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Mastering VMware Infrastructure 3 1st Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover

Transform your IT infrastructure without extra hardware

Cut hardware costs, expand your capacity, and manage an entire fleet of virtual machines in your enterprise with the leading virtualization solution, VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3), and the step-by-step instruction in this must-have guide. This essential book is packed with the technical details, best practices, and how-tos you need to install, configure, and run a virtual infrastructure at maximum efficiency. You'll learn how to create and manage virtual networks and machines, configure every product in the VI3 suite, monitor resources and performance, maintain security, and much more.

Coverage includes:

  • Installing and configuring the VI3 product suite, including ESX Server 3.5and ESXi, Virtual Center 2.0, VMotion, and VMware Consolidated Backup

  • Creating and managing virtual networks and setting virtual switch security

  • Configuring and managing storage devices, including iSCSI, NAS/NFS, and fiber channel storage

  • Setting up and deploying virtual machines, including guest operating systems

  • Migrating machines, from virtual to virtual and from physical to virtual

  • Allocating CPU and memory and monitoring resource usage

  • Backing up, restoring, and securing virtual machines and infrastructures

  • Managing resource utilization with VMotion and DRS

  • Managing host and virtual machine updates with VMware Update Manager

  • Setting up and deploying virtual machines and guest operating systems

  • Performing physical to virtual and virtual to virtual migrations using VMware Converter

  • Implement disaster recovery and business continuity plans with VMware HA and VCB

Run 2 to 2,000 Virtual Servers with VI3's Robust, Scalable Tools

Partition Even Mission-Critical Physical Servers into Virtual Ones

Expand Your IT Capacity without Extra Hardware

Follow Best Practices for Monitoring Access and Protecting Data

Reinforce Your Skills with Real-World Examples

About the Author

Chris McCain is a seven-year veteran of the IT work place with a strong history of working across Windows, SQL Server, and SharePoint. For the past three years, Chris has been helping small businesses to Fortune 100 companies realize, design, and implement virtualization technologies. His dedication to promoting education to the IT community is clearly shown in his classroom delivery, consultative engagements, and in his IT focused blogs at www.getyournerdon.com. He can be reached at chris.mccain@nittci.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Mastering
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (May 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470183136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470183137
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,118,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a computing architect/engineer, I have cover-to-cover read many books
over my career. Part of my job is also to write detailed step-by-step
technical documentation for work I have done. With that as preamble, I'd
like to say that this book is extremely well written. You can tell
the author endeavored to give the complete story of the VI3 suite without
sacrificing the deep detail for each component. He succeeded. Not long
before I read Chris McCain's book, I participated in a 5 day (12hrs/day)
deeply intensive VMWare course covering the same VI3 material. I'm not
a fan of crash/boot-camp type courses, but this one was an exceptionally
thorough/good one. Well, you can pretty much replace that intensive
course with the contents of the "Mastering VMware Infrastructure 3"
book and one (and preferably two) servers qualified for ESX use. Almost
every aspect of VI3 that could be neatly partitioned off into its
own chapter and thoroughly treated, was in this book. Chapters either
cover a VI3 component and/or covers a real world best-practice use
of it. There is little hand-waiving in this book; and if you enjoy the
UNIX CLI way of doing things, as I do, you'll also appreciate the
ESX commands that are peppered throughout the book to
complement/supplement the UI screen shots. Job well done. Highly
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I've taken the VI3 course twice and this book goes into greater detail than the vendor course does. The author gives real world applications to many of the issues that VMWare administrators would face. He also presents more detailed explanations of ancilliary subjects such as SANs, command line functions and planning scenarios than you would find by attending the course.

However, the text is a little on the small side. Not enough to be much of a bother when going through the book generally, but trying to read the text in most of the screen shots without a magnifying glass is so difficult that I found myself ignoring the examples he gives. That's why I gave only four stars.

As far as the writing is concerned, I feel that the subject matter is right in line with the knowledge and skills that I know the author possesses. He has a distinct ability to explain a sometimes difficult subject in such a way that even those who are marginally acquainted with VMWare will be able to understand.

Great book, Chris! I just wish I could read it all without straining these middle-aged eyes.
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This is currently the best learning book on the market for VMware, better than the inappropriately named VMware Certified Professional Test Prep.

This really provides enough information to begin using the product(s) effectively and is what I would provide a staffperson with no knowledge of VMware. I appreciate that it is a softcover book, making it much easier to read for me.

The only rub here is that VMware has excellent documentation of their own. A person reading only the documentation would have more pages to read, but would come away with a higher level of knowledge. I mentioned this is the book I would use to get someone up to speed, but if their goal was to pass the VCP test, I would direct them directly to the documentation. There's really no need to read anything else.
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Over the course of several years and having read many in depth technical books pertaining to VMware's ESX and VI. I would have to say that this book is by far the best I have read. The author has done a stellar job at making the book easy to read and absorb at all levels. In addition the author really drives home the point he is trying to make in all of the topics covered. Great job Chris!! Keep up the good work.
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I entered the world of virtualization after my company was purchased. We had only played with the desktop versions of vmware; never the hypervisor. The new company had an established setup.

I had read documentation from Vmware. It does a decent job but I felt I could use something more.

The strength in this book is the author's ability to explain things. Topics I thought I understood became clearing after reading the chapters about them. In my case it was the virtual switch and the physical migration to virtual process. I had made a couple assumptions which I was wrong.

I was happy to see the section on setting up esxi installs via kickstart. It was an idea I was toying with and now I have a good example to review.

Some areas might be a little redundant especially if you read the documentation. Installation for example. However, it does serve as a good review.

One good aspect is the author ends each chapter with "master it" points. Useful especially if you are going after certification.

Another good thing about this book are the screen shots with steps on using functions and utilities of exsi.

There is an emphasis on VirtualCenter and the addon tools you can purchase from vmware. Rather expensive especially when you consider the costs of SQL, etc. However, if you have questions about virtualcenter and want to evaluate it's use, this book will give you a good idea.

Overall, this was a worthwhile purchase and I will probably go back to it in the future.
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