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  • Course Delivery: On Demand
  • Language: English
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Audience: IT Professionals

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  • Demonstrations
  • PowerPoint Slides and Visuals
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This course describes how to monitor and operate a private cloud with System Center 2012 R2. Students will learn the basics of the cloud, cloud services, monitoring and automating responses. Students will also learn about managing problems in the private cloud, service management, cloud protection and cleaning up system center databases.


Topics Covered

This course teaches students about System Center 2012, basics of the Cloud, working with the Business Cloud, Cloud services, monitoring, automating responses, managing problems in the Private Cloud, service management in the Private Cloud, Cloud protection, recovery, and compliance, SLAs, dashboards, and widgets, and cleaning up System Center databases.

Course Introduction - Duration: 3m

Module 01 - System Center 2012 - Duration: 31m

Lesson 1: What is System Center 2012?

  • Suite of Components
  • Operations Manager
  • Configuration Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Orchestrator
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Virtual Machine Manager
  • Putting it All Together
  • Module 01 Review

Module 02 - Introducing the Cloud - Duration: 1h 16m

Lesson 1: Discussion of Cloud Computing

  • How Cloud Computing Came About
  • Differences Between Private and Public Clouds
  • Models
  • Implementing the Private Cloud
  • Using System Center 2012 with the Private Cloud

Lesson 2: Important Requirements

  • Requirements
  • Onboarding and Services
  • Administrative Functions

Lesson 3: Working with System Center and the Infrastructure

  • Using VMM for the Cloud Design
  • Cloud Management with the VMM
  • Orchestrator

Lesson 4: Maintaining the Cloud Health

  • How to Monitor Health and Performance
  • What Are the Key Indicators?

Lesson 5: How Components are Integrated

  • Why Integrate SC Components?
  • How to Make Sure All is Working

Lesson 6: Are You in Compliance?

  • Compliance
  • Remediation
  • Demo - Verifying the Private Cloud Infrastructure
  • Demo - Verifying System Center Components
  • Module 02 Review

Module 03 - Working with the Business Cloud - Duration: 47m

Lesson 1: Examining SC 2012 VMM

  • Introducing VMM
  • Features of VMM
  • Securing VMM

Lesson 2: Working with VMs with the VMM

  • Looking at the Fabric
  • VMs
  • Jobs
  • Working with Settings

Lesson 3: Creating Clouds for Business

  • The Business Unit
  • Resources
  • Capacity
  • Capabilities
  • Demo - Configuring and Optimizing Business Unit Clouds
  • Module 03 Review

Module 04 - Cloud Services - Duration: 1h 13m

Lesson 1: Looking at Service Templates and VMM Profiles

  • What Constitutes the Service Template
  • Planning and Preparation of the Service Template
  • Guest OS Profiles
  • Hardware Profiles
  • Application Profiles
  • SQL Server Profile

Lesson 2: Web Deploy Packages

  • Describing Web Deploy
  • How to Install and Create a Package
  • Connecting Web Deploy to an App Profile

Lesson 3: Server App-V Introduction

  • Understanding the Server App-V
  • How to Sequence an Application

Lesson 4: The Data of the N-Tier Application

  • Describing Data-Tier Application Packages
  • Using DAC Packages with VMM

Lesson 5: What's New with VMM R2

  • VMM R2 Networking
  • VMs and the Cloud
  • Fabric
  • Storage
  • Services
  • Infrastructure
  • Demo - Installing SQL Server
  • Demo - Importing and Deploying the Stock Trader Application
  • Module 04 Review

Module 05 - Monitoring - Duration: 2h 1m

Lesson 1: Overview of Operations Manager

  • What is Operations Manager?
  • User Roles to Secure Operations Manager
  • Operations Manager Architecture
  • Deploying Agents Manually and Automatically
  • Active Directory's Involvement with Deploying Agents

Lesson 2: Customize the Monitoring Operations

  • What is a Management Pack?
  • Monitoring Cloud Components

Lesson 3: Monitoring Application Performance

  • Types of Applications
  • Using the APM Template
  • How APM Monitors Performance and Reliability
  • Basic Configuration of APM

Lesson 4: Advanced Monitoring

  • Server Side Monitoring
  • Server Side Best Practices
  • Client Side Monitoring
  • How to Fine Tune APM's Configuration

Lesson 5: Using Operations Manager for Applications

  • Applications Monitoring with Operations Manager
  • What is the Application Advisor?
  • Application Diagnostics

Lesson 6: Using Operations Manager for the Network

  • Operations Manager Support Network Devices and Extended Monitoring Capabilities
  • What Security Issues Should You Think of When Monitoring the Network Infrastructure?
  • How to Configure Network Device Monitoring

Lesson 7: Using Operations Manager for Distributed Applications

  • Understanding Distributed Applications
  • Monitoring Distributed Applications
  • Viewing Distributed Application Health

