If you want to gain insight into the real-world uses of VMware ESX and ESXi, this book provides scores of step-by-step solutions for working with these products in a wide range of network environments. You'll not only learn the basics -- how to pool resources from hardware servers, computer clusters, networks, and storage, and then distribute them among virtual machines -- but also the stumbling blocks you'll encounter when you monitor systems, troubleshoot problems, and deal with security.
In addition to the recipes, VMware Cookbook includes background information to help you determine your virtualization needs. You'll come to view VMware as part of the real environment, alongside operating systems, storage, and logical and physical network components.
Ryan Troy has over a decade of infrastructure and business experience, working in diverse industries that range from startups to fortune 500 companies. He is passionate about virtualization, specifically VMware's technologies where he maintains a VCP certification. In addition to VMware, he is also certified in Hyper-V and fluent in OpenVZ and Xen (open source). He has written articles for Linux + magazine, co-authored Ubuntu Unleashed 2010 Edition and maintains a blog at http://rtroy.com. He also founded the now-official Ubuntu Linux forums (http://www.ubuntuforums.org) in October 2004; he transferred ownership to Canonical in June 2007.
Matthew Helmke has written articles for magazines such as Linux+ and Linux Identity, helped write Prentice Hall's The Official Ubuntu Book, and has written and self-published two books about Arabic and Moroccan culture. He first used Unix in 1987 while studying Lisp on a Vax at the university. Currently, he is an active member of the Ubuntu Linux community as an Administrator and Forum Council member for the Ubuntu Forums (ubuntuforums.org), and a member of the membership approval committee for Ubuntu in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has run a business using only free software, has done some consulting, and is currently working on a master's degree in Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona. View Matthew Helmke's full profile page.