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Free eBook: Microsoft System Center - Building a Virtualized Network Solution

Microsoft has released another free eBook in their System Center series, this one titled, "Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution."  This 136 page eBook is written by experts on the Microsoft System Center team, Nigel Cain, Alvin Morales, Michel Luescher, Damian Flynn, along with Microsoft MVP Mitch Tulloch as the series editor.  And it's focused on architecture and design.

The book is geared to private and hybrid cloud architects preparing to design and build a virtualized network solution based on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, or later.

According to the Hyper-V Network Virtualization Overview, network virtualization provides virtual networks to virtual machines similar to how server virtualization provides virtual machines to the operating system. Network Virtualization decouples virtual networks from the physical network infrastructure and removes the constraints and limitations of VLANs and hierarchical IP address assignment from virtual machine provisioning. This flexibility makes it easy for customers to move to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds and efficient for hosters and datacenter administrators to manage their infrastructure while maintaining the necessary multi-tenant isolation, security requirements, and supporting overlapping Virtual Machine IP addresses.

Although the benefits of this approach are very clear, designing and implementing a solution that delivers the promised benefits is both complex and challenging; architects, consultants, and fabric administrators alike can often struggle to understand the different components and concepts that make up a solution.

The book contains the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Key concepts
Chapter 2: Logical networks
Chapter 3: Port profiles
Chapter 4: Logical switches
Chapter 5: Deployment
Chapter 6: Operations 

Ready to learn more?

You can download the PDF of the free book, or, you can also grab the Mobi for Kindle Fire.

Published Friday, February 21, 2014 6:42 AM by David Marshall
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