4 Books in 4 Weeks

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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!

2 thoughts on “4 Books in 4 Weeks

    itvirtuality said:
    April 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    That’s a good list. I’m reading a number of Cisco Press books right now. Currently working on “IPv6 for Enterprise Networks”. Why? Why not. It’s outside my realm of expertise and all the network folks keep talking about it so I figured I should learn more about it.

    After that is “VMware ESXi: Planning, Implementation, and Security” by Dave Mishchenko. Given that the next release of vSphere is only ESXi based, I need to get cracking on it. If you’ve ever been on the VMware forums, you know Dave. He’s in the top 5 posters.


    Rob Bergin said:
    April 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I have SAN for Dummies – my favorite part – no reference to IOPs or IOs by disk type, etc – its priceless but its also an indicator that back when it was written how unimportant the topics were. SANs were either FC SCSI 10k or FC SCSI 15k – SATA was a dream as was SSD/EFD.


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