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Aug 22 2011   1:34PM GMT

Read up on virtualization: Titles for your plane ride to VMworld 2011

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

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Next week is the much-anticipated VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. IT Knowledge Exchange is gearing up to bring you live coverage from the conference – with you in mind, of course – and part of that is outlining some great virtualization books you should take with you to read on the plane. So put down that Sky Mall magazine, and dive into one of these great virtualization reads.

In no particular order…

  • Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise, Chris Wolf & Erick M. Halter- Author Chris Wolf covers the gamut of enterprise virtualization, exploring the interrelationships of technologies.
  • The Best Damn Server Virtualization Book Period: Including VMware, Xen, and Microsoft Virtual Server, David Rule – With a title like that, what more information do you need? From planning and deployment to learning the best ways to cut costs with virtualization, this resource will help you create a virtual network that best fits your needs.
  • Network Virtualization, Victor Moreno – Moreno covers the businesses drivers for the enterprise as well as the obstacles network designers must face. With real-world case studies, configuration and deployment scenarios, this resource should be within reach throughout your project.
  • The Book of VMware, Brian Ward – Get full coverage of the VMware 3.0 Workstation for both Windows and Linux. While reviewers don’t praise the prose as being particularly riveting, the information in here is valuable enough for when you’re in need.
  • VMware vSphere 5 Clustering, Frank Denneman – For the basic steps to create vSphere HA and DRS cluster or to implement vSphere Storage DRS, this is your book. If you’re planning on taking a VMware VCDX, VCP or VCAP exam, some of the questions or case studies in this book can be a great help.
  • VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise: Planning Deployment of Virtualization Server, 2nd Edition, Edward Haletky – This updated and extended edition is a “real-world guide to planning, deploying, and managing VMware ESX Server 3.5, VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi), or VMware vSphere 4.x cloud computing in mission-critical environments.”
  • VMware vSphere Design, Forbes Guthrie – For designing the most widely deployed virtualization platform, VMware vSphere, check out this great resource.

Have you read any of these titles? Share your thoughts, review, or additional reading suggestions, let us know in the comments section or send me an email directly.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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