Resources to Broaden Your Server Virtualization Knowledge

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    Tutorial: Microsoft Hyper-V Guide

    Hyper-V is the latest virtualization product from Microsoft. The new hypervisor platform works with Windows Server 2008 to create and manage a virtual infrastructure. As with any virtualization platform, Hyper-V makes for a more efficient data center, maximizing resources and reducing costs.

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    Five quick links that will improve your Hyper-V live migration

    Downtime was once a thorn in the process of migrating a virtual machine, but live migrations put a stop to that. Now, live migration eliminates downtime, but there are still ways to improve how you move VMs from one physical host to another.

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    Three hypervisor and virtual environment security concerns

    Many IT professionals worry about virtual environment security, concerned that malicious code and malware may spread between workloads. Virtualization abstracts applications from the physical server hardware running underneath, which allows the servers to run multiple workloads simultaneously and share some system resources.

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    Recognizing and correcting common VM migration problems

    Migration is a fundamental benefit of virtualization, allowing virtual machines to move seamlessly between servers without noticeable disruption. Migration has become an essential tool for data center tasks ranging from server workload balancing and troubleshooting to mundane tasks like ensuring routine server maintenance windows.

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    Four quick tips for troubleshooting Microsoft Hyper-V cluster problems

    A Microsoft Hyper-V cluster is one of the best ways to create a stable and resilient infrastructure – but it also comes with a variety of management challenges. Luckily, most of these problems won't pop up often, but when they do, they can be real head-scratchers.

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    Ask the expert: How do hypervisors control server power consumption?

    Virtualization has vastly improved server efficiency, but it does not alleviate the need to manage system power. Hypervisors like VMware ESXi can control a server's power management instead of the operating system, which ensures "virtualization-aware" power management that will only throttle back system power use when the host server is not fully utilized by guest workloads.

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    How can I enable automated VM resource provisioning?

    Manual resource provisioning is often a time-consuming and error-prone process. To mitigate the problems that crop up, such as VM performance degradation, many admins turn to automated provisioning techniques.

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    Crash course for a Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 upgrade

    Some IT pros say Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 will be the first virtualization platform to truly challenge VMware. At the very least, the hypervisor has become one of Microsoft's most anticipated releases, has sparked some serious hypervisor debates and even inspired licensing changes.

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    Private cloud computing tutorial: An introduction to private clouds

    Private cloud computing is an amorphous concept, with differing opinions on what constitutes a private cloud and what technologies to use to build one. And for many organizations that are still building out their virtual infrastructure, the hype is outpacing reality.

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    Hyper-V vs. VMware guide

    Hyper-V vs. VMware is a marketing battle between Microsoft and VMware, but it's also a debate taking place in more and more IT departments. This Hyper-V vs. VMware guide, part of our Virtualization School series, provides an overview of VMware vSphere 4.1 and Microsoft Hyper-V R2 Service Pack 1, the two most popular platforms in the server virtualization market.

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    Video - VMworld news recap: Hybrid cloud, 100% virtualization still a ways off

    This year's VMworld news focused on making hybrid clouds and software-defined data centers a reality. Products such as the NSX virtualization platform and vCloud Automation Center can help VMware shops achieve this goal, but many have more immediate tasks at hand, such as continuing to virtualize mission-critical applications.

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