Book Review – “Mastering VMware vSphere Storage”

For a book titled “Master VMware vSphere Storage,” about 1/3 of the book is spent discussing other topics. Storage does not get directly discussed until 88 pages in and begins by discussing storage APIs. I can understand giving a brief overview of vSphere but a majority of the review should be focused on the storage protocols and storage architecture rather than beginning with storage APIs and storage profiles. Once the book finally delves into configuring, optimizing, and troubleshooting storage, it does a good job covering the topics…though out of order at times (i.e. discusses optimizing before how to configure storage). Many great screenshots and diagrams demonstrating the points of discussion. However, for a book written for vSphere 5.1 / 5.5, there are quite a few screenshots from the vSphere Client rather than the vSphere Web Client. Overall 3/5.

 

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Book Review: Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager

This book is a great reference for SRM and/or vSphere Replication and is written for the current version (5.5). It details step-by-step how to to deploy and configure both products. The author does an excellent job making the concepts easy to consume and uses diagrams to make the more advanced topics more understandable. Perfect for a beginner and has lots of value-add for the experienced administrator.

The book is a smooth and straightforward read. As a VMware Certified Instructor, I will happily recommend this book for students to read.

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