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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456301446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456301446
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

There is no prerequisite knowledge needed to read the book, however the book is by no means a "how-to" guide and consist of 222 pages with all the detail you want and ever need on VMware High Availability (HA) and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). The book has been reviewed by the engineers of the product and is one of a kind. We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we did writing it.

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Praise for the HA and DRS technical deepdive:

Marc Sevigny (senior staff engineer VMware HA group): "Duncan Epping's intimate knowledge of VMware HA internals, plus his experience working with HA installations in a wide range of configurations make him the de facto HA guru. Anyone considering or using VMware HA should become one of his devout followers."

Anne Holler (senior staff engineer VMware Distributed group): "Frank Denneman has extensive knowledge and experience across a wide range of VMware products from ESX to vCenter to  DRS. He has written an indispensable reference for using and understanding DRS and DPM."

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Very well written book!
Geoff Rupp
If your trying to understand how VMware High Availability (HA) and Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) work, you need to buy this book.
M. Baecke
I highly recommend this book to all virtualization admins, architects, and consultants.
Matt Liebowitz

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sloof on April 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Last week I already received a proof copy of the new book by Duncan and Frank and I must say that I'm impressed. When you think - you know everything there is to know about HA and DRS, you should definitely read it. You will be amazed with the amount of detailed information about vSphere 4.1 DRS and HA clustering. Two other great takeaways are the "clear timelines" and "best practices".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Riley on February 15, 2011
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The term "deepdive" is regularly abused in the technology world these days. There's nothing more disheartening than walking into a one hour session at a conference entitled deepdive, and finding out that it's neither deep, nor a dive. It ends up being more like sitting in a couple inches of warm water in a plastic kiddie pool.

When these guys say deepdive, they mean it. This book is packed with helpful information from the first, to the last page. Somehow, they even manage to read minds. They know what you're thinking as a VMware administrator, and they'll tell you the why, and the best practice.

Lots of books have good overviews of HA and DRS, but none goes as deep as this. It's very well-written, and highly recommended for anyone who is running, or thinking about running an HA/DRS environment.

This book is, as Jeremy Clarkson would say, "absolutely brilliant"!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Film Fan on April 6, 2011
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Never have I seen so much technical information packed in such a small publication!

This one has awesome information on the nitty-gritty about VMware High Availability and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler.

One would have to search far and wide to find all of the informationed herein, and then they would still probably not be able to match the quality of the information.

Best of all is that it's less than ten bucks for the Kindle version!

Five stars!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Baer VINE VOICE on April 1, 2011
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I learned a few things by reading this book. That says a lot since I am not unfamiliar with this subject matter. In fact, I have been designing and using HA and DRS solutions since they were in beta several years ago. I like to think that I understood the material better than most people who might pick up this book.

Duncan and Frank are well-known in the VMware community, both via their blogs and their in-person work at customers and events. If you think you understand HA and DRS, and doubt that anyone could write an entire book on these topics, prepare to change the way you think. VMware HA probably has more advanced settings than any other VMware product except the hypervisor itself -- and those settings are listed and explained in this book, along with 'best practice' guidelines and design recommendations for general use cases. Not only are the features, knobs, and levers explained, but combinations and integration points are identified. Particularly useful are several examples and diagrams that reinforce often overlooked or misunderstood concepts.

While a little rough in some places, for a self-published book on a complex topic, I've got to commend the authors on their work and look forward to more from them. This is one of those books that is a fairly quick read, but will live near my desk for those times when I need to remember exactly how something works or the name of some configuration option.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sloof on December 6, 2010
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Last week I already received a proof copy of the new book by Duncan and Frank and I must say that I'm impressed. When you think - you know everything there is to know about HA and DRS, you should definitely read it. You will be amazed with the amount of detailed information about vSphere 4.1 DRS and HA clustering. Two other great takeaways are the "clear timelines" and "best practices".
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By DARREN M. VOHS on October 11, 2013
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This is a great book and should be read by anyone still running 4.1. Duncan and Frank both really know there stuff and do a great job of explaining the inner workings of HA and DRS.
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By CFCU on June 30, 2013
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I received everything as was promised and it was in great condition.
There were no surprises.
Received it on time.
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The book provide a very complete step by step guide for you to setup the VMWare vsphere 4.1 for HA. Also, it provides cases and examples in different scenario and it is very useful if you are in this area. But some information can be found online if u really want to save the money :)
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