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Foundations of Green IT: Consolidation, Virtualization, Efficiency, and ROI in the Data Center by Marty Poniatowski

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Chapter 5. Virtual Server Implementation Plan

When implementing a virtual environment, the key to success is a solid implementation plan. Almost every server in your data center could be affected by the transition to a virtual environment, so this is an area where you want to be sure adequate planning takes place.

My strong recommendation is to craft a formal project plan and formalize the implementation process as much as possible because there are typically many new components introduced in to a virtualized environment. I’m not presenting a formal project plan; however, I cover most of the high-level tasks to get the major components of this environment operational. The following high-level components are part of the implementation ...

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