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VMware Infrastructure 3: Advanced Technical Design Guide and Advanced Operations Guide (No. 3) Paperback – August 1, 2008
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Ron Oglesby is the director of virtualization and x86 services at GlassHouse Technologies and is one of the top experts in the U.S. for the design and implementation of virtualized server environments. He lives in Chicago. Scott Herold is the lead architect of virtualization solutions for Quest Software and has been a pioneer in architecting advanced virtualization solutions for many Fortune 100 organizations in R&D and implementation roles. He lives in Chicago. Mike Laverick is a professional instructor in technologies such as Novell, Windows, Citrix, and VMware, and the sole author of the popular virtualization blog "RTFM Education" (www.rtfm-ed.co.uk), where he publishes a range of free guides and utilities aimed specifically at VMware ESX/VirtualCenter users.
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The book actually consists of two manuals back-to-back, with a shared index (if you can call it that). That wouldn't be bad, except that there's quite a bit of repetition. For example, the sections covering resource pools and resource sharing are copied verbatim between the two sections, amounting to 8 pages of fluff which should have been edited out.
The index is nearly useless: only 6 pages to index an 800 page technical manual. Some of the index terms point to sections where the topic is barely covered, and miss other sections with more detail. The index also appears to have been generated by a word processor with little or no editing; the "HA" entry contains 65 page references, with no subdivisions. You basically have to skim through chapters to find the info you need.
The book does cover quite a bit of info in it, and it may be an okay choice for a beginner who wants to read it cover to cover. But if you already know a fair amount and want to use this as a detailed reference, I'd stay clear.
- Presented with a poignancy that speaks to, and never down to, the reader.
- The text provides incredible depth into the how's and why's behind ESX, while the well laid out structure makes it easy for the reader to follow along.
- Not only explains several gotchas and best practices, but also _why_ these are important. For instance, it explains the impact on ESX HA if the console interface lacks redundant NICs (pg 142), how DRS may support up to 32 cluster nodes, but only if they're single-pathed (pg 126, 179), why ESX HA really needs DRS beyond 2 nodes (pg 143), why performance monitoring becomes both more difficult and more important in virtual environments - and how to achieve it (pg 249).
- Not sure this is really a con, but I gotta write something... This is a huge book, somewhat unwieldy. Since it's two books anyway, there could have been an argument made for binding them separately, but then I appreciate the authors were looking to add value, which they accomplished admirably.
This book is as good or better than the class room training. If you are looking to get up and running on VMWARE quick and want to do it right, this is the book for you.
If you're after a funky very latest ESX technical document it's not for you but if you're still using ESX 3.x and are looking for some clarification on fundamental topics (pretty much the same across differnet versions and builds) this could be a nice resource.
In regards to the book itself, the book is an awkward shape and size. It's smaller then most books in height and especially width (the book is a little skinny). I would have liked the book to be a more standard format (9x6.6/9x7), maybe then there would be fewer pages and the book would be easier to handle and read. Also then it would fit on the bookshelf next to the other books much better.
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