Just a quick post:
Firstly I would like to recommend the book VMware vSphere Design. I have been using it to study for my VCAP-DCD exam and so far its been a real help. The writing style is easy to read and the authors obviously know their stuff. It is available in eBook format too, which has been a real help for me.
Also vBeers in London soon: http://www.vbeers.org/2011/08/19/vbeers-london-thurs-1st-sept-2011/. Hope to see you there. If you aren’t in London have a look at the website http://www.vbeers.org/, there is a listing of vBeers around the world.