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Top five systems virtualization tips

These five virtualization tips have been our most popular of the year so far. Systems channel professionals, revisit these tips or read them for the first time, to learn more about calculating ROI with virtualization, licensing and more.

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Moka5's LivePC
Moka5's created its LivePC platform to combine the flexibility of distributed desktop computing and the ease of management of server-centric computing. Learn about the advantages of this platform -- like its portability and ease of use.

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Virtual machine licensing: Caveman-proof VMware product calculations
VMware product licensing is simple with the company's three virtual machine licensing levels for ESX Server, as part of VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3). Learn more about each level's features and how to decide on licensing for your customers, whether an SMB or large enterprise.

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VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows you to run multiple operating systems (mainly Windows XP) as virtual machines on the same server hardware. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of this infrastructure, which types of businesses would benefit from it, as well as which businesses should stay away.

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Virtualization calculator for Windows Server
Microsoft's Windows Server Virtualization Calculator helps you make accurate licensing assessments based on the planned number of processor sockets and virtual machines. This tip explains why Microsoft's offering is easy to use and accessible, whether you are using a standard Windows Server 2003 edition or an Enterprise edition.

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Windows Server 2008 virtualization: Preparing customers
Windows Server 2008 virtualization technology promises simplicity, flexibility and ease of use. Site contributor Barb Goldworm offers advice on where WSV fits in and compares it to Microsoft's current virtual server product. Learn more about this new virtualization product and begin to assess whether it's right for your customers.

This was first published in October 2007

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