Coming soon: book review of VMware Workstation – No Experience Necessary

Book Cover: vSphere High Peformance CookbookThanks again to Packt Publishing for the opportunity to review another of their many good titles around VMware technology. In appreciation for the reviews, they kindly keep my Kindle loaded with their tech tomes. The next review will be out in a few days over VMware Workstation – No Experience Necessary by Sander van Vugt (@sandervanvugt).

I’ve used Workstation for years alongside my home test lab, but for me, the product shines most when I’m on the road and don’t have access to a full blown hardware lab. For technologists new to virtualization and veterans alike, Workstation is a useful tool to have. I look forward to reviewing Sander’s latest addition.


Book Review: vSphere High Performance Cookbook

Book Cover: vSphere High Peformance CookbookI was graciously given the opportunity to read and review vSphere High Performance Cookbook, written by Prasenjit Sarkar (@stretchcloud) and published by Packt Publishing, whose subtitle states it has Over 60 recipes to help you improve vSphere performance and solve problems before they arise. Gulping down its chapters was easy after seeing that Prasenjit’s recipes included fixes for such common, and some not so common, misconfigurations or lack thereof.

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Book Review: Instant VMware vCloud Starter

Full disclosure: Packt Publishing gave me a free copy of the book in order to review it.

So before receiving this book, I hadn’t taken the time to get cozy with vCloud Director.  It was on my vcloud2 list of things to do.  Quite honestly, I knew I would be left with Google to find my way with vCD.  Fortunately, Packt offered up this gem just in time.  This is the first time I’d read one of Packt’s “Instant Starter” books.  I didn’t know exactly what to expect but I ended up pleasantly surprised.  The book reads a lot like installation notes, like those one would create at work, only better.  There are good screenshots throughout as well as explanations of each component.  It’s as if the author walks you up to a summit, points to interesting objects on the horizon, then encourages you to explore them on your own.  This is the first type of book I’ve read like this.  It gets you up and running but leaves many features untouched, but gives you explicit exercises to perform afterward.  So it’s almost like a teaser, in that it gives you a taste of vCloud, a slice, but leaves the rest of the pie for you to finish later.  I used it to get my vCloud environment running in Workstation in no time.  I’ll admit, though, that I was left with wanting more. I had to keep reminding myself of the intention of the author – it wasn’t to walk through every installation and certainly not every configuration piece. It was to bring the reader to a certain point, then let them discover the rest on their own. So in that light, this book meets its goal. I’m impressed with this book and am grateful to Packt for letting me review it. Check the book out here: Instant VMware vCloud Starter

Cheers, Mike


Book review: VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials

Last December I was fortunate enough to win a free copy of Peter Björk’s ThinApp Essentials book thinapp_essentialsthrough a contest on Duncan Epping’s blog ( Thanks to Duncan’s world-class comment-picking skills, I received the book in my hot little hands in a short amount of time.  The book’s publisher, Packt Publishing, was kind enough to get the book to me quickly, though with my schedule and list of things to learn for my new gig, I’m just now getting around to writing down my impressions of Peter’s work.  So without further ado my technically-savvy internets friends, my review of VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials: Learn how to quickly and efficiently virtualize your applications with ThinApp 4.7.

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