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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 offical book site is the following:

Note that in those days there is a huge promo for all Packt books and videos. The promo is expired on mid-January

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 is also available on Amazon, for example on

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

There are also other (official) places where you can buy the book, this is a list of the main options:

Why this book?

As written the opportunity came from Packt, with the title not negotiable. And there wasn’t a book with this title!

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.

So I’ve tried to reach some friends to help me in this project and in few days I’ve build the team:

Then there were some intense months to produce all the material and one month for the editorial review… and then the result!

Of course, considering that this is the first book (for all of us) and that we aren’t native English speakers, we are really interested in your feedback and review.

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

Why of the cover?

The reality it that Packt choose also the cover and the layout… But the more funny reason could be this one:

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 book, 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, 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.

This book is structured in three main parts, starting with a high-level approach, then going in deep on configuration and management aspects, and finally with some aspects related to the maintaining.

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.

Target of this book

This book assumes a basic level of VMware vSphere and virtualization knowledge in order to understand all the concepts. This book requires the following minimum software components: VMware vSphere 6.5 U1, VMware vCenter Server 6.5 U1, and other optional software.

The best way to practice without the need for software licenses or hardware components is to try the VMware Hands-on-Labs, which cover different products and technologies.