There are tons of Hyper-V materials and links available for our use every day. In this post I’ve picked out the five best links, which are all must-haves for IT Pros who wants to better understand Hyper-V technology.

1. Mike & Maria’s show: Introduction to Hyper-V

This video series introduces you to Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization, including recent Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities.

Hyper-V experts Mike Resseler and Maria Levkina talk on behalf of a small company with a tiny budget, which decided to virtualize its physical workloads with Microsoft Hyper-V. They start by discussing hardware requirements for installation, then they set up a Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V on a decommissioned server from scratch. Next, they discuss Windows Server 2012 R2 licensing and its various editions.

They then demonstrate two different ways of managing the Hyper-V role:

  • By Command line (PowerShell scripting)
  • By User Interface

Mike and Maria also explain how to install the Hyper-V role remotely with specific Hyper-V-related cmdlets. Two videos are already in production and the rest are coming soon.

Watch this free educational video

2. Hyper-V backup and storage best practices

Brien Posey’s Hyper-V Backup Best Practices is one of my favorite Hyper-V related videos. Brien starts with a short overview of Hyper-V development by Microsoft and then goes on to provide with very specific details of Hyper-V backup. Next, he reviews considerations such as using VSS writers, storages, OS and snapshots. Brien throws in a lot of practical Hyper-V advice, as well.

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3. Study guide for Microsoft certification exam 74-409

I’d like to recommend this study guide, which is totally free. It does an excellent job of preparing you for exam 74-409 (known as Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center.) Written by Orin Thomas, a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and an 8x MVP, this guide is an absolute must-have for every admin’s home library.

The guide starts with easy topics and slowly moves on to more advanced topics. There are eight main chapters presented, including:

  • VM Settings
  • VM Storage
  • Hyper-V Virtual Networks and Virtualization Networking
  • Managing Virtualization Hosts and Infrastructure
  • Hyper-V Failover Clustering and Failover Clustering Roles, and more

Download this free study guide

4. Data deduplication in Windows Server 2012 R2 in-depth

This white paper by Mike Reseller is available on demand (it can be printed for reading on business trips!), and it provides an excellent deep dive into the native deduplication that’s built into Windows Server 2012 (R2). Mike starts with a discussion of the types of data deduplication and their architecture. Then he goes to its practical usage, installation, setting and tuning for any environment. This white paper also provides some DOs & DON’T, along with a few important points to remember during optimization.

Keep this material handy if you’re starting a deduplication project.

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5. Best of breed virtualization with HP, Microsoft and Veeam

HP is undoubtedly one of the storage market leaders today. HP’s products are widely used by many companies, in combination with Microsoft OS and backup solutions as Veeam Backup & Replication. This combination takes some effort to make sure it’s set properly for best usage.

This webinar starts with information about Veeam features and continues with a deep dive into HP StoreVirtual and HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage. It does a good job of showing how administrators can get the best from using all of these technologies together. At the end, an excellent resource library and links are provided for deeper reading.

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These are my five favorite Hyper-V materials. Enjoy checking them out and let us know what you think by tweeting to @Veeam.

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