4 Books in 4 Weeks – Book 3 How to compare Terminator 2 to VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive

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I got a chance over the past few weeks to complete Book 3 VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive by Duncan Epping and Frank Dennerman

I’ve read a lot of the reviews about this book and I must say they say about the same thing.

  1. This book makes the HA/DRS VMware white paper easier to read and understand
  2. I learned a bit more about HA/DRS then the VMware white paper
  3. The book is well-organized and makes great sense.
  4. Buy this book and read it 

I agree with all of these basic statements.  However I never read the white paper, shame on me :), as I felt the cluster I administrated never really needed in-depth settings HA or DRS provided.  When I changed jobs to a much larger environment I needed the advanced functions of HA/DRS and I needed to get up to speed quite quickly.  I read this book, and then I went back and read the white paper.  What an eye opener. 

This scenario reminded me of how I saw Terminator 2. How does T2 fit in to a book review about HA and DRS you might ask. Simple, when T2 was released I didn’t want to know anything about it, kind of like the VMware HA/DRS White paper I knew it was there but ignored it.  All I wanted to know about T2 was its release date, I didn’t let anyone tell me about it, and I turned off any marketing about it.  When I finally saw the movie it was awesome. What a surprise to find out that Arnie was reprogrammed for aiding and not killing, TOTAL Surprise.  This book VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive was my in-depth technical intro to HA/DRS, and like the way I viewed T2 it was awesome!  It was nice to really learn this topic in reverse order (Book first then Whitepaper) as the book really does a great job laying it all out in an easy to follow and understand format. 

As I was reading this book I noticed how physically easy it was to read.  Here’s what I mean.  The book and font size with large Left/Right paragraph indentations made the book easy to read visually.  With most books you would have to flatten or shift the book around to reveal words hidden by the crease or binding of the book.  The large paragraph indentations meant I didn’t have to shift the book around to see the words.  This made it less physical to read which helped me to read it quite quickly. I noticed this when I was on airplane and the space was pretty tight.  Not sure if this is by design, but just the same it made a difference for me. 


Read this book, suggest others do, buy it and buy the next version! 

Up next Book 4 – Mr. Lowe and Friends, sorry to keep you waiting but your book (VMware vSphere Design) is up next!

4 thoughts on “4 Books in 4 Weeks – Book 3 How to compare Terminator 2 to VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive

    Duncan Yellow Bricks said:
    June 14, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Thank you very much for the review!


    Jeff said:
    June 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    The chapters/topics are fairly short in length too! This makes it easy to read a chapter in between doing other things, I hate starting chapters and not finishing them if I get interrupted. I also hate waiting for my tires to be rotated and having nothing to do. The two activities compliment each other.


    James Wood said:
    June 20, 2011 at 12:57 am


    Do you mind posting a link to the white paper you are referring to? There are so many published on this topic… thanks.



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