My Second Book Review: VMware Virtual SAN Cookbook @PacktPub

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Hello folks,

For the past few months, I’ve been busy working as “Technical Reviewer” for the book title: “VMware Virtual SAN Cookbook

And guess what? I Just received good news that it is finally published by Packt Publishing.

You may ask, VMware? But you are Microsoft MVP. It’s true, I confess that this was challenging for me. I’m very, very humbled and honored as Microsoft MVP for Hyper-V, however in order to design and compare the existing Software-Defined storage offered from Microsoft and VMware, you need to learn both technologies in order to address all customers questions and provide the right solution for their environments.  

The book is authored by Jeffrey Taylor.

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The book is very well suited for both newcomers to the converged storage solution for VMware vSphere as veterans. The first chapters contain recipes of how to choose your Virtual SAN hardware according to VMware best practices while later chapters are about more advanced topics.

Here is a sneak peak of how the book page looks like:

When you click on “Credits” link, you will see my name:- (Under Reviewers)

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Here is my acknowledgement:

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Table of contents and what to expect to learn after reading this book:

Chapter 1: HARDWARE SELECTION FOR YOUR SAN CLUSTER
Introduction
Using the VMware Compatibility Guides
Selecting a server platform
Selecting a storage controller
Selecting a solid-state drive (SSD) for the cache tier
Selecting capacity tier disks
Deciding on a network standard
Choosing a VSAN Ready Node (and alternate option)

Chapter 2: INITIAL CONFIGURATION AND VALIDATION OF YOUR VSAN CLUSTER
Introduction
Preparing the vCenter cluster for VSAN
Applying VSAN licensing (optional)
Configuring VSAN networking on a new standard switch
Configuring VSAN networking on an existing switch
Enabling SSH on the ESXi hosts (if applicable)
Tagging disks as local solid-state drives (if applicable)
Enabling VSAN on your cluster
Manually claiming disks for use by VSAN (if applicable)
Performing initial validation of the new VSAN cluster
Enabling vSphere HA

Chapter 3: STORAGE POLICY-BASED MANAGEMENT
Introduction
Creating VM storage policies
Applying storage policies to a new VM or a VM deployed from a template
Applying storage policies to an existing VM migrating to VSAN
Viewing a VM’s storage policies and object distribution
Changing storage policies on a VM already residing in VSAN
Modifying existing storage policies
Summary

Chapter 4: MONITORING VSAN
Introduction
Examining VSAN datastore health
Examining VSAN disk health
Examining VM object health
Creating VSAN-specific alarms
Examining VSAN resync activity (vSphere 6.0)

Chapter 5: VSAN MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS
Introduction
Understanding and using VSAN Maintenance Mode
Adding disks to VSAN
Removing disks/disk groups from VSAN
Replacing disks in VSAN in the event of a disk failure
Changing VSAN networking
Permanently decommissioning a VSAN node
Recovering a VSAN cluster in the event that vCenter is lost/migrating a VSAN cluster to a new vCenter server

Chapter 6: RUBY VSPHERE CONSOLE
Introduction
Launching RVC (Windows vCenter)
Launching RVC (Linux vCenter Appliance)
Navigating RVC
The vsan.cluster_info command
The vsan.disks_stats command
The vsan.vm_object_info command
The vsan.vm_perf_stats command
The vsan.resync_dashboard command

Chapter 7: TROUBLESHOOTING VSAN
Introduction
Investigating network partitions (with vSphere Web Client)
Investigating network partitions (without vSphere Web Client)
Investigating storage provider registration problems
Investigating other SPBM problems
Investigating VM provisioning or power-on failures
Investigating disk failures
Investigating VSAN performance with VSAN Observer

Chapter 8: SUPPORT SUCCESS
Introduction
Formulating a problem description
Formulating a problem summary
Collecting logging information
Collecting other diagnostic information

Chapter 9: VSAN 6.0
Introduction
Tagging disks as SSDs in vSphere 6.0
VSAN 6.0 fault domains
Upgrading to the VSAN 6.0 on-disk format

I highly encourage you to grab a copy of this book here.

Happy reading!

Cheers,
~Charbel

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