Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Just found the most amazing resource for IT ebooks.

OK, so i received this email out of the blue.
Hi James,

My name is Gavin and I work with Packt
, a U.K. based publishing firm specializing in focused IT books. You can read more about us here: .
I came across your blog via Google search and noticed relevant amount of Hyper-V articles.

We have recently published a new book titled "Hyper-V Replica Essentials". This book is 
a practical step-by-step guide that goes beyond theory and focuses on getting hands-on.

We are looking out for professionals in this technology who'd be able to share their thoughts about the content of the book. Keeping in mind your knowledge in this subject and having looked at your contributions, I feel you'd make an excellent reviewer of this book. In case you'd like to write a review on your blog and/or Amazon, simply let me know your shipping details (Required for the registration of new reviewers) and I'll have the eBook added to your account and would provide you with the download instructions in my next e-mail. You can then download this book instantly.

If you have any queries, do let me know and I'd be happy to assist.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

Have a good day!

Gavin Cardoza
 Marketing Research Executive | Packt Publishing |

This is such an honor and I have downloaded Hyper-v Replica Essentials in PDF form... it is so worth the read. If I was to write a book and publish it, this is the format I would use.  The Chapters are are well laid out with tons of screen captures (a picture is worth a thousand words), it clearly was written by someone who has worked with replication in hyper-v and knows the pitfalls and the right way to make it work. I am going to recommend as a valuable resource from which to get quality ebooks for all your IT needs.

Hyper-V Replica Essentials is a step-by-step guide for configuring Hyper-V Replica
in various deployment scenarios, which will help you learn how to configure this
new feature and improve the systems' availability in your datacenter. This book will
give you an overview of what Hyper-V Replica is. Then, it will take you through
all the prerequisites you need to properly configure it, which will help you take
advantage of this easy-to-configure disaster recovery tool. You will learn how to set
up a modern datacenter with the help of a new concept called Server Message Block
(SMB) from Windows Server 2012. We will also take a look at how you can configure
Hyper-V Replica in your existing environment, whether it is a clustered or nonclustered
environment, and how to secure your data with the use of certificates.

What this book covers
Chapter 1, Introducing Hyper-V Replica, will take a deep dive into virtualization and
its importance to the modern enterprises. You will also get to know about the new
features of Windows Server 2012 called Hyper-V Replica; its functionalities, values,
and components.
Chapter 2, Failover Clustering, introduces a new concept for file sharing and
application data storage called SMB. It will also show you how install Hyper-V
on a server and join servers in a Failover Cluster.
Chapter 3, Configuring Hyper-V Replica, is all about different configurations of
Hyper-V Replica, depending on the various infrastructure models. This chapter
will teach you how to configure Hyper-V in a cluster environment or in a standalone
host environment.
Chapter 4, Authentication in Hyper-V Replica, will show you how to encrypt the
communication between the Primary and the Replica site with the help of certificates.
Chapter 5, Administration of Hyper-V Replica, will teach you how to maintain Hyper-V
Replica configuration and troubleshoot the Hyper-V Replica issues.

Check out these other titles as well:

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook
ISBN: 978-1-84968-442-2 Paperback: 304 pages
Over 50 simple but incredibly effective recipes for mastering the administration of Windows Server
1. Take advantage of numerous Hyper-V best practices for administrators
2. Get to grips with migrating virtual machines between servers and old Hyper-V versions,
automating tasks with PowerShell, providing a High Availability and Disaster Recovery
environment, and much more
3. A practical Cookbook bursting with essential recipes

Instant Hyper-V Server Virtualization Starter
ISBN: 978-1-78217-997-9 Paperback: 58 pages
An intuitive guide to learningVirtualization with
1. Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results
2. Step-by-step, practical guide to understanding and implementing virtualization for an
enterprise environment
3. Learn how to create a virtual machine in three steps

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform
ISBN: 978-1-84968-834-5 Paperback: 410 pages
Build Hyper-V infrastructure with secured multitenancy, flexible infrastructure, scalability, and
high availability
1. A complete step-by-step Hyper-V deployment guide, covering all Hyper-V features for
configuration and management best practices
2. Understand multi-tenancy, flexible architecture,scalability, and high availability features of new

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Windows Server 2012 Automation with PowerShell Cookbook
ISBN: 978-1-84968-946-5 Paperback: 372 pages
Over 110 recipes to automate Windows Server administrative tasks using PowerShell
1. Extend the capabilities of your Windows environment
2. Improve the process reliability by using well defined PowerShell scripts
3. Full of examples, scripts, and real-world best practices

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