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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (September 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672330288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672330285
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rand Morimoto, Ph.D., MCSE, CISSP, has been in the computer industry for more than 30 years and has authored, co-authored, or been a contributing writer for dozens of bestselling books on Windows 2008, Exchange 2007, Security, BizTalk Server, and remote and mobile computing. Rand is the president of Convergent Computing, an IT consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area that was one of the key early adopter program partners with Microsoft implementing beta versions of Windows Server 2008 in production environments over 3 years before the product release. Rand has spoken at more than 50 conferences and conventions around the world in the past year on tips, tricks, and best practices on planning, migrating, and implementing Windows 2008 Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008.

 

Jeff Guillet, MCITP, MCSE, CISSP, has been in the computer industry for more than 25 years and has been a contributing writer and technical editor for several books on Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2007, and Exchange 2003. Jeff is a senior consultant for Convergent Computing and participates in many early adopter beta programs. Jeff holds Charter MCITP: Enterprise Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator certifications for Windows Server 2008 and has maintained MCSE certifications since 1999. He maintains a popular technical blog at www.expta.com.

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Introduction

Introduction

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:

  • Part I: Windows 2008 Hyper-V Overview—This part provides an introduction to Hyper-V not only from the perspective of a general technology overview, but also to note what is truly new in Hyper-V that made it compelling enough for organizations to implement the technology in beta in a production environments. We also cover basic planning, prototype testing, and migration techniques. This part also covers running tools to assess physical servers for consolidation to virtual guest sessions and the process of architecting an enterprise virtual host environment.

  • Part II: Windows 2008 Hyper-V Host and Guest Installation—This part covers the installation of Hyper-V from the perspective of both the host server and the guest virtual sessions. The server installation includes the setup and configuration of Windows Server 2008 and the specific versions that support Hyper-V virtualization. The guest session installation covers the installation of both Microsoft Windows and non-Windows guests that are supported as virtual server sessions within a Hyper-V host environment.

  • Part III: Administering and Maintaining Hyper-V Host Services—This part covers the management, administration, optimization, and maintenance of the Hyper-V host with the tools that come out of the box with Windows Server 2008. As with any application, Hyper-V is best run when the system is properly installed and configured with specific focus on optimizing the memory, disk storage, and processing capabilities of the underlying hardware. Hyper-V distributes resources of a host server across guest sessions, and thus it is important to have the right hardware and system optimization in place.

  • Part IV: System Center Virtual Machine Manager in a Hyper-V Environment—Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 provide administrative tools for Hyper-V, but the addition of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 product on top of Hyper-V provides significant enhancements for the management and operations of virtual guest sessions and host-level configuration options. VMM 2008 allows for the extraction of physical server configurations down to virtual guest sessions and for the management of virtual guest templates and ISO disc image files and the provisioning of guest session.

  • Part V: Maintaining Guest Session Uptime in a Hyper-V Environment—This last part of the book covers guest session uptime, debugging, and problem solving intended to help administrators maintain a reliable host and guest virtual environment. Disaster recovery and high availability of guest applications are addressed with regard to the clustering of hosts and guest sessions. In addition, this part addresses application-level high-availability and disaster-recovery technologies built in to common applications in use today.

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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Customer Reviews

VMM2008 is a great companion to HyperV!
B. Lange
Just don't be trying to use this book to help figure out what or why something went wrong nor how to fix it.
Jess Wundring
I am talking about professional Hyper-V performance tuning, not generic Windows tuning!!
Chris F. Chan

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Hughes on June 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a MCT - skip this book, it's got some tid bits, but they are so buried in fluff as to make the whole thing useless for example 3 pages devoted to entering a product key? A total waste of my money and time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jess Wundring on March 24, 2009
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First of all, I'm a skimmer when it comes to technical books, almost never a cover-to-cover reader. I make heavy use of the index and TOC to try to find what I need or am interested in.

This book was great when it first came out because the release date beat all the other books to market, significantly. It gave a clear, comprehensive introduction to the aspects of Hyper-V. It is a very good first book for trying to get a handle on Hyper-V before you've ever installed it. Once installed however, donate this book to someone with an interest in, but no access to, the technology.

The TOC is good, and the index, too. Just don't be trying to use this book to help figure out what or why something went wrong nor how to fix it. This is not the right resource for that. The book's user level rating says Intermediate-Advanced; it is referring to your level of general IT comfort level, and definitely not your familiarity with Hyper-V technology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Nicholson on October 7, 2009
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I agree with the "Soup and Potatoes" review. This book was an early, attractive reference. I'll be looking for a bit more content in an R2 book for my second helping on this topic. I mean, the network coverage was kind of thin, I really need this part to more fleshed out so I don't have to rely on others to help me network the guest OS level stuff. Also, he Linux coverage could have used more details.
Better luck next time...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris F. Chan on February 5, 2009
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I seldom write comments for books I purchased. Except this one. Having both Virtual Server 2005 Resource Kit and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Unleashed, this book is a far cry to the standards set by the Virtual Server Resource Kit.

It does not give you the architecture of Hyper-V, which is a big change from Virtual Server (I should say this is another model). It does not show you how the Hyper-V adapter in the parent partition is related to the physical adapter and the child's adapter, which is useful in troubleshooting network issues.

When talking on performance tuning and monitoring, only a slight touch is mentioned - something like a fixed VHD is faster than a dynamic VHD, and all the Hyper-V performance counters is not mentioned. I am talking about professional Hyper-V performance tuning, not generic Windows tuning!!

The chapter in high availability is a slight touch as well - it does not tell you the architecture of the fail over and how a VM is failed over (in terms of memory pages and disk access) to another host. There is no mention of WMI administration in Hyper-V.

I would not recommend this to administrators looking to further their administration skills in vitalization. Consider the in depth, authority materials given by the Virtual Server 2005 Resource Kit, I would wait for the Hyper-V Resource Kit (happened to be from the same MS authors) for authoritative materials, such as advanced features, performance tuning, security and possibly WMI administration.

This book gives you the basic things in Server 2008 and Hyper-V, but it does not enable you to become a seasoned Hyper-V administrator.
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By Brian Donovan on May 15, 2010
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I used this book during our rollout to Exchange 2010 and Active Directory 2008 R2 and while the book needs to be updated for the new 2008 R2 Hyper-V, the half of the book covering the System Center Virtual Machine Manager is actually pretty decent. I bought Rand Morimoto's latest book on Windows 2008 R2 Unleashed and he updated the whole HyperV section in that book to include Live Migrations and the new R2 features of Hyper-V. Overall, I'm happy with the book!
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By John Day on November 11, 2009
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If you are looking for a good book about Hyper-V, this is not the one. Most of the coverage is too light. About the only section that was worth much was the one on clustering, and even that wasn't really in depth. You are better off with the Hyper-V Resource Kit, which actually includes coverage of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2.
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By John R. Brandt on August 9, 2009
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Keep you money! Very little useful information. The authors just repeats the information on Microsoft's site however he charges for it.
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