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Get Certified on MCSE Private Cloud with this Step-by-Step Study Guide

Free resources for achieving the latest Microsoft Private Cloud certification

This month, I spent a fair amount of time preparing for the new Microsoft Private Cloud Certification Exam 70-246, Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 and I saved links to all the study resources that I used to study and pass this exam as a step-by-step Exam Study Guide for anyone else who may be interested in targeting this exam.

Exam 70-246 is the final exam needed to complete the MCSE Private Cloud certification track.  The complete requirements for the MCSE Private Cloud track include:

  • Achieve MCSA:Windows Server 2008
    • If you were previously certified as an MCITP on Windows Server 2008, you may be closer than you realize to achieving this certification requirement!  MCITP’s were grandfathered into the MCSA program automatically when the new MCSA program was introduced earlier this year.  Check your MCP Transcript at to confirm.
  • Successfully pass one of the following exams:
    • Exam 70-659 – TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization (valid until Jan 2013)
    • Exam 70-247 – Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  • Successfully pass Exam 70-246 (That’s the exam targeted by this study guide!)

TIP: An exam study guide for preparing for Exam 70-659 is also available here. If you have already achieved MCSA on Windows Server 2008, then Exam 70-659 and Exam 70-246 are the only two additional exams needed to complete the MCSE: Private Cloud certification requirements and you can leverage my free study guides for each exam to help you get ready for these tests!

About This Exam Study Guide

This exam guide presents the target exam objectives within each of the above objective domains in a checklist format to provide an easy method for exam candidates to quickly self-assess their general exam preparedness and also provide specific study resources to help candidates address knowledge gap areas prior to attempting this exam. Note that this study guide is not intended as a replacement for formal training, but rather intended as a post-training resource to help you identify how you can best prepare for certification.

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More Stories By Keith Mayer

Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions.

Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.

Keith is the author of the IT Pros ROCK! Blog on Microsoft TechNet, voted as one of the Top 50 "Must Read" IT Blogs.

Keith also manages the Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge - a FREE online study group for IT Pros interested in studying and preparing for certification on Windows Server 2012. Join us and become the next "Early Expert"!

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