Microsoft – Preparing for free exam 74-409 Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center

19 Dec

Exam dumps

Unfortunately I’ve received numerous requests for an exam dump of 74-409 which really upsets me.

For those that are not aware of it, you are not allowed to share or use exam dumps. “If Microsoft learns that a candidate used a “brain dump” site to prepare for an exam, this candidate will be permanently banned or prohibited from taking any future Microsoft Certification exams and may be decertified from the Microsoft Certification Program. In addition, test scores and certifications, if applicable, may be revoked. These actions may be taken even if the candidate did not intend to defraud the Microsoft Certification Program.”

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Preparing to take the exam

This is generally what I do for preparing to take the exam:

  1. Determine the skills that are measured in the exam 74-409
  2. View the online course Server Virtualization with Windows Hyper-V and System Center at Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)
  3. Reflect how confident you are that the online course has provided you with sufficient skills to take the exam.
  4. Optionally enhance your knowledge using:

Specific topics and resources I used while studying:

Active Directory Offline   Domain Join (Djoin.exe) Step-by-Step Guide
Active Directory Top   5 myths on Offline Domain Join
Active Directory – Backup and recovery Active   Directory Recycle Bin Step-by-Step Guide
Active Directory – Backup and recovery Backup   and Restore Considerations for Virtualized Domain Controllers
Active Directory – Virtualization Introduction   to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Virtualization
Active Directory – Virtualization Safely   Cloning an Active Directory Domain Controller with Windows Server 2012 –   Step-by-Step
Backup and recovery CSV   backups fail when using Equallogic hardware VSS provider
Backup and recovery Hyper-V   Protection with DPM 2010 Beta – How to automatically protect new Virtual   Machines on a Secondary DPM
Backup and recovery Installing   Protection Agents
Backup and recovery Microsoft   System Center Data Protection Manager 2012: Protect Your Data
Backup and recovery Optimizing   virtual machine protection
Backup and recovery Protecting   Hyper-V Virtual Machines
Backup and recovery Recovering   virtual machines
Backup and recovery Sample   PowerShell scripts for enabling DPM 2010 auto-protection of Hyper-V
Backup and recovery Shadow   Copy Creation for Providers
Cloud service Announcing   Paid Preview of Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager
Cloud service Global   Service Monitor
Disk – Online Virtual Hard Disk Resize Configure   Online Virtual Hard Disk Resize
Failover clustering Create a   Failover Cluster
Failover clustering Deploy an   Active Directory-Detached Cluster
Failover clustering Failover   Cluster Step-by-Step Guide: Configuring Accounts in Active Directory
Failover clustering Failover   Clustering Hardware Requirements and Storage Options
Failover clustering How   to Enable CSV Cache
Failover clustering How   to Restrict Clustered Hyper-V Virtual Machines to Specific Cluster Nodes,   Part 1
Failover clustering New-Cluster
Failover clustering What’s   New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012 R2
Guest Failover Clustering Deploy a   Guest Cluster Using a Shared Virtual Hard Disk
Guest Failover Clustering Using Guest   Clustering for High Availability
Guest Failover Clustering Virtualization:   Guest Failover Clustering with Hyper-V
High availability Configuring   Availability Options for Virtual Machines Overview
High availability Hyper-V   Windows 2012 : High Availability and Resiliency
Hyper-V Checkpoint-VM
Hyper-V Hyper-V   Overview
Hyper-V Migrate   Hyper-V to Windows Server 2012 R2 from Windows Server 2012
Hyper-V What’s   New in Hyper-V for Windows Server 2012 R2
Hyper-V What’s   new in Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2
Hyper-V Windows   Server 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form)
Hyper-V Windows   Server 2012 R2 Server Virtualization Technical Overview
Live migration Configure   Live Migration and Migrating Virtual Machines without Failover Clustering
Live migration Virtual   Machine Live Migration Overview
Monitoring Deployment   Guide for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager
Monitoring Fabric   Monitoring
Monitoring How to   Connect VMM with Operations Manager
Monitoring How   to monitor SQL Agent jobs using the SQL Management Pack and OpsMgr
Monitoring Integrating   VMM 2012 and OpsMgr 2012
Monitoring Monitoring   Web Applications with Microsoft Monitoring Agent
Monitoring Operations   Manager Integration and PRO Improvements in SCVMM 2012
Monitoring SCOM   2012 R2 – What’s New Overview
Monitoring SCOM   AD Script Errors
Monitoring Support   for PRO
Monitoring System   Center Management Pack for VMM Fabric Dashboard 2012 R2
Monitoring Virtual   Machine Network Monitoring the Easy Way, with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012
Monitoring What’s New in   System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
Network Configuring   Ports and Switches for VM Networks in VMM
Network Configuring   Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming to a Hyper-V Virtual Machine
Network Connect-VMNetworkAdapter
Network Everything   you wanted to know about SR-IOV in Hyper-V
Network How to Create   a Host or a Physical Computer Profile to Provision a Hyper-V Host in VMM
Network How to Create   a Logical Network in VMM
Network Hyper-V   Virtual Machine very slow network – VMQ – Broadcom
Network Hyper-V:   Configure VLANs and VLAN Tagging
Network Hyper-V:   What are the uses for different types of virtual networks?
Network Logical   Networks (Part IV) – PVLAN Isolation
Network Logical   Networks (Part V) – Network Virtualization
Network NIC   Teaming in Windows Server 2012 – Do I Need to Configure My Switch?
Network Set-VMNetworkAdapter
Network Software Defined Networking – Hybrid Clouds   using Hyper-V Network Virtualization
Network Virtual   Receive-side Scaling
Network VMQ deep dive
Network What’s   New in Hyper-V Virtual Switch in Windows Server 2012
Network Windows   Server 2012 Hyper-V and SR-IOV
Network Windows   Server 2012 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management
Network Windows   Server Gateway
OS – Activation Activating   virtual machines via Automatic Virtual Machine Activation in Windows Server   2012 R2
OS – Activation Automatic   Virtual Machine Activation
OS – Editions Windows   Server 2012 Products and Editions
P2V P2V   Prerequisites in VMM 
Resource metering Chargeback   with System Center 2012 SP1 tutorial
Resource metering Enabling   Chargeback in a Service Provider Cloud by Kristian Nese
Resource metering Hyper-V   Resource Metering Overview
Resource metering Use   PowerShell to Meter Resources on Hyper-V Windows Server 2012
resource optimization Guided   Hands-on Lab: Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization for an Elastic   Private Cloud Fabric – Build Your Private Cloud in a Month
Security Collecting   Security Events Using Audit Collection Services in Operations Manager
Storage Deploy   Hyper-V over SMB
Storage How to Assign   SMB 3.0 File Shares to Hyper-V Hosts and Clusters in VMM
Storage Hyper-V   Offloaded Data Transfer Overview
Storage Storage   Quality of Service for Hyper-V
Storage What’s New in   Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2
Storage What’s   New in Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 – Write Back Cache
Storage Why   R2? Step-by-Step: Automated Tiered Storage with Windows Server 2012 R2
Storage Windows Offloaded   Data Transfers Overview
Storage Windows   Server 2012 File Server Tip: Enable CSV Caching on Scale-Out File Server   Clusters
Storage – virtual disk VM Online   Virtual Hard Disk Resizing Overview
Storage – virtual disk VM Optimize-VHD
Storage – virtual disk VM Resizing   VHDX´s on running VM´s in Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V
Storage – virtual disk VM Virtual   Machine Connection – Enhanced Session Mode Overview
Storage – virtual disk VM Windows   8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – VMConnect Enhanced Mode – RDP over VMBUS
Storage – Virtual Fibre Channel Hyper-V   Virtual Fibre Channel Design Guide
Storage – Virtual Fibre Channel Hyper-V   Virtual Fibre Channel Overview
Storage – Virtual Fibre Channel Hyper-V   Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Operations Explained
Storage – Virtual Fibre Channel Managing   Virtual Fibre Channel in VMM
Storage QOS Using   WS2012 R2 Hyper-V Storage QoS
Updates Managing   Fabric Updates in VMM
Updates Out-of-Band   VM Updates with Guest Services in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
Updates Requirements   and Best Practices for Cluster-Aware Updating
Updates System   Requirements: Update Management
Virtual Hard Disk Sharing Virtual Hard   Disk Sharing Overview
VM How   to install integration services when the virtual machine is not running
VM Hyper-V   Dynamic Memory Overview
VM – Generation 2 Generation 2   Virtual Machine Overview
VM – Generation 2 Hyper-V   generation 2 virtual machines
VMM Creating   Profiles and Templates in VMM
VMM Custom   Placement Rules and Availability Sets in SCVMM 2012 SP1
VMM Guided   Hands-on Lab: Virtual Networking 101 with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual   Machine Manager (VMM)
VMM How   to configure Availability Sets in Virtual Machine Manager
VMM How to   Configure Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization
VMM How to   Configure Priority in VMM for a Virtual Machine on a Host Cluster
VMM How to   Configure the Library to Support Self-Service Users
VMM How to Create   a Self-Service User Role in VMM
VMM How to Create   and Deploy a Virtual Machine from an Existing Virtual Machine
VMM Managing   your cluster with SCVMM 2012’s Dynamic Optimization (DO)
VMM Set-SCUserRole
VMM Setting   anti-affinity and affinity in Hyper-V 3 or SCVMM2012
VMM System   Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (Part 1) – Introduction
VMM System   Requirements: Hyper-V Host Deployment to a Bare-Metal Computer
VMM Using   SCVMM Custom Properties
VMM What’s New in   VMM in System Center 2012 R2
VMM – RBAC Creating User   Roles in VMM
VMM – Self Service Configuring   the Library to Support Self-Service Users
Windows Azure Creating   and Uploading a Virtual Hard Disk that Contains the Windows Server Operating   System
Windows Azure Windows   Azure Virtual Machines – Gotcha’s!

I hope this is useful for you and please leave a comment if you have additional suggestions or comments.


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36 responses to “Microsoft – Preparing for free exam 74-409 Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center

  1. David Russell

    January 7, 2014 at 21:32

    Thank you for a really informative post / site – this is a great resource for 74-409 candidates and absolutely what I was looking for. I intend to study, sit and (hopefully) pass the exam and this will really help. Congratulations on your pass!


  2. Rory

    January 9, 2014 at 13:52

    This is a great resource. Thanks for putting it together.


  3. Wana Sturm

    January 10, 2014 at 19:40

    great work and helpfull for working enviromment, but will be hard to pass it with the 74-409 exams.
    i really liked it and i will continue reading it.
    thanks alot


  4. Karabo Calvin

    January 28, 2014 at 11:08

    Very great work , this is what i need for my exam. Thank you for putting this together and well done for passing your exam


  5. T.H. Cheng

    February 4, 2014 at 21:37

    Do you know what the passing score for this exam is?


  6. Phabrikam

    February 11, 2014 at 22:19

    how long did it take to go thru all that material u posted?


    • Phabrikam

      February 11, 2014 at 22:20

      a lot of it is redundant info i’ve already become familiar with via MCSA but looking to refresh and pass the hyperv cert


      • Bjorn Houben

        February 11, 2014 at 22:59

        Well, not everyone preparing for this is an MCSA on Server 2012 (R2) yet 🙂


    • Bjorn Houben

      February 11, 2014 at 22:58

      About 2 weeks I think.


  7. David Russell

    February 28, 2014 at 18:08

    Thanks again Bjorn for a fantastic resource, it has preved really helpful and i’d recommend others use this as a study tool too. I’m happy to report I passed today – not by a huge margin, but a pass is a pass! Time for a well earned beer.


  8. Andrei Pi

    March 11, 2014 at 08:22

    Thanks for this 🙂

    Do tell me please, as this will be my first exam….where can I find the exams structure? :S As in how many questions it will have and possibly if there is any practical test as well. Are the questions similar in structure like the ones on the self-assessment seen on the MVA @ the training videos?

    Thanks again for the resources!


  9. Konstantin

    March 12, 2014 at 10:25

    Great post. A lot of links go to “Whats new in hyper-v virtualization” instead of right ones. For example all the links for “Resource Metering”


  10. vadman

    May 7, 2014 at 09:07

    Thanks Bjorn, This post was very helpful! I followed your study guide. Watch MVA series, Read all the links and practise some labs. Yesterday I passed with 860. Cheers!


  11. SC

    May 22, 2014 at 12:44

    Thank for the effort – helped me pass the exam with a score of 900 🙂


  12. Andrei Vornicu

    May 29, 2014 at 10:55

    Hi Bjorn

    Thanks for these advices, i was able to pass this exam only after 1 week of learning and only the first 3 steps you have posted here. For anyone who has a little bit of knowledge about virtualization this exam is not that bad. The minimum score is 700 , and there are 45 questions in 2:30 hours.

    Good luck to all and a great thanks to Bjorn


    • Bjorn Houben

      May 29, 2014 at 10:58

      Congratulations on your pass and thanks for leaving a message.

      Personally I though the first 3 steps did not provide me with enough insight. Maybe enough for the exam, but not for my own knowledge. So if you’re going to be working with this technology a lot more, be sure to keep learning 🙂


  13. CRM Junkie

    June 4, 2014 at 07:02

    Thanks Bjorn! I am preparing for this exam which is due in a week’s time. 🙂


    • Bjorn Houben

      June 4, 2014 at 07:13

      Good luck with your preparations. If you have any questions, please let me know.


  14. Tim

    July 1, 2014 at 05:31

    I just passed the 74-409 with an 837. This was my first cert and I’m relatively new to virtualization outside of messing around w/ Hyper-V at home, and completely brand new to System Center.
    I definitely felt like I under studied, since I only used the MVA course and about half of the veeam study guide.
    To anyone studying for this, the resources Bjorn’s put up goes well above and beyond what’s required, I highly recommend going through all of the links he’s posted. Do that and this exam will be cake, even with no prior experience.



  15. Lewis

    August 26, 2014 at 22:19

    Can I share my resource for studying the 74-409 exam?

    I’m writing an online book for studying this exam – I’m about 15% of the way through but sharing as I go.


  16. Iam José Das Cenouras

    January 8, 2015 at 05:32

    What hardware did you use for the lab ?


    • Bjorn Houben

      February 3, 2015 at 10:38

      I have 2 whiteboxes with 32GB of RAM and I7 processors


  17. Merti

    October 17, 2015 at 18:26

    Thanks for this extensive list; this is exactly what I was looking for.
    I’m thinking about taking the 70-409 instead of the 70-412 to achieve the MSCA certification.
    I already wanted to get a deeper Hyper-V knowledge and this exam also looks easier to me that the 70-412.


    • Bjorn Houben

      October 19, 2015 at 10:51

      I’m glad it was useful to you. Thanks for leaving a comment and good luck with the certification.



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