The Virtualization Solution Accelerators is a collection of automated tools and proven technical guidance to help you assess your current infrastructure, plan and design new infrastructure pieces, secure server roles, and deploy virtualization technologies.

Featured Resources

Application Virtualization (App-V) Dashboard
The Application Virtualization (App-V) Dashboard helps you keep track of the usage, health, and compliance of your virtualized applications—in near-real time! Using the Dashboard’s built-in charts, gauges, and tables, you can track any App-V dataset.
Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0
Want to keep virtualized environments more secure and compliant – while saving time and money! Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 helps you reduce your IT costs by making it easier to update your offline virtual machines, templates and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches—without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT infrastructure. Safely and effectively manage the workflow of updating your offline virtualization environment.
Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology
The IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology enables the reader to rapidly and accurately select which Microsoft virtualization technology or technologies to use for specific scenarios. Updated to include coverage of Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), this guide walks the reader through the process of selecting the right virtualization technology for each workload—in five steps or fewer. Check out these other IPD Guides: 

New! Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services
Streamline your planning and design process for implementing the Remote Desktop Services infrastructure by using the simple nine-step process presented in this guide. Use this guide to save time and clarify your design and planning process.
Updated Virtualization Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guides
The IPD Guide for Windows Server Virtualization and IPD Guide for System Center Virtual Machine Manager are now updated to reflect the features and functionalities of Windows Server® 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. These guides outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of these virtualization products.
Elevate virtual environment security with the Hyper-V Security Guide
This security guide provides IT professionals like you with guidance, instructions, and recommendations to address your key security concerns around server virtualization.
Jumpstart Your Virtualization Projects with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Tool
Download this network-wide inventory and assessment tool to determine the virtualization candidates for Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Application Virtualization. If you’re currently running VMware, the toolkit now includes a VMware discovery feature that identifies already-virtualized servers running under VMware that can be managed with Microsoft’s System Center Virtual Machine Manager platform or which can be migrated to Hyper-V hypervisor.
New Release – Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios – Solution Accelerator
To address the need for flexibility in management and cost of the desktop, this new Infrastructure planning and design, Windows Optimized Desktop Scenarios relate IT and user business requirements for a flexible, efficient, and managed desktop environment to sets of complementary Microsoft technologies. The guide and supporting tool in this Solution Accelerator use the five standard user scenarios, including Office Worker and Mobile Worker, to map requirements to technologies and help with the selection. Read more in the TechNet Library.