Welcome to the far-reaching world of Microsoft virtualization technologies. With so many virtualization technologies available today, it can be difficult to understand and compare them all in order to determine what offers the most benefits. However, it’s important to understand that finding a good solution is not a question of which technology should be used, but how different technologies can best work together. This book provides a foundation for understanding all the major Microsoft virtualization technologies, including how they work and when and how to get the most from them in your environment.
This book also provides guidance on creating the best architecture for your entire organization—both on the desktop and in the datacenter—using the current virtualization technologies that are available and with a view of what is coming in the near future. In addition, I cover many tips and best practices I have learned over many years of consulting and implementing the technologies at companies both large and small.
I have tried hard to keep each chapter self-contained so that you can focus on a specific virtualization technology that you may be considering without having to read all the other chapters; however, reading the entire book will give you the most complete understanding of the technologies. By the end of the book, I would be surprised if you didn’t see a use for all the types of virtualization and how they could help, which is a reflection of the sheer number ...