TechNet Webcast: Clustering and High Availability with Virtual Server 2005 R2
A walk-through introduction of the clustering and high-availability features in Virtual Server 2005 R2, such as guest and host-based clustering, and some overview of third-party products used with Virtual Server 2005 R2.
Working with the VHD File Format in Virtual Server 2005
A detailed webcast about the way the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file format works in Virtual Server. The webcast covers information about how different disk types are handled by the VHD format—not different formats, per se, but how things like dynamically expanding disks and differencing disks are implemented.
Understanding Windows Hypervisor and Virtualization in Windows Vista
The "hypervisor" is Microsoft's term for the technology that allows multiple OSes to run in parallel on the same computer. This webcast delves into the technical details of how the hypervisor works—not only in Virtual Server but in the forthcoming Windows Vista as well.
Microsoft Virtualization Roadmap
If you're curious about where Microsoft's going with Virtual Server and related products, check out this webcast. Among other surprising disclosures: many of the innovations in Virtual Server are to be rolled into future releases of Windows on a fairly low level and made part of the OS itself.
Virtual Server 2005 COM API: Automating Your Virtual World
One of Virtual Server's most powerful functions is its scripting API, which can be used to automate tasks such as creating virtual machines, deriving live statistics from them, and changing their configurations on the fly. This webcast demonstrates some examples of how it's possible to automate these things in Virtual Server.
Setting Up a Virtual Test and Development Environment
Another popular and powerful use for Virtual Server is using virtual machines as testbeds. This webcast walks through ways to accomplish just that—for instance, to use virtual machines as a way to test a multi-server application on a single physical machine.
Virtual Server 2005 Best Practices for Migrating and Consolidating Existing Application Servers
Yet another major use for Virtual Server is consolidating existing physical servers into a single machine without losing functionality. This webcast discusses how to do this without interrupting application compatibility, and also touches on when it's best to port running apps as-is or rewrite them from the ground up.
Installing the Virtual Server Administration Web Site on a Separate Computer
By default, the Virtual Server administration console—which is accessed through a web browser—is only available from the computer that's currently running Virtual Server. This document details how to set up the admin console on another server running IIS, in the event you want to do so for the sake of performance or security.