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New Book – VMware vSphere Design (2nd Edition)

Forbes Guthrie and Scott Lowe have been busy. I very much enjoyed the first edition of the VMware vSphere Design book and now the second edition is up on Amazon for download in Kindle format or pre-order for print copies. In this edition, there’s also a chapter on vCloud design by Kendrick Coleman.

Besides being a good read in and of itself, the first book was good to help with VCAP4-DCD preparation. I imagine that this edition will be equally useful for VCAP5-DCD preparation. I look forward to reading it. Well, I will when my copy shows up (family rule: I’m not allowed to buy anything for myself in the month of my birthday).

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Battling with “Best Practices”

I received my copy of the “VMware vSphere Design” book yesterday from amazon. As with any book before I read it I just flick through it quickly. If it’s non-fiction, like this book, I might even read a random page or two.

Purely by coincidence the book fell open at page 13 and a highlighted section titled “Don’t accept Best Practices Blindly”. It actually made me laugh when I read that. Not because it’s funny or wrong but because I had spent a large part of my day trying to convince people of the very same thing!

Several people have sounded off about “Best Practices” in the past and at least one of them dislikes the term so much that it won’t do you any favours to mention it if you’re interviewed for a job by him.

My own feelings are fairly well summed up by the paragraph in the book. That is, I think they’re a good starting point but you need to understand why something is a best practice and what the implications of following or not following it are. Implementations and environments are rarely, if ever, identical and you should have the knowledge and intelligence to determine which best practices are applicable.

I look forward to reading the rest of the book now but I’d be very interested in hearing from anyone who has had a “best practice” cause a problem in their environment.