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  • Design and plan a high availability cluster from scratch with guidelines on hardware and software preparation
  • Work with the Proxmox virtual environment and learn the concepts on KVM and openVZ
  • Build your own network RAID 1 device with DRBD technology from concepts to practical approach
  • Install, configure, and integrate distributed filesystems with Gluster and Ceph easily
  • Test and troubleshoot different levels of system failures for the cluster
  • Migrate your existing system over different platforms including Windows, Linux, and even virtualized platforms like as VMware
  • Perform recovery for a failed cluster from backup configuration files

With the help of an easy-to-use tool provided by Proxmox, users can easily improve their service by building up their own cluster. Both open source and combining two virtualization technologies (KVM- and container-based) under one platform, this management solution offers maximum flexibility for building virtual environments.

This book starts with the basics and provides you with some background knowledge of server virtualization and then shows you the differences between other types of virtualization software, such as VMware, Hyper-V, Xen, and so on versus Proxmox. By the end of this book, you will have a strong idea on how to plan, design, implement, and test your own cluster with a high level of availability.

This book adopts a step-by-step, easy-to-follow approach and demonstrates a high availability cluster with brief descriptions and useful explanations on important topics.

  • Plan and construct a high availability environment from scratch
  • Migrate current systems to high availability clusters to improve the level of service availability
  • A step-by-step guide to disaster recovery, on failed high availability clusters
Page Count 258
Course Length 7 hours 44 minutes
ISBN 9781783980888
Date Of Publication 31 Oct 2014


Simon M.C. Cheng

Simon M.C. Cheng is an experienced engineer and has been working in the field of system administration on Linux and Windows platforms for around 8 years. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computing from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

He currently lives in Hong Kong and has previously worked in a number of different roles, including as a technician at a college, IT officer at Geodis Wilson Hong Kong Limited, senior systems engineer at Questex Media Limited and Ignite Media Group, and a few more roles. In recent years, he has become interested in server virtualization and has put his efforts into learning more about it.

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