Microsoft MCSE: Private Cloud Exam Resources

I took both the following exams for this qualification and I must say that they were two of the most difficult exams I have ever taken.

Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-246#fbid=7Oaqm0eQ_Qu

Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-247#fbid=7Oaqm0eQ_Qu

I already had the MCSE: Server Infrastructure so these two exams gave me the MCSE: Private Cloud to add to my list of certifications. I think the reason why these two exams were quite difficult was due to the Fact that SCCM 2012 is now a suite of application that have been combined into one application. I already had experience with SCOM 2007, SCCM 2007, DPM 2007, Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008 so thought this would be quite straigtforward but really what they are testing in this certification is how they all fit together.

I did quite well on the 70-246 exams but am not convinced that they marked the case study as I am sure I got some of the questions wrong. On the 70-247 my result was alot lower but still enough to pass….phew!!! I thought I would put together a list of resources to help others with these exams.

One thing I would have done differently if I had seen it earlier was to study for and take the following exam

Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-243#fbid=7Oaqm0eQ_Qu

On the Microsoft website it states the following…..When you pass Exam 70-243: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):
MCTS: Administering and Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

However, if you look under the MCTS Certifications it is nowhere to be found so I just assumed that the 70-246 and 70-247 were the new SCCM 2012 exams and didn’t realise my mistake until it was too late!!!

As always I started off with Online Training. I believe these courses can be used for both exams
CBT Nuggets: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 by Greg Shields
TrainSignal: System Center 2012 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud (70-247) by Elias Khnaser

Also there are some very good videos produced by Microsoft Jumpstart
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/video/private-cloud-jump-start-01-introduction-to-the-microsoft-private-cloud-with-system-center-2012
From here you can also see these other videos
Private Cloud Jump Start (01): Introduction to the Microsoft Private Cloud with System Center 2012
Private Cloud Jump Start (02): Configure & Deploy Infrastructure Components
Private Cloud Jump Start (03): Configure & Deploy the Private Cloud Infrastructure
Private Cloud Jump Start (04): Configure & Deploy Service Delivery & Automation
Private Cloud Jump Start (05): Configure & Deploy Application Management
Private Cloud Jump Start (06): Monitor & Operate Infrastructure Components
Private Cloud Jump Start (07): Monitor & Operate the Private Cloud Infrastructure
Private Cloud Jump Start (08): Monitor & Operate Service Delivery & Automation
Private Cloud Jump Start (09): Monitor & Operate Application Management

The only book I could find which was good enough to read for these two exams was “Microsoft Private Cloud” Computing by Aidan Finn, Hans Vredevoort, Patrick Lownds and Damian Flynn (29 Jun 2012). This book had most of the topics covered by the exam

One good link that provided a good understanding of the different components in SCCM 2012 and how the work together was “System Center 2012 Suite Configure and manage apps, services, computers, and VMs” by Orin Thomas
http://windowsitpro.com/system-center/system-center-2012-suite

Also these links can help with the exams
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh397409.aspx
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/configuration-manager-2012.aspx
http://eskonr.com/2012/01/configmgrsccm-2012-site-system-roles/
http://www.jamesbannanit.com/2011/04/certificate-requirements-for-sccm-2012/
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/systemcenter/hh880681
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc507089

Good luck!!

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