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Virtualizing Microsoft Tier 1 applications with VMware vSphere 4

Author: Charles A Windom; Hemant Gaidhani; Alex Fontana
Publisher: Indianapolis, Ind : Sybex/Wiley Pub, Ü2010.
Series: Serious skills
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Virtualize mission-critical Microsoft applications. How do you safely deploy Tier 1 apps in virtual environments? In this in-depth guide, VMware insiders Charles A. Windom, Hemant Gaidhani, and Alex Fontana show you how. Focusing on Microsoft applications, they guide you step by step through a Proof of Concept for virtualizing Windows Server, Active Directory, Internet Information Services, Exchange Server, SQL  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sphere
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles A Windom; Hemant Gaidhani; Alex Fontana
ISBN: 9780470908143 0470908149 9780470908174 0470908173 9780470908167 0470908165 9781118255988 1118255984 9780470563601 0470563605 1282783017 9781282783010
OCLC Number: 1039286130
Description: Online Ressource.
Contents: Introduction xvii Chapter 1 VMware vSphere 4 Overview 1 Infrastructure Services 1 VMware vCompute 2 VMware vStorage 11 VMware vNetwork 15 Application Services 19 Availability 19 Security 24 Scalability 25 Management Services 27 vCenter Server 28 vCenter Orchestrator . 33 vCenter Guided Consolidation 33 vCenter Update Manager 34 vSphere Management Assistant 34 vSphere Host Update Utility 35 vSphere Command-Line Interfaces: vCLI and PowerCLI 35 VMware vApp 35 VMware Management Solutions 35 VMware vCenter AppSpeed 36 VMware vCenter CapacityIQ 36 VMware vCenter Chargeback 37 VMware vCenter Lab Manager 37 VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manager 37 VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 37 VMware vSphere Editions 38 vSphere for Small Businesses 38 vSphere for Midsize and Enterprise Businesses 39 vSphere Compatibility Guides 39 Summary 40 Chapter 2 Virtualizing Microsoft Server Applications 41 The New Era of Virtualization 41 Virtualization Technologies 42 Hosted Virtualization 42 Bare-Metal Virtualization 43 Hardware Considerations 44 Planning Virtual Deployment 44 Understanding Operational Requirements 45 Assessing Your IT Infrastructure Using VMware Capacity Planner 46 Licensing Considerations 47 Migrating to a Virtual Environment 48 Initial Creation of Virtual Machines 48 Ongoing Provisioning Strategy 49 Ensuring High Availability 49 Host Availability 50 Application-Aware Availability 50 Host Availability Combined with Application-Aware Availability 50 Devising a Backup Strategy 51 Backing Up Virtual Machines Using VMware Data Recovery 52 Patching Virtual Machines Using VMware Update Manager 65 Deploying VMware Update Manager 65 Using VMware Update Manager 67 Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program 78 Deployment Strategies 81 Summary 82 Chapter 3 Virtualizing Windows Server 2008 85 Understanding Guest OS Compatibility and Requirements 86 Guest OS Compatibility 86 Guest OS Requirements 86 Deploying Windows 2008 Virtual Machines 87 Choosing Virtual Hardware 88 Creating the Virtual Machine 90 Installing Windows 2008 R2 101 Using Templates to Deploy Virtual Machines 108 Converting a Physical Machine to a Virtual Machine 116 Deploying a Windows Failover Cluster in vSphere 118 Clustering Virtual Machines 118 Hardware and Software Requirements for Failover Clusters 119 Building a Microsoft Failover Cluster 120 Protecting Your Data 134 In-Guest Backup Solutions 134 Virtual Machine Backup Solutions 135 Summary 137 Chapter 4 Virtualizing Active Directory 139 Characterizing Your Active Directory Workload 140 32-bit or 64-bit Active Directory Domain Controllers? 141 64-bit 141 32-bit 141 Network Configuration 142 vSphere Host Placement and Configuration 143 Active Directory Time Synchronization 144 Kerberos v5 144 Controlling Time Drift 144 Active Directory Backup and Recovery 147 Securing Your Domain Controller Virtual Machine Files 149 Monitoring Active Directory Replication 150 Tools 151 What to Monitor 154 Active Directory Proof of Concept 154 Creating and Configuring the Active Directory Virtual Machine 155 Configure and Synchronize Time 165 Back Up Active Directory Domain Controllers 168 Prevent Active Directory Deletions 171 Monitor Active Directory Replication 173 Summary 176 Chapter 5 Virtualizing Internet Information Services 179 Deploying Internet Information Services 180 Choosing a Flavor of Windows Server 2008 180 Installing IIS 181 IIS Performance 182 Monitoring Performance 184 Performance Tuning 189 Network Load Balancing 195 Securing Virtualized Internet Information Services 198 Authentication 199 Using VMware's vShield Zones Firewall 199 Virtualizing IIS Proof of Concept 201 Installing IIS 202 Configuring ESX for Windows Network Load Balancing 211 Installing VMware