VMworld 2017 - Day 1

Today was Day 1 of VMworld 2017 and yet again, over 20,000 folks saw fit to descend upon Las Vegas, NV in search of education, excess, and esprit de corps. I count myself among privileged group that made it out this year largely because of the vExpert program and VMware's sustained support of the community. So first and foremost, my thanks to and the entire vExpert team for everything you folks do. There were three major themes that stood out during today's content and, spoiler alert, they aren't surprising: First order of business during today's keynote was describing the…

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Rubrik Drops 3.2 - Cloud Clusters and More!

Today the fine folks over at Rubrik dropped their 3.2 release and it is packed with quite a few nifty little features, especially for a .2 release. Quick aside here, if you dont follow the below folks on social media you're missing out. They have at least a quorum between them of VCDXs and each and every one of them are accomplished technologists with strong social media presence. Quite a stout tech marketing group for a small company if you ask me. Chris Wahl - Chief Technologist @chriswahl http://wahlnetwork.com/ Andrew Miller - Tech Marketing @andriven https://thinkmeta.…

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Dell EMC {code} Catalyst Program Launch!

Let's blow the dust off this blog... To say that my industry has evolved a lot since my last blog post would be a bit of an understatement. In fact it has changed to such a degree that probably merits a blog post of it's own, but suffice it to say next generation IT and cloud native applications are here and they are here to stay. What I am here to discuss today is an exciting new evangelist program from the great folks over at DellEMC. For those of you unfamiliar with them, the {code} group's motto is: It's boom…

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Q3 Wrap Up - Life is a whirlwind

Those of you that read this blog with any sort of frequency probably realize that I tend to produce more install/configure or break/fix type posts than anything else. This post is a departure from that paradigm, at least for a little while. Life has been crazy lately, so let's have a recap! Following PEX in February, I announced in this post that I was going to take on a VCDX and that's pretty much where I left it. Since then, lots has changed, here's an abridged list: I changed jobs, not companies, I still work for the best…

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VMware Fusion 6.0 - Hung Resuming VM

I haven't blogged in ages and I have lots to share in a more thought thorough post - but for now, a quick fix. Twice now I have run into this problem on my Windows 8 VM in Fusion 6 so I figured it's time to share this with the world as well as document it for myself. That way next time I don't need to rely on my google-fu to fix the issue. Let me set the stage - Suspend seems to be more problem than it is worth with Fusion6 and Win8 at least in my case. Every…

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Varrow Madness 2014 - Auto Deploy, Image Profiles, and Host Profiles Slide Deck

Another Varrow Madness is behind us, and the feeling is bittersweet. So much fun and such great content, but I would be lying if I didn't say that we all look forward to it every year. It was a huge success with a great speaker, Shawn Achor, check out his Ted Talk if you havent. Also, we had some AMAZING speakers including but not limited to Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, Jim French, Mike Foley, Chad Sakac, Rick Scherer, and of course, The Jason Nash. In addition to these big names there were a host of other industry experts from both…

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PernixData FVP 1.5 Reinstall

One of my favorite things to do is try to squeeze as much performance out of my home lab without buying more expensive gear or generating excessive amounts of heat since I already have space and cooling issues in my 15x15 office at home (yay townhouse). To that end, PernixData FVP seemed like a perfect fit. These guys are awesome and one of their Engineers, Charlie Gautreaux has been really helpful as far as aiding me in getting this set up in our Greensboro lab and my home lab. Smarter people than me (for instance Nash, and Wahl) have already…

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PEX Recap - Time for VCDX!

On the 14th I returned from VMware PEX in San Francisco, California and man, what a trip. First of all if you haven't been to San Francisco, the city itself is worth the trip. Extremely hilly, but full of delicious food, great coffee, wine, the arts, you name it. I consider myself a bit of a pizza snob being from very near New Haven, CT which is basically Mecca for the pizza lover. However, my friend and co-worker Tom Queen outshines me in this discipline to an exponential degree, and he had nothing but positive things to say about the…

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