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Virtualizing: Microsoft® Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere™ 4 by Hemant Gaidhani, Alex Fontana, Charles A. Windom Sr.

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Workload Considerations When Virtualizing Exchange Server Roles

Virtualization has made it increasingly simple to deploy systems quickly and with very little effort. Unfortunately, this can also lead to very little thought being put into the performance characteristics of the systems you are deploying. Your virtual data center has a pool of processing power, memory, disk, and network. It’s very easy to carve that up to suit the needs of your virtual machine, but what you may not be aware of is the number of resources you are tapping into that are shared by other workloads. This is why proper planning, testing, and tuning are especially important in a virtual environment.

In the physical world, you are able to isolate workloads, at least to a ...

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