Chapter 8: Going Virtual

In This Chapter

check.png Examining the basics of virtualization

check.png Weighing the benefits of virtualization

check.png Installing VMware Player

check.png Creating and using virtual machines

Virtualization is one of the hottest trends in networking today. According to some industry pundits, virtualization is the best thing to happen to computers since the invention of the transistor. If you haven’t already begun to virtualize your network, you’re standing on the platform watching as the train is pulling out.

This chapter is a brief introduction to virtualization, with an emphasis on using it to leverage your network server hardware to provide more servers using less hardware. In addition to the general concepts of virtualization, you find out how to experiment with virtualization by using VMware’s free virtualization product, called VMware Player.

tip.eps Mastering a virtualization environment calls for a book of its own. I recommend two titles, both from John Wiley & Sons: Virtualization For Dummies, ...

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