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Top 5 Community Blog Posts – Aug 27th 2012

Hello Everyone! I am Patricio Cerda, vExpert 2011 and 2012, and virtualization blogger.

Here I am again to write about the content of the Community Blogs and to provide you with the Top 5 recommended blog posts to read.

So, here is the selection for the last 2 weeks. (In no particular order).

The SMB and VMworld
Mike Laverick talks about the SMB coverage at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. The Vmworld 2012 has a lot of news focused on SMB Market.
Read the full article here

Preparing for VCP5
Jonathan makes a nice compilation of resources for VCP 5 exam preparation. This post includes some tips and advices in order you get prepare to this exam.
Read the full article here

PHD Virtual – Backup review
Bilal makes a great review about PHD Virtual, a useful solution to make backups on our virtual environment.
Read the full article here

IBM buys flash solid state device (SSD) industry veteran TMS
How much flash (or DRAM) based Solid State Device (SSD) do you want or need?
In this article, Greg talks about the latest IBM adquisicion, Texas Memory Systems (TMS), an industry veteran, in order to get more SSD capabilities.
Read the full article here

SOS for PSOD
In this article, Bilal talks about the infamous PSOD and provides a compilations of links to helps us to face it.
Read the full article here

Enjoy the reading!!!

Unofficial Official VMworld Community Tweetup and #vFlipCup Tourney

For the last several years, the community has gotten together at VMworld and thrown themselves a party. The party is Unofficial, because it really isn’t an official part of VMworld itself, but it’s Official, because we, the Communities & Social Media Team of VMware, anoint it as our primary community gathering. And the invites are spread via Twitter, so we call it a  Tweetup. Thus, the “Unofficial Official VMworld Community Tweetup.”

Last night we gathered once again to socialize, reconnect, and decompress after a hard day keeping up with our VMworld schedules. New this year was a FlipCup tournament, which evidently is some new-fangled drinking game that the kids are enjoying. [Note! Alcohol was not mandatory for our version of FlipCup! We wanted people to be able to make it to the Tuesday morning keynote!]

Teams from across the IT spectrum gathered at the Cable Car City Bar, the trash talk flew, and good fun was had by all. Check out the action in our gallery below. Congratulations to the winning team of VMware Interns! All that time at college paid off!

Great thanks to our primary sponsor Actifio (@Actifio) for organizing the tournament, and thanks as well to Tintri (@TintriInc), Train Signal (@TrainSignal), Veeam (@Veeam), and Clearpath Solutions Group (@ClearpathSG) for making it a memorable evening and for your continued support of the community.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 33 – #tmupdate

By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect.

Sorry for the delay, VMworld started on Sunday for me so this TMupdate slipped.

Blog posts:

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #199.5 – VMworld Survival Guide

Hosts
John Troyer, VMware @jtroyer
Alex Maier, VMware @vmwarecommunity

Guests
Mike Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick
Jenny, VMware Real Women Of Virtual Infrastructure
Andrew Hall, VMware Hands on Labs

Link to Audio Recording
VMworld Survival Guide

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
No news, the team is busy getting ready for VMworld

Alex will be leaving VMware – and we will all miss her, all the best!

 

Show
Please join us on August 27 for important announcements about VMware’s cloud strategy and solutions.

Taking Place Wednesday August 29th – 10am-12pm at VMworld #RealWomenOfVirtualInfrastructure – visit a VMware booth and chat with the experts

Hello World – VMware Hands on Labs Official Blog

VMworld 2012 Catalog Lab Abstracts with 30 + new and exciting labs for our users

Follow us – VMware Hands on Labs on twitter – @VMwareHOL

VMworld 2012 Socialcast website – get connected!

Josh Atwell – VMworld Preparation List for the Uninitiated

Eric Siebert – Hitchhiker’s Guide to VMworld

Christopher Kusek – The Definitive Guide to Prepare for VMworld 2012 in San Francisco

Community Tech Talks powered by #vBrownBag Schedule

Additional Links
Paying my own way to VMworld US – David Hill @davehill99 

vExpert Spotlight: Tony Lux

LuxName:   Tony Lux
Twitter handle:  @tonylux
Current employer:  Boulevard Brewing Co.

How did you get into IT?  

I started out of college with a help desk tech support job and it all went downhill from there.  My degree is in International Business/Japanese Studies and somehow I ended up in IT.  Actually I have always had an interest in technology and one thing led to another and decided it was a good career path. 

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?  

I installed VMWare at my company 4 years ago and have tried to virtualize everything we can here.  I got involved with the local Kansas City VMUG and became one of the leaders.  Through all the efforts we have done here in Kansas City to put together meetings and bring people together, I was recognized as a vExpert for 2012. 

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do? 

