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Maximum vSphere: Tips, How-Tos, and Best Practices for Working with VMware vSphere 4 Paperback – August 27, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0137044740 ISBN-10: 0137044747 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (August 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137044747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137044740
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Siebert, a VMware vExpert and a twenty-five-year IT industry veteran, has achieved elite Guru status on VMware’s VMTN support forums, maintains the VMware information web site vsphere-land.com, and regularly blogs and contributes to many Tech Target web sites, including searchvmware.com and searchservervirtualization.com. He is the author of VMware® VI3 Implementation and Administration (Prentice Hall, 2009), a past VMworld speaker, and a frequent Best of VMworld awards judge.

 

Contributor Simon Seagrave, a VMware vExpert and VCP, has worked with VMware products since the early days of VMware GSX. He covers virtualization, servers, and storage related technologies on his popular blog, TechHead (techhead.co.uk).


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It is a great book for beginner, advanced user or seasoned veteran.
Donald Mccracken
In summary, its a nice concise book covering a breadth of topics related to vSphere, and job well done by the author in explaining concepts.
Sidharth Surana
This is great information for a beginner looking to gain experience or an intermediate person to continue learning or studying for exams.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By storageblog on October 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
What I liked: The brief summary of VI3, to set the context of new features in the vSphere release set. The understanding of storage, storage I/O, and protocol access. Table descriptions of the differences in each of the editions and releases. The time spent on vSwitching is helpful. Although I expect to see more on vShield in future vSphere releases release sets & material / books available. There are some areas of VMware that just are not ready to be unfolded as well, but Siebert gives you what's out there today. The time spent here on networking (and again, the use of tables) was helpful. Screen shots and command line references are good.

It is a great book for advanced beginner and the veteran. I've been using and implementing VMware since 2000, and still got a lot out of it. It is geared more towards and administrator or an implementation specialist, which is what I would expect. Anyone on the design or consultant team will gain value as well, since it helps you dig deep enough to be successful (plus there are practical sections on install/upgrade options and methods).

Anyone needing advanced deep dive in specific subject matters / topics covered will at least get some direction on where to find it, in the "additional resources" areas before each chapter's summary. For example, I am a storage expert -and would have like to dig deeper in the IOPs, calculations, boot storms, and media types, etc -however that should be in an entire sub-category / specialist book . For what is needed here in this book - things are quite sufficient and all categories of design are covered very well. If you want those deeper level resources... you can likely still find them from the author, since he is available on line (twitter, etc) too.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Micky on November 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was ideal for me. There are 300+ pages which is less than I would have expected for such a detailed topic but it gets to the point. You can get out of the blocks very quickly and get your infrastructure up and running.

If you are studting for VCP exams and you need to know all the idiosyncrasies about the product then maybe there are better books but for someone under pressure to complete a project (like me) this book was a God send!

The style of writing is practical and easy to follow. The book is well laid out and advanced concepts are well explained.

Michael
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bsuhr on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was probably the 6th VMware vSphere book that I have read. Most of the books are geared towards beginners and cover the basics like installing and maximum config numbers. What Eric and Simon created here was a book that looks deeper into vSphere. The book spends more time explain functions and features in more depth. They also talk more about features that other books don't cover or merely glance over.

I typically only read most of these books because I know the authors or am just curious. But even with years of experience I was pleased to find out some details about features that I had not seen in other books. I would classify this book as intermediate level. If your going to buy just one book I would recommend this one before others since you going to learn more from this one. You can figure out the basic details others cover from reading free PDF guides from VMware.
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I never read any technology book like this before. This is covering from all levels of skills Beginner,Intermediate and Experts. The day I received this book I couldn't find time to read it, but the day I started reading this book I couldn't find time for other activities. I am going to add more and more vsphere(Under Development) to my website [...] based on the knowledge I am gaining from this book. I personally recommend to any folks trying to have a overall and performance insight of vsphere-4,4.1. Thanks to Eric Siebert and his team for getting this book out with most valuable information at the right time.
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This is a well written book with simple to understand wording for a relatively complex solution. I would recommend this book for those system administrators new to VMware and looking to implement a solution or for those more experienced administrators looking to vet their already deployed implementation.

It primarily focuses on topics relevant to the small and medium sized businesses but also touches on the more complex strategies utilized in enterprise level solutions.

If you're looking to validate your current practices or planning to implement from scratch, this book will be a great tool to help you along your way.

About the Reviewer:
I'm a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere and a VMware consultant with extensive experience in ESX 3 and vSphere. I have designed implemented ESX 3 and vSphere for multiple small and medium sized businesses in the mid-eastern regions of the United States.
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By Donald Mccracken on November 17, 2010
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It is a great book for beginner, advanced user or seasoned veteran. I've been using and implementing VMware since 2004, and still learning a lot out of it. Its focus is on server administrator or an server implementors. Everyone on the engineering, design or consultant team will benefit as well, since it helps them dig deep enough to be successful on server policies for the entire enterprise. Bonus areas include practical sections on install/upgrade options and methods.
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