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Exam Ref MCSA 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud

Book Description

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-246–and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of monitoring and operating a private cloud based on Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSE level.

Focus on the expertise measured by these objectives:

  • Configure data center process automation

  • Deploy resource monitoring

  • Monitor resources

  • Configure and maintain service management

  • Manage configuration and protection

  • This Microsoft Exam Ref:

  • Organizes its coverage by objectives for Exam 70-246

  • Features strategic, what-if scenarios to challenge you

  • Requires experience with Windows Server, System Center 2012, security, high availability, fault tolerance, and networking in an enterprise environment, and basic skills with SQL Server, Windows PowerShell, and application configuration

  • Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Contents at a glance
    4. Contents
    5. Introduction
      1. Microsoft certifications
      2. Free ebooks from Microsoft Press
      3. Errata, updates, & book support
      4. We want to hear from you
      5. Stay in touch
    6. Preparing for the exam
    7. Chapter 1. Configure data center process automation
      1. Objective 1.1: Implement workflows
        1. Implementing runbook automation
        2. Automating remediation of incidents
        3. Change and activity management workflows
        4. Objective summary
        5. Objective review
      2. Objective 1.2: Implementing service offerings
        1. Creating custom workflows
        2. Self-Service Portal
        3. Service catalog
        4. Request offerings
        5. Service offerings
        6. Catalog item groups
        7. Orchestrator and Service Manager
        8. Using Orchestrator runbooks with Service Manager
        9. Self-service provisioning of virtual machines
        10. Objective summary
        11. Objective review
      3. Answers
        1. Objective 1.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 1.1: Review
        3. Objective 1.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 1.2: Review
    8. Chapter 2. Deploy resource monitoring
      1. Objective 2.1: Deploy end-to-end monitoring
        1. Deploying Operations Manager agents
        2. Discovering network devices
        3. Monitoring network devices
        4. Using management packs
        5. Objective summary
        6. Objective review
      2. Objective 2.2: Configure end-to-end monitoring
        1. Managing management packs
        2. Configuring synthetic transactions
        3. Using Global Service Monitor
        4. Application Performance Monitoring
        5. Creating distributed application models
        6. Objective summary
        7. Objective review
      3. Objective 2.3: Create monitoring reports and dashboards
        1. Service level tracking
        2. Reports
        3. Dashboards
        4. Objective summary
        5. Objective review
      4. Answers
        1. Objective 2.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 2.1: Review
        3. Objective 2.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 2.2: Review
        5. Objective 2.3: Thought experiment
        6. Objective 2.3: Review
    9. Chapter 3. Monitor resources
      1. Objective 3.1: Monitor network devices
        1. Managing alerts
        2. Configuring alert notifications
        3. Analyzing network devices and data
        4. Objective summary
        5. Objective review
      2. Objective 3.2: Monitor servers
        1. Understanding not monitored and gray agents
        2. Using maintenance mode
        3. Understanding heartbeat alerts
        4. Using Health Explorer
        5. Configuring Audit Collection Services
        6. Objective summary
        7. Objective review
      3. Objective 3.3: Monitor the virtualization layer
        1. Integrating Operations Manager with Virtual Machine Manager
        2. Using the Fabric Health Dashboard
        3. Understanding the Fabric Monitoring Diagram view
        4. Objective summary
        5. Objective review
      4. Objective 3.4: Monitor application health
        1. Monitoring .NET applications
        2. Monitoring Java applications
        3. Objective summary
        4. Objective review
      5. Answers
        1. Objective 3.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 3.1: Review
        3. Objective 3.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 3.2: Review
        5. Objective 3.3: Thought experiment
        6. Objective 3.3: Review
        7. Objective 3.4: Thought experiment
        8. Objective 3.4: Review
    10. Chapter 4. Configure and maintain service management
      1. Objective 4.1: Implement service level management
        1. Understanding service level management
        2. Creating calendar items
        3. Creating metrics
        4. Creating queues
        5. Creating service level objectives
        6. Sending notifications
        7. SLA reporting
        8. Objective summary
        9. Objective review
      2. Objective 4.2: Manage problems and incidents
        1. Understanding problems and incidents
        2. Managing incidents
        3. Managing problems
        4. Creating knowledge articles
        5. Objective summary
        6. Objective review
      3. Objective 4.3: Manage cloud resources
        1. Creating hardware profiles
        2. Creating guest operating system profiles
        3. Creating application profiles
        4. Configuring SQL Server profiles
        5. Configuring virtual machine templates
        6. Creating service templates
        7. Objective Summary
        8. Objective review
      4. Answers
        1. Objective 4.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 4.1: Review
        3. Objective 4.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 4.2: Review
        5. Objective 4.3: Thought experiment
        6. Objective 4.3: Review
    11. Chapter 5. Manage configuration and protection
      1. Objective 5.1: Manage compliance and configuration
        1. Implementing System Center Process Pack for IT GRC
        2. Understanding compliance settings
        3. Using Desired State Configuration
        4. Understanding System Center Advisor
        5. Objective summary
        6. Objective review
      2. Objective 5.2: Manage Updates
        1. Managing updates with WSUS
        2. Managing updates with Configuration Manager
        3. Integrating WSUS with VMM
        4. Updating offline VMs
        5. Objective summary
        6. Objective review
      3. Objective 5.3: Implement backup and recovery
        1. Understanding Data Protection Manager
        2. Deploying DPM agents
        3. Configuring DPM storage
        4. Creating DPM protection groups
        5. Performing recovery
        6. Integrating Microsoft Azure Online Backup
        7. Using DPM Orchestrator integration pack
        8. Objective summary
        9. Objective review
      4. Answers
        1. Objective 5.1: Thought experiment
        2. Objective 5.1: Review
        3. Objective 5.2: Thought experiment
        4. Objective 5.2: Review
        5. Objective 5.3: Thought experiment
        6. Objective 5.3: Review
    12. Index
    13. About the author
    14. Back Cover