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Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 (VMware Press Technology) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0321799925
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About the Author

Mike Laverick, a former freelance VMware Certified Instructor, is a full-time author/blogger/podcaster/speaker with eighteen years of experience in VMware and related technologies. Now a VMware forum moderator and member of the London VMware User Group, he runs the virtualization website and blog RTFM Education, which publishes free guides and utilities for VMware users. Laverick has been honored with VMware’s vExpert award, assisted Irish and Scottish VMware user groups, and has published several books on VMware technologies.
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Product Details

  • Series: VMware Press Technology
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: VMware Press; 1 edition (January 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321799925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321799920
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,180,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is a treasure trove of experience from Mike Laverick covering VMware's SRM 5. The writing style is very human and conversational, with plenty of little anecdotes and personal experiences to be found, which greatly facilitates the desire to absorb this book cover to cover. The material covers many different vendor products that are used with SRM, along with detailed visuals (screenshots and the like) to assist the reader in understanding how they work. Even if you're not currently purchasing or using SRM, I would recommend this book as a good way to remove the FUD around disaster recovery in a VMware environment and get a better perspective on your options to protect your VMs.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Laverick's cheeky and sometimes repetitive prose takes little away from the value of this book as a good resource for learning about SRM 5.x. The book is a bit dated, as vSphere 5.5 is the current release, but it's fundamentally accurate as the changes to vCenter SRM 5.5 are not so significant as to be greatly different from SRM 5.0.

I found the book to be a bit unnecessarily bulked up by the inclusion of all of the step-by-step chapters on the various SRAs for different storage providers, but because the book is organized well, I was able to skip the information that isn't relevant to my customer environments.

I bought both versions of this book--the paperback hardcopy and the Kindle book. I found the physical book to be better for my initial needs--developing a scope of work for a customer SRM project and deploying SRM in my home lab in preparation for that work--but I'm sure I'll refer to the Kindle version from time to time in the future because I don't care to lug books with me to customer sites if I can avoid it.

If there's a future edition, this book could use a good copyediting pass to make it a bit less localized to UK English so that it's a bit easier to read for non-UK audiences. I had no trouble with it as a US English speaker, but I think people who read English as a second language would find some of the text more challenging to understand.

The content gets five stars. The extra bulk for screen shots of deploying every SRA, which are very similar to each other, gets four stars. I gave it five anyway because on balance, this is a very useful book for those learning about, deploying, or managing vCenter SRM.
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Format: Paperback
The 'Administering VMWare Site Recovery Manager 5.0' book by Mike Laverick is written in a casual, yet concise manner. The easy to follow examples and screenshots make it easy to understand the new 5.0 capabilities, which augment VMWare SRM security and protection: vSphere Replication, Planned Migration, Automated Re-Protection, Automated Failback, & Enhanced Dependency Definition combine for a one two punch to keep your VM environment well protected. An out of the box, hands-on admin guide, SRM5.0 makes implementation of a Disaster Recovery process easy and smoothe. Great guidebook!
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Format: Paperback
This book by Mike Laverick is very well written, as the title says it's a hands-on SRM 5.0 administration and implementation guide, all the new SRM 5 features are well covered, anyone with knowledge of storage and VMware products can easily implement SRM 5.0 by reading this book, good job.
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Format: Paperback
This book is a great resource for those of us with little or no previous exposure to SRM. The combination of details and overview make it helpful for not only getting familiar with the concepts but also seeing how it would fit into an existing (or new) environment. I especially liked the storage specific sections tailored to several of the different options available. This makes for something of a customized book where you can read or ignore the sections that apply to your own specific scenario(s) while still having the general information available. Having some scripting suggestions, common errors, AND Monty Python references makes for a great book, definitely recommended.
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Format: Paperback
This is a terrific book from VMware Press. Mike Laverick has provided a well written and organized book. The chapters covering Dell, EMC, HP, and NetApp Storage Arrays are terrific. Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 should be on the bookshelf of VMware and Storage admins.

To some the organization and presentation of this book may seem unconventional. Chapter 1 describes Site Recovery Manager, DR technologies, and addresses misconceptions of VMware technologies often thought of as DR technologies. Chapters 2 - 6 individually explain how to configure Dell, EMC Celerra, EMC CLARiiON, HP StorageWorks, and NetApp storage for VMware. Chapters 7 - 16 then cover the configuration and operation of VMware SRM. Chapters 1 plus one of 2 -6 make this book worthwhile to anyone installing a VMware solution with a SAN.

Mike walks the reader through the entire installation and configuration process with plenty of screenshots and real world examples. It is easy to follow along as he builds out a SRM solution. As the solution is built out, it covers advanced topics like customizations, scripting, and complex configurations.

Billy Carter
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