Itâ€™s that time of year again, when all the hard work various folks in the community turn into tangible products. In this round weâ€™ve some second editions of some popular books. Letâ€™s dive right in:
VCP4 Exam Cram
Elias Khnaser (@ekhnaser)
The VCP4 Exam Cram volume looks to be about the only game in town with regard to the VCP4. Iâ€™m not entirely sure why that is, but the book does a wonderful job of setting out each VCP4 Blueprint objective, and attacking it. It then provides sample Q/A you can work through. A desk reference, as well as a CD loaded with additional prep material.
Summary: An amazing little exam prep package for the price. Well worth your time if you will be taking the VCP4.
VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise
Edward L. Haletky (@texiwill)
We have had Ed on a BrownBag prior. Additionally Iâ€™ve reviewed his vSphere security book here. As impressed as I have been with both of these and having met Ed at VMworld, Iâ€™ve anticipated this book and have high expectations for it.
VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise is a 2nd edition updated to include ESX 3.5, and vSphere 4.xâ€¦ including 4.1â€¦ hereâ€™s a rundown of whatâ€™s inside:
â€¢ Assess VMware datacenter and infrastructure hardware requirements
â€¢ Understand technical, licensing, and management differences between ESX/ESXi 3.5 and 4.x
â€¢ Plan installation for your environment and identify potential â€œgotchasâ€
â€¢ Select, configure, utilize, and support storage cost-effectively
â€¢ Manage key operational issues associated with virtual infrastructure
â€¢ Adapt existing network and security infrastructure to virtualization
â€¢ Configure ESX from host connections
â€¢ Configure ESX Server from Virtual Centers or hosts
â€¢ Create, modify, and manage VMs (with detailed Windows, Linux, and NetWare examples)
â€¢ Troubleshoot VM issues with eDirectory, private labs, firewalls, and clusters
â€¢ Utilize vSphere 4.1â€™s improved Dynamic Resource Load Balancing (DRLB)
â€¢ Implement disaster recovery, business continuity, and backup
â€¢ Plan for vApps and the future of virtualization
Summary: If you admin vSphere environments, this looks like it should be on your mandatory reading list.
The disclaimer here is three fold:
- This is a pre-review. Meaning, Iâ€™ve only read the summaries, table of contents, and major section headers so far. A more detailed review will happen as I get deeper into the books.
- The links above are Amazon Affiliate links.
- I have received review copies of each of these books from their respective publisher. The understanding with the publisher is that I read and review these books honestlyâ€¦ good or bad. However, like anything on the internet, take this with a grain of salt, read other reviews, etc.