In this tech advisor, technical director Michael Otey and contributing editor John Savill explain how to use two revolutionary Windows Server 2012technologies: Continuously Available File Shares and Shared-Nothing Live Migration. Continuously available file shares enable you to create high availability file servers to support both traditional file access and new block data access with nothing other than the hardware you have today. Shared-nothing Live Migration allows you to move Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V VMs from one Hyper-V host to another without the need for expensive shared storage. These Windows Server 2012 features bring high-end capabilities to midsize and small businesses without requiring large hardware investments.

In Chapters 3 and 4, Chris Henley from Veeam talks about virtual machine backup for Hyper-V and some of the keys to virtualization monitoring and management.