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Virtualizing: Microsoft® Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere™ 4

Book Description

Virtualize mission-critical Microsoft applications

How do you safely deploy Tier 1 apps in virtual environments? In this in-depth guide, VMware insiders Charles A. Windom, Hemant Gaidhani, and Alex Fontana show you how. Focusing on Microsoft applications, they guide you step by step through a Proof of Concept for virtualizing Windows Server, Active Directory, Internet Information Services, Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and Remote Desktop Services—all on the VMware vSphere 4 platform.

You'll find out what to consider for each application before you virtualize it, and learn how to perform VM backup using VMware Data Recovery, Windows patch management using VMware Update Manager, application performance monitoring using VMware Appspeed, and more. Topics include:

A Thorough Overview of VMware vSphere 4

  • Infrastructure Services

  • Application Services

  • Management Services (part of VMware vCenter Server)

  • Virtualizing Windows Server 2008

  • Choose virtual hardware and learn how to add sufficient CPU and memory

  • Run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 as a guest inside the vSphere environment

  • Protect your applications and data and deliver high availability using Failover Clustering and Windows Network Load Balancing

  • Virtualizing Other Microsoft Applications

  • Active Directory

  • Internet Information Services 7.0

  • Exchange Server 2007 and 2010

  • SQL Server 2005 and 2008

  • SharePoint Server 2007

  • Remote Desktop Services 2008 R2

  • Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dear Reader
    5. Dedication
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. About the Authors
    8. Introduction
      1. Who Should Read This Book
      2. What Is Covered in This Book
      3. How to Contact the Authors
    9. Chapter 1: VMware vSphere 4 Overview
      1. Infrastructure Services
      2. Application Services
      3. Management Services
      4. VMware Management Solutions
      5. VMware vSphere Editions
      6. vSphere Compatibility Guides
      7. Summary
    10. Chapter 2: Virtualizing Microsoft Server Applications
      1. The New Era of Virtualization
      2. Virtualization Technologies
      3. Hardware Considerations
      4. Planning Virtual Deployment
      5. Licensing Considerations
      6. Migrating to a Virtual Environment
      7. Ensuring High Availability
      8. Devising a Backup Strategy
      9. Patching Virtual Machines Using VMware Update Manager
      10. Summary
    11. Chapter 3: Virtualizing Windows Server 2008
      1. Understanding Guest OS Compatibility and Requirements
      2. Deploying Windows 2008 Virtual Machines
      3. Deploying a Windows Failover Cluster in vSphere
      4. Protecting Your Data
      5. Summary
    12. Chapter 4: Virtualizing Active Directory
      1. Characterizing Your Active Directory Workload
      2. 32-bit or 64-bit Active Directory Domain Controllers?
      3. vSphere Host Placement and Configuration
      4. Active Directory Time Synchronization
      5. Active Directory Backup and Recovery
      6. Securing Your Domain Controller Virtual Machine Files
      7. Monitoring Active Directory Replication
      8. Active Directory Proof of Concept
      9. Summary
    13. Chapter 5: Virtualizing Internet Information Services
      1. Deploying Internet Information Services
      2. IIS Performance
      3. Securing Virtualized Internet Information Services
      4. Virtualizing IIS Proof of Concept
      5. Summary
    14. Chapter 6: Virtualizing Exchange Server
      1. Exchange Server Virtualization Trends
      2. Exchange Server Comparisons
      3. Exchange High Availability
      4. Workload Considerations When Virtualizing Exchange Server Roles
      5. VMware Exchange Building Blocks
      6. Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 Proof of Concept
      7. Summary
    15. Chapter 7: Virtualizing SQL Server
      1. SQL Server Virtualization Considerations
      2. Characterizing SQL Server Deployments for Virtualization
      3. Virtualizing SQL Server Proof of Concept
      4. Summary
    16. Chapter 8: Virtualizing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
      1. Why Do You Need SharePoint Governance?
      2. SharePoint Server Roles and Responsibilities
      3. Considering Server Role Virtualization Workload
      4. Sizing the Server Roles
      5. SharePoint Proof of Concept
      6. Summary
    17. Chapter 9: Virtualizing Microsoft Remote Desktop Services
      1. RDS Virtualization Considerations
      2. Characterizing Remote Desktop Services Environment
      3. Checking Application Compatibility
      4. Defining User Requirements
      5. Sizing Your RDS Deployment
      6. Deployment Considerations
      7. Virtualizing Remote Desktop Services Proof of Concept
      8. Summary
    18. Index