In August we announced that we were working a secret project and let you guys in on it. The idea was to get it published through an official Publisher but due to several circumstances and a very tight deadline we decided to go the self-publishing route to make it available as soon as possible. So here it is, the moment both Frank Denneman and I have been waiting for…. it is finally available, the HA and DRS technical deepdive.
As of today “vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive” is available on paper via CreateSpace and Amazon. We are also working on getting a digital copy up for sale but that will more than likely be early 2011.
There is something I want to make very clear here as I have heard multiple people referring to this book as “Duncan’s Book”. This book was very much a joint effort. Frank has invested at least as much time in this project as I have, and probably even more. I want to thank Frank for his hard work and hope everyone realizes that it is our book and not my book!
We want to take the opportunity to thank our Technical Reviewers for their very valuable feedback and for keeping us honest; fellow VCDX Panel Member Craig Risinger (VMware PSO), Marc Sevigny (VMware HA Engineering), Anne Holler (VMware DRS Engineering) and Bouke Groenescheij (Jume.nl). A very special thanks to Scott Herold for writing the foreword!
This is the description of the book that is up on CreateSpace/Amazon:
About the authors:
Duncan Epping (VCDX 007) is a Consulting Architect working for VMware as part of the Cloud Practice. Duncan works primarily with Service Providers and large Enterprise customers. He is focussed on designing Public Cloud Infrastructures and specializes in bc-dr, vCloud Director and VMware HA. Duncan is the owner of Yellow-Bricks.com, the leading VMware blog.
Frank Denneman (VCDX 029) 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 specializes in Resource Management, DRS and storage. Frank is the owner of frankdenneman.nl which has recently been voted number 6 worldwide on vsphere-land.com
VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive zooms in on two key components of every VMware based infrastructure and is by no means a “how to” guide. It covers the basic steps needed to create a VMware HA and DRS cluster, but even more important explains the concepts and mechanisms behind HA and DRS which will enable you to make well educated decisions. This book will take you in to the trenches of HA and DRS and will give you the tools to understand and implement e.g. HA admission control policies, DRS resource pools and resource allocation settings. On top of that each section contains basic design principles that can be used for designing, implementing or improving VMware infrastructures.
- HA node types
- HA isolation detection and response
- HA admission control
- VM Monitoring
- HA and DRS integration
- DRS imbalance algorithm
- Resource Pools
- Impact of reservations and limits
- CPU Resource Scheduling
- Memory Scheduler
We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we did writing it. Thanks,