- Series: IT Best Practices
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: VMware Press; 1 edition (August 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321820479
- ISBN-13: 978-0321820471
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,599,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments (IT Best Practices) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Sean Crookston currently is a data center implementation engineer at TBL Networks, a VMware Enterprise Solutions Provider in Richmond, Virginia. Sean holds certifications from VMware, Cisco, EMC, and Microsoft. Throughout his career, Sean has engineered technology solutions for the healthcare, government, manufacturing, publishing/broadcast, and high-tech industries that streamline business processes and reduce operational expenses. Sean has been awarded the VMware vExpert award in 2010 and 2011.
Harley Stagner is a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX #46) and the first VCDX in Virginia. Harley is currently a datacenter design architect at TBL Networks, a VMware Enterprise Solutions Provider in Richmond, Virginia. Harley is focused on vSphere Architecture utilizing the latest datacenter technologies. Harley maintains a blog about these specialties at harleystagner.com. A list of Harley’s other publications can be found at www.harleystagner.com/publications.
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Chapter 1: Laying the Groundwork
What a great start. This chapter covers the core competencies of vSphere 5. Not only is the functionality of these competencies discussed, but the design considerations are given as well. Good choice guys! Chapter 1 starts off with capacity planning (disk, network, compute, environmental) and was my favorite part of the chapter. Capacity planning is one of the most important steps that must occur prior to deployment and it can mean the difference between success and failure. Some other areas discussed:
Performance - storage performance; IOPS and throughput
Management - updates, monitoring processes
Designing - hardware, DRS, HA, vMotion, Storage DRS
Like I said before, a great start!
Chapter 2: Implementing the Solution
This chapter did not skip a beat. Chapter 2 picks up right where chapter 1 left off; with design. It goes through doing a final review of the design with the stakeholders prior to implementing. My favorite part of this chapter is the `Automating Implementation Tasks'. This chapter hits on host profiles, PowerCLI, vCenter Orchestrator and Auto Deploy (which is very cool). At the end of the chapter Harley and Sean go through how to verify the implementation, which I think is super useful and can be the difference between success and failure with regards to implementation.
Chapter 3: Operating the Environment
Chapter 3 has a lot of meat to it. It covers the gamut of operational considerations in a vSphere 5 environment, Some of the highlights:
Backups - this part covers snapshots and then goes into VMware Data Recovery, which is a free, and good on a small scale
Updates - we all hate updating and patching the infrastructure, but its got to be done, and VMware Update Manager is the tool for the job. Update Manager is well covered in this chapter and even covers the different upgrade paths when moving from earlier versions
Chapter 4: Managing the Environment
The second part of this chapter was one of the best in the book; performance management. The performance management section covered performance recommendations and how to plan for growth in the following areas:
Storage Performance Management - talks about VAAI primitives
Host Performance Management - gives you a good way to calculate resource pools and provides recommendations
Networking Performance Management - covers Network I/O Control (NIOC) and bandwidth management--among other things
This chapter also touched on the vCenter Operations Management Suite, which is a pretty fantastic product. If you don't own it, or never used it. I would advise that you go to vmware.com and download the trial version and check it out.
Chapter 5: Roadblocks to 100% Virtualization
A lot of books are out on vSphere 5, and the ones I have read are great. However, this is the first books that I've read that discusses roadblocks to 100% virtualization. I really like that they've put this in the book. This chapter discusses the roadblocks administrators and system engineers are facing, not only from a technical aspect, but from a political point of view. Things such as VM Sprawl is discussed, CAPEX/OPEX, business critical apps, the list goes on. This was my favorite chapter of the book.
Chapter 6: Full Case Study
This chapter helps you solidify what you've learned throughout the book From design and implementation, to managing the environment. The lions share of this chapter is focused on design, but one would argue that is one of the most important aspects of this process (if not the most important).
It walks you through the entire process from the planning stages, right on through to managing the infrastructure after the implementation is done. Chapter 6 is a full real world case study exemplifying the methodology highlighted in chapters 1 – 5.
This book does an in-depth discussion of business drivers and decisions, something very few other books in the virtualization space cover.
Where other books walk you through installation, configuration and management aspects of virtualization with VMware vSphere, this book goes one step further and and covers best practices combined with real world examples and case studies.
The essentials required to implement a successful virtual infrastructure is covered with great detail, and this book is a must have for anyone that are already designing virtual infrastructures, or plan to do so.
For me, on the road to VCDX certification, this book will be invaluable as I work towards the certification, not to mention in my day to day work facing VMware vSphere customers.
This book was provided for free of charge by VMware Press for review purposes, without any promises of a positive review. All views are my own.
Examples using Cisco UCS was very good, as a lot of companies are deploying the UCS solution. Following the Design Blueprint is very well written. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who works as a pre/post sales VMware engineer.