Here I will list books and whitepapers, which can become very useful as guidelines when implementing, configuring and/or maintaining different virtualization solutions:
Title: Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5
Authors: Scott Lowe, Nick Marshall
Paperback: 840 pages
Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (November 4, 2013)
Do you want to learn more about virtualization or vSphere in general? Do you need a guide on how to setup vSphere? Do you want to do this in conjunction with “Best Practice”?
By now, you have most likely figured out my answer to the above “problems”. “Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5” is your ‘must-have’ when it comes to configuring and setting up a virtualized platform based on vSphere 5.5. It thoroughly explains installation scenarios (with screen-dumps) on all the core components necessary for a successful installation.
What the book also gives you, is a detailed explanation of each component and a “heads up” when you make your design-choices.
Title: vSphere Design Pocketbook 2.0 Blog Edition
Author: Frank Denneman
Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 8, 2014)
This one is a follow-up from the very popular vSphere Design Pocketbook 1.0. The previous edition was basically a collection of “Tweet-like” messages from VMware Experts. In this new edition, there doesn’t exist any character limit. This time the pocketbook consists of recommendations, hints and tips from a variety of VMware Experts.
It touches upon different aspects of the virtualized datacenter, such as: “Cluster and vCenter Design”, “Storage Configuration” and “Network and Security Design”. Among the contributors you’ll find familiar VMware bloggers, such as Duncan Epping, Cormac Hogan and William Lam to name a few.
A very good read, which draws focus to more “special” kind of cases compared to typical “How to install vCenter server” cases.
I’ve truly enjoyed reading this nice little blog-collection, and I’ll probably won’t be the only one.
Title: Essential Virtual SAN
Authors: Cormac Hogan, Duncan Epping
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: VMware Press; 1 edition (August 4, 2014)
Whether you would like to learn about VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) and what it gives you, or you want to implement it in your environment, this book covers it.
It goes through the installation process as well as fine-tuning, troubleshooting and monitoring performance.
A great, well written and easy to read guide, by two key-players in the VMware community.
Title: Learning Veeam® Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere
Author: Christian Mohn
Paperback: 110 pages
Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (April, 2014)
Veeam Software has gained huge popularity over the last years, becoming one of the major backup companies out there, especially if your plan is to integrate it with your vSphere solution.
If you want to get started with Veeam Backup & Replication, this is your book. Christian Mohn has done a very good job explaining the necessary details around installing and configuring Veeam Software for your vSphere infrastructure.
Going through the basic architecture of Veeam B&R, how to configure backups, how to restore data and replicating VM’s.
It really covers all that’s needed to get a fully functional backup solution up and running, and is in my opinion the only book you really need if your plan is to install Veeam B&R into your vSphere environment.