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vExpert 2014 Q2 applications are open

Applications will be accepted up until June 8th at midnight PST. Applications received after the June 8th deadline will roll into the Q3 nomination & voting process. 
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Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

Changes for the 2014 vExpert Program
We will leave the application open year round and at the end of each quarter we will begin the voting process for new vExperts from the previous quarter. So even if you are not picked to become a vExpert 2014 right away, we will allow for quarterly voting and nominations. The Q1 voting process only covered 2013 activities. If you were not selected as a vExpert in the first phase, we recommend that you apply in Q2 as we will consider both 2013 and Q1 of 2014 activities.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

Apply for vExpert 2014
2014 Q2 vExpert application: http://bit.ly/LMJqB5

Questions & Updates
For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, please send email to  vexpert@vmware.com. Be sure to follow @vExpert for updates on the 2014 vExpert program.

Thank you to all who have participated in years past,
Corey Romero & the vExpert Team

vExpert 2014 Announcement

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First we would like to say thank you to everyone who applied and yes it’s April 1st and this is the official list!

I’m pleased to announce the list 2014 vExperts. We have 754 vExperts this year, which is impressive! Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. We were amazed to see so many applications for this years program.

I want to personally thank everyone who applied and point out that a “vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. There were a lot of very smart, very accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named as vExpert this year.

If you feel like you were not selected in error, that’s entirely possible. The judges may have overlooked or misinterpreted what you wrote in your application. Email us at vexpert@vmware.com and we can discuss your situation. Remember we only looked at 2013 activities for the Q1 voting. Q2 applications are already open at http://bit.ly/LMJqB5. Keep up the excellent contributions and you are encouraged to reapply. Make sure if you have a blog to include the blog along with any community forums you are actively engaged with.

If you were selected as a vExpert 2014, we’ll be conducting the on-boarding throughout this week and next, so hold tight and expect future communication from us soon. You must successfully be enrolled in our private vExpert community to be listed in the vExpert directory and to be alerted to opportunities like the beta programs and complimentary licenses that we offer to vExperts. We will provide instructions to gain access to the private forum and the vExpert directory in the next communication via email.

Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning. We’re looking forward to working with you this year.

Corey Romero,
and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

 


