2nd Edition of Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution now available and free to download

BookThe second edition of Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution has been completely updated and rewritten for the VMM 2012 R2 release and also contains approximately 90 pages of new content which covers the Hyper-V gateway, troubleshooting, as well as details of the network architecture in Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS). The main chapter content is outlined below with a summary from the original announcement on MSPRESS which is available here.

Topics included in this book

The vast majority of the book is focused on architecture and design, highlighting key design decisions and providing best practice advice and guidance relating to each major feature of the solution.

Chapter 1: Key conceptsA virtualized network solution built on Windows Server and System Center depends on a number of different features. This chapter outlines the role each of these features plays in the overall solution and how they are interconnected.

Chapter 2: Logical networksThis chapter provides an overview of the key considerations, outlines some best practice guidance, and describes a process for identifying the set of logical networks that are needed in your environment.

Chapter 3: Hyper-V port profilesThis chapter discusses the different types of port profiles that are used in Virtual Machine Manager, outlines why you need them and what they are used for, and provides detailed guidance on how and when to create them.

Chapter 4: Logical switchesThis chapter describes the function and purpose of logical switches, which are essentially templates that allow you to consistently apply the same settings and configuration across multiple hosts.

Chapter 5: Network Virtualization gatewayThis chapter outlines key design choices and considerations for providing cross-premises connectivity from networks at tenant sites to virtual networks dedicated (per tenant) in a service provider network.

Chapter 6: DeploymentThis chapter builds on the material discussed in previous chapters and walks through common deployment scenarios, highlighting known issues (and workarounds) relating to the deployment and use of logical switches in your environment.

Chapter 7: OperationsEven after having carefully planned a virtual network solution, things outside of your immediate control might force changes to your virtualized network solution. This chapter walks you through some relatively common scenarios and provides recommendations, advice, and guidance for how best to deal with them.

Chapter 8: Diagnosing Connectivity IssuesThis chapter looks at how to approach a connectivity problem with a virtualized network solution, the process you should follow to troubleshoot the problem, and some actions you can take to remediate the issue and restore service.

Chapter 9: Cloud Platform System network architectureThis chapter reviews the design and key decision points for the network architecture and virtualized network solution within the Microsoft Cloud Platform System.

To recap, this book is mainly focused on architecture and design (what is needed to design a virtualized network solution) rather than on the actual steps required to deploy it in your environment. Other than in a few select chapters, you will find few examples of code. This is by design. The focus here is not to provide details on how you achieve a specific goal, but rather on what you need to do to build out a solution that meets the needs of your business and provides a platform for the future.

You can get more details including a download link here.

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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