personal computers.
  • Basic understanding of scripting and Windows PowerShell syntax.
  • Desired: Basic understanding of Windows Server roles and services.

Course Outline

Module 1: Overview of Desktop and Application Virtualization
This module explains virtualization technologies that they can use to meet the needs of your organization. Which technologies are relevant to their organization will vary with their needs. To use these virtualization technologies properly in the student’s organization, they will need to understand which technologies are available and when to use them.

Lessons

  • Overview of Virtualization Technologies
  • Usage Scenarios for Virtualization
  • Considerations for Implementing Virtualization

Lab : Overview of Desktop and Application Virtualization

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify Microsoft virtualization technologies.
  • Identify usage scenarios for virtualization technologies.
  • Identify desktop and application virtualization considerations.

Module 2: Planning and Implementing User State Virtualization
This module explains user state virtualization, and which technologies are part of it and what are benefits of user state virtualization. They will also be able to plan and implement user state virtualization technologies.

Lessons

  • Understanding and Planning for User State Virtualization
  • Configuring Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection
  • Configuring UE-V

Lab : Configuring Roaming User Profiles and Folder RedirectionLab : Planning and Implementing User State Virtualization

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand and plan for user state virtualization.
  • Configure roaming user profiles and folder redirection.
  • Configure UE-V.

Module 3: Planning and Implementing App-V
This module explains application virtualization and describes App-V components. This module also describes App-V infrastructure, deployment scenarios, and procedures for installing and configuring Microsoft Server Application Virtualization agents (App-V agents).

Lessons

  • Overview of Application Virtualization
  • App-V Architecture
  • Planning App-V Infrastructure
  • Deploying App-V Infrastructure

Lab : App-V Introduction and Architecture

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand application virtualization.
  • Understand App-V Architecture.
  • Plan App-V infrastructure.
  • Deploy App-V infrastructure.

Module 4: Managing and Administering Application Virtualization
This module provides an overview of the App-V Management Console and the permissions that users must have to administer an App-V Management Server. The module also covers the steps you must take to perform these administrative tasks and how to manage packages and connection groups.

Lessons

  • Managing and Administering App-V
  • Modifying Published Application and Configuration Upgrades
  • Implementing App-V Reporting

Lab : Managing and Administering Application Virtualization

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Manage and administer application virtualization.
  • Modify published application and configuration upgrades.
  • Implement App-V reporting.

Module 5: Planning and Deploying App-V Clients
This module explains the recommendations for deploying and managing the App-V Client. This module also provides students with an overview of the App-V Desktop Client, App-V Remote Desktop Client, and the several installation methods for each.

Lessons

  • Overview of the App-V Client
  • Installing and Configuring the App-V Client
  • Managing App-V Client Properties

Lab : Planning and Deploying App-V Clients

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand the App-V Client.
  • Install and configure the App-V Client.
  • Manage App-V Client Properties.

Module 6: Application Sequencing
This module explains how to install and configure the App-V Sequencer to create application packages.

Lessons

  • Overview of Application Sequencing
  • Planning for Application Sequencing
  • Sequencing an Application
  • Advanced Application Sequencing

Lab : Application Sequencing

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand application sequencing.
  • Plan for application sequencing.
  • Sequence an application.
  • Understand application sequencing.

Module 7: Configuring Client Hyper-V
This module explains Client Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 and explain the fundamentals of working with virtual machines (VMs) in a Client Hyper-V environment. You should be aware that all the features that are covered in this module are also available in Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Lessons

  • Overview of Client Hyper-V
  • Creating VMs
  • Managing Virtual Hard Disks
  • Managing Checkpoints

Lab : Configuring Client Hyper-V

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand Client Hyper-V.
  • Create virtual machines.
  • Manage virtual hard disks.
  • Manage checkpoints.

Module 8: Planning and Deploying Session-Based Virtual Desktops
This module explains how to plan for session-based desktop deployment of Remote Desktop Services (RDS). They will also learn to perform session-based desktop deployment.

