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Course 10751A – Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012, which is going to be released soon, is pretty much different than most of other MOC courses on the market currently. Unlike other courses which are mostly dealing with one specific product, this course is covering several products from System Center 2012 family. However, the purpose of the course is not to teach several separate products in 5 days, but to teach private cloud management and deployment techniques by using products from System Center 2012 suite.
Course starts with introducing private cloud as a concept. This is crucial, since students must clearly understand the difference between private cloud and bunch of VMs on several physical hosts. Also, in first module System Center 2012 suite is briefly presented, as well as Hyper-V clustering as a foundation for high availability in private cloud. After introduction, course is going to private cloud deployment with VMM 2012. A major part of the course (modules 2-6) is covering service, application and VM deployment in private cloud environment. Most important part here is definitely service deployment and management, as key new concept in VMM. In that context, module 6 covers App Controller as a user interface for service deployment. After that, course is dealing with private cloud monitoring. This is very important part of any private cloud infrastructure, and it covers monitoring with Operations Manager as well as application monitoring. Next two modules go to service management field. This is very interesting part of the course, since it covers System Center Service Manager – the product that is definitely not so well known, but it can provide great features when it comes to service management and help desk operations. Last two modules in this course are devoted to Data Protection Manager as a technology for backup and restore and System Center Orchestrator, a new product in System Center family that can integrate with most of other System Center products and automate some operations and processes.
In total, course has 12 modules. Each module has a lab at the end. Course is very intensive as it covers many different subjects, so it is not for beginners. Ideal target audience are administrators with some previous experience with older System Center products. From teaching perspective, it wouldn’t be easy for CPLS to find an MCT that can teach this course as very few people have high level knowledge in all products covered in this course. Also, hardware requirements for this course are higher than usual since some labs require two host machines per students.
Together with course 10750A (Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012) this course provides a very good content for learning about private clouds in Microsoft-based environments, as well about products in System Center 2012 suite.
Damir Dizdarevic (co-author on the course 10751A)