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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: 18.8 x 3.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,130 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, blog.scottlowe.org, and is a contributing author for SearchVMware.com and SearchServerVirtualization.com. 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 By Kamal Patel on 16 Sep 2009
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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 By Mr. S. O'Brien on 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 By Julian Regel on 12 Sep 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Marco on 31 Jan 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip M Coakes on 7 April 2010
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....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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mole TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martijn Heemels on 11 Aug 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Sear on 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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