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Mastering VMware vSphere 4 (Computer/Tech) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470481382
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Harness the power of virtualization for your enterprise

Install and manage one or one thousand virtual servers in your enterprise with the latest generation of VMware virtualization software, vSphere 4, and this comprehensive guide. Using step-by-step instruction backed by real-world scenarios, this book takes you under the hood of this powerful VMware suite, clearly explaining all of the components and how you can get the most out of them. Discover how to reduce your overall server footprint, expand capacity, optimize performance, track cost savings, and more with this in-depth guide.

Coverage includes:

  • Getting up to speed on all components of the VMware vSphere 4 suite

  • Installing, configuring, and managing VMware ESX and ESXi Server, vCenter Server, and VMware Update Manager

  • Managing virtual machines and networks, storage devices, and access

  • Migrating and importing virtual machines into your existing infrastructure

  • Understanding high availability and business continuity in the VMware world

  • Securing your vSphere virtual infrastructure and monitoring performance

  • Mitigating the effects of unplanned physical server failure with VMware Fault Tolerance

  • Scripting and automating with PowerShell and PowerCLI

Increase Capacity with Scalable, Robust Virtual Solutions

Get the Very Most out of a vSphere 4 Infrastructure

Reduce Your Overall Server Footprint and Cut Costs

Secure Your Virtual Network and Monitor Performance

Reinforce Your Skills with Real-World Examples

About the Author

Scott Lowe has worked in IT for more than 15 years and currently works with a national VAR/reseller as a technical lead specializing in virtualization and virtualization technologies. Scott maintains a well-respected virtualization website, blog.scottlowe.org, and is a contributing author for SearchVMware.com and SearchServerVirtualization.com. Scott is also the recipient of a VMware vExpert Award, an honor awarded to a very select group of individuals for their contributions to the VMware and virtualization community in 2008.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470481382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470481387
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Scott Lowe has been in the Information Technology field for more than 18 years, starting out with desktop support. Along the way, Scott has worked as an instructor, a technical trainer and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), a systems administrator, an IT manager, a systems engineer, a consultant, Chief Technology Officer for a small start-up, virtualization practice lead for a national reseller, and technologist for a major storage vendor. Currently, Scott works in VMware's virtual networking business unit as a technical architect.

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Scott Lowe's blog has always been impressive but his new vSphere book is a real "masterpiece"!

This book starts with vSphere planning and installation and moves into daily administrative tasks. I especially enjoyed the chapters on resource allocation, high availability, and automating vSphere.

Scott's extensive real-world experience really shows through in the way that the book is written.

If you had to choose only one vSphere book - this is the book to choose!

-David Davis, vExpert, VCP4, CCIE
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VSphere is definitely a step in the right direction for those who are using VMware version 3.x and possibly the right step those who have never used VMware previously. I guess the important question at the end boils down to "What is the path of least resistance both to bring your skills up to date and to introduce or update your environment as painlessly as possible to vSphere?" To cut a long story short, Unless you have the ability to attend the vSphere course or have the time and resources to swot the technical manuals; you will have a bit of a bumpy ride ahead of you. Getting started of vSphere for those who are new to the product or those who are living with VMware day and night is definitely made a lot easier and shorter by this book. It gets you started as quickly as possible by explaining the whole concept of virtualization and its implementation using VMware ESX 4.x known as vSphere. Tips, real life examples and recommendations from someone whose job is to design, implement and support the product are everywhere in the book and offer a very valuable insight into the product.

So, Should You Get This Book?
Newbie: For a VMware Newbie, this is a very good book. You're in for a proper initiation into the virtual world of computer resources. Still, you do need to work with the product otherwise your retention for the information presented will be very very short indeed.
Seasoned: Short path to upgrade your ESX 3.x knowledge to vSphere and see what's new in ESX 4.x. Once done, the possibilities are endless, or at least you can start reading the technical manuals for more details and specifics and the multitude of presentation, White & Technical papers and plenty of high quality training video on the net and You Tube.
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To "Master" you will need to read every article about the command line and vSphere out there on the Internet. The book does an outstanding job giving you all the must have knowledge, and if you understand the book's content, you can see yourself going forward with vmware. I am also using it as a part of my prep towards the vcp4 test, and love the way it is organized. Feels like it was written by a hands on person not some technical writer, it is very clear and concise, and very well chapter-ed. Highly recommending Scott's blog as well as David Davis from Train Signal, which is probably the best video instructor you ever had.
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In case the potential reader of this text is wondering to what extent VMware vSphere 4 is covered, the subtitles explain a majority of the content: "Install and Maintain VMware vSphere 4" and "Create and Manage Virtual Networks". The reason this reviewer is calling out these subtitles is because some of the other reviewers here have questioned why certain aspects of the product are not covered. This text is already 650-pages in length. While the subject matter covers well installation, maintenance, and network creation (and other reviewers are correct when indicating VMware documentation and white papers are better than average when covering these topics), this book also includes a well written introduction to vSphere 4, as well as other topics such as creating and managing virtual machines, migrating and importing virtual machines, managing virtual machine resource allocation, ensuring high availability and business continuity, and monitoring performance.

This text is a well written introductory guide (meaning that although it covers some advanced topics, it is written with the beginner in mind), and although (as other reviewers have indicated) many will quickly outgrow this effort, Scott Lowe provides a great one-stop shop for getting going with vSphere 4. What the potential reader will need is highly dependent on how deeply they will get involved with the product (and technologies offered as part of the product). As a consultant architect, my reading was initially focused on the non-core portions of the book that concentrate on creating and managing virtual machines, migrating and importing virtual machines, and managing virtual machine resource allocation, although other portions of the book were later read as well.
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A good book to understand fundamental concepts and know day to day administration stuff.

sometimes, you will face performance issues, network issues, etc. For those more harder issues, you will need to have extra knowledge which you can gain from vSphere: troubleshooting course, and vsphere: Manage for Performance.
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To complement the VMware FastTrack v4 course, I read this book as well. Scott Lowe went into great detail covering VMware ESX/ESXi and their counterparts. The book provided excellent information in preparing for the VCP 4 certification.
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