Two new books on Hyper-V have been released or coming soon. These are written by some of the most active members of the virtualization team and extended community inside Microsoft. Some of the authors I know personally and some I know by reputation from the hundreds of questions they answer every month on our internal distribution lists and public forums so these should be great resources. I was a reviewer for a couple of chapters in the Hyper-V Resource Kit so I can’t wait to see the final product.
The first book is available now (my copy arrives today, I’ll post a review once I’ve finished it). Robert posted a status on the Hyper-V Resource Kit which is complete and should be available in the next 60 days.
Hyper-V is one of the top virtualization products, and this practical guide focuses on the essentials of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. Written by the Microsoft team behind the Hyper-V product, this book shows you how to perform key virtualization scenarios, such as server consolidation, software test and development, and a dynamic data center and demonstrates how Hyper-V can be used to reduce cost and eliminate the complexity of a server infrastructure by consolidating workloads to a small number of machines. In addition, the material addresses using DPM, and SCOM with VMM in order to maintain and manage Hyper-V environments.
Get the definitive reference for managing and supporting Hyper-V (virtualization) in Windows Server 2008—with insights from the Microsoft experts who know the technology best. This official Microsoft RESOURCE KIT provides in-depth technical guidance and best practices on how to deploy, install, configure, administer, and support Hyper-V, along with drilldown into advanced configuration options; development and testing tools; migration, management, and scripting tools; security features; Linux support; disaster recovery; and how to extend and customize the technology. You also get a CD packed with sample scripts, technical white papers; videos from the authors; and a fully searchable eBook version of the entire guide.
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