- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (August 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0137044747
- ISBN-13: 978-0137044740
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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Maximum vSphere: Tips, How-Tos, and Best Practices for Working with VMware vSphere 4 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Best Practices, How-Tos, and Technical Deep Dives for Working VMware VI4/VI3 Pros
Maximum vSphereis the comprehensive, up-to-the-minute, working reference for everyone who plans, implements, or administers VMware virtual infrastructure. Authored by top VMware consultants, it brings together proven best practices, tips, and solutions for achieving outstanding performance and reliability in your production environment.
This book brings together crucial knowledge you won't find anywhere else, including powerful new vSphere 4 techniques drawn from the experiences of dozens of advanced practitioners. You'll find sophisticated, expert coverage of virtual machines, vCenter Server, networking, storage, backups, vMotion, fault tolerance, vSphere management, installation, upgrades, security, and much more.
Author Eric Siebert takes the same hands-on approach that made hisVMware®VI3 Implementation and Administrationso popular with working professionals. Whether you're implementing or managing vSphere 4, upgrading from older virtualization technologies, or taking new responsibilities in any VMware environment, you'll find this bookindispensable.
- Understanding how key vSphere 4 changes affect production environments
- Working with ESX and ESXi hosts and host profiles
- Getting “under the hood with vSphere 4 virtual machines
- Making the most of vCenter Server and plug-ins
- Choosing and configuring storage for maximum efficiency
- vSphere Networking: physical/virtual NICs, standard/distributed vSwitches, Cisco Nexus 1000V, and more
- Monitoring and troubleshooting vSphere performance: CPU, memory, disk/storage, and other issues
- Backing up and recovering VMware environments
- Using advanced features, including High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource, Distributed Power Management (DPM) and Vmotion
- Managing vSphere through the client, Web access, command line, Management Assistant, Powershell, ESX Service Console, and third-party tools
- Building your own vSphere 4 lab
- Performing more efficient installations and upgrades
About the Author
Eric Siebert, a VMware vExpert and a twenty-five-year IT industry veteran, has achieved elite Guru status on VMware’s VMTN support forums, maintains the VMware information web site vsphere-land.com, and regularly blogs and contributes to many Tech Target web sites, including searchvmware.com and searchservervirtualization.com. He is the author of VMware® VI3 Implementation and Administration (Prentice Hall, 2009), a past VMworld speaker, and a frequent Best of VMworld awards judge.
Contributor Simon Seagrave, a VMware vExpert and VCP, has worked with VMware products since the early days of VMware GSX. He covers virtualization, servers, and storage related technologies on his popular blog, TechHead (techhead.co.uk).
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It primarily focuses on topics relevant to the small and medium sized businesses but also touches on the more complex strategies utilized in enterprise level solutions.
If you're looking to validate your current practices or planning to implement from scratch, this book will be a great tool to help you along your way.
About the Reviewer:
I'm a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere and a VMware consultant with extensive experience in ESX 3 and vSphere. I have designed implemented ESX 3 and vSphere for multiple small and medium sized businesses in the mid-eastern regions of the United States.
It is a great book for advanced beginner and the veteran. I've been using and implementing VMware since 2000, and still got a lot out of it. It is geared more towards and administrator or an implementation specialist, which is what I would expect. Anyone on the design or consultant team will gain value as well, since it helps you dig deep enough to be successful (plus there are practical sections on install/upgrade options and methods).
Anyone needing advanced deep dive in specific subject matters / topics covered will at least get some direction on where to find it, in the "additional resources" areas before each chapter's summary. For example, I am a storage expert -and would have like to dig deeper in the IOPs, calculations, boot storms, and media types, etc -however that should be in an entire sub-category / specialist book . For what is needed here in this book - things are quite sufficient and all categories of design are covered very well. If you want those deeper level resources... you can likely still find them from the author, since he is available on line (twitter, etc) too.
Last note. If you went to VMworld, OR if you wish you did, and heard about all the next generation VMware release sets, then you still need to get your base in vSphere 4. This book covers those bases so you can be successful now, and adequately prepare for that next generation. If you are new to VMware and about to go to formal training, certification, etc -it's best to prepare by reading this first. You want to understand this topical coverage now & at your own pace, and hear it from a very practical perspective, before you hear it for the first time somewhere else. You will also be using this book later as a reference. That's how easy it is to read & use.
I typically only read most of these books because I know the authors or am just curious. But even with years of experience I was pleased to find out some details about features that I had not seen in other books. I would classify this book as intermediate level. If your going to buy just one book I would recommend this one before others since you going to learn more from this one. You can figure out the basic details others cover from reading free PDF guides from VMware.
It simply delivers what it says on the cover: Tips, How-Tos, and Best Practices for Working with VMware vSphere 4.
It will also help you when making decisions about your future choices related to VMware with:
Storage, Networking, Hardware, Monitoring tools, Performances, and many others.
You will find an excellent table of contents in addition to a useful index.
From the start, instead of getting bored "like with many other books" by a long tutorial, you will get the "What's new" with vSphere 4 which is very useful for VI3 administrators looking to get up to speed.
You will then get plenty of information about installations and upgrades.
I assume that most of you will then skip around and focus on specific areas of interest.
Don't skip the end (chapter 14) which is very useful to put in practice, learning the new features and experimenting as it gets you through the building of you own vSphere lab.
This is not a very long book compared to others, but it is packed with very useful information very often illustrated with screenshots.