Windows 7 & MDOP Technical Workshop

Come one come all to the Windows 7 & MDOP technical workshop.  I will be presenting at Microsoft again, this time in Reston, VA.  The day will cover many new virtualization concepts and Windows 7 features.

Below is the agenda, and email if you are interested.

Agenda:

Time Session
8:00 – 8:30 Sign-in and Breakfast
8:30 – 9:20 Session 1: Introduction to The Optimized Desktop (Windows 7 & MDOP)
9:20 – 9:30 Break
9:30 – 11:30
     9:30 – 10:00
     10:00 – 10:30
     10:30 -11:00
     11:00 – 11:30
Session 2: Windows 7 Enterprise Technical Overview
  → Planning for Direct Access
  → Considering BranchCache scenarios
  → Applying Bit locker, Bit locker-To-Go, and Key Management
  → Implementing the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch & Vendor/Sponsor Presentation
12:30 – 1:30 Session 3: MDOP Overview
1:30 – 2:20 Session 4: Microsoft Virtualization Session
2:20 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:30 Session 5: Microsoft Application Virtualization Technical Overview
3:30 – 4:20 Session 6: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)
4:20 – 4:30 Break
4:30 – 4:50 Session 7: Application Compatibility Strategies
5:00 Q&A & Wrap Up

70-669 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Client Virtualization

Taking beta exams is fun because you have the potential of passing an exam before everyone else. You can also shape the exam by your comments and results. Oh yeah, and it’s FREE!

But it does have somewhat of a price. Microsoft takes 5-7 weeks to grade the exam. During this time, the Prometric results page, just says “tested” instead of where Pass or Fail would normally be. I’ve been checking every day for an update to my most recent Beta exam and finally today, I saw some results!

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Woohoo!

I’ll say, this exam was tough. I didn’t study for it, as there were not really any materials available at the time of the test, but I have been recently working with Desktop Virtualization technologies. The hardest part of the exam, in my opinion was that it included aspects of a LOT of different concepts. Normally Microsoft exams focus on one product at a time, but this exam focused on the desktop virtualization concept which spans products like:

App-V, MED-V, RDS, SCCM, XP Mode, Virtual PC, VDI, etc.

Anyway, good luck if you wish to take this exam! Contact me with your experiences once you do!

By the way, this exam is also a stepping stone to the new MCITP: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator

  Requirement Exam Status
1 Desktop Virtualization 70-669: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization In beta—live in May
2 Server Virtualization (choose one)
70-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring

OR

70-659: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization
Both are available now
3 Virtualization Administration
70-693: Pro: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator
Live now