New Book Coming Soon: Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere

I’m very pleased and excited to announce that the book I’m co-authoring, Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere, is available for both pre-order on Amazon as well as in Rough Cuts format from VMware Press.  Though the release dates online currently list a September release date we’re working with VMware Press to try to get it released before VMworld 2013.

I’m co-authoring the book with Alex Fontana of VMware.  Alex is a great resource for virtualizing business critical applications and he’s helped produce quite a bit of the white papers and best practices for virtualizing applications like Microsoft Exchange 2010.  He and I also worked together to help VMware create materials for the Virtualizing Business Critical Applications partner competency back in 2011/2012.  Having Alex as a co-author adds so much to the book and I’m thrilled to have him.

The book will cover the latest enterprise products from Microsoft, including Exchange 2013, SQL 2012, SharePoint 2013, and Windows Server 2012.  In addition, the book will provide some higher level detail on benefits, risks, and strategies for success that are applicable to virtualizing almost any business critical application.  Even if your organization is only planning on virtualizing one or two applications from the book I’m confident you’ll still find value.

I’m very much looking forward to getting the book finished and released. I’ve really enjoyed the whole process of writing and I’m already thinking about what to write next.  As any other author will tell you writing a technology book is a lot of work but I find it to be very rewarding and a lot of fun.  Ok so maybe my idea of fun is a little warped since most of the content for this book was written between the hours of 10:00PM and 2:00AM.  After all of the effort we’ve put in I can’t wait to see this baby in print!

As we get a little closer to the release date of the book I’ll be giving away several copies to readers so stay tuned for your chance to get your hands on the book for free. For now though feel free to head on over the Amazon and pre-order your copy today!

Amazon pre-order:

Safari “Rough Cuts” edition:  (Only a few chapters are up so far but more will show up soon)


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8 thoughts on “New Book Coming Soon: Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere

  1. I have access to the rough cuts version of your upcoming book through safari. There is already an excellent chapter on virtualizing Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters available, although even the latest release notes for ESXi 5.1 Update 1 state that Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters are still not supported because of some obscure errors in the validation wizard that I’m unable to reproduce. Could you please shed some light on this matter: Do you know when VMware will officially support this setup? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Michael,

      Thanks for the comment. I can’t comment on what will or won’t be supported in newer versions of vSphere. I’m with you – I couldn’t reproduce the problem either and believe that the problem itself is related to “cluster in a box” configurations rather than clustering across multiple ESXi hosts. In my testing (and Alex’s testing) there were no problems that I could find. The Windows Server 2012 cluster performed as expected.

      I know that Alex is working to get this clarified and hopefully have the support statement removed in the future.

      By the way – glad you like the book so far!


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