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Increase Server Availability and Support Burst Demand with Virtualization

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The term high availability refers to ensuring that an IT infrastructure is available to users whenever it is needed. When multiple users require the same resource at the same time, some users may have to wait for access.

The traditional way of addressing this issue is by adding servers to the infrastructure. But adding hardware can be wasteful if that new compute capacity cannot be made available where it and the applications that users want are needed. Virtualization, running an application or server on hardware in the data center which is distributed to users on demand across the organization, is the solution to inefficient use of hardware assets.

Virtualization requires some planning to deploy and configure. The resources on this page provide the information and tools that help with this process.

Server Virtualization Playbook
Get real customer stories and lessons from virtualization pioneers.

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions From the Desktop to the Datacenter
Microsoft Press has a complete virtualization title available free of charge.

PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V
Download a PDF guide to installing and running PowerShell management tools for Hyper-V Server or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Virtualization How-Do-I Videos
Explore a comprehensive library of virtualization lessons.

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