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Tolga ANIT @tolgaanit
Ariel Antigua @aantigua
Timothy Antonowicz @timantz
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Andres Felipe Araque Duran @covirtualizada
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Burke Azbill @TechnicalValues
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Doug Baer @dobaer
Kees Baggerman @kbaggerman
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Sanjay Basu @sbasu777
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Manjeet Bavage @mantraaz
Steve Beaver @sbeaver
Chris Beckett @ChrisBeckett
Rob Beekmans robbeekmans
Ivo Beerens @ibeerens
Ather Beg @AtherBeg
Kanuj Behl @vmwise
Daemon Behr @vmug_vancouver
Chris Bell @chrisbell76
Gunnar Berger @gunnarwb
Daniel Berkowitz @berkowitzdan
Jason Bertini @jlbertini
Ryan Birk @ryanbirk
Rick Blythe @vmwarekb
Jason Boche @jasonboche
Kurt Bohman @kurtbohman
Merlin Boissonneault @merlindb
Bo Bolander @bobolander
Mauro Bonder
Francesco Bonetti @fbonez
Matt Boren @mtboren
Niclas Borgström ViridisIT
Rene Bos rbos3
James Bowling @vSential
Jeremy Bowman @jeremyjbowman
Paul Braren @tinkererguy
Dennis Bray @DennisBray
Matt Brender @mjbrender
Jeremie Brison @J_Brison
Marco Broeken @mbroeken
Douglas Brown @douglasabrown
James Brown @vegasvmug
Mike Brown @vMikeBrown
Michael Brown @VirtuallyMikeB
Stephen Bruck @vColossus
Marcel Brunner @VirtualBrunner
Sandy Bryce @sandybryce
Andrew Brydon
Petr Buchmaier
Ronald Buder @Str0hhut
Frank Buechsel @fbuechsel
Cody Bunch cody_bunch
James Burd @TheBurdweiser
Anthony Burke @pandom_
Pat Burrell @CoastalControl
Erik Bussink  @ErikBussink
Nathan Byrne @vm_nathbyrne
Rick Byrne @rickrbyrne
Shawn Cannon
Andre Carpenter @andrecarpenter
Alessio Carta
Stacy Carter @virtualstace
Hersey Cartwright @herseyc
Chris Catano
Darryl Cauldwell @potato_heads
Patricio Cerda @patote83
Samuele Cerutti @samuelecerutti
Mark Chandler
Peter Chang @pupo888
Craig Chapman @virtualchappy
Gabriel Chapman @Bacon_Is_King
Denny Cherry @mrdenny
Fabio Chiodini @FabioChiodini
Brad Christian @bchristian21
Federico Cinalli @FCinalliP
Alan Civita @cianokuraz
Joe Clarke @elgwhoppo
Troy Clavell @troyclavell
Ben Clayton @grob4ever
Fletcher Cocquyt @cocquyt
Josh Coen
Fabrice COLAS ColasFabrice
Kendrick Coleman @KendrickColeman
Chris Colotti @ccolotti
Michael Colson @mike_colson
Alastair Cooke @DemitasseNZ
Barry Coombs @virtualisedreal
Jonathan Copeland @VirtSecurity
Michael Corey @michael_corey
Alex Correa AlexCorrea305
Matt Cowger @mcowger
Stephen Crafton
Scott Cragle
Celia Cristaldo Cantero @celiacri
Sean Crookston @seancrookston
Pablo Cruces @virtualshocks
Ed Czerwin @eczerwin
Lieven D’hoore @ldhoore
Sander Daems sanderdaems
Sreejesh Damodaran @sreejeshd
mohammed Emaad Damudi mohammedemaad
Luigi Danakos @NerdBlurt
Andy Daniel @vnephologist
Andrew Dauncey @daunce_
Paul Davey @pauld_xtravirt
Simon Davies @EV_Simon
Alaric Davies @alaricdavies
Matt Davis da5is
John Davis @johnnyadavis
Damian Davis @damiandavis
David Davis @davidmdavis
Jorge de la Cruz Mingo jorgedlcruz
Hans De Leenheer @hansdeleenheer
Fabrizio de Luca @fdlsistemi
Rob de Veij @rvtools
Chris Dearden
