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Professional VMware Server [Paperback]

Eric Hammersley

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Dec 11 2006 Programmer to Programmer
Developing software and testing within virtual machines provides you with countless advantages in terms of automation, stability, disaster recovery, and overall code quality. With this book as your guide, you get the tools you need to create a fleet of virtual machine images that you can use to build your own secure applications.

Beginning with the basics of virtualization and its place within the development and testing environment, the book then delves into the APIs and provides a deep, example-rich reference to their function and purpose. VMware expert Eric Hammersley shares his vast experience in using VMware in the development process and shows you how you can streamline your own development with the new VMware Server.

You'll learn to integrate VMware Server into your existing environment using CruiseControl.NET and Visual Studio(r) Team System as examples. Plus, you'll get a clear understanding of virtual hardware, networks, and the server console, and find out how to build base images. You'll discover the benefits of software development and testing within virtual machines and the advantages they have to offer. This will help you rapidly deploy new machines, set up multiple platforms on a single machine, and dramatically increase the utilization of your hardware.

What you will learn from this book
* Steps on how to install and configure VMware Server
* Tips to follow when creating development base images
* Methods on how to organize your image libraries and prepare them for use
* Best practices for using VmCOM, VmPerl, and the Programming API
* How to integrate VMware Server into your existing environment and automate its functionality
* Ways to leverage VMware Server to provide banks of testing machines on demand

Who this book is for

This book is for software developers, lead developers, and software testing engineers who want to integrate VMware Server into their existing systems in order to create and test applications on various platforms.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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Developing software and testing within virtual machines provides you with countless advantages in terms of automation, stability, disaster recovery, and overall code quality. With this book as your guide, you get the tools you need to create a fleet of virtual machine images that you can use to build your own secure applications.

Beginning with the basics of virtualization and its place within the development and testing environment, the book then delves into the APIs and provides a deep, example-rich reference to their function and purpose. VMware expert Eric Hammersley shares his vast experience in using VMware in the development process and shows you how you can streamline your own development with the new VMware Server.

You'll learn to integrate VMware Server into your existing environment using CruiseControl.NET and Visual Studio® Team System as examples. Plus, you'll get a clear understanding of virtual hardware, networks, and the server console, and find out how to build base images. You'll discover the benefits of software development and testing within virtual machines and the advantages they have to offer. This will help you rapidly deploy new machines, set up multiple platforms on a single machine, and dramatically increase the utilization of your hardware.

What you will learn from this book

  • Steps on how to install and configure VMware Server
  • Tips to follow when creating development base images
  • Methods on how to organize your image libraries and prepare them for use
  • Best practices for using VmCOM, VmPerl, and the Programming API
  • How to integrate VMware Server into your existing environment and automate its functionality
  • Ways to leverage VMware Server to provide banks of testing machines on demand

Who this book is for

This book is for software developers, lead developers, and software testing engineers who want to integrate VMware Server into their existing systems in order to create and test applications on various platforms.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Eric Hammersley (Bedford, IN) has more than 14 years experience in the trenches as an IT professional including 6 years serving as a technical consultant for the U.S. military.  He currently serves as CIO for The SASSI Institute.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jan. 28 2007
By vmachine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The content of this book is great if you're going to automate your VMware Server processes. Eric's introduction for customizing your Virtual Infrastructure with .Net or Perl is the best one available!

But the introduction to the VMware product and the usage of it is missing.

So this book is great for experienced admins and developers but not for beginners.

I found the combination of the "VMware Server and VMware Player" book and the "Professional VMware Server" book very useful for optaining a very good and complete knowledge of VMware Server.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it was but somewhat disappointed Nov. 26 2007
By Meredith Shaebanyan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book with the intention of learning about the features of the VMWare SDK and Virtual Infrastructure/ESX Servers scriptability/programmability. This book has some good information on programming the rest of VMWare's product line: GSX Server and Workstation, and seems to be targeted more towards the application developer/ISV who is seeking to automate their test/build cycle using VMWare products than the Network Engineer who is using VMWare to virtualize an enterprise's IT Environment. It covers a lot of information that seems out of place in a programming book, such as a chapter on creating a 'gold' image to use as a template for imaging systems, and information on basic VMWare server/workstation setup and configuration. If that is what you are looking for, then this book is for you. If you are trying to use VMWare's product line to virtualize your IT Infrastructure, then keep looking.

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