Lesson 8: What's New in Operations Manager 2012 R2

  • Fabric Monitoring
  • Microsoft Monitoring Agent
  • Integrating OM with Development Processes (DevOps)
  • Support for IPv6
  • System Center Advisor
  • Demo - Installing Operations Manager
  • Demo - Deploying an Agent
  • Demo - Configuration for Custom Monitoring
  • Demo - Configuring Basic Monitoring and Application Performance
  • Module 05 Review

Module 06 - Automating Responses - Duration: 50m

Lesson 1: Looking at Orchestrator 2012

  • Orchestrator Components
  • Orchestrator Integration Packs

Lesson 2: Putting Orchestrator, Operations Manager, and Service Manager Together

  • Integration with Operations Manager
  • Integration with Service Manager
  • Activity Collections
  • Workflow Controls
  • Configuring Runbook

Lesson 3: What's New with Orchestrator 2012 R2

  • Service Management Automation Web Service
  • Integration Packs
  • Demo - Operating and Extending Service Management
  • Demo - Prerequisites for Automating Self-Service Provisioning
  • Module 06 Review

Module 07 - Managing Problems in the Private Cloud - Duration: 30m

Lesson 1: What is Problem Management

  • Comparing Incidents to Problems
  • Describing Problem Management
  • Creating Problem Records with Service Manager
  • How to Link Problems to Incidents

Lesson 2: Using Custom Rules

  • Types of Rules
  • Targeting Rules and Monitors to Applications and Computers
  • Generating Alerts
  • Demo - Problem Management in the Private Cloud
  • Module 07 Review

Module 08 - Service Management in the Private Cloud - Duration: 44m

Lesson 1: Service Manager Introduction

  • Introduction to Service Manager
  • Architecture
  • Integration with Other SC Components
  • Operating Service Manager

Lesson 2: Security Settings

  • User Roles
  • Run As…
  • PowerShell Security

Lesson 3: Work Items

  • Incidents
  • Problems
  • Change Requests
  • Release Records

Lesson 4: Incident Queues and Service Offerings

  • What is an Incident Queue?
  • How to Make an Incident Queue
  • Self-Service Portal
  • Request Offerings
  • Service Offerings

Lesson 5: What's New with Service Manager 2012 R2

  • What's New with Service Manager 2012 R2
  • Demo - Configuring the Incident Template
  • Module 08 Review

Module 09 - Cloud Protection, Recovery, and Compliance - Duration: 1h 29m

Lesson 1: Protecting and Recovering Data for the Private Cloud

  • What is the DPM?
  • Deploying Agents
  • How to Make a Protection Group
  • Verifying Protected Data

Lesson 2: Data Recovery

  • Automating Data Recovery
  • How to Recover Data Manually
  • What Can a User Recover?

Lesson 3: Overview of the Process Pack for IT GRC

  • Compliance Management Processes
  • Overview of the Process Pack for IT GRC

Lesson 4: Installing the Process Pack for IT GRC

  • Preparing and Configuring the Environment for the Process for IT GRC
  • Installing and Configuring the Process Pack for IT GRC

Lesson 5: Implementing an IT GRC Control Management Program

  • Creating the Control Management Program
  • How to Administer the Control Management Program

Lesson 6: How to Maintain Compliance Through VMM Security

  • Baselines with System Center Advisor
  • VMM Support of the Software Update Compliance
  • System Center Advisor

Lesson 7: What's New with DPM 2012 R2

  • Windows Azure Backup
  • Linux Virtual Machine Backup
  • Demo - Configuring Manual Protection
  • Module 09 Review

Module 10 - SLAs, Dashboards and Widgets - Duration: 1h 3m

Lesson 1: Configuring and Deploying Widgets and Dashboards

  • Configuring Views
  • Host to Configure and Publish a Dashboard

Lesson 2: Real-Time State Using Visio

  • Visio Framework
  • Visio Diagrams
  • Putting Visio Diagrams on SharePoint

Lesson 3: System Center Analytics

  • What is SC Analytics?
  • Discussion of the SC SM Data Warehouse
  • Introducing SC SM Manager Cubes
  • Discussion of the SC OM Data Warehouse

Lesson 4: Service Level Tracking

  • Describing the Process
  • SLT
  • SLT Reporting
  • Using SharePoint

Lesson 5: Viewing SSRS and Excel to View Data

  • Standard Reports
  • Using Excel
  • Service Manager Analysis Library

Lesson 6: PerformancePoint

  • Architecture
  • Dashboard Designer
  • Demo - Configuring Service Level Tracking
  • Module 10 Review

Module 11 - Cleaning Up System Center Databases - Duration: 30m

Lesson 1: Service Manager Groom Settings

  • Saving Data in the Service Manager Database
  • Working with the Service Manager Data Warehouse Groom Settings
  • Operations Manager Groom Settings

Lesson 2: View and Purge Orchestrator Runbook Logs

  • View Orchestrator Logs
  • Purging Orchestrator Logs
  • Demo - Creating an IT GRC Control Management Program
  • Module 11 Review
  • Course Closure

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Once a topic is completed, our built-in review quiz allows you to assess your progress and identify areas where additional study may be required.

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