Christophe Decanini @vCOTeam
Romain DECKER @woueb
Lawrence Dee
Tayfun DEGER @tayfundeger
Luc Dekens @LucD22
Luca Dell’Oca @dellock6
Aaron Delp aarondelp
Frank Denneman @frankdenneman
Philip Ditzel @philditzel
Kevin Divine @kevindivine1
Jeramiah Dooley @jdooley_clt
Sunny Dua @sunny_dua
Sean Duffy @shogan85
aaron Dumbrow @adumbrow
Steven Dunne @stevied_82
Simon Eady @simoneady
Adam Eckerle @eck79
John Edwards
Robert Edwards @bobbygedwards
Matthias Eisner @matthiaseisner
Chanaka Ekanayake @s_Chan_EK
Fouad EL AKKAD @vroomblog
Ricky El-Qasem @rickyelqasem
Khaled Eldesouky @vmmanco
Anthony Elizondo @complex
Mark Elliott
Scott Elliott @Fulcrum72
Mike Ellis @v2Mike
Niels Engelen @nielsengelen
Duncan Epping @duncanyb
Raymon Epping @repping
Niran Even-Chen niranec
Frank Fan @frankfan7
Nicholas Farmer @nicholasfarmer
Joseph Farri joefarri
Massimo Ferrari @crosslogic
Joe Filippello @joefilippello
Rebecca Fitzhugh @rebeccafitzhugh
Shannon Fitzpatrick @shanfitz
Steve Flanders @smflanders
Peter Flecha @vpedroarrow
Mads Fog Albrechtslund @Hazenet
Tomas Fojta @fojta
Arne Fokkema @afokkema
Michael Foley @mikefoley
Christopher Forbis @Chris_Forbis
Stephen Foskett @SFoskett
Tony Foster @wonder_nerd
Eric Fourn @efourn
Liselotte Foverskov @Lfoverskov
Jonathan Frappier @jfrappier
Paul Fries @pfries
Edwin Friesen @edwinfriesen
Dan Frith @penguinpunk
Nick Fritsch @nfritsch
Manlio Frizzi @mfrizzi
Yusuke Fujita
Rod Gabriel @ThatFridgeGuy
Alex Galbraith @alexgalbraith
Lorenzo Galelli @Virtually_LG
Simon Gallagher @vinf_net
Javier Galvez Campanelli @theguate
Evgeny Garbuzov @_Egarbuzov
Dave Garnar davotronic5000
Kenneth Garreau @kennega
Jason Gaudreau @jagaudreau
Charles Gautreaux @chuckgman
Earl Gay @earlg3
Abhilash GB @abhilashgb
RAMESH GEDDAM
Justin Giardina @jgiardina
Paul Gifford @cloudcanuck
Charles Gillanders @cgillanders
Rob Girard @robgirard
Tim Gleed @timgleed
Nathan Goh @agentnath
Jose Luis Gomez @pipoe2h
Jose Maria Gonzalez @jose_m_gonzalez
Larry Gonzalez @virtualizecr
Jesus Gonzalez @SouthFLVMUG
Harold Goodwin vHaroldGoodwin
Sergey Gorlinsky @SGorlinsky
Brian Gracely @bgracely
Brian Graf @vtagion
Josh Gray jasper9
Eric Gray @eric_gray
Luke Gray @VirtualLukeG
Simon Greaves @sigreaves
James Green @jdgreen
Chris Greer @pcgreer
Florian Grehl @virten
Paul Grevink @paulgrevink
Joseph Griffiths @Gortees
Edward Grigson @egrigson
Stephane Grimbuhler @sgrimbuhler
Garrette Grouwstra @virtualcanadian
Christopher Grubbe @cgrubbe
Jeremy Gruenke @grinks311
Susan Gudenkauf SusanGude
Giuseppe Guglielmetti @gguglie
Curtis Gunderson @cagunlabs
Anil Gupta meaj9
Bill Gurling @vDingus
Nathan Gusti Ryan @nathan_gt_ryan
Forbes Guthrie @forbesguthrie
Patrick Häfner
Brandon Hahn @brandonhahn
Seb Hakiel @sebhakiel
Edward Haletky @Texiwill
Paul Hall @macjunkie
Seymour Halpern @cmor1701d
Chris Halstead @chrisdhalstead
Eric Hammersley @erichammersley
David Hanacek @SD_Cloudy
Andrew Hancock @einsteinagogo
Ulli Hankeln @sanbarrow
Kenneth Hansen
Scott Hanson @CiscoServerGeek
Jon Harris @JonHarrisNM
Justin Hart @jghartin
Michael Hart @csilouisville
bilal hashmi @hashmibilal
Rasmus Haslund @haslund
Abhilash HB @abhilashhb
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Ray Heffer @rayheffer
