Month: February 2014

Toronto VMUG Feb 27th full day extravaganza!

In my mind, the three tweets displayed above are a really good gauge on how our February 27th Toronto VMUG full day user conference panned out.  Throughout the day I strolled around and seen lots of people engaged in some deep conversation, whether it be about something they are having difficulty with at work or something that they had just learned about during one of the sessions.  People were collaborating, with the presenters and with each other.  In fact, during the ‘Ask The Expert’ session there were many a time when people were raising their hand not to ‘ask’ but to further comment on a question that was already answered.  All of this collaboration and discussion is in my mind the true value that anyone can get from a VMUG – and it was great to see it all come together in Toronto! As for the day it all went off without a hitch.  Angelo Luciani ( blog/twitter ) kicked it all off with a brief intro of what was going to happen throughout the day.  From there, Mike Roy jumped right into by delivering a keynote on vCHS which was completely awesome and very well accepted by the crowd.  He went over what exactly vCHS is, how we can leverage it, and topped it all off with some awesome use cases that he has seen from being “in...

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Friday Shorts – VSAN, vExpert, Firmware and Hockey eh!

For just one night let's not be co-workers.  Let's be co-people.  – Ron Burgandy (Will Ferrell) from Anchorman Less than a week until the mystery VSAN announcement That's right!  Have you signed up for the March 6th VMware Now event titled VSAN special online event?  VMware is being pretty tight lipped about what could possible be announced at the event!  I guess we we all have to wait and see!  I wonder what it possible could be!  Anyways, enough sarcasm – just go sign up if you want to be part of the live shindigs!!!!! vExpert Applications due! Speaking of March 6th, that's the same date as the deadline for the vExpert 2014 applications.  If you haven't already done so you can fill out the form here.  Already a vExpert?  Have a look at the new fast track form you can fill out to re-apply. Another change to the program this year is the application process will actually be open year-round, and the voting and acceptance processes will happen quarterly.  Therefore, if you miss the March 6th deadline you can actually be picked up in the next quarter – but still, I'd try and get it done ASAP. HP to begin to charge for firmware updates?!?!?! Well, i guess not so much charge, but include the ability to download the newest firmware for HP's server line up within your warranty and care...

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Top virtualization blog voting is underway

If you haven't heard Eric Siebert (blog/twitter) has opened up his annual top VMware and virtualization blog voting over at vsphere-land.com once again.  If you are an avid reader of this or any other virtualization blogs then might I ask that you head over there and cast a vote for your favorite 10 VMware blogs.  Blogging is most certainly not a full time job nor is it a means of retiring anytime soon – It's really something we do simply because we have a passion for sharing information and solutions with the greater VMware community in hopes we can help solve a problem or help people to better understand certain technologies.  Think about the number of times you have googled something and got the solution from one of the blogs listed on the vLaunchPad.  Its a daily occurrence for me!  So give your favorite blogger some props and throw him/her a vote! Last year mwpreston dot net jumped 86 places, moving from #125 to #39.  A truly humbling feeling to crack the top 50 when the results came out.  I am not striving to be number 1 – Duncan's got that locked down πŸ™‚  However having been listed in the top 50, be it just a number, is pretty awesome in my books.  That said, I'd do the same thing whether I was voted #6 or #600. So with all that I'm...

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Friday Shorts – Log Insight, @vNoob’s tail, ViPR, Best Practices

Tigers love pepper.  They hate cinnamon.  – Alan Garner (Zach Galifianakis) from The Hangover It's been a while since the last Friday Shorts – no excuses – I've been slacking πŸ™‚  Whatever – here it is! Log Insight jumps on the free fundamentals training bandwagon I'm certainly a huge fan of the 'fundamental' self-paced training that VMware has been offering for free.  In fact, if you go and have a look at the Top Free Courses on mylearn you will see that the fundamental series occupies the complete top 10.  Well, another on you can now add to that list is VMware Log Insight Fundamentals.  This course will give you a great introduction and overview as to what VMware Log Insight is as well as go through some installation, configuration and analysis.  Certainly a great way to get introduced to the product – oh, and for free! vNoob Guide to Getting Tail I tried to think of a catchy title here but I couldn't think of anything Conrad hasn't already said in his latest post vNoob Guide to Getting Tail.  Now I have no idea how well Conrad does with the ladies, but he certainly gives a great overview on how to use the 'tail' command, not only in Linux but in Powershell as well!!   This is most certainly not your average man page so get ready to...

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