Yesterday I did the “70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012” exam. This is the second exam I needed to become Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Private Cloud. A couple of years ago I did Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2008 (but I think it was named Certified Administrator back then), those exams together with 70-246 and 70-247 is equal to MCSE: Private Cloud. You could also combine the private cloud exams with Windows Server 2012 exams. You can read more about that at Microsoft Learning website. The exam was quite deep and included most of the System Center 2012 components. I was a bit surprised about the exam, it was really covering most of the System Center components and I think it would be difficult to pass without some real world hands-on experience. The exam measure the following areas 2012
- Design and Deploy System Center
- Configure System Center Infrastructure
- Configure the Fabric
- Configure System Center Integration
- Configure and Deploy Virtual Machines and Services
I recommend everyone working with System Center 2012 and private cloud to take the training and do the exam. Microsoft Certification helps you stand out, you demonstrate your expertise to customers and employers, special these really deep certifications.