Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition)

9780735693821f Here it is! Mitch Tulloch has updated his free ebook of last year; it’s now updated for Windows Server 2008 R2. You can now download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, From the Desktop to the Datacenter in XPS format here and in PDF format here.

Six chapters adding up to 466 pages.

Here are Mitch’s acknowledgments:

This book would not have been possible without the support and assistance of numerous
individuals. First, I would like to especially thank Michael Cooper, Senior Product Manager
and Field Technical Community Lead for System Center and Virtualization Business Group;
Aurora Santiago, Product Manager for System Center and Virtualization Technical Readiness;
and Kenon Owens, Technical Product Marketing Manager for Integrated Virtualization, all
of whom helped drive this project forward and provided liaison with other members of the
virtualization team at Microsoft. Next, my sincere thanks to each of following experts at
Microsoft who provided key technical insights, peer-reviewed chapter content, contributed
Direct from the Source sidebars, and assisted me in many other ways with this project:

Aaron Holzer, Alex Balcanquall, Arun Jayendran, Balagopan Nikhil, Chuck Timon, Fei Lu, Isaac
Roybal, Karri Alexio-Tiernan, Max Herrmann, Megan Kidd, Mohit Srivastava, Peter Ballantyne,
Prashant Ketkar, Ran Kohavi, Ran Oelgiesser, Rick Kingslan, Vipul Shah and Wole Moses

Thanks also to Brett Polen of Xtreme Consulting Group, Rex Backman of Simplicity
Consulting, and Nicole Pargoff of iSoftStone who assisted me with certain topics covered in
this book. Special thanks to Bill Noonan, Mark Kitris, and the CTS Global Technical Readiness
(GTR) team at Microsoft for contributing their expertise to this project.

I’d also like to thank again others at Microsoft together with several Microsoft Most Valuable
Professionals (MVPs) who contributed their expertise to the previous edition of this book,

Anshul Rawat, Baldwin Ng, David Greschler, Edwin Yuen, Falko Gräfe, James O’Neill, Jason
Leznek, Jeff Woolsey, Kalle Saunamäki Kyle Beck, Michelle Foley, Ming Zhu, Peter Larsen,
Sean Donahue and Tim Mangan

Next, special thanks Devon Musgrave, the development editor for this project, and Valerie
Woolley, the project editor for this project, both of whom work at Microsoft Press. I’ve
enjoyed working with them on this book and hope to do so again on another one in the near

Thanks also to Steve Sagman of Waypoint Press who managed the editing and
production for this book, to Bob Hogan the technical editor for this project, and to the
ever-insightful Roger LeBlanc who copy edited the manuscript. Thanks also to Ken Jones who
was project planner for this title.

As always, heartfelt thanks to my friend and agent, Neil Salkind of the Salkind Agency, which
is part of Studio B Productions, Inc.

And last but never least, thanks to my wife, Ingrid, for her encouragement and support
during this project.

—Mitch Tulloch



Comments (27)
  1. Nice! Thanks for making an excellent resource even better, and for keeping it free. I’d call this a must-have for every IT admin.

  2. patres says:

    What is the ISBN number of that book?

  3. Steve Moffat says:

    It would be better if the download links actually worked.

  4. Patres, the ISBN is 9780735693821.  Steve, we’ve had thousands of hits on the page for the ebook and no complaints but yours.  Maybe try again?

  5. Alfalfa says:

    It might be helpful for my next virtual terminal server project. Thanks 🙂

  6. John Adkison says:

    On page 133, there is a note that states "Bridge mode has poorer performance than Shared Networking (NAT) but is more secure because the guest operation system is hidden behind a NAT"  ;  I agree with NAT being more secure, but it seems to me that NAT has poorer performance, not bridge mode.  Also, it’s an "operating" system, not "operation"  🙂  I may be wrong.

  7. Darren says:

    This is looking really good need to learn more about server virtualisation and more, also i would like to say a great big thank you for keeping it free.

  8. Peter says:

    For e-books, it would be nice if you also used a standard e-book format that is easy to read on mobile devices and e-readers.  Please include ePub and MobiPocket formats.  Almost every e-reader available reads one of these two formats.

