We’re happy to announce that Optimizing and Troubleshooting Hyper-V Storage(ISBN 978-0-7356-7898-9) has shipped! This ebook (also available in print) will be available soon. Preorder your ebook or print copy of this title here. You can also preorder the print copy here, here, or here.
At 152 pages, this short ebook is a timely reference for anyone who is configuring, troubleshooting and tuning storage for Hyper-V hosts and virtual machines. Written by a team of Microsoft virtualization experts, this book focuses the latest storage technologies supported by Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012.
In today’s post, we share the Contents at a Glance and an excerpt from the Introduction by series editor Mitch Tulloch.
Contents at a glance
Hyper-V storage fundamentals
Virtual machine snapshots
File system alignment
Virtual disk fragmentation
Migrating VHD to VHDX
Monitoring storage performance
Cluster Shared Volumes
Virtual Fibre Channel
Windows PowerShell tips
Best Practices Analyzer
Building a demo environment
Troubleshooting is a difficult art to learn because it requires deep knowledge of the subject of study, familiarity with a wide variety of tools, and thinking that can be both sequentially logical and inspirationally outside the box. Perhaps the best way of learning such arts is by watching experts demonstrate their skills as they are exhibited in different situations.
Optimizing how something performs can also be quite difficult to master. If you've ever used an old-fashioned radio where you had to find your station using a dial, you'll realize that a certain degree of fiddling is required to tune things just right. Now imagine a device that has dozens of dials, each tuning a different variable, with all the variables related to one another so that tuning one affects the settings of the others. Tuning an information technology system can often be just like that…or worse!
Optimizing and Troubleshooting Hyper-V Storage is all about watching the experts as they configure, maintain, and troubleshoot different aspects of storage for Hyper-V hosts and the virtual machines running on these hosts. And when I use the word "expert" here, I really mean it, because the contributors to this book all work at Microsoft and have first-hand knowledge and experience with the topics they cover. The different sections in this book range from how to automate configuration using Windows PowerShell to get it right the first time so you won't have to troubleshoot, to step-by-step examples of how different problems were identified, investigated, and resolved. Of course there's no way to exhaustively or even systematically cover the subject of optimizing and troubleshooting Hyper-V storage in a short book like this. But I hope that by reading this book (or by referring to certain topics when the need arises) your own troubleshooting skills will become more finely honed so you will be able to apply them more effectively even in scenarios that are not described in this text.
This book assumes that you are a moderately experienced administrator of the Windows Server virtualization platform. You should also have at least a basic understanding of Windows PowerShell and familiarity with tools and utilities for managing Windows servers, Hyper-V hosts, virtual machines, and the various components of an enterprise storage infrastructure. The main focus of this book is on the Windows Server 2012 version of Hyper-V and associated storage technologies, including version 3.0 of the Server Message Block file-sharing protocol (SMB 3.0). Some content in this book will also apply to earlier versions of Hyper-V and Windows Server, and we've tried to indicate this where applicable.
Good luck in mastering this arcane art!
—Mitch Tulloch, Series Editor