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Here's the Firebrand Training review section. Since 2001 we've trained exactly 64,490 students and asked them all to review our Accelerated Learning. Currently, 96.53% have said Firebrand exceeded their expectations:
"An incredible week with information disseminated at a rate with experienced students in mind. Delivery of information was great without death by PowerPoint. Lots of white board details and demos to explain in detail. One of my best Firebrand experiences."
Anonymous - Microsoft MCSE: Private Cloud (6 days) (12/10/2015 to 17/10/2015)
"Another extremely useful and highly educational course that covered real world usage as well as immersive learning."
Anonymous - Microsoft MCSE: Private Cloud (6 days) (12/10/2015 to 17/10/2015)
"Great experience! Engaging trainer! Hard training but all worth it!
P.D.. - Microsoft MCSE: Private Cloud (6 days) (12/10/2015 to 17/10/2015)
"This was my second visit and still they deliver what they promise."
John Netherway. - Microsoft MCSE: Private Cloud (6 days) (12/10/2015 to 17/10/2015)
"Hard work, but worth it! Studying and living with the other students and having access to the trainer all day and 24 hour access to the classes and materials was fantastic."
Christopher Weetman, OGL Computer. - Microsoft MCSE: Private Cloud (6 days) (12/10/2015 to 17/10/2015)
"Firebrand provides a completely immersive experience that is needed to absorb so much information in such a short amount of time. I have a much fuller understanding of the product set after having attended which normally would have taken months and adequate lab resources to attain otherwise."
Wren Mott, content and code. - Microsoft MCSE: Private Cloud (6 days) (1/12/2014 to 6/12/2014)
"Hard work and intense work load but when you come out with the certs you know it was worth it."
S.S. - Microsoft MCSE: Private Cloud (6 days) (10/3/2014 to 15/3/2014)
"This is my 4th time training with Firebrand and the MCSE: Private Cloud course provided an in depth understanding of deploying and monitoring Private Clouds based on System Center 2012 suite of products, the course instructor is very knowledgeable and a good teacher. I'll be back :)"
Ozan Pakyuz, OP Software LTD. - Microsoft MCSE: Private Cloud (6 days) (16/9/2013 to 21/9/2013)
"Had a great time at Firebrand. Thank you for all your support."
Jacob Johnson, St Johns School. - Microsoft Windows Server 2016 - Networking (3 days) (14/8/2017 to 16/8/2017)
"Very good course, enjoyable under many aspects. The instructor was very friendly, knowledgeable and patient (I ask many questions).
"Firebrands intensive courses are great for achieving qualifications fast!"
"The training was very helpful and puts a lot of things into perspective and real life. It is explained in a way that makes sense, which isn't always captured from a book."
M.J., Knauf Insulation. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (31/7/2017 to 5/8/2017)
"Really enjoyed my short time here. I've made lots of new friends and learned a lot of new stuff within the 6 days that I've been here. Gareth has been great and has helped us through every section of the course."
James Laird, Jmfinn & Co. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (31/7/2017 to 5/8/2017)
"It was a great course, relevant information and a knowledgeable instructor. It helped to make a good bond with other attendees, helping with the evening revision and practice exams together in the hotel bar, or purely just moral support! Be prepared for a lot of intense information, take notes and use whatever vice you need; coffee, sugar, fizzy drinks to keep you alert! I had a great time and would definitely recommend."
KAYLEA REED, UTILITA ENERGY. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (31/7/2017 to 5/8/2017)
"My journey at Firebrand has been great. First course with them, it was extremely informative and I learnt more than I ever would in my own time. The course duration was just right, 6 days to cover 3 modules was perfect. The practice exams are priceless, you can never prepare yourself for the real thing however they got you ready for the daunting aspect of exam conditions. The level of help, support and enthusiasm for us to succeed drives you to do your best (and the failure is not an option T-shirt helps!). Thank you - I will be back!"
Leah Hunt, Scientifica. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (31/7/2017 to 5/8/2017)
"I have learnt a lot this week with Firebrand, their instructors were all friendly and experienced, and have the experience they have in the real world has significantly contributed to my passing this course."
James Gunn, Softwerx. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (31/7/2017 to 5/8/2017)
"The course was great; fast paced enough to keep you interested and the instructors will give you excellent insight the books wont."
