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The Complete Guide to Windows Server 2008 by John Savill

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Chapter 19. Virtualization and Resource Management

Virtualization is a buzzword in the Windows Server 2008 community, especially with the inclusion of a new virtualization platform: Hyper-V. However, there are numerous types of virtualization technologies and some alternatives.

The term “virtualization” brings to mind operating system (OS) virtualization facilitated by software, such as Virtual PC and Virtual Server. These types of software enable you to create virtual machines (VMs) on a computer running virtualization software. These solutions allow the VMs to have their own allocated memory, CPU access, network adapter mapping, and disk storage in the form of virtual hard disks (VHDs). The disks enable installation of complete OSs into virtual ...

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