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Exam Objectives

The objectives for this exam, as stated by Microsoft include:

Designing a Virtualization Strategy

  • Recommend a virtualization technology.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: server virtualization, Application Virtualization (App-V), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Remote Desktop Services (RDS), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), Microsoft Virtual PC

  • Plan capacity.
  • Plan licensing.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: operating system editions

  • Design solutions for integration with third-party products.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: hypervisors, VDIs, and management tools

Designing the Physical and Virtual Infrastructure

  • Plan hardware and virtual resource requirements.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: CPUs, memory, disk, host, parent, child, performance, networking, Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), CPU Core Parking

  • Design storage.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: dynamic, fixed, differential, pass-through; logical unit number (LUN) considerations

  • Design networking.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: virtual network type, host NIC configuration, VLAN, TCP chimney, jumbo frames, Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ)

  • Plan snapshots and checkpoints.

Designing a Highly Available Virtual Environment

  • Design parent for high availability.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering, migration types, Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)

  • Design child for high availability.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering, Network Load Balancing (NLB), shared storage

  • Design for migration type.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: quick migration, live migration, storage area network (SAN) migration, network migration

Designing a Deployment Strategy

  • Design a virtual machine deployment.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Virtual Machine Manager, Self-Service Portal (SSP), Windows PowerShell, scripting, Configuration Manager

  • Plan a virtual machine conversion.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: physical to virtual (P2V), virtual to virtual (V2V)

  • Design a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployment.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: broker, profile management, applications, methods of access, static and dynamic deployment

  • Design an App-V deployment.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: server roles, server role placement, application compatibility

Designing a Management Strategy

  • Plan backup and recovery for parent and child partitions.
  • Design a monitoring strategy.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: design for a parent, design for a child; integration with Operations Manager

  • Plan updates and maintenance.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: offline image maintenance, hardware maintenance, integration services

  • Design an administrative strategy.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: management networks, remote administration, Virtual Machine Manager, Authorization Manager

Where to Go from Here

Passing Exam 70-693 alone does not result in a certification. Instead, the exam counts as credit toward the Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization Administrator certification. Earning that certification also requires candidates to pass the following exams:

  • Exam 70-659: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
  • Exam 70-669: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization
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