AppSpeed 224 Summary 234 Chapter 6 Virtualizing Exchange Server 235 Exchange Server Virtualization Trends 236 Exchange Server Comparisons 237 Exchange Server 2003 237 Exchange Server 2007 and 2010 Server Roles 237 Edge Server Role 238 Client Access Server Role 239 Hub Transport Role 241 Mailbox Server Role 242 Unified Messaging Server Role 244 Exchange High Availability 247 Hardware Availability 247 Service Availability 247 Data Redundancy and Availability 248 Workload Considerations When Virtualizing Exchange Server Roles 250 Edge Transport 250 Client Access Server 255 Hub Transport 258 Client Access and Hub Transport Combined Role 261 Mailbox Server 262 Unified Messaging 270 Backup and Restore 274 VMware Exchange Building Blocks 275 Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 Proof of Concept 277 Building the Exchange 2010 Server Environment 278 Preparing the Active Directory Environment for Exchange Server 2010 279 Building the Exchange Client Access Server Role Virtual Machine 284 Summary 311 Chapter 7 Virtualizing SQL Server 313 SQL Server Virtualization Considerations 313 Data Integrity in a Virtual Environment 314 SQL Server Consolidation Options 315 SQL Server Performance in a Virtual Environment 316 32-bit vs. 64-bit SQL Server 317 Licensing Considerations 318 Support Considerations 318 Security Considerations 320 Hardware Considerations 321 Storage Considerations 321 High Availability Considerations 323 Backup Considerations 325 What Not to Virtualize 326 Characterizing SQL Server Deployments for Virtualization 326 Characterizing SQL Server Workloads 327 Capturing Resource Utilization Baseline for Existing Databases 328 Defining Availability Requirements 331 Defining Backup Strategies and Requirements 331 Defining Patching and Update Strategies 332 Defining Capacity and System Growth Requirements 332 Ranking SQL Server Candidates for Virtualization 333 Defining Deployment Strategy 333 Migrate to Virtual Environment 335 Virtualizing SQL Server Proof of Concept 337 Configuring vSphere 338 Configuring SQL Server Virtual Machines 340 Setting Up SQL Server Failover Clustering 347 Testing Virtual SQL Server Deployment 360 Monitoring Virtual SQL Server Performance 362 Summary 370 Chapter 8 Virtualizing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 371 Why Do You Need SharePoint Governance? 371 What Is SharePoint Governance? 372 SharePoint Server Roles and Responsibilities 374 Considering Server Role Virtualization Workload 375 Web Front-End Server Role (and Query Role) 376 Application Server Role 377 Index Server Role 377 Database Back-End Server Role 378 Sizing the Server Roles 378 Using the Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2007 379 Using the HP Sizing Tool 386 SharePoint Proof of Concept 395 Building and Configuring the SQL Server Database Back-End Virtual Machine 396 Configuring the SharePoint Central Site Administration Virtual Machine 402 Configuring the SharePoint Index Server Role 404 Configuring the SharePoint Web Front-End Server Role 405 Configuring Windows Network Load Balancing 409 Summary 413 Chapter 9 Virtualizing Microsoft Remote Desktop Services 415 RDS Virtualization Considerations 415 RD Session Host Role 417 RD Licensing Role 422 RD Connection Broker Role 423 RD Gateway Role 423 RD Web Access Role 424 Characterizing Remote Desktop Services Environment 425 Checking Application Compatibility 427 Defining User Requirements 428 Sizing Your RDS Deployment 430 Deployment Considerations 431 Initial Creation of RDS Virtual Machines 431 Ongoing Provisioning Strategy 432 vSphere DRS and HA Considerations 432 Virtualizing Remote Desktop Services Proof of Concept 433 Configuring the Active Directory Virtual Machine 434 Configuring the RD Licensing Virtual Machine 434 Configuring the RD Session Host Role 439 Configuring the RD Web Access Virtual Machine 450 Configuring the RD Connection Broker Role 453 Configuring RemoteApp 459 Configuring the RD Gateway Role 465 Configuring Windows Network Load Balancing 472 Testing Virtual RDS Farm Deployment 480 Monitoring the Virtual RDS Farm 484 Summary 485 Index 487
Series Title: Serious skills
Responsibility: Charles A. Windom Sr., Hemant Gaidhani, Alex Fontana.

Abstract:

Virtualize mission-critical Microsoft applications. How do you safely deploy Tier 1 apps in virtual environments? In this in-depth guide, VMware insiders Charles A. Windom, Hemant Gaidhani, and Alex Fontana show you how. Focusing on Microsoft applications, they guide you step by step through a Proof of Concept for virtualizing Windows Server, Active Directory, Internet Information Services, Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and Remote Desktop Services--all on the VMware vSphere 4 platform. You'll find out what to consider for each application before you virtualize it, and learn ho.

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