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As written in a previous post, some months ago, I’ve started a huge personal project that consumes all my spare free time. This project was a new book on VMware vSphere 6.5, really ambitious considering that will be a “Mastering” book, but the title and part of the content were not negotiable with the editor.

Finally the book Mastering VMware vSphere 6.5 is done and it’s now available on Packt site (and in the future also on Amazon).

Considering the size and the wide of the contents, as also the strict deadlines (3 months to write all the chapters), I’ve asked help to some friends: Paolo Valsecchi, from the blog, and Karel Novak, a VCI and VMUG leader from CZ, both also Veeam Vanguard.

The book site is the following:

Note that in those days there is a huge promo for all Packt books and videos.

Funny but actually, there aren’t books with this title and still few books on the new version of vSphere. Yes, virtualization is not so cool anymore, but it’s still the pillar of all modern infrastructure and you still need to learn more about it.

For per paperback edition those are data:

  • ISBN 139781787286016
  • Paperback 598 pages

The book it’s also available on Amazon, for example on

Note: on Amazon, somebody is selling a used paperback copy (sometimes also costly than the origina)… don’t buy it or double check the vendor!

It was a challenging project, considering the quality and the level of the first mastering books on vSphere (when Scott Lowe was the author), I hope that the result could be also valuable. It’s not exactly what I’ve planned, but there were some challenges, like timing, write a real book for the first  time, and having more authors.

I will prepare a feedback form to have readers feedback on the structure, the contents, and other aspects of this book.

Book Description

VMware vSphere 6.5 provides a powerful, flexible and secure foundation for next-generation applications which helps you create an effective digital transformation. This book will be based on VMware vSphere 6.5 which empowers you to virtualize any complex application with ease.

You’ll begin by getting an overview of all the products, solutions and features of the vSphere 6.5 suite, comparing the evolutions with the previous releases. Next ,you’ll design and plan a virtualization infrastructure to drive planning and performance analysis. Following this , you will be proceeding with workflow and installation of components. New network trends are also covered which will help you in optimally designing the vSphere environment. You will also learn the practices and procedures involved in configuring and managing virtual machines in a vSphere infrastructure. With vSphere 6.5, you’ll make use of significantly more powerful capabilities for patching, upgrading, and managing the configuration of the virtual environment. Next we’ll focus on specific availability and resiliency solutions in vSphere.

Towards the end of the book you will get information on how to save your configuration, data and workload from your virtual infrastructure. By the end of the book you’ll learn about VMware vSphere 6.5 right from design to deployment and management.

What You Will Learn

  • Get a deep understanding of vSphere 6.5 functionalities
  • Design and plan a virtualization environment based on vSphere 6.5
  • Manage and administer a vSphere 6.5 environment and resources
  • Get tips for the VCP6-DCV and VCIX6-DCV exams (along with use of the vSphere 6 documentation)
  • Implement different migration techniques to move your workload across different environments.
  • Save your configuration, data and workload from your virtual infrastructure.

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Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2593 Posts)

Virtualization & Cloud Architect.
VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). PernixPro 2014. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014. MVP 2014.
Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.

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