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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2012
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
on November 23, 2011
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
on January 26, 2012
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2012
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
on January 21, 2012
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
on August 9, 2012
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
on January 31, 2012
This book is a must have resource for any VMware professional. The content included in this book is broad in scope, but narrows in perfectly on complex or hard to understand areas. It is very well laid out and can either be read cover to cover, or used as a reference.

Scott Lowe definitely knows what he is talking about. He is a very well respected vExpert and leader in the industry.

I *highly* recommend this book to anyone who is new to VMware, people looking to become a VCP, or people looking to polish their skill sets for a VCP upgrade exam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2012
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
on March 3, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2012
This is a great book for newbies, and good book for vSphere 4 administrators.
It covers all the aspect of VSphere5 from installation to monitoring; and it states the differences between this version (5) and the older one.
The book is written well (not too much deep, but uo to the point). The only thing I didn't like about the writing (although it's non related to technical details) is the repetitive usage of the first person "I" throughout the book: I will show you; as I showed you; I'll explain it...
Sure this is not a school essay; but still it doesn't sound good.
Another issue is the tiny and rather washed out pictures. You have to get the book really close to your eyes in order to clearly see them.
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