    Yes many can read PDF, but most PDFs are not setup to flow on a mobile device.

  9. Mark says:

    I'd second Peter's comment above. Pdfs just don't work well on my kindle as I can't increase the text size.

  10. Rolando says:

    You can use the mobipocket creator to convert PDFs to Kindle format.…/productdetailscreator.asp

  11. Martijn says:

    Where is the link?

  12. KimSpilker says:

    the link is at the top of the page. we give links to XPS format and PDF format

  13. Habib says:

    Only if there was a link to download this book !

  14. Liz says:

    Register at the book is free there.

  15. The book is also free here. The links are in the first paragraph of this post, on "XPS format here" and "PDF format here."

  16. mahmoud says:

    you are good .with successfully for you

  17. liam says:

    thanks for this great ebook, if you want to download more great ebooks like this, visit

  18. Anurag says:

    thanks for sharing

  19. Does this only cover 70-669? Or does it also cover 70-693?

  20. Fred, this free ebook wasn't developed as prep for any exam. Here's info from the ebook:

    The primary target audience for this book is IT administrators, implementers, and decision

    makers of large and mid-sized organizations who want to learn about the benefits of the

    latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastruc-

    ture solutions based on these technologies.

    The topics covered by the various chapters are as follows:

    Chapter 1: Why Virtualization?  This chapter provides an overview of Microsoft’s

    integrated virtualization solution and how it plays a key role in Dynamic IT, Microsoft’s

    strategy for enabling agile business. The chapter also describes the benefits businesses

    can achieve through virtualization and how Microsoft’s virtualization platforms, prod-

    ucts and technologies can help these businesses move their IT infrastructures toward

    the goal of Dynamic IT.

    Chapter 2: Server Virtualization  This chapter covers the Hyper-V role of Windows

    Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and how these platforms can be

    used to manage virtualization server workloads in the datacenter. The chapter explores

    features of Hyper-V including the new Live Migration feature of Windows Server 2008

    R2. It also describes the benefits of deploying Hyper-V, and various usage scenarios.  

    Chapter 3: Local Desktop Virtualization  This chapter describes various Microsoft

    virtualization technologies that enable client operating systems and applications to

    run within a virtualized environment hosted on the user’s computer. The platforms

    and products covered in this chapter include Windows Virtual PC and the Windows

    XP Mode environment, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), and

    Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V).

    Chapter 4: Remote Desktop Virtualization  This chapter describes various Microsoft

    virtualization technologies that enable client operating systems and applications to

    run within a virtualized environment hosted on a server located in the datacenter. The

    platforms and products covered in this chapter include Remote Desktop Services in

    Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and App-V for

    Remote Desktop Services.

    Chapter 5: Virtualization Management  This chapter describes how System Center

    Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 can be used to centrally manage all aspects of

    a virtualized IT infrastructure. The chapter explains how VMM works and explores how

    to use the platform to manage virtual machines running on Windows Server 2008 R2

    Hyper-V servers. The chapter also describes the benefits of the other members of the

    System Center family of products.  

    Chapter 6: Cloud Computing  This chapter examines Microsoft’s emerging cloud

    computing platform, how it works, and what benefits businesses can obtain from it.

    The chapter examines both private and public cloud solutions including Windows

    Azure, and describes how Microsoft’s Dynamic Data Center Toolkit can be used to inte-

    grate cloud computing as a part of your virtualized IT infrastructure.  

  21. Ekos says:

    I've downloaded the book in PFD format but it has errors. Anybody have the same problem. I'm using Adobe Reader X

  22. Thank you says:

    Thanks for

  23. boussad says:

    merci pour ce livres et ce que il existe en francais merci de ma voir aide

  24. Mark says:

    I have tried several times today, and the download link (pdf) is not working.  

  25. Fajar Pambudi says:

    Nice share, thankyou so much.

  26. Downloaded, converted and uploaded to my kindle…

    Now: reading!

    Thanks a lot

  27. Naveen Bansal says:

    thanks for providing study resources.

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