Keith Mayer has written a step-by-step guide for those interested in pursuing the MSCE: Private Cloud certification, including the 70-246 exam “Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012.” You do have to visit his blog post entitled “Get Certified on MCSE Private Cloud with this FREE Step-by-Step Study Guide” and click the “Pay with a Tweet or Facebook” button (and then Tweet about the offering, or share it on Facebook), but that’s not very much at all to ask for a well-constructed guide into Microsoft’s free study materials for this certification.
What you get from Mr. Mayer is a PDF document that walks you through the 70-246 exam, including objective domains, and pointers to videos and study materials on Systems Center 2012 (the foundation for the exam). He also explains how to set up a private cloud lab, using a private cloud evaluation installation that MS makes available. It also provides links to the Unified Installer that makes lab set-up possible, and a user’s guide to run you through installation and set-up. Much of the material provided consists of links to TechNet documents and materials, to help candidates prepare for specific exam topics and related objectives. And as you might expect, a lot of this stuff ties directly to the TechNet Library’s coverage of System Center 2012 tasks and activities, including implementing workflows, working with runbook automation, implementing service offerings, creating and managing workflows, and so forth and so on.
In fact, Mr. Mayer walks readers through the complete exam objectives, with detailed references for each element of each objective. This amounts to a nicely-curated set of links into the TechNet materials on System Center 2012, along with links to the video recordings of MS’s Jump Start training for the MSCE: Private Cloud, plus various guided labs and additional course materials available from Microsoft (Course 10750A, a 5-day ILT course that covers “Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012″).
If you’re interested in the new MCSE and in Microsoft’s take on private clouds and System Center 2012, these materials are worth a visit. Check them out!