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Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
All the Information IT Professionals Need for VMware vSphere 5.5
VMware vSphere is the world's leading virtualization platform, and vSphere 5.5 gives you even greater control over how to allocate your virtual resources. Whether you're just starting to virtualize, or you already have a virtualized environment but want to improve your skills with practical advice, best practices, and real-world examples, this book is your complete VMware vSphere resource. The author team of VMware vExperts Scott Lowe and Nick Marshall uses a logical, start-to-finish approach, showing you in detail how to install, configure, manage, and monitor a dynamic virtual environment using the VMware vSphere 5.5 product suite.
- Understanding all components of the VMware vSphere 5.5 suite
- Installing and configuring VMware ESXi Server, vCenter Server, and vSphere Update Manager
- Creating and configuring virtual networks and storage devices
- Ensuring high availability, and planning for disaster recovery and business continuity
- Creating virtual machines, including installing VMware Tools, deploying, and managing everything with the vSphere Web Client
- Cloning virtual machines with your own templates and vApps, or with OVF (Open Virtualization Format)
- Understanding utilization versus allocation and balancing resource utilization
- Integrating vCenter Operations Manager and monitoring VMware vSphere performance
Install, Configure, and Manage a Virtualized System with VMware vSphere 5.5
Increase Your Capacity with Scalable, Robust, Virtualized and Cloud Solutions
Monitor Performance and Maintain High Availability
Reinforce Skills with Best Practices and Real-World Examples
About the Author
Scott Lowe, VCDX 39, is an engineering architect for VMware focusing on network virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN). He is also a VMware vExpert and author of Mastering VMware vSphere 5.
Nick Marshall is a senior consultant with over 13 years of IT experience and multiple advanced IT certifications, including VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) in Datacenter Administration (DCA) and Datacenter Design (DCD). He currently works for VMware in the APAC region.
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While mandatory to sit the VCP exam, the course was delivered rather quickly with poor explanation of many concepts i.e., the vSphere Distributed Switch was not covered neither were other features in vSphere Enterprise Plus. It left me wanting more. Mastering vSphere 5.5 was recommended, and it has not disappointed. Instead of making vague statements e.g., "performance issues", this book follows up with a full explanation and reasons delivered in a very conversant style.
This is one of two books I'm utilising for my VCP5.5-DCV exam studies. You can either read this book or go straight to VMware pubs and have to wallow your way through thousands of pages of intros, maximums, configuration settings, and the like. It can be overwhelming when you're starting out - and quite dry. Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5 makes it easier.
I have already read this book cover-to-cover. And now wading my way through it slowly whilst practising lab exercises. The chapter on Storage was particularly enlightening. Even before sitting the exam, the book has benefited me in my daily work, in making better informed decisions in the solutions proposed to customers, and in being a trusted advisor to my colleagues.
A great tome to add to any IT Professional's library.
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The official VMware book is a big joke and has 20% of the material covered here. Needles to say you need yo know EVERYTHING in covered in thsi book to even attempt VCP.