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Using the Hyper-V virtualization capabilities built into Windows Server 2008, organizations can slash costs for power, space, and maintenance, and dramatically improve IT flexibility at the same time. This is the first book to offer comprehensive, independent, real-world coverage of planning, designing, implementing, and supporting Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization environments. Authored by Rand Morimoto and Jeff Guillet—top consultants of Microsoft technologies with unsurpassed experience deploying ...
Using the Hyper-V virtualization capabilities built into Windows Server 2008, organizations can slash costs for power, space, and maintenance, and dramatically improve IT flexibility at the same time. This is the first book to offer comprehensive, independent, real-world coverage of planning, designing, implementing, and supporting Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization environments. Authored by Rand Morimoto and Jeff Guillet—top consultants of Microsoft technologies with unsurpassed experience deploying Hyper-V in enterprise organizations—this book delivers start-to-finish guidance for every facet of your virtualization initiative.
Leverage the experience from hundreds of real world implementations of Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 in your deployment of a virtualized server environment
Part I: Windows 2008 Hyper-V Overview
1: Windows 2008 Hyper-V Technology Primer
2: Best Practices at Planning, Prototyping, Migrating, and Deploying Windows 2008 Hyper-V
Part II: Windows 2008 Hyper-V Host and Guest Installation
3: Installing Windows 2008 Server
4: Installing and Getting Familiar with Windows Hyper-V Services
5: Installing a Guest Session on Hyper-V
Part III: Administering and Maintaining Hyper-V Host Services
6: Managing, Administering, and Maintaining a Hyper-V Host Server
7: Optimizing the Hyper-V Host Server and Guest Sessions
Part IV: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Overview
8: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Technology Primer
9: Installing and Getting Familiar with Virtual Machine Manager
Part V: Managing Guest Sessions with Virtual Machine Manager
10: Creating Guest Images from Existing Production and Virtual Systems
11: Using Virtual Machine Manage for Provisioning
12: Establishing a Failover Process for Hyper-V Guest Recovery
13: Debugging and Problem Solving the Hyper-V Host and Guest OS
Windows Server 2008 shipped with several server roles that provide application services such as Active Directory, web services, thin client Terminal Services, video streaming media services, server virtualization services, and many others. This book focuses on the services specific to server virtualization called Hyper-V.
Hyper-V enables an organization to consolidate several physical server systems into a single host server while still providing isolation between virtual guest session application operations. With an interest to decrease costs in managing their information technology (IT) infrastructure, organizations are virtualizing servers. Bringing multiple physical servers into a single host server decreases the cost of purchasing and maintaining multiple physical server systems, decreases the cost of electricity and air-cooling systems to maintain the physical servers, and enables an organization to go "green" (by decreasing the use of natural resources in the operation of physical server systems).
In addition to covering Hyper-V virtualization in this book, the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM 2008) product is also covered. VMM 2008 adds management capabilities to Hyper-V. VMM 2008 enables an administrator view and administer virtual guest sessions more easily, delegate administrative rights to others in the management of guest sessions, and use helpful tools to perform specific functions and tasks. Specific functions and tasks supported in VMM 2008 include the ability to take a production server and convert the server to a virtual guest image. In addition, VMM 2008 will take an existing virtual session and convert the image into a Hyper-V virtual guest session. These tools make managing, administering, and supporting a Hyper-V session much easier for the administrator.
The authors of this book had the opportunity to work with Windows Server 2008 for more than three years before it was released, and have been involved in the development and deployment of Hyper-V in production environments since the product inception.
It is our hope that we can provide you, the reader of our book, with a lot of really valuable information—not basic marketing fluff that talks about features and functions in Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, but to really dig down into the products and share with you best practices for planning, preparing, implementing, and supporting a Windows 2008 Hyper-V-based virtual environment.
The thing about being involved with a product so early on is that our first experiences with Hyper-V and VMM were without any documentation, without help files that provided guidance, and without any shared experiences from others. We had to learn the technologies from experience, usually the hard way, but that has given us a distinct advantage of knowing the products forward and backward, better than anyone could ever imagine.
So, the pages of this book are filled with years of experience with Hyper-V and VMM 2008, live production environment best practices, and tips and tricks that we hope will help you design, plan, prototype, implement, administer, and support a Windows 2008-based server virtualization environment!
This book is organized into five parts, each part focusing on key Hyper-V and VMM areas, with chapters making up each part. The parts of this book are as follows:
We hope that our real-world experience with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization and our commitment to share that planning, implementation, and support of Hyper-V information will help get you up-to-speed on the latest in virtual server software!
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Posted September 13, 2008
As the cost of data centres continues to rise, companies are searching for ways to more efficiently use their machines. Here Microsoft offers its take, with the book describing how under its MS Windows Server 2008, you can use the Hyper-V virtualisation. The product is not really targeted at the individual home user. You can see this in the second chapter, which is devoted to a high level discussion of the business rationale for a corporate installation of Hyper-V. Indeed, you should read this closely, for it explains in a top down manner why migration could make sense for your company. The rest of the book describes the actual installation and management of Hyper-V. Dealing with gritty and inevitable issues like keeping up with installing service packs and updates. Yes, there will be improvements and bug fixes to this product. Here, Microsoft has built in extensive capabilities for easy maintenance. Now what choices are available for the guest operating systems? Naturally, Microsoft offers its own OSs here. The text goes into some detail about how to install these. No surprise to you, I hope. But commendably, the book also explains how to install a linux based OS under Hyper-V. Reassuring to some sysadmins. A discerning reader might be a little queasy about the prospect of bugs in Hyper-V. Given that it functions as a 'root' operating system (so to speak), a bug in it could be worse than a bug in a child guest operating system that you install inside Hyper-V. But with any virtualisation product, this is the reality that you have to deal with. In this wise, Hyper-V is not at any particular disadvantage vis-a-vis competing products.
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