Abstract
Multiple organizations have discovered that SharePoint Products and Technologies provide for significant productivity enhancements, allowing knowledge workers to be more efficient in creating and organizing content. In response, many information technology (IT) departments
are being tasked with building and managing scalable SharePoint farms to provide for the infrastructure to support the collaboration and Microsoft Enterprise Content Management support that the technology provides. The SharePoint architect is subsequently tasked with creating a deployment model that is reliable and scalable, but without introducing unnecessary costs or over architecting an environment. image
The development of virtualization technologies provided with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V has provided SharePoint architects with a flexible toolset that can be used to
reduce hardware and energy costs, increase the performance of a SharePoint farm, and provide for design flexibility that would not have been possible with traditional physical
deployment approaches. In addition, the introduction of capable tools such as Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008, part of the System Center Server Management Suite, provides SharePoint administrators with the ability to manage multiple virtual hosts, quickly provision SharePoint servers and farms, migrate physical servers to virtual
ones, and other key virtualization management enhancements.
This paper is written for SharePoint architects who are considering the use of virtualization technologies and management as part of their SharePoint farm design. Topics include Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtualization, and VMM 2008. Specific focus is placed on
determining which components of a SharePoint farm could be virtualized and examining sample real-world SharePoint virtualization models.

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