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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (November 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439263450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439263457
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luc Dekens on November 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
During the last VMworld in San Francisco I was lucky to receive a preview copy of this book.
And to take away the suspense, I still stand by my first impression of this book. A huge collection of all kinds of vSphere related facts, procedures and best practices.
If you're a vSphere admin and you have some questions, better first consult this booklet. Chances are you will find your answer in here.

The authors (Thomas, Duncan, Dave, Stuart and Bernie) are all well-know contributors in the lively vSphere community.
It will be like having one (or more) of them at your side during your daily vSphere administration tasks.

And to top it of, the book is crammed with practical PowerCLI scripts from none other than Alan Renouf.

This book will rapidly become one of your most consulted tomes.
In fact, better get two copies, one at work and one at home ;-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg on March 9, 2010
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I am a reader and somewhat of a collecter of good technical books but this one blows them away for bang for buck. I was suprised at the books size, but even more suprised at the quality and quantity of information that the authors were able to fit into its pages. It contains a concise description of common and non-common tasks including images and powershell commands to boot. This is my new favourite book, I only wish i'd bought it earlier now. It goes with me everywhere, so much so I bought 2. One to leave at home and one to carry with me when I go to work. There is an occasional blank page which is designed to provide you a space to make your own additional notes. Put this one in your bag, pocket, car or just tape it to your desk so others cant get at it. A wonderful addition to my library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rubens Sanches on August 13, 2010
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I highly recommend this book for all those who works in VMware vSphere environments. It comes with lot of valuable tips and techniques that will save your lifes when you find yourself in trouble. A really survival guide !
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un*put*down*a*ble
Pronunciation: (un"poot-dou'nu-bul), [key]
--adj. Informal.
Adjective meaning consistently and irresistibly interesting. Typically refers to a book that is so well written and entertaining as to be difficult to (literally) put down and pause away from.

Normally a term used to describe novels, but the vSphere Quick Start Guide certainly fits the definition. Last month I was finishing three major projects and needed to write my VCDX application in one week, but somehow it kept ending up in my hands. So what's so special about this book and how does it distinguish itself from the competition?

The book central theme is providing tips and `how to's' and it does this rather well. The book handles the traditional subjects, such like vCenter, Host, Virtual Machines, Networking and Storage. Besides the concise, easy to follow and non-ambiguous way the tips are written, I really like the minimal use of screenshots. This allowed using the (limited) space to contain as much content as possible.

Besides describing how to change settings via the Service Console CLI and the GUI, most tips also list PowerCLI and RemoteCLI example scripts. Incorporating PowerCLI scripts allows this book to be of value to the more experienced administrator who is using PowerCLI or RemoteCLI to manage its environment. The examples certainly increased my interest of picking up PowerCLI.

But what really makes this book shine is the short in-depth text accompanying most of the tips and how to's. The text contains valuable information on how certain mechanism works, what impact changing a setting can have and field experience of using certain settings.
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By Jason G. Boche on November 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a great way to kick off the new week - The highly anticipated book, vSphere 4.0 Quick Start Guide: Shortcuts down the path of Virtualization, has arrived at Amazon.com! I look at this new release as the 2nd edition or vSphere edition of RapidApp's Quick Start Guide to ESX 3.0 which is still available and was a huge success.

The vSphere 4.0 Quick Start Guide was written by a lineup of new authors who are well known rock stars in the virtualization community: Bernie Baker, Thomas Bryant, Duncan Epping, Dave Mischenko, Stewart Radnidge, and Alan Renouf. I obtained a preview copy of this book at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco and I can tell you that this it is absolutely amazing. Nowhere else will you find as much information in such a small and convenient footprint. Its small size allows you to put it in your pocket and take it virtually anywhere: On the plane, on the bus, into a meeting, or into the datacenter. As with the first edition, there are several blank pages in this book which allow you space to write down notes, command line information, configuration maximum changes, information about your environment, helpful URLs, etc. The authors did a great job on this book and considering the cumulative years of experience and combined expertise packed into this book, you can't beat the price. I don't think a better value exists. My copy has been traveling with me daily in my laptop bag. I give it two thumbs up.
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