Mastering VMware vSphere 4

A few weeks back I placed and order from Amazon for Scott Lowe’s new book “Mastering VMware vSphere 4”. I have had the book for a few days now but haven’t had the time to really dedicate to sit down and dive into it. Well last night I had a sometime on my hands and decided to crack it open and pick a chapter to start with. I went with the chapter dedicated to storage and the new changes in vShpere 4. The chapter comes in at right about a 100 pages so I knew it was going to be in-depth coverage and I wasn’t disappointed. Scott and Chad Sakac (I read that he was a major player in the writing of the particular chapter) gave not only a great “under the cover” reasoning for the how and why’s of how storage works in vSphere 4 but also the main differences between how it works between vSphere 4 and ESX 3.5 with plenty of configuration examples.  The shop I work is all FC based for our SAN, but for those of you who run either iSCSI or NFS solutions for your datastores the new multi-pathing features offered in vSphere 4 are going to drastically change how your storage is set up and configured.  For me this chapter alone was worth the price of admission to get this book.