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Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 - Book Review

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I received a copy of Mike Laverick's "Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0". This is a terrific book as the first book from VMware Press. Mike's has been providing terrific guides, white papers, and videos for years on his website RTFM Education.

To some the organization and presentation of this book may seem unconventional. Chapter 1 describes Site Recovery Manager, DR technologies, and addresses misconceptions of VMware technologies often thought of as DR technologies. Chapters 2 - 6 individually explain how to configure Dell, EMC Celerra, EMC CLARiiON, HP StorageWorks, and NetApp storage for VMware. Chapters 7 - 16 then cover the configuration and operation of VMware SRM. Chapters 1 plus one of 2 -6 make this book worthwhile to anyone installing a VMware solution with a SAN.

With my background being long in the teeth with networking and a little green in virtualization, Chapter 1 was most significant to me. I have been trying to understand the architect…