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Mastering VMware vSphere 6 1st Edition

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The Essential Guide to the Industry Leading Virtualization Solution

Mastering VMware vSphere 6 is the fully updated edition of the bestselling guide to VMware's vSphere virtualization software. With comprehensive coverage of this industry-leading toolset, this book acts as an informative guide and valuable reference. Step-by-step instruction walks you through installation, configuration, operation, security processes, and much more as you conquer the management and automation of your virtual environment.

Written by certified VMware vExperts, this indispensable guide provides hands-on instruction and detailed conceptual explanations, anchored by practical applications and real-world examples. You'll learn everything you need to know to get the most out of vSphere 6.

Coverage includes

  • Planning, installing, and navigating vCenter Server components
  • Creating and configuring virtual networks, virtual machines, and storage devices
  • Ensuring high availability and business continuity by eliminating downtime for planned maintenance
  • Creating and managing reliable, agile virtual machines
  • Managing resource allocation with data center-wide network aggregation
  • Balancing utilization automatically or using defined priority access
  • Monitoring VMWare vSphere performance and availability with centralized management
  • Automating and orchestrating routine administrative tasks, updates, and patches

Install, Configure, and Manage Virtualization Toolsets
Leverage Support Tools to Provide Maintenance and Updates
Implement New Features to Ensure Compatibility and Flexibility
Manage Resource Allocation and Utilization to Meet Application Needs
Secure the Network and Monitor Performance

About the Author

Nick Marshall is an Integration Architect at VMware, where he helps build products including vSphere, vRealize Operations Manager, and vRealize Automation Center. He has over 14 years of IT experience and holds multiple advanced IT certifications. Nick helps run the vBrownBag podcast, blogs at nickmarshall.com.au, and runs a site dedicated to home labs at www.labguides.com. He can be found on Twitter @nickmarshall9.

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Product Details

  • Series: Mastering
  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (April 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118925157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118925157
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can't necessarily rely on this one for certification. Made it to page 5 and found incorrect information.

Under the ESXi maximums table, the number of logical CPUs is shown as 320 (which is what 5.5 is) and should be 480.

I'll still read the book but will be doing some fact checking along the way which is unfortunate.
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There are a number of errors, glaring omissions and the most compelling differences in vSphere 6 are just skimmed over. It's obvious with the release date that the book was written before vSphere 6 was finalized and went to GA.

This book still covers most of the basics, but if you're looking to learn about the new features of vSphere6, you'd be better off reading the official documentation.
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Its almost as if they did a 'find-and-replace' for 5 or 5.5 and replaced it with 6. Not much else in here re: specifics of vSAN. Only limited information on the new web client and extension extensibility.
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I purchased this book after passing the VCP5.5-DCV exam. Nick's Mastering vSphere 5.5. had helped me immensely in understanding virtualisation and vSphere. His conversational tone in the book is the reason why I stayed faithful to the series and purchased the 6.0 version in preparation for the VCP6-Cloud exam and to see how he explains the new features i.e., x-vswitch, x-vcenter and long distance vMotion, SMP-FT, content library, VVOLs, VSAN2, Network IO Control 3 and multiple TCP/IP stacks.

A colleague is studying VCP6.0 exam by reading vExpert blogs. I don't have time for this. I need everything together in one volume (on my iPad) so I can read during those moments in the day when I do have spare time.

Another reviewer mentioned that the maximums on one page was not updated. I'll keep a table nearby at all times just to compare.
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I found the book a very interesting review of vSphere 6 and its features. It is however just a basic update of the same material covered in the other Mastering VMWare vSphere series, except with screen shots and feature updates for vSphere 6. I believe this is a worthwhile purchase to get a handle on many of the new features that are available in vSphere 6, as well as update you on updates to existing features.
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Not really a gripping topic so I found it hard to read but they did a good job of making a very dry topic interesting.
If you work in IT today you are sure to interact with VMware on some level. This was the best book I could find on the topic and quite well written. I am sure the only people reading this will be professional Systems Engineers wanting to improve their VMware skills and would strongly recommend this book to you.

More generally Sybex has a very good writing style guide for their authors and for me Sybex is the go to publisher for IT books.
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I have both this and the mastering 5.5. If you liked 5.5 you'll love this one. It's just as good if not better.

For anyone complaining about errors, I'd say that's just expected in a first edition. I'm sure there is a correction site someplace.
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This is the best book on vSphere 6 in English, and I own every VMware book I could find on Amazon. I love it because it's not tailored toward exam objectives but rather literally mastering the technology as the book suggests. There is some criticism that this book is too much like it's former editions, but that's not a problem if you just buy this one.
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