Jan 11

vSphere Design Cookbook Update in Process

In January 2014 the VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook I wrote was published by Packt Publishing. The book covers the VMware Design Methodology and Process. The book was written in a cookbook style providing “recipes” for incorporating vSphere 5.x functions and features into a virtual datacenter design.

The goal I had for the book was to assist people working towards the VMware Certified Advanced Professional Datacenter Design (VCAP5-DCD) Certification and I used the VCAP-DCD blueprint as somewhat of a guide when creating the initial outline for the book.

Just before Christmas the publisher of the vSphere Design Cookbook contacted me about updating the book to vSphere 6. After a bit of planning what updates would be included, I accepted. I started working on the update this past week and submitted the first draft of the updated Chapter 1 last night.

I received a lot of positive feedback and reviews from the VMware community on the first revision of the book. As I had hoped many found it to be a helpful resource for preparing for the VCAP Design exam. I really appreciate all the feedback and I am looking forward to incorporating the feedback in this new revision.

VMware recently announced the impending beta release of the VCAP6-DCD and included a beta exam blueprint. My mission for the book remains the same which is to provide a valuable resource for those working to obtain the VCAP-DCD certification.

The update will include changes to reflect new features and functions introduced with vSphere 6 along with some new sections based on feedback I have received from readers of the VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook. Specifically I will be adding sections around VSAN, the planning and designing a vSphere upgrade, and a completely new chapter on incorporating vSphere 6 Security features into a virtual datacenter design.

If you have an feedback on the current book or if there is anything specifically you would like to see covered in this new revision please contact me by leaving a comment below or on twitter @herseyc.

I am looking forward to the writing process and to feedback from the community.

About the author


Hersey Cartwright is an IT professional with extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and supporting technologies that improve business processes. Hersey is Solutions Architect for SimpliVity covering Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. He holds the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DV #128) certification. Hersey actively participates in the VMware community and was awarded the VMware vExpert title in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. He enjoys working with, teaching, and writing about virtualization and other data center technologies. Follow Hersey on Twitter @herseyc

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