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In-depth and comprehensive, this official RESOURCE KIT delivers the information you need to plan, implement, and manage a virtualized enterprise infrastructure. Covers R2 features. You get authoritative technical guidance from those who know the technology best—leading industry experts and the Windows® Virtualization Team—along with sample scripts, job aids, and other essential resources.

Get expert advice on how to:

  • Manage the project visioning phase—scope, risks, budget
  • Design Hyper-V server infrastructure and components
  • Apply the steps and tools that streamline installation
  • Configure single or multiple Hyper-V servers
  • Plan a server workload consolidation strategy
  • Use console-based tools to manage central and remote operations
  • Minimize downtime when migrating from Microsoft® Virtual Server to Hyper-V
  • Apply security best practices
  • Implement business continuity and recovery plans
  • Monitor health and tune performance

CD features:

  • Library of Windows PowerShell scripts for automating Hyper-V management tasks
  • Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions From Desktop to Datacenter eBook
  • Job aids and links to useful virtualization-related resources and tools
  • Fully searchable eBook of this guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735625174
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2009
  • Series: Resource Kit Series
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 714,516
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Larson is an Architect with Microsoft® Consulting Services (MCS) who focuses on infrastructure optimization and virtualization. He helps customers plan and design server and datacenter consolidation projects, and shares his virtualization expertise via Tech*Ed, TechNet webcasts, industry journals, and his blog.

Janique Carbone is the co-author of the Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ Resource Kit and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit. She has been working in IT for over 15 years on projects ranging from application development to enterprise infrastructure design. Janique has developed Hyper-V, Virtual Server, and Virtual PC training for Microsoft events such as TechEd and has assisted customers in maintaining and optimizing business critical Windows Server infrastructures. In May 2006, after 7 years at Microsoft, she founded the Infrastructor Group, whose charter is to deliver in-depth training and consulting for core infrastructure with a specialization in virtualization technology. At Microsoft, Janique worked as a Senior Consultant in Microsoft Consulting Services and developed/delivered multiple customer and partner Windows training seminars. Before joining Microsoft, Janique worked as an engineer on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station projects for Boeing, as well as various other contractors supporting the National Air and Space Administration Johnson Space Center (NASA-JSC), in Clear Lake.

