Well I finally did it, I started a blog. Many of my friends and coworkers have been bugging me for awhile to start a blog on virtualization and other technologies that I am passionate about. I almost did it 6 months ago but I wanted to be sure to provide consistent postings and a I was just starting a small project.
The small (ok not so small) project was co-authoring the Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit for MS Press. This was a project I had tried to make happen for almost two years and it was finally approved the middle of 2006. Well thanks to co-author Janique Carbone (find her blog here and here Virtual Server Community Site here), some understanding family, and many nights of 4 hours or less sleep, it is finally done. Well "done" is a relative term, the chapters are all written and we are in final editing pass. You will see the book on the shelves in late August 2007 and you can get more information about it from the MSPress site here
So what will you find in the book? The book covers Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 version and also has chapters on VSMT 1.1, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). You will find technology chapters on virtualization overview, installation, advanced features like clustering, physical to virtual migration, best practices, troubleshooting, security, management, and scripting using the COM API. The book also has a series of How To chapters on managing your own Virtualization Project. The book also covers Microsoft and 3rd party tools that are helpful with planning, designing, managing, and operating a virtual environment. There is companion media included with the book that has all the same scripts, job aids, some 3rd party trial version of tools, and copies of never before released Microsoft internal tools.
So now that the "small" project is mostly done, you will find ramblings on various technology topics in my blog. So feel free to post feedback, comments, and suggest topics that you want to hear about.
Thanks for reading
VMRCPlus is a new tool that provides an alternative to the Virtual Server 2005 web based administration
I am currently starting a Server 2003 64bit Virtual HOST project with Virtual Server 2005 R2 where the server will host several VM's that are Terminal Servers for a 3rd party TS software. We use Acronis ECHO to make our P->V VHD image of existing corporate base builds. We then clone them for a total of 8-16 Virtual TS's that will save quite alot in hardware, power etc. Exciting times indeed!
I have ordered your book (very inexpensive now) and will be waiting for your new book due out in December 15th, 2008:
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit
Please keep posting to this blog as our group will be using this 2005 R2 method for awhile until they fully embrace Server 2008. Darn slow corporations! In the meantime I am keeping up with Matthts VMRCplus blog regarding his upcoming migration tool for VMC to Hyper-V.