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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

A book typically carries one name on the cover, but in reality it would not be possible without so many people. I first thank God for both this opportunity and the wonderful people He has placed in my life who have made this project a reality.

My virtualization journey started with VMware Workstation 3.0 and ESX 1.5, and I soon became familiar with the VMware Communities forums. In that community I was able to learn so much from others and in turn contribute back to others as they started their own journeys. I would like to thank community leaders Robert Dell’Immagine, Badsah Mukherji, and most recently Alex Maier. Also, thank you to John Troyer, who has contributed his leadership to this community and the VMware vExpert program. In addition, thanks to the numerous VMware Communities moderators, both past and present, who have contributed to making the forums such a wonderful community to be a part of.

The staff at Cengage Learning has been an absolute pleasure to deal with. I would like to thank Heather Hurley for her support, Andy Saff and Sue Boshers who worked to ensure that my mistakes did not make it past the editing process, and in particular Karen Gill who has guided me through this entire process.

I would like to thank Charu Chaubal from VMware for contributing his time to provide the technical review for this book. His experience with the virtualization market and with VMware ESXi has contributed significantly to this book. Charu is the name behind much of the information you see for ESXi, such as the system architecture documents for ESXi, the vSphere Hardening Guide, and the VMware ESXi Chronicles blog (blogs.vmware.com/esxi/).

Lastly, I would like to thank my family for their support. For my children Ariana, Karis, Luke, and Yerik, who sacrificed a summer while I was busy writing, and to my wife Marcia who kept things running, I thank you and could not have done this without you.

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