A new book, Mastering Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, has been published by Sybex/Wiley covering the subject of VMM 2008 R2. It is written by two members of the VMM product team so the facts contained will be good. The product description reads as follows:
“One-of-a-kind guide from Microsoft insiders on Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2!
What better way to learn VMM 2008 R2 than from the high-powered Microsoft program managers themselves? This stellar author team takes you under the hood of VMM 2008 R2, providing intermediate and advanced coverage of all features.
- Walks you through Microsoft’s new System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, a unified system for managing all virtual and physical assets; VMM 2008 not only supports Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, but also VMware ESXas well!
- Features a winning author team behind the new VMM
- Describes all the new and enhanced features of VMM 2008 R2 and devotes ample time to how it also supports top competitors VMware ES
- Uses a hands-on approach, giving you plenty of practical examples to clarify concepts
Open this in-depth guide and discover techniques and processes you can put to immediate use”.
VMM 2008 R2 is a powerful tool. I work almost exclusively from within it and OpsMgr 2007 R2. The ability to manage a number of Hyper-V hosts, and ESXi/ESX and Virtual Server hosts, and leverage the library to speed up otherwise boring, time consuming and manual (i.e. mistakes) operations is worth the price alone. On top of that, it adds more to Hyper-V. I’ve seen several times over this past weekend how PRO tips and Live Migration have optimised the loads on our cluster when there were more-than-normal resource requirements.
If you’re interested in learning how to make the most of your Hyper-V platform then look into VMM. If you want to learn about VMM 2008 R2 then a book written by members of the product team has to be the best place to start.