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Administering vSphere 5: Planning, Implementing and Troubleshooting Paperback – March 9, 2012

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ISBN-13: 978-1435456549 ISBN-10: 1435456548 Edition: 1st

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1. Intro to vSphere Suite. 2. Planning a vSphere Installation. 3. Too ESXi for Your Environment - Installing and Configuring ESX & ESXi. 4. Installing and Configuring vCenter Server. 5. Virtual Network Design. 6. Virtual Machine Management. 7. Storage & You - Planning, Configuring and Managing Storage. 8. Resource Planning. 9. Disaster Recovery - HA, FT, SRM, and You. 10. Operationally. 11. Working Safely: Security. 12. Working Smart: Automation. 13. When it Breaks: Troubleshooting. Apendix 1. Reference Architectures.

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This book is different from many of the other books on vSphere, in that we have taken a deliberative approach that focuses (in almost every chapter of the book) on planning for the topic being covered, implementation details, security considerations, and finally a section on troubleshooting. We have linked content throughout the book to minimize duplication, and yet inform you where to go when you need to look up related material. We have created a book designed for beginners, yet with enough information to be helpful to those with more experience, and have made a particular point of pointing out changes. We also have tried hard to help both those new to vSphere 5 as well as those who wish to upgrade form previous versions.
We are all trainers and consultants and have tried to bring our training and consulting background into this project to discuss practical issues you should be aware of, as well as tips and tricks. We have brought many examples we have used from our training classes to make complex concepts easier to understand.
This book doesn't read like a traditional book that is focused on presenting the facts in a straightforward, often dry, manner, but rather much more like you were a student in one of our classes with an ongoing dialog with you, the reader. We hope you will enjoy this style and find it easy to read.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (March 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435456548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435456549
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been working in the IT industry for more than 16 years and with VMware products for 12+ years. I have earned many vendor certifications over the years, from EMC, VMware, Microsoft, Novell, and CompTIA. My certifications include: VCP, VCAP, VCI, MCSE (NT 4, Windows 2000 & 2003), MCDBA, MCT, CNA, CNE, CNI, EMCSA, Network+, A+, and CTT+. I have taught, developed courses for, and consulted on many of these technologies, both for public clients and for customized, internal training for Fortune 500 companies. I have taught in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia and have met with success in each location.

My experience with virtualization began with VMware Workstation and progressed through various desktop and server products and releases, becoming a strong proponent of virtualization, especially using VMware products.
Today, I teach a variety of classes for various vendors, specializing in VMware's vSphere 4 and 5, SRM, and View, Dell and EMC storage, and how applications (such as SQL and Exchange) can best exploit these technologies.

I am the president of Hales Technologies, a company specializing in training, consulting, and solution-oriented consulting. I live in Sunrise, Florida with my wife and four children and can be contacted at Check out my website at or my facebook Hales Technologies page where I post common tips and tricks for those in the computer field at www.facebook/com/halestech.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on May 4, 2012
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If you are going for your VCP or planning an environment this coupled with Scott Lowe(Still better) mastering Vsphere. Scott lowes book is great for knowing all the features in and out, this book gears more to lab based teaching. If you aren't very technical and just getting into Vmware I would reccomend reading this first then grabbing scotts book, if you are expedienced in virtualization then go straight for scott lowes book first then get this for Vcli
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on June 19, 2012
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As a VMware consultant I am always looking for new information, how-to's, etc., that will broaden my skillset and make my job easier. This book is well written and would be very helpful to someone with less than a year or two of experience with VMware products.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony on February 2, 2013
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This book is a very valuable contribution to the IT community. I highly recommend this book for any level of expertise but especially for the beginner/intermediate technician. This book is detailed in explaining all features of the product and you can easily walk yourself through labs at home. A lot of thought has been put into this book so that it takes the perspective of the reader. The order of it's context is well designed, starting from planning to installation and implementation of it's many features. I was able to read this book and pass the VCP5 with flying colors (485/500)! This was the only book that I read outside of taking the class.

I have recommended this book to other beginners and professionals who have all said great things about this book. I have also recommended this book to an IT Manager who said he did not administer vSphere himself but wanted to understand the language that his technicians were talking when it comes to virtualization. He has told me that this book improved his ability to manage vSphere projects and tasks because of the understanding he gained from this book.

I read this book during my deployment in Afghanistan and had the honor of having Mr. Brian Eiler as my instructor at Kandahar. He is truly an expert and brings a high level of professionalism to his work. All of the content that he contributed to this book was written at Kandahar, Afghanistan. Because of his high level of dedication to the IT community and assisting the contactors/soldiers in a combat zone, Mr. Eiler is well deserving of his recognitions. No other book on the market includes this level of dedication in it's context.

If you are looking for a book to start with or looking for another guide to add to your library, this is the one. I found myself referencing this book more often than Google.

Hats off to the authors and thank you for your hard work and dedication!
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