I would say to play a lot with technology and try to get involved somehow.  Pay the time with entry level stuff and eventually if you do a good job, you'll get experience and move up the ladder.  In my case doing IT for a brewery, it takes being in the right place at the right time and knowing the right people.  The brewing business is small community and I have learned a lot about it and how to make it work better with good technology.  We push the limits and try to keep everything running with the latest stuff.  I am lucky to have management that understands we have to spend money to keep up. 

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #199 – Mostafa Khalil – Storage Implementation in vSphere 5.0

Hosts
John Troyer, VMware @jtroyer
Alex Maier, VMware @vmwarecommunity

Guests
Mostafa Khalil, VMware @MostafaVMW
Keith Norbie, Nexus, A Stratos Company @keithnorbie
 

Link to Audio Recording
Mostafa Khalil – Storage Implementation in vSphere 5.0

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
VMware Offers vCloud “Test-Drive” with New Evaluation Service
vCloud Service Evaluation

On Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. PDT the event will kick off with a keynote presentation featuring VMware CEO Paul Maritz, incoming VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and VMware CTO Steve Herrod detailing how VMware is helping customers and partners thrive in the cloud era with key announcements, discussions and demonstrations of the solutions at the heart of the software-defined datacenter.

The Aug. 27 keynote webcast will be available live and on-demand at VMware Now

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. PDT VMware CTO Steve Herrod and several VMware partners will take the stage to demonstrate the state-of-the-art technology that is transforming IT and enabling the mobile workforce. The presentations will be available via webcast at vmworld.com

Pre-Conference Training: Big Savings, Big Incentives, Big Skills — and all Open to the Public!

Test-Drive Your vCloud – vCloud Service Evaluation – @Mike_Laverick

Community Tech Talks powered by #vBrownBag

Show
VMware Press – Storage Implementation in vSphere 5.0

@jtroyer: #VMworld Community Lounge and Tech Talk Theater: sneak peek http://t.co/EEz72qyM

2012 VMunderground WuPaaS (Warm-up Party as a Service)

Storage Implementation in vSphere 5.0 – Book should be available on the first day of VMworld

Listing VAAI Filters and Plug-ins – teaser – Mostafa Khalil 

Table of Contents
Introduction
Part 1: Storage
1. Storage Types
2. Protocols and Standards
3.  Storage Connectivity and Media
4. VMware Pluggable Storage Architecture (PSA)
5. 3rd party Multipathing Plug-ins
6. Storage Virtualization Devices (SVDs)
7. LUN Sizing Design Decisions and Best Practices
8. Performance Optimization Monitoring
Part 2: File Systems
9. VMFS
10. NFS
11. VisorFS
Part 3: Storage Virtual Appliances (SVAs)
12. Concept and Architecture
13. Design Decisions for using SVAs
Part 4: Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery (BC/DR)
14. Virtual Machines and Applications Clustering
15. Metro Clusters and Stretch Clusters
16. Standby Servers (Blades)
17. Disaster Recovery Design

VMworld 2012 is Quickly Approaching – Expert Bar

Additional Links
None.

vExpert Spotlight: Chris Wahl

MeName: Chris Wahl

Blog URL: http://wahlnetwork.com

Twitter handle: @ChrisWahl

Employer: Ahead

 

How did you get into IT?

I’ve always known that technology was going to be a major focus in life, ever since picking up a “BASIC Computer Games” coding guide when I was a little kid. I had the usual slew of junior level “jobs” coming through high school (computer lab type gigs), ran a few MUDs and a BSS on my white box 486, and was lucky enough to spend a lot of time at the Computer User Group in college. My big break into IT actually started out from a typing test at a temporary agency where I hammered out 156 WPM. The proctor decided I had cheated somehow, and made me rescore – this time earning 162 WPM. The small office was in awe and quickly found me a "computer centric" position at a transportation company as a clerical worker. From there, I just kept finding technical inefficiencies and improving upon them, people would notice and I eventually ended up doing more IT related activities as the “computer guy”. It wasn't until I graduated college that I got a shiny new Systems Admin role and started a real career path in IT.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?

