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Hyper-V for the Decision Maker aka Everything You Need To Know About Implementing Hyper-V

This is a whitepaper that I wrote, and was published by PC Pro in association with Microsoft.  It explains to the decision maker what Hyper-V is and why it should be used by the business for server virtualisation.

CSV and Backup

This document will cover:

  • What is CSV and how does it work?
  • How backup works with CSV
  • Designing CSV for your compute cluster
  • Disaster recovery with multi-site clusters
  • “Planning” for the private cloud

This document was sponsored by Altaro.

A Guide to Hyper-V Dynamic Memory

This whitepaper will walk you through:

  • The mechanics of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V Dynamic Memory
  • The scenarios that you’ll employ it in
  • The pre-requisites for Dynamic Memory
  • Configuring Dynamic Memory
  • Some of the application workload scenarios

How to Build a Hyper-V Cluster Using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target v3.3

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target is a free iSCSI storage solution. It is included as a part of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, and it is a free download for Windows Server 2008 R2. This allows a Windows Server to become a shared storage solution for many computers. It also provides an economic way to provide an iSCSI “SAN” for a Failover Cluster, such as Hyper-V.

This document will detail how to build a 2 node Hyper-V cluster, using the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target for shared storage, which is managed by System Center running on virtual machines, hosted on another Hyper-V server and stored on the same shared storage.

Using MDT 2010 To Deploy Windows 7

This is a guide on how to use the free Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 to deploy Windows 7.  Using this document you’ll be able to capture customised sysprepped images and “upgrade” existing computers, e.g. migrate XP machines to Windows 7 using a light touch client.