Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform
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  • A complete step-by-step Hyper-V deployment guide, covering all Hyper-V features for configuration and management best practices
  • Understand multi-tenancy, flexible architecture, scalability, and high availability features of new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
  • Learn Hyper-V Replica, Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch, Virtual Machine Migration, Hyper-V Storage, Hyper-V Failover Clustering, and also System Center VMM and DPM for management, backup, and recovery

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 410 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2013
ISBN : 1849688346
ISBN 13 : 9781849688345
Author(s) : Zahir Hussain Shah
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Virtualization and Cloud, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Microsoft Hyper-V
Chapter 2: Planning, Designing, and Implementing Microsoft Hyper-V
Chapter 3: Setting Up Hyper-V Replication
Chapter 4: Understanding Hyper-V Networking
Chapter 5: A New World of Hyper-V Automation with PowerShell
Chapter 6: Insight into Hyper-V Storage
Chapter 7: Managing Hyper-V with System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Chapter 8: Building Hyper-V High Availability and Virtual Machine Mobility
Chapter 9: Hyper-V Security Hardening – Best Practices
Chapter 10: Performing Hyper-V Backup and Recovery
Appendix A: SCVMM 2012 New Features and Enhancements
Appendix B: SCVMM Management Console Configuration Settings
  • Introduction
    • What is virtualization?
    • Why virtualization?
    • Types of virtualization
      • Server virtualization
      • Network virtualization
      • Storage virtualization
    • Server consolidation
    • Cloud computing
    • Chapter 1: Getting to Know Microsoft Hyper-V
      • Introducing Hyper-V
      • Hyper-V deployment scenario
        • Server consolidation
        • Physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual conversions
        • Research and development
        • Business continuity and disaster recovery
        • Cloud computing
      • Hyper-V architecture
        • Hypervisor
          • Type 1 (bare metal) hypervisors
          • Type 2 (hosted) hypervisors
          • Monolithic hypervisors
          • Microkernel hypervisors
        • Insight into Hyper-V architecture
          • Parent partition
          • Child partition
          • Understanding Hyper-V parent partition
      • Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management Service
        • Virtual devices
          • Core devices (emulated devices)
          • Core devices (synthetic devices)
          • Plugin devices
          • Virtual machine bus
      • Features of Hyper-V
        • Hyper-V automation with PowerShell
        • Hyper-V dynamic memory improvements
        • Improved network virtualization and multitenancy
        • Hyper-V data offloading improvements
        • Hyper-V virtual machine replication
        • Resource metering for Hyper-V virtual workloads
        • Hyper-V support for large-sector disks
        • Virtual Fibre Channel for fabric connectivity
        • New virtual hard disk format
        • NIC teaming for host and guest machines
        • Hyper-V virtual switch improvements
        • Scalable virtualization infrastructure
        • Live storage migration
        • Hyper-V support for SMB
      • Hardware requirements
        • Processor
        • Storage
          • Disk types
          • Memory
          • Networking
      • Software requirements
        • Operating system version
        • Memory
        • Disk space
          • Physical server's paging file requirements
          • Guest virtual machine's paging file requirements
      • Hyper-V version comparison
      • Hyper-V Windows Server 2012 guest VM support
        • Guest server operating systems
        • Guest client operating systems
      • Licensing
      • Summary
      • Chapter 2: Planning, Designing, and Implementing Microsoft Hyper-V
        • Planning and designing Hyper-V infrastructure
          • Microsoft Solution Accelerators
          • Hyper-V infrastructure planning and designing solution accelerators
        • Upgrading legacy Hyper-V servers to Windows Server 2012
          • Upgrading Hyper-V standalone server
          • Upgrading Hyper-V cluster servers
        • Installing Hyper-V server role
          • Hyper-V server role installation requirements
          • Installing a fresh Hyper-V server
            • Server Manager
            • Installing Hyper-V role using Server Manager
          • Installing Hyper-V with Windows Server Core
            • Introducing Windows Server Core
            • Benefits of using Windows Server Core Edition
            • Installing and managing Windows Server Core
            • Configuring and managing Windows Server 2012 Server Core
            • Adding Hyper-V server role for Windows Server Core
        • Configuring basic settings for Hyper-V server role
          • Hyper-V settings
            • Virtual hard disks
            • Virtual machines
            • Physical GPUs
            • NUMA spanning
            • Live migrations
            • Storage migrations
            • Replication configuration
          • Virtual Switch Manager
            • Creating a virtual machine
        • Summary
        • Chapter 3: Setting Up Hyper-V Replication
          • Introducing Hyper-V replication
            • Hyper-V Replica terminologies
          • Software requirements
          • Hardware requirements
          • Deployment scenario for Hyper-V Replica
            • Head office and branch office
            • Geographically dispersed datacenters
            • Managed services and hosting provider
            • Cloud service provider
          • Technical overview of the Hyper-V Replica feature
            • Replication Engine
            • Change tracking
            • Network module
            • Hyper-V Replica broker
          • Hyper-V Replica best practices
            • Security
            • Networking
            • Storage
          • Setting up Hyper-V Replica
            • Enabling Hyper-V replication
              • Enabling Hyper-V replication for standalone Hyper-V servers
              • Enabling Hyper-V replication for clustered Hyper-V servers
            • Configuring Hyper-V Replica
              • Configuring Hyper-V Replica for standalone virtual machines
              • Configuring Hyper-V Replica for a highly available virtual machine using Failover Cluster Manager
