I’ve been working with VMware products for a number of years now, from fairly simple small environments to enterprise level complex environments. The area that always crops up as my weakness is Networking. It’s an area I never really had much involvement in when working my way through the ranks of helpdesk and Wintel server administration, however is an extremely important factor in a successful VMware deployment. Finally after years of waiting along comes this little gem from VMware Press authored by VCDX Chris Wahl and Steven Pantol. Being an avid reader of Chris’ Blog the Wahl Network I had high hopes for this book and I’m pleased to say I was not let down.
The book is split into four sections:
- Networking 101 – The very basics
- Virtual Switching – The differences from physical
- Storage Networking – A look at IP storage
- Design Scenarios – A look at vSwitch example configurations
This to me was a great layout, starting at the very basics slowly easing you into the more technical matter.
Given the title of the book, prior to reading I would have put this in the ‘deep technical’ category, however both authors have a great writing style and their sense of humour really comes through making the book a pleasure to read.
This book is a must have for any VMware admin and one that I only wish was available a few years back!