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Welcome to contoso.se! My name is Anders Bengtsson and this is my blog about Azure infrastructure and system management. I am a senior engineer in the FastTrack for Azure team, part of Azure Engineering, at Microsoft.  Contoso.se has two main purposes, first as a platform to share information with the community and the second as a notebook for myself.

Everything you read here is my own personal opinion and any code is provided "AS-IS" with no warranties.

Anders Bengtsson

MVP awarded 2007,2008,2009,2010

My Books
Service Manager Unleashed
Service Manager Unleashed
Orchestrator Unleashed
Orchestrator 2012 Unleashed
Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Private Cloud

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.


I’m heading to Microsoft to be a Premier Field Engineer

After a number of years as consultant I have decided to accept a new challenge. I have accepted the position as a Premier Field Engineer with focus on System Center at Microsoft in Sweden. I really looking forward to this new challenge which will let me learn new things and do a lot of the things I am good at. I will start at Microsoft in Stockholm/Sweden next week. In case you are wondering what a PFE does, please take a look at this job description.

I will miss my colleagues at Atea; I have really enjoyed their company and learned a lot of things. Of course I will also miss the MVP group, but we will meet again I’m sure. I will continue to run my blog here and work for the community, as usual.