Matthew Helmke has been a technical person since he got his first computer in 1981, a TRS-80 Color Computer--the original with the silver case. He first used Unix in 1987 while studying Lisp on a Vax at the university and when Linux came around, Matthew was thrilled. He has a bachelor's degree in education, a master's in information resources and library science, and currently works as a senior technical writer for Pearson Education writing documentation for educational assessment software.
Matthew is also a musician who plays the guitar and the bass and he has played as a studio musician for other artists. He is an avid and voracious reader, speaks several languages, has worked as an information consultant on topics including culture, language, religion, and computers, and spent several years running a small business in North Africa.
"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