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New VMware ESX Book to Hit the Shelves - VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center

VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center will be on its way to a book store near you soon enough.

I know I haven't really said much about this new book project, but I'm excited to now report that my new virtualization book is with the publisher and currently in the printing process.  It's been a while since my first book was completed, Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center - detailing VMware ESX Server, GSX Server and Microsoft Virtual Server.  Some of you may have read it and helped make it one of the most popular virtualization books on the market... and for that, I'm extremely grateful.  Its popularity gave me the opportunity to create a second book on the subject, but this time, focusing on VMware's ESX platform and covering the technology all the way through to the latest release, including ESXi - the embedded technology. 

I was fortunate again to be able to work with two really great co-authors to help make this a fantastic VMware book.  You might recognize the names Steve Beaver and Jase McCarty from the tremendous amount of help that they've provided people over the years on VMware's VMTN Forums.  Like me, these two guys live and breathe virtualization on a daily basis and have done so for many years.  Together, we tried to create a book that would appeal to people who haven't yet gone down the road of a full blown VMware implementation (perhaps sticking their big toe in the water), as well as provide information to administrators who have already selected, installed and implemented VMware ESX into their environment. 

To do that, we talk about the architecture and feature details of VMware ESX and VirtualCenter, walk through the installation with tips and tricks as well as help with unattended installation, discuss resource management and performance optimization, VMware best practices, explain the networking and storage side of things, and we dive into discussions around COS, virtual machines, and different ways you can interact, control and manipulate your virtual environment. 

I believe the work that Steve, Jase and I did on this book will prove to be useful, and the three of us are extremely proud of what we have created.  We hope that those of you that purchase the book will find it informative and a good read as well.

If all the stars line up like they are supposed to, the book should be available in time for VMworld 2008 taking place in Las Vegas.  And if so, you should find it on the bookshelves in the VMworld Store.  In the mean time, some of the online book stores like Amazon are already taking pre-orders.

I'll keep you posted about any new status updates on the book's progress here at VMBlog.com.

Thanks again to CRC Press and Auerbach Publications for making this book possible.

Published Saturday, June 28, 2008 9:36 AM by David Marshall
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