Announcing Mastering VMware vSphere 6

Over the last 10 months, with my contributing authors, Grant Orchard and Josh Atwell, I have been working on an update to the Mastering VMware vSphere series. What does the updated book cover? Well, I tried to stick to the very well received “Scott Lowe Formula” from the previous Mastering vSphere 4 and 5 but at the same time continue to put my own take on things after the vSphere 5.5 revision. Scott Lowe has once again graciously written the forward for this book and I think his words summarize it well.

Mastering VMware vSphere 6 is more than just a new version of a well-respected tome, because Nick has done more than just refresh the material found within these pages. Yes, you’ll find in-depth coverage of new features in vSphere 6; that includes features like long-distance vMotion and cross-vCenter vMotion, a new version of VSAN, and the long-awaited SMP Fault Tolerance that will allow you to use VMware Fault Tolerance with up to 4 virtual CPUs. Yes, you’ll find coverage of NFS 4.1 support, Virtual Volumes, and a new version of Network I/O Control. Of course, there is so much more in vSphere 6 than just what I’ve mentioned here, but you’ll have to read the rest of the book to find out what else is included!

— Scott Lowe

Yesterday VMware announced that vSphere 6.0 will be made available by the end of March and I’d like to advise that Mastering VMware vSphere 6 is available for pre-order today and will be shipping or downloadable within days of the software being made available.

Announcing Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5

After months of learning, writing and endless lab rebuilds I am very excited to announce the project I have been working on:

Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5

When Scott Lowe first approached me in late 2012 about a possible writing opportunity I couldn’t begin to understand what the next 9 months would entail. The project has certainly been mammoth, but one that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed along the way. And the best bit is yet to come, I get to share it with the rest of the VMware community!

This new revision has been revised for the newly announced vSphere 5.5 and covers all the features introduced in both 5.1 and 5.5. Getting up to speed with the vSphere Web Client has never been easier, as every example both new and old has been written with the Web Client in mind. At a high level, some the new coverage includes:

  • Single Sign-On
  • VSAN
  • vFlash
  • LACP
  • vC Ops

As Scott mentioned when he announced the 5.0 edition “This book won’t go as deep as some other books on the market, but that’s not really its purpose.” – and the same goes for this edition. The idea is real world, practical information to help you get the most out of vSphere 5.5.

I would like to put a big thank you out there to the contributing authors, Forbes Guthrie, Matt Liebowitz and Josh Atwell. These guys each submitted a quality chapter towards this book and I am ever grateful for their contributions. And of course, thank you to Scott for this opportunity. I hope that I have lived up to your expectations with this work and you have no regrets handing “your baby” over to my care. I certainly will pay it forward when the time is right as you so graciously did for me.

So, I guess the question is, when is it available? It’s available for pre-order right now from Amazon, and should be generally available late October / early November.