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vExpert Spotlight: Niklas Akerlund

Name: Niklas Akerlund
Blog URL: http://vniklas.djungeln.se
Twitter handle: @vNiklas
Current employer: Lumagate AB/ Sweden

How did you get into IT?
My dad brought home an IBM PC in the early 1980´s and I started to play games and developed an interest in computers. My favourite game was in that time “Digger” www.digger.org. After some university studies I started working with both Unix and Microsoft infrastructure solutions. I have been working both as a network technician and as a consultant during my years in IT. To be able to help customers and being out on different locations is fun and educational.
I have always had an interest in automating and scripting. I have been digging around in Perl and vbscript, but now I do most of the scripting in PowerShell. It feels so good to be able to automate boring repetitive tasks. Even if I´m going to do something just once I try to see if there is a way to script it. During the different assignments I am faced with challenging tasks every day that gives me ideas.
Now I am working as a Product Manager Private Cloud, and my job is to help customers with their Private Cloud solutions, both with the setup and also the continued process of maintaining and operating.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?
My first experience with virtualization was with a really early version of the VMware Workstation. Since 2008 have I been working active with VMware Virtualization. My main focus in the start was on capacity planning and physical to virtual migrations and in later projects more towards automating and scripting. I have also quite a bit experience in setting up and configuring virtualization solutions.
When I saw the potential in PowerCLI and automation for virtualization I started my blog to share my findings and solutions, in the same time I started my twitter account also. Both Luc Dekens and Alan Renouf have inspired me a lot to find new ways of doing PowerCLI automation.
I was awarded the 2012 vExpert for my work with the blog posts and twitter activity. A twitter user was seeking help for a SAN migration script and I used some blog posts and put it together with my own logic to help him, that little script was much appreciated. The power of the community to help each other is cool. If you have an idea, someone might have done a part of your solution and combining their parts with yours save time.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?
It is not always you will get to work with exactly what you want from time to time, but even in the most boring tasks you can find challenges and make it into something you can find appealing. And if you cannot change your tasks, believe in yourself and do not be afraid of changing job! I do tend to extend my studies and testing during the evenings and weekends when not the family is complaining too much.
Try to think and questioning solutions to not just do things as they always has been deployed.
Good luck!

Top 5 Community Blog Posts – Nov 26th 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).

 

Is SSD only for performance?
In this article Greg give us an overview about alternate uses for SSD (besides the traditional use for performance)
Read the full article here

 

VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager 1.0
Here Samuele gives us a great review about the recently launched, vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager 1.0, which enables support for heterogeneous hypervisors in vCenter Server.
Read the full article here

 

vSphere5.1 Revision: Distributed vSwitch Port Bindings
In this post, Mike talks about Port Binding on Distributed vSwitches, something important in a vCloud Director environment, where the usage of ports on the switch is much more dynamic and in a larger scale.
Read the full article here

 

Garbage data in, garbage information out, big data or big garbage?
Here Greg makes a point about the garbage data and analyze how (or if) the use of big data could be the solution for this.
Read the full article here

Simple VXLAN lab on Workstation viewing traffic with Wireshark Part – 1
In this article kevin shows to us how to setup a virtual lab to create VXLAN and view the VXLAN traffic with Wireshark
Read the full article here

Enjoy the reading!!!

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 46 – #tmupdate

Week 46 already, the end of the year is closing in. I hope, those who celebrated it, have digested their turkey by now as today us geeks can start hunting for those cyber monday deals. I put up one together with Frank Denneman, the price of the paper copy of the vSphere 5.1 book dropped significantly. (limited time offer)

Anyway, this is the last TM Update I will be doing… My colleague Ken Werneburg aka vmKen is taking over, but more details around that later this week. Thanks for tuning in and enjoy the TM show :-)

Enjoy, Duncan.

vExpert Spotlight: Chuck Mills

Name: Chuck Mills

Blog URL: www.vchuck.com

Twitter: @vchuckmills

Current Employer: Gantech, Inc.

