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The Best Books to Learn Virtualization, Linux and Automation

Want to go in-depth a learn everything there is to know about virtualization and Linux system administration? The following books will help you master the skills tech companies need.

DevOps / Automation

Ansible for DevOps* by Jeff Geerling. Ansible is a simple, but powerful, server and configuration management tool. This book will help those familiar with the command line and basic shell scripting start using Ansible to provision and manage anywhere from one to thousands of servers.


Mastering VMware vSphere 6.7* by Nick Marshall. Mastering VMware vSphere is the the bestselling guide to VMware’s vSphere virtualization software. This book acts as an informative guide and valuable reference with step-by-step instructions walking you through installation, configuration, operation, security processes, and much more.

Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN)* by Cormac Hogan & Duncan Epping. VMware’s Virtual SAN has rapidly proven itself in environments ranging from hospitals to oil rigs to e-commerce platforms. Along the way, it has matured to offer unsurpassed features for data integrity, availability, and space efficiency. Virtual SAN 6.x makes all-flash storage practical for even more use cases.


Linux Bible* by Christopher Negus. Linux Bible, 10th Edition is the ultimate hands-on Linux user guide, whether you’re a true beginner or a more advanced user navigating recent changes. This updated tenth edition covers the latest versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (RHEL 8), Fedora 30, and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

How Linux Works* by Brian Ward. Linux gives you full control of your computer. But to truly master Linux, you need to understand its internals, like how the system boots, how networking works, and what the kernel actually does.

The Linux Command Line* by William Shotts. The Linux Command Line teaches you how to write full programs in Bash. You’ll learn the timeless skills handed down by generations of experienced, mouse-shunning gurus: file navigation, environment configuration, command chaining, pattern matching with regular expressions, and more.

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