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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: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 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: #1,195,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 you thought that you knew everything about HA / DRS, think again and read this book.
R.G.A. Epping
I highly recommend this book to all virtualization admins, architects, and consultants.
Matt Liebowitz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sloof on April 6, 2011
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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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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 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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Ever had a series of discombobulated thoughts and ideas that have suddenly clicked into place & the plans come into focus? That's exactly what happened when I read Frank & Duncan's book. Even though I have a fair few years experience with Enterprise virtualisation , my knowledge of what's deeply under the covers of the availability options of vSphere was made up of blog posts I'd read , anecdotes from colleagues and a few slides from trainers. It was enough to get me by, but there was always that nagging feeling that I wasn't fully in control of what was happening.

After reading the book ( in a morning - for a tech book it's one that you can work though in a short amount of time and still get value from ) I had a real epiphany / light bulb moment / matrix moment / and all of those concepts and ideas suddenly had a deeper meaning and the big picture was visible. For anyone who thinks they know about HA / DRS : read this and *really* know about it.
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If your trying to understand how VMware High Availability (HA) and Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) work, you need to buy this book. A lot has been written on the internet, whitepapers and books about these two VMware subjects, but by reading this Frank and Duncan will take you to a whole new level. Step-by-step they explain the features and their configuration settings. Not every VMware environment is the same. They've managed to write about these complex features in such an easy way that everybody can understand it. In the end you'll know what settings to use and how to configure them correctly for your VMware environment.

This book is a must read for everybody that is technically involved with VMware vSphere. It's easy to read and is written in a structured manner. I highly recommend it and enjoy reading it. It's my reference for building and designing VMware vSphere infrastructures.
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This book is worth every penny. Duncan Epping[...] and Frank Denneman [...] are well known in the Vmware community for their outstanding knowledge (and the fact they are sharing this knowledge).
The book is made up in two in main articles HA (done by Duncan) and DRS (done by Frank) whereby they don't miss out on all main subjects of the discussed technology. Everything is well covered and they don't forget to mention where extra information can be found.
All in all this book is a must read for every system engineer, architect, or whatever IT freak working with VMware vsphere out there. For IT-managers, this is a book you must give all your employees working (administrating, desgning) with your vsphere environment.
@Duncan and @Frank, great job guys! Love the contents for it brings loads of knowledge in a 200 page book. Love the cover, for i'm dutch too ;-)

Arjan Timmerman
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