How did you get into IT?

I was working in the lab for a paint company. They purchased a system to shade large batches of production paint. I was asked to be in charge of the project. I was going to night school and decided to take a course on Data Processing (yes, it was that long ago) and after that first class I knew what I wanted as a career. That was 1978 and I have worked in this wonderful industry ever since.

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

I read an article by Chad Dickerson (InfoWorld – Super Desktop) in May of 2003 about VMware Workstation. I knew this was going to be a game changer. I actually purchased Virtual PC from Connectix before switching to Workstation 2.0 soon after. Earlier in my career I had searched for ways to extend the use of PCs and worked with Multi-boot and other products that gave me the ability to run different OS on the same system. VMware Workstation gave me the multiple OS solution and all at the same time! I created a solution in 2004 using virtual PCs and PCAnywhere that was similar to a current VDI solution as documents in The Langa List dated May 20th 2004. In my previous two positions as Director of IT, I created 100% virtual datacenters. I now focus on the End User Computing solutions with my current employer as an Innovation Architect. I now spread to word about how VMware has created many successful solutions for me and many other companies I have worked with. I have presented at several national conferences including VMworld 2009.

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

If you have worked in the physical world with servers and or desktops, you need to approach problems differently when you have virtualization as an option.   I have seen several “virtual” solution that mirror a physical environment and it does not take advantage of the strengths of virtualization. There are many cases documented on how to use virtualization to create good solutions. Do a lot of planning before putting something together. There is a lot of good information out there. Use the knowledge that others have shared. Take the time to learn as much as you can, this is wonderful and powerful technology.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 45 – #tmupdate

Many of the VMware Tech Marketing folks were at a VMUG last week, hence the reason the volume is slightly lower than normal… I am guessing though it will go up again this week!

Blog posts:

Enjoy, Duncan.

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #210 – HoL & vCenter Support Assist betas, vCD, VSA

Hosts
John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer

Guests
Pablo Roesch, VMware @heyitspablo
Simon Yu, VMware
Harry Smith, VMware @harrysiii
Rawlinson Rivera, VMware @PunchingClouds
Josh Atwell, vBrownBag @Josh_Atwell

News
Palo Alto Networks expands product range, partners with VMware
VMware wants to play ‘Server Tetris’ in your data centre
VMware launching new vSphere online training courses for SMBs
Socialcast By VMware Named A Leader In IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Social Software
Study Shows IT and Business Professionals are Finding Business Advantages in Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service
VMware Innovate Magazine

Link to Audio Recording
HoL & vCenter Support Assist betas, vCD, VSA

Show
The VMware Hands-on Labs Online Public Beta is now open!

VMware Hands-On Lab (HOL) Blog

VMware Hands-on Labs – Community Forum

Follow VMware Hands-on Labs on twitter – @VMwareHOL

VMware Project NEE

New Live, Online Training Helps SMBs Running VMware Overcome Limited Time and Budget for Training

Introducing the VMware vCenter Support Assistant Beta

Signup for Beta Access to VMware vCenter Support Assistant

@DuncanYB Twitter list for VMware Marketing

ProfessionalVMware – vBrownBag on itunes

#vBrownBag VCDX Boot Camp with @vcdx001

#vBrownBag Podcast of Plenty

vCloud Suite – VSA 5.1 Cluster Service Considerations & Successful Deployments Series – Part 1

vCloud Suite – VSA 5.1 Cluster Service Consideration & Successful Deployment Series – Part 2

 

Additional Links

vExpert Spotlight: Andreas Lesslhumer

Name:Andreas Lesslhumer 

Current Employer: 3Banken EDV 

Twitter Handle:  @lessi001

Blog URLs: www.vmworld.net

www.running-system.com

How did you get into IT?

