VMware vSphere Design (2nd Edition) – By Forbes Guthrie and Scott Lowe. A vCloud Director Chapter by Kendrick Coleman. What can you do at the start of a virtualization deployment to make things run more smoothly? If you plan, deploy, maintain, and optimize vSphere solutions in your company, this unique book provides keen insight and solutions. From hardware selection, network layout, and security considerations to storage and hypervisors, this book explains the design decisions you’ll face and how to make the right choices.
Written by two virtualization experts and packed with real-world strategies and examples, VMware vSphere Design, Second Edition will help you design smart design decisions.
This is a second edition.
VMware Thinapp 4.7 Essentials – by Peter Björk, EMEA Horizon and ThinApp Specialist Systems Engineer at VMware, from Sweden. You’ll be able to learn not only the best methods to deploy ThinApp packages, their maintenance, upgrading and troubleshooting, but also the application linking. What is one of the most important. Paperback : 256 pages but also kindle version available.
The Official VCP 5 Certification Guide - This book was published by VMware Press and the author is Bill Ferguson who is technical trainer/consultant (VCI). His principal goal in this book is to prepare you for passing the VCP510 Exam. The book is based around the blueprint PDF which is the main guide for the preparation. Checkout the New VMware certification roadmap.
The Official VCP 5 certification guide is Available as a Kindle edition ($23.99) or paper edition ($31.49), The Official VCP5 Certification Guide book is available at Amazon.
Virtualization Changes Everything – New Book by Vaughn Steward and Michael Slisinger. This new book has been written by Vaughn Steward andMichael Slisinger. Vaughn Steward works as a Director for Cloud Computing Solutions at NetApp. He is also a virtualization evangelist for NetApp and shares his thoughts on the role of storage with cloud computing on his blog, http://virtualstorageguy.com. Michael Slisinger works as a Global Cloud Solutions Architect for NetApp.
The Intro of the book written by Stephen Herrod (VMware CTO) and Duncan Epping (VMware Architect). Virtualization Changes Everything sells in two editions: Kindle Edition – $11.99 Paper Edition – $19.95
Eric Maillé and René-Francois Mennnecier are the authors of this book. Both authors are VMware vExperts and works at EMC. The book has been published by VMware Press.
Datacenter virtualization consultants Eric Maillé and René-François Mennecier begin by introducing vSphere 5 from the viewpoint of the datacenter manager and professional. They present essential definitions, advantages, and functions; review vSphere 5’s architecture; and introduce core components such as vCenter Server and ESXi 5.0.
The paperbook sells for $31.14. There is also a kindle edition which sells for $21.79. In my oppinion, for a book of this quality it’s quite cheap.
VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions – This book from Jason Langone and Andre Leibovici is available through Amazon since recently. Andre Leibovici has recently started to work for VMware in the Office of the CTO.
Andre is also an author of free online tool called VDI calculator, which readers of ESX Virtualization know quite well, since I regullary publish news and updates for this tool. The blog post about the latest version – 2.8 which is can be used for VMware View 5.1, can be found here.
This book is a complete guide to planning and designing a solution based on VMware View 5. You’ll learn to secure your Visual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) by having firewalls, antivirus, virtual enclaves, USB redirection and filtering and smart card authentication. You’ll be able to analyze the strategies and techniques used to migrate a user population from a physical desktop environment to a virtual desktop solution. Get your copy at Amazon.
The book is a guide to vSphere deployment and optimization. In chapter 6 for example you’ll be able to see a Full case study, which explores the design from its inception to the implementation. You then explore the reasons for the design decisions along the way.
The book is available through Amazon as Paperback ($24) or kindle edition ($17). It should be a very good resource guide for preparation for VCAP exam. Get your copy of Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere® Deployments on Amazon.
Mastering VMware vSphere 5 – Virtualization is hotter than ever. VMware vSphere is the most widely deployed virtualization platform, and this indispensable book by VMware vExpert and VCDX Scott Lowe is your key to harnessing the newest version.
You’ll learn how to install, configure, operate, manage, and secure the latest release. Using step-by-step instruction and real-world examples, he takes you under the hood of VMware vSphere 5 and shows you how to get the very most out of all its components. Learn how to install, configure, operate, monitor, secure, and automate your virtual infrastructure from a leading expert and with the leading virtualization solution. Available at Amazon.. Read more…
VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deep Dive – Zooms in on three key components of every VMware based infrastructure and is by no means a “how to” guide. It covers the basic steps needed to create a vSphere HA and vSphere DRS cluster and to implement vSphere Storage DRS. Even more important, it explains the concepts and mechanisms behind HA, DRS and Storage DRS which will enable you to make well educated decisions. Sells for $16.47 at Amazon with also a kindle version available here.
