- Series: VMware Press Technology
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: VMware Press; 1 edition (March 31, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0133511081
- ISBN-13: 978-0133511086
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Chris Wahl has acquired more than a decade of IT experience in enterprise infrastructure design, implementation, and administration. He has provided architectural and engineering expertise in a variety of virtualization, data center, and private cloud-based engagements while working with high performance technical teams in tiered data center environments. He currently holds the title of Senior Technical Architect at Ahead, a consulting firm based out of Chicago. Chris holds well over 30 active industry certifications, including the rare VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX #104), and is a recognized VMware vExpert. He also works to give back to the community as both an active “Master” user and moderator of the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) and as a Leader of the Chicago VMware User Group (VMUG). As an independent blogger for the award winning “Wahl Network,” Chris focuses on creating content that revolves around virtualization, converged infrastructure, and evangelizing products and services that benefit the technology community. Over the past several years, he has published hundreds of articles and was voted the “Favorite Independent Blogger” by vSphere-Land for 2012. Chris also travels globally to speak at industry events, provide subject matter expertise, and offer perspectives as a technical analyst.
Steve Pantol has spent the last 14 years wearing various technical hats, with the last seven or so focused on assorted VMware technologies. He holds numerous technical certifications and is working toward VCDX—if only to stop Wahl from lording it over him. He is a Senior Technical Architect at Ahead, working to build better data centers and drive adoption of cloud technologies.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is very well written and easy to follow. The concepts are presented and explained well. As with anyone who has ever met Chris Wahl or read any of this posts online, his humor comes through and it makes the book enjoyable to read. The beginning of the book starts at the beginning and while this may be remedial to many users, I'm sure its needed for others. The authors have done an admirable job recapping the basics of networking and a historical view of how we get to where we are. The middle of the book contains a great deal of good stuff about standard and distributed vSwitches and how VMware translates the physical network world into vSphere. It includes everything needed to truly understand the intersection of the networking world with vSphere. The lab scenario is also a fantastic resource since a home lab environment may be the first time many VMware administrators are left alone to design their own networking - since many will have the assistance of dedicated networking staff to augment their knowledge in their daily jobs.
There were 2 things that stood out to me about this book.
1. The book focuses not only on how things work, but also on why you would design a system in a certain way. This is a valuable look into the brains of some experienced architects.
2. IT'S NOT A DULL TEXTBOOK! I can't stress this enough. One of the reasons I read the basics chapters was because of how funny the book really is. There are all sorts of interjected jokes inside of the book. It keeps you interested.
At the start the author details that this “should” be mandatory reading for people who are involved with networking for the VMware environment, this includes the Server Engineers who now have some domain of responsibility in the Network and Network Engineers who need to interface with the Virtualisation Engineers on a regular basis.
I found the book set out correctly, crawl, walk, run type progress between the chapters. This is very good, while the book assumes you know a fair amount about virtualisation, it does assume you know very little about networking. Which is good for us who have achieved our CCNAs and let them expire and never touched networking again.
If you are looking for an NSX book this is not for you, it does not contain NSX and wouldn’t be appropriate for the target audience.
All over I liked this book helpful a great prep to improve my own vSphere environments. I will be reading any further books the authors have put out. From my quick search on Amazon this is the first book these guys have come out with, great job guys!!
A little repetitive at times, laying foundations each scenario, easy to ignore information when presented this format. However I fully acknowledge the all people learn differently and someone may benefit from this where I did not.
Even though I have been working in VMware environments for a long time, I still jumped at the chance to get this book. It is as much about the way that it is told, as it is the content in here. Chris and Steve provide a guiding voice as you work through the different features and implementation scenarios.
I can definitely say that if I lost this book, I would re-buy it. Hands down. Great book and I will definitely recommend this.
This book is well written and simplifies how networking in VMware works. It filled a lot of the gaps in knowledge as I come more from the Windows Server side and lacked the more in depth network knowledge.
I would recommend this to anyone using VMware or wants to expand their general networking knowledge.
Generally boring content brought to life with just the right amount of humor.
Steve and Chris do a wonderful job of demystifying all of the gotchas associated with virtual networking design choices that you're making in your environment today. Do yourself a favor and just order the book.
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The first 70 pages are all about pure networking, which is also intrested for the system engineer.Read more