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Free Microsoft Virtualisation eBook – Desktop to the Datacenter

Free Microsoft Virtualisation eBook – Desktop to the Datacenter

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Microsoft Virtualisation Solutions eBookI found this via Patrick Lownds’ MVUG blog – looks like a beauty!  (The book, not Patrick ;-))

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

The above eBook is available for free if you register at  Be patient once you’ve clicked to download – it takes a few minutes to render in the browser.


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 2009, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

I’ve just had a quick skim read of the book, and it looks pretty comprehensive, and even covers aspects such as the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation, and VDI, which are both pretty new areas of technology to be covering, so definitely a worthwhile read from that perspective.

The book also gives focus to the importance of Core Infrastructure Optimisation, and how you can take an infrastructure from being a very reactive, fighting-fires, basic infrastructure, right up to a dynamic infrastructure, where IT is a business enabler, not a cost centre.

Definitely worth a read in my opinion.

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  • Any idea where I can download the PDF seperately? I have signed up, but for some reason it doesn't render properly in IE.

  • Hi - I'm afraid not.  When you click on the 'Download' link, and it opens in a new window, which appears blank, just wait - give it 5 mins or longer.  My IE said 'Done' in the bottom left corner nearly straight away, but the document wasn't shown.  I just waited a bit longer and it appeared.

    If it hasn't rendered after 10 mins (it's a 14mb file), then let me know.



  • I'm afraid it didn't work, I waited 20 minutes and it didn't work. Sorry, I realise that this isn't your problem, but it's not apparent where I can raise it is an issue.

  • You've not got a pop-up blocker on my any chance have you?

  • nope no pop up blocker! does everything you say it should - new window, says done, but nowt - maybe it's a virtualised document!

  • Which version of IE are you using?

  • version 7 - and all service packed up!

  • Hi - drop me an email using the link at the top of the page and we'll take this offline and get it sorted.



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