Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Auerbach Publications; 1 edition (May 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849339316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849339318
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,417,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
One of the most outstanding books ever!

This book starts by excellent teaching of fundaments (In Chapters 1 to 3) by comparing Virtualization to Simulation and Emulation and demystifying it. An easy to understand and clear history - going back to IBM 360, Physical and Logical Partitioning and OS issues and concepts are discussed to clarify and explain. It also clearly, and very honestly, points out where Virtualization can, and where it can NOT be a solution.

Chapters 4 to 7 do a superb, professional job of covering best practices for Business Case, Planning, Budgets, Deployment, Price, Usage Scenarios, and specifications. I read this part wearing both my business and technical hats. I was impressed in both ways.

Chapters 8 to 12 focus on Microsoft Virtual Server Platform, Installation, Configuration, and Advanced Topics. Chapters 13 to 17 do the same for VMware ESX. Then in Chapters 18 to 22 a greater detailed focus is on Implementation and Configuration of VMware GSX. Chapters 23 to 26 cover Upgrades, Guest OS Techniques, Scripting, and Advanced Topics. And, finally, Chapters 27 to 29 do an honest introduction and summary of Open Source and competitive products such as: Cassat, Parallels, Serenity Virtual Station (SVISTA), Virtual Iron (VFe), Win4Lin, Bochs, QEMU, and Xen.

The authors are top-notch experts in the field and they are also excellent teachers. The book is a delight to read.

Bruce Razban
President/Founder, Razban Internet International,
Silicon Valley, CA, USA
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Prakash on August 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a thorough (742 pages) implementation guide on VMware ESX, GSX and Microsoft Virtual server. This would help implementers/consultants tasked with implementing virtual servers within a datacenter. The authors are implementation experts and are upfront about the fact that this book will cover only the above 3 popular server virtualization products. This book covers how a bare metal or OS (Windows/Linux) based server can be carved up into logical servers. It doesn't defocus or attempt to look into alternative approaches that involve virtualizing I/O in addition to the server itself. I give it a 4 as it seems a bit on the wordy side and could have been presented in a more compact and succint manner. All in all a good book on an interesting topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marko Cruise on November 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've worked with Virtual everything for a number of years and have collected a lot of resources on Virtualisation. Simply: This is likely to be voted the best and most complete to date. It is a little pricey but will save on your time to find knowledge elsewhere and could pay for itself in that respect.

If you want nearly all the answers, buy a book like this one where the authors try to ask all the right questions. If you want to be an expert, learn from experts. Buy this book.

I dropped it to four stars because of price and it probably has too much content which might have pushed back the date it would otherwise be published. Even with all this content, it still manages to miss some important and current virtualisation trends and topics. Nonetheless, it is still the best resource on this subject at this time.
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