The Microsoft Solution Accelerators (SAs) are free out-of-band tools and utilities which can be downloaded to enhance existing Microsoft technologies. This Microsoft private cloud course provides an overview of six of the most common SAs used in datacenters, highly virtualized environments and private clouds. The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) will analyze and help configure the environment. The SCVMM Self-Service Portal (SSP) and Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) provide enhanced management for Hyper-V virtual machines. The Security & Compliance Manger (SCM) and Data Classification Toolkit (DCT) help maintain a healthy and secure environment. By the end of this course you will have a new set of tools you can utilize to plan, deploy, manage and secure your virtualized datacenter or Private Cloud infrastructure.
The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an agentless inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely assess IT environments for various platform migrations. These modules focus on Server Consolidation and the Microsoft Private Cloud & Hyper-V Fast Track Program.
The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is used to accelerate and automate deployments of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft Office products. This module concentrates on server and VM deployment.
The System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (SSP) is a free, partner-extensible component that allows you to dynamically pool, allocate, and manage datacenter resources. Using the Self-Service Portal, you can reduce IT costs, while increasing agility for your organization. This module focuses on enabling Private Cloud scenarios with the SSP.
The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) helps customers reduce IT costs by making it easier to update their offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches without introducing vulnerabilities into their IT infrastructure. These modules help you understand how the VMST works with SCVMM.
The Security and Compliance Manager (SCM) enables you to quickly configure and manage computers and your private cloud using Group Policy and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. SCM 2 provides ready-to-deploy policies and DCM configuration packs based on Microsoft Security Guide recommendations and industry best practices, allowing you to easily manage configuration drift, and address compliance requirements for Windows operating systems and Microsoft applications. This module focuses on using SCM in highly-virtualized and Private Cloud environments.
The Data Classification Toolkit (DCT) for Windows Server 2008 R2 is designed to help enable an organization to identify, classify, and protect data on their file servers. The out-of-the-box classification and rule examples help organizations build and deploy their policies to protect critical information in a cost-effective manner. This module shows you how to take advantage of the DCT in enterprise environments.