              • Configuring Hyper-V Replica for reverse replication
          • Monitoring Hyper-V Replica environment
            • Hyper-V virtual machine replication health checking
              • Performance monitoring for Hyper-V Replica virtual machines
              • Reviewing Microsoft Hyper-V VMMS logs for Hyper-V Replica
          • Summary
          • Chapter 4: Understanding Hyper-V Networking
            • Hyper-V virtual switch technical overview
            • Windows Server 2012 – a cloud-ready platform
            • Improved Hyper-V virtual network switch
              • Load balancing and failover (NIC teaming)
              • Quality of service and bandwidth management
              • Single root I/O
              • Extensible Hyper-V virtual switch
              • ARP/ND poisoning (spoofing) protection
              • DHCP guard
              • Port access control lists (ACLs)
              • Trunk mode to a VM
              • Network traffic monitoring
            • Configuring the Hyper-V extensible virtual network switch
              • Configuring the Hyper-V host virtual network switch
                • Types of Hyper-V virtual network switches
              • Configuring Hyper-V virtual machine network settings
                • Virtual network adapter types
                • Configuring advanced network settings
            • Implementing NIC teaming for Hyper-V host and guest
              • Native OS NIC teaming feature – the most awaited feature
              • NIC teaming requirements
              • NIC teaming architectural consideration
            • Configuring NIC teaming for the Hyper-V host
              • NIC teaming advanced settings
                • NIC teaming mode
                • Load-balancing mechanisms
              • Configuring NIC teaming for Hyper-V guest virtual machines
            • Summary
            • Chapter 5: A New World of Hyper-V Automation with PowerShell
              • Introduction to PowerShell
                • Technical overview
                • Cmdlets
                • Cmdlets pipelining
                • PowerShell scripting
                • PowerShell Version 3.0 overview
              • Insight into Windows Server 2012 PowerShell (3.0)
                • PowerShell OS support
                • System requirements
                  • Windows Management Instrumentation 3.0
                  • Common Language Runtime 4.0
                  • .NET Framework
                  • WS-Management 3.0
                • Installing PowerShell 3.0
              • Managing Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V with PowerShell 3.0
                • PowerShell usage scenarios for Hyper-V management and automation
                  • Research and development environments
                  • Virtualized datacenter management
                  • Cloud management and automation
              • Windows PowerShell 3.0 capabilities for Hyper-V
                • Example 1 – creating a new virtual machine
                • Example 2 – creating a new virtual network switch
                • Example 3 – configuring and attaching a virtual network switch to a virtual machine
                • Example 4 – shutting down all virtual machines
                • Example 5 – starting all virtual machines in one step
              • Summary
              • Chapter 6: Insight into Hyper-V Storage
                • Understanding virtual storage
                • Improved Hyper-V storage
                  • Virtual Fibre Channel connectivity for virtual machines
                  • Working of Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel
                  • Larger virtual hard disk support (up to 64 TB)
                  • SMB-based virtual machine storage
                  • Virtual machine live storage migration
                • Types of Hyper-V virtual storage
                  • Virtual disk formats
                    • Virtual hard disk (VHD)
                    • Virtual hard disk (VHDX)
                  • Virtual disk types
                    • Dynamic disk
                    • Fixed disk
                    • Differencing disk
                    • Pass-through disk
                    • Virtual Fibre Channel SAN
                • Virtual machine storage settings
                  • Virtual machine hard disk settings
                    • IDE controller
                    • SCSI controller
                  • Hyper-V virtual hard disk utilities
                    • Edit disk
                    • Inspect disk
                • Hyper-V storage best practices
                  • Dynamic disks are not good candidates for high disk I/O activity
                  • Differencing disks can lead to data loss
                  • Creating a production virtual machine's snapshot with caution
                  • Pass-through disks are recommended for databases
                  • Frequently merging a virtual machine's snapshot
                  • Including virtual machine RAM for storage sizing
                  • External storage migration and Hyper-V pass-through disk availability for VM
                  • Virtual machine application and server role placement – best practices
                • Summary
                • Chapter 7: Managing Hyper-V with System Center Virtual Machine Manager
                  • Overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
                    • The VMM management server
                    • The VMM console
                    • Self-Service Portal
                    • The VMM database
                    • The VMM library
                  • What's new in SCVMM 2012
                  • Installing System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012
                    • System and hardware requirements
                      • System requirements
                      • Hardware requirements
                    • Installing SCVMM management server, management console, and Self-Service Portal server
                  • Configuring SCVMM basic settings
                    • Creating and managing host groups
                      • Creating a host group
                      • Customizing host group properties
                    • Adding a Hyper-V host into SCVMM
                    • Creating and managing private cloud with SCVMM
                      • Assigning a cloud to a group of users
                  • Creating a virtual machine using the SCVMM console
                    • Creating a virtual machine template
                  • Access to Self-Service Portal
                    • Delegation of SSP rights
