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Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 (VMware Press Technology) 1st Edition
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent manual, definitely one to keep on your shelf. However, if you have limited or no experience with SRM or Storage (specifically replication-synchronous/asynchronous, etc)... Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Kyle
Administering Site Recovery Manager 5.0 is a step-by-step no fluff guide on how SRM works and how to configure it. It has great screenshots and diagrams to reinforce the how-to's. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Nathan Gilliam, VCP
VMware press has made the book easy to read, added screenshots, and give real-world scenarios. The book is broken into 16 chapters. Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Travis Hahn
I've have been working with VMWare for several years and can state first had "if you are thinking about deploying Site Recovery Manager don't do so until you read this book". Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Glen Sedam