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Preview of XenServer Administrators Handbook

Administering any technology can be both fun and challenging at times. For many, the fun part is designing a new deployment while for others the hardware selection process, system configuration and tuning and actual deployment can be a rewarding part of being an SRE. Then the challenging stuff hits where the design and deployment become a real part of the everyday inner workings of your company and with it come upgrades, failures, and fixes. For example, you might need to figure out how to scale beyond the original design, deal with failed hardware or find ways to update an entire data center without user downtime. No matter how long you've been working with a technology, the original paradigms often do change, and there is always an opportunity to learn how to do something more efficiently.

That's where a project JK Benedict and I have been working on with the good people of O'Reilly Media comes in. The idea is a simple one. We wanted a reference guide which would contain valuable information for anyone using XenServer - period. If you are just starting out, there would be information to help you make that first deployment a successful one. If you are looking at redesigning an existing deployment, there are valuable time-saving nuggets of info, too. If you are a longtime administrator, you would find some helpful recipes to solve real problems that you may not have tried yet. We didn't focus on long theoretical discussions, and we've made sure all content is relevant in a XenServer 6.2 or 6.5 environment. Oh, and we kept it concise because your time matters.

I am pleased to announce that attendees of OSCON will be able to get their hands on a preview edition of the upcoming XenServer Administrators Handbook. Not only will you be able to thumb through a copy of the preview book, but I'll have a signing at the O'Reilly booth on Wednesday July 22nd at 3:10 PM. I'm also told the first 25 people will get free copies, so be sure to camp out ;)

Now of course everyone always wants to know what animal which gets featured for the book cover. As you can see below, we have a bird. Not just any bird mind you, but a xenops. Now I didn't do anything to steer O'Reilly towards this, but find it very cool that we have an animal which also represents a very core component in XenServer; the xenopsd. For me, that's a clear indication we've created the appropriate content, and I hope you'll agree.

 

             

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Comments 6

prashant sreedharan on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 19:32

cool ! cant wait to get my hands on the book :-)

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cool ! cant wait to get my hands on the book :-)
Tobias Kreidl on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 19:42

Congratulations, Tim and Jesse, as an update in this area is long overdue and in very good hands with you two. The XenServer community will benefit greatly from this work.

The xenops being chosen as the cover animal is incredibly appropriate. Note that there are three species:
Slender-billed xenops, Xenops tenuirostris
Plain xenops, Xenops minutus
Streaked xenops, Xenops rutilans
so you have guaranteed covers for two more in the series! :-)
Best regards,
-=Tobias

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Congratulations, Tim and Jesse, as an update in this area is long overdue and in very good hands with you two. The XenServer community will benefit greatly from this work. The xenops being chosen as the cover animal is incredibly appropriate. Note that there are three species: Slender-billed xenops, Xenops tenuirostris Plain xenops, Xenops minutus Streaked xenops, Xenops rutilans so you have guaranteed covers for two more in the series! :-) Best regards, -=Tobias
JK Benedict on Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:26

Ah, Herr Tobias --

Danke freund. Danke fur ihre unterstutzung!

Guten abent!

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Ah, Herr Tobias -- Danke freund. Danke fur ihre unterstutzung! Guten abent!
Guest - Rachel on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 10:25

Nice. Excellent job - boyz!

Rachel Berry!

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Nice. Excellent job - boyz! Rachel Berry!
JK Benedict on Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:24

Rachel, I have to say --- if not for you, Dear... if not for you!

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Rachel, I have to say --- if not for you, Dear... if not for you!
Guest - Tessio Fechine on Friday, 07 August 2015 22:22

You guys should wait and release a XenServer 6.6/7 version, four months from now..

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You guys should wait and release a XenServer 6.6/7 version, four months from now..

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