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Microsoft Virtualization: Master Microsoft Server, Desktop, Application, and Presentation Virtualization 1st Edition
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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
A solid resource for system architects and administrators and IT directors implementing virtualization for cost savings!
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1597494313
- ISBN-13 : 978-1597494311
- Item Weight : 2.25 pounds
- Publisher : Syngress; 1st edition (May 6, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,511,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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. Odds are that beginners will use a full Windows Server 2008 install anyway, both for the GUI manageability and the significantly fewer restrictions placed on the management OS. For the record, I highly recommend using at least 2008 R2 when using Hyper-V.
True to the title, though, this book does not just cover Microsoft's server virtualization (Hyper-V). We also get desktop virtualization (Microsoft/Windows Virtual PC, including XP mode on Windows 7 and MED-V), application virtualization (App-V), and presentation virtualization (RDS). All of this stuff is covered at a fairly high level, but it is nice to see recommendations, 'gotchas' and other helpful notes in the margins along the way.
Check out the appendices for a small case study and 2008 R2 delta guides for various Windows components. I found the index to be well populated and usable -- part of my requirement to be able to keep the book as a reference. I would like the book as a PDF so I could search faster and not have to keep it on my desk, though...