August 29, 2021

Building Virtual Machine Labs: A Hands-On Guide (Second Edition) digital edition complete


Hey everyone, a while ago, I announced that I was working on a second edition of my book, Building Virtual Machine Labs, and that I made a rough draft available for free while I was preparing to self-publish.

[Good Times.](https://www.reddit.com/r/cybersecurity/comments/n4w8y2/building_virtual_machine_labs_a_handson_guide/)

Anyway, I wanted to come back and announce that the second edition is finished, and available at: [leanpub.com/avatar2](https://leanpub.com/avatar2).

The price I’m requesting is 30.00. However, I know that this is a steep ask, so I’ve given potential readers and students the ability to set the price they want to pay. Additionally, if money is really really tight (or if you are, understandably, the type that likes to try things before you buy them), you have the option to set the price to 0.00 and “purchase” the book for free. All leanpub wants is an e-mail address for a download link and that’s it.

The new version of the book features many improvements, most of them pertaining to organization, layout, diagrams, flow charts, and other graphics to accompany instructions, in addition to more detailed instructions, and better troubleshooting guidance to help lower the skill floor necessary to get started. Homelab loved the first book and I got a lot of support the first time around, so I just wanna let you know that a newer, updated version is available, and to thank you all for your patronage and support so far.

I know a lot of infosec students ask how and where to get started, so I wrote this guide. I can’t promise you anything, but running a solid homelab is a way to demonstrate that you’re proficient, and can adapt to whatever needs to be done.

What about Cloud and Microservices?

I know that this was a question that popped up the last time I was here, but these technologies are not the core focus of this book. My book is more focused on homelab environments and/or virtual lab environments at the school or workplace on local, physical hardware moreso than it is on microservices or the cloud.

I can’t deny those are important technologies to be familiar with in this day and age, but to put it bluntly, they are technologies that I’m not as familiar with as I’d like and would not feel right in trying to pass myself off as an expert on either of them. I have some brief blurbs about places students can go to learn a little bit more about container technology, and generic recommendations on how to find resources to guide them, but since containers and cloud infra are outside of my wheelhouse, I’m not going to lie to you, give off the vibe I’m an expert, and end up misleading y’all.

In any case, have fun, enjoy, and thanks for your time.

p.s.: There will be a print copy of this book available soon-ish. I have some work to do pertaining to both formatting, and figuring out how to divide the contents of a physical book into two volumes. I’m self-publishing through Amazon’s KDP, and unfortunately (due mainly to the physics of book binding), I can only put 600 pages into a single book. Additionally, I wanted to update the margins and gutter settings to make sure things print properly, and that print copies of the book don’t result in unreadable content in the gutter (center) of the pages. So that means trying to figure out how to divide content, and also having to reformat everything in accordance to the recommended book margins.

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