Book Progress

Work continues on Mastering Hyper-V Deployment.  We’ve hit a few snags along the way.  We had a bit of a project shakeup over the last 2 weeks.  I hit a technical issue (VMM and OpsMgr integration) last week that has delayed one chapter while I engage support from MS.

But work continues.  One chapter might be pushed out but others come forward.  It’s all hands on deck right now as I enter the most intense part of my schedule.  Sleep is at a premium: I have a day job and the book is worked on at night and at the weekends.

This blog is proving to be critical.  One of its purposes is to act as my notebook: I collect bits of information from other sources and I record things that I’ve learned along the way.  As part of my day job, I often refer back to it.  For the book, I find myself coming back here to pull out bits of information.  The book allows me to tie them together, order them, experiment a bit, and expand on the information.

The current chapter I’m working on is a perfect example of this.  I’m pulling in information that is anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 years old.  A lot of it is plain text, discussing architecture and configurations.  The second half of it is pure step-by-step of some very new stuff. 

Another key source of information is the MVP community.  I’ve had help and continue to get help from countless people.  Sometimes it’s stuff I’ve picked up in general conversation.  Sometimes they’ve been kind enough to answer questions.  When the book comes out, you’ll see how big a role MVP’s have played in its writing.  I’ll have say a BIG “thank you” to a big bunch of people who’ve helped shape it.

In a way, the timing of the book has worked out well.  Sure, we are well into the life of W2008 R2 Hyper-V.  Typically a book tries to be released in the first few months of a product in order to maximise its lifecycle.  We’ll be about 1 year into the life of W2008 R2 when we hit the shelves.  But this book is about enterprise deployments: and a lot of the accompanying products in that sort of deployment have just hit the shelves.  Heck, some of our content isn’t even available in an RTM form yet!

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1 Comment on Book Progress

  1. Didier Van Hoye // June 15, 2010 at 6:10 PM // Reply

    I think the timing is OK. To many books are released pre RTM that try to touch on everything shiney & new but lack true depth and hands on production experience. The sort of book for people that can’t learn to well on their own. Your book might well provide that sweet spot of information that goes above and beyond, providing true insight and valuable tips and hints from real live experience. At least that’s what I hope and why I intend to buy to book.

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