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Mastering VMware vSphere 5 [Paperback]

by Scott Lowe
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Book Description

October 18, 2011 0470890800 978-0470890806 1
A new and updated edition of bestselling Mastering VMware vSphere 4

Written by leading VMware expert, this book covers all the features and capabilities of VMware vSphere. You'll learn how to install, configure, operate, manage, and secure the latest release.

  • Covers all the new features and capabilities of the much-anticipated new release of VMware vSphere
  • Discusses the planning, installation, operation, and management for the latest release
  • Reviews migration to the latest vSphere software
  • Offers hands-on instruction and clear explanations with real-world examples

Mastering VMware vSphere is the strategic guide you need to maximize the opportunities of virtualization.

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From the Back Cover

Thoroughly Updated for VMware vSphere 5!

Virtualization is hotter than ever. VMware vSphere is the most widely deployed virtualization platform, and this indispensable book by VMware vExpert and VCDX Scott Lowe is your key to harnessing the newest version. Using step-by-step instruction and real-world examples, he takes you under the hood of VMware vSphere 5 and shows you how to get the very most out of all its components. Learn how to install, configure, operate, monitor, secure, and automate your virtual infrastructure from a leading expert and with the leading virtualization solution.

Coverage includes:

  • Understanding all components of the VMware vSphere 5 suite

  • Installing and configuring VMware ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Update Manager

  • Building and managing virtual machines, networks, and storage

  • Handling day-to-day or advanced tasks through the vSphere Web Client

  • Ensuring high availability and optimized resource usage with vSphere HA and vSphere DRS

  • Securing and automating VMware vSphere

  • Monitoring resource allocation and performance

  • Leveraging new storage features in VMware vSphere 5, such as Storage DRS

Harness the Power of Virtualization with VMware vSphere

Increase Your Capacity with Scalable and Robust Solutions

Master All Tools in the New VMware vSphere 5 Suite

Monitor Performance and Maintain Security

Reinforce Your Skills with Real-World Examples

About the Author

Scott Lowe, VCDX, has been in IT for more than 17 years and is a VMware vExpert, an honor granted by VMware to individuals whose work in the VMware community has made a significant impact. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer for the vSpecialist team at EMC Corporation, where he specializes in the integration of VMware, Cisco, and EMC solutions, products, and technologies. Scott is the author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and coauthor of VMware vSphere 4 Administration Instant Reference and VMware vSphere Design. He is also a former contributor to and, and a former columnist for Virtualization Review magazine. Scott's top-rated VMware/virtualization blog is

Product Details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470890800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470890806
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VCP 5 Certification achieved March 22, 2012
By Fred
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book with the purpose of preparing for the VCP 5 certification exam. It covers everything that you need for the test, whether you are just starting out or have your VCP 3 or 4 and want to upgrade.

Aside from that, it is now also one of my resources that I using on a daily basis when questions coming up about virtualization projects I am putting together. It is a great tool and I highly recommend that you add it to your collection.

Also, I did get my certification!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have November 23, 2011
By Scott
Like one of the other reviews says, this really does cover it all for all people from beginners to experts. For me, that's worked as a stepping stone. Lowe introduces you to VMware and delves into the basics and the most advanced stuff. He really throws all of his knowledge out on the page. While I'm still a beginner, I feel like I'll be using this as resource for a while. I think it's a must have even if you've been using VMware vSphere for a while
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Supplement for those on VCP 5 path January 25, 2012
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Scott Lowe does an excellent job breaking down and explaining the rather intimidating components of VMware vSphere 5.

Lowe's book goes far more in depth at the internals than the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] class has time to do. Which can be challenging to the point of madness. The author writes well and explains rather unintuitive abstracts in a way that is accessible to a tech audience.

Almost every paragraph in this book demands synthesis, as the VMWare product suite is vast and complex. Usually after a couple hours of reading, I would walk away zombified for the rest of the day. I think it took me about a month to slog through the entire thing.

My only gripe with the book that the screenshots are so miniscule and sometimes too light that I'm often tempted to haul out a magnifying glass while reading

So if you're ready to take the plunge into VMWare's vSphere, this book is definitely worth the bucks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was so good I bought it twice (no joke) March 8, 2012
By saiello
This is literally the second time I'm buying the book in paper back form. The book is so packed with knowledge that I wore out my fist copy underlining and marking pages with sticky notes. I genuinly feel it's helped me master the entry to mid-high level points in VMware ESXi 5. I want to now go back through and re-read the portions of the book that focus more on advanced features of ESX and management.

