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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463658133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463658137
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #447,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Duncan Epping is a Principal Architect working for VMware as part of Technical Marketing. Duncan specializes in vSphere HA, Storage DRS, Storage I/O Control and vSphere Architecture. Duncan was among the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX 007). Duncan is the owner of, one of the leading VMware/virtualization blogs worldwide (Voted number 1 virtualization blog for the 4th consecutive time on and lead-author of the "vSphere Quick Start Guide" and co-author of "Foundation for Cloud Computing with VMware vSphere 4", “Cloud Computing with VMware vCloud Director” and “VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS technical deepdive”. He can be followed on twitter at Frank Denneman is a Consulting Architect working for VMware as part of the Professional Services Organization. Frank works primarily with large Enterprise customers and Service Providers. He is focused on designing large vSphere Infrastructures and specializes in Resource Management, vSphere DRS and storage. Frank is among the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX 029). Frank is the owner of which has recently been voted number 6 worldwide on and co-author of “VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS technical deepdive. He can be followed on twitter at

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This book lives up to its title - this is really a technical deepdive on Clustering, You will not be disappointed. The authors do a great job of explaining terms and concepts - they diagrams are also very helpful. There is so much in this book that I will likely read it another couple of times.

This is a must buy for your vSphere library. Looking forward to reading more from the authors!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa072a9b4) out of 5 stars 44 reviews
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HASH(0xa064d54c) out of 5 stars Excellent! July 16 2011
By @drakpz - Published on
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If you're looking for technical, precise and comprehensive information about HA, DRS, and Storage DRS, well... This is the book for you. Frank and Duncan use a linear and fluent writing style, with excellent examples and real world scenarios that give you a perfect understanding of the inner logic of all the involved components. Great info on the new features in v5, and how and why some things have radically evolved (e.g. HA).
Loaded with precious tips and detailed information, it's a must have wether you're a clustering newbie or a seasoned vAdmin.
Oh, and what about the money? It's weeeeell worth the price!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa064d798) out of 5 stars Must have addition to your tech library July 16 2011
By Greg - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Following on from their vSphere 4. HA/DRS deepdive book Duncan and Frank have followed up with this new book which covers some of the greatest new features VMware have added to or improved in vSphere 5.

I have just finished the kindle of this book and I must say I am very impressed at the way that it is laid out, they topics covered and the level of technical information. The level of information they were able to provide goes beyond what you will ever find in any whitepaper. The use of diagrams illustrate the concepts in a way that words sometimes struggle to. This has always been one of Franks strengths and this book is no exception. I firmly believe that you should consider the colour version of the book as the illustrations have maximum effect, and yes it's worth it.

In this book you'll find the usual suspects such as HA, DRS and DPM but in addition they authors have also included some additional features such as Storage DRS, Storage IO Control, vMotion, Storage vMotion and Resource Entitlements.

I have made a bunch of notes and bookmarks during my first pass of this book. I will no doubt return in a week or so for another read.

A super book and I really recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the concepts in this book, you WONT find better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa064d9d8) out of 5 stars Must Have - Worth Its Weight In Gold Aug. 3 2011
By slaclair - Published on
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In case the other raving reviews were not sufficient I will backup what the others have said. Written in the same clarity and technical depth as the 4.1 HA/DRS book, this book is an absolute must have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa064db7c) out of 5 stars A must-have book for your technical library Oct. 2 2011
By Massimiliano Mortillaro - Published on
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Following the purchase and read of VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS technical deepdive on my Kindle, I was curious to see which changes would be brought around by the introduction of vSphere 5. After downloading a preview of VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive I estimated that the amount of changes between both versions was really significant and well worth the investment.

The book is clearly written, a special emphasis has been made on making it understandable even for professionals like me who use vSphere daily yet do not manage huge production environments. The book goes to great lengths to explain all possible scenarios and I found answers to all my questions. Not only sections cover HOW the technology works, but the authors go as far as explaining the way the algorithms are working, which will satisfy the curiosity of everyone.

Finally, as a cherry on top of the cake, the graphs and workflows are done with great taste and are pleasant to look at (The DPM throttle one is great!). Kindle owners such as me may find them a bit dull on grayscale compared to what I've seen of the color printed version on Duncan Epping's blog.

A great, concise and useful technical book, that every virtualization administrator/architect should own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa064da50) out of 5 stars Great resource for vSphere 5 Administrators May 18 2012
By tkuznia - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a great resource for any vSphere 5 Administrators. It mainly covers 3 major functions of vSphere 5, including HA, DRS and the new Storage DRS. The book does a great job of explaining not only the new functionality in-depth, but also best practices of how these should be used in your virtual environment. There is no better resource in explaining clustering as it relates to ESXi clusters.

The following information about each subject was covered:
- Fault Domain Manager (FDM)
- HOSTD Agent
- Host Failure Response
- Host Isolation Response
- Admission Control

- DRS Levels
- vMotion Changes
- Reservation Behavier
- DRS Migration Thresholds
- Affinity/Anti-Affinity

- Key Features
- Constraints
- Recommended SDRS Settings for storage type
- Storage vMotion changes
- SDRS Thresholds

Great Resource guide that I keep on my desk bookshelf.