Ryan Troy has over 12 years of Unix/Linux system administration experience, working in diverse industries that range from web hosting to the newspaper industry. He has written articles for Linux Identity magazine and co-authored articles for Linux+magazine. He is passionate about virtualization, specifically VMware's technologies.
Ryan also founded the now-official Ubuntu Linux forums (http://www.ubuntuforums.org) in October 2004; he currently serves as technical administrator and chairman of the Ubuntu Forum Council.
One of Ryan's latest projects has been to architect and build a virtualization infrastructure for a large newspaper chain in Michigan using VMware's ESX product line along with Dell Equallogic Storage Arrays.
"A perfect companion for the novice to intermediate VMware systems administrator. The flow of the subject matter is very organic and in line with what anyone goes through as they are introduced to the VMware technologies. What I really enjoy about the OReilly Media books is that they temper technical depth with conversational and natural authors."
--Eric Wright, DiscoPosse
"This is a good book for anyone working with the Enterprise products of VMware :ESX, ESXi and vCenter Server...What I really liked about the book is that in the fifth chapter, they present a bunch of really useful command-line tools."
--Raj Jammalamadaka, BayPIGgies
"If you are a network administrator using the most latest VMware products, than this book is the ultimate guide for you. That said, I am not a network administrator, but many recipes in this book helped me. So, if you are using VMware products; especially ESX servers, go get this book. Highly Recommended. "
--Meera Subbarao, Meera Subbarao's Java Blog
"If you're responsible for ESX, you'll want to keep this book close at hand. The authors have compiled a lot of information into easy-to-follow steps that will get you moving in the right direction quickly, along with valuable descriptions and recommendations. "
--Cathy Leik, Infrastructure Engineer
"All network administrators who need to understand the nuts and bolts of VMware technology to maintain their virtual production systems -- and nowadays that includes practically everyone -- will have this book open on their desktops. The well-organized chapters and easy to follow
recipe format will save hours of searching for untested answers on the Internet.
--Beth Cohen, IT Operations Director at Broadleaf Services and Hot Technology Thought Leader at TAC Advisory
"This cookbook will help you to get the most from VMWare ESX. It contains a good deal of clearly explained recipes, which will make you better manage--and understand--virtualized environments. If you want to become an ESX wizard, this is the spell book you were looking for."
--Guillermo Amodeo, Senior Software Engineer