Virtualization for the beginner by Anil Desai: A crash course

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Take a fast trip through tips on choosing virtualization products, managing virtual machine sprawl and virtual hard disks, migrating from VMware to Microsoft Virtual Server and more. Your guide is Anil Desai, IT book author and consultant and SearchServerVirtualization.com Ask the Expert advisor; not to mention MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA and a Microsoft MVP.

Choosing a virtualization approach
In this article, Desai distinguishes among virtualization at the hardware, server and application levels and provides guidelines for evaluating which works best.

How to decide which servers and applications are good virtualization candidates
Virtualization might be all the rage, but that doesn't mean it's the right choice for every server and every application. Desai offers some guidelines for evaluation which applications and servers should be virtualized

The latest and greatest

Got a ticket for the virtualization train?  Jump on with Anil Desai as he walks you through all major step of implementing Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.

  • Installing Virtual Server 2005
  • Creating your first virtual machine
  • Installing a guest operating system
  • Configuring virtual networks
  • Comparing Virtual Server with Virtual PC
  • Understanding virtual hard disk options
    Learn the pros and cons of fixed-size and dynamically expanding virtual hard drives supported by Microsoft Virtual Server.

    Profiling and load distribution for virtual machines
    Performance monitoring and management is important for applications on virtualized servers. This article offers some tips for profiling and load balancing.

    Managing VM sprawl with a VM library
    By using virtual machine libraries, IT departments can make the process of creating and deploying virtual machines much easier on end-users. Simultaneously, they can avoid inconsistent and out-of-date configurations, just as they would with physical computers. The end result is a win-win situation for anyone looking to take advantage of virtualization.

    This was first published in October 2006

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