Book – Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation And Configuration Guide

Patrick beat me to it, but the timing is appropriate given the RTM announcements of earlier today:

This is the project that I’ve teased. This is the cover to a new Hyper-V book, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation And Configuration Guide.  Let’s call this post the Developer Preview, seeing as I don’t have an Amazon or Wiley page to link for you Smile

The authors are:

  • Me, obviously, a Virtual Machine (aka Hyper-V) MVP
  • Patrick Lownds (HP UK, Virtual Machine MVP), and past co-author on Mastering Hyper-V Deployment and Microsoft Private Cloud Computing. Patrick works this stuff for a living in big sites around Europe.
  • Michel Luescher (Microsoft Consulting Services Switzerland), who I worked with on the site from hell, and I came to respect his knowledge/skill. He’s new to writing books in English but he has a lot to share.
  • Damian Flynn (Lionbridge Ireland, Datacenter & Cloud MVP), past co-author on Microsoft Private Cloud Computing.

Wait … a cloud MVP?  Yeah … this is a cloud operating system after all, and I wanted to get the best man for the job involved.  If you get the chance to talk to Damian or hear him present, you’ll understand.

When we got together to talk over who would be the technical editor, there was an instant unanimous choice. He’s not on the cover, but I guarantee his influence will be there when you eventually read this book.  Hans Vredevoort (technical reviewer of Mastering Hyper-V Deployment and co-author of Microsoft Private Cloud Computing)  is already making this a better book, and that was evident in the amount of changes I made to my first chapter after his review.

Here’s what you’ll get: deep down, how it works, how to use it, how to tune it, how to troubleshoot it, and all the very best and latest information we can give you with the real world firmly in centre state.  This is going to be the deepest technical guide we can make.  Oh yeah: PowerShell is everywhere.

How deep and how technical?  I’ve written 2 of my chapters and I’ve gone way over the allocated pages.  I’m writing the second chapter now.  I’m about 60% done and it’s already gone over the page count before I get to the practical stuff.

I’ll put it to you this way: I’m going to have court orders against me because I’m chasing people all over the place with questions. The front matter will end up being 50 pages long because we’ll have to credit so many people.

The writing started around 6 weeks ago. We wanted to wait for (a) at least RC code and (b) until we had as much information as possible, without waiting until next year to start. Because of this, expect the book very early next year.  I know, some will want it quicker, but it takes time to write, edit, review, and all that stuff; this book isn’t a series of blog posts where mistakes are made or only have the information is given.

So watch this space for more news!

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