Higher Education

Hands-On Virtual Computing, 1st Edition

  • Ted Simpson University of Wisconsin Colleges – Barron County Center
  • Jason Novak Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • ISBN-10: 1435481003  |  ISBN-13: 9781435481008
  • 464 Pages
  • © 2010 | Published
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HANDS-ON VIRTUAL COMPUTING offers students as well as professionals the background in virtualization technology needed to advance in today's technology workplace. It provides an overview of virtualization technology with chapters dedicated to the latest virtualization products: VMware Workstation 6.5, VMware Server 2.0, Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, and Hyper-V. Additional chapters focus on using virtualization software in networked server environments and include building virtual networks, implementing high-availability clusters, enhancing performance and security, and using Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager to centralize management of multiple virtual servers. This book incorporates hands-on activities and allows the reader to work with virtual computing concepts, using real-world situations to build the skills necessary for a successful career in a computer industry increasingly focused on virtualization.

Features and Benefits

  • Includes coverage of the latest virtualization software products from both VMware and Microsoft, including VMware Workstation, VMware Server, Microsoft Virtual PC, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, and Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • Features extensive hands-on activities that enable readers to learn real-world virtualization concepts.
  • All hands-on activities can be done with free software downloaded from Microsoft and VMware.
  • Includes coverage of virtualization software on Linux platforms, featuring Ubuntu.
  • Designed to be used in a classroom environment or as a self-learning book, using computer hardware and software that supports Windows Vista and later.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction to Virtual Computing.
2: Installing and Working with VMware Workstation.
3: Installing and Working with VMware Server.
4: Installing and Working with Microsoft Virtual PC.
5: Installing and Working with Microsoft Virtual Server.
6: Installing and Working with Microsoft Hyper-V.
7: Working with Virtual Networks.
8: Implementing Disaster Recovery and High Availability.
9: Enhancing Virtual Security and Performance.
10: Working with Virtual Machine Manager.
Appendix A: The Technology Behind Virtualization.
Appendix B: Using VMware Player.
Appendix C: Working with Server Core and Hyper-V Server.


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1435481011 | ISBN-13: 9781435481015)

The following supplemental materials are available when this book is used in a classroom setting. All the supplements available with this book are provided to instructors on a single CD, called the Instructor's Resource CD (ISBN 1-435-48101-1). ELECTRONIC INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL--The Instructor's Manual that accompanies this book includes additional material to assist in class preparation, including suggestions for classroom activities, discussion topics, and additional activities. SOLUTIONS--The instructor's resources include solutions to all end-of-chapter material, including review questions, hands-on activities, and case projects. POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS--This book comes with Microsoft PowerPoint slides for each chapter. They're included as a teaching aid for classroom presentation, to make available to students on the network for chapter review, or to be printed for classroom distribution. Instructors, please feel free to add your own slides for additional topics you introduce to the class. FIGURE FILES--All figures and tables in the book are reproduced on the Instructor's Resource CD in bitmap format. Similar to the PowerPoint presentations, they're included as a teaching aid for classroom presentation, to make available to students for review, or to be printed for classroom distribution.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ted Simpson

Ted Simpson is a long-time Course Technology author. He has been working, teaching, and writing about computers for over 20 years. In 1990, Simpson wrote one of the first books in the Course Technology Networking series, Hands-On Netware 3.11. Ted has used virtualization software to aid in teaching computer lab classes for several years, and has given presentations on virtualization for Course Technology conferences. Ted is currently a certified Novell and Microsoft instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, and the author of many books, including Hands-On Novell Open Enterprise Server, Guide to Novell Netware Administration Enhanced Edition, 70-270, 70-290: MCSE/MCSA Guide to Installing and Managing Microsoft XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, and Virtual Machines Companion, all of which are written for use with virtualization. In addition to classroom teaching and industry training, Ted has been developing curricula for microcomputer related courses since the 1980s and holds the following certifications: A+, Network+, NetWare 6 CNE and CNI, and MCSE.

Jason Novak

Jason Novak is a life-long computer enthusiast. In addition to co-authoring HANDS-ON VIRTUAL COMPUTING, Mr. Novak has worked on the successful book VIRTUAL MACHINES COMPANION. Mr. Novak operates his own business that has been developing desktop and mobile applications since 1998. He also uses his skills to offer both computer support and consulting services to a variety of businesses and industries. Mr. Novak is CompTIA A+ certified.