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"This book is a must read for technologists who are serious about virtualization." -- - James Ni, Group Product Manager, Windows Virtualization, Microsoft Corporation

"This book is a treasure. Readers will find their gateway for virtual infrastructures automation." -- - Alessandro Perilli, CISSP, MVP, IT Security and Virtualization Technology Analyst, virtualization.info

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Anil Desai, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a Microsoft MVP in the area of "Windows - Servers." As an independent consultant based in Austin, TX, Anil specializes in evaluating, implementing, and managing solutions based on Microsoft technologies. He has worked extensively with Microsoft's Server products and the .NET development platform.

Anil is the author of numerous technical books focusing on the Windows Server Platform, Virtualization, Active Directory, SQL Server 2000, and IT management. He has made dozens of conference presentations at national events and is also a contributor to technical magazines.
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Product Details

  • Series: Rational Guides
  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Rational Press (June 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932577297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932577297
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,908,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anil Desai is an independent consultant based in Austin, TX. He specializes in evaluating, implementing, and managing IT solutions. He has worked extensively with Microsoft's Server products and the .NET / SQL Server development platforms. Anil is an MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, MCITP, and a Microsoft MVP (Windows Server - Virtualization).

Anil is the author of numerous technical books focusing on the Windows Server Platform, Virtualization, Active Directory, SQL Server, and IT management. He has made dozens of conference presentations at national events and is also a contributor to technical magazines. For more information, please see http://AnilDesai.net, or e-mail Anil@AnilDesai.net.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By InnerAlien on July 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
$15.00 well spent!! Once I was clear with the fundamentals of Virtual Server (see Managing Virtual Server by the same author), I needed to take it to the next step. I needed to be able to (through some simple scripting) create, deploy, and manage my Virtual Server environment. I mainly used VBScript so far, but I may move to VB.NET or C# at some point. This book is chock full of usable real world examples of common tasks that can (and should be) automated. I wish more tech books could be written as concise and full of usable information as this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alessandro Perilli on July 24, 2006
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The Rational Guide to Scripting Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 is a great broadening of topics covered in The Rational Guide to Managing Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 from the unique perspective of scripting.

Written by the same author, its biggest win is approaching automation problems following topics arrangement of its twin book.

Chapters 1 and 2 cover basic concepts of server virtualization and product architecture itself, listing available languages for manipulating Virtual Server 2005 COM interfaces among VBScript, VB.NET or C#, VB 6.0.

Chapter 3 and 4 approaches scripting rules respectively with VBScript and .NET (with examples both in VB.NET and C#), detailing COM objects model and suggesting configuration of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 as development environment.

Chapter 5 teaches how to obtain most informations from virtual machines accessing Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) interface, exploring VirtualMachines and VirtualNetwork classes, and how to monitor performances accessing Windows Performance Monitor counters.

Chapters from 6 to 8 are the heart of the book, detailing automated management of virtual machines (Chapter 6), virtual disks (Chapter 7) and virtual networks (Chapter 8).

Frequent recaps to Virtual Server architecture are disseminated in these chapters, to refresh product knowledge.

Chapter 9 and 10 are dedicated to advanced concept like triggering scripts by specific virtual infrastructure events and automating Virtual Management Remote Console (VMRC) server and client operations.

Source code of book scripts is available only online for registered readers and it's really worth to download to avoid rewriting all the code and speedup learning.
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By java bear on June 28, 2010
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More sample scripts would be nice. Much can be found about the subject with the correct search string. So, a book like this should not only provide overview and context, but should provide solutions to the uncommon or most difficult tasks. It does this a bit but not as much as I had hoped. It is a nice resource and I'm glad I purchased it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shan Sundaram on April 24, 2007
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Good Automation Techniques for Virtual Server 2005. Admins who are good with code can make a good use of this book. A very good book. Value for sure.
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