Interoperability Between Windows and Linux Virtualization Solutions
A Microsoft/Novell White Paper
1.1 Why You Should Read this White Paper
Virtualization technology is a critically necessary solution to the ever-increasing demand to do more with less in your data center. This white paper begins by introducing you to the benefits of virtualization and explains the terminology used within the contexts of the Hyper-V and Xen virtualization technologies. The paper continues by diving into the concepts that are fundamental to any successful implementation of either Xen or Hyper-V.
These concepts include
- Virtualization Architecture
- Virtual Networking
These are the areas of critical importance where most implementation mistakes are made. Having a solid understanding of these virtualization concepts will prevent the frustrations that you are most likely to encounter.
The goal of this white paper is to support the deployment of Microsoft/Novell “bi-directional” virtualizationsolutions. With the help of this white paper, you will have a good idea of what you need to know if you plan deploy Hyper-V host machines with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server guest machines or SLES-based Xen host machines with Windows server guests.
This paper is not an entire training solution. Both Novell and Microsoft have additional courseware that dig deeper into their respective server technologies. We assume you already have substantial understanding and experience with Linux and/or Windows operating systems, or that you plan to acquire this through training and hands on practice. Also, implementation guides that deal specifically with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server guest deployment on Hyper-V hosts and Windows server guests on Xen hosts are, or will shortly be, available to further guide you in your deployment efforts.