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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.
About the Authors xix
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
Posted November 24, 2009
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.