This book will take you in to the trenches of HA, DRS and Storage DRS and will give you the tools to understand and implement e.g. HA admission control policies, DRS resource pools, Datastore Clusters and resource allocation settings. On top of that each section contains basic design principles that can be used for designing, implementing or improving VMware infrastructures and fundamental supporting features like (Storage) vMotion, Storage I/O Control and much more are described in detail for the very first time.
Professional vSphere 5: Implementation and Management – This book is written by John Hales, Brian Eiler and Steve Jones. The book will be published in near future, but you can already order your copy now. VMware vSphere 5 , is VMware’s first cloud operating system. Building on the power of VMware Infrastructure, VMware vSphere 5 reduces capital and operating costs, and increases control over IT infrastructures while preserving the flexibility to choose any OS, application and hardware.
This book provides vSphere administrators with essential guidance in implementing and managing VMware’s vSphere product suite. This guidance has been battle tested in virtual environments big and small. It also provides actionable advice for the day to day operational maintenance and common pitfalls to avoid for first time vSphere administrators. Best of all, the companion DVD contains an introductory version of Train Signal’s vSphere training DVD that provides additional hours of vSphere training. Read more – >
Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 – VMware Press Technology – The book is written by Mike Laverick, who is a long time writer and publisher, also blogger famous for his “Chinwags”…
SRM 5 introduced new features and functions: The planned migration, a really interesting feature when you just press a button when you see the hurricane comming…. -:). Otherwise, in the case of planned migration there are hours to prepare the move. The planned migration is a much cleaner migration process with no data loss compared to the DR migration plan.
VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0. Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 is a complete guide to using SRM 5.0 with both VMware and third-party products. Internationally respected VMware instructor Mike Laverick is singularly well-qualified to write this book: he has published books on SRM 1.0 and 4.0, and hosts one of the world’s most successful VMware tutorial sites.
Storage Design and Implementation in vSphere 5.0 – by This book is written by Mostafa Khalil and is oriented on the vSphere Storage. There has been many new features introduced in vSphere 5, I presented some of them, like the VMFS 5 which has been introduced in vSphere 5, in my blogpost here. But there is much more: Storage DRS or SDRS, Profile Driven Storage and VASA, Datastore Clustering , VMFS5, additional VAAI capability and Storage IO Control improvements…. Learning all this with a book published by VMware press could be just easier…. And this shows the importance that VMware puts accent on good and quality published books.
Storage Design and Implementation in vSphere 5.0 – by VMware press. It’s in available at Amazon.
vSphere PowerCLI Reference – Luc Dekens, Alan Renouf (alias Virt-U-Al), Glenn Sizemore, Anrim van Leishout, Jonathan Medd. I also got a copy and I did a review of the book which you can read on this blog post here. And below a sample review from Amazon.
Although I know vSphere inside out I am a novice when it comes to PowerCLI. The main reason being that I never gave myself the time to actually learn PowerCLI as I figured I could do things faster using the UI. Although this might be true in some cases the first thing the book tought me was that my perception was wrong.
The book shows you how to optimize your day-to-day operations by taking advantage of what PowerCLI has to offer out of the box, but it also teaches you how to create your own functions. The amount of examples in there in terms of PowerCLI scripts are such a valuable asset that I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning PowerCLI and/or optimizing their operational procedures. Get more details here.
Maximum vSphere – Eric Siebert, Rich Brambley and Simon Seagrave did a good job by writing this book which brings in some best how-to tips on managing, installing, administering or backing up of a VMware vSphere Infrastructure.
A sample review from Amazon:
This is covering from all levels of skills Beginner,Intermediate and Experts. The day I received this book I couldn’t find time to read it, but the day I started reading this book I couldn’t find time for other activities. I am going to add more and more vsphere(Under Development) to my website [...] based on the knowledge I am gaining from this book. I personally recommend to any folks trying to have a overall and performance insight of vsphere-4,4.1. Thanks to Eric Siebert and his team for getting this book out with most valuable information at the right time.