Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches

After nearly 10 months of work, early access to Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches is now available from our favorite publisher, Manning Publications!

For years, people have asked if any dbatools books are available and the answer now can finally be yes, mostly 😅. Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches, written by me and Rob Sewell (the DBA with the beard), is now available for purchase, even as we’re still writing it. And as of today, you can even use the code bldbatools50 to get a whopping 50% off (valid forever).

Right now, the first few chapters are available, and we’re going to release a new chapter at least once a month. Here’s our current Table of Contents.

What is MEAP?

Manning’s Early Access Program was introduced in 2003, because the publisher “found it frustrating that while authors were working on later chapters, the earlier ones sat gathering dust, of no use to anyone.”

According to the website, MEAP offers several benefits over the traditional “wait to read” model.

  • Get started now. You can read early versions of the chapters before the book is finished.
  • Regular updates. We’ll let you know when updates are available.
  • Get finished books faster. MEAP customers are the first to get final eBooks and pbooks.

What I appreciate as an author is that this allows early-adopters to become part of the writing process and can help make the book even better. As Manning puts it:

The content you get is not finished and will evolve, sometimes dramatically, before it is good enough for us to publish. But you get the chapter drafts when you need the information. And, you get a chance to let the author know what you think, which can really help both them and us make a better book.

Occasionally, Manning will decide not to publish a book that’s become available in MEAP. Fear not! If they cancel your MEAP, you can exchange it for another book or get a refund.

Thanks 💙

For those 300+ of you who have already purchased our book, Rob and I very much appreciate your support and hope that you find the book super useful 🚀

Also, shoutout to Mike Shepard (b | t) and Cláudio Silva (b | t) for the technical edits and to the anonymous community editors who took the time to review our book before it went to MEAP!

- Chrissy

17 thoughts on “Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches


    Chrissy, it appears that Chapter 3, “Building a Lab”, hasn’t been populated yet. Is that because it simply isn’t populated yet? Or is my browser or Manning account somewhat at fault?



  2. Gustav Reply

    Hi Chrissy,

    Looking forward to read / learn from this book. It seems that some of the links on the website is not working though?

    manning.com 404 not found,
    If I click on some of the chapters, also 404 not found.

    Thought I’d reach out and let you know.

    Kind Regards,


  3. Asgdom Reply

    I loved the book and payed for it. Contacted the publisher and waiting for months to get the book with hope but no result. Today, they replied me saying

    ”Hello Asgdom,
    The title “Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches” is MEAP. Estimated publication for this title should be in Spring 2020.”

    Checked my dashboard multiple times for pdf access, still no full access. I have downloaded only the free section up to chapter 4. Would please help me to get at least the pdf format?

    • Chrissy LeMaire Post authorReply

      It’s a genuine honor that you loved the book 💙 It is true; the book will not be available until Spring 2020. Rob and I are still in the process of writing it and Manning’s MEAP or “Manning’s Early Access Program” gives access as chapters they are written. We just turned in a few more, I’ll see when they will be released so you can read a few more as we write them.

      Thanks so much for your support.

      • Asgdom Reply

        Thank you, Chrissy. This time I have also received a very clear message from the the publisher as well. NP I will wait for it.

  4. g Reply

    Yep, I’m hooked! Purchased and scanned through before I dive in further. Absolutely on board now. Looking forward to the rest.

  5. Alex Reply

    Learned about dabtools earlier this month at PASS summit. I’m excited to learn more and just placed an order for myself!

  6. Bruno Reply


    I bought the book and I read until 7th chapter – last available. Very good material. I learned a lot.

    Thanks for the book.

    When the others chapiters will be available?


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