Pascal Heldoorn @Pheldoorn
Archie Hendryx @Archie_Hendryx
Drew Henning @DrewHenning
Dave Henry @davemhenry
Paul Henry @phenrycissp
Hector Herrero @nheobug
Nigel Hickey @vCenterNerd
Minako Higuchi @mihiguch
Jon Hildebrand @snoopj123
David Hill @davehill99
Larus Hjartarson @lhjartarson
Manfred Hofer @Fred_vBrain
Cormac Hogan @CormacJHogan
Gareth Hogarth @viGareth
Tom Hollingsworth @networkingnerd
Wade Holmes @wholmes
David Horvathd @dvhorvath
Martin Hosken
Cody Hosterman @codyhosterman
Chris House @chouse
Tom Howarth @tom_howarth
Nick Howell @that1guynick
William Huber @huberw
Sylvain Huguet @vshuguet
Kenneth Hui @hui_kenneth
Sven Huisman @svenh
Marc Huppert @MarcHuppert
sungho Hwang @yueisu913
Motoo Ichikawa @moto_itchy
TORU IIJIMA @hamboxes
Wlaa Isam @wlaa_isam
Deddy Iswara
Tim Jabaut @vmcutlip
Aakash Jacob aakashjacob
Duncan James @Dunc_James
Duco Jaspars @vConsult
Christophe Jauffret @tuxtof
Rick Jensen
Mikael Korsgaard Jensen @jekomi
Steve Jin @sjin2008
Christian Johannsen @cjohannsen81
Ryan Johnson @tenthirtyam
Mark Jones markdjones82
Chris Jones @cpjones44
Ian Jones @iantrjones
Phillip Jones @p2vme.com
Lior Kamrat @LiorKamrat
Steven Kaplan @ROIdude
Jason Kaplan-Coleman
Damian Karlson @sixfootdad
Manabu Kato @mankatou
Masafumi Kawamoto @mankatou
Gopinath Keerthyrajan @kawamoty
Gopinath Keerthyrajan @gopikeerthy
Kevin Kelling @blueshiftblog
Joe Kelly @virtualtacit
Mostafa Khalil @mostafaVMW
Gurusimran Khalsa @gurusimran
Elias Khnaser @ekhnaser
Craig Kilborn @Craig_Kilborn
Charles Kim @racdba
JUSTIN KING @vCenterGuy
Brian Kirsch @bckirsch
Clinton Kitson @clintonskitson
Gert Kjerslev @gertkjerslev
Nate Klaphake @nateklaphake
David Klee @kleegeek
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Brian Knudtson @bknudtson
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Rolando Kohl @rolmk
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Barak Koren
Julius Kovac @Jperformer
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Artur Krzywdzinski @artur_ka
Masaomi Kudo @interto
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Bryan Kuhn @btkuhn
Grzegorz Kulikowski @psvmware
Akihito Kumagai @vakuma00
Ravi Kumar @ravi_kummar
Karthic Kumar @carthick1
Christopher Kusek @cxi
Omer Kushmaro @elastic_skies
Aung Kyaw Myint AKMyint
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Yendis Lambert @yendislambert
Jason Langer @jaslanger
Henry Langner @hanky_q
Javier Larea @javichumellamo
Shafay Latif @Shafay2000
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Joe Laugle @lauglej
Enrico Laursen @EnricoLaursen
Mike Laverick @Mike_Laverick
Carl Lawton @Carl_Lawton
Alban Lecorps @AlbanLecorps
Eric Lee @ericblee6
Michael Leeper @mleeper
Matthew Leib @mbleib
Andre Leibovici @andreleibovici
Maciej Lelusz @maciejlelusz
Leandro Ariel Leonhardt @leonhardtla
Andreas Lesslhumer @lessi001
Dwayne Lessner @dlink7
Steve Lester @stevelm33
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Joerg Lew @joerglew
Todd Lewey @tlewey
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Matt Liebowitz @mattliebowitz
Wei Chiang Lim weichiang
Ferry Limpens @Ferry_virtual
Ben Lin @blin23
