There are a lot of VMware books out there, but few really make you want to reach for your wallet and buy the book. This is one book that will have a lot of people reaching for their wallets. Critical VMware Mistakes You Should Avoid is written by Larry Loucks who has his fair share of experience in the world of virtualization. Larry Loucks is a twenty-eight year veteran of the IT industry. His experience ranges from engineer to architect to consultant for international IT firms including VMware. Larry also serves as the lead corporate presenter for one of the largest software companies in the world, Quest software, and occasionally presents for other companies such as Dell. He is a recognized authority on many topics including virtualization, disaster recovery, network design and troubleshooting. What’s great about this book is that the author has most likely made some of the mistakes in that are covered in the book, and that’s okay, how else do we learn.
This book is the only manual that will deconstruct the common errors encountered firsthand in the IT industry with clear, succinct and illustrated methods of solving these problems. What’s great about this book is it will help the inexperienced VMware admin or users avoid some very critical mistakes. The thing that the book points out right off the bat is that you can make a mistake configuring your ESXi server or vCenter Server and not feel the full effects of your mistake until it’s too late. Also covered in this book is the items that should be taken into account when purchasing licensing. Are you going to scale out your virtual infrastructure or will it never change, most likely the latter is the case. You don’t want to get caught in a situation where you can’t grow with the equipment or licensing that you’ve spent money on.
Should I Buy It?
It really depends on your situation. Is it a good read and very informational? Yes. If you are thinking about venturing down the virtualization road with your IT infrastructure, you can’t miss this book. However, if you are a VMware admin, with technical certifications, you can take it or leave it. Most likely you’ve already made these mistakes and learned from them. If you are simply looking to add a great book to your virtualization library, yes, buy this book and add it to your collection. It’s a fairly short book, only 128 pages, and you can read it cover to cover in a day.
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