                    • Creating and managing virtual machines with SSP
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 8: Building Hyper-V High Availability and Virtual Machine Mobility
                    • Overview of Hyper-V high availability
                      • Challenges in Hyper-V high availability with Windows Server 2008 R2
                        • Unavailability of flexible virtual machine storage migration
                        • Restrictions on adding more Hyper-V cluster nodes
                        • Virtual machine live migration limitation
                        • Manual patch management for Hyper-V host nodes
                        • Network-attached storage (NAS) or File Server-based storage for virtual machines
                      • What's new in Windows Server 2012 for Hyper-V HA and VM mobility
                        • Guest machine clustering capabilities with V-Fibre Channel
                        • Enhanced live migration for mobility of virtual machines
                        • Bigger clusters with more Hyper-V nodes
                        • Up-to-date Cluster Shared Volumes and encrypted volumes
                        • Virtual machine failover and management rules
                    • Understanding Hyper-V high availability and failover clustering core components
                      • Server hardware
                      • Cluster storage
                        • Windows failover cluster shared storage
                        • Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)
                      • Cluster networking
                        • Hyper-V Cluster Public Network
                        • Hyper-V Cluster Private Network
                        • Hyper-V Live Migration Network
                    • Preparing, creating, and configuring a Hyper-V failover cluster
                      • Preparing Hyper-V failover cluster nodes
                        • Preparing cluster nodes
                        • Preparing Hyper-V failover cluster networks
                        • Preparing Hyper-V failover cluster disks
                      • Creating a Hyper-V failover cluster
                        • Cluster configuration validation
                        • Creating a Hyper-V failover cluster
                      • Configuring a Hyper-V failover cluster
                      • Adding CSV storage
                    • Managing virtual machine mobility and migration
                      • Virtual machine live migration
                        • Working of live migration
                        • Requirements for live migration
                        • Live migration with shared storage
                        • Shared nothing live migration
                        • Live migration with SMB shared storage
                      • Virtual machine quick migration
                        • How quick migration works
                        • Steps to perform quick migration
                      • Live storage migration
                    • Summary
                    • Chapter 9: Hyper-V Security Hardening – Best Practices
                      • Hyper-V and virtualization security pillars
                        • Securing Hyper-V base operating system
                          • Minimizing attack surfaces
                          • Hyper-V management network isolation
                          • Patch management
                          • Antivirus protection and exclusions
                          • Best Practice Analyzer for Hyper-V host
                        • Securing Hyper-V virtual network switch
                          • ARP spoofing protection
                          • DHCP Guard
                          • Router Guard
                          • Port mirroring
                          • Port ACL for network isolation
                        • Delegating rights for Hyper-V management
                          • Authorization Manager
                          • Hyper-V delegation of authority with SCVMM 2012
                        • Securing virtual machine storage
                          • Specifying the default path for virtual machine storage
                          • Encrypting virtual machine storage with BitLocker
                        • Safeguarding guest virtual machines
                          • Filesystem security for accessing virtual machines
                          • Auditing for virtual machine resource access
                          • Backing up virtual machines
                      • Summary
                      • Chapter 10: Performing Hyper-V Backup and Recovery
                        • Hyper-V backup methodologies overview
                          • Copying VHD/VHDX files
                          • Exporting the virtual machine
                          • Virtual machine snapshot
                          • The Windows Server Backup feature
                          • VSS-aware Hyper-V backups
                            • Virtual machine online backups using Hyper-V integration services
                            • Virtual machine save-state backups without Hyper-V integration services
                        • Hyper-V backup considerations and best practices
                          • Hyper-V backup networking considerations
                          • Hyper-V backup software considerations
                            • Hyper-V integration services
                          • Storage considerations
                        • Implementing Hyper-V virtual machine backup and recovery
                          • Hyper-V backup and recovery with the Windows Server Backup feature
                            • What's new in Windows Server 2012 for the Windows Server Backup feature
                            • Installing the Windows Server 2012 Backup feature
                            • Configuring virtual machine backups with the Windows Server Backup feature
                            • Performing virtual machine recovery using the Windows Server Backup feature
                          • Hyper-V backup and recovery with System Center Data Protection Manager
                            • DPM technical overview
                            • What's new in System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager
                            • Setting up DPM base infrastructure
                            • Configuring Hyper-V backup with DPM protection groups
                            • Performing Hyper-V recovery with System Center Data Protection Manager
                        • Summary

