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The VMWare Workstation 5 Handbook (Charles River Media Networking/Security) Paperback – June 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1584503934 ISBN-10: 1584503939 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Charles River Media Networking/Security
  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Media; 1 edition (June 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584503939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584503934
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,443,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven S. Warren (Winter Haven, FL) is a Senior Technical Consultant for The Ultimate Software Group. He has written columns for well-known IT Web sites including Techrepublic.com, CNET, and ZDNET, and has published numerous articles. He holds MCDBA, MCSE, MCSA, CCA, CIW-SA, CIW-MA, Network+, and I-Net+ certifications, and was named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

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This book is simply great!
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Most users will find that this book covers all their queries and then some.
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This book is the only comple guide to installing and using VMWare.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Boling on September 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
80% of the book seems to be almost quoted from the VMWare documentation. After a brief intro chapter, it spends another chapter on installation, followed by a walkthrough of the VM UI that, in similar fashion to most of the book, goes about as deep as you would get by taking your mouse and clicking through the menus and looking at their item descriptions.

Very little takes any more depth than what comes with VMWare in the first place. For example, chapter 13 deals with "Performance tuning abd optimization". It spends a paragraph telling you that clicking the debug checkbox turns debug logging on (which the help file tells you too) but doesn't tell you any details about it or when you might want to use it. The "log...progress periodically" option on that dialog is never even mentioned.

The last two chapters on VMWare Workstation have a little more information out of them, though again, most of the "Tricks and Tips" are things that anyone can know from reading the documentation or playing with the UI for a bit.

If your time is precious, you learn well by reading, and you've never used VMWare before, I would recommend this book. If you've used VMWare for a while, you probably already know almost everything in the book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bejtlich on October 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Steven S. Warren's VMware Workstation 5 Handbook (VW5H) is a great book for beginning and intermediate VMware Workstation (WS) users. It is well-written, thorough, and informative. Those who are trying to deploy WS for average home, research, or corporate purposes will find their needs met. Those looking for in-depth coverage exceeding VMware's online documentation will be disappointed. Still, I've been using VMware for almost 4 years, and I learned a few new tricks.

VMware's online documentation is excellent. Those seeking to install and operate WS will find most of their needs met reading VMware's free guides. VW5H provides context and problem-solving techniques that one may not acquire from VMware's documentation. For example, a new user may be unaware of the purpose of a product like VMware P2V Assistant. By reading Ch 15 of VW5H, the user will learn how P2V can create virtual machines out of physical systems.

VW5H offered several tips that I found helpful. I had never heard of Vnetsniffer, although the tool dates to at least 2001. I was unaware of the performance counters described in Ch 13. I thought the procedure for turning VMs into Windows services in Ch 16 was also innovative. I liked the Windows command line coverage in Ch 16 and elsewhere.

I would have liked more information on alternatives to WS, to help guide deployment decisions. I concur with an earlier review that uses debugging as an example of a lost opportunity. One can read the VMware documentation to learn about enabling WS debugging. Interpreting sample output would have been helpful in VW5H. Some sort of performance comparison between using VM disks allocated all up front, or those that grow incrementally, would have been appreciated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Niloufer Tamboly on November 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
The VMWare Workstation 5 Handbook (Networking & Security) (Paperback) by Steven S. Warren

ISBN: 1584503939

For someone who does not like to go through a lot of options and help pages to find the answer this book is a real time saver. Most users will find that this book covers all their queries and then some. The author strikes a right balance in satisfying both the dorks and the nerds amongst us with the depth and breath of the topics covered.

VMWare provides excellent online documentation but then why would one buy this book and why is this book so popular? The main reason is that the author has realised that people using VMWare have a very real need to learn to do things fast and be done with the installation and configuration and get on with testing their software in a distributed enviornment.

Steven S. Warren is a Senior Technical Consultant for The Ultimate Software Group and was named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

I give this book 5 stars on a scale of 5, 5 being the highest. I strongly recommend this book.

Niloufer Tamboly, CISSP
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
When it comes to virtual computers installed on one physical computer nobody does it quite as well as VMWare. Version 5 of their workstation product is a significant improvement over earlier versions with easier installation, better discovery of available hardware, and many other features. While it is easy enough to install a basic system and the software pretty much installs itself the documentation of VMWare has always been lacking. This book fills that void by supplying a superb manual to match the superb software product. The author takes a kind of quick start approach as he goes through installation and upgrading, and then moves straight to creating a virtual machine so you can get working with it right away. From there he moves to some of the more advanced features such as working with snapshots, cloning a virtual machine, and working with teams. This is followed by a section on networking virtual machines, performance tuning, and optimization. He even includes an excellent section on tips and tricks. If you have the need for more than one operating system installed on your computer or just want to work with more than one then virtual machines is the easiest way to go about it. No rebooting and working in just one system at a time like a dual-boot configuration, you just run them both at once and switch back and forth as needed. And it will support more than just two virtual machines running at the same time. The VMWare Workstation 5 Handbook is highly recommended to anyone interested in the VMWare product.
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