With the advent of machine virtualization technologies such as VMwares Virtual Infrastructure, Citrix XenServer, and Microsofts Hyper-V, IT pros are looking to new formats for server configurations. One of the most popular is the virtual appliancethe creation of a standard, configured virtual machine including specific applications. This article begins a series whose objective is to demonstrate how you can build your own virtual appliances based on installation and configuration best practices. Then, once the appliance is built, you can use and reuse it to your hearts content.
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