Based on every thing I've read and my home lab I've been able to make a change from a general Windows engineer to a mich more rewarding carrer into VMware engineering. I would have no issues recommending this book to any one looking to get a great understanding of VMware ESXi 5.0. This is a hands down must buy for any one interested in ESXi 5.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home Run for vSphere Admins January 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Loving this book just as I did with Mastering vSphere 4. Scott demonstrates once again why he is one of the best authors on virtualization technology out there!

This book is a great tool in preparation for VCP5 certification and provides tons of valuable information for managing your actual environments and homelabs if you are so fortunate. I may not make it cover to cover on this one but I'll be going back to it on a regular basis.

Well done once again Scott!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars one more edit to being a masterpiece August 9, 2012
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This is an excellent attempt at delivering a great book on VMWare vSphere 5. The contents are great and the chapters are well laid out.. However I do notice a trend since the Mastering VMware 4 editions. I am not sure if American English is Scott's first language, but often at times I find myself laboring to understand his discussiions when reading through his books. I would have preferred a cut-to-the-chase, direct-to-the-point and witty approach that's suitable for busy fast readers nowadays.. Scott's salient points are often hidden in long explanations so I am forced to read every sentence and spend longer time than I am used to in order to fully understand his points Also I am not sure if the chapters were directly transcribed from some of his course trainings because the content descriptions often times sounded more suitable to class sessions rather than reading contents....I might be wrong but I think what this book need is probably just one more edit by a seasoned technical writer in order to expose all discussion points quickly and make it a masterpiece... All these doesnt take anything away from the greatness of Scot Lowe and his position as the best author on the subject of VMware worldwide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate just buy it! July 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is my first purchase of a book authored by Scott Lowe, it won't be my last! This is an excellent resource for any VMware vSphere Administrator, Engineer or Technologist. I purchased the kindle version (which I feel was expensive, although reduced since first launch) so this book can be used as an on the job reference. As a VCP5 exam resource it worked a treat too, full coverage and some...Any gripes, a small one would be that one or two chapters were extremely long but the material warranted it to ensure full coverage so not sure it could be avoided with out vast amounts of appendices.

Concepts were brilliantly explained and documented with key take-aways clearly highlighted. A five star must have from me :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a well written book. March 3, 2012
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I am absolutely enjoying reading this book! this book engages you in the topics because of the precise writing style and clear, concise explanations. If you read this book, you can possibly get a better understanding than just attending the authorized class! guaranteed! this book should be on any vmware admin's bookshelf/desk! get a copy, now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the only book to get.
I have gone through the formal VMware training and actually find this book more useful, thorough, and reader-friendly than the certified material. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Stephen Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Experience
Was a little apprehensive about buying a used book but got a great deal. The book was in great condition, I received it several days earlier than I expected and it was at a good... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Robert M Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars My vSphere 5 bible
Scott Lowe always delivers and this book is no different. I have version 4 & 5.5 and it's pretty much the same (except when it isn't) and it really digs into the features to give... Read more
Published 1 month ago by FieryPhoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars VCP5-DCV Ready
This book is exactly what someone needs to explain what vCenter is and does, how it does it with each of the components. It also explains how the ESXi Host fits into the picture. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Micah
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for beginners!
I got my VCP5 certification reading primarily this book and the official course material. I buying Scott Lowe's Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5!
Published 2 months ago by Alex Ku
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, as a supplement to PearsonVue Cert guide.
Get this if you want knowledge about VSphere5 or you and/are studying for the VCP510 test. But this is NOT the only book you need for the certification test. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason
3.0 out of 5 stars Reads like one long marketing pamphlet
Fine book, one issue though is that it's extremely wordy and reads like a marketing guide for VMware, don't get me wrong the data is useful, just not as concise as it could be.
Published 4 months ago by Stewart Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. comprehensive
Very good book. At times it does not explain with details and assumes you already know about VMWare essentials. I recommended to everyone
Published 4 months ago by JMQ
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, Concise and Informative
I am new to administering VMware 5.5 and using the Infrastructure client. I did not give 5 stars only because I do not have enough comparable exposure to other material and some... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Danny Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for school district.
Purchased for school district. I haven't heard any complaints (and I would) so I can only assume that everything is okay with this.
Published 6 months ago by Cheryl Harris
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