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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fluff, and low quality, February 23, 2008
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This review is from: Professional Xen Virtualization (Paperback)
I was the first person to post a review for this book, and it appeared on amazon but then it disappeared a week or so later and a 5 star review showed up... makes me wonder... At any rate this "re-review" will not be as complete as my first review.

This book is pretty low quality. The author is overly verbose for many things that are not really directly relevant. Case in point, the first 3 chapters are spent talking about virtualization in general, and then the alternative options to Xen. That would be fine if this book was titled "professional virtualization," but it is not... it is supposed to be about Xen, so why would the author waste a full 1/3 of the book telling us what else we might want to use?

The actual meat of the book, the stuff thats actually useful, is pretty much the exact same information you can get from the Xen handbook/users guide online. The author does not provide much if any further value or insight.

Finally the Author must have been hurting for a page count because the 10-15% (i had it actually calculated in my first review.. i believe it was 11%) is an appendix and command reference for Xen.

All in all, this book is not any thing worth spending money on if you are looking for a serious Xen guide. I would recommend one of the two following books over this one.

"Running Xen: A Hands-On Guide to the Art of Virtualization" (available 4/08)

or

"The Definitive Guide to the Xen Hypervisor" (currently available)
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