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VMware books you should read

June 15, 2012

At the moment I recommend three books on VMware and would recommend anyone new to the vSphere/ESXi product to read them in the order described below:

1) Mastering VMware vSphere 5 by Scott Lowe

Scott is the man and this book is the definitive “bible” on vSphere.  I have read both his version 4 and 5 books, the v4 book was pretty tough in places but the v5 book has been thoroughly updated/edited and is a cracking read.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mastering-VMware-VSphere-Scott-Lowe/dp/0470890800/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339754749&sr=1-1

2) VMware vSphere Design (various)

Scott Lowe co-authored this book and it is a great read for someone wanting to know how to design a vSphere environment from the ground up.  Although based on version 4 of the product there are no plans for a version 5 book as the majority of the design  decisions are the same for the new version of the product.  Whether you are v4 or v5 in your environment I highly recommend this book.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/VMware-VSphere-Design-Forbes-Guthrie/dp/0470922028/ref=pd_sim_b_3

3) Critical VMware Mistakes You Should Avoid (Larry Loucks)

Larry used to work for VMware Consulting Services and knows a few things about VMware.  Now I admit the writing style isn’t great (sorry Larry) and the book could use some editing but some of the lessons you will learn from this book are priceless.  You will read it through in a couple of hours and you will be glad you did!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Critical-VMWare-Mistakes-Should-Avoid/dp/1937061981/ref=pd_sim_b_5

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did…

C

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