VMware Cookbook
A Real-World Guide to Effective VMware Use
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: October 2009
Pages: 300

If you want to gain insight into the real-world uses of VMware ESX and ESXi, this book provides scores of step-by-step solutions for working with these products in a wide range of network environments. You'll not only learn the basics -- how to pool resources from hardware servers, computer clusters, networks, and storage, and then distribute them among virtual machines -- but also the stumbling blocks you'll encounter when you monitor systems, troubleshoot problems, and deal with security.

In addition to the recipes, VMware Cookbook includes background information to help you determine your virtualization needs. You'll come to view VMware as part of the real environment, alongside operating systems, storage, and logical and physical network components.

  • Follow best practices for installing VMware in your environment
  • Discover how to secure and monitor your network
  • Understand disk storage implementation and configuration
  • Learn resource management using the distributed resource scheduler, shares, and resource pools
  • Configure logical and physical networks
  • Learn how to clone and migrate servers
  • Gain valuable tips for configuration and fine-tuning

Many resources can teach you about virtualization and the basics of VMware. This book is for system administrators who are ready to go beyond an introduction.

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    4.0

    VMWare Cookbook

    By James

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Sys Admin

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Not comprehensive enough

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    • Intermediate
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    Comments about O'Reilly Media VMware Cookbook:

    VMware Cookbook
    Ryan Troy and Matthew Helmke
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    VMware Cookbook is written in a similar fashion to what many IT professionals are accustomed to when searching the knowledge base of any vendor. It clearly states the problem, the solution and an area for discussion. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible to cover every problem that an administrator will encounter when working with a virtual environment, however, this book addresses a wide array of issues and common tasks from installation to networking and general security. The book will benefit professionals who are beginning to plan their first virtual environment, as well as, those who have been working with VMware for sometime and are interested in performing more advanced level tasks. The setup of the book allows for quick reference to determine what tasks are available when administering a virtual environment. One area I would have liked to see the authors include is a general troubleshooting chapter to cover some common issues and nuances of working in a virtual environment that a new administrator may experience.
    Overall this book is a handy utility that any virtual administrator should have in their library for quick reference.

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    4.0

    Nice reference book for VMware products

    By Raj

    from Palo Alto, CA

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    • Well-written

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media VMware Cookbook:

      This is a good book for anyone working with the Enterprise products of VMware :ESX, ESXi and vCenter Server. The authors walk us through the installation of each of the products in detail(they even include screenshots of the installation process) in the first chapter. In the second chapter, they cover different types of storage and how to use them in an ESX environment. In the third chapter, they cover recipes for configuring networking for ESX. In the fourth chapter, they cover the important topic of resource management.

      What I really liked about the book is that in the fifth chapter, they present a bunch of really useful command-line tools.

      I wish they covered at least a part of the different APIs (for example: vSphere PowerCLI) that are provided by VMware but may be they plan to cover these in a future edition of the book.

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      5.0

      Excellent guide for VMware admins

      By WGARIDER

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Sys Admin

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      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media VMware Cookbook:

        As someone who works with VMware most everyday, I'm always on the lookout for new tips, ideas and things that make administration easier.

        VMware Cookbook is organized into seven chapters that cover everything from installation to automation and much in between. The authors do a great job of explaining the nuts and bolts of core VMware functions in very understandable terms. The resource management and automation chapters were particularly useful and apply to tasks I come across frequently.

        This is not a book that offers a broad reference - and doesn't claim to be; rather it offers VMware admins many, many useful tips, configuration options and excellent ways to fine-tune your systems. If you're looking beyond the basics of virutalization with VMware and want to get a better understanding of specific areas and learn more about optimizing and monitoring ESX, this is an excellent resource for you.

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