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VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials Paperback – February 19, 2014
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Lauren Malhoit has been in the IT field for over 10 years. She's currently a technical virtualization architect specializing in virtualization and storage in the datacenter. She has been writing for TechRepublic and TechRepublic Pro for a few years as well as for VirtualizationSoftware.com. As a VMware vExpert, Cisco Champion, EMC Elect, and PernixPro member, Lauren tries to stay involved in the community. She also hosts a biweekly technology podcast called AdaptingIT (http://www.adaptingit.com/). Lauren has been a delegate for Tech Field Day (http://techfieldday.com/) several times as well.
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The examples are given on a environment which has been installed they day before.
I did like that it was up to date and did cover the entire realm of vC OPs including log insight.
Overall a good book and will help me in my job
Most of the topics covered can just as easily be described by Google (in greater depth?)
It is a single source reference, so it saves you some time and effort but you won't be overly enlightened.
The author Lauren Malhoit in his book VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials by Pack Publishing opens at the very beginning: Introducing the vCOps Suite, different versions, installing the vCOps, then he builds up the picture about this powerful solution. Covers not just the vCOps installation, configuration, dashboards, badges, reports and troubleshoot but he writes about the capacity planning: common issues, optimizations, what-if scenarios. Other products from the VMware vCenter Operations Manager Suite are also covered, such as the vCenter Configuration Manager has a chapter with a detailed installation and configuration guide. I am really glad that Lauren has included one of the most interesting new VMware product, the Log Insight virtual appliance. Installation, alert/query creation and integration/collaboration with the vCOps are presented good. The book takes you through the Horizon View integration and also an advanced level vCOps Suite tool the vCenter Infrastructure Navigator has an own chapter as well. In the last section we can get a short overview about a vCOps add-on: the EMC storage analytics (ESA) management pack.
The book is very logical, easy-to-understand, uses step-by-step guides with in-depth descriptions and contains a lot of screenshots in 246 pages. Since the vCOps is available within the vCloud Suite also, I would suggest to deploy this powerful virtual appliance anyway. And of course you can use this great reference during the implementation and configuration.
VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials is a must-have reference for anyone looking to implement or operationalize vC Ops.
I recently had the opportunity to review this title by the good folks at Packt Publishing. They provided me with a free e-copy for this review. It was good timing, too, because a new project of mine involves more in-depth work with vCOPs than I’ve had so far.
My experience with vCOPs has been a couple installations and initial configurations for clients. I have not customized vCOPs greatly and have mainly used it’s default capabilities to glean health, performance, and capacity metrics for reporting purposes. So far, the topics I’ve found most useful include the troubleshooting performance sections in Chapter 4. This is where many people will find value in vCOPs. In addition, Chapter 5, covering capacity planning, is another area in which I’ve spent most of my time.
For someone like me who has dabbled in vCOPs, I’ve found this book useful more as a reference than one I need to read cover to cover. I imagine, though, for those new to the product, the chapters on installation and initial configuration will be worth your time.