                        Zahir Hussain Shah

                        Zahir Hussain Shah, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, has worked with businesses from small to medium sized organizations to gigantic multi-national companies, providing IT consultancy and solution delivery. He has been in the IT industry for over 7 years now. Currently he is working with UAE’s prestigious oil and gas sector for providing solution designing and delivery for Microsoft Hyper-V, Clustering, Active Directory, Exchange Server, Lync Server, and System Center. He has also been honored with the industry’s most prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award in the year of 2011/2012, for his excellent contribution to the Microsoft Server Systems Technical Communities. Apart from the daily office life, Zahir is an author, public speaker, and a blogger, who owns a successful blog ( focusing on Microsoft Private Cloud, Messaging, Unified Communications, and Systems Infrastructure solutions. He is also certified for CISSP, MCSE, MCITP, MCTS, and CCNA certifications.
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                        What you will learn from this book

                        • Plan, design, and implement Hyper-V
                        • Set up Hyper-V Replication
                        • Understand Hyper-V Extensible virtual network switch
                        • Get insight about Hyper-V virtual machine storage
                        • Understand System Center Virtual Machine Manager for Hyper-V and private cloud fabric management
                        • Master building Hyper-V high availability and understand virtual machine mobility
                        • Learn Hyper-V backup and recovery methodologies for the Windows server backup feature and System Center Data Protection Manager
                        • Consider Hyper-V security hardening best practices

                        In Detail

                        Over a short span of time, server virtualization has been one of the most rapidly adopted technologies in IT business. Microsoft Hyper-V is a hardware-assisted hypervisor product, available as a server role in the Windows Server operating system. Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V provides cutting-edge server virtualization features for a scalable, flexible, and highly available virtual machine infrastructure.

                        "Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform" is a comprehensive guide, which starts itself from basic virtualization and server consolidation concepts, and then goes deeper for discussing advanced topics, such as a Hyper-V scalability, failover, and virtual machine migration. This book is an ideal choice for those who are stepping into Hyper-V world, and also for those who are experts in Hyper-V and want to advance their skills with the new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

                        This book contains topics starting from introducing Hyper-V as a hypervisor, and then moves ahead with covering advanced topics, related to Hyper-V configuration and virtual machine management.

                        The book starts with getting to know Hyper-V, and then we discuss planning, designing, and the implementation of Hyper-V. It then goes with advanced topics such as Hyper-V Replica, Hyper-V Networking and Storage, Hyper-V High Availability, and so on.

                        "Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform" is an expert guide for discussing Hyper-V configuration and management topics.


                        This books takes a comprehensive tutorial approach with plenty of screenshots and detailed step-by-step instructions.

                        Who this book is for

                        This book is for Windows server administrators, who may not necessarily be familiar with Hyper-V, and also for existing Hyper-V administrators who want to advance their skills in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

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