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VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive [Paperback]

by Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman
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July 10, 2011 1463658133 978-1463658137 1
** Black & White edition ** VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive zooms in on three key components of every VMware based infrastructure and is by no means a "how to" guide. It covers the basic steps needed to create a vSphere HA and vSphere DRS cluster and to implement vSphere Storage DRS. Even more important, it explains the concepts and mechanisms behind HA, DRS and Storage DRS which will enable you to make well educated decisions. This book will take you in to the trenches of HA, DRS and Storage DRS and will give you the tools to understand and implement e.g. HA admission control policies, DRS resource pools, Datastore Clusters and resource allocation settings. On top of that each section contains basic design principles that can be used for designing, implementing or improving VMware infrastructures and fundamental supporting features like (Storage) vMotion, Storage I/O Control and much more are described in detail for the very first time. This book is also the ultimate guide to be prepared for any HA, DRS or Storage DRS related question or case study that might be presented during VMware VCDX, VCP and or VCAP exams. Coverage includes: HA node types HA isolation detection and response HA admission control VM Monitoring HA and DRS integration DRS imbalance algorithm Resource Pools Impact of reservations and limits CPU Resource Scheduling Memory Scheduler DPM Datastore Clusters Storage DRS algorithm Influencing SDRS recommendations Be prepared to dive deep.

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About the Author

Duncan Epping is a Principal Architect working for VMware as part of Technical Marketing. Duncan specializes in vSphere HA, Storage DRS, Storage I/O Control and vSphere Architecture. Duncan was among the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX 007). Duncan is the owner of Yellow-Bricks.com, one of the leading VMware/virtualization blogs worldwide (Voted number 1 virtualization blog for the 4th consecutive time on vsphere-land.com.) and lead-author of the "vSphere Quick Start Guide" and co-author of "Foundation for Cloud Computing with VMware vSphere 4", “Cloud Computing with VMware vCloud Director” and “VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS technical deepdive”. He can be followed on twitter at http://twitter.com/DuncanYB. Frank Denneman is a Consulting Architect working for VMware as part of the Professional Services Organization. Frank works primarily with large Enterprise customers and Service Providers. He is focused on designing large vSphere Infrastructures and specializes in Resource Management, vSphere DRS and storage. Frank is among the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX 029). Frank is the owner of FrankDenneman.nl which has recently been voted number 6 worldwide on vsphere-land.com and co-author of “VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS technical deepdive. He can be followed on twitter at http://twitter.com/FrankDenneman.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463658133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463658137
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 16, 2011
By @drakpz
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If you're looking for technical, precise and comprehensive information about HA, DRS, and Storage DRS, well... This is the book for you. Frank and Duncan use a linear and fluent writing style, with excellent examples and real world scenarios that give you a perfect understanding of the inner logic of all the involved components. Great info on the new features in v5, and how and why some things have radically evolved (e.g. HA).
Loaded with precious tips and detailed information, it's a must have wether you're a clustering newbie or a seasoned vAdmin.
Oh, and what about the money? It's weeeeell worth the price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have addition to your tech library July 16, 2011
By Greg
Format:Kindle Edition
Following on from their vSphere 4. HA/DRS deepdive book Duncan and Frank have followed up with this new book which covers some of the greatest new features VMware have added to or improved in vSphere 5.

I have just finished the kindle of this book and I must say I am very impressed at the way that it is laid out, they topics covered and the level of technical information. The level of information they were able to provide goes beyond what you will ever find in any whitepaper. The use of diagrams illustrate the concepts in a way that words sometimes struggle to. This has always been one of Franks strengths and this book is no exception. I firmly believe that you should consider the colour version of the book as the illustrations have maximum effect, and yes it's worth it.

In this book you'll find the usual suspects such as HA, DRS and DPM but in addition they authors have also included some additional features such as Storage DRS, Storage IO Control, vMotion, Storage vMotion and Resource Entitlements.

I have made a bunch of notes and bookmarks during my first pass of this book. I will no doubt return in a week or so for another read.

