After about a year of working on this book it has finally hit the shelves. It was quite the daunting task; many nights spent not finding the right words to type into Word, countless hours of research making sure the info I was providing was the most accurate and up to date, not to mention the hours of proof-reading, editing, and technical review. It was truly a rewarding experience and definitely served the purpose of why I took the gig…I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. Too often do we become complacent with our environment and become lazy and stale. When Charles approached me about helping co-author this book the first thing that came to mind was, “wow, that would be such a great opportunity, but it’s going to be a lot of work…do I really want to do it?” I thought about it for a couple of weeks before I got back to him and what really pushed me forward was not being able to live with myself if I passed it up. How often would I be approached to write in, what could be a very popular technical book? Chances are never again, and especially not by Charles. As a close second to the deciding factor was not wanting to tell myself that I couldn’t do it. So I wiggled my way out of my cocoon of safety, security, and complacency and began cranking away. Looking back, it was a great experience - granted one that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but certainly worth revisiting.
So what can you expect to get out of this? Well, this book will not make you an expert on virtualization, VMware, vSphere or any Microsoft product. That’s not the intent and there are some very lengthy books out there written by some very smart folks that can tell you all about those subjects. What we are trying to provide here is a tool for application owners and virtual infrastructure owners alike to use during their journey towards complete data center virtualization, with an emphasis on Microsoft applications of course. We cover best practices to deploying MS tier 1 applications such as SharePoint, Exchange, SQL, Windows, Active Directory, IIS and RDS on a virtualized platform. We then take the reader through a proof-of-concept deployment that they can follow along in their labs and eventually end up with virtualized deployments of all of the afore mentioned applications.
Wanna read more? Check it out! -alex