Virtual PC was my first introduction to virtualization, and I struck out looking for something a bit more robust. I stumbled upon VMware Workstation 4 in 2004 and was pretty amazed how well it worked, using it for benching applications as a test environment before deploying to the network. I quickly found my way to ESX 3.0 and put it onto a box built from a pile of spare parts. It’s hard to remember now, but the concept of stacking virtual machines on a piece of hardware was absolutely mind blowing back then – all of my servers were multiple roles because hardware budgets were lean (Sometimes resulting in some nasty DC/DHCP/DNS/WINS/File/SUS/IIS servers at remote sites). I put together a business case that was ultimately approved and purchased my first real ESX 3.0 server, cramming all sorts of single purpose role servers on it (amazing!). I decided to make virtualization my focus and have never looked back. The virtualization community was always so fun, positive, and exciting, that I decided I wanted to join in, so I went to VMUG meetings and started posting on the VMTN forums, and eventually fired up a blog to chat about my experiences.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

Getting your first IT job is hard, it’s a chicken and egg thing where everyone wants 1 – 3 years experience. My advice would be to convert your brain into a sponge and learn anything and everything in sight, be that applications, hardware, design, or networking. Go snag VMware Workstation or a cheap server (or build one) and start up a home lab – my home lab was just VMware Workstation for a very long time. Virtualization is one of the widest disciplines out there, and getting your head and shoulders above other candidates sometimes requires raising eyebrows with knowledge rather than experience, at least for a first time IT job. Also, be active in the community to prove to people that you have passion – go to VMUGs, participate on the VMTN forums, ask questions in social media, get some low level certs (CCENT or CCNA is a great start), and be nice (this never hurts in any situation).

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 32 – #tmupdate

By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 32 – #tmupdate

Blog posts:

 

vExpert Spotlight: Wei-Ren Wang

Wei-Ren WangName: Wei-Ren Wang

Blog URL: http://www.weithenn.org

Current employer: Dongfong Technology Co., LTD

How did you get into IT?
I decided to work as a IT engineer when I retired from the military service in June 2002; at that time I didn’t even know what “hard disk partition” is about. In the 10-year IT career, I started from learning the basic Cisco and 3Com networking equipments, and then I became familiar with the operation and integration of Windows, Linux, and FreeBSD, and then I acquired knowledge of the current popular  virtualization technologies: VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?
Although I have some ideas about virtualization technology, but I was uncertain about the features of VMware ESX / ESXi. Fortunately I was sent to aprticipate a vSphere 4.0 training session by the company in May 2010. The VMware ICM four-day training courses changed my perspective to virtualization technologies such as HA / FT vMotion / DRS… and so on. Thus I started focusing on acquire more knowledge on virtual technologies.

In addition to building a VMware vSphere virtulal environment, I also started to compose an article on my personal website that introduces virtualization technology regarding its construction, configuration, and management. With the article, I could contribute to the NetAdmin magazine. I think this gave me the honor of becoming a 2012 vExpert.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?
First I try to continuously watch the market trend, and then I read a lot of books of related technologies. After that, I start from building my own test environments. Try to keep everything you do to the test environment including successful and unsuccessful trials somewhere — in my case, a blog. Over a certain period, you will find yourself fully equipped with knowledge of virtualization technology.

A week in virtualization

Today we have announced the vCloud Service Evaluation, an online service for customers to test-drive a cloud built on the VMware vCloud platform. The vCloud Service Evaluation will provide a quick and easy way for users to learn about the advantages of a vCloud through hands-on testing and experimentation. It also will provide a simple way to see VMware vCloud Director® software in action and prepare customers to make the journey to the public cloud through the world’s largest network of service providers.

The vCloud Service Evaluation will be available at vcloud.vmware.com, an online destination where customers can find vCloud service providers and learn about their capabilities and coverage. vCloud Service Evaluation customers will be able to register with a credit card and receive access within minutes to their own vCloud Director-based cloud environment.

To read the full announcement, and find out more go to vmware.com/company/news

Last week, we have announced keynote speakers for the VMworld San Francisco, which will feature more than 230 unique breakout sessions from VMware and its community of partners and customers that are driving innovation in the virtualization and cloud computing industry. More than 250 sponsors and exhibitors are supporting the conference including Global Diamond Sponsors Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp.

VMware executives will lead two general session presentations during the event.

On Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. PDT the event will kick off with a keynote presentation featuring VMware CEO Paul Maritz, incoming VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and VMware CTO Steve Herrod detailing how VMware is helping customers and partners thrive in the cloud era with key announcements, discussions and demonstrations of the solutions at the heart of the software-defined datacenter. The Aug. 27 keynote webcast will be available live and on-demand at VMware Now, the new online destination for breaking news, product announcements, videos and demos: vmware.com/go/now

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. PDT VMware CTO Steve Herrod and several VMware partners will take the stage to demonstrate the state-of-the-art technology that is transforming IT and enabling the mobile workforce. The presentations will be available via webcast at vmworld.com

Head on over to vmworld.com to register for the event. I know you want to.

And while we're talking about VMworld, which of course is the dominant topic this time of the year, let me remind you that our training team will host special sessions just before the event, that are 25% off the regular price and come with a free exam voucher for the course and 30 hours or 30 days of extended access to our new labs environment, running in the cloud. Go on to vmworld.com/blogs/vmworld to find out more and to register for your class!