The System Builder's Shop Talk blog yesterday links to the some useful Virtualization Cookbooks, including:

Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager
The goal of this cookbook is to provide the steps and guidance necessary for you to successfully install and configure Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. You may then create and manage virtual machines, and perform P2V migration.
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/b/9/2b99fd0d-5437-40d7-a430-23e31cac7ece/Deployment_Cookbook.SCVMM_FINAL.doc

Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager 2007, Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1, and Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager
The scenario presented in this cookbook will take you through the steps necessary to install Virtual Server and SCVMM, and then convert a workload to a virtual machine. This cookbook also includes the steps necessary to install DPM and to back up a running virtual machine, as well as information about monitoring and reporting using DPM.
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/b/9/2b99fd0d-5437-40d7-a430-23e31cac7ece/Deployment_Cookbook.SCVMM_DPM_FINAL.doc

Note that the “Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager” cookbook tells how to deploy and configure Virtual Server 2005 R2 on hosts before you deploy Virtual Machine Manager. Although you can add existing Virtual Server hosts to Virtual Machine Manager, you also have the option of adding qualified computers as hosts without pre-installing Virtual Server. When you add a qualified server to Virtual Machine Manager as a host, Virtual Server 2005 R2 is installed automatically along with the VMM agent.

Detailed planning content for VMM is in review and will be available on Technet in November. However, the following topics are already available in the Virtual Machine Manager TechNet Library (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740737.aspx), and will give you an overview of the features, capabilities, requirements, and deployment of VMM:

·         System Requirements (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740949.aspx)

·         Getting Started (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740744.aspx) – A roadmap to the resources for evaluating, deploying, and using VMM

·         Installing Virtual Machine Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740755.aspx) – Procedures for installing all components of VMM

·         Configuring Virtual Machine Manager (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740765.aspx), in VMM Help, provides a roadmap to configuration tasks to be performed after VMM is deployed, with detailed feature descriptions and a full set of procedures in the following areas:

o   Adding hosts: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740880.aspx

o   Adding library servers, library shares, and files to the VMM library: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740779.aspx

o   Preparing for SAN transfers: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740857.aspx

o   Setting up reporting: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740871.aspx

o   Setting up virtual machine self-service: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740803.aspx

o   Configuring global settings for Virtual Machine Manager: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740881.aspx

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