Become a Virtualization Expert with 20 + Days of Server Virtualization #VirtExpert @ITProGuru (Part 0 of 20)

Abstract: Scenario based - How to do "this"… In this blog post series, we will show you "HOW" to perform tasks using scenario-based simulations. If you are already familiar with virtualization using non-Microsoft technologies, we will provide you a ramp to quickly understanding how to operate and manage a Microsoft and heterogeneous virtualization environment. If you are new to virtualization, you will learn how to leverage the latest tools from Microsoft to make your first virtualization project a success!


Once you start leaning about the fabulous new capabilities of Windows Server 2012 you will certainly want to follow along and start playing with the technology. To do that simply download from Windows Server 2012 ISO, Windows Server 2012 VHD, Hyper-V Server, or System Center 2012.  You can get instructions for installation from Hands On Labs. Want even more information? Check out Early Experts, the free certification program for Windows Server 2012.

Series Index: This page will be updated once each post goes live and will contain the live links to each post.

ETA Part # of 20 Title Author
1-Mar 0 Series Introduction - Become a Virtualization Expert #VirtExpert Dan Stolts (ITProGuru) - @ITProGuru
4-Mar 1 Hyper-V Basics Kevin Remde - @KevinRemde
5-Mar 2 You Want to Hot-Add What?! : 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 2 of 20) Kevin Remde - @KevinRemde
6-Mar 3 Virtual Memory Management: Dynamic Memory-Much Different Than Memory Over Commit – Become a Virtualization Expert (Part 3 of 20) Dan Stolts (ITProGuru) - @ITProGuru
7-Mar 4

Hyper-V "Datastores" - Wait we dont need no stinkin' datastores!

Tommy Patterson - @Tommy_Patterson
8-Mar 5 Virtualization Storage - Definitions Bob Hunt - @bobhms
11-Mar 6 Virtualization Storage – SMB Bob Hunt  - @bobhms
12-Mar 7 Virtualization Storage – iSCSI Keith Mayer - @KeithMayer
13-Mar 8 Step-by-Step: Storage Live Migration Brian Lewis - @BrianLewis_
14-Mar 9 Virtualization Networking in Hyper-V Tommy Patterson - @Tommy_Patterson
15-Mar 10 Virtualization Networking - Advanced: NIC Teaming Harold Wong - @haroldwong
18-Mar 11 Virtualization for heterogeneous environments Chris Avis - @chrisavis
19-Mar 12 High Availability: Live Migration Brian Lewis - @BrianLewis_
20-Mar 13 High Availability: Clustering - host Matt Hester - @matthewhester
21-Mar 14 High Availability: Clustering - Guest Keith Mayer - @keithmayer
22-Mar 15 High Availability: Replication Yung Chou - @yungchou
25-Mar 16 Performance Management: CPU Chris Avis  - @chrisavis
26-Mar 17 Performance Management: Memory Harold Wong - @haroldwong
27-Mar 18 Management - Enterprise: Single Pane of Glass - SCVMM Tommy Patterson - @Tommy_Patterson
28-Mar 19 Management - Enterprise: App Controller Yung Chou - @yungchou
29-Mar 20 Management - Enterprise: Monitoring Matt Hester - @matthewhester
11-Mar 21 DUDE! Where’s my VHDs? More PowerShell Tricks with Hyper-V Keith Mayer - @keithmayer
30-Mar 22 Management - Creating and Managing Snapshots Blain Barton@blainbar 
31-Mar 23 Hyper-V Live - Do you know about Hyper-V Live #VirtExpert Dan Stolts (ITProGuru) - @ITProGuru
    All subject to change. We will also very likely add additional topics Smile  


In our high-tech and highly virtualized world, understanding virtualization is necessary for all Information Technology Professionals. For IT Pro’s that are already smart on VMware, Citrix or other virtualization technologies, it is important for you to broaden the scope of your expertise. It is the right thing to do for your career. It will help you ensure viability of your skills for the coming years. For those that are smart on Windows Server technologies but may not be as strong on Virtualization, now is the time to get smart and start the process of becoming a Virtualization Expert. Those that are late to that are just out of school or late to the virtualization game, GET HOT! Now is a perfect time to allocate a few minutes a day to kick-start your career in the hottest technology in the IT Pro space since the Internet.

The Microsoft virtualization platform has been getting rave reviews since the release of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V version 3. We will focus on some of these technologies to help you get up to speed but we will be respectful of other players in the field and help those that already understand those technologies get up to speed quickly by explaining in terms they will likely understand. You can expect these posts to be very positive and looking forward and not beating up the competition in any way. This series is about helping you get up to speed, not tooting the Microsoft horn.


The reality today is that we (IT Professionals) live and work in a heterogeneous environment. As we go through this series, we will help you overcome any challenges you may have in introducing another hypervisor into your organization as well as managing your entire virtualization infrastructure regardless of vendor or technology.

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Posts will be Conversation Starters, let’s get interactive! What do you think about this technology? Do you have any cool tips or tricks you want to share? What other topics would you like us to discuss? Post a comment to get in the conversation. Please share broadly on Twitter and other social media sites. Use Hashtag #VirtExpert. For those raving fans of Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Linux or Others, please be nice. We do not want anyone to feel like they need “defend” any particular technology. We should be helping and educating each other.

Comments (1)
  1. TNJMAN says:

    Sigh… trial by fire so far. I would LOVE to get some deep-dives like this into the virtualization side. I mean, most of it is essentially common sense, but I do love more formal training to further bolster my day-to-day tasks. Thanks for this info. Even a "virtualization bootcamp" would be a really HOT idea!

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