Lessons

  • Overview of Remote Desktop Services
  • Planning an Infrastructure for Session-Based Desktop Deployments
  • Deploying Session-Based Desktops
  • Overview of Remote Desktop Services High Availability

Lab : Planning and Deploying Session-Based Desktops

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand RDS.
  • Plan infrastructure for session-based desktops.
  • Deploy session-based desktops.
  • Describe RDS high availability.

Module 9: Configuring and Managing RemoteApp Programs
This module explains how to publish and work with RemoteApp programs.

Lessons

  • Publishing and Configuring RemoteApp Programs
  • Working with RemoteApp Programs

Lab : Configuring and Managing RemoteApp Programs

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Publish and configure RemoteApp programs.
  • Work with RemoteApp programs.

Module 10: Planning Personal and Pooled Virtual Desktops
This module explains how to plan the implementation of pooled and personal desktops.

Lessons

  • Overview of Personal and Pooled Virtual Desktops
  • Planning and Optimizing Virtual Desktop Templates

Lab : Planning Personal and Pooled Virtual Desktops

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand personal and pooled desktops.
  • Plan and optimize desktop templates.

Module 11: Planning and Implementing Infrastructures for Personal and Pooled Virtual Desktops
This module explains how to implement and manage pooled and personal desktops.

Lessons

  • Planning Storage for Personal and Pooled Virtual Desktops
  • Capacity Planning for Personal and Pooled Virtual Desktops
  • Implementing Personal and Pooled Virtual Desktops
  • Implementing RemoteApp for Hyper-V

Lab : Planning and Implementing Infrastructures for Personal and Pooled Virtual Desktops

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan storage for personal and pooled desktops.
  • Understand capacity planning for pooled and personal desktops.
  • Implement pooled and personal desktops.
  • Implementing RemoteApp for Hyper-V.

Module 12: Implementing Remote Access for Remote Desktop Services
This module explains how to plan and implement RD Gateway.

Lessons

  • Extending Remote Desktop Services Outside the Organization
  • Controlling RD Gateway Access

Lab : Implementing Remote Access for RDS

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how to extend RDS outside the organization.
  • Explain how to control RD Gateway access.

Module 13: Performance and Health Monitoring of VDI
This module explains how to monitor the performance of virtual desktop infrastructure to ensure performance.

Lessons

  • Overview of Monitoring Desktop and Application Virtualization
  • Monitoring a Desktop Virtualization Infrastructure

Lab : Performance and Health Monitoring of VDI

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand desktop monitoring and application virtualization.
  • Monitor desktop virtualization infrastructure.

2. Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V® and System Center

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About this Course

This five day course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to design and implement Microsoft Server Virtualization solutions using Hyper-V and System Center.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for IT professionals who are responsible for designing, implementing, managing, and maintaining a virtualization infrastructure or are interested in learning about current Microsoft Virtualization technologies. The secondary audience for this course includes IT decision makers who will determine which virtualization product to implement in their data centers.

At Course Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate an organization’s virtualization requirements and plan for server virtualization.
  • Install and configure the Hyper-V server role.
  • Create virtual machines, create and manage virtual hard disks and work with snapshots.
  • Create and configure virtual machine networks in a Hyper-V environment.
  • Implement virtual machine movement and Hyper-V Replica.
  • Provide high availability for Hyper-V environment by implementing failover clustering.
  • Manage virtual environment by using System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Manage networking and storage infrastructure in Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Configure and manage Virtual Machine Manager library and library objects.
  • Create and manage virtual machines by using Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Create and manage clouds by using System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Create and manage services in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Protect virtualization infrastructure by using Windows Server Backup and Data Protection Manager.

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • An understanding of TCP/IP and networking concepts
  • An understanding of different storage technologies and concepts
  • The ability to work in a team/virtual team
  • An understanding of Windows PowerShell®

Course Outline

Module 1: Evaluating the Environment for Virtualization
This module provides an overview of Microsoft virtualization technologies and the various components of System Center 2012 R2. The module also explains how to evaluate the current environment for virtualization and extend virtualization to the cloud.

