Now I have you attention… This is a question I get asked on a regular basis:

“Microsoft has a broad portfolio of Virtualization technologies and you talk about the concept of ‘from the Desktop to the datacenter’; what does that really mean?”

The short answer is that there are many ways to approach virtualization, depending on what you and your business actually needs. There is no ‘one size fits all’. The challenge is first understanding what you are trying to achieve, then leveraging the right technology to make it happen.

The longer and infinitely more detailed answer can also be found in a book written by a friend of mine and Microsoft MVP, Mitch Tulloch. As it happens, his e-book entitled ‘Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions’ (ISBN: 9780735693371) is being made available as a free download until the end of February 2010 here.

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

By Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization Teams
ISBN: 9780735693371

This guide will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions. The technologies covered include: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

As it happens, his new book (out today – Feb 17th 2010) is called Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions.

This latest edition will be available also as a free download soon if you visit his web site: http://www.mtit.com/

Enjoy!

Bruce