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    Cheers mate, things at home have just changed, nothing too serious so nothing to worry about but 17th would be too soon and was the only date available.

    Best of luck with yours thou!
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    Default Virtual Lab

    Just wanted to pass along my experience with the virtual labs. The VirtualPc is really nice and easy to setup. I installed a couple 2003 servers on it. All was well except for running simulations with GPO's. My remote workstation would authenticate to the domain server but never apply the gpo. There was some sort of communication error. I figured it was a limitation of the VirtualPC technology. I got VirtualServer installed. Had a bit of a problem with it because my VNC server service was interfering. (running on the same port) A little bit more configuration with the Virtual Server software but once running it works really well. The GPO's operate as they should and so far I can't see anything that is not fully functional. So I'd recommend if you're simming a server/domain lab that you use the VirtualServer application.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slerickson01
    Just wanted to pass along my experience with the virtual labs. The VirtualPc is really nice and easy to setup. I installed a couple 2003 servers on it. All was well except for running simulations with GPO's. My remote workstation would authenticate to the domain server but never apply the gpo. There was some sort of communication error. I figured it was a limitation of the VirtualPC technology. I got VirtualServer installed. Had a bit of a problem with it because my VNC server service was interfering. (running on the same port) A little bit more configuration with the Virtual Server software but once running it works really well. The GPO's operate as they should and so far I can't see anything that is not fully functional. So I'd recommend if you're simming a server/domain lab that you use the VirtualServer application.
    slerickson01, you should really start a new thread for this so others will find your post (rather than have it buried on page 3 of an existing thread).
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    Anyone taken this yet?

    I've only used the two online courses so far to study for this. I'm hoping to find out if that's enough or if we need more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkerosxx
    Anyone taken this yet?

    I've only used the two online courses so far to study for this. I'm hoping to find out if that's enough or if we need more.
    I'm going to go with no. I've been playing with this for awhile, and gone through the courses, and here are the things I am still unsure of or haven't even come across yet:

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    Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../bb977556.aspx (haven't had a chance to read it yet)

    Disk structure (RAID, quorum, shared storage) for high availability

    SCVMM vNext

    Authorization Manager

    Release Key

    Performance monitoring of 2k8

    The following for remote administration: WMI, WinRM, Firewall settings, and RDP considerations (I think I read somewhere that you can manage hyper-v via RDP, but you can't connect to the VMs through RDP/terminal services, but that might just be a bug/limitation and not a feature)

    Import VMs from virtual server, 3rd party/Acronis, Virtual PC

    Intel and AMD virtual machine state

    SCVMM vNext for p2v and v2v

    pxeboot (legacy network adapter) - this is mentioned somewhere in one of the main technet articles down at the bottom of the page

    manage the self service portal

    WDS

    SCVMM for isos, vhds, templates, profiles, deployment from library

    hypercall adapter availability requirements

    Proc. (NT 4.0)

    Actual configuration for high-availability, not just concepts (failover clustering)

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    I'm installing SCVMM right now, and I'm going to work with that, failover clustering, performance settings, WDS, and try to figure out what some of the other miscellaneous terms are. I'm guessing SCVMM is going to be a big part of this as I'm looking at a few of the items I hadn't seen before right on it's installation screen.

    I got it through my Technet subscription, but it looks like anyone can download the beta: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcente...m/default.mspx

    Be sure to check out the exam objectives here: http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/archive/...nfiguring.aspx

    I'm going to post my notes soon, probably tomorrow. I was going to put a lot of time into it, but I think I'll just post what I have and edit it throughout the week, so people can at least start going over them.
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    #56
    I was going to take this exam Friday along with 299 and 298, but me being unable to install it on any of my computers has left me completely unprepared.

    Hyper-V requires the hardware virtualization feature on your processor. My laptop has a Intel Core 2 T5300 and it doesn't have it. MY FX-60 sure doesn't, so, I'm out of luck. Neither have Intel VT or AMD-V.

    :^( I guess I'll just have to settle with only two exams this time.
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    I believe you can install it. You just can't get a VM up and running since you don't meet the requirements for the hypervisor, and a running VM is really a small part of the entire process. Basically, you just do the following with a running VM: start, stop, suspend, take a snapshot, and install the integration tools.

