Microsoft offers a new free eBook written by Nigel Cain, Michel Luescher, Damian Flynn, and Alvin Morales. You can find the book here: Download
What topics are included in this book?
The vast majority of the book is focused on architecture and design, highlighting key design decisions and providing best practice advice and guidance relating to each major feature of the solution.
- Chapter 1: Key concepts A virtualized network solution built on Windows Server and System Center depends on a number of different features. This chapter outlines the role each of these features plays in the overall solution and how they are interconnected.
- Chapter 2: Logical networks This chapter provides an overview of the key considerations, outlines some best practice guidance, and describes a process for identifying the set of logical networks that are needed in your environment.
- Chapter 3: Hyper-V port profiles This chapter discusses the different types of port profiles that are used in Virtual Machine Manager, outlines why you need them and what they are used for, and provides detailed guidance on how and when to create them.
- Chapter 4: Logical switches This chapter describes the function and purpose of logical switches, which are essentially templates that allow you to consistently apply the same settings and configuration across multiple hosts.
- Chapter 5: Network Virtualization gateway This chapter outlines key design choices and considerations for providing cross-premises connectivity from networks at tenant sites to virtual networks dedicated (per tenant) in a service provider network.
- Chapter 6: Deployment This chapter builds on the material discussed in previous chapters and walks through common deployment scenarios, highlighting known issues (and workarounds) relating to the deployment and use of logical switches in your environment.
- Chapter 7: Operations Even after having carefully planned a virtual network solution, things outside of your immediate control might force changes to your virtualized network solution. This chapter walks you through some relatively common scenarios and provides recommendations, advice, and guidance for how best to deal with them.
- Chapter 8: Diagnosing Connectivity Issues This chapter looks at how to approach a connectivity problem with a virtualized network solution, the process you should follow to troubleshoot the problem, and some actions you can take to remediate the issue and restore service.
- Chapter 9: Cloud Platform System network architecture This chapter reviews the design and key decision points for the network architecture and virtualized network solution within the Microsoft Cloud Platform System.
To recap, this book is mainly focused on architecture and design (what is needed to design a virtualized network solution) rather than on the actual steps required to deploy it in your environment. Other than in few chapters, you will find few examples of code. This is by design. Our focus here is not to provide details of how you achieve a specific goal but rather on what you need to do to build out a solution that meets the needs of your business and provides a platform for the future.
When you have designed a solution using the guidelines documented in this book, you will be able to make effective use of some of the excellent materials and examples available in the Building Clouds blog (http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/) to assist you with both solution deployment and ongoing management.