This book, or proof-of-concept (POC) guide, will cover a variety of aspects that make up the foundation of the software-defined datacenter: virtualization, storage, and networking. By the end, you should have a fully operational, small-scale configuration that will enable you to proceed with evaluation of your own key workloads, experiment with additional features and capabilities, and continue to build your knowledge.
The book won’t, however, cover all aspects of this software-defined datacenter foundation. The book won’t, for instance, explain how to configure and implement Hyper-V Replica, enable and configure Storage Quality of Service (QoS), or discuss Automatic Virtual Machine Activation. Yet these are all examples of capabilities that this POC configuration would enable you to evaluate with ease.
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.
By the end of Chapter 6, you will have a fully functioning foundation for a software-defined datacenter consisting of software-defined compute with Hyper-V, software-defined storage, and software-defined networking.
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