We’re writing a book

PowerCLI Some of you might be interested to know,ย Alan andย Luc are writing aย PowerCLI book.

We don’t have many more details at the moment but wanted to let you know, as we are both very excited (and nervous by the amount of work) about this project.

As you know we both live and breathe PowerCLI. And we want to share our knowledge to help others achieve the level of PowerCLI automation we both know is possible.

One thing you can expect from this book is a practical approach with examples galore, we aim to cover most of the common configuration/troubleshooting and reporting areas with easy to understand examples and explanations.

To answer some of your questions:

Q: What’s the title ?
A: Well, in the end we went for “VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration

Q: Why ?
A: We’re both crazy enough to think we can do this.

Q: When ?
A: Our publisher, Sybex, targets 2011 Q1

Q: What ?
A: Expect a practical, down-to-earth approach. We’re going to show you how you can manage all aspects of your vSphere environment with PowerCLI.

Q: Who are these guys ?
A: Alan, who recently joined EMC’s vSpecialist army, is well-known from his Virtu-Al blog, his UK VMUG appearances, as a co-host of the Get-Scripting podcasts and as the winner of the recent Script-O-Mania contest.
Luc, aka LucD, is known from the PowerCLI Community, his LucD notes blog, his Dutch VMUG and VMworld appearances and as the winner of the first PowerCLI Scripting contest.

Q: Where do these guys live ?
A: Alan, contrary to some rumours, is an English guy and lives in Wiltshire, UK.
Luc lives in Belgium and works in the Netherlands. The best of both worlds ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. AndrewR

    If it’s something you have influence over, could you please push for it as it increases utility and practicality of books dramatically since you can review them at work in soft copy.

  5. AndrewR

    Hi Alan,

    Will we get a digital copy of the book included with the purchase of the hardcopy?

  6. LuAr

    Alan, that sounds great i got prepared myself a bit and as deep im am going into scripting as much i realise how small my knowledge is… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good Luck with finishing it ASAP ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Virtu-Al


    Thanks for the interest, we are adding the final touches right now and then it will be off to production and all the work that makes us look literate!

    You can check PowerCLIBook.com for up to date information and pre-order details.


  8. obxman007

    Just discovered you guys today – can’t wait to get book – powercli knowledge is in bits and pieces everywhere – it will be great to have so many great examples in one source. You should make a mint.

  9. Scott Lowe

    Congratulations, Alan and Luc! I’m truly looking forward to your book. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. Sybex is a great publisher and I know that you will do well with them!

  10. Ken Cline

    Wow! This should be a powerhouse PowerCLI book! Two of the true masters collaborating … it will be a “must read” for EVERY vSphere administrator who wants to keep his job ๐Ÿ™‚

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