    Are you sure that core2duo doesn't support hardware virtualization? You might just not have hardware DEP enabled.

    This utility wasn't designed with Hyper-V in mind, but it coincidentally tells you whether or not you have compatible hardware: http://www.grc.com/securable.htm

    The CPU in my laptop supports it, but my bios doesn't give me an option to turn hardware DEP on. You'll be looking for the execute disable (XD) option with Intel or no execute (NX) option with AMD. I haven't followed AMD CPUs for awhile, but revision F2 or later supports hardware virtualization. I'm not sure where the FX-60 falls on that spectrum.
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    Dynamik (and others) here is a link to the Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.1 beta program which adds support for Hyper-V:
    https://connect.microsoft.com/Invita...&SiteID=297%20
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    #59
    I know my laptop Proc doesn't support Hardware Virtualization. I looked up Intel Procs with support for Intel-VD and Core 2 Duos do for the most part, except for certain ones. And my specific one T5300 was on the list of ones that don't. fx-60 doesn't have the AMD V either. I think all the procs on Socket AM2 do, but not my 939 fx-60. I felt if I couldn't install everything I wouldn't try.
    I'll play around with 2008 later, but I really need to focus on 298 and 299. I feel I'd be pressing my luck studying for a test that I shouldn't be focusing on right now. I'd be pissed if I failed one of the 290s if I wasted time on this one. I'm going at a good pace as it is right now for mcse:s.
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    Great source of Hyper-V performance oriented information

    http://blogs.msdn.com/tvoellm/archiv...V/default.aspx

    Some recent posts have included:

    * Hyper-V Performance FAQ
    * Performance Counter Details
    * Performance oriented bugs (memory, timers, …)
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    For anyone following this thread, my notes are here: http://www.techexams.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=230892
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    Here is the content from a great post from ]The World Simplified is a Virtual World, it gives a lot of links related to Hyper-V:

    Websites

    Microsoft Virtualization Home Page
    http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx

    Virtualization Case Studies
    http://www.microsoft.com/virtualizat...e-studies.mspx

    Virtualization Solution Accelerators
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../cc197910.aspx

    Windows Server 2008 Virtualization & Consolidation
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...olidation.aspx

    Hyper-V FAQ
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...yperv-faq.aspx

    Optimized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI and much more)
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...e/default.mspx

    Virtualization TechCenter:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/v...n/default.aspx

    How to Install Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...v-install.aspx

    Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Performance Tuning Guide
    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system...f_tun_srv.mspx

    MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V
    http://blogs.technet.com/virtualizat...y-hyper-v.aspx

    MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V Whitepaper
    http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...n_Hyper-V.docx

    Blogs

    http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/default.aspx

    http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/

    http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward/

    http://blogs.technet.com/roblarson/

    http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/

    http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/

    http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog/

    http://blogs.technet.com/stbnewsbytes/

    Webcasts

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/We...CountryCode=US

    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/We...CountryCode=US
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    Default Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Failover Clustering Options

    Jose Barreto just posted an article describing different ways to implement Windows Server Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

    The scenarios described include:

    1 - Parent-based Failover Clustering with two physical servers
    2 - Child-based Failover Clustering with two physical servers
    3 - Mixed Physical/Virtual Failover Clustering
    4 - Failover Clustering with two child partitions on one physical server
    5 - Standalone demo laptop with Virtual iSCSI SAN

    Check the details on each one (including a "before" and "after" diagram for each) at

    http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/arc...g-options.aspx

    From "The Storage Team" blog @ Microsoft
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    #64
    Just took the test today. I wasn't feeling too good and kept almost nodding off during the test. So this'll probably be marked as my big fat F A I L E D. I'm guessing a 500 or 600. Make sure you know SCVMM and clustering. Other than that it is general common sense virtualization that anyone who has put together a decent lab whether it be under Virtualbox or it be under VMWare will be able to puzzle out. All in all I would say it isn't too difficult of an exam if you can get some hands on with the technology to get familiar with the interfaces and studying your 293 concepts.
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    Failover Clustering with Hyper-V – Deployment Options
    http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/arc...1/8628515.aspx

