I was honored to be asked late last year to write Windows Server Licensing 2008 for Dummies as a joint project with Wiley and Microsoft. This is a custom book – an eighty-six page minibook specifically for Microsoft to give to customers working on licensing Windows Server 2008. I finished it in March, and finally got a few copies. If you want a copy, you have to ask you local Microsoftie!
Anyway. the book came out very well. The people in the licensing office are so very knowledgeable and easy to work with; the project was a complete joy for me. What’s more, I think it really is a win for the average IT manager – the book is readable, easy to understand and accurate. Licensing is foreign to many people, but with a few basic points in mind, you really can keep legal and save yourself some money!
I think the custom book concept is a real win for Microsoft too – they get a great, well known format for not much more cost than it takes to develop and print all of those whitepapers that no one ever reads. People actually real dummies books, you know what I mean?
Anyway, they gave them out at TechEd, and I think there will be more at PDC when the time comes. Drop by the Windows Server book and snag a copy in November.