Gica Livada @glivada
Simon Long @simonlong_
Scott Lowe @otherscottlowe
Scott Lowe @scott_lowe
Gabriel Lowe @lowelatency
Angelo Luciani @angeloluciani
Roger Lund @rogerlund
Tom Lüssi @Tom_Luessi
Tony Lux @tonylux
Todd Mace @mctodd
Gabe Maentz @gmaentz
Yury Magalif @YuryMagalif
mahmoud magdy @_busbar
Brad Maher @FocusBrad
Ryan Makamson @virt_pimp
Munishpal Makhija
Agustin Malanco
Lauren Malhoit @malhoit
Michael Malizhonak
James Malloy
Brad Maltz @bmaltz
Mariano Maluf @mjmaluf
Matt Mancini vmexplorer
David Manconi @dmanconi
Ryan Mangan @rymangan
Kannan Mani @kantwit
Johan Marais @Pinballas
Juan Pablo Marco Cardona
Howard Marks @DeepStorageNet
David Marshall @vmblogcom
Nick Marshall @nickmarshall9
Frederic Martin @vmdude_fr
Wojciech Marusiak @wojciehnet
Sean Massey @seanpmassey
Piotr Masztafiak @pmaszt
Andrea Mauro @Andrea_Mauro
Ryan McBride @RyanMcBride81
Jase McCarty @jasemccarty
Dan McGee @VMVernak
Sam McGeown @sammcgeown
Stuart McHugh @stu_mchugh
Matt McLaughlin @matthewmcl
Bruce McMillan @BruceMcMillan
Paul McQuaid @mcquaid_paul
Paul McSharry @pmcsharry
Jonathan Medd @jonathanmedd
Noham Medyouni @noham_m
Paul Meehan @PaulPMeehan
Jason Meers
Cedric Megroz @cmegroz
Hany Michael @hany_michael
Roy Mikes @teovmy
Mikhail Mikheev
Anders Mikkelsen @AMikkelsenDK
Remigiusz Mikula @remik72
Jim Millard @millardjk
Paul Miller
Andrew Miller @andriven
Zach Milleson @zmilleson
Chuck Mills @vchuckmills
Stuart Miniman @stu
Brian Mislavsky @bmislavsky
Eric Mitchell @EricSMitchell
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Tsuneyuki Mitsugi @tunemicky
Tetsuo Miyoshi @miyo4i
Christian Mohn @h0bbel
Eric Monjoin @emonjoin
Dave Morera
Andrew Morgan @andyjmorgan
Timothy Mori @tim_mori
Massimiliano Mortillaro @darkkavenger
massimiliano moschini @maxmoschini
Julien Mousqueton @Jmousqueton
Alex Muetstege @amuetste
Greg Mulholland g_mulholland
Jon Munday @JM7781
Kyle Murley @kylemurley
Matt Murray @mattmurray
Chris Nakagaki @zsoldier
Akemi Nakagawa @nkgwakemi
Shigeyuki Nakamoto @shnakamo
Masanori Nara
Jason Nash @TheJasonNash
Ayan Kumar Nath
Vladimir Nazarov
SURESH BABU NEKKALAPUDI
Brian Nelson @vNelsonTX
Mike Nelson @nelmedia
Andreas Neufert @AndyandtheVMs
Edward Newman @vCTO
Vicardo Ng @VicardoNg
John Nicholson @Lost_Signal
Christopher Nickl @ck_nic
Alexander Nimmannit @alexanderjn
Mike Nisk
Rickard Nobel
Keith Norbie @keithnorbie
Robert Novak @gallifreyan
Karel Novak @novakkkarel
Christopher Nunn @gatornut2
Mikko Nykyri @BackupMikko
Geoffrey O’Brien @geoffreykobrien
Bryan O’Connor @bryanoconnor21
Josh Odgers @josh_odgers
Daichi Ogawa @ogawad_jp
Michael Oglesby michaelpoglesby
Masayuki Ohtsuka @masotsuka
Keiichiro Okada
David Olig
Xander Oortgiesen vworlddotnl
Roberto Orayen @elblogdenegu
Grant Orchard @grantorchard
Larry Orloff @lorloff10
Kouki Otsuka koukick
David Owen @vmackem
Jon Owings @jon_2vcps
Hernán Paggi @rhpsystems
Ashish Palekar @logicalblock
Melissa Palmer @vmiss33
Amit Panchal @amitpanchal76
Arunkumar Pandey @arunpande
Steve Pantol @StevePantol
Olivier Parcollet @DS_45
David Pasek @david_pasek
Manish Patel @mandivs
Timothy Patterson @PcProfessionals
Justin Paul @recklessop
Frank Brix Pedersen @frankbrix
