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The 100% Practical Guide to Making Virtualization Work in Real Enterprise Environments

If you’re involved in planning, deploying, or managing virtualization, this book brings together all the field-proven, in-the-trenches answers and solutions you’ll need. Packed with examples and case studies, Practical Virtualization Solutions is a complete, self-paced, hands-on guide to creating a virtualized environment and driving maximum value from it throughout its entire lifecycle.

Kenneth Hess and Amy Newman present detailed costs, schedules, and deployment plans drawn from actual enterprise virtualization projects. You’ll learn what really works and what doesn’t and discover powerful ways to systematically control the costs of virtualization and streamline its management. The authors offer realistic guidance on choosing the best services to virtualize; selecting the right virtualization software, hardware, and vendor partners; troubleshooting and securing virtualized environments; and much more. Along the way, they answer crucial questions IT professionals face in working with virtualization.

Coverage includes

  • Quantifying the time, hardware, labor, and downtime needed to implement virtualization
  • Streamlining the transition from physical to virtual
  • Comparing VMware ESXi, VMware Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and other virtualization technologies
  • Identifying opportunities to reduce cost and improve flexibility with open source virtualization technologies
  • Explaining advanced techniques for simplifying virtual machine management
  • Defining the right role for virtualization in networking and storage
  • Automating virtual infrastructure management tasks
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137142972
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Series: Negus Software Solutions Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Hess is the virtualization columnist at Linux Magazine. His column covers all aspects and types of virtualization from desktop to server to cloud. Kenneth has used just about every type of virtualization product available since 1999 and was a beta tester of the original VMware product line. He also writes the Linux blog on DaniWeb and the Cover Your Assets column on’s ServerWatch. You’ll also find Kenneth on the air weekly at The Frugal Tech Show’s Frugal Friday. His day job with HP involves virtualization and web hosting at an enterprise level.

Amy Newman has been following the virtualization space since 2001. She has been blogging about it since 2006 in her weekly column, Virtually Speaking. Virtually Speaking provides analysis of news and trends on everything virtual from hypervisors to hardware. The column appears weekly on’s Server-Watch. Amy has been managing editor of ServerWatch since 1999 and Enterprise IT Planet since 2009. Prior to that, she was a research editor at Gartner, where she edited and managed the workflow of four monthly research deliverables related to software infrastructure.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Authors xix

Preface xxi

Part I: Virtualization Basics and Technology Choices 1

Chapter 1: To Virtualize or Not to Virtualize? 3

Chapter 2: Comparing Virtualization Technologies 17

Chapter 3: VMware Server 25

Chapter 4: VMware ESXi 47

Chapter 5: Citrix XenServer 67

Chapter 6: Microsoft Virtual PC 87

Chapter 7: Microsoft Hyper-V 103

Chapter 8: VirtualBox 113

Part II: Applying Virtualization 135

Chapter 9: Server Virtualization in Action 137

Chapter 10: Desktop Virtualization in Action 161

Chapter 11: Network and Storage Virtualization in Action 175

Part III: Building the Virtual Infrastructure: Hardware's Role in Virtualization 191

Chapter 12: Form-Factor Choices and Their Implications 193

Chapter 13: Choosing a Vendor 205

Chapter 14: Beyond the Box 223

Part IV: From Development to Production: Managing the Virtual Infrastructure 237

Chapter 15: Laying the Foundation: The Planning Stage 239

Chapter 16: Deployment 253

Chapter 17: Postproduction: Wrapping It Up 265

Appendix: Virtual Machine Installation 273

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

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    Deploy many servers on one machine

    What exactly is virtualization and how will I benefit from it, is the question you may be asking yourself.

    This book answers that and gives you a excellent roadmap form preplanning through deployment and finishes with maintenance.

    To be able to develop and support my clients, I used a number of machines that matched my clients configurations. I also used removable hard drives to achieve more diversity. It was really a big hassle tracking and keeping OS's current.
    I am increasing working with multiple OS's or versions of the same OS's. I like to have the exact environment that I will deploy the applications to.
    I happened upon this book and it had clear instructions to plan out virtualizing my developer infrastructure.
    The book explains the different methods of virtualization and how they apply. Though it is written more for the enterprise level, it is useful for the small business owner.
    By virtualizing one server, a client can have a secure environment to run internal systems, while still having internet access.

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