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Mastering VMware VSphere 4 [Paperback]

Scott Lowe
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1 Sep 2009
As part of the highly acclaimed Mastering series from Sybex, this book offers a comprehensive look at VMware vSphere 4, how to implement it, and how to make the most of what it offers. Coverage Includes: Shows administrators how to use VMware to realize significant savings in hardware costs while still providing adequate "servers" for their users Demonstrates how to partition a physical server into several virtual machines, reducing the overall server footprint within the operations center Explains how VMware subsumes a network to centralize and simplify its management, thus alleviating the effects of "virtual server sprawl" Now that virtualization is a key cost–saving strategy, Mastering VMware vSphere 4 is the strategic guide you need to maximize the opportunities.

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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470481382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470481387
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harness the power of virtualization for your enterprise Install and manage one or one thousand virtual servers in your enterprise with the latest generation of VMware virtualization software, vSphere 4, and this comprehensive guide. Using step–by–step instruction backed by real–world scenarios, this book takes you under the hood of this powerful VMware suite, clearly explaining all of the components and how you can get the most out of them. Discover how to reduce your overall server footprint, expand capacity, optimize performance, track cost savings, and more with this in–depth guide. Coverage includes: Getting up to speed on all components of the VMware vSphere 4 suite Installing, configuring, and managing VMware ESX and ESXi Server, vCenter Server, and VMware Update Manager Managing virtual machines and networks, storage devices, and access Migrating and importing virtual machines into your existing infrastructure Understanding high availability and business continuity in the VMware world Securing your vSphere virtual infrastructure and monitoring performance Mitigating the effects of unplanned physical server failure with VMware Fault Tolerance Scripting and automating with PowerShell and PowerCLI Increase Capacity with Scalable, Robust Virtual Solutions Get the Very Most out of a vSphere 4 Infrastructure Reduce Your Overall Server Footprint and Cut Costs Secure Your Virtual Network and Monitor Performance Reinforce Your Skills with Real–World Examples

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Scott Lowe has worked in IT for more than 15 years and currently works with a national VAR/reseller as a technical lead specializing in virtualization and virtualization technologies. Scott maintains a well–respected virtualization website,, and is a contributing author for and Scott is also the recipient of a VMware vExpert Award, an honor awarded to a very select group of individuals for their contributions to the VMware and virtualization community in 2008.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vSphere exam here we come 16 Sep 2009
Not having time to attend the vSphere course to obtain study manuals, this book (as well as the online VMware docs) would be my main study manual - and it does not disappoint. As it assumes readers are new to VMware rather than advanced it does explain things in a lot of detail - but that is surprisingly very helpful and makes each chapter "flow" better. Can certainly see me getting all VSphere knowledge required with this book plus test installs at home - hopefully enough to pass before the cutoff date at the end of the year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Sep 2009
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Microsoft recently released two new books on Hyper-V which were excellent and well written. Microsoft are often criticized but one thing they can't be criticized on is their documentation this book typifies those standards. I have read many Vmware books and this one beats the lot. It is extremely accessible and if you are new to the world of ESX then this book is for you.
Like the previous comment there are helpful diagrams and real world scenarios to get you stuck in. Also if you are studying for Vsphere VCP then this should be a good study guide
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Anyone who follows Scott Lowe's blog should know what to expect from Mastering VMware vSphere 4. This book provides an excellent, in-depth exploration of VMware vSphere but does so in a very accessible way. The accompanying diagrams are clear but do not skimp on detail. The main text is often separated out with real world scenarios and hints and tips that succinctly clarify concepts.

If you design or administer VMware solutions and will be moving to vSphere 4, you need this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Practice 31 Jan 2010
Due a big project that I needed to start, VmWare was the solution to install

I never installed VMWARE ESX Server in my live, after reading the book as it has best pactrice, in some hours and and some testing I could easly get all done by time.I have now setup a Cluster using 3 esx and DSR HA
tested on the Dr site .....
Of course I'm now not an expert!!!
The book is a very good starter with all needs for setting up a VSphere. A Excellent Book that must be on all desk
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 23 Nov 2010
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Virtualisation is a hot topic at the moment. If you aren't already running a virtual platform, it's highly likely that you will within a year or so, as the reasons for doing so simply far outway any costs. The real question then is which platform to use?

VMWare has been around for about a decade; it's mature, stable and proven. Although there are other products around, this is probably the first one that will be highlighted in any discussion. Generally, it just appears to be more polished, and of more value than the others.

This book will help you understand how the product works, how to install, implement, manage and control. It's well written, very logically laid out and easy to follow. You can go straight through or dip in and out as you need. If you want to get the relevant certifications, it's a good way to learn and a helpful study aid. The author really knows his stuff, but more importantly, knows just how to put it across in the right way.

If you intend to look at VMWare even just for evaluation purposes, I would strongly recommend buying this book to help you get the most out of it. Even if you then choose to go down a different route, I think that you will not be unhappy that you have this one on your bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed! 11 Aug 2010
As a brand new vSphere admin with no training whatsoever, I was quickly able to install and maintain a vSphere 4 ESXi infrastructure. Pacing is excellent, often surprising me with things right when the questions popped into my head. Only very rarely did I wish I had known something earlier. The book flows very nicely, with both basic and advanced topics explained in a friendly and readable way, including graphics to clarify network layouts.

Sprinkled throughout the book are boxes with real world scenario's, FAQ's and best practices, that frequently came at just the right time. Now I only use it as a reference but even this works well with its excellent index and multiple tables-of-contents, both detailed and at-a-glance. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best.... 7 April 2010
....overall written resource on planning, deploying and managing a vSphere based system. I have been using ESXi & VMWare server for a couple of years, before committing to building our enterprise on vSphere. This book has been invaluable, filling in gaps in my knowledge and understanding of how to build a scalable, reliable and secure infrastructure. Apart from being choc full of apposite technical information, it is a well written textbook, blessed with a very fluid and readable style.

Along with Scott's blog, and the official documentation, I view this as an essential and invaluable resource for VMWare admins. I have recommended this book to colleagues in other organisations, and will continue to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 16 Mar 2010
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What a superb book. Tough going, but covers EVERYTHING that you could be interested in with VMWare VSphere. Indespensable if you want to start using this product and don't/can't immediately go on courses galore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was a great book but is now out of date
This was an excellent book and is how I started learning to use VMWare Sphere. However, it is now out of date as it does not cover the new Data Protection Appliance or the new... Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Brightwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service
The book condition is new. It came on time. VMWare is an emerging technology and I feel the book is very useful for all IT support professionals.
Published on 26 Feb 2012 by M. H. Yousuf
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
A clarifying example. This is how I would describe this book from Scott Lowe. Clear and precise. A must have for any VMware admin. Excellent book. Nothing more to say.
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by Jdpaka
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Published on 3 Oct 2011 by Clark Spent
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I've booked to take the VCP4 exam and bought an exam specific study guide book. Although the study guide was okay I didn't feel it really explained things in enough detail. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2011 by Dave Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book recommended for VCP & VCAP
This is a very good book easy to read and understand. The author has explained in steps. Highly recommended for VCP and good to read for VCAP as well. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2010 by R. P. Joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful
As with previous 'Mastering' installments, this introduction to vSphere 4 is easy to read and follow allowing for almost seamless installation and configuration of VMware Virtual... Read more
Published on 20 July 2010 by M. Livingstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - Must buy!
I did the VCP3 course but have not managed to go on a VSphere course as yet. However having read through this book I can tell you that it is an excellent read. Read more
Published on 29 April 2010 by A. Mohammed
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