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vExpert Sessions at VMworld 2015

vExpert With VMworld San Francisco just around the corner and schedule builder on July 21st we’ve put together a list of the session being presented by VMware vExperts at both San Francisco. If you are interested in hearing from some of the best in IT be sure to register for VMworld and on July 21st start signing up for sessions. See you at VMworld! VMworld US vExpert Breakout Sessions:

Session Title Speakers Session ID
VMware & IBM: Optimized to Manage Oceans of Data in a Digitally-Driven World Paul Braren STO6671-SPO
Best Practices for Running Virtualized Workloads on All-Flash Array Itzik Reich VAPP6646-SPO
Harnessing the Power of vStorage APIs for Data Protection: Lessons Learned and Best Practices Developed from Benchmarking Backup Solutions George Winter, Abdul Rasheed STO5475
Veritas Technologies: How to use vSphere 6 and Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) the right way George Winter, Abdul Rasheed STO6263-SPO
Advanced Network Architecture in SDDC to deploy highly automated IT Service Delivery based on NSX Dennis Bray NET6256-SPO
Incorporating VMware NSX in your DevOps Toolchain – Network Programmability with Python and Ansible Yves Fauser NET4972
How Did VMware’s Internal IT Upgrade 200,000 vm’s, 2,000 vSphere Servers and 100’s of vCenter Servers to vSphere 6.0? Tom Ralph Zaigui Wang INF5680
Harnessing the Power of Storage Virtualization and Site Recovery Manager to Provide HA and DR Capabilities to Business Critical Databases Sudhir Balasubramanian Marlin McNeil VAPP4634
VMware Workspace Environment Management (WEM) Technical Deep Dive Stