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    Default 70-693 Resources

    Hi All.

    I have put together a couple of links to get started, I will keep adding to this as I go along. As usual any other links/comments/criticisms welcome.

    Microsoft Learning Details:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en...ID=70-693#tab2


    Designing a Virtualization Strategy

    APP-V
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/a.../bb676739.aspx
    Microsoft Application Virtualization Technical Overview
    Microsoft Application Virtualization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Documentation

    Med-V
    Microsoft Windows Enterprise: Improving Virtual PCs with Med-V
    https://partner.microsoft.com/40112059

    App-V Vs Med-V
    http://windowsitpro.com/article/arti...ion-med-v.html

    VDI
    Desktop Virtualization| Virtualized Desktop Products and Technology
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ent...exibility.aspx

    MDOP
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ent...p/default.aspx

    10 Tips For Building a Virtualization ready Infrastructure
    http://www.virtual-strategy.com/Feat...structure.html

    Hyper-V R2 Resources
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...hyperv-R2.aspx

    Licensing
    Microsoft Volume Licensing - Microsoft Licensing for Virtualization
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...licensing.aspx

    Remote Desktop Services
    Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services) Team Blog : Remote Desktop Connection 7 for Windows 7, Windows XP & Windows Vista
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...duct-home.aspx




    Designing the Physical and Virtual Infrastructure

    SLAT
    Second Level Address Translation Benefits in Hyper-V R2
    AMD-V Rapid Virtualization Indexing and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Second Level Address Translation - Doing IT Virtual

    CPU Core Parking
    The Lazy Admin : What?s New in 2008 R2 ? Core Parking
    How to enable and control CPU core parking

    LUN
    Logical Unit Number - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    LUN management at the heart of SAN configuration

    TCP Chimney
    Information about the TCP Chimney Offload, Receive Side Scaling, and Network Direct Memory Access features in Windows Server 2008
    Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team : The effect of TCP Chimney offload on viewing network traffic

    VM Queue
    http://windowsitpro.com/article/arti...yper-v-r2.html
    http://www.ravichaganti.com/blog/?p=379
    Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ)

    Virtual Network Types
    Understanding and Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Networks - Virtuatopia

    Jumbo Frames
    Jumbo frame - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    TechNotes! | VM Chimney and Jumbo Frames

    VHD Disks
    http://windowsitpro.com/article/arti...er-v-host.html
    http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/a...k-options.html

    Checkpoints
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../cc956044.aspx
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../dd277881.aspx
    http://www.systemcentercentral.com/B...7/Default.aspx




    Designing a Highly Available Virtual Environment

    Cluster Shared Volumes
    Q. How do Cluster Shared Volumes work in Windows Server 2008 R2?
    The Lazy Admin : What?s New in 2008 R2 ? Cluster Shared Volumes
    Windows Server 2008: Deploying Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) in Failover Clustering
    http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/arc...9/9433146.aspx
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/m...s.aspx?pr=blog

    Clustering Whitepapers
    Download details: Windows Server 2008 Clustering Documents

    NLB
    Network Load Balancing (NLB) in Windows Server 2008 | Media | TechNet Edge
    http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/arc...9/9468109.aspx

    Migrations
    Hyper-V Live Migration vs. Quick Migration | Virtualization Team
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
    http://edge.technet.com/Media/Demo-H...ive-Migration/



    Designing a Deployment Strategy

    SCVMM
    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM) ? Virtualization
    Evaluate System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
    https://www.microsoftelearning.com/e...1&tab=overview
    Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager: Top 10 Benefits of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

    VMM Self Service Portal
    Installing the VMM Self-Service Portal
    Deploying a VMM 2008 Self-Service Portal - Virtuatopia
    Installing and Configuring SCVMM 2008 Self-Service Portal

    Physical To Virtual Conversions
    Performing Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversions using VMM 2008 - Virtuatopia
    Offline P2V Migrations using SCVMM 2008

    Bare Metal To Live Migration Ms Video
    http://mschnlnine.vo.llnwd.net/d1/ed...r_2MB_edge.wmv

    VDI - Difference Between Static & Dynamic Deployments
    http://windowsitpro.com/article/arti...hitecture.html

    Managing Hyper-V with PowerShell Video
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/v.../cc952342.aspx

    Infrastructure Planning & Design
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../cc196387.aspx




    Designing a Management Strategy

    Operations Manager
    System Center Operations Manager 2007 (SCOM) ? Platform Monitoring
    Configuring Operations Manager Integration with VMM
    Microsoft System Center Operations Manager: Learning Resources

    Image Servicing
    Walkthrough: Servicing an Applied Windows Image Offline
    Walkthrough: Servicing an Applied Windows Image Offline

    Walkthrough: Servicing a Mounted Windows Image Offline
    Walkthrough: Servicing a Mounted Windows Image Offline

    DISM
    Prepare and Service Windows Images Using the New DISM Tool
    4sysops - Windows 7 DISM – how to mount, manage, and service WIM images

    Authorization Manager
    Authorization Manager How To...: Authorization Manager
    http://www.windowsecurity.com/articl...003-Part2.html

    Backing Up Virtual Machines
    http://blogs.technet.com/virtualizat...-machines.aspx
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    I don't know if this would be a valid sticky for the forum but this certainly deserves a *bump*. Good work!
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    Thanks Robert
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    Thanks, man.

    I was gonna sit around and make one of these but I really needed to devote time to studying for the 647.

    Thanks again.
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    "If you are using the Microsoft Hyper-V technology to run virtual machines, no operating system will take advantage of TCP Chimney offload."

    Is that all we need to know for the exam?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hypnotoad View Post
    "If you are using the Microsoft Hyper-V technology to run virtual machines, no operating system will take advantage of TCP Chimney offload."

    Is that all we need to know for the exam?
    I would bet that it is. But can you explain why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKaucher View Post
    I would bet that it is. But can you explain why?
    Im guessing because the NIC has no way of knowing which machine its trying to use chimney offload for. Am I right? I wish I knew.
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    Might want to add this to the list. It has a chapter or two on Hyper-V
    http://download.spiceworks.com/share...008_e-book.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by hypnotoad View Post
    Im guessing because the NIC has no way of knowing which machine its trying to use chimney offload for. Am I right? I wish I knew.
    I suspect that your conclusion is correct. With the Hypervisor between the host OS and the hardware I imagine there is no way for the NIC to natively communicate with any of the OSes, let alone the true VMs. But I am seeing so much contradictory information out there...

    http://www.bit.lv/?cat=424&lang=en

    Improved Virtual Networking Performance
    The new Hyper-V leverages several new networking technologies contained in Windows Server 2008 R2 to improve overall VM networking performance. Two key examples are the new VM Chimney (also called TCP Offload) and the use of Jumbo Frames.
    VM Chimney allows a VM to dump its network processing load onto the NIC of the host computer. This works the same as in a physical TCP Offload scenario, Hyper-V now simply extends this functionality into the virtual world. This benefits both CPU and overall network throughput performance, and it’s fully supported by Live Migration.
    VM Chimney is disabled by default in Windows Server 2008 R2, primarily for short-term hardware compatibility reasons. But combined with compatible hardware, currently including vendors like Intel, VM Chimney significantly reduces the host server’s CPU burden when dealing with VM network traffic. This translates into better host system performance and a simultaneous boost to VM network throughput.
    Like TCP Offloading, support for Jumbo Frames

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    Perhaps the MS article is for pre-R2 versions of Server 2008 and Hyper-V?
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    I just found this http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...hyperv-R2.aspx

    I think the other link should be removed from the resource list as it is most likely out-of-date.
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    Thanks Robert! Link added.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKaucher View Post
    I suspect that your conclusion is correct. With the Hypervisor between the host OS and the hardware I imagine there is no way for the NIC to natively communicate with any of the OSes, let alone the true VMs. But I am seeing so much contradictory information out there...

    ::Baltijas Inform?cijas Tehnolo?ijas::

    Improved Virtual Networking Performance
    The new Hyper-V leverages several new networking technologies contained in Windows Server 2008 R2 to improve overall VM networking performance. Two key examples are the new VM Chimney (also called TCP Offload) and the use of Jumbo Frames.
    VM Chimney allows a VM to dump its network processing load onto the NIC of the host computer. This works the same as in a physical TCP Offload scenario, Hyper-V now simply extends this functionality into the virtual world. This benefits both CPU and overall network throughput performance, and it’s fully supported by Live Migration.
    VM Chimney is disabled by default in Windows Server 2008 R2, primarily for short-term hardware compatibility reasons. But combined with compatible hardware, currently including vendors like Intel, VM Chimney significantly reduces the host server’s CPU burden when dealing with VM network traffic. This translates into better host system performance and a simultaneous boost to VM network throughput.
    Like TCP Offloading, support for Jumbo Frames

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    Perhaps the MS article is for pre-R2 versions of Server 2008 and Hyper-V?
    There is a small 25 minute video at the end of the 70-652/70-403 CBT Nuggets exam pack. This final nugget covers the what's new in R2 and there is mention that a new feature is this support for TOE for host and guest.

    For those with streaming accounts it is worth a watch.
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    I'm actually watching the videos in prep for this exam and had not gotten that far.

    Thank you for the post. I have found it informative and I'd like to thank you for writing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKaucher View Post
    Thank you for the post. I have found it informative and I'd like to thank you for writing!
    You know it

    I am up on Thursday morning, I'll post anything useful that I can. This obviously means keeping well when the line of the NDA.
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    Good luck!
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    R2: Bare-metal to live-migration in about an hour (48 minute video from MS)

    http://mschnlnine.vo.llnwd.net/d1/ed...r_2MB_edge.wmv
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    Quote Originally Posted by hypnotoad View Post
    R2: Bare-metal to live-migration in about an hour (48 minute video from MS)

    http://mschnlnine.vo.llnwd.net/d1/ed...r_2MB_edge.wmv
    Thanks, link added
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    Quote Originally Posted by stupidboy View Post
    You know it

    I am up on Thursday morning, I'll post anything useful that I can. This obviously means keeping well when the line of the NDA.
    Seems like my brain is turning to mush! I had the 70-659 beta today not the 70-693 ... I've booked that in January (according to my candidate history).

    Thank god the pain ends today for a couple of weeks, I need a break my head is ready to explode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stupidboy View Post
    Seems like my brain is turning to mush! I had the 70-659 beta today not the 70-693 ... I've booked that in January (according to my candidate history).

    Thank god the pain ends today for a couple of weeks, I need a break my head is ready to explode.
    I bet that took you by surprise when the test appeared!
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    More links added.

    Has anyone taken this exam yet?
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    Thanks menthol.

    Ive got this exam next tuesday and havnt gotten a chance to even start studying.

    I need to seriously get into some VDI/App-V reading and brush up on whats new in R2.
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    I'm reading Mastering Microsoft Virtualization, and it seems really good for this exam (note: I haven't taken it yet). It was published last month, so it has the 2008 R2 stuff. It covers Hyper-V, App-V, RDS, MED-V, and VDI, so most of the key areas of the exam.
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    Just been looking at the book. Looks like a good read! Might order this one

    Thanks Menthol
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    I took the exam on Tuesday, and while I have no clue how I did (pass or fail), the exam was certainly doable. The bar setting activity for this exam will be interesting and probably determinant if I passed or not. I have a feeling the bar will be set higher than perhaps it was on Windows 7.
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