Learning Windows Server Hyper-V 2016
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Learning Windows Server Hyper-V 2016

Develop effective skills to design and implement server virtualization using Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
3.5 (18 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 10/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Explore the new features of Hyper-V 2016
  • Master Hypervisor
  • Manage virtual machines with Hyper-V Management
  • Learn to set up Hyper-V networks and CPU virtualization
  • Learn to decouple substrates in Hyper-V memory and storage virtualization
  • Configure Azure public clouds and Hyper-V private clouds
  • Learn the crucial security features to protect your virtual environment
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  • This step-by-step learning tutorial will cover all the core virtualization techniques of Hyper-V 2016 in a practical and engaging manner.
  • This course will help the beginners to get started with virtualization as well as the advanced fast learner to get a grasp of the latest Hyper-V 2016 hypervisor, basics and some advanced topics.

Windows Server Hyper-V lets you build a virtualized server computing environment that enables you to create and manage virtual machines. This improves the efficiency of your computing resources and frees up your hardware resources. Hyper-V is now a serious contender in the hypervisor space, and it's time for you to learn it.

This course will help you master the fundamentals and core components of Hyper-V. You will start by walking through the basics of installing and configuring Hyper-V 2016. Then you will learn in detail about the Hyper-V Manager, networks, and memory virtualization. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of CPU and storage virtualization. You will also get to grips with advanced topics such as hybrid cloud setup with Azure, PowerShell, and Hyper-V security.

By the end of this course, you will be an intermediate-level system administrator, confident in your mastery of the basic functioning of Hyper-V 2016, and you will find it extremely easy to implement server virtualization using Hyper-V 2016.

About the Author

Craig has more than thirty years' experience in the computer industry and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from California State University, Chico, and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He has held many positions in the computer industry including software programmer; support engineer; field and corporate system engineer; technical marketing manager; product marketing manager; and product manager. He has worked for companies such as Celerity Computing; Emulex; Pinnacle Micro; Sync Research; Cisco Systems; Citrix Systems; Extreme Networks; Akamai Technologies; and smaller startup ventures. Craig currently works for Akamai as a Solutions Engineer and System Architect in the Rockies region of the USA. He has authored patent applications and patent designs and received an innovation award while at Extreme Networks. Craig is passionate about Technical Marketing and has written many deployment guides, books, and video tutorials. Throughout his career, Craig has developed an in-depth, hands-on knowledge of virtualization, especially with regard to hypervisors such as Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, XenServer, Linux KVM, and others. Craig has written books on Technical Marketing, Getting Started with XenDesktop 7.x, and XenDesktop High Performance; he has also authored a XenApp 6.5 video series.

Who is the target audience?
  • The video is aimed at system administrators and windows administrators who have no knowledge about windows server hyper-v 2016.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Getting Started
7 Lectures 32:42

This video offers an overview of the entire course

Preview 08:19

Hyper-V 2016 has some new features and this video will cover them.

What's New in Hyper-V 2016?

Hyper-V is a hypervisor—which is the common "operating system" if you will—used in virtualization. You need to know what a hypervisor is and what it does before trying to learn more about Hyper-V 2016.

What Is a Hypervisor?

The hypervisor abstracts the underlying hardware to the virtual machines or guest operating systems. With all the virtual machines running at the same time, there will be contention. How do you get the most efficient use out of hardware resources? Through a simple concept of oversubscription.


How do you download and install Hyper-V 2016?

Downloading and Installing Hyper-V 2016

How do Hypervisors provide access to the underlying hardware resources?

Architecture and Options

Hypervisors provide access to the hardware to virtual machines or guests. What are virtual machines or guest operating systems?

Virtual Machines
Hyper-V Management
4 Lectures 23:06

Once Hyper-V is installed, you need a way to manage it.

Preview 05:12

Once Hyper-V is installed, you need a way to manage it. The Hyper-V hypervisor hosts the virtual machines, and the Hyper-V Manager manages them. Before you can manage VMs, you need to learn how to connect Hyper-V Manager to the Hyper-V hypervisor and then create virtual machines.

Managing Virtual Machines

Hyper-V Manager isn't the only way to manage Hyper-V and virtual machines. There is another, more powerful tool called Virtual Machine Manager which is a part of system center.

Managing Resource Virtual Machine Manager

Hyper-V supports multiple operating systems as VMs. We will go over those, but more importantly we will discuss how to get the para virtualization drivers installed, also known as Integration Services.

Operating System Support
Hyper-V Network Virtualization
8 Lectures 59:28

Once Hyper-V is installed and virtual machines are created, you need to provide a way for them to talk. Since there are no physical network interface cards in the VMs, you need virtual networking.

Preview 14:10

Now that you have an understanding of the different virtual networks in Hyper-V, we will present some examples of their use with regards to Hyper-V Manager.

Hyper-V Virtual Networking Hyper-V Manager

Now that you have an understanding of the different virtual networks in Hyper-V as seen through the eyes of Hyper-V Manager, we will shift gears and learn about the direct access virtual network as seen through the eyes of System Center Virtual Machine Manager or VMM.

