- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (October 18, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470890800
- ISBN-13: 978-0470890806
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thoroughly Updated for VMware vSphere 5!
Virtualization is hotter than ever. VMware vSphere is the most widely deployed virtualization platform, and this indispensable book by VMware vExpert and VCDX Scott Lowe is your key to harnessing the newest version. Using step-by-step instruction and real-world examples, he takes you under the hood of VMware vSphere 5 and shows you how to get the very most out of all its components. Learn how to install, configure, operate, monitor, secure, and automate your virtual infrastructure from a leading expert and with the leading virtualization solution.
Understanding all components of the VMware vSphere 5 suite
Installing and configuring VMware ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Update Manager
Building and managing virtual machines, networks, and storage
Handling day-to-day or advanced tasks through the vSphere Web Client
Ensuring high availability and optimized resource usage with vSphere HA and vSphere DRS
Securing and automating VMware vSphere
Monitoring resource allocation and performance
Leveraging new storage features in VMware vSphere 5, such as Storage DRS
Harness the Power of Virtualization with VMware vSphere
Increase Your Capacity with Scalable and Robust Solutions
Master All Tools in the New VMware vSphere 5 Suite
Monitor Performance and Maintain Security
Reinforce Your Skills with Real-World Examples
About the Author
Scott Lowe, VCDX, has been in IT for more than 17 years and is a VMware vExpert, an honor granted by VMware to individuals whose work in the VMware community has made a significant impact. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer for the vSpecialist team at EMC Corporation, where he specializes in the integration of VMware, Cisco, and EMC solutions, products, and technologies. Scott is the author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and coauthor of VMware vSphere 4 Administration Instant Reference and VMware vSphere Design. He is also a former contributor to SearchVMware.com and SearchServerVirtualization.com, and a former columnist for Virtualization Review magazine. Scott's top-rated VMware/virtualization blog is blog.scottlowe.org.
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Aside from that, it is now also one of my resources that I using on a daily basis when questions coming up about virtualization projects I am putting together. It is a great tool and I highly recommend that you add it to your collection.
Also, I did get my certification!
Lowe's book goes far more in depth at the internals than the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] class has time to do. Which can be challenging to the point of madness. The author writes well and explains rather unintuitive abstracts in a way that is accessible to a tech audience.
Almost every paragraph in this book demands synthesis, as the VMWare product suite is vast and complex. Usually after a couple hours of reading, I would walk away zombified for the rest of the day. I think it took me about a month to slog through the entire thing.
My only gripe with the book that the screenshots are so miniscule and sometimes too light that I'm often tempted to haul out a magnifying glass while reading
So if you're ready to take the plunge into VMWare's vSphere, this book is definitely worth the bucks.
Concepts were brilliantly explained and documented with key take-aways clearly highlighted. A five star must have from me :-)
It covers all the aspect of VSphere5 from installation to monitoring; and it states the differences between this version (5) and the older one.
The book is written well (not too much deep, but uo to the point). The only thing I didn't like about the writing (although it's non related to technical details) is the repetitive usage of the first person "I" throughout the book: I will show you; as I showed you; I'll explain it...
Sure this is not a school essay; but still it doesn't sound good.
Another issue is the tiny and rather washed out pictures. You have to get the book really close to your eyes in order to clearly see them.
I used it to study for my VCP along with Brian Atkins study guide and I believe without it I wouldn't have passed. It's also increased my knowledge on everything vSphere massively. It's sitting on my desk now at work and I can see myself using it quite often.