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The Kindle edition of the 3rd Edition of "Volume 1: The Practice of System and Network Administration" can now be pre-ordered. Previously you could only pre-order the paper and PDF versions.

The new edition will be available on November 4th, 2016. It includes 22 new chapters, 6 updated chapters, and thousands of updates all over the book. The new edition is nearly twice as long as the previous editions. We worked hard to make this the best edition yet.

Here's where you can pre-order the book:

If you are more interested in service operations, web operations, and SRE techniques, you may be more interested in Volume 2: The Practice of Cloud System Administration.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Book NewsTPOSANA 3rd Edition

The September/October issue of ACM Queue Magazine has a column I wrote about how to search random data. In theory the best you can do is a linear search. I came up with 10 ways to do better.

Computer scientists should be upset that I write these things.

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in ACM Queue Column

The "Early Bird Registration" deadline is November 10, 2016. After that, the price goes up. LISA is Dec 4-9 and you can register here.

I'll be teaching 2 tutorials and Christine Hogan and I will be co-presenting some talks. We also are planning a book signing during the conference. We'll announce the time/location when it gets closer to the event.


SESA'16 (2016 USENIX Summit for Educators in System Administration) is colocated with LISA. Tom and Christine will be attending (watch this space for more info soon)

Posted by Tom Limoncelli

I'll be giving a new talk, "Doing DevOps Where You Wouldn't Have Expected" at PuppetConf, October 19-21, 2016. More info and registration at Save 35% if you use this link!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in AppearancesArchive

My talk "DevOps Where You Wouldn't Have Expected" will be live-streamed from PuppetConf on Friday, Oct 21 at 2:30pm PT / 5:30 ET.

The talk happens to summarize the major points of Chapter 1-4 of the new edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration, which is due out on November 4, 2016.

You need to pre-register, which takes time. Please preregister early.

A full description of the talk is at

To register and watch the live-steam visit

P.S. The unofficial title of the talk is "Punk Rock DevOps".

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in Speaking

One of the most anticipated DevOps books in years is about to start shipping! DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations by Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, and John Willis is the practical guide to doing all the wonderful things that The Phoenix Project talks about.

I've received an early copy of the book and it is excellent. It is very down-to-earth, practical, advice. I'll write more next week when I've had time to read the entire thing.

You can pre-order it directly from IT Revolution or via Amazon.

Check it out!

Posted by Tom Limoncelli in DevOps