These days there seems to be a ton of books on just about any and every subject matter out there, but there are only a select few that are actually helpful and not redundant. When it comes to VMware there is no shortage of books available that can be very helpful. There are books that are specific to certain aspects of VMware such as HA, DRS, SRM and others; as well as books based on ESX/ESXi and vSphere that can be referenced on a daily basis. It’s hard to just select a top 5, I could really make a top 50 list, but that would be a very long post. Here is a list of the top 5 books based on VMware that I think are must reads, and must haves.

The Top 5 VMware Books List
Mastering VMware vSphere 4
by Scott Lowe
This book sits on my desk at work and it is the only book that I reference daily. If you are new to vSphere, this book is a must have. If you are an administrator
this book is a must have. Scott Lowe runs a great blog too, with the use of this book and visits to his blog, you can really gain a solid baseline knowledge of
vSphere that can really springboard your career into virtualization. Here is a quote from David Davis (vExpert, VCP4, CCIE), “Scott Lowe’s blog has always
been impressive but his new vSphere book is a real “masterpiece”! This book starts with vSphere planning and installation and moves into daily administrative
tasks. I especially enjoyed the chapters on resource allocation, high availability, and automating vSphere. Scott’s extensive real-world experience really shows
through in the way that the book is written. If you had to choose only one vSphere book – this is the book to choose!”

VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical deepdive (Volume 1)
by Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman
This is the book to own on HA and DRS! Both Duncan and Frank are VCDX certified and are experts in their field. This book covers everything you need to know
about HA and DRS. In this book you will find clearly defined timelines as well as best practices for applying HA/DRS in your vSphere 4.1 environment. Here is a
quote from Marc G. Sevigny, “The level of detail exceeds that available in any VMware-provided documentation. It is concise, very readable and
informative. You can find implementation details that only an insider can know. The cost of one second of downtime that could have been prevented will exceed
the cost of this useful guide!”

Maximum vSphere: Tips, How-Tos, and Best Practices for Working with VMware vSphere 4
by Eric Seibert w/ Simon Seagrave
At first glance you might think it’s yet another book about vSphere, but upon further investigation you will come to realize that this is not just another
vSphere book but a must have for any vSphere administrator and anyone who wants a further deep dive into vSphere and its functionality. This is written by
vExpert Eric Siebert with contributions from vExpert Simon Seagrave. Both of writers are highly knowledgeable in their field and have each been repeat
presenters at the annual VMware conference VMworld. Here’s a quote from DeePak Kosaraju, “I never read any technology book like this before. This is
covering from all levels of skills Beginner,Intermediate and Experts. The day I received this book I couldn’t find time to read it, but the day I started reading this
book I couldn’t find time for other activities…”

VMware vSphere 4 Implementation
by Mike Laverick
Yes this is the third vSphere book that I’ve included in my list of top VMware books, but this book is a must have also. I had the chance to meet Mike in person
this past September at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco. He is very witty and extremely intelligent on the topic of vSphere as is displayed in the text of his new
book. You can check his blog out as well, the information there is incredible and can be applied daily. Here is a quote from B. Riley, “Mike’s blog is a daily
read for anyone who is serious about VMWare. His perspective in the industry is unique, and he applies a natural writing talent that enables readers to
understand it. This book is no exception. It is very well written, and albeit in-depth, it is accessible even to the VMWare novice. The guy has even recorded
videos on his site to describe the book’s labs in more detail. The end result is what every technical book should strive to accomplish.”

VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing the Virtual Environment
by Edward Haletky
I had the privilege of meeting Edward as VMworld 2010 in San Francisco and I was impressed with not only his vast knowledge of vSphere but also his
knowledge of security within the realm of vSphere. This book is a must if you are in the business of IT security, and that should make all of us! With the
increasing installation and use of VMware vSphere in our enterprise environments the need for security is rising as well. This is a rather uncharted area of
vSphere but is covered nicely in this book from Mr. Haletky. Here is a quote from Cody Bunch, “A wise person once said that “Virtualization is not a
destination, but a journey”. The same has also been said about IT Security. In this masterful tome, Mr. Haletky provides us with a soundly written guide book,
warning us where the pitfalls are and describing to us the choices we must make on our journey down both the security & virtualization road. It is an awesome
book, and I highly recommend it to any virtualization admin, as while the products differ, the pitfalls are the same.”

If you don’t own any of these books or have never browsed through their pages at the book store or on Amazon, make sure you check them out. Each one of these books has helped me in a major way at one point in time or another in my job. Happy reading.

Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

6 thoughts on “vDestination’s Top 5 VMware Books List

  1. Thanks for including me in your top 5 list—I really appreciate that! I’m glad that readers are finding the book (and my site) useful and helpful.

    1. No problem Scott, I literally use this book on a daily basis, thanks for all the hard work, keep it up. Any new titles on the horizon?

  2. Thanks for listing us. One thing to note here is that Marc Sevigny is one of the engineers who developed VMware HA!

    1. No sweat Duncan, you guys did an amazing job on that book, very impressive, just wanted to make sure people know to go out and read it! Good work, look forward to your next project.

  3. Thank you for listing my vSphere Security book. I do have a new book coming out soon ‘VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise” that covers up to ESX/ESXi 4.1 but alas nothing new on the security front, … YET. 🙂 Anything you want covered in a new security book?

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