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Your Complete Guide to Hyper-V

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By: Olivia

June 24, 2017

Let’s face it, virtualization is not going away any time soon. Companies will continued to be challenged by the limitations of their servers and the need for a money and time saving solutions will  increase over time. Many are familiar with the capabilities of VMware, but what about Hyper-V from Microsoft?Hyper-V is another popular and capable virtualization tool, so whether you’re looking for a job as a virtualization engineer or are a business leader considering virtual software for your organization, a deep understanding of Hyper-V is very important in distinguishing which is best for your needs.

What is virtualization and hypervisor technology?

In computing, virtualization refers to the creation of a virtual version of a device or resource, such as a server, storage device, network or even an operating system where the framework divides the resource into one or more execution environments.Hypervisor technology is software on which multiple virtual machines can run, with the hypervisor layer controlling the hardware and allocating resources to each VM operating system. Hyper-V is the virtualization platform that is included in Windows Server 2016.According to Microsoft, “Hyper-V runs each virtual machine in its own isolated space, which means you can run more than one virtual machine on the same hardware at the same time. You might want to do this to avoid problems such as a crash affecting the other workloads, or to give different people, groups or services access to different systems.”

What are some of the features Hyper-V?

Hyper-V offers 6 main features that are especially helpful for those moving towards virtualization to be aware of:
  • Computing Environment: A Hyper-V virtual machine provides a computing environment with the same physical parts as a computer, which can be configured to meet different needs.
  • Disaster Recovery and Backup: Hyper-V can be used for disaster recovery and has two backup modes.
  • Optimization: Integration services make it easier to customize and optimize your machine.
  • Portability: It is easier to move or distribute a virtual machine with features like live migration, storage migration and import/export.
  • Remote Connectivity: Hyper-V offers a remote connection tool for both Linux and Windows.
  • Security: Protect against unauthorized access with secure boot and shielded virtual machines.
Many operating systems will run on virtual machines. In general, any operating system that uses an x86 architecture will run on a Hyper-V virtual machine.

What is Hyper-V used for?

There are many uses for Hyper-V, most importantly that it can help you create or expand a private cloud environment. With Hyper-V, you will be able to use hardware more effectively as you consolidate servers and workloads. Similarly, it will allow you to improve the downtime of your workloads.“Use a centralized desktop strategy with VDI can help you increase business agility and data security, as well as simplify regulatory compliance and manage desktop operating systems and applications. Deploy Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RD Virtualization Host) on the same server to make personal virtual desktops or virtual desktop pools available to your users.”Lastly, with Hyper-V, you can make development and testing more efficient.

What sets Hyper-V apart?

Hyper-V is built into Windows Server, which can be helpful for those who already have a knowledge of Microsoft products. Likewise, it can be offered as a standalone server and offers a unified set of integrated management tools. This means organizations migrating a private cloud, a public cloud, physical servers, or a combination are able to do so.With Hyper-V, you can deploy new virtual servers in a matter of minutes, and any maintenance does not cause downtime. With simple migrations, easy backups, security through Windows Active Directory, and a low, it can be a great choice for many companies.

Why should I learn Hyper-V?

A candidate with an IT certification is likely to earn a 15-30% higher salary than someone without that certification. Since virtualization is such a growing trend, having the skills to work with virtualization software is incredibly in high-demand and IT professionals who do not learn this technology at the early onset run the risk of falling behind. Not to mention all of the benefits Hyper-V has for users.

How can I learn Hyper-V?

Sure, there are plenty of online tutorials, but if you really want to become a ‘Hyper-V Guru,’ and truly learn the different capabilities of this tool, we recommend learning step-by-step with the Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center Hands-On lab. While other tutorials may show and tell you about the tool, this Hyper-V lab walks you through the steps to perform the tasks yourself so you can learn by doing.

What is a virtual lab?

Virtual labs are pre-configured hardware layouts with accompanying lab guides for fast, convenient access that make studying for an exam or learning new technologies an engaging experience. Develop your comprehensive IT skills in a safe, working environment without the need to invest in your own hardware and software.
  • Practical Training on the Latest Industry Technology
  • Real Equipment, No Simulations
  • 6 Month Unified Access Available on Any Device
  • No Hardware or Licensing Costs

What will I learn in this lab?

Professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center will greatly benefit from this lab. Not only will the lab allow you to gain hands-on skills needed to monitor and maintain a server virtualization infrastructure, but it will also prepare you to confidently ace the Microsoft 74-409 certification exam.Obtaining your certification signifies that you possess the fundamental knowledge to design, implement, manage, and maintain a virtualization infrastructure.Lab exercises include:
  • Manage Virtual Machine Settings
  • Manage Virtual Machine Storage
  • Manage Virtual Machine Networks
  • Configure Network Interface Card Teaming
  • Manage Virtual Machine Movement
  • Manage Hyper-V Fault Tolerance Using Failover Clustering
  • Configure Hyper-V Replica
  • Configure System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
  • Administer Network Infrastructure
  • Manage Storage Infrastructure
  • Manage Windows Update Infrastructure
  • Create and Administer Virtual Machines Using SCVMM
  • Manage Virtual Machine Manager Library
  • Manage Clouds in Virtual Machine Manager

To Summarize

Virtualization is revolutionizing the IT landscape thanks to technology such as Hyper-V from Microsoft. Hyper-V offers many features valuable for those working at an organization, and is now easier than ever to learn with the Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center Hands-On lab, found in the Cybrary catalog.

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Olivia Lynch (@Cybrary_Olivia) is the Marketing Manager at Cybrary. Like many of you, she is just getting her toes wet in the field of cyber security. A firm believer that the pen is mightier than the sword, Olivia considers corny puns and an honest voice essential to any worthwhile blog.
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