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New Year’s resolution – Some back to basic reading and getting back into the certification game

December 31st, 2015 No comments

I bought a Safaribooks subscription during the black Friday week in my vacation time (who could resist unlimited access to basically every major tech book publisher for less than 300 bucks for a whole year).

As the new year is coming up it’s time for some resolutions as well, mine will mainly include some reading. 🙂

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Book review: VMware vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook

March 15th, 2015 No comments

Yesterday I finished reading one of the Packt books I actually enjoyed (which is only a handful to be honest, usually the standard is not too high).

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Book review: Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT right

August 10th, 2014 No comments

I just finished reading the book and I am very positively impressed by it. The target audience is described as follows.

Our goal was to create in one book—a comprehensive resource that a solution architect, system administrator, storage administrator, or database administrator could use to guide them through the necessary steps to successfully virtualize a database. Many of the lessons learned in this book apply to any business-critical application being virtualized from SAP, E-Business Suite, Microsoft Exchange, or Oracle, with the specific focus of this book on Microsoft SQL Server. Although you don’t have to be a database administrator to understand the contents of this book, it does help if you are technical and have a basic understanding of vSphere.

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Book review: Learning Veeam® Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere

April 28th, 2014 No comments

A while back I saw the following tweet by Christian Mohn (@h0bbel).

The author describes the intended audience as follows.

This book is aimed at vSphere administrators looking for an introduction to Veeam® Backup & Replication v7 for VMware. If you are interested in learning how you can set up a basic infrastructure, this book is for you

He actually delivers on what he does promise. The book is a nice introduction on how to set up backup and replication jobs, walking you through each step starting from the installation.

The first chapter also gives a short introduction on common backup terms and one commonly used backup concept. This is then applied in the following chapters.

Some of the more advanced features do get their own chapter and are described from a functionality point of view even though with less detail than the actual backup, replication and restore features.

If you are completely new to Veeam Backup this book is an ideal overview to get you started quickly, if you are looking for extrem in depth technology knowledge and behind the curtains information you are not the target group of that book. It can easily be read in 1 evening as it is roughly above 100 pages.

On a final note I would love to see chapter 5 bumped up with as much details as the previous chapter for the advanced features as well in a future edition of this book.

 

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Book review: VMware Horizon View 5.3 Design Patterns and Best Practices

January 23rd, 2014 No comments

As I am currently studying for the VCAP-DTA I try to get all the literature safaribooks has to offer on the theme together to properly break down the blueprint.

One of the books I read so far has been VMware Horizon View 5.3 Design Patterns and Best Practices by Jason Ventresco.

As the title suggests this book is not overly suited for the VCAP-DTA as this is a practical exam and the content of the book is oriented for design work. It is a good read for people studying for the VCAP-DTD though. The 6 chapters cover a major part of the blueprint listing pros and cons of various design decisions. It also does some example calculations for compute and storage resources which might come in handy during the exam.

The content that can be delivered on 130 pages is of course limited but the author manages to talk about the most important subjects of the exam which would be general benefits, risks and design considerations, pool design, RDP vs PCoIP, network bandwidth constraints, sizing of compute resources, storage consideration, profile management and the various client options.

The only thing the book is lacking to not only be a good but a great read for exam preparation would be a design walk through as it is done in the vCloud Architecture Toolkit for example.

Nonetheless I would recommend everyone studying for the VCAP-DTD to have a look at the book as it contains alot of valuable and relevant information for the exam.

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