Course Outline

  • Preparing a Hyper-V Environment

Introduction to virtualization

  • Investigating Type I and Type II hypervisors
  • Validating the hardware and software prerequisites
  • Comparing Hyper-V to VMware and Xen offerings

Implementing Hyper-V

  • Enabling the server role
  • Leveraging management interfaces
  • Building Virtual Machines (VMs)

Configuring the virtual hardware

  • Allocating CPU resources
  • Distributing static and dynamic memory
  • Connecting to removable hardware

Architecting the storage fabric

  • Constructing dynamic and fixed-sized virtual hard disks
  • Increasing performance with pass-through disks
  • Reverting system state with snapshots
  • Converting, compressing and expanding VHDs

Creating virtual networks

  • Optimizing network performance
  • Implementing external, internal and private switches
  • Optimizing and Troubleshooting

Monitoring the virtual infrastructure

  • Exploiting the Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) results
  • Inspecting live parent and child performance data
  • Gathering hypervisor metrics through Performance Monitor

Detecting and resolving issues

  • Examining and filtering event logs
  • Triggering alerts for efficient remediation
  • Controlling resource usage
  • Relocating Virtual Machines and Disks

Transferring backend data

  • Importing and exporting virtual machines
  • Performing online storage migrations

Redistributing Hyper-V workloads with live migrations

  • Migrating locally stored VMs between hosts
  • Optimizing migrations with Storage Area Networks (SANs)
  • Increasing Service and Application Availability

Eliminating single points of failure

  • Avoiding network outages with NIC teaming
  • Mirroring VMs in real time with Hyper-V replicas

Improving fault tolerance with failover clusters

  • Monitoring cluster resources and VM states
  • Configuring appropriate quorum models
  • Expediting live migration with clustering
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)

Establishing a private cloud

  • Correlating benefits and organizational goals
  • Centralizing administration with the VMM console
  • Integrating VMM with other System Center components
  • Augmenting functionality with add-ons and extensions

Accelerating VM deployments

  • Deploying VMs from predefined templates
  • Standardizing hardware and OS settings with profiles
  • Converting existing physical servers with P2V tools
  • Migrating from competing virtualization platforms

Centralizing performance management

  • Collecting data from the virtual infrastructure
  • Limiting CPU and memory consumption
  • Automating load distribution with Dynamic Optimization
  • Securing the Virtual Environment

Ensuring data protection

  • Assessing parent- and guest-initiated backups
  • Identifying required backup application features

Minimizing security risks

  • Reducing the potential for malware and other attacks
  • Delegating control through the AppController web portal
  • Deploying a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Selecting the level of desktop virtualization

  • Contrasting hardware and licensing requirements
  • App-V
  • RemoteApp
  • Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

Tailoring VDI to meet organizational needs

  • Assigning personal virtual desktops to users
  • Simplifying management with virtual desktop pools


Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server can help organizations better manage all their IT resources. Best of all, it’s a free add-on to Windows Server. Here’s how to install it.


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