Over the next month or so I plan to read 4 technical books and write up a review / cliff notes. I choose the books below based on current needs as a VMware Senior Engineer. However one was chosen as a personal goal (okay its unfinished business). Another reason for reading (except the obvious – staying current) is the training budget over the past years has been non-existent and I felt it was time for me to move my education forward by reading up.
Here are the FANTASTIC 4 –
Book 1 Storage Area for Dummies (2003) 380 pages by Christopher Poelker and Alex Nikitin (both of Hitachi Data Systems) – Okay this is the unfinished business I was talking about. Back in 2004 I got my first vmware position. I was asked to help re-design and deploy a failing nationwide project based on VMware 2.5. Back then we were using a pair of DL380s with 8GB of RAM connected to an EMC SAN. I had a pretty good idea about SANs but I needed a general guide hence this book. I read the first hundred pages and feel off track. However the project went on and was a big success.
Book 2 VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise 2nd Edition 541 pages by Edward Halekty – I read VMware ESX Server (3.X) in the Enterprise in late 2007 and I must say it was one of the better books of its time. This is why I choose to read the updated version covering ESXi and vSphere.
Book 3 VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive 215 Pages by Duncan Epping and Frank Dennerman – If you are in certain VMware social circles (Twitter) you know this is one of the “must” read books of its time. Though currently they are writing an update to it I felt it best to read the original. My hopes are to get a better understating of HA and DRS for some upcoming challenges I’m facing at work.
Book 4 VMware vSphere Design 340 Pages by Forbes Guthrie, Maish Saidel-kessing and Scott Lowe – Of these authors I have meet fellow vExpert Scott Lowe and I must say he’s the nicest person you could ever meet. Not only does he author many books, work a full time job, donate his time/talents to VMUGs but he’s also a father too. By reading this book I hope to gain a better understanding of design processes around vSphere.
So those are the 4 books I plan to read…. Wish me luck I’m off to start reading Book 1 Storage Area for Dummies!