Book review: VMware vSphere 5.0 – Clustering Technical Deepdive

Some weeks ago I finished reading the book VMware vSphere 5.0 – Clustering Technical Deepdive from Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman.

The book is devided into the following four parts: vSphere High Availibility, vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler, vSphere Storage DRS and Integration. To make it generalized: It covers all features and settings a cluster (inside vCenter) offers you. There is so much information about the concept and the mechanism behind HA,DRS & SDRS, which gives you a much better understanding about this functions.

Also the deepdives don´t let topics like resource pools, resource allocation etc. out. I really enjoyed reading this book and finished it quite fast. If you are actually study for one of the VCAP certifications, this book should be definitly included to your study resources.

Many chapters are illustrated with graphics and diagramms, which is a great addition to the text.  It´s also worth mentioning that the book has a good writing-style, which makes it easy to read.

VMware vSphere 5.0 - Clustering Technical Deepdive

Conclusion:

I can recommend this book strongly to all vSphere administrators! It´s really a must read, which provides you from the first to the last page with great content. You should bring at least a basic understandig / knowledge of vSphere. Otherwise you could fast get overstrain, because it´s like the name says a “Technical Deepdive”.

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