I was recently offered the opportunity to review a copy of Administering VMware SRM5 written by Mike Laverick and said yes. I was already in the process of getting familiar with SRM5 and what improvements it offers over previous versions. So the book was a good opportunity to save me some searching for details. To be upfront I was sent a copy of the book for free, but had already been planing on buying one.
This was my first read of any book that Mike has written. I was able to meet Mike briefly at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas and had always wanted to find time to read his VMware View book but never got around to it. I think he did a great job on this SRM 5 book, he walked a fine line that provides both enough details to a beginner to show them how the product works and how to install and also gave me enough information as an experienced admin just looking to brush up on whats changed between versions.
The book covers all the steps on how to setup SRM 5. You will install the servers and databases, setup replication and do fail over testing. After reading this book you should be well on your way to understanding what SRM can do and how you can use it to help protect your virtual machines.
I liked that Mike covered how SRM works with storage arrays from different vendors and their replication options. The book covers examples from EMC, NetApp and Dell along with the new vSphere replication option. This should be very helpful for new users that have storage from these manufacturers. It would have been easy to just write the book and just cover replication in a generic fashion because it takes a lot of work to test and write about multiple vendors. Mike goes on to thank the support of these vendors for helping him with his lab to write this book and I can say that it pays off. I like to see when vendors get involved with people like this to make good things happen.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design