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“With this book, Eric has created a roadmap through the intricacies of VMware Infrastructure 3. From initial requirements gathering to advanced configuration topics, the logical progression of the chapters allows readers to jump in at whatever point makes the most sense in their own environment. Beginners and veterans alike will find themselves using it as both a guide and a reference.

--Mark Chandler, Infrastructure Engineer Principal, VMware Certified Professional and vExpert 2009


“Through his work at Boston Market, his involvement as a community moderator on the VMTN forums, his management of his own vmware-land.com website, and his active blogging, Eric Siebert has established himself as an expert in the field of virtualization. In this book, he shares his knowledge of VMware virtualization in a manner that will benefit the novice and the expert alike.

--Ken Cline, Technical Director, Virtualization, Wells Landers


The Definitive Guide to Planning, Implementing, Securing, Maintaining, and Troubleshooting VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3

This is the most comprehensive guide to planning for, implementing, securing, maintaining, monitoring, and troubleshooting VMware VI3 in any IT environment. Written by Eric Siebert, a veteran VMware system administrator and one of only 300 vExperts named by VMware in 2009, this book will help IT professionals make the best possible decisions about VMware every step of the way.


Siebert presents extensive coverage of the upfront planning and architectural tasks that can make or break VMware deployments, sharing practical insights you'll never find in the official documentation. Next, he presents dozens of tips, tricks, and best practices for everything from migration and configuration to backup. Along the way, Siebert introduces advanced techniques for optimizing both the efficiency of VMware system administration and the effectiveness of VMware virtual environments. Coverage includes

  • Understanding your current infrastructure--and all the ways virtualization will change it
  • Building VI3 environments for maximum reliability and performance
  • Choosing the right software, servers, storage, and network infrastructure
  • Constructing your virtualized environment
  • Configuring virtual networking, storage, and resources to maximize host and guest performance
  • Systematically securing hosts, VMs, networks, and vCenter Servers
  • Mastering best practices for populating virtual environments, including P2V migration, templating, and the use of ISO files
  • Monitoring your virtual environment, analyzing metrics, and proactively eliminating bottlenecks
  • Applying patches to fix bugs and security vulnerabilities without introducing problems caused by unexpected dependencies
  • Troubleshooting virtual environments: identifying and resolving specific problems, one step at a time
  • Improving administration with snapshots, scripting, and other advanced techniques


VMware VI3 Implementation and Administrationis an invaluable guide for every professional working with VMware, including architects designing virtual infrastructures, as well as managers and administrators who must implement and support them.


Foreword    ix

Introduction    1

Chapter 1   Assessing Your Current Environment    3

Chapter 2   Planning Your Virtual Environment     25

Chapter 3    Building Your Virtual Environment     75

Chapter 4   Configuring Your Virtual Environment     119

Chapter 5   Securing Your Virtual Environment     219

Chapter 6   Populating Your Virtual Environment    263

Chapter 7   Monitoring Your Virtual Environment    335

Chapter 8   Maintaining Your Virtual Environment    365

Chapter 9   Backing Up Your Virtual Environment    399

Chapter 10  Troubleshooting Your Virtual Environment    409

Chapter 11  Advanced Topics    435

Index    467

About the Author

Eric Siebert has been working with computers for more than 25 years. For the past 15 years, his main focus has been the administration of Windows server environments and supporting enterprise applications such as web, email, and database servers. Four years ago, he discovered virtualization technology in the form of VMware ESX and has been hooked ever since, spending countless hours learning the product inside and out. He now spends much of his time helping others in VMware’s community support forums, having achieved Guru status and become one of the forum’s moderators. His own website, http://vmware-land.com, is where he shares his tips and experiences and hundreds of links to technical information and top ten lists on a variety of subjects. In addition, Eric writes tips and blogs for Tech Target on sites such as searchvmware.com, searchservervirtualization.com, and searchdatabackup.com. Most recently, he was a speaker, panelist, and Best of VMworld awards judge at VMworld 2008 and is a regular guest on VMware’s weekly VMTN roundtable podcast. In 2009, Eric was awarded the VMware vExpert award, one of only 300 people worldwide recognized for their knowledge, experience, and contributions to the VMware community.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (May 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137007035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137007035
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,263,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jason G. Boche on January 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
VMware VI3 Implementation and Administration was a very enjoyable read. I don't mean to sound cliché but for me it was one of those books that is hard to put down. Released in May of 2009, along with the next generation of VMware IV (vSphere), the timing of its arrival to market probably could have been better, but better late than never. Datacenters will be running on VI3 for quite some time. With that in mind, this book provides a tremendous amount of value and insight. I can tell that Eric put a lot of time and research into this book; the quality of the content shows. Much of the book was review for me, but I was still able to pick up bits and pieces here and there I wasn't aware of, as well as some fresh perspective and new approaches to design, administration, and support.

To be honest and objective, I felt that Chapter 9, "Backing Up Your Virtual Environment", lacked the completeness which all other chapters were given. A single page was dedicated to VMware Consolidated Backup with no detailed examples or demonstrations of how to use it, which would have been found throughout other chapters. To add, there was only a few sentences covering Replication which is a required component in many environments. Eric likes to discuss 3rd party solutions and this would have been a great opportunity to go into more detail or at least mention some products affordable to businesses of any size which could leverage replication solutions.

Overall, this is a great book. Eric has a no-nonsense writing style backed by decades of in the trench experience. I thank you Eric and look forward to your upcoming vSphere book!
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By J Sweet on September 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Mr. Siebert's book is a high quality roadmap to VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3. The book does a great job of starting with what you currently have and the benefits of virtualization. It is a systematic approach with critical insight on planning and building (I have seen many projects fail due to a lack of a strong foundation). I particularly appreciated the highlighted "By the way" and "Did you know?" comments; the comments are brief and often contain critical bits of information.

Siebert's book is a reference for the seasoned veterans, newcomers, and solution specialists providing information to decision makers. I highly recommend it.
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By a_double on August 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent reference for VMware Virtual Infrastructure administrators. It covers planning, configuration, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of your virtual data center running on VMware. The concepts are clear with procedures to accomplish common operations. It also includes Best Practice sections to optimize your virtual infrastructure. This is the first book I'd open when a problem arises with my virtual infrastructure.
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