R.W., 3T RPD Ltd. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (31/7/2017 to 5/8/2017)
"Excellent Environment and training provided. Thank you"
Anonymous - Microsoft MTA Networking Fundamentals (2 days) (2/8/2017 to 3/8/2017)
"The instructor was very knowledgeable and very accommodating in changing and adding additional content for the course."
Colin Lobo, NCC Group. - Microsoft Azure Academy: Infrastructure and Networking (4 days) (31/7/2017 to 3/8/2017)
"Instructor was very knowledgeable in his subject. If he did not know the answer to a question he would go off and investigate to provide answers."
C.H.. - Microsoft Azure Academy: Infrastructure and Networking (4 days) (31/7/2017 to 3/8/2017)
"It was well spent 4 days understanding the Azure Platform and good pointers for security best practices for deployment, monitoring and assessment."
A.N., NCC Group. - Microsoft Azure Academy: Infrastructure and Networking (4 days) (31/7/2017 to 3/8/2017)
"Its been really hard work, but really worth the time.
Jeffrey Vermunt, MK2. - Microsoft MCSE: Communication (Skype for Business) (6 days) (17/7/2017 to 22/7/2017)
"Training has been of high standards and quality and why I have returned for 3rd time to train with them. I would highly recommended Firebrand Training to anyone wanting to certify themselves."
S.B., Sutaj Ltd. - Microsoft MCSE: Communication (Skype for Business) (6 days) (17/7/2017 to 22/7/2017)
"Great course with a brilliant course teacher. The instructor managed to dumb down complex concepts and made an interactive educative environment."
Mohammad B, CRMCS Consultancy. - Microsoft Specialist: Programming in C# (4 days) (3/7/2017 to 6/7/2017)
"The training is very good. It is not passive, so you have to work hard, but you get all the key information you need to build upon - with your own reading and revision adding the extra insight needed for the exam. My expectation before the course was that I might pass one of the three exams, but I soon realised that if I was prepared to work in the evenings as the instructor encouraged us all to, then I could get through them all (so far Ive passed 2 with one more this afternoon!). It was up to me now. Having passed an MCP in server 2003 through self-study - which took nearly 12 months - I was very impressed with how much you can learn when able to get the answers you need from a subject matter expert and how quickly you can get through a single exam - a matter of a few days. The labs were also very useful for getting hands-on experience and testing out what you had learned during the day. In terms of the accommodation and food, it was excellent - a small issue with my shower was fixed within hours and the staff are all friendly and very professional. You get a very good choice of food and if you prefer a low carb diet like myself then thats no problem. If you prefer to relax in the evening then there is a decent bar where you can take some time out with your new friends. "
Ben Kane, Euro Recycling. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (11 days) (24/6/2017 to 4/7/2017)
"Excellent learning environment, knowledgeable staff. Well paced course syllabus."
Matthew Ottley, Manuli Hydraulics UK Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (11 days) (24/6/2017 to 4/7/2017)
"5th Course at firebrand, and as always a great experience.
Trainers are friendly and willing to answer most any questions you may have, even if they have to get back to you later 10/10"
Ethan ODonnell. - Microsoft Windows Server 2016 - Networking (3 days) (28/6/2017 to 30/6/2017)
"Very happy with the course and cannot wait to come back for mtadev in a couple of months.
Definitely enjoy server work."
Jamie H., Watchfinder&co. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016 (11 days) (24/6/2017 to 4/7/2017)
"Have been to Firebrand several times and the training is of a high standard. Great way to get qualified in a short time."
Richard Smith, Redcare (5G Communications). - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 (9 days) (13/5/2017 to 21/5/2017)
"If you are prepared to attend an intense training course, Firebrand is for you. After 3 days of training, I gained a huge amount of knowledge.
Just be ready to learn! And take your skills to the next level."
Mark Cunningham, Capgemini. - Microsoft Specialist: Dynamics CRM 2016 Customisation and Configuration (4 days) (16/5/2017 to 19/5/2017)
"Firebrand provides great training with brilliant instructors. The course was enjoyable and the resources I had access to were fantastic"
Azimuth Jenkins, Capgemini. - Microsoft Specialist: Dynamics CRM 2016 Customisation and Configuration (4 days) (16/5/2017 to 19/5/2017)
"Very professional, interesting, comprehensive training! "
Michal Jarosinski, UTILITA.ENERGY. - Microsoft MTA Networking, Security & Windows Server Administration (6 days) (8/5/2017 to 13/5/2017)
"Highly engaging trainer! Found the MCSA Server 2012 course to be intense but it was helped along the way with the unique and fun way that the trainer took with his approach to it. Hes very, very knowledgeable in the subject which is helped with live notes to take a way (a first for me!) and provided time to carry out labs to test out what is learnt in theory."
