It's almost time to take the 462 exam and get a step closer to MSCE. Like with 461, I am leaving a little bread trail that I can find in the future for reference, and again, its free to you.
(This study guide will be updated continuously until I take the exam)
This exam is much different than the 461 and requires a different depth of knowledge, mostly related to Server Administration. I find myself doing a lot of non-SQL related steps in order to prepare a proper lab in my bedroom for studying.
The goal is to set up a complete simulated enterprise, including clustered failover Windows Server, Domain, and Clustered SQL databases, using my 2 personal home computers. I want to utilize the latest technologies that I expect commercial enterprise will desire in the future, such as Hyper-V. You know if someone asks for clustered database work, clustered windows servers will be right alongside it. Failover Cloud Redundancy is a big trend of the day.
I went ahead and dedicated 1 of my computer solely to this lab, installing a fresh 180 evaluation copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.
Steps to set up lab [Before SQL Cluster Installations] (in-progress)