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Using Virtualization to Improve Testing

Virtualization technology provides numerous benefits that can be used throughout an organization. In particular, the ability to quickly and easily run multiple operating systems and versions of applications on the same system at the same time can provide significant benefits for software developers and testers. Features that allow quickly rolling-back system state and making copies of VMs can greatly simplify common testing-related tasks. This presentation will begin with a technical overview of virtualization technology. Details related to several different methods of creating virtual environments will be provided. Topics include creating new VMs, managing virtual hard disks, and configuring virtual networks. A demonstration of creating and managing VMs using free virtualization platforms will be provided. Then, we'll look at a comparison of existing virtualization products for a variety of different scenarios, along with their associated pros and cons. Finally, we'll look at some best practices related to implementing and managing virtualization in development, testing, and production environments.

About the Speaker

Anil Desai

Anil Desai is an independent consultant based in Austin, TX. He specializes in evaluating, implementing, and managing IT solutions. He has worked extensively with Microsoft's Server products and the .NET development platform and has managed environments that support thousands of virtual machines. Anil is an MCITP, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, and a Microsoft MVP (Windows Server – Management Infrastructure). Anil is the author of numerous technical books focusing on the Windows Server Platform, Virtualization, Active Directory, SQL Server, and IT management. His latest publications are two books and many articles focused on implementing and managing virtualization. He has made dozens of conference presentations and is also a frequent contributor to online and print publications. For more information, please see http://AnilDesai.net, or e-mail Anil@AnilDesai.net.