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Daniel Mitchell , Tom Keegan

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4 Mar 2011 For Dummies
A plain–English guide to the market–leading virtualization and cloud computing technology With virtualization, a single server can host dozens or hundreds of virtual machines running a variety of operating systems, and even hook them together in a virtual network or cloud infrastructure. This practical guide shows you how to create a virtual system using the VMware VSphere environment.  You′ll find all the information you need to understand, design, and deploy one—without getting overwhelmed with technical detail. And once you’re up and running, this book is the perfect reference for maintenance and troubleshooting issues. Introduces you to virtualization and VMware’s virtualization/cloud computing technology, the most recent version is VMware vSphere Shows you how to design a vSphere environment Covers installation, deployment, management, maintenance, and troubleshooting Provides what IT managers and system administrators need to roll out their first virtualized or cloud infrastructure, or to get up to speed on VMware’s technology Get up and running on the cloud with VMware vSphere For Dummies !

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Roll out your first virtualized or cloud infrastructure — this book shows you how! If your company has been talking about virtualization, you′re in luck. This friendly guide shows you exactly how to create a virtual system using the VMware vSphere environment. Here′s what you need to understand, design, and deploy one without drowning in details, plus plenty of maintenance and troubleshooting tips to keep it running smoothly. Start here — learn what′s in vSphere, how to plan what size your initial deployment should be, and everything you′ll need for the project See what′s new — explore vSphere 4.1 upgrades, including more RAM, vCPUs, and guest OSs Serve up your server — choose a system to run VMware vCenter Server and establish a command center for your host farm Getting up to speed — see how vSphere 4.1 compares to previous versions Size up storage options — find out whether local storage, fibre channel, Internet SCSI, or network–attached storage best fits your needs Profile of the ideal host — discover the advantages of using host profiles even when your number of ESX hosts is small Perfect timing — find easy ways to keep your server clocks synchronized Open the book and find: Enhancements and upgrades to vSphere 4.1 How to roll out vSphere effectively Cool improvements to ESX How vApps make management easier Optimal specs for a machine to host vCenter Server Troubleshooting tips Advice on creating and cloning VM templates Ten tools to make vSphere management easier Learn to: Design and deploy a reliable vSphere environment Work with the newest vSphere ESX 4.1 features Handle installation and configuration Manage vSphere infrastructure through vCenter Server

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Dan Mitchell is Technical Director for DynamicOps and founder of www.StartsWithV.com, a Web site and blog focused on virtualization technology and the surrounding industry. Tom Keegan has been working with VMware products for ten years and is certified as a VMware VCP and a Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 4—Datacenter Design. He is a Technical Director at Fresenius Medical Care.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Understanding 28 Oct 2011
By IT Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic Book! I have been working with server virtualization for years, starting with Microsoft's Virtual PC and Virtual Server (had to, I worked for them). Now working as a Senior Systems Engineer I took over our VMWare implementation several months ago and was just winging it. I got this book because I usually start with the Dummies books for new things I'm working with. The content is very complete, super easy to understand, answered all my questions, and was a great read. Over 300 pages and all great. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to setup VMWare from scratch or as a great reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the Book I Needed 1 Aug 2011
By Jeff Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
I know about VMware vSphere but I never have actually more than had a glance at the product. I basically knew what it did but near enough.

I don't tend to like the dummies books as they tend to be a little superfluous for my taste. This one, however, was just the right fit for the quick overview I needed regarding the why, what, where, etc. of VMwares market maker product.

It is also a good basic reference book for the casual user I expect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars My fault I guess.. 4 Sep 2012
By sarasotamac - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is for VSphere 4, obviously I wanted it for 5, which is the latest. I guess I should have looked closer (even though it does not mention it I don't think). All in all I am not too happy, but in the end it's probably my fault for not being 100% sure it was on the version I needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 27 Nov 2012
By Nikki D Coash - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so easy to follow and gives a wealth of information. Anyone starting out in the virtual world should read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read with great technical info 3 Nov 2012
By B. Bosak - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the DUMMIES series of books because of their plain English way of speaking. It's a fun read and easy to understand. The technical details are all there (I know nothing about VMware yet) and I'm learning a lot from this book.
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