When you’re looking at testing a new IT solution—such as implementing a software-defined datacenter that includes virtualization, networking, and storage—the best starting point is always to get advice from someone who has already done it.
You can learn from experience what to do and what to avoid. That’s the idea behind this book. We’ve gone through the work of deploying Windows Server, Microsoft System Center, and the innovations that Microsoft Azure has brought to these technologies. Our goal is to give you the step-by-step benefit of our proof-of-concept implementation to save you time and effort. And we want to show you how you can take advantage of innovation across the datacenter and the cloud to simplify your infrastructure and speed delivery of services to the business.
- Download the PDF (5.48 MB)
- Download the EPUB file (6.41 MB)
- Download the Mobi for Kindle file (12.6 MB)
Chapter 1: Design and planning
This chapter focuses on the overall design of the POC configuration. It discusses each layer of the solution, key features and functionality within each layer, and the reasons why we have chosen to deploy this particular design for the POC.
Chapter 2: Deploying the management cluster
This chapter focuses on configuring the core management backbone of the POC configuration. You’ll deploy directory, update, and deployment services, along with resilient database and VM management infrastructure. This lays the groundwork for streamlined deployment of the compute, storage, and network infrastructure in later chapters.
Chapter 3: Configuring network infrastructure
With the management backbone configured, you will spend time in System Center Virtual Machine Manager, building the physical network topology that was defined in Chapter 2. This involves configuring logical networks, uplink port profiles, port classifications, and network adaptor port profiles, and culminates in the creation of a logical switch.
Chapter 4: Configuring storage infrastructure
This chapter focuses on deploying the software-defined storage layer of the POC. You’ll use System Center Virtual Machine Manager to transform a pair of bare-metal servers, with accompanying just a bunch of disks (JBOD) enclosures, into a resilient, high-performance Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) backed by tiered storage spaces.
Chapter 5: Configuring compute infrastructure
With the storage layer constructed and deployed, this chapter focuses on deploying the compute layer that will ultimately host workloads that will be deployed in Chapter 6. You’ll use the same bare-metal deployment capabilities covered in Chapter 4 to deploy several Hyper-V hosts and then optimize these hosts to get them ready for accepting virtualized workloads.
Chapter 6: Configuring network virtualization
In Chapter 3, you will have designed and deployed the underlying logical network infrastructure and, in doing so, laid the groundwork for deploying network virtualization. In this chapter, you’ll use System Center Virtual Machine Manager to design, construct, and deploy VM networks to suit a number of different enterprise scenarios.
From: MSDN Blogs