Microsoft Virtualization

1st Edition

Master Microsoft Server, Desktop, Application, and Presentation Virtualization

Authors: Thomas Olzak James Sabovik Jason Boomer Robert Keefer
Paperback ISBN: 9781597494311
eBook ISBN: 9781597494892
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 22nd April 2010
Page Count: 512
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Microsoft Virtualization: Master Microsoft Server, Desktop, Application, and Presentation Virtualization serves a thorough reference for those considering a migration into the virtualized world. It provides the tools and explanations needed to create a fresh virtualization environment. Readers walk through step-by-step instructions on everything from building a Windows 2008 server to installing and configuring Hyper-V and App-V.

The book begins with the basics of virtualization, including the role of virtualization in the changing landscape of the traditional data center and its benefits, and the strategies of virtualization. It presents the step-by-step process used to build a Windows 2008 server and the process of configuring and managing a Hyper-V infrastructure. Microsoft's approach to high availability and the combination of Microsoft tools to provide a very reliable and highly available virtualization infrastructure are discussed. The chapters also cover the migration of physical servers to virtual servers; the Dynamic Data Center concept; creating and publishing a virtual application within App-V; and desktop virtualization. This book was intended for seasoned system administrators and engineers who grew up in and still manage primarily a hardware-based server environment containing a large assortment of both newer and legacy applications.

Key Features

  • Covers Microsoft virtualization products completely, including Hyper-V
  • Includes a special section on securing virtual infrastructure
  • Gives hands-on instructions to help understand and implement Microsoft solutions


Systems engineers, systems consultants, IT managers, technical decision makers, and consultants who are looking to optimize their core infrastructures via virtualization. Readers will need a basic understanding of Microsoft technologies

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction Chapter 1 What is virtualization? Evolution of virtualization Virtualization defined How virtualization works Server virtualization Client virtualization Building a business case for virtualization Virtualization and business continuity The other side of virtualization Finally, drop the hammer Summary Chapter 2 Understanding Microsoft virtualization strategies Microsoft’s IT maturity model Building a dynamic datacenter Virtualization layers in a dynamic datacenter Hardware virtualization layer Application virtualization layer Centralized, optimized desktop management Application and presentation virtualization Desktop hardware virtualization Additional tools Summary Chapter 3 Installing Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 and server core Installation requirements for Hyper-V Hardware requirements for Hyper-V Software requirements for Hyper-V Supported guests on Hyper-V Installing Hyper-V Installing the Hyper-V management console on a workstation Bitlocker and Hyper-V Summary Chapter 4 Managing Hyper-V Introduction to the Hyper-V Manager snap-in Virtual networks Configuring Hyper-V options Configuring virtual machine options Summary Chapter 5 Installing and configuring Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Introduction to virtual machine manager System requirements Acquiring and installing VMM Configuring VMM for your environment Summary Chapter 6 Hyper-V and high availability Overview of clustering concepts Microsoft fail-over cluster and network load balancing Defining HA for Hyper-V Making virtual machines available Making virtual machine services available Things to consider Su


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About the Author

Thomas Olzak

IT professional with over 25 years experience in programming, network engineering, and security. I have an MBA as well as CISSP and MCSE certifications. Currently I'm Director of Information Security at HCR Manor Care. I’m responsible for managing the corporate security program, change management, and business continuity planning. I am also the CEO of a security training company. Prior to my current job, I held positions as an IS Director, Director of Infrastructure Engineering, and Programming Manager at a variety of manufacturing and distribution companies. Before joining the private sector, I served ten years in the United States Army Military Police with four years as a Military Police Investigator. I've written a book, Just Enough Security, and various papers on security management.

James Sabovik

Jason Boomer

Robert Keefer


"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