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Transition to the Cloud with Hyper-V

With server virtualization as the necessary first step, Microsoft's Hyper-V has become the go-to technology for evolving your datacenters into private clouds.

Editor's Note: Virtualize Your Way to the Cloud with Hyper-V

Now is the time to virtualize your server environment and Hyper-V has quickly ascended to a leadership position by continually adding more capabilities, increasing scalability and enhancing performance.

Free Microsoft Virtualization R2 Ebook

Learn about the latest Microsoft Virtualization technologies, including Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions, written by industry expert Mitch Tulloch along with the Microsoft Virtualization team.

InfoWorld: Microsoft Ups the Battle with VMware for the Private Cloud

The new Hyper-V and the new System Center could compete with ESX and vSphere on both capability and price.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Microsoft Hyper-V R2 SP1 over VMware vSphere 5

With its tremendous momentum, integration with Windows Server, superior management capabilities, and lower cost, Hyper-V is the best choice for virtualizing Microsoft workloads.

Building Windows 8: Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8”

Microsoft is working to support Hyper-V machine virtualization on the Windows client OS which will let you run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 operating system at the same time on the same computer.

TechNet Magazine: Understanding the Three Classes of VM Architectures

There are several different approaches to—or classes of—virtualization, each suited to their own specific situations.

TechNet Magazine: Optimizing Hyper-V Memory Usage

Dynamic memory can be a helpful feature, but you have to be careful configuring your virtual machines and your host server.

Conquering Virtual Sprawl (PDF Download)

This illustrated guide addresses the issue of unplanned growth of virtual machines in an organization that has a virtualized server computing environment. It describes best practices you can use in planning to better track physical and virtual machines in your data center.

GETTING STARTED

Getting to Know Hyper-V: A Walkthrough from Initial Setup to Common Scenarios

This guide provides detailed step-by-step walkthroughs for testing Hyper-V in a preproduction environment. Use this guide to become familiar with the process of creating and managing virtual machines and find scenarios that you can test.

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