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Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V: Insiders Guide to Microsoft's Hypervisor 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470440964
ISBN-10: 0470440961
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From the Back Cover

Get up to speed and down to business with Hyper-V

Leveraging server virtualization has never been easier. Not only does Hyper-V come in the box withMicrosoft Windows Server 2008, now you can get up and running in no time with expert guidance from three team members at Microsoft who worked with the product.

This insiders guide takes you through Hyper-V essentials. You'll test new systems and new software. You'll discover how to use virtualization for disaster recovery and quick migrations. And you'll learn to manage virtual machines with System Center tools. The book provides pages of explanations and tips—and encourages you to work hands-on on your own virtual system, as you learn.

  • Install, configure, and get productive on Hyper-V as quickly as possible
  • Migrate from hardware to virtual machines and set up backup/recovery systems

  • Learn scripting, command lines, and how to automate common tasks

  • Manage enterprise virtualization environments with Microsoft® System Center

  • Use Hyper-V to keep mission-critical infrastructures up and running

  • Explore each System Center product individually: Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager

About the Author

John Kelbley, Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft, is involved in high-performance computing and virtualization. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and a TechNet Magazine contributor.

Mike Sterling is a program manager in the Windows Server and Solutions Division at Microsoft, where he focuses on Hyper-V functionality in Windows Server 2008. Mike promotes Hyper-V through his blog and speaking engagements.

Allen Stewart is a principal program manager at Microsoft, focusing on Microsoft virtualization technologies. He also leads the Microsoft Virtualization Customer Advisory Council, which has a core set of customers who help drive next-generation virtualization scenarios.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (April 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470440961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470440964
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Herman on June 29, 2009
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This book gave me exactly the information I needed as a sysadmin who had to get Hyper-V up and running quickly. But it also had the technical detail I needed to troubleshoot problems. The script explanations and samples were particularly useful in automating day-to-day administration. The information on best practices was also incredibly valuable. The mix of practical tips and technical detail is just right. I would highly recommend this book for administrators who are just getting their feet wet as well as experienced hyper-v admins.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Speednet on July 29, 2009
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I am wary of heaping too much praise and coming off sounding like a shill for a product, but for me, this is one of the best, targeted guides I have used for any product, let alone one for Hyper-V. I guess the "targeted" part is what strikes me most about the book.

With one minor exception (see below), this book has the perfect level of detail for someone to plan, design, deploy, and manage a Hyper-V environment.

It seems that the authors share my mindset, because all of the topics covered were those that I had the most questions about. It is rare for me to leaf through a technical book and find all the sections useful, but this one managed it.

For each topic covered, the authors included several types of solutions, and were not shy about provided instructions for many "file copy" type of solutions. In this way, I found the book to be very useful from a real-world perspective. It also includes several very good automation scripts from different sources, so when you're ready to go to that level, this book is right with you.

My biggest question about virtual environments has always been the optimal way to back them up, such that I can easily restore them under a different host. This book covered no less than six different approaches, and had extensive discussion about the pros and cons of each, in addition to instructions for how to implement them. Of course, true to form, one of the approaches was a manual file copy, which again, I was happy to see.

(Incidentally, the descriptions of all six approaches proved to me that my gut instinct about Hyper-V backup is correct: there is no optimal solution, and each form of back has drawbacks that I would rather not have to live with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darwin D. Larrison on May 25, 2009
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This book was superb. It is a fast read and the technical level is perfect for those with an IT background. The explanations between 2005 R2 and the new Hyper-V was excellent complete with simple diagrams of storage IO through the new synthetic VMBus vs. the legacy emulators.. The explantions of the new synthetic drivers vs. emulators was very good. I had been working with Hyper-V for a few months prior and it gave great tips. I actually used their method for doing backups via the scripts included in the book. Our budget is locked up tight this year, so this provided a good solution for a weekly full backup of my VM servers for no cost -- to external (network) storage and then backed up to tape via our in place backup systems. There was little or NO information that I found out there for the new Diskshadow commands (hot VS copy backups) - but it was IN THIS BOOK and it really gave me a great temporary backup solution that actually works for me (with a little tweaking of course). Obviously, I am very appreciative and glad I bought this with my own cash! This technology is just really cool. IT IS A MUST have book for an admin or implementer looking at Hyper-V!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JK on April 14, 2009
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A great inside look at Hyper-V, and a solid tool to assist in building hands on understanding of virtualization technology!

Some of the sidebar is also quite insightful, like the Chapter 5 "Blue Pill" detail..

With some luck and quite a bit of coffee, I hope to get to the System Center chapters at the back!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. P. ODwyer on December 1, 2011
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Good book for overall coverage of Hyper-V. Easy read for most people and covers all the administrative functions you carry out. Useful when I started working with Hyper-V on a daily basis.
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