So I had typed up this epic intro into this pre-review, but then deleted for the sake of brevity. I received in the mail today, via USPS shipment from Amazon.com, my copy of VMware Infrastructure 3 Advanced Technical Design Guide & Advanced Operations Guide (VI3ATG). The book weighs in at about 2-2.5lbs, and is about 2in thick. On top of that, it’s got thin pages and small print, which if like its predecessor (VMware ESX Server Advanced Technical Design Guide) means it’s dense with content.
“Detailing both the design environments and operational processes of VMware Infrastructure 3, and written from the practical experience of proven VMware engineers, this book provides IT consultants and system engineers with the insight needed to tackle tough issues in server virtualisation such as virtual machine technologies, storage infrastructure, and designing clustered environments. <br/>An administrator’s guide highlights how to implement the architectural design decisions and real-world, proven strategies created specifically for VMware Infrastructure 3. Crucial information for designing custom VMware Infrastructure 3 environments based on specific requirements and details is also included.”
A neat way to sum it up.
This book is at the top of my reading list, and I’ll be reviewing it in the same style that Richard Bejtlich uses (example). I do expect that it will take me some time to process however.
I’m not sure how I’d like to post the review, however, be it chapter by chapter, or the entire book. You’ll know when I decide.