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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (August 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137044747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137044740
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.1 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: #1,588,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Best Practices, How-Tos, and Technical Deep Dives for Working VMware VI4/VI3 Pros

 

Maximum vSphereis the comprehensive, up-to-the-minute, working reference for everyone who plans, implements, or administers VMware virtual infrastructure. Authored by top VMware consultants, it brings together proven best practices, tips, and solutions for achieving outstanding performance and reliability in your production environment.

 

This book brings together crucial knowledge you won't find anywhere else, including powerful new vSphere 4 techniques drawn from the experiences of dozens of advanced practitioners. You'll find sophisticated, expert coverage of virtual machines, vCenter Server, networking, storage, backups, vMotion, fault tolerance, vSphere management, installation, upgrades, security, and much more.

 

Author Eric Siebert takes the same hands-on approach that made hisVMware®VI3 Implementation and Administrationso popular with working professionals. Whether you're implementing or managing vSphere 4, upgrading from older virtualization technologies, or taking new responsibilities in any VMware environment, you'll find this bookindispensable.

 

Coverage includes

 

  • Understanding how key vSphere 4 changes affect production environments
  • Working with ESX and ESXi hosts and host profiles
  • Getting “under the hood with vSphere 4 virtual machines
  • Making the most of vCenter Server and plug-ins
  • Choosing and configuring storage for maximum efficiency
  • vSphere Networking: physical/virtual NICs, standard/distributed vSwitches, Cisco Nexus 1000V, and more
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting vSphere performance: CPU, memory, disk/storage, and other issues
  • Backing up and recovering VMware environments
  • Using advanced features, including High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource, Distributed Power Management (DPM) and Vmotion
  • Managing vSphere through the client, Web access, command line, Management Assistant, Powershell, ESX Service Console, and third-party tools
  • Building your own vSphere 4 lab
  • Performing more efficient installations and upgrades

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 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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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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To start with I would say that this book, "Maximum vSphere", it is an excellent practical guide and reference.
It simply delivers what it says on the cover: Tips, How-Tos, and Best Practices for Working with VMware vSphere 4.

It will also help you when making decisions about your future choices related to VMware with:
Storage, Networking, Hardware, Monitoring tools, Performances, and many others.

You will find an excellent table of contents in addition to a useful index.

From the start, instead of getting bored "like with many other books" by a long tutorial, you will get the "What's new" with vSphere 4 which is very useful for VI3 administrators looking to get up to speed.
You will then get plenty of information about installations and upgrades.
I assume that most of you will then skip around and focus on specific areas of interest.

Don't skip the end (chapter 14) which is very useful to put in practice, learning the new features and experimenting as it gets you through the building of you own vSphere lab.

This is not a very long book compared to others, but it is packed with very useful information very often illustrated with screenshots.

Recommended..
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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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