Chapter 2: Preparing a Virtual Machine Host

This chapter, "Preparing a Virtual Machine Host," excerpted from Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise reviews no-nonsense techniques for budgeting, building and installing Windows or Linux VM host solutions. It points out some network and system bottlenecks along the way, and shows how to avoid them in bridged or NATed networks by installing and configuring multiple network and storage adapters in a teamed configuration. You will learn the importance and impact of network and storage considerations for host and guest VMs, including locally attached storage and SANs.

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Chapter 2: Preparing a Virtual Machine Host topics include:

  • Implementing best practices
  • Evaluating host requirements
  • Selecting a motherboard
  • Considering your network
  • Supporting generic SCSI
  • Considering storage options

Click here to download this free book chapter. Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise by Chris Wolf and Erick Halter is published by Apress, May 2005, ISBN: 1590594959.

This was first published in May 2006

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