Andreas Peetz @VFrontDe
Jacob Pennington @JakeAPennington
Paolo Pepe @HostileCoding
Ivan Pepelnjak @ioshints
Robert Petruska
André Pett @ap_unleashed
Suzan Pickett @suzanpickett
Jonathan Pierce @j23evan
Didier Pironet @dpironet
Joep Piscaer @jpiscaer
Tony Pittman @pittmantony
Pietro Piutti @stingray92
Bob Plankers @plankers
Gregory Plough
Andrey Pogosyan @andrey_po
Marco Pol @mrpol
Evgeny Ponomarenko
Michael Poore @mpoore
Trevor Pott @cakeis_not_alie
Valentin Pourchet @vpourchet
Mike Preston @mwpreston
Alexander Prilepskiy @vmworld5
Sudhish PT @sudhishpt
Jason Puig
Anupam Pushkar
Tom Queen @linetracer
Diego Quintana @daquintana
Bas Raayman @basraayman
Mohammed Raffic @vmwarearena
Iwan Rahabok @e1_ang
Faisal Rahman @frtamal
Eric Railine @erailine
Arun Raju @vmwarun
Pooran Rambharose @pooran98
Conrad Ramos @vNoob
Avinash Ranga
Nathan Raper @nateraper
Fabio Rapposelli @fabiorapposelli
Abdul Rasheed @AbdulRasheed127
Massimo Re Ferre @mreferre
John Reed
Itzik Reich @itzikr
Alan Renouf @alanrenouf
Michael Requeny @requenym
Juan Manuel Rey @jreypo
Andres Rey Macias @andresreymacias
Heath Reynolds @reynolds_heath
Brandon Riley @BrandonJRiley
Jane Rimmer @Rimmergram
Dominic Rivera @virtualdominic
Rawlinson Rivera @PunchingClouds
Trevor Roberts Jr @VMTrooper
David Robertson @daverdfw
Gregg Robertson @greggrobertson5
William Robertson @shivermore
Jake Robinson @jakerobinson
Josep Ros @josepros
Samir Roshan @kooltechies
Kyle Ruddy @ruddyvcp
christian Rudolph @ChrisRu82
Madjid Saeedi @MadjidSaeedi
Maish Saidel-Keesing @maishsk
AYLIN SALI @v4virtual
Alexander Samoylenko @vmcompany
K P CHAMINDA SAMPATH sampathkpc
Nicolai Sandager @nsa42
Yves Sandfort @yvessandfort
Prasenjit Sarkar @stretchcloud
Scott Sauer @ssauer
Frank Schaller @byronschaller
Tim Scheppeit @TimScheppeit
Rick Scherer @rick_vmwaretips
Nathan Scheunemann @chickendilla
Erik Schils @erikschils
Raphael SCHITZ @hypervisor_fr
Rick Schlander @vmrick
Erik Scholten @scholten + @vmguru_nl
Mike Schubert
Patrick Schulz PatrickSchulz1
greg schulz @storageio
Simon Seagrave @Kiwi_Si
Derek Seaman @vDerekS
Anil Sedha @anilsedha
Vladan SEGET @vladan
Scott Seifert @vScottSeifert
Philip Sellers @pbsellers
Yuri Semenikhin @YuriSemenikhin
Takao Setaka @twtko
Lakshmana Prakash Sethuraman
Brandon Seymour @bdseymour
Dave Shackleford @daveshackleford
Eric Shanks @eric_shanks
Sachin Sharma sachin_vmw
Mike Sheehy virtualfng
Keiran Shelden @Keiran_Shelden
Jodi Shely @rytalws
Ichiro Shibutani
Greg Shields @concentratdgreg
Akio Shimizu @shmza
Yoshitake SHIMO @yspooh
Jason Shiplett @jshiplett
Takayuki SHIROYAMA @tshiroyama
bradley shive @ShiveIT
Mustafa Shujaee
Rocco Pierpaolo Sicilia @roccosicilia
Sajjad Siddicky @sajjadfs
Maqsood Siddiqui @Maqsood_s
Mandeepak Sidhu Manny_Sidhu2
Eric Siebert @ericsiebert
enrico signoretti @esignoretti
Herman Silva @BigHermWPB
Joshua Sims JoshSims85
Josh Sinclair
Vivek Singh @vivekshishodia
Ron Singler @rsingler_
Aravind Sivaraman @ss_aravind
Heino Skov @heinoskov
Eric Sloof @esloof
Tim Smith @tsmith_co
Larry Smith @mrlesmithjr
Brian Smith @bsmith9999
Dennis Smith @DennisMSmith
Jens Soeldner
Nicolas Solop @nsolop
Fumiaki Someya
Piergiorgio Spagnolatti @drakpz
