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70-403 - scvmm

OK so my couple of weeks turned into more like 4 months but hey my life is a busy place :D

Anyhow, I back on the trail of some SCVMM 2008, since CBT Nuggets released their pack a couple of weeks back thought this was a good place to start. My company has a number of CBT Nuggets streaming licenses so I best make use of them icon_wink.gif

Does not look popular from a surafce scratch but I feel like helping my company get this specialisation under their belt. Not a selfless act, vSphere 4 course by the end of the year was mentioned so I am being a little more co-operative than normal icon_lol.gif

Anyone else taken this one? or anyone even interested?

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    stupidboystupidboy Member Posts: 470
    As I assumed ... no one taken or interested icon_sad.gif

    Oh well, I'll post what happens in a couple of weeks icon_wink.gif
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    Hyper-MeHyper-Me Banned Posts: 2,059
    We use SCVMM 2008 at work and I like it a lot.

    It may not be that popular of a topic for a consulting agency because honestly, its really simple to set up and use. I have a lot of fun using it. I'd probably have a high probability of passing this exam without studying, but i dont have the cash to waste on doing that right now.
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    stupidboystupidboy Member Posts: 470
    Hyper-Me wrote: »
    We use SCVMM 2008 at work and I like it a lot.

    It may not be that popular of a topic for a consulting agency because honestly, its really simple to set up and use. I have a lot of fun using it. I'd probably have a high probability of passing this exam without studying, but i dont have the cash to waste on doing that right now.

    Its not the worst interface I have ever seen and it seems to work OK.

    We've recently seen a couple of re quotes appear asking for Hyper-V over VMware, I guess the economic climate has had some bearing on this.

    I have access to the CBT Nuggets and they just released a 70-652 & 70-403 combo which I am watching so no cost to me. The only cost I've got to splash is the exam fee, until I expense it. However, I know I am lucky to be in this situation.

    I'll post what happens in a couple of weeks.
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    AshenweltAshenwelt Member Posts: 266 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I took it (and SCCM). Interesting test, covers some relations between it and SCOM and SCCM. I will tell you what though... at our firm it is a big deal. Granted, all of System Center can really be used to bring a companies infrastructure under control.

    Dunno, I can't get why it wouldn't be popular.
    Ashenwelt
    -Always working on something...
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    Hyper-MeHyper-Me Banned Posts: 2,059
    Ashenwelt wrote: »
    I took it (and SCCM). Interesting test, covers some relations between it and SCOM and SCCM. I will tell you what though... at our firm it is a big deal. Granted, all of System Center can really be used to bring a companies infrastructure under control.

    Dunno, I can't get why it wouldn't be popular.

    The system center stuff is fantastic but a lot of places just end up going with Virtual Center and ESX.

    I like hyper-V quite a bit. ESX is great but Hyper-V is certainly capable as well.

    I havn't found anything in SCVMM that doesnt work as advertised, so far.
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    AshenweltAshenwelt Member Posts: 266 ■■■■□□□□□□
    So far I have not been able to figure a way to make SCVMM P2V to Vmware. I kinda hope I am wrong, and it will.
    Ashenwelt
    -Always working on something...
    -The RepAdmin Active Directory Blog
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    stupidboystupidboy Member Posts: 470
    It looks like I can count myself as one of the few holders of the TS: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring certification. According to Microsoft there were only 1265 as of 30th October 2009. I managed to pass with an 887 icon_cheers.gifwhich is OK by me.

    The exam was not too outrageous and maps nicely to the published skills required for this exam.

    I used the following resources:
    • CBT Nuggets - These are OK but are not as deep as most of the others I’ve used in the past and additional reading will be required for both 70-652 and 70-403. For the 70-652 I can recommend the MCTS: Windows Server Virtualization Configuration Study Guide by William Panek.
    • Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions by Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization Team. This was a free ebook from Microsoft and chapter 3 covers SCVMM 2008. I think this should be on the reading list (even if only this chapter) for those looking at the 70-403, some very useful stuff indeed.
    • A small single HyperV lab setup. My lab has a single HyperV machine with a VM DC and a VM SCVMM 2008 server. I was able to hook SCVMM in to a local ESX vCenter lab which I found interesting. The lab is always a good learning ground ;0)
    I hope this information will help someone in the future.
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    gandalphgandalph Member Posts: 33 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I sat this exam a few weeks ago and used pretty much the same material as you mentioned and I also took the ops manager exam this week and passed again using the cbt nuggets and my lab set up.
    obesa cantavit

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    stupidboystupidboy Member Posts: 470
    gandalph wrote: »
    I sat this exam a few weeks ago and used pretty much the same material as you mentioned and I also took the ops manager exam this week and passed again using the cbt nuggets and my lab set up.

    Congrats on both accounts.

    Do you agree that the CBT Nuggets needed that extra "padding"?

    Interesting that you say you went on the OpsMgr because I was looking at the same thing :)

    How is Greg's Coverage of 70-400?
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    tenroutenrou Member Posts: 108
    I've been keeping my eye on SCVMM because hyper-v r2 has added a lot of functionality to make it far more competitive. Am I correct in thinking there is a SCVMM 2008 r2 comming out?
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    Hyper-MeHyper-Me Banned Posts: 2,059
    It already is, tenrou.
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