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Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Tech Target; Second edition edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971151083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971151086
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ron Oglesby is the director of virtualization and x86 services at GlassHouse Technologies and is one of the top experts in the U.S. for the design and implementation of virtualized server environments. He lives in Chicago. Scott Herold is the lead architect of virtualization solutions for Quest Software and has been a pioneer in architecting advanced virtualization solutions for many Fortune 100 organizations in R&D and implementation roles. He lives in Chicago. Mike Laverick is a professional instructor in technologies such as Novell, Windows, Citrix, and VMware, and the sole author of the popular virtualization blog "RTFM Education" (www.rtfm-ed.co.uk), where he publishes a range of free guides and utilities aimed specifically at VMware ESX/VirtualCenter users.


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It is very easy to read and provides real world examples.
Faiyaz Hack
If you're thinking about deploying VMware or are already running VMware Virtual Infrastructure, I consider this book to be a requirement.
C. Wolf
This is great book that really gets down to the nitty and gritty details of VI3.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Wolf on August 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Last week while speaking at TechTarget's Advanced Enterprise Virtualization seminar, I was asked a question I get quite often - "What book do you recommend if we want to learn more?" The answer to that was easy. The audience consisted pretty much of senior level administrators who were either running or planned to deploy VMware-based virtual environments, so I asked if everyone had purchased a copy of the VMware Infrastructure 3 Advanced Technical Design & Advanced Operations Guide. The attendees were surprised that I didn't mention my own book, but why should I? My virtualization book was published in 2005, so it's a dinosaur in terms of virtualization books. Even back then, I wrote a good virtualization book that covered many platforms, but at the time the best book for ESX environments was the VMware ESX Server: Advanced Technical Design Guide.

I had pre-ordered the VMware Infrastructure 3 Advanced Technical Design and Operations Guide and received my copy from Amazon a few days before my seminar last week. If you're thinking about deploying VMware or are already running VMware Virtual Infrastructure, I consider this book to be a requirement. The authors, Ron Oglesby, Scott Herold, and Mike Laverick are three of the foremost VMware experts in the world. Together, they delivered a highly comprehensive book that takes you from planning and architecture to operations and advanced management. Let's face it, you can find a lot of information online today, so to me the value of a good book is in the information that goes beyond what is already there in a vendor's how-to guide. This book certainly does not disappoint. Of course, some of the book's content is online, like Mike Laverick's excellent how-to on PXE installing ESX, but that's no reason to forgo this treasure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Perkins on September 20, 2008
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I waited for months to be able to purchase the VI3 ATDG once I first heard good reviews of the first version of the book from two VMware employees. However, I was unfortunately somewhat disappointed when I received the book and began reading. The book does cover most of VMware VI3 topics; though the authors took a very high level approach where items are quickly brushed over and you are left with the feeling that this book really isn't an "advanced" design guide but more of an addition to what you would receive in official VMware training. I also found the book to be poorly edited as there were numerous spelling and grammatical problems throughout the entire book--to the point it was distracting when reading. All in all, I do have to give the book 3-stars as it would be valuable to someone who was going to be implementing VMware VI3 without previous training. If you have taken VMware courses on VI3, save your money and continue using the material in your course books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terence A. Brummet on March 9, 2010
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Technically sound and accurate. Learned a lot from the content, even though I have worked extensively with VMware products. The downside is that the editing is the worst I have seen in any book I have ever read. After hours of rereading for comprehension due to typos and grammatical errors, I started counting editing screw ups. I was at an error for every second paragraph, and at least 2 sections per page by the time I finally put the book away. I may pick it up again this year, but will probably just buy the next version's book. I will definitely take a look at the book on the shelf for readability before the purchase. Again, content is fantastic and very instructional, you just have to get past the horrible editing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason G. Boche on July 27, 2008
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Oglesby and Herold have combined with well known RTFM author Mike Laverick to deliver a second knockout in their VMware ESX Advanced Technical Design Guide series. With coverage of VMware ESXi, you will not find a more complete and up to date book. I was fortunate enough to receive a preview copy of this book in February and look forward to receiving the final print edition soon. The previous books published by these authors have always traveled with me to the job site and to various VMware User Group meetings and conferences as a technical reference. This book will be no exception. I am confident each reader will find value in the concepts, discussions, and working examples the authors bring to the table from real world experience, in-depth research, and collaboration with other virtualization experts from around the world. This book is an ABSOLUTE_MUST_HAVE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl Sattler on October 12, 2008
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I bought the previous revision of this book when I stepped into my first VMware environment consisting of two SANs, six hosts, and a lot of questions. It was fairly insightful but lacked enough support of VI3.5. Now that I am running a global VM infrastructure with 3.5 throughout, it was time to upgrade the text. I was not disappointed. I have essentially based the new production farms' configs on examples from this book (tweaked for our environment) but the underlying logic has earned several compliments from VMware support.

For those of you who enjoy reading about technology in bed before embarking on a new adventure, this one actually comes along on pleasure trips as well. It's fun.
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By K. Smith on February 2, 2009
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Synopsis: "VMware Infrastructure 3" combines an easy to read style with the technical expertise of some of the leading virtualization experts. Actually two books in one, the first half focuses on the architecture side of things. That is, how ESX 3.x works and why it does things as it does. The second half of the book focuses on the `how to' behind the technology. This book is a _must read_ for all ESX consultants and technical leads, and a vital reference for anyone responsible for maintaining an ESX environment.

Pros:
- Presented with a poignancy that speaks to, and never down to, the reader.
- The text provides incredible depth into the how's and why's behind ESX, while the well laid out structure makes it easy for the reader to follow along.
- Not only explains several gotchas and best practices, but also _why_ these are important. For instance, it explains the impact on ESX HA if the console interface lacks redundant NICs (pg 142), how DRS may support up to 32 cluster nodes, but only if they're single-pathed (pg 126, 179), why ESX HA really needs DRS beyond 2 nodes (pg 143), why performance monitoring becomes both more difficult and more important in virtual environments - and how to achieve it (pg 249).

Cons:
- Not sure this is really a con, but I gotta write something... This is a huge book, somewhat unwieldy. Since it's two books anyway, there could have been an argument made for binding them separately, but then I appreciate the authors were looking to add value, which they accomplished admirably.
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