The Vinh Hoang, Agent Provocateur Ltd. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 (9 days) (1/4/2017 to 9/4/2017)
"Really impressed with the training and the on-site facilities. Its been a great experience. "
Matt Hill, Coeo Ltd. - Microsoft Azure Academy: Data Lake & Data Factory (2 days) (30/3/2017 to 31/3/2017)
"Good experience at the course. Great introduction and working experience with Data Lakes and Data Factory.
The instructor was very patient and clear."
Terry Choo, eBECS. - Microsoft Azure Academy: Data Lake & Data Factory (2 days) (30/3/2017 to 31/3/2017)
"The training is very intensive, but everything is taken care of and thought about. The instructor was immensely knowledgeable and had huge amounts of experience. The facility is excellent too."
Matt Bridgeworth, Softcat plc. - Microsoft Specialist: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (2 days) (29/3/2017 to 30/3/2017)
"Firebrand delivers a complete studying experience that is geared towards results. Tutors and support staff are excellent with incredible knowledge and outstanding customer service. The immersive format is absolutely critical to the success of the training approach and delivers results time after time.
If you want your organisation and your staff to develop and succeed then Firebrand is the training partner that you need. Completely committed to delivering the results that you deserve.
Paul OSullivan, CSC. - Microsoft MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure (Azure) (9 days) (13/3/2017 to 21/3/2017)
"Very useful, very intense, Plenty of information to take in but it was all useful and will be practical for when i take it back to work.
Only positives to say really."
Aman Kumar, DMS. - Microsoft MTA Database Fundamentals (2 days) (20/3/2017 to 21/3/2017)
"Very hard work, but it gets you through the course. My brain is so full!"
Chris Fitz-Avon. - Microsoft Developing ASP.NET MVC Web 4 Applications (3 days) (14/3/2017 to 16/3/2017)
"I would recommend Firebrand to anyone who wants to get qualified quickly in a fast learning environment. The days are tough but rewarding as well."
Nick Margerum, React CP. - Microsoft Specialist: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (3 days) (13/3/2017 to 15/3/2017)
"Excellent training. For anyone planning to take certification it's helpful and intensive. This training helped me understand the new features of the software and how to use those for performance improvement of our data model."
Brinda Jana, British Red Cross. - Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server 2016 - Business Intelligence Development (5 days) (6/3/2017 to 10/3/2017)
"Great delivery and having the freedom to learn key areas critical to my job made this course fantastic. The fact that I had a VM remotely accessible from my hotel room was a big help, allowing me to mess around with settings.
Paul Robertshaw. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 & MCSE: Server Infrastructure (15 days) (25/2/2017 to 11/3/2017)
"A very informative course, ideal for any server administrator. Covered many areas that my personal studying and experience hadnt reached."
PhIllip Edwards, Telis LTD. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 (9 days) (25/2/2017 to 5/3/2017)
"I love coming to do my training down at Firebrand, this is the 5th time I have been down here and I have always gained lots of experience from the courses. "
N.M. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 (9 days) (25/2/2017 to 5/3/2017)
"Having little knowledge before attendance im leaving with much more confidence and understanding."
P.R. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 (9 days) (25/2/2017 to 5/3/2017)
"Every one of the instructors Ive had on courses here has been amazing in there own way. They are all experts in the field when it comes to the knowledge required to pass these courses."
Jai Hayes. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 (9 days) (25/2/2017 to 5/3/2017)
"Firebrand Training goes into depth on the all the training courses they do, they provide all the information required for exam and do it in such a way that is easy to understand. All the instructors are friendly and always willing to help."
Adam Sells, Hospice in the Weald. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2 (9 days) (25/2/2017 to 5/3/2017)
"Excellent learning ennvironment dedicated to your specific requirements. Great professional networking as well."
K.P. - Microsoft MCSA: Windows 10 (6 days) (20/2/2017 to 25/2/2017)
"Super fast paced course in which I learnt so much!"
