Takeaway: By default, most virtualization platforms will treat all of your VMs (virtual machines) equally. They'll all get the same priority levels and access to system resource such as CPU time. But what if some VMs are more important than others? And how can you prevent some VMs from monopolizing CPU time on a single host server? Microsoft Virtual Server provides two methods for managing the priorities of virtual machines. They're called weight-based and constraint-based resource allocation. This screencast will describe the two methods and provide a live demonstration of how you can manage these resources on your test and production host servers. Running time: Approx. 16 minutes
About the speaker: Anil Desai is an independent consultant and IT book author who has managed datacenter environments that support thousands of virtual machines. Anil is an MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA and a Microsoft MVP (Windows Server -- Management Infrastructure).
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This was first published in May 2007