I am pleased to say that I finally recieved approval (along with my fellow VMware Certified Instructors -VCI) for the beta (actually Release Candidate 1) programme for ESX 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5. Although I am teaching this week and next, in the evenings I’m working away on a guide which will cover all the major differences from ESX 3.0.0 to ESX 2.5 and VirtualCenter 2.0.0 to 2.5.
The plan is to release this “What’s New” guide for free on the day that Vi3.5 becomes GA (General Availability) as I did when Vi3 first was released. I also intend to allow people who have bought the vi3book.com to be able to download this as an appendix to their purchased book. So far I have written about the ESX 3.5 installation and the VirtualCenter 2.5 installation – I plan for the guide to match the structure of the vi3book.com, the VMware Courseware and previous guides I have authored. The idea is you can still read the original documents (as 99% of that information is still very much valid) and then have the “What’s New” guide side-by-side.
Without having released the book yet its not possible at this stage to say whether there will be a “Second Edition”. It’s actually a very complicated question and depends on a number of factors that unknown at this juncture. After all by the time a second edition is released we might be working on vi4book.com!