Virtualisation has become a big industry. Large numbers of desktop machines and servers are being run in this way. So it’s not surprising that there is a high demand for more information for the end user about virtualisation and what can be done with it. The VMware Cookbook provides a worthwhile service for a small part of this demand. The book largely points the interested user at VMware ESX 3.xx and 4.xx, and also ESXi 3.5. VMware Infrastructure 3 and installation are explained first of all. The reader is taken through some simple issues to do with installation and the Licence Server, with a final reference to VMware ESX 4.0 installation. It moves along to networking and resource and vCenter management. There is a good section about useful command-line tools. The latter part of the book explains some facts about security concepts and the automation of ESX installation. If you are someone who has to deal with this kind of day-to-day administration task or you wish to learn more about it, this 280-page volume would be of invaluable help.
This article originally appeared in issue 82 of Linux User & Developer. Click here to find more reviews from the magazine.