The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated virtualisation guides: Windows Server Virtualisation (Hyper-V) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

These guides, updated to reflect the features and functionalities of Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of these virtualisation products.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server Virtualisation takes the reader through the process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order.  Identification of the Hyper-V server hosts required is presented in easy-to-follow steps, helping the reader to design and plan virtual server datacenters. The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager assists readers in the design and implementation of SCVMM architecture, thus enabling centralized administration of physical and virtual machines. Identification of the VMM server instances required is one of the simple, seven-step design processes presented in this guide.

For any consultant offering services around Microsoft Virtualisation, I’d say these are two pretty useful guides to have in your back pocket when working with customers.