Claire Farina. - Microsoft MTA HTML5 App Development Fundamentals (2 days) (22/2/2017 to 23/2/2017)
"I love coming down to firebrand for my training, its really intense but very rewarding. Staff and trainers are so professional and knowledgeable "
Simon Leyland, Prodo Digitalhtml. - Microsoft MTA HTML5 App Development Fundamentals (2 days) (22/2/2017 to 23/2/2017)
Get ready for the cloud with Firebrand Training. Businesses need - and are looking for - IT professionals who can help them build private cloud solutions. You can do this, using Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Centre 2012 R2. This will allow you to build your Microsoft private cloud, and gain the flexibility you need for your IT infrastructure.
You'll get Microsoft MCSE Private Cloud certified, and learn how to monitor and operate a cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 in just six days, that's 45% faster than traditional training. You'll also learn private cloud management tasks, such as incident creation, remediation and change requests.
This course teaches you the skills required to configure and deploy a cloud using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. Using hands-on labs, you will learn the following:
You may be entitled to heavily-discounted training via Microsoft's Software Assurance Training Voucher (SATV) scheme. If your business has bought Microsoft software, check to see if it came bundled with free training vouchers! Vouchers can be exchanged against training for all Microsoft technologies. If you’re unsure, get in touch with us
Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.
Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.
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This module explains the key business and technical requirements behind choosing a cloud model and the elements it contains. The module also shows how to use Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 to monitor and operate clouds, ensuring that it is configured correctly and running in a healthy state. Finally, you will use System Center to verify cloud infrastructure for the cloud environment.
This module examines how Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) plays a pivotal role in the private cloud. The module first provides an overview of Virtual Machine Manager, and will then show how it is used to manage a virtual environment. Additionally, this module explains how to create private clouds by using Virtual Machine Manager. In the lab, you will create a private cloud and then optimize it so that is ready for production use.
This module reviews the key elements that form a service in VMM and how the service is deployed to the private cloud.
When you provide services in a cloud, performance and availability of the service must be monitored and maintained. Monitoring of the service should be proactive and should provide detailed information, including alert notifications and reports to let you know when potential issues are about to occur in the environment that the service is running in. When issues do occur, you should have the ability to automatically take action and remediate where appropriate, which helps keep the service available and provides the performance and usability that end users expect. This module shows how Operations Manager is used to monitor the services deployed in a cloud.
This module explains how to configure APM to monitor the performance and availability of a .NET application. Additionally, it discusses how Operations Manager 2012 R2 detects and reports failure of these monitors with its alerting and diagnostics tools.
This module covers the core features of Service Manager and the security model that supports it. It also covers how to map critical IT processes to Service Manager, and how to use the features of Service Manager to administer these processes. Additionally, the module describes methods to create and manage change requests, incidents, and release records.
This module describes Orchestrator, reviews the integration features that are available through the installation of the System Center Integration Packs, and explains the processes to follow in setting up automation between Operations Manager and Service Manager.
This module explains how a defined set of processes can help reduce the time to resolve problems. It also reviews how incidents and problems are managed within Service Manager. Additionally, this module explains how the integration of Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, and System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager can provide an automated method of generating problem records in Service Manager.
The process of managing public or private clouds involves many processes, activities, and functions. To provide services through a public or private cloud, you should perform many data center activities, such as provisioning the virtual machines, network, and storage. Once the service is deployed, you need to manage and maintain it, which involves a different set of processes and activities. This module introduces the Microsoft System Center 2012 Cloud Services Process Pack that delivers many of the functions and processes that are required to deliver services to a private cloud.
Additionally, this module explains how to install and configure the System Center Cloud Services Process Pack, including integrating it with other System Center 2012 R2 components.
In this module you will learn how the Windows Azure Pack can be used to provide a self-service portal for tenants and administrators, and a multi-tenant framework for onboarding users. You will also learn how to provision web site, virtual machine and service bus clouds as well as looking at providing database services and automation.
This module explains how to manage a highly available cloud Infrastructure using SQL Server 2012 Always-On, Hyper-V Replica and Azure Cloud Recovery. This module also details how to use Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - Data Protection Manager (DPM) to provide data protection for a cloud.
It is important that your cloud infrastructure is managed and maintained at all times to ensure it is operating at optimum levels. To facilitate this you should ensure that the cloud infrastructure is kept current with the most recent security and application updates. Virtual Machines hosted in the cloud infrastructure should also be kept up to date. In this module you will learn how Virtual Machine Manager can be used to keep your cloud infrastructure up to date.
As an IT operations toolset, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 produces and collects a vast array of data. The challenge for IT organizations as a whole is to gather this information and present it in a meaningful way to the relevant stakeholders. This module explains the various available methodologies within System Center to collect, measure, and scorecard the performance and availability of the private cloud infrastructure.
