Most IT professionals know or suspect that virtualization of computer systems may have an important role in their organization’s evolving infrastructure – though where and how are likely under investigation. Some organizations will decide that virtualization isn’t necessary. Others will find that they want to implement it in places, but not across the board. Sill others will move to implement it on a large scale. For those who decide to implement virtualization, the question is how to do it. Many people are not aware that a number of conversion tools and techniques are available now in the Microsoft Windows environment.
This paper focuses on these tools and techniques and presents a variety of scenarios for using them. First, several misconceptions about virtualization and hardware, management, resources and utilization are pointed out, then considerations are presented on when and how to implement virtualization.