I admit, I’ve always been a fan of Mike’s books. I bought every book he has written, right from the first Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager, version 1.0 (which you can get for free, along with the version 4.0 version of the book here: 1.0, 4.0).

I’ve used his books to write up my ‘SRM in a box’ guide to evaluate the product in a home lab or on a laptop without going through the hassle of a physical (storage-) environment. In November 2008, I used a 4GB laptop for this purpose, only four months after the initial product release. I read Mike’s book back-to-back about five times to be able to squeeze every megabyte of vRAM out of the set up. I learned a lot about SRM, to say the least.

Today, I rebuilt the lab based on SRM and vSphere v5. Like in 2008, the lab gobbles up all the physical RAM I have at my disposal (16GB in a Dell Precision M4600 laptop). It’s still a tight fit, but it runs smooth enough to act as a companion of Mike’s new book:

I was surprised to find a complimentary copy of Mike’s new book Administering VMware Site Recovery Manager 5.0 in the mail a couple of weeks ago. I had just bought the eBook version for the iPad. I’ve had the pleasure to read both the digital and the paper version of the book, and I am very pleased. Mike is a real expert on the subject, and together with the new VMware Press style, finish and overall quality, it’s a very pleasant experience. Also, the book reads almost like a the Tech Novel (currently a work-in-progress by Luke Maverick). The flow of the book made me read it like wasn’t a tech book at all. Well done, Luke and/or Mike!

I really like the chapters on vSphere Replication and bi-directional protection, as this is a new feature I hadn’t working with earlier. I’ll probably end up re-reading these chapters a couple of times in the near future, as I have a project involving SRM coming up.

Not only is it the first books VMware Press has published, it is also the only book I know on this version of Site Recovery Manager. It’s a must read for anyone interested in the subject, and I do recommend is whole-heartedly!

I do want to add a disclaimer: I received my copy of the book from VMware Press for reviewing purposes. I want to stress that I’m not compensated in any way other than the complimentary copy of the book for doing this review. The opinion expressed here is my own.