FREE eBook Chapter: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

I am excited to announce that Leandro Carvalho, Microsoft MVP in Virtual Machine, experienced Trainer and frequent IT Pro community contributor, has released a new book, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook.  Leandro’s intent in the “cookbook approach” is to provide an easy-to-follow set of “recipes” for mastering Hyper-V as a virtualization expert, and this book is a great resource for doing just that!

But wait … there’s more!

As a FREE resource to help you get started, Leandro has also made Chapter 2 of his book, Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers, available as a downloadable eBook chapter!  Chapter 2, alone, is a great step-by-step guide for beginning to migrate to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012.

In this article, you’ll find a description of this new book, download links to your FREE chapter, and links for ordering a full copy of Leandro's book in electronic and hardcopy versions …

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook

Inside this book, you’ll find nine chapters that cover the following detailed topics with step-by-step Hyper-V guidance in using both GUI management tools and PowerShell 3.0 cmdlets to perform …

  • Chapter 1: Installing and Managing Hyper-V in Full or Server Core Mode
    • Introduction
    • Verifying Hyper-V requirements
    • Enabling the Hyper-V role
    • Installing Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
    • Managing a Server Core installation using sconfig
    • Enabling and disabling the graphical interface in Hyper-V
    • Configuring post-installation settings
  • Chapter 2: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers
    • Introduction
    • Performing an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012
    • Exporting and importing virtual machines
    • Migrating virtual machines and updating their integration services
    • Converting VHD files to VHDX files
    • Migrating Virtual Machine storage using Storage Migration
    • Migrating virtual machines using Shared Nothing Live Migration
    • Converting physical computers to virtual machines
  • Chapter 3: Managing Disk and Network Settings
    • Introduction
    • Creating and adding virtual hard disks
    • Configuring IDE and SCSI controllers for virtual machines
    • Creating resource pools
    • Creating and managing virtual switches
    • Using advanced settings for virtual networks
    • Enabling and adding NIC teaming to a virtual machine
    • Configuring and adding Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel to virtual machines
  • Chapter 4: Saving Time and Cost with Hyper-V Automation
    • Introduction
    • Installing and running Hyper-V from a USB stick
    • Creating virtual machine templates
    • Learning and utilizing basic commands in PowerShell
    • Using small PowerShell commands for daily tasks
    • Enabling and working with remote connection and administration through PowerShell
  • Chapter 5: Hyper-V Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks
    • Introduction
    • Using the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer
    • Setting up dynamic memory for virtual machines
    • Enabling remote management for Hyper-V in workgroup environments
    • Installing and configuring an anti-virus on host and virtual machines
  • Chapter 6: Security and Delegation of Control
    • Introduction
    • Configuring Windows Update for Hyper-V
    • Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating for cluster nodes
    • Delegating control in Hyper-V
    • Configuring Port ACLs
    • Installing and configuring BitLocker for data protection
    • Configuring Hyper-V auditing
  • Chapter 7: Configuring High Availability in Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Installing and configuring an iSCSI Target server in Windows Server 2012
    • Installing and configuring the Windows Failover Clustering feature
    • Enabling Cluster Shared Volumes 2.0
    • Using Live Migration in a cluster environment
    • Configuring VM Priority for Clustered Virtual Machines
  • Chapter 8: Disaster Recovery for Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Backing up Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup
    • Restoring Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica between two Hyper-V hosts using HTTP authentication
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica Broker for a Failover Cluster
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica to use certificate-based authentication using an Enterprise CA
    • Using snapshots in virtual machines
  • Chapter 9: Monitoring, Tuning, and Troubleshooting Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Using real-time monitoring tools
    • Using Perfmon for logged monitoring
    • Using VM Monitoring
    • Monitoring Hyper-V Replica
    • Using Resource Metering
    • Tuning your Hyper-V server
    • Using Event Viewer for Hyper-V troubleshooting
  • Appendix: Hyper-V Architecture and Components
    • Understanding Hypervisors
    • Hyper-V architecture
    • Hyper-V architecture components
    • Differences between Hyper-V, Hyper-V Server, Hyper-V Client, and VMware

Where can I download my FREE copy of Chapter 2?

You can download your FREE copy of Chapter 2, Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers, at the following link location:

After downloading your FREE copy … please consider helping Leandro promote this great new book within the IT Pro community via Twitter, Facebook and/or LinkedIn using the sharing buttons below!  This is a great community resource and your efforts will help to ensure that other IT Pros learn about this resource as well!

Where can I order my copy of the full book?

You can order your full copy of this great book at Both eBook and hardcopy versions are available.

You can also download the kindle version here:

What’s next? Build your Lab!

To get the most value out of this latest book, be sure to build your lab environment so that you can practice Leandro’s step-by-step instructions hands-on.  You can build your lab for FREE using these online resources:

  • Build Your Lab! Download Windows Server 2012 for FREE evaluation to get started!

Hope you enjoy!