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VMware promises a great deal in terms of cost avoidance, recoverability, and flexibility. And enterprises are reporting -- sometimes to their stunned surprise -- that it truly delivers on those promises. Soon, VMware may well become nearly ubiquitous in the enterprise: Few current products offer greater strategic value. Of course, to deploy it effectively -- especially the high-end VMware ESX Server -- you need significant new knowledge. You need the straight scoop, from people who specialize in enterprise-class VMware deployments. You need this book.
Ron Oglesby and Scott Herold start by illuminating ESX Server and clearing up some myths about it (no, it’s not derived from Linux, nor does it run on Linux). You'll learn how ESX boots, establishes its virtual hardware layer, and handles processor, memory, and storage resources. Next, the authors help you make crucial decisions about hardware sizing, selection, and design; network connectivity; and installation options.
Oglesby and Herold systematically review storage and networking strategies, including when to use local SCSI disks, when to use remote SAN LUNs, and when (and how) to use both. There's extensive coverage of designing guest environments: deciding which servers to integrate into ESX Server farms; creating guest virtual machines; managing golden masters and ISOs; and allocating resources.
Last but not least, you'll find extensive coverage of day-to-day administration: managing servers with the Console OS and web interface; security; server monitoring; provisioning; backups, disaster recovery, and more. Whether you’re deploying or already running ESX Server, this book will help you do it as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Bill Camarda, from the November 2005 Read Only