Lessons

  • Overview of Microsoft Virtualization
  • Overview of System Center 2012 R2 Components
  • Evaluating Current Environment for Virtualization
  • Extending Virtualization to the Cloud Environment

Lab : Evaluating the Environment for Virtualization

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the various virtualization technologies and the scenarios where you would apply each technology.
  • Describe the different System Center 2012 R2 components and explain how they can be used to manage both traditional and modern infrastructure solutions.
  • Evaluate an organization’s virtualization requirements and plan for server virtualization.
  • Explain the concept of a public cloud and how to extend virtualization to the cloud.

Module
2: Installing and Configuring the Hyper-V Role

This module describes how to install and manage the Hyper-V role. The module also explains how to configure Hyper-V settings, storage, and networking.

Lessons

  • Installing the Hyper-V Role
  • Managing Hyper-V
  • Configuring Hyper-V Settings
  • Hyper-V Host Storage and Networking

Lab : Installing and Configuring the Hyper-V Role

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Install the Hyper-V role.
  • Manage Hyper-V.
  • Configure Hyper-V settings.
  • Describe Hyper-V host storage and networking.

Module 3: Creating and Managing Virtual Hard Disks, Virtual Machines, and Checkpoints
This module explains how to create and configure virtual hard disks and virtual machines. The module then describes how to install, import, monitor, and manage virtual machines.

Lessons

  • Creating and Configuring Virtual Hard Disks
  • Creating and Configuring Virtual Machines
  • Installing and Importing Virtual Machines
  • Managing Virtual Machine Checkpoints
  • Monitoring Hyper-V
  • Designing Virtual Machines for Server Roles and Services

Lab : Creating and Managing Virtual Hard Disks and Virtual MachinesLab : Creating and Managing Checkpoints and Monitoring Hyper-V

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create and configure virtual hard disks.
  • Create and configure virtual machines.
  • Install and import virtual machines.
  • Manage virtual machine checkpoints.
  • Monitor Hyper-V.
  • Design and manage virtual machines for server roles and services.

Module 4: Creating and Configuring Virtual Machine Networks
This module explains how to create and use Hyper-V virtual switches and Hyper-V networking features. The module also describes how to configure and implement Hyper-V network virtualization.

Lessons

  • Creating and Using Hyper-V Virtual Switches
  • Advanced Hyper-V Networking Features
  • Configuring and Using Hyper-V Network Virtualization

Lab : Creating and Using Hyper-V Virtual SwitchesLab : Creating and Using Advanced Virtual Switch FeaturesLab : Configuring and Testing Hyper-V Network Virtualization

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Create and use Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V virtual switches.
  • Describe advanced Hyper-V networking features.
  • Configure and use Hyper-V network virtualization.

Module 5: Virtual Machine Movement and Hyper-V Replica
This module describes how to provide high availability and redundancy for virtualization. The module also explains how to implement virtual machine movement and Hyper-V Replica.

Lessons

  • Providing High Availability and Redundancy for Virtualization
  • Implementing Virtual Machine Movement
  • Implementing and Managing Hyper-V Replica

Lab : Moving Virtual Machine and Configuring Constrained DelegationLab : Configuring and Using Hyper-V Replica

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of providing high availability and redundancy for virtualization.
  • Implement virtual machine movement.
  • Implement and manage the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V feature, Hyper-V Replica.

Module 6: Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V
This module provides an overview of failover clustering. The module also describes how configure shared storage, and how to implement failover clustering with Hyper-V.

Lessons

  • Overview of Failover Clustering
  • Configuring and Using Shared Storage
  • Implementing and Managing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V

Lab : Implementing Failover Clustering with Hyper-V

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe failover clustering.
  • Configure and use shared storage.
  • Implement and manage failover clustering with Hyper-V.

