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Introducing Windows 8.1 For IT Professionals by Ed Bott

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Chapter 9. Virtualization in Windows 8.1

In its most common configurations, Windows 8.1 is installed on a physical device, with the operating system, apps, and data running directly from local storage media. That approach has undeniable advantages in terms of performance, but it also causes management headaches for administrators. If the local storage on that physical device fails, its data is gone for good, for example. And switching to a different device means that the user no longer has access to her familiar environment.

The solution to these and other challenges is virtualization, which comes in multiple forms. Windows 8.1 Pro and Enterprise ...

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