Mastering VMware vSphere 4.0

It’s finally time! I’m very excited to announce the details of the book I’ve been working on for the last couple of months: Mastering VMware vSphere 4.0, by Sybex (an imprint of Wiley Publishing).

Mastering VMware vSphere 4.0 tackles every major technology area within vSphere—including installation of ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server, vCenter Update Manager, vSphere’s new storage architecture and capabilities, vSphere’s new networking functionality (like the vNetwork Distributed Switch and the Cisco Nexus 1000V). It’s all in there! At least, we’ve tried our best to make sure it’s all in there!

Mastering VMware vSphere 4.0 should be available for pre-order later this summer and will be on the shelves by late September. We really, really, really tried to have it ready before VMworld 2009 in late August/early September, but the production schedule was just too aggressive to ensure a quality work.

I know it’s still early yet, but I do want to go ahead and publicly thank those that have been working with me. To Rick, Agatha, Jennifer, and Chad: a huge thank you for all your help. This book wouldn’t be what it is without your help.

As soon as I have a link to the book on Amazon or any other online resellers I’ll be sure to post something here. I’m also working with the publisher on some promotional campaigns, so be sure to stay tuned for more information on that. And spread the word, please! Tell everyone you know who’s interested in virtualization about this book.

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  1. Stacy’s avatar

    Congratulations, Scott. I look forward to it!

  2. Jon Owings’s avatar

    Congrats on the book. I look forward to checking it out. I was thinking the other day. Man it would be cool to get a book out on the new version just as vSphere would go public.

  3. C Stewart’s avatar

    Excellent work Scott, you don’t waste any time do you :o)

    Look forward to the books release!

    Shame it’s not out in time for VMWorld 2009, you would have had a captive audience and could probably have retired on the VMWorld sales alone!

  4. slowe’s avatar

    Well, the book won’t be available as soon as vSphere goes public; it won’t be available until the VMworld US time frame. So, you’ll have to wait a few more months, unfortunately. It would have been great to have it ready by VMworld, but we can only print books so fast. :-)

  5. ron’s avatar

    Congratulations!! Will there be an ebook offerring prior to the print version?


  6. slowe’s avatar

    We’re not sure yet, Ron. We are still working through all the details. Don’t worry, though–stay tuned here and you’ll be the first to know!

  7. Jason Boche’s avatar

    Congratulations Scott! This is great news. I cannot wait to pick up a copy and dive deep into vSphere. With you at the helm along with the help of the others you named, I know it will be nothing short of great. Too bad it won’t be ready by VMworld – an autographed copy would be rediculously awesome!


  8. Sean Hamilton’s avatar

    Brilliant Scott! I had a feeling you were working on something as cool as this. I can’t wait to get it from Amazon.
    Again, thanks!

  9. Charlie Cano’s avatar

    Looking forward to this Scott – will be great to have a one-stop-shop complete guide to vSphere. Too bad they can’t print ‘em faster :)

  10. Kevin Phillips’s avatar

    That will be great Scott! Congrats!

  11. Stefan Nguyen’s avatar

    I’ve love to pick one up for Mastering vSphere book Scott, I’ve been studying your Powershell CBT, it’s really good for newbie like me :)

  12. slowe’s avatar

    You haven’t been studying my PowerShell CBT–you must be thinking of the other Scott Lowe:


  13. Jose Maria Gonzalez’s avatar

    Excellent news Scott. Well done. I can´t wait to get my hands on it!

    El Blog de Virtualizacion en Español

  14. Dejan Ilic’s avatar

    Small notice thou.
    I’m looking at the frontpage image displayed in the american Amazon and it says “Mastering Vmware Infrastructure”, without any number.

    If it’s not too late I would add the “4″, or window-shoppers (not buying in a webshop that has the full title) might be confused in the future it it covers Vmware “4″ or “5″, or godforbid “3.5″ :)

  15. slowe’s avatar

    Cover art hasn’t yet been finalized, but I do agree–I’d like to see the final cover with the right text as soon as possible. Believe me, I’m pestering my publisher!

  16. vamsi’s avatar

    Hey Scott

    this is great to hear looking forward for more killer books on vsphere and vmware


  17. Murat’s avatar

    Excellent work Scott, we’re looking forward for the release date. When is the book coming out?

  18. slowe’s avatar

    It will be available at the VMworld conference bookstore, and Amazon should start shipping about the same time. It’s currently available for pre-order with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc.

  19. uxmax’s avatar

    Hello Scott,

    Congratulations & Great Stuff.


  20. Jeet’s avatar

    hey Scott,

    Any chances that you will be updating your book for 4.1?


  21. Julio Marca’s avatar

    Hi Scott,

    I am a current owner of the book, Mastering Vmware vSphere 4 and would like to take VCP4.1 Certification Examination.

    I have noticed some incorrect references to the diagrams from the explained text.

    Is there a complete list of correction to some of the pages in the books?

    Thanks and regards,

    Julio Marca

  22. slowe’s avatar

    Julio, you can look here for the list of corrections to the book:,descCd-ERRATA.html

    Note that the book was not written for vSphere 4.1 (it was released in 2009, before vSphere 4.1 was released), so keep that in mind as you read and study.

    Good luck on your exam!

  23. Nicholas Batte’s avatar

    Very interesting stuff.

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