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ISBN-13: 978-1597494311 ISBN-10: 1597494313 Edition: 1st
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"In this clearly presented text, the four authors (who manage the information security and network of a large health services network, based at 500 locations in 32 states) draw on an impressive store of hands-on experience as they describe the installation, features, and management of the technology. Following an introduction to the concepts of virtualization, the first chapters lead the reader through the installations of Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V, the Hyper-V Manager snap-in, and Virtual Machine Manager 2008. The remaining text teaches the reader in step-by-step detail, with frequent screenshots, how to make virtual machines and services available, create virtual machines and templates, perform physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual migrations, and the various tools and techniques for security, monitoring, management, using App-V and Terminal Services, and applying virtualization on a desktop. Appendices feature a series of short case study scenarios and a list of R2 delta changes to Windows Server 2008."--SciTechBookNews

"A comprehensive reference outlining the granularities of Microsoft virtualization for information system professionals at all levels. The general overview is insightful and the authors stress that each environment is different and therefore it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach."--BCS (British Computer Society) Online

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IT professional with over 25 years experience in programming, network engineering, and security. I have an MBA as well as CISSP and MCSE certifications. Currently I'm Director of Information Security at HCR Manor Care. I’m responsible for managing the corporate security program, change management, and business continuity planning. I am also the CEO of a security training company. Prior to my current job, I held positions as an IS Director, Director of Infrastructure Engineering, and Programming Manager at a variety of manufacturing and distribution companies. Before joining the private sector, I served ten years in the United States Army Military Police with four years as a Military Police Investigator. I've written a book, Just Enough Security, and various papers on security management.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (May 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597494313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597494311
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,126,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Z. Freeman VINE VOICE on October 27, 2010
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While I can understand the reviews here that complain about the waste of paper and the "too many screenshots" approach that these authors take, I have to say that I disagree with their complaints. As other reviewers have stated, this is more a problem with how the book is titled "Master Microsoft Server..." rather than "Understanding Microsoft Server..." or something that more clearly (and accurately) explains who this book is for. That being said, I found this to be a very helpful resource both for finding out more about virtualization in general and actually implementing the virtual process using Microsoft's Hyper-V.

It could be argued that this information could be presented on a website just as effectively, and save paper, but I've found that sometimes a book is easier to follow - even though I have multiple monitors it's easier to follow along in a book while performing actions on the computer separately. From the title and the processes described, it's clear that this book is for a very specific audience - not just those planning to go virtual but those planning to do it using Microsoft products. That being the case, I don't think there could be a clearer guidebook.

There's a very brief introduction on the history of virtualization - what it is, it's evolution, and how it works - and then the rest of the book is mostly step-by-step how-tos. I found the ones I used to be very helpful and easy to follow. This is the first Syngress tech book I've used and I definitely like their approach. I don't think this approach would work for other guide books (such as a beginning programming guide or a database guide) but for virtualization using Microsoft Hyper V it works perfectly.

I think I still have to take a star away for wasting paper - sometimes the authors could have just made the images smaller and fit two instructions on a page rather than having each new step be a full page with a full picture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Lum VINE VOICE on September 5, 2010
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I'm glad I discovered this series. The Syngress books are heavy on the "show me" aspect with just enough explanation of what's going on behind the curtain. They contain ample screen shots, step by step instructions, and diagrams to lead you through the subject matter. These books are somewhat like good SOPs.

I am among other things, a system administrator with a heavy focus on Microsoft technology. I can tell you first hand that theory is great, but without hands-on experience, you ain't worth a damn. The Syngress series of books is the closest you'll come to actual hands-on experience. If you have a home lab like I do, using these books to get your feet wet in the actual environment is a lot easier than reading the more hard core books and then trying to find out for yourself where to go, what to click, and what to expect.

If you are new to Microsoft Virtualization - get this book first!

Here's what you'll cover in this book:

1) Virtualization Explained
2) Virtualization Strategies
3) Installing W2K8 and Hyper-V
4) Managing Hyper-V
5) Virtual Machine Manager
6) High Availability
7) VMs and Templates
8) Migrations
9) Security and Management
10) Dynamic Data Center
11) Application Virtualization
12) Deploying App-V packages
13) Presentation Virtualization (Terminal Services)
14) Integrating App and Presentation Virtualization
15) Desktop Virtualization
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Baer VINE VOICE on October 23, 2010
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A mile wide and a foot deep. It is becoming more and more difficult to attack the topic of 'virtualizaton' with a significant level of both depth and breadth. This book takes a stab at it and does a fairly good job. I'm not sure I'd be able to 'Master' the Microsoft virtualization stack, but this would definitely get me started. I expect to keep it in my library as a reference for Microsoft's virtualization story, and that is all I can expect of a book like this.

To be fair, I have some experience with a lot of these technologies already, so my expectations for a book with 'Master' in the subtitle are quite high. I may not agree with everything the authors say, but I definitely agree with their approach: these technologies are very cool, but that does not mean people should just go out and implement them without first considering business needs and impacts. It is refreshing in a technology book to see recommendations like, "develop a business case first," and explanation of some kind of IT maturity model.

When I first opened the book, I was struck by the number of screenshots. They're all over the place. If you want to see installation screens and options without having to download and install the software, this is the book for you. There are some cases where the text falls a bit behind the screenshots (the screenshot for the text you are reading isn't on the 2 pages you can see), so it is possible to become a little lost and confused. There are several helpful diagrams throughout the book, but screenshots win by a landslide.

I would have liked to see more about managing a Server Core installation (that 'Master' thing again), but I don't know if most people really care about that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Field VINE VOICE on September 25, 2010
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Let me take you back . . . back . . . back, almost to the beginning of time. Dinosaurs have only just vanished from the Earth, and a small bunch of people are anxiously pondering the future. I'm referring, of course, to the 1990s, a period when most of you weren't even born. And the small group of people? That's the folk of corporate IT, who were faced with the problem of a lifetime - the Y2K crisis, and we all know how that turned out.

But what they should have been looking at a little more closely was the proliferation of servers, although this was in the days when people could still say "The Inter . . . what?" But as businesses grew they created a patchwork quilt of corporate machines that supplied the back-end of the IT system. Each of these "knowledge silos" was an island unto itself, with servers and storage that was only available to a small group of employees. Fast-forward to the open enterprise that wants to give almost every piece of information available to everyone.

Now the demands of the business make the idea of knowledge silos obsolete, and the problem is that some server systems have plenty of room to expand whereas others are approaching near-capacity. The idea of virtualization is to make all that computing power into one organization that can be allocated as needs require, not just as physical availability of servers and disk space can offer. Microsoft is in the vanguard of offering software to allow this to happen, and this book is both a "how-to" and a "why-to" of virtualization.

The book can serve as an overview for top management, along with a guide for the IT folks on the floor.
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