Current list of books on my Bookshelf/iPad/Kindle/Nook
I will probably rotate things in or out from time to time depending on what is currently relevant to what I am working on or interested in.
Information Storage and Management: Storing, Managing, and Protecting Digital Information – EMC Education Services
I am taking the Information Storage Management class (ITN-213) at TCC this semester and this is the textbook for the class. This book is also the study resource for the EMC ISM Certification Exam (EMC 20-001).
VMware vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive
by Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping
Hot off the press on July 12, 2011 in coordination with the vSphere 5 release announcement. I am only through the first few chapters but so far a great insight to the new HA and DRS features available in vSphere 5. As with the HA/DRS vSphere 4 deepdive this does not provide a step-by-step “how to”, it provides the what and why so you can make the how decisions best suited for your environment.
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Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius by David Thorne
This one is just for fun. I have enjoyed reading the authors website and twitter feed (@27bslash6) for a while and the book is entertaining. If you enjoy the site – http://www.27bslash6.com/ – then the book will be a fun read.
VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration
Luc Dekens, Alan Renouf, Glenn Sizemore, Arnim van Lieshout, and Jonathan Medd
The books website is here: http://www.powerclibook.com/
This book is a MUST have!!! Excellent PowerCLI reference full of script examples and use cases for automation. This book helped me create an automated process to clean up and redeploy the school Install and Configure lab. Instead of taking hours the lab can now be ready in a matter of minutes. Great book!
VMware vSphere Design
by Forbes Guthrie, Scott Lowe, and Maish Saidel-Keesing
A great book that provides a foundation to VMware vSphere Datacenter design. Good book especially if you are new to VMware datacenter design. I do not use it much for reference but it was a good read. Will probably go through it again in more detail as I prepare for the VCAP-DCD certification.
VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive
by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman
Sometimes referred to as the “HA/DRS Bible”, this book is excellent. I have read it cover to cover several times now and have picked up new useful nuggets of HA/DRS information each time. Not a how to book at all. It can help you along with the HA and DRS configurations but if you are looking for a step by step configuration guide this is not it. Good technical details that help you understand the inner workings of VMware HA and DRS so you can make the correct decisions when designing or configuring a HA/DRS cluster.
Mastering VMware vSphere 4 by Scott Lowe
A great introduction to VMware vSphere 4. Not sure I would say you are able to master the environment from the book but it does give a good foundation to deploying, configuring, and managing a vSphere 4. Some deep details but the book really on scratches the surface. Still a good read and a lot of good information.