Module 7: Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
This module describes how to integrate System Center and server virtualization. The module also describes how to install System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, add hosts, and manage host groups.

Lessons

  • Integrating System Center and Server Virtualization
  • Overview of VMM
  • Installing VMM
  • Adding Hosts and Managing Host Groups

Lab : Installing and Configuring System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain how to use different System Center 2012 components for managing a virtual environment.
  • Describe the key features of VMM.
  • Explain how to install VMM.
  • Add virtualization hosts to VMM, and manage virtualization hosts and host groups.

Module 8: Managing the Networking and Storage Infrastructure in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
This module describes how to manage networking infrastructure, storage infrastructure, and infrastructure updates.

Lessons

  • Managing Networking Infrastructure
  • Managing Storage Infrastructure
  • Managing Infrastructure Updates

Lab : Network Infrastructure ManagementLab : Managing Infrastructure StorageLab : Infrastructure Updates Management

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Manage the networking infrastructure in VMM.
  • Manage the storage infrastructure in VMM.
  • Manage infrastructure updates by creating update baselines, and by scanning and remediating non-compliant servers.

Module 9: Creating and Managing Virtual Machines by Using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
This module explains how to create, clone, and convert virtual machines. The module also provides an overview of virtual machine updating.

Lessons

  • Virtual Machine Management Tasks in VMM
  • Creating, Cloning, and Converting Virtual Machines
  • Overview of Virtual Machine Updating

Lab : Creating and Managing Virtual Machines by Using System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain virtual machine management tasks in VMM.
  • Explain how to create, clone, and convert virtual machines.
  • Describe methods and tools for updating virtual machines.

Module 10: Configuring and Managing the Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Library and Library Objects
This module provides an overview of the Virtual Machine Library. The module also describes how to work with profiles and templates.

Lessons

  • Overview of the Virtual Machine Manager Library
  • Working With Profiles and Templates

Lab : Configuring and Managing the Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Library and Library Objects

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Virtual Machine Manager library and library resources.
  • Manage hardware profiles and virtual machine templates.

Module 11: Managing Clouds in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
This module provides an introduction to clouds and describes how to create and manage a cloud. The module also describes how to work with user roles in VMM.

Lessons

  • Introduction to Clouds
  • Creating and Managing a Cloud
  • Working With User Roles in Virtual Machine Manager

Lab : Managing Clouds in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of a cloud, and describe how you can use Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machin
    e Manager (VMM) for creating a cloud.
  • Create and manage cloud services.
  • Create and use user roles in VMM.

Module 12: Managing Services in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and App Controller
This module provides an overview of services in System Center 2012 R2 VMM. The module also describes how to create and manage services in VMM and how to use System Center 2012 R2 App Controller.

Lessons

  • Understanding Services in VMM
  • Creating and Managing Services in VMM
  • Using App Controller

Lab : Managing Services in System Center 2012 R2 VMM and App Controller

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and functionality of a service.
  • Create and manage services in VMM.
  • Describe how to use App Controller.

Module 13: Protecting and Monitoring Virtualization Infrastructure
This module provides an overview of backup and restore options for virtual machines. The module describes how to use DPM and System Center Operations Manager for protection, monitoring, and reporting.

Lessons

  • Overview of Backup and Restore Options for Virtual Machines
  • Protecting Virtualization Infrastructure by Using DPM
  • Using Operations Manager for Monitoring and Reporting
  • Integrating VMM with Operations Manager

Lab : Monitoring and Reporting Virtualization Infrastructure

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the backup and restore options that are available for virtual machines.
  • Plan a protection strategy for the virtualization infrastructure by using DPM.
  • Describe how to use Operations Manager for monitoring and reporting.
  • Integrate System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and Operations Manager.

Additional Reading
To help you prepare for this class, review the following resources:
Course 20410B – Installing and Configuring Windows Server® 2012
Course 20411B – Administering Windows Server® 2012