Diagnosing and Troubleshooting PowerShell Remoting

I was having a little difficulty with PowerShell remoting the other day and a colleague of mine dug up a link to a forthcoming book entitled “PowerShell Deep Dives” by¬†Jeffery Hicks, Richard Siddaway, Oisin Grehan, and Aleksandar Nikolic. Chapter 1 of the book, “Diagnosing and troubleshooting PowerShell remoting“, is available via the publisher's website as a preview chapter and was very useful in solving my issue. The rest of the book looks like it will be interesting too if the chapter headings are anything to go by. Apparently it should be released this Spring.…

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From Techie to Fiction Writer

It seems that uber-techie Mark Russinovich has turned to fiction writing. His name is usually associated with the Sysinternals suite of tools and his infrequent blog posts are always worth a read because of the incredible detail they contain. But, will either of those talents translate to the pages of a book? Mark cites Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton as authors whose style he feels is close to his own. Expect then a high level of detail in the narrative. (If I ever took up fiction writing, I would probably end up exhibiting a similar style.) I look forward to…

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Battling with "Best Practices"

I received my copy of the “VMware vSphere Design” book yesterday from amazon. As with any book before I read it I just flick through it quickly. If it's non-fiction, like this book, I might even read a random page or two. Purely by coincidence the book fell open at page 13 and a highlighted section titled “Don't accept Best Practices Blindly”. It actually made me laugh when I read that. Not because it's funny or wrong but because I had spent a large part of my day trying to convince people of the very same…

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Review: vSphere 4.0 Quick Start Guide

I was planning to do this over the Christmas break but I hardly turned my computers on. I did pop a quick review on Amazon but I wanted to expand on it a bit. I first heard about the book in the run up to VMworld 2009 back in September. I would very much have like to go but could not. I gather that some preview copies of the book were given away there. Luckily I know and live quite close to one of the authors and managed to get my hands on a copy. I can't recall what my…

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