    Combined deployment:
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    Took the exam today. Probably failed but who knows, maybe I got lucky! For those preparing to take it know SCVMM, host and vm clustering, different vm network types, different vm disk types, SCVMM, hardware/software requirements for hyper-v and scvmm, some of the command line for installing and configuring hyper-v on a core server... Oh and I almost forgot SCVMM!!!
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    I haven't seen this posted yet, so figured I'd add it:

    http://blogs.technet.com/roblarson/a...-v-beta-1.aspx

    Has information previously presented in failover clustering links, but it adds the steps one would take within the OS to implement it, as well as screenshots of the UI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkerosxx
    I haven't seen this posted yet, so figured I'd add it:

    http://blogs.technet.com/roblarson/a...-v-beta-1.aspx

    Has information previously presented in failover clustering links, but it adds the steps one would take within the OS to implement it, as well as screenshots of the UI.
    Thanks!
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    darkerosxx, you in? Tomorrow is the last day.

    Thanks for the link.

    Even if we don't all make it, TE members are going to have quite the advantage once this is out of beta.
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    Five more (Scott Lowe's notes from TechEd):

    VIR367: Hyper-V Security and Best Practices
    http://blog.scottlowe.org/2008/06/10...est-practices/

    VIR358: Hyper-V Architecture, Scenarios, and Networking
    http://blog.scottlowe.org/2008/06/12...nd-networking/

    VIR350: System Center VMM Advanced Integration
    http://blog.scottlowe.org/2008/06/12...d-integration/

    MGT374: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool
    http://blog.scottlowe.org/2008/06/11...ervicing-tool/

    VIR361: Introducing MAP for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V
    http://blog.scottlowe.org/2008/06/11...-2008-hyper-v/
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    Quote Originally Posted by dynamik
    darkerosxx, you in? Tomorrow is the last day.

    Thanks for the link.

    Even if we don't all make it, TE members are going to have quite the advantage once this is out of beta.
    I am signed up for this afternoon, but not sure if I'll actually be able to make it. Sucks all the studying and not being able to take the test for free, but at least I learned something and it'll be that much less studying when the test actually comes out. Hopefully, I can make it, though.
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    How to start hyper-v in Server Core deployment:

    “start /w ocsetup Microsoft-Hyper-V”

    How to enable Physical Resource Optimization:

    http://blogs.technet.com/m2/archive/...-with-vmm.aspx

    Hope this helps some of you last minute test-takers...
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    Think I'm done studying for this...everybody remember to come back here and tell us what you thought of the exam.
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    From here: http://techexams.net/forums/viewtopi...=232398#232398

    Quote Originally Posted by AEV
    Guess I was one of the last ones to sit this. It went just as everyone said. A lot of SCVMM, and Clustering.

    Now all we have to do is wait 6 weeks, more or less.....

    Ugh. Tell me about it. I just sat mine a few hours ago, and I was really hit hard on those. I put a lot of time into this, and I was getting SCVMM material I never came across. There was a lot of general 2008 topics, such as clustering, WDS, advanced boot options, and other stuff like SCOM. I think I did fairly well, probably because I *cough* *cough* actually installed the software and played around with it *cough* *cough*

    It'll be a long wait. The report said 8 weeks, maybe longer. I wish they'd still give you some statistics, like the normal bars graphs or just how many you got wrong. I understand they have to evaluate things before they can issue a pass or fail, but it would be nice to have some idea of how you did. I might have squeaked by, but I don't know. I definitely had to make a lot of educated guesses along the way.
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    There was lots of material not specifically mentioned in the exam topics. My guess is they threw stuff in there that they can remove when everybody bombs those areas, so some areas just had to be hard. I'll reserve judgement until I see my grade, but many of the questions were poorly worded in my opinion, such as several questions asking about what type of network to use to connect to "other computers on the network." They failed to specify which network they wanted to connect to.

    For future reference, know network types, disk types, what OS's require what service packs to interact, SCVMM, and Failover Clustering and you win.
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