Acknowledgments, acknowledgments, acknowledgments! They are oh so difficult. What if I forget someone?! Well, let me try my best. If I left anyone out, please take me to lunch so I can personally thank you . . . your treat of course . . .
This book began to take shape during a phone call with Robert Denn at O’Reilly. We discussed the curious situation where there were many books for many subjects, but very few for the oft-used, but little discussed, DHCP. Thus, this book was born. I would also like to thank Neil Salkind, my agent, and everyone at Studio B for all of their help.
At O’Reilly, I would like to thank Sue Miller, my editor. Sue was instrumental in keeping this project moving forward and sharpening my work. I especially need to thank Leanne Soylemez for her thoroughness as the production editor and Rob Romano for redrawing my crappy . . . err . . . displeasing figures.
And of course, the tech reviewers honed the details and, in the end, created a better book. I must thank André Paree-Huff, Rory Winston, and Jim Boyce.
I must say I was very fortunate to work with the finest IT team around: System Support at AstraZeneca Chesterbrook. Many thanks and memories go to Bill “The Fridge” Friedgen, Chuck “Chooch” Boohar, Frank “No, not Kathy Lee’s hubby, the decent one” Gifford, Mark “When I was a . . . " Clayton, Richard “This is Richard!” Muir, Mike “Polly” Kliwinski, Matt “Good eats” McWilliams, Tina Hughes, Tina Mohler, Adara Santillo (J), Paul “Hoagie Man” Kern, Sandy “Could you please come to the data center” Garlinski, Ed “Salt Shaker” Cartright, Steve Urick, The Honorable Marvin Mayes, George “The Agent” Oschenreither, Chris Pignone, Ed Murawski, David Short, Rich Donato, and finally, the Men in Black: Brian “Morphius” Seltzer and Jeff “The Angry Man” Sisson. Tell the Culinary Engineer at the Deltaga I said hello and the coffee is weak.
Nor shall I ever forget the Ghosts of System Support’s Past (kill the lights and queue the sad music):
|Jeff Tincher and Mark Marshall, both currently haunting Brandycare.|
|Jim Lange, rattling chains at Merck.|
|Bill Juliana, the only spirit wearing boat shoes and changing CDs at Comverse.|
|Lise Leonard, casually floating through the halls of Yoh.|
And most of all I must thank my wife, Ginny, and my daughters, Lauren and Lindsey. Thank you for always making me laugh and letting me know that play must always be more important than work. The breaks that I took with you made it possible to recharge my batteries and forge ahead with this project. I am forever grateful for your love and support.