Is MCITP: Virtualization administrator about to undergo changes?

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MCITP virtualization administrator improves the tactics of an individual when it comes to issues that deal with Microsoft virtualization especially when using Hyper-V on windows server R2. It is divided into two parts and therefore one can either to choose desktop virtualization or server virtualization. The fact that it is about to undergo changes one has to know what this certification is all about. As earlier seen it has two sections:

Server virtualization:

This is where there is the portioning of the physical server into smaller virtual servers in this case multiple. For example web servers in this case they provide low cost web hosting services that are found in a single computer. It also comes along with a lot of benefits for example it saves on cost of operation and the virtual server is able to run its own operating system and they can also be independently be rebooted. There is also an improvement when it comes to its efficiency and many more advantages.

Desktop virtualization:

It is also referred to as client virtualization where there is computer desktop environment obtained from the physical computer. It is mostly applied in data centers since the desktop is considered to be stored on a server that is remote and centralized. It also comes along with its benefits like; it promotes low costs when it comes to the deployment of applications. The computer is also able to operate as a single unit without separating the hardware, software and the operating system.


Before one qualifies for this credential they have to meet the following requirements; one should have more than one and a half years of experience in the following fields;

  • Windows R2 environment
  • Server virtualization technology and products
  • Microsoft Hyper v
  • System center data protection

One also needs to have knowledge in Windows server 2008 installation and administration and also in DNS.

Basically there are a number of topics covered when it comes to getting this credential. Some of the topics include deploying and management in these areas; virtualization environment, desktop infrastructure environment, managing and monitoring virtual environment installation of host and designing different features that include virtualization strategy, virtual and physical infrastructure and other deployment strategies. In as much as the syllabus is covered one is to sit for three exams.

MCITP Virtualization administrator exams:

One has to sit for three papers these are:

  • Exam 70-699 Windows server 2008 R2, desktop virtualization

The skills that one is able to obtain after sitting for this paper include; deploying and managing presentation virtualization, presentation of the virtual environment, application of the virtualization environment and also managing the desktop infrastructure.

  • Exam 70-659 Windows server 2008 R2 server virtualization

This paper majors in configuring host and parent settings, managing the virtual environment, performance in migration, installation and the configuration of host and parent settings, ensuring that there is high availability and recoverability in virtualization.

  • Exam 70-693 Virtualization administrator

This is the third exam one has to prepare for. One is able to acquire the following skills once they complete this paper; designing of the virtualization strategy, designing an environment that is highly available, designing a deployment environment and lastly designing management strategy.

The new structure:

In addition to this there has been an additional exam and this is considered as one change. Exam 70-652 replaces exam 70-659. This alternate exam covers the following areas, installation of hyper-v, deploying of the virtual machines, managing and monitoring these virtual machines and also one gain skills and knowledge in relation to optimization. These changes have also come along since as time goes by there is improvement in technology. When it comes to MCITP virtualization administration, deploying and management of the virtual machines has become the main area of concentration and to add on that there has been the inclusion of configuration of Hyper V in windows server 2008.

Comparison of the new structure to the previous MCITP Virtualization administration:

There is the idea of change of name from windows server 2008 R2 to windows server 2012 R2 and this is due to inclusion of certain configuring and deployment areas that were not included in the initial structure. The previous structure of MCITP Virtualization administrator majored mainly on the server and the desktop though they came along with many benefits but the new windows server 2012 R2 is all rounded it covers all the aspects that enables one to tackle all the issues be it implementing and managing the Microsoft server and many other areas that relate to Microsoft virtualization.

Another difference is that the new structure covers a wide range of properties unlike the previous structure that basically dwells on the basics of the server and desktop virtualization. As it is well known any introduction of a new system brings about benefits, this is also evident when it comes to MCITP virtualization administration.

Benefits of the new structure

The inclusion of more complex areas has increased the number of candidates who sit for this examination since it has become an area of interest. The introduction of the concept of virtual machines has increased the expertise among the individuals who have his accreditation as compared to the previous ones since one can comfortably deal with the windows server 2008 without missing out on any single concept. Another benefit is that with this accreditation one is able to be more easily employed. This is an IT era and the more informed one is the more beneficial they are to lots of the firms globally. One also has the advantage of working outside an IT firm this is because not only these firms require an individual with such an accreditation. All in all it is better for MCITP virtualization administrator to continue undergoing changes.

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