All is said on this drawing: Groove client, Offline support, Cross-firewell support, SharePoint synchronization, Groove Relay Server, Groove Manager, Connection with the PKI, Connection with Active Directory, Groove Databridge as a Backup solution, Groove DataBridge as an integration solution (with SharePoint or other BackOffice applications by using Web Services)
During the last 2 days, I was at Paris, training Microsoft Partners on Groove technologies. This training was split in 2 parts : The first one was dedicated to sales people (Use Cases, Value-added, etc). The second one was dedicated to technical guys and more precisely designed to help attendees to prepare and get Groove 70-555 certification.
It was an opportunity for me to use my new “Groove Monster” demo laptop
A laptop running Win2008, Active Directory, SQL Server 2008 (*) and HyperV (**)
+ a VPC on Win2008 hosting Groove Audit/Manager Server and Groove Relay Server (***)
+ a VPC on Win2003 hosting Groove DataBridge Server
+ 2 VPC to simulate clients (1 Vista / 1 XP)
A great architecture to demo and explain the whole Groove architecture !
(*) Groove Server Manager is not supposed to run with SQL Server 2008
(**) Groove Servers on HyperV (or VMWare) at this stage are for demo/prototype usage only. Do not use virtualized Groove servers for production purposes.
(***) Groove Manager Server and Groove Relay Server as not supposed to be hosted on the same physical computer
The goal of this exam is to evaluate operational skills applied to Groove architecture set up : Groove client deployment, Servers (Relay, Manager, Audit, DataBrige) installation and configuration
I gave it a try wednesday morning. I’m currently waiting to know if I succeeded or failed. I have to wait until the end of the Beta period to get my score. To be honnest, I have to say that “dice were loaded” : I was involved on exam setup as SME (Subject Matter Expert) at Montreal in July.
What I would like to say on this topic :
This kind of work (I mean develop a certification exam) is a very interresting task, more complex that I thought…
Finding the good way to write the question, Finding the distractors… It’s an art !
Hopefully, we had sharp skilled professionnals to help us (Thanks David. Thanks Jon)
Montreal is a fantastic city !
If someone need a Groove expert for a mission at Montreal, please let me know
Just for fun, few photos taken at Montreal…