On the moment I’m preparing for the 74-409 Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center exam. The exam is an replacement for the Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Virtualization 70-659 exam. To prepare for the 74-409 exam I use the following resources:
- Exam information: 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center Associated. Link
- Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center free training. Link
- 74-409 Study WIKI. Link.
- Claim a free voucher for the 74-409 exam. Link
- Bjorn Houben preparing links for the 74-409 exam. Link
- Lab environment for Hands-on experience
The most important piece is to get hands-on experience. To get hands-on I build a Hyper-V 2012 R2 lab environment. The lab environment is build on a single whitebox ESXi server. The lab environment contains the following components:
- VMware ESXi server with an Intel-i7-3820 CPU,32 GB memory and 1TB local storage. Link
- HP ProCurve 1018G-8 port switch.
- 4 x Windows Server 2012 VMs with the Hyper-V role enabled. The 4 Hyper-V VMs are divided over two clusters. Each cluster runs 2 VMs (nested).
- 1 x Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller with iSCSI target enabled. The nested VM’s inside the Hyper-V VMs are stored on the iSCSI target.
- System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 VM for the management of both Hyper-V clusters
Here is an overview of the Hyper-V 2012 R2 lab environment: