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Pop Quiz: Windows Server 2012 R2 Centralized Monitoring and Reporting

Applies to the "Manage and maintain a server infrastructure" objective of Exam 70-414.

Q: A company's IT team needs centralized monitoring and reporting for 400 virtual servers.

Which of the following Microsoft technologies allows for centralized monitoring and reporting of virtual servers?

  1. SCOM
  2. SCVMM
  3. SCCM
  4. SCDPM

Answer is A. SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) 2012 R2 allows for centralized monitoring and reporting of both physical and virtual servers.

Quick Tip: The Operations console of SCOM requires the Microsoft Report Viewer 2012 Redistributable Package.

Reference: Preparing your environment for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

Bonus Question: Which Microsoft technology can be used for disk-based and tape-based data protection and recovery for servers such as SQL Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint, virtual servers, file servers, and support for Windows desktops and laptops? (The answer, of course, will be revealed next time!)

Answer to bonus question from last week: AppController is the Microsoft technology that can be used to create self-service portals for provisioning of virtual machines

About the Author

Andy Barkl, MCT/MCITP/MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA has been studying technology for 30 years. Of the last 15 years, he has spent much of his time parting the knowledge and experience he has gained through IT exams, over 300, to help others be prepared and successful. He teaches classes in Phoenix, Ariz. where he has lived most of his life. He can be reached by e-mail at andy.barkl@gmail.com.

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