I am excited to announce that Leandro Carvalho, Microsoft MVP in Virtual Machine, experienced Trainer and frequent IT Pro community contributor, has released a new book, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook.  Leandro’s intent in the “cookbook approach” is to provide an easy-to-follow set of “recipes” for mastering Hyper-V as a virtualization expert, and this book is a great resource for doing just that!

But wait … there’s more!

As a FREE resource to help you get started, Leandro has also made Chapter 2 of his book, Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers, available as a downloadable eBook chapter!  Chapter 2, alone, is a great step-by-step guide for beginning to migrate to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012.

In this article, you’ll find a description of this new book, download links to your FREE chapter, and links for ordering a full copy of Leandro's book in electronic and hardcopy versions …

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook

Inside this book, you’ll find nine chapters that cover the following detailed topics with step-by-step Hyper-V guidance in using both GUI management tools and PowerShell 3.0 cmdlets to perform …

  • Chapter 1: Installing and Managing Hyper-V in Full or Server Core Mode
    • Introduction
    • Verifying Hyper-V requirements
    • Enabling the Hyper-V role
    • Installing Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
    • Managing a Server Core installation using sconfig
    • Enabling and disabling the graphical interface in Hyper-V
    • Configuring post-installation settings
  • Chapter 2: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers
    • Introduction
    • Performing an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012
    • Exporting and importing virtual machines
    • Migrating virtual machines and updating their integration services
    • Converting VHD files to VHDX files
    • Migrating Virtual Machine storage using Storage Migration
    • Migrating virtual machines using Shared Nothing Live Migration
    • Converting physical computers to virtual machines
  • Chapter 3: Managing Disk and Network Settings
    • Introduction
    • Creating and adding virtual hard disks
    • Configuring IDE and SCSI controllers for virtual machines
    • Creating resource pools
    • Creating and managing virtual switches
    • Using advanced settings for virtual networks
    • Enabling and adding NIC teaming to a virtual machine
    • Configuring and adding Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel to virtual machines
  • Chapter 4: Saving Time and Cost with Hyper-V Automation
    • Introduction
    • Installing and running Hyper-V from a USB stick
    • Creating virtual machine templates
    • Learning and utilizing basic commands in PowerShell
    • Using small PowerShell commands for daily tasks
    • Enabling and working with remote connection and administration through PowerShell
  • Chapter 5: Hyper-V Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks
    • Introduction
    • Using the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer
    • Setting up dynamic memory for virtual machines
    • Enabling remote management for Hyper-V in workgroup environments
    • Installing and configuring an anti-virus on host and virtual machines
  • Chapter 6: Security and Delegation of Control
    • Introduction
    • Configuring Windows Update for Hyper-V
    • Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating for cluster nodes
    • Delegating control in Hyper-V
    • Configuring Port ACLs
    • Installing and configuring BitLocker for data protection
    • Configuring Hyper-V auditing
  • Chapter 7: Configuring High Availability in Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Installing and configuring an iSCSI Target server in Windows Server 2012
    • Installing and configuring the Windows Failover Clustering feature
    • Enabling Cluster Shared Volumes 2.0
    • Using Live Migration in a cluster environment
    • Configuring VM Priority for Clustered Virtual Machines
  • Chapter 8: Disaster Recovery for Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Backing up Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup
    • Restoring Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica between two Hyper-V hosts using HTTP authentication
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica Broker for a Failover Cluster
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica to use certificate-based authentication using an Enterprise CA
    • Using snapshots in virtual machines
  • Chapter 9: Monitoring, Tuning, and Troubleshooting Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Using real-time monitoring tools
    • Using Perfmon for logged monitoring
    • Using VM Monitoring
    • Monitoring Hyper-V Replica
    • Using Resource Metering
    • Tuning your Hyper-V server
    • Using Event Viewer for Hyper-V troubleshooting
  • Appendix: Hyper-V Architecture and Components
    • Understanding Hypervisors
    • Hyper-V architecture
    • Hyper-V architecture components
    • Differences between Hyper-V, Hyper-V Server, Hyper-V Client, and VMware

Where can I download my FREE copy of Chapter 2?

You can download your FREE copy of Chapter 2, Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers, at the following link location:

After downloading your FREE copy … please consider helping Leandro promote this great new book within the IT Pro community via Twitter, Facebook and/or LinkedIn using the sharing buttons below!  This is a great community resource and your efforts will help to ensure that other IT Pros learn about this resource as well!

Where can I order my copy of the full book?

You can order your full copy of this great book at http://www.packtpub.com/windows-server-2012-hypervisor-based-cookbook/book. Both eBook and hardcopy versions are available.

You can also download the kindle version here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009OSQH9M/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ask_Nz0gE.1B5SPHM.

What’s next? Build your Lab!

To get the most value out of this latest book, be sure to build your lab environment so that you can practice Leandro’s step-by-step instructions hands-on.  You can build your lab for FREE using these online resources:

  • Build Your Lab! Download Windows Server 2012 for FREE evaluation to get started!

Hope you enjoy!