Windows Server 2019 – Virtualizing Your Data Center with Hyper-V

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I’ve always been a country boy. Driving dirt roads, working on cars, and hunting tend to fill my free time. Traveling to cities, and particularly a recent trip to Hong Kong, always hits me with a bit of culture shock. All those skyscrapers and tall apartment buildings serve an important purpose though, and serve to fulfill my metaphor: if there isn’t enough land to grow outward, you have to build up. The vertical ascension of large cities is similar to what we have seen happening in our data centers over the past decade. Cities need more and more places for people and businesses, just like we need to house more and more servers every year. Rather than horizontal expansion, with enormous server rooms filled with racks and racks of hardware, we are embracing the skyscraper mentality, and virtualizing everything. We build considerably fewer servers, but make them incredibly powerful. Then on top of these super computers, we can run dozens, if not hundreds, of virtual servers. The technology that provides this hypervisor layer, the ability to run Virtual Machines (VMs) in Microsoft-centric shops, is the Hyper-V role in Windows Server. This is one of the most critical roles to understand as a server administrator, because if your organization is not yet making use of server virtualization, trust me when I say that it will be soon. Virtualization is the way of the future. The following are some topics we are going to explore so that you can become familiar with the virtualization capabilities provided by Microsoft in Windows Server 2019:

  • Designing and implementing your Hyper-V Server
  • Using virtual switches
  • Implementing a new virtual server
  • Managing a virtual server
  • Shielded VMs
  • Integrating with Linux
  • Resilient Filesystem (ReFS) deduplication
  • Hyper-V Server 2019

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