Simon Sparks @SimonSparksUK
Stephen Spellicy @spellicy
Rynardt Spies @rynardtspies
Anthony Spiteri @anthonyspiteri
Ruben Spruijt @rspruijt
David Stafford @dstafford
David Stamen @iamddavee
Bobby Stampfle @BobbyFantast1c
Michael Stanclift @vmstan
James Stanley
Arron Stebbing @ArronStebbing
Rob Steele @RobSteele
Trent Steele @thevbox
Matthew Steiner @steiner_matthew
Vaughn Stewart @vStewed
Martyn Storey @martynstorey
James Streit @JimStreit
Christian Strijbos @vChrisSt
Hugo Strydom @hugo_strydom
Greg Stuart @vDestination
Michael Stump @_stump
Timo Sugliani @tsugliani
Brian Suhr @bsuhr
Donald Sullivan @dfsulliv
Mattias Sundling @msundling
santosh suryawanshi @vmwareandme
Michael Tabor @tabor_mike
Yusuke Takahashi @v_takahashi
Wee Kiong Tan @tanwk3
Tas Tareq
Florent Tastet @sccyul
Patrick Terlisten @vPatrickT
Ben Thomas @wazoo
Jason Thomas @jasonthomasmba
Stuart Thompson virtual_stu
Arjan Timmerman @Arjantim
Brian Tobia @btobia
Tolga Tohumcu @tolgatohumcu
Naruhide Tonesaku @tonesaku
Joshua Townsend @joshuatownsend
Keith Townsend @virtualizedgeek
Mark Trimble @metrimble
Benjamin Troch @virtualb_me
Lars Troen @larstr
Tommy Trogden @vTexan
George Trujillo @GeorgeTrujillo
Kunal Udapi kunaudapi@twitter
Raúl Unzué Pulido @elblogdenegu
Rinat Uzbekov
Andrey Vakhitov
Ilann Valet @ivalet
Wil van Antwerpen @wilva
herco van brug @brugh
Marcel van den Berg @marcelvandenber
Viktor van den Berg @viktoriousss
Robert van den Nieuwendijk @rvdnieuwendijk
gert Van Gorp @gertvangorp
Laurens van Gunst @lvangunst / @Mind_Judo
Peter van Roosmalen @peerke
Frans van Rooyen
Kenneth van Surksum @kennethvs
Matt Vandenbeld @vcloudmatt
Rick Vanover @RickVanover
Gabrie Van Zanten @GabVirtualWorld
Mark Vaughn @mvaughn25
Marcus Vaughan @marcus_vaughan
Ravi Venkatasubbaiah @ravi_venk
Filip Verloy @filipv
Matt Vogt @mattvogt
Constantin Vvedenskyi @ConstantinV
akmal waheed @akmal_waheed
Chris Wahl @ChrisWahl
Rob Waite @rob_waite_oz
Ian Walker
Edward Walsh @vEddieW
John Walsh @jwalsh2
Wei-Ren Wang @weithenn
Joseph Ware @Joey_vm_ware
Justin Warren @jpwarren
Tim Washburn @mittim12
Go Watanabe
Craig Waters @cswaters1
Doug Watkins @dwatkinsjr
Michael Webster @vcdxnz001
Edwin Weijdema @Viperian
Shane Weinbrecht @shizrah
Jay Weinshenker @aus_effendi
David Weinstein @virtualrx
Christopher Wells @vsamurai_com
Nathan Wheat @wheatcloud
Michael White @mwVme
Shane White @ausvmguy
Humphrey Widjaja
Shane Williford @coolsport00
Geoff Wilmington @vWilmo
Michael Wilmsen @wilmsenit
Mike Wilson @milsonian
George Winter @vmxgeorge
Bertram Wöhrmann
Andrew Wood @gilwood_cs
Julian Wood @julian_wood
Darren Woollard @dawoo
Avram Woroch @AvramWoroch
Eric Wright @discoposse
Chi Kin Wu
Brian Wuchner @bwuch
Ross Wynne @RossWynne
Kazuma Yamabe @virtapp_life
Reimi Yamaguchi
Miho Yamamoto @mihochannel
Yoshimasa Yamamoto @mihochannel
Kong Yang @kongyang
Adem Yetim @ademyetim
Cahit YOLACAN cyolacan
Emad Younis @emad_younis
Preetam Zare @techstarts
Marek Zdrojewski @MarekDotZ
Anton Zhbankov @antonvirtual
Dennis Zimmer @vmachine_de
Bo Bo Zin @bebezet
Calvin Zito @hpstorageguy
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vExpert 2014 applications are open

