MVP Book: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook

It’s been a big month for fellow VM MVP, Edvaldo Alessandro Cardoso.  First he started a cool new job, and now he’s got a new book called Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook on the shelves. 

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook

– Create, deploy, and manage Datacentres, Private and Hybrid Clouds with hybrid hypervisors by using VMM 2012 SP1, App Controller, and Operations Manager.

– Integrate and manage fabric (compute, storages, gateways, networking) services and resources. Deploy Clusters from bare metal servers.

– Learn how to use VMM 2012 SP1 features such as Windows 2012 and SQL 2012 support, Network Virtualization, Live Migration, Linux VMs, Resource Throttling, and Availability.

You can buy this book now from:

Congratulations on the new job and the book Alessandro!

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Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation And Configuration Guide Is Out On Amazon

I wanted to post a Tweet saying it was T-3 until the new book was out.  I decided to double-check the availability date on (USA) when …


It’s out NOW!

I can’t wait to get a paper copy.  The norm is that folks in the USA who order now will have it before we authors do.  I just got it on Kindle and it looks good if I do say so myself Smile

So that’s that!  The Kindle version appears to be out on all Amazon stores.  The paperback is out in the USA, and appears to be coming to Amazon Europe on April 5th:

The book is also (coming) out through the usual tech book channels, so check them out if Amazon doesn’t cover your area.

Congrats to the author team, Hans, and the editors for all the hard work, and a special thanks to Mariann for believing in this project.


  • Patrick Lownds, UK, Virtual Machine (Hyper-V) MVP
  • Michel Luescher, Switzerland, Microsoft Consulting Services
  • Damian Flynn, Ireland, Cloud and Datacenter Management (System Center) MVP
  • Me, Aidan Finn, Ireland, Virtual Machine (Hyper-V) MVP

Technical Editor: Hans Vredevoort, Netherlands, Virtual Machine (Hyper-V) MVP


Questions? The Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Book Release FAQ

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Awesome Post By Hans Vredevoort On The New Hyper-V Book

Last night Hans Vredevoort, MVP, posted an article on the new Hyper-V book, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation And Configuration Guide (,,  All I can say is “Wow!” and “Thank you, Hans”.

When the author team got together we had a very short conversation on who we wanted as our tech reviewer.  If you read my blog, then there’s a damned good chance you read too, and a very big reason for that will be the posts by Hans.  He’s a respected member of the community, with thought out opinions, and damn, does he do his research! 

I’ve worked on 3 books with Hans, twice with him as the tech reviewer and once when he an author.  We knew what we’d get – Hans would make us look smarter.  Hans was digging out RFC docs to double check facts, testing scripts line by line, and not taking things for granted.  That’s why you’ll find Hans in the credits over and over.

Now don’t blame Hans if there are mistakes!  The nature of book writing is never ending deadlines, pressure to get things finished, and they are static.  Sometimes we authors added things after Hans had done his reviews, sometimes we find out something different, and worse … sometimes Microsoft releases information after you’re all done.  That one’s a total pain!

But thanks again, Hans, for the post and the hard work!

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The Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Book Release FAQ

The Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Book FAQ

I’m getting lots of questions about the release of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation And Configuration Guide.  I’ll deal with them all here.

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The Kindle version of the book is available now and the paper version is out in the USA, with release in Europe coming soon (please see Amazon with 1 mouse click instead of emailing me).

Is System Center Covered In The Book?

No, it is not.  The book is 600 pages long, not 6,000.  There is already enough in WS2012 to fill an above-average-size tech book (which it did) than to include the massive System Center products.  This book gives you the fundamentals that are essential to understand for designing and managing a Hyper-V cloud, even if you’re hiding it under System Center.

I Found A Typo

We do our best to eliminate these but the editing process sometimes introduces errors, e.g. we submit our graphics, it gets re-drawn, we ask for changes, and sometimes those things get missed.  A chapter might be written with a correct scalability limit before RTM, and then a new limit is announced at RTM time.  These things happen.  Please contact Wiley directly.

Are The Scripts Available To Download?

No.  Some of the scripts in the book are quite long and detailed.  People have asked if there is a download somewhere.  There is not – and this was my decision.  Wiley asked if we would like to share the scripts online.  I decided that I didn’t want a person who didn’t buy the book to get value from our research and work.  Once they get shared online … they’ll appear all over the place, no matter what copyright you put on them.  So take the time to type them out – maybe you’ll understand the code a little better, and maybe you’ll improve them!

Does the book include a PDF?

The book does not include a PDF.

Can You Give Me A PDF Because <Insert Story Here>?


Will there be a Kindle, Epub, etc, electronic version available?

E-book versions will be released.  Usually that is at the same time or soon after the paper version of the book.  See the Wiley site for more details.

What About O’Reilly?

I have no idea.  Contact O’Reilly.  Same for their pricing; it is nothing to do with me.

Why Can’t I Get The Book In My Country?

I don’t know.  Distribution is handled by the publisher.

Why is Amazon charging more for the Kindle version?

There is a small chance that Amazon will continue to sell the paper book at the pre-release discount price for a short time after the release.  That happens sometimes.  And for a brief period, the Kindle version is more expensive.


I’m looking forward to the release.  The project started a long time ago and a lot of man-hours went into it.

Evaluate System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012; And Maybe Win A Book!

You can download evaluation copies of System Center and Windows Server using the following links:

Here is the incentive (excluding the obvious opportunity to try out these exciting technologies): Prove to me that you have started a download and I’ll put you in for a draw.

Here’s how you prove it: send me a screenshot with your proof.  I’ll randomly pick a winner (the last one was in Australia) at the end of February, March, and April.  I will be posting reminders here (infrequently) and on Twitter (more frequently).

Phew! Just Finished Writing The Final Chapter Of The New Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Book

I have just uploaded the draft of the final chapter (it’s actually Chapter 1) of the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide book. Not long now! But between now and then, lots of lots of edit reviews. My weekend is already booked up with them.


After this, no more book writing for a looooong time Smile

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook by Leandro Carvalho (MVP)

Congratulations to fellow Virtual Machine MVP Leandro Carvalho on the publication of his WS2012 Hyper-V book, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook.

"Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook" is a practical cookbook packed with recipes showing and explaining all the features and components of Hyper-V. You’ll learn from best practices, tips and tricks and examples of how to automate daily and common tasks.

Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager

Congratulations to the authors of Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager, particularly to Irish System Center MVPs Paul Keely and Kevin Greene.  I know this book was an odyssey for the guys, but they probably feel like champs now that the book is on sale.

I expect that it’s going to be a very detailed book. Kevin and I have chatted about what he was writing over the months and I know he was digging deep.  Go check it out for yourself!


By the way, how many of us Irish are now writing technology books? There’s me (MVP), Damian Flynn (MVP), Kevin Greene (MVP), Paul Keely (MVP), and John McCabe (former Lync MVP, and MSFT PFE) is joining the ranks in a 2013 update to the Mastering Lync book for Sybex.  And those are just the people that I’m aware of.  We Irish are certainly punching above our weight in the technology writing biz.

Pre-Order Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation And Configuration Guide

The new book that I am working on, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide, has recently appeared on


I’m going to ask for the “small-medium business” bit to be changed.  Trust me, we’re writing this for the SME and the big enterprise deployments.  What Damian is currently working on is definitely big enterprise, trust me!

You can pre-order the book now.  And yes, the March 13th date is a complete shot in the dark by Amazon.  All I can tell you is that the last of our draft deadlines is in November (that’s me), and I’ve already done reviews on the first 3 chapters I’ve written, am finishing my 4th, and have 2 more left after that.