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70-659 Windows Server 2008 Virtualization - Exam Overview

The 70-659 exam is the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for Windows Server 2008 Server Virtualization. Virtualization is a relatively new but very popular concept in the IT industry and there's a lot of buzz around the new virtualization features in Server 2008.

The exam questions focus on all aspects of server virtualization from configuring host and parent settings through to Ensuring High Availability and Recoverability.

About Hyper-V

The Hyper-V technology is an integral part of the Windows Server 2008 architecture. It's a hypervisor-based virtualization system that supports isolation in terms of partitions. Each operating system that you run is contained within its own partition. None of the partitions have direct access to the physical processor, but instead they're given a virtual view of the process managed by Hypervisor itself.

What experience should you have before taking 70-659?

Candidates thinking of taking this exam should have at least a years experience working with Windows Server 2008 including the R2 environment. Candidates should also have familiarity with all virtualization products such as Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (R2), System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, Windows Powershell 2.0 and System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007.

What certification do you get?

  • Passing the 70-659 exam achieves the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization certification.
  • You also gain credit towards the Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator certification.

The following topics are tested by 70-659

  • Installing and Configuring Host and Parent Settings
  • Configuring Child Settings
  • Managing and Monitoring Virtual Environments
  • Ensuring High Availability and Recoverability
  • Performing Migration
  • Configuring Remote Desktop (RD) Role Services Infrastructure

Expect to find questions on the exam that cover all of these aspects of virtualization.

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