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I am interested in learning more about hardware virtualization, with a specific focus on hypervisors. I am competent to manage a server and would be able to configure an environment to work using this technology, but I don't feel like I have enough background information to make an educated decision about the pros and cons of different aspects of particular implementations.

For those of you who are already very familiar with this topic, Are there any standard articles or white papers I should read about this particular topic? (Context: I am currently researching Hyper-V and VMware ESXi, but I am hoping to find more general information about the context within which these products exist so that I can understand the problems that they aim to solve better than competitive products).

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closed as off topic by EEAA, MDMarra, Dave M, RobM, Michael Hampton Oct 23 '12 at 13:13

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Can anyone suggest how I can make this question more site-appropriate? – smartcaveman Oct 23 '12 at 13:21

This question isn't really on topic here, but ill throw you a bone before it gets closed. I assume by ESX you mean ESXi or the vSphere suite of products. ESX is end of life.

I recommend that you visit technet and VMWare online training as a start. Then pick up some books or have your employer send you to training.

I recommend Mastering VMWare vSphere 5 by Scott Lowe to anyone wanting to learn the ins-and-outs of vSphere.

Also, set up both in a test lab.

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thanks - Is the book you recommended heavily implementation-specific? Ideally, the knowledge I'm looking for would carry over to other analogous products – smartcaveman Oct 23 '12 at 12:39
I don't know what you mean. It's a book on vSphere and covers vSphere deployment from start to finish. – MDMarra Oct 23 '12 at 12:39
It is my understanding (potentially wrong) that vSphere and Microsoft's Hyper-V are close to substitutes. I am hoping to understand the underlying technological principles in addition to how to use a specific product (the VMware/vSphere stack) – smartcaveman Oct 23 '12 at 12:42
you've got gmail – smartcaveman Oct 23 '12 at 13:12

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