Virtualizing Microsoft Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere 4
By Charles A. Windom, Hemant Gaidhani, Alex Fontana
Publisher: Wiley / Sybex
Final Release Date: August 2010
Pages: 600

Virtualize mission-critical Microsoft applications

How do you safely deploy Tier 1 apps in virtual environments? Inthis in-depth guide, VMware insiders Charles A. Windom, HemantGaidhani, and Alex Fontana show you how. Focusing on Microsoftapplications, they guide you step by step through a Proof ofConcept for virtualizing Windows Server, Active Directory, InternetInformation Services, Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePointServer, and Remote Desktop Services—all on the VMware vSphere4 platform.

You'll find out what to consider for each application before youvirtualize it, and learn how to perform VM backup using VMware DataRecovery, 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 andmemory

  • Run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 as a guest inside the vSphereenvironment

  • Protect your applications and data and deliver high availabilityusing 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

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