I had the great fortune that there was a big demand for IT professionals just as I finished business school. To fill this gap, the industry was willing to pay some people the necessary courses (Microsoft MSCE courses for NT4.0 at this time for example) to join into IT. I was one of the lucky ones and so I got my first job as an IT Admin after I completed the training courses and a semiannual internship.

It was a medium-size company with a four man IT Team. So you can imagine that I had to do everything: installing, maintaining and repairing PCs and servers, have an eye on the network, keep the exchange server alive and be responsible for the old ERP system running on MS-DOS…

After six years I got a new job opportunity at my current employer where I joined the server team.

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

The company I have switched to was using VMware only for a Dev/Test environment. But only a short time after starting the job a virtualization project was initiated and I got the opportunity to plan and implement a production environment for our two datacenters with the support of an excellent VMware Consultant.

During implementation I have learned a lot about the products from VMware and visiting the VMworlds in the last years further deepened my knowledge and skills.

During this time I set up a blog as a personal knowledge base to write down solutions for all the little problems I had to deal with in my everyday work. One day I realized that there was a high rate of visitors – mainly on the how-to guides. As it was fun and also brought great benefits for my everyday work I continued to publish articles and 2012 VMware awarded me the vExpert award.

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

Build your own home lab, follow the community activities (VMUG, Blogs, Twitter…), try new things and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Last but not least: Enjoy your work but do not always take everything too seriously.

Top 5 Community Blog Posts – Nov 12th 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).

Why CIOs are Choosing the Vblock
In this article, Archie talks about the CIO role, and why they are choosing vBlock to get success in their jobs.  Archie lists 3 basic steps that a CIO must follow to be successful Read the full article here

 

Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
What is SLAT? Jawad explains to us what is this processor technology.
Read the full article here

How to connect/interact with VCVA DB (DB2 and vPostgres)
Here Marcelo gives us a step-by-step guide to connect and interact with the vCenter Appliance Database.
Read the full article here

 

vCenter and the certificate saga
In this post, Bilal talks about why and how to replace the vCenter and ESXi host default certificates
Read the full article here

 

SplitRX Mode – Taking VMware Multicasting to the Next Level
Here Archie gives us an overview about SplitRX Mode, including a recap of networking basics and how packet forwarding is done on an IP network
Read the full article here

Enjoy the reading!!!

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #209 – vSphere Mobile Knowledge Portal, vFabric Gemfire

Hosts
John Mark Troyer, VMware @jtroyer
Mike Gordon Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick

Guests
Jim Senicka, VMware @VMwarevSphere
Blake Connell, VMware

Link to Audio Recording
vSphere Mobile Knowledge Portal, vFabric Gemfire

Show
Attend a VMUG in your area – be part of the community

VMware Mobile Knowledge Portal – Gives you access to VMware marketing and technical content.

VMware vSphere 5.1 Clustering Deepdive (Volume 1)

VMware vSphere 5.1 Documentation Center – PDF and E-book Formats

vCenter 5.1.0A Readme

[PDF] VMware vSphere 5.1 vMotion Architecture, Performance and Best Practices

[PDF] Impact of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility on Application Performance

VMware vFabric GemFire

VMware vFabric GemFire Product Evaluation Center

Twitter – VMware Cloud Data @vFabricGemfire

Updated vFabric GemFire 7 Delivers Fast, Reliable Data at Cloud-Scale

GemFire Community

Additonal Links

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 44 – #tmupdate

Good morning (afternoon or evening depending on where you are)! Another TM Update and two specifics I want to call out this week. First and foremost our newest team member Ranga Maddipudi published his first official blog article. Once again congrats and welcome. (NAT deployment using vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 Edge (Ranga Maddipudi) http://bit.ly/WSVsgb ) Ranga will be part of the Tech Marketing vCloud Networking and Security side of the house.

Secondly, I published a blog article with all of the speaking engagements Tech Marketing his currently planned for November –> http://t.co/7wlux4X0 . Point your customers over to this, and if you happen to be at one of those events, stop by and say hi!

Blog posts:

Enjoy, Duncan.