May 7th, 2015 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

The PowerCLI Cookbook by Phillip Sellers is an excellent resource for any skill level, whether you are a beginner or looking for a great reference to have with you.

PowerCLI Cookbook by Phillip Sellers

First and foremost, this book far exceeds what I expect out of a technology cookbook. If you step back and think about a (food) cookbook you get the recipe for what you are going to make (i.e. what you are going to do in PowerCLI) and the ingredients to make it (i.e. the cmdlets necessary to perform the task). Phillip took that a step further and began the cookbook with how to actually start the oven, or in this case a simple recipe to connect to vCenter and get started using PowerCLI.

The chapters in the book are laid out very well, starting with basic hosts related tasks, before moving on to vCenter, virtual machines, and other more complex scenarios – the build up in this format makes it excellent for those who are new to PowerCLI, or even VMware for that matter. Each recipie also has a “how it works” section where the components use are explained (no one has ever told me how food flavors work together!).

You could quite literally use the book to just about stand up a complete vSphere environment as all the major topics such as networking, datastores, clusters, and virtual machine management (including using PowerCLI to invoke in guest scrips) is covered.

**Disclaimer – I have a book published with Packt Publishing and spoke to Phillip before he decided to write the book. This book was provided to me by the author but the review was not read, or approved by Phillip, it is simply my opinion on the book and its contents.**

Yummy! – PowerCLI Cookbook Review by Phillip Sellers (@pbsellers)

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June 26th, 2014 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

**Disclaimer:  I have previously published a book with Packt Publishing.  This book review was not approved or seen in advance of Packt Publishing and is my own opinion.  This book was provided to me at not cost to read and review**

Long book title, long blog post title!  Packt Publishing has given me the opportunity to review Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager (http://bit.ly/1kosrhz).

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The book is very straight forward and is very easily consume.  The book covers installation and configuration of VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.  While the book is mostly a step by step guide, the author does include design and installation considerations where appropriate as well as a review of background tasks happening which might not otherwise be controlled by the administrator; for example the cleanup tasks after testing a recovery.

Even though the book is on the shorter side, it is a worthy read for anyone interested in implementing either VMware SRM, vSphere Replication or both.

Packt has also provided me with 2 eBook copies to give away for readers of my blog.  To participate, please follow me on Twitter @jfrappier and re-tweet this article by July 3rd  (be sure to include my Twitter handle, @jfrappier so that I can track the RTs if you are using something like Buffer which may not show an RT on the original tweet).  Only July 4th, I will select two winners.

Disaster Recovery using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager Book Review and Contest

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July 23rd, 2013 by JFrappier

At the beginning of July Packt Publishing offered readers of this blog a chance to win a free copy of Implementing VMware Horizon View 5.2 from Jason Ventresco.  I am very excited to announce the two winners, selected at random are Kasia Lorenc and Jonathan Copeland.  Please DM me your email address and Packt Publishing will generate an order for you.  Thanks for your support!

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July 1st, 2013 by JFrappier

Implementing VMware Horizon View 5.2 from Jason Ventresco and Packt Publishing is aimed at helping administrators understand and configure the various components of a VMware View environment.  Don’t forget to see the end of the article for a chance to win a copy for yourself!

About the book

The author starts the book with some very good benefits of desktop virtualization, above and beyond those many server administrators already know from their server virtualization projects. The chapters are broken down to focus on specific components needed in your View environment such as Connection (Chapter 2), Transfer (4) and Security (5) servers.  My review comes from the perspective of being a server administrator for most of my career, having only setup View in lab or POC environments.

Using Chapter 1 and 2 as an example, the book does a very good job of giving a high level overview of the components and infrastructure requirements.  I very much appreciate how the author also looks at and explains external factors that may require 3rd party solutions to implement – something you may not find in a book directly from a vendor.  For example, one of my favorite parts of Chapter 1 is the in-depth example of how to use Windows Performance Monitor to capture statistics from a reference machine to help in understanding sizing requirements for your specific needs; yes even Chapter 1 normally reserved for boring introductions is worth reading.  In chapter 2 the author reviews load balancing considerations for your View connection server.  The chapters that follow use a similar format and are full of great information and examples.

Conclusion

I believe this book is an excellent resource for anyone considering a virtual desktop (VDI) deployment project or those who want a better understanding of the topic.  The examples in the book are both concise and relevant and the author has a very good flow from one subject to the next. There is enough technical detail to be well versed in requirements, setup and support for VMware View 5.2.

Contest

Packt Publishing was nice enough to offer two free e-book copies of Implementing VMware Horizon View 5.2, all you have to do is send out the following Tweet.  I will track all tweets between now and July 20th and randomly select 2 winners to receive a copy of the book!

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