Applications for the 2014 vExpert program are now open. Applications will be accepted up until March 6th at midnight PST. Applications received after the March 6th deadline will roll into the Q2 nomination & voting process. 

VMware vExpert 2014

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

Changes for the 2014 vExpert Program
This year we are implementing two new changes to the vExpert program. The first change is fast track current vExperts into the 2014 program. If you are a current 2013 vExpert, your 2014 application process has been shortened. Since you are a proven vExpert all we want to know is what you have been doing since the May 2013 vExpert announcement. Simple, right?

The second change is quarterly nominations into the 2014 vExpert program. We will leave the application open year round and at the end of each quarter we will begin the voting process for new vExperts from the previous quarter. So even if you are not picked to become a vExpert 2014 right away, we will allow for quarterly voting and nominations.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

Apply for vExpert 2014
Current 2013 vExperts use the 2014 vExpert Fast Track application: http://bit.ly/1ikZ8hi
2014 vExpert application: http://bit.ly/LMJqB5
Recommend a colleague to apply for 2014 vExpert: http://bit.ly/1bobFfF

Questions & Updates

For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, please send email to  vexpert@vmware.com. Be sure to follow @vExpert for updates on the 2014 vExpert program.

Thank you to all who have participated in years past,
Corey Romero & the vExpert Team

VMware Community Jive 5 Upgrade

I’m excited to announce that starting Saturday May 4th we will be upgrading our VMware Community platform from Jive 4 to Jive 5. We will complete the upgrade on Sunday May 5th. Users will be able to use to communities but with limited functionality as the site will be in a read-only state.

VMware Communities – Just Some of the New Features and Customizations in Jive 5:

  • Full Width Layout (We created a dynamic template for better viewing)
  • My Communities Tab (This new tab lists all of the communities you are following for easy access to communities you commonly visit)
  • View Community Discussions Full Screen. Find the option under Username > Preferences > Place Content View Style (This removes the side bar to allow full screen view for discussion and document pages)
  • Community Navigation (Navigating the communities is now easier as we have exposed most of the communities at the top level of VMTN)
  • Mobile Support for iOS and Android devices. (All mobile devices have the option to use the mobile app or use the desktop view. Register your mobile device by going to Username > Preferences > Mobile > Add a device)
  • Enhanced Search (we have included YouTube, VMware KB, Tech Pubs into extended search results)
  • @mentioning all over the community, even in documents, comments, and discussion posts
Enjoy!

VMTN community moderator semi-annual elections open

If you’ve been on VMTN forums for six months or longer, you might have noticed that we hold elections to introduce some new blood to the moderator group every six months. Anyone who wants to become a moderator is welcome to “run for office” by sending a private message to me, Corey_R.

In order to qualify, you must agree to follow the VMTN Code of Conduct as well as User Moderator Guidelines. In addition to that, you have to be a registered VMware Communities user for 6 months or longer and achieve a status level of “Expert” or higher (751+ reward points).

Check out the Community FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to find out how the points are earned and what status levels we have.

I am qualified to be a moderator, now what?

Now, you need to send a private message to me, Corey_R, and include a couple paragraphs describing your motivation to become a moderator and why you think you would make a good one if elected.

The elections work quite simply: Every single current moderator has a veto. If a candidate receives no negative votes, or only positive ones, they are confirmed and will be made moderator come January 2nd.

We will collect all candidates’ names until December 31st, and notifications will go out on  January 2nd. This is also the time when the newly-elected moderators will receive their access privileges to the private Moderators forum.