Hyper-V Virtual Networking Direct Access Network

So far, you've learned about the types of networks you can use with Hyper-V Manager and the Direct Access Network in Virtual Machine Manager. We will shift gears once again and dive into a powerful yet complex topic—how to use Network Virtualization through System Center Virtual Machine Manager or VMM.

Hyper-V Virtual Networking Network Virtualization

So far you've learned about the types of networks you can use with Hyper-V Manager, the Direct Access Network model, and the Network Virtualization model in Virtual Machine Manager. With those, you should have a solid foundation on basic networking for Hyper-V to build on top of. The next building block we will cover is called Single Root I/O Virtualization, or SR-IOV as it is known.

Preview 05:57

You've learned about the types of networks you can build in Hyper-V, and you've also learned about Single Root I/O Virtualization. Next, we will cover VLANs and Hyper-V.

Preview 07:03

So far you've learned the types of networks you can build in Hyper-V, and also Single Root I/O Virtualization and VLANs. Next we will cover Policies with regards to Networking in Hyper-V.

Preview 04:30

So far you've learned about the types of networks you can build in Hyper-V, SR0IOV, VLANs, and Policies. Next we will cover Load Balancing with regards to Hyper-V.

Preview 05:31
Hyper-V Memory Virtualization
4 Lectures 19:26

Once Hyper-V is installed and virtual machines are talking across the network, you need to understand how the memory, a limited resource, is being used by the virtual machines and hypervisors.

Preview 06:33

Now that you understand what memory virtualization is as a concept, we will look at how to configure it in Hyper-V Manager and also in System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Memory Configuration

We will look at some other topics relevant to memory virtualization in Hyper-V.

Memory Overhead, Smart Paging, and NUMA

Some additional considerations with regard to Hyper-V memory virtualization, we will now look at some memory counters, statistics, and performance monitoring.

Counters, Statistics, and Performance
Hyper-V CPU Virtualization
5 Lectures 24:41

Hyper-V is installed and virtual machines need to run their processes. The hypervisor and the virtual machines all need CPU resources, but they all can't use the same CPUs at the same time, or can they? Just like memory, CPUs are a limited resource.

Preview 06:55

Now that you understand what CPU virtualization is all about, we need to take a look at where to configure it—more specifically how to assign virtual CPUs to our virtual machines.

vCPU Configuring

Now your virtual machines are configured with multiple vCPUs and resource control settings tuned to perfection. Let's take a look at an important concept called Enlightened I/O.

Enlightened I/O

Enlightened I/O is kicking in for blazing fast performance; let's talk about CPU affinity.

CPU Affinity

Now that you know everything there is to know about CPU virtualization, how do you know if your CPUs are even performing efficiently? In this video we will look at CPU performance monitoring

vCPU Performance Monitoring
Hyper-V Storage Virtualization
9 Lectures 37:37

Once Hyper-V is installed, most likely to a local disk drive in the server, the virtual machines and their data need to be stored somewhere. Storage virtualization is the pooling of physical storage from multiple network storage devices into what appears to be a single storage device that can be managed from a central console.

Preview 09:11

As with all hypervisors, virtual machines and their data are stored in virtual hard disks. Hyper-V uses the allocated space on a storage medium to create a virtual hard disk in .vhdx format.

Configuring Storage Virtualization

Now that you have a bunch of virtual machines up and running in Hyper-V, you notice that some aren't performing well, and you run across this controversial subject of IOPS.


So your Hyper-V hosts are humming and you have virtual machines running. Now you start to look into the different facets of storage. One of those facets or features is Multipath I/O.

Multipath I/O

You're almost finished with your lab or proof of concept with a couple of Hyper-V servers, and you are thinking about production, or even just thinking about redundant storage. Investing in a storage array has benefits, but will it be dedicated or shared among Hyper-V Hosts?

Shared Versus Dedicated Storage

So you want a total high-availability Hyper-V system. The discussion wouldn't be possible unless we talk about failover clustering.

Failover Clustering

NTFS has been the file system for Windows for over a decade. Now Microsoft is touting their new file system called Resilient File System.

Resilient File System (ReFS)

With all of this knowledge of Hyper-V, you are now ready to perform the arguably coolest feature in Hyper-V-live migration.

Live Migration

There is one last feature we need to cover for storage, and that is storage spaces.

Storage Spaces
Hyper-V Advanced Topics
3 Lectures 13:48

A hybrid cloud is a mixture of your own private cloud and a public cloud. Since Microsoft owns the public Cloud "Azure", it only makes sense to try to integrate your private cloud (that is, your Hyper-V infrastructure in your data center) with the Azure public cloud.

Preview 04:59

Arguably, doing everything through a GUI makes it simple to learn how to manage Hyper-V. However, you can't build a large-scale Hyper-V environment without learning and using PowerShell. In some cases, you might find PowerShell easier and more flexible to use than a GUI.


Although we have waited to talk about it, security for Hyper-V should not be an afterthought. If you've ever spent any time deploying anything into a DMZ or directly exposed to the Internet, you know how quickly you can get compromised.

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