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Microsoft Virtualization Secrets

Book Description

Unbeatable advice and expert tips for evaluating, designing, and deploying virtualization solutions

If you're an IT professional, you know that virtualization is essential in today's computer infrastructures. This valuable reference is your key to all things Microsoft virtualization. Written by a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), it breaks down all the various technologies, what they mean to your organization in terms of saving money and solving problems, and how to design and deploy various solutions effectively.

You'll find invaluable tips and information on such topics as Hyper-V, the changes that Windows 8 brings, private cloud scenarios, and more.

  • Written by well-known 11-time Microsoft MVP, Windows expert, and Microsoft insider, John Savill

  • Provides practical advice and expert insights on understanding, evaluating, designing, and deploying virtualization solutions

  • Keeps you up to date with how Windows 8 and Windows Server "8" affect your virtualization processes

  • Covers virtualization in all its forms--machine, application, and user

  • Explores the private cloud and public cloud and what they mean to your organization

  • Focuses on Microsoft solutions such as Hyper-V, but also delves into Citrix, Quest software, AppSense, and other Microsoft partner solutions

  • Discusses bringing your own device requirements through VDI and session virtualization and which one is right

  • Features video demonstrations and walkthroughs of some processes

  • Microsoft Virtualization Secrets is like having a built-in Microsoft expert on hand to help you avoid mistakes and save time!

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Chapter 1: Understanding Virtualization
      1. What Is Virtualization?
      2. Understanding the Types of Cloud and Cloud Services
      3. Shifting Technological Paradigms
      4. Embracing the Return of the Dumb Terminal
      5. Summary
    3. Chapter 2: Understanding Windows 7 and 8 Client OS Key Technologies
      1. Tracing the Evolution of the Windows Client Operating System
      2. Key Features Introduced in Windows Vista and Windows 7
      3. Exploring the New Features in Windows 8
      4. Summary
    4. Chapter 3: Virtualizing Client Operating Systems
      1. Virtualizing an Operating System: The “Hello World” of Virtualization
      2. Examining the Benefits of Virtualizing Locally
      3. Introducing Windows Virtual PC
      4. Using Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)
      5. Client Hyper-V in Windows 8
      6. Summary
    5. Chapter 4: Virtualizing Desktop Applications
      1. Looking at the Application Installation Process
      2. How Virtualizing Desktop Applications Works
      3. Understanding the App-V Infrastructure
      4. Using App-V in Your Organization
      5. Summary
    6. Chapter 5: Virtualizing User Data
      1. Understanding Data Virtualization Technologies at Home
      2. Understanding Data Virtualization Technologies at Work
      3. Managing Centralized Data Storage
      4. Leveraging SharePoint and Office Technologies
      5. Summary
    7. Chapter 6: Virtualizing User Profiles and Settings
      1. Understanding the Fundamentals of User Profiles
      2. Using Roaming Profiles for Virtualization
      3. Understanding Windows Live Integration in Windows 8
      4. Third-Party User Profile Virtualization Solutions
      5. Summary
    8. Chapter 7: Using Session Virtualization
      1. Embracing Retro Virtualization: Why an Old Form of Virtualization Is Still One of the Best
      2. Utilizing the Capabilities of Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
      3. Using Remote Desktop Services (RDS) in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 8
      4. Using RDS with Other Virtualization Technologies
      5. Third-Party Presentation Solutions for Remote Desktop Virtualization
      6. Summary
    9. Chapter 8: Working with Hyper-V
      1. Virtualizing the Datacenter OS
      2. Understanding the Types of Hypervisor
      3. Using Hyper-V with Windows Server 2008 R2
      4. Using Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012
      5. Deciding What and How to Virtualize
      6. Comparing Hyper-V with VMware’s vSphere and Citrix XenServer
      7. Summary
    10. Chapter 9: Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager
      1. A Brief History of System Center Virtual Machine Manager
      2. Managing the Fabric
      3. Creating Virtual Machine Templates and Service Templates
      4. Summary
    11. Chapter 10: Implementing a Private Cloud
      1. What Is a Private Cloud?
      2. Understanding the Capabilities Needed to Offer a True Private Cloud
      3. Designing a Private Cloud with Hyper-V and System Center 2012
      4. Working with System Center App Controller2012
      5. Summary
    12. Chapter 11: Architecting a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
      1. Understanding Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
      2. Architecting a Microsoft VDI Solution
      3. Enhancing Your VDI with RemoteFX
      4. Exploring Third-Party VDI Solutions
      5. Summary
    13. Chapter 12: Accessing the Desktop and Datacenter from Anywhere and Anything
      1. Understanding a Changing Workforce—Everyone Is Mobile
      2. Providing E-mail Access
      3. Providing Remote Services
      4. Ensuring Security and Client Health with Network Access Protection
      5. Summary
    14. Chapter 13: Optimizing the Desktop and Datacenter Infrastructure
      1. Designing the Best User Environment
      2. Leveraging the Latest Technologies to Design the Optimal Datacenter
      3. Summary
    15. Chapter 14: Virtualizing with the Microsoft Public Cloud
      1. Tracing Microsoft’s History as a Public Cloud Provider
      2. Using Platform as a Service with Windows Azure
      3. Using Software as a Service with Microsoft Solutions
      4. Summary
    16. Chapter 15: The Best of the Rest of Windows Server 2012
      1. Exploring the Core Infrastructure Service Enhancements
      2. Summary
    17. Introduction