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Table of Contents

Principal Authors;
Contributing Authors;
Microsoft Press;
Microsoft Product Team Reviewers;
Microsoft Consulting Services Reviewers;
Microsoft Customer Support Services Reviewers;
Microsoft Technical Specialist Reviewers;
Microsoft Partner Support;
Overview of Book;
Document Conventions;
Companion Media;
System Requirements;
Using the Scripts;
Resource Kit Support Policy;
Part I: Getting Started with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V;
Chapter 1: Introducing Virtualization;
Understanding Virtualization;
What Is Software Virtualization?;
Making a Business Case for Server Virtualization;
Defining Server Virtualization Scenarios;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 2: Hyper-V Overview;
Hyper-V Background;
Hyper-V Core Features;
Reviewing Hyper-V;
Virtual Machine Hardware Environment;
Using the Hyper-V Manager Console;
Outlining the WMI API;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 3: Hyper-V Architecture;
Windows Hypervisor;
Virtualization Stack;
Virtual Devices;
Additional Resources;
Part II: Understanding Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V;
Chapter 4: Hyper-V Installation and Configuration;
Installation Overview;
Installation Prerequisites;
Installation Options: Hyper-V Role;
Installation Options: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008;
Additional Installation Methods;
Post-Install Configuration Considerations;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 5: Hyper-V Advanced Features;
Using Virtual Hard Disk Advanced Features;
Using Virtual Machine Snapshot Features;
Using Integration Services Features;
Using Virtual Network Advanced Features;
Using a Pass-Through Disk;
Using Failover Clustering Features;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 6: Hyper-V Security;
Reviewing Hyper-V Files;
Reviewing Hyper-V Services;
Reviewing Hyper-V Firewall Rules;
Securing Hyper-V Resources;
Reviewing Hyper-V Security Best Practices;
Securing Virtual Machine Access;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 7: Hyper-V Best Practices and Optimization;
Modifying the Default Hyper-V Installation;
Optimizing Server Performance;
Optimizing Virtual Machine Performance;
Operational Considerations;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 8: Moving from Virtual Server 2005 R2 to Hyper-V;
Considerations Before Migrating a Virtual Server 2005 R2 Host to Hyper-V;
Migrating a Virtual Server 2005 R2 Host to Hyper-V;
Considerations Before Migrating Virtual Machines;
Migrating Virtual Machines;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 9: Taking a Look at Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V;
Installing the Hyper-V Role on Windows Server 2008 R2;
Reviewing New Features in Hyper-V;
Using Live Migration;
Managing Hyper-V R2;
Additional Resources;
Part III: Managing a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Infrastructure;
Chapter 10: Hyper-V Management Overview;
Management Solutions;
Disaster Recovery Management Solutions;
Monitoring Solutions;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 11: Hyper-V Single Server Management;
Managing Hyper-V;
Customizing the Hyper-V Manager View;
Managing Hyper-V Settings;
Changing the Virtual Machine Management Service State;
Managing Virtual Machines Using the Hyper-V Manager;
Installing a Guest Operating System;
Installing Integration Services;
Controlling Virtual Machine State;
Updating Virtual Machines;
Performing Hyper-V Backup and Recovery;
Monitoring Hyper-V Health and Performance;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 12: Server Farm Management;
Installing System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008;
Managing a Server Farm;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 13: Hyper-V Backup and Recovery;
Backing Up a Virtualization Environment;
Understanding the Hyper-V VSS Writer;
Using Traditional Methods to Back Up Hyper-V and Virtual Machines;
Backing Up an Active Directory Domain Controller Virtual Machine;
Using VSS to Back Up Hyper-V and Virtual Machines;
Using System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 SP1;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 14: Server Migration Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager;
Migration Options;
Migration Requirements;
Online Physical to Virtual Migration;
Offline Physical to Virtual Migration;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 15: Server Monitoring with the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007;
Introducing the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Operations Console;
Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Management Pack Features;
Installing the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Management Pack;
Monitoring Hyper-V Servers;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 16: Hyper-V Management Using Windows PowerShell;
Hyper-V Windows Management Instrumentation Classes;
Using the Windows PowerShell Hyper-V Library;
Additional Resources;
Part IV: Server Virtualization Project Methodology;
Chapter 17: Server Virtualization Scenarios;
Data Center Scenario;
Branch Office Scenario;
Test Lab Scenario;
Software Development Scenario;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 18: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure;
Understanding Important VDI Attributes;
Identifying Major VDI Components;
Defining Common VDI Scenarios;
Microsoft VDI Solution Overview;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 19: Server Virtualization Project: Envisioning Phase;
Defining Server Virtualization Project Phases;
What Is Envisioning?;
Identifying the Envisioning Team;
Establishing a Vision;
Defining the Problem Statements;
Defining a Project Team;
Determining Project Scope;
Performing an ROI Analysis;
Identifying Risks;
Creating a Project Budget;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 20: Server Virtualization Project: Discovery Phase;
Collecting Baseline Information;
Collecting Inventory Information;
Performance Monitoring;
Environmental Information;
Automating the Discovery Process;
Discovery and Assessment Tools;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 21: Server Virtualization Project: Assessment Phase;
Identifying a Server Virtualization Candidate;
Virtual Machine Hardware Limits;
Assessing Hardware Limits;
Establishing Performance Thresholds;
Assessing Performance;
Assessing Application Support Limits;
Using MAP for Assessment and High-Level Planning;
Identifying Cost Savings;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 22: Server Virtualization Project: Planning and Design Phase;
Defining Hyper-V Server Configurations;
Consolidation Planning;
Additional Design and Planning Tasks;
Additional Resources;
Chapter 23: Server Virtualization Project: Pilot Phase;
Pilot Objectives;
Pilot Scope;
Pilot Architecture;
Planning the Pilot;
Documenting Risks;
Establishing Pilot Project Milestones;
Establishing Success Criteria;
Implementing the Pilot;
Measuring Project Success;
Incorporating Lessons Learned;
Additional Resources;
Appendix : About the Authors;

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