A super book and I really recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the concepts in this book, you WONT find better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have - Worth Its Weight In Gold August 3, 2011
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In case the other raving reviews were not sufficient I will backup what the others have said. Written in the same clarity and technical depth as the 4.1 HA/DRS book, this book is an absolute must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive June 28, 2012
By vzyh6r
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This book has details on vSphere that I have not found elsewhere. I have read through all sections and found the detail in the book crucial reading for any vSphere Administrator. I recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for vSphere 5 Administrators May 18, 2012
By tkuznia
This book is a great resource for any vSphere 5 Administrators. It mainly covers 3 major functions of vSphere 5, including HA, DRS and the new Storage DRS. The book does a great job of explaining not only the new functionality in-depth, but also best practices of how these should be used in your virtual environment. There is no better resource in explaining clustering as it relates to ESXi clusters.

The following information about each subject was covered:
- Fault Domain Manager (FDM)
- HOSTD Agent
- Host Failure Response
- Host Isolation Response
- Admission Control

- DRS Levels
- vMotion Changes
- Reservation Behavier
- DRS Migration Thresholds
- Affinity/Anti-Affinity

- Key Features
- Constraints
- Recommended SDRS Settings for storage type
- Storage vMotion changes
- SDRS Thresholds

Great Resource guide that I keep on my desk bookshelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The bar was set high with the VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical deepdive (Volume 1), and this book sets it even higher. If you are in any way working with vSphere 5, even indirectly, this is an essential book to own and read. It contains real world, plain English explanations of the inner workings of vSphere 5 clustering, including charts and diagrams that are impossible to find elsewhere. I have highlighted and flagged much of the information in this book, and find it an excellent desk reference. I also own the Kindle edition for when I'm out and about. The writing style is very open, and friendly, and easy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There have been many changes to vSphere5 from the previous versions. This book combined with Duncan's previous book (HA and DRS Deepdive for vSphere 4) will keep even the most seasoned VMware Admin, Engineer, Consultant or IT person's interest. There is so much more to learn about this wonderful product we call vSphere. This is just the start of many publisings from various authors and without a doubt, this is a great start to get a grasp of the newly designed HA and Clustering in vS5!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Whether you are longing to know about the transition from AAM to FDM, best practices for DRS and DPM, or are just curious to know what those acronyms are this is a great book! The technical detail, practical advice, and comparative analysis throughout make this book one of the most thorough yet concise technical books available. You could easily pour through thousands of pages of pdfs and blogs to harness the information contained in this book so I highly recommend that you get this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Good read on Clustering, but doesn't compare to hands on real like experience with VMware and Clustering. I still reference it sometimes though.
Published 2 months ago by jabbadehut60
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understand
Good book, detailed, yet easy to read and understand.
I highly recommend this for all aspiring VMWare engineers and consultants.
Published 9 months ago by Gordon Ng
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything came as expected
I received everything as was promised and it was in great condition.
There were no surprises.
Received it on time.
Published 9 months ago by CFCU
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent technical resource
I was lucky enough to pick this up for my Kindle during the couple of days when it was free. This has been an excellent resource that has helped me understand how clustering works... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
VMware vSphere Clustering deepdive is very good book for VM Administrators. I got idea about admissional controls and clustering after reading this book.
Published 12 months ago by Dhakshinamoorthy
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Published 17 months ago by Joseph E Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide
Great guide for preparing to pass your VCP 5 exam. Althought the writing style isn't exactly smooth, the information contained is excellent and provides great technical detail and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Thomas Dietrich
5.0 out of 5 stars just the good stuff
This book contains in-depth information and certain recommendations for optimizing the WMware environment. I enjoyed reading it, marked and applied where possible/applicable. Read more
Published 21 months ago by dcdcdc
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for vSphere Admins
Great book again following on from the last one. Every vSphere Admin should have this book to gain a better understanding of HA, DRS and SDRS.
Published 22 months ago by Andrew L
5.0 out of 5 stars indispensable reference: salient, smart, clear, & fun
This is one of the top VMware vSphere references, well worth the price. It covers a large amount of useful material in detail, with no fluff. Read more
Published 23 months ago by prinskinner
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