Planning a hybrid cloud involves understanding these tools and technologies so that you can use them to create an internal infrastructure that will support cloud computing within your organization. In this module, you will learn the basics about Microsoft’s private and public cloud offerings, and about Microsoft cloud services.
Creating a private cloud infrastructure is an important part of the cloud computing concept. Private cloud infrastructure is a collection of various components such as hardware, software, configurations, profiles, instances, and connectivity that together run within your own or a service provider data center. In order to build a private cloud infrastructure, you will need to learn about the software and technologies that are available to help you achieve this goal. In this module, you will learn how to build a private cloud infrastructure by using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).
Maintaining the infrastructure in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) includes tasks such as adding new Windows Server Hyper-V host servers, and ensuring that the infrastructure components contain the latest approved software updates. VMM provides support for converting a physical server without an operating system into a fully managed Hyper-V host. VMM also integrates functionality provided by the Windows Server 2008 R2 feature Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), to ensure that all servers are compliant with the latest update baseline requirements.
In this module, you will learn about integrating features provided by Windows Deployment Services (Windows DS) and WSUS to help extend and manage the VMM private cloud infrastructure.
Private clouds benefit from using virtual resources that make new workload deployments easier. Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) allows you to use web deployment packages, Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V), and other methods to simplify the process for deploying services and applications to your private cloud. These methods enable you to deploy, resize, and update many of the applications deployed to your private cloud. In this module, you will learn how to use the Microsoft Web Deployment Tool and Server App-V to dynamically deploy applications in your private cloud.
In this module you will learn about the profile configurations that you can use as a foundation for virtual machine deployment templates and service templates. You will also learn how to configure user self-service in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), which allows you to delegate virtual machine management tasks.
A private cloud is one of the main concepts in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). By defining a private cloud, you define a set of resources and technologies that are available to users. To create and manage private clouds, you need to understand the private cloud concept, in addition to its properties and components. You also need a clear understanding of how private cloud services and technologies in VMM provide end users with private cloud accessibility. In this module, you will learn about private clouds, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 - App Controller, and private cloud services.
You can use Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager to monitor your cloud infrastructure. By using Operations Manager, you can gather performance information and receive notifications when problems occur. This module explains how you can provide end-to-end monitoring and visibility of your hybrid cloud environment.
The standard management packs for platforms, such as Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Azure, allow you to monitor the individual components of your hybrid cloud. However, your monitoring needs are likely to extend beyond the base set of monitoring that comes with standard management packs. If you want to monitor applications for which there is no specific management pack, such as an in house written application, then you need to create your own management pack. To simplify monitoring of custom applications, Operations Manager includes templates for monitoring various application components or functions. This module explains how you can extend and customize the monitoring of the cloud infrastructure with Operations Manager.
To implement service management in a cloud environment and provide business process automation you should understand how to install and configure Service Manager. Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization’s IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Service Manager provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset life cycle management. In this module, you will learn about the Service Manager architecture, upgrade options, work items, connectors, and notifications.
It is recommended that your cloud infrastructure is designed to be highly available and resilient. Hyper-V replica provides the ability to replicate a virtual machine from one host to the other in real time. Microsoft Hyper-V Recovery Manager builds on Hyper-V Replica by providing orchestration in failover scenarios. Data Protection Manager provides protection and recovery for your cloud infrastructure and virtual machines running within it. This module explains how you can configure high-availability, disaster recovery and protection for a cloud.
A cloud is more than just a virtualized platform; it must offer self-service administration and flexible deployment options. To facilitate this, you must use automation to streamline activities and provide additional control to the administrators. Automation can improve the speed and accuracy of administrative tasks while reducing the overall cost. This modules explains how to automate and standardize a cloud with System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator.
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 provides the infrastructure to create a private cloud. Once you have that infrastructure in place, you can enhance the user experience by automating the private cloud provisioning and management. This final module explains how you can configure a self-service and multi-tenant private cloud by using the Cloud Services Process Pack and Windows Azure Pack.
You'll sit the following exams:
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This course describes how to monitor and operate a private cloud with System Center 2012. Because this is an extensive technical domain that includes several individual products and technologies, it is also strongly recommended that you have knowledge in the following areas:
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Firebrand is an immersive environment and requires commitment. Some prerequisites are simply guidelines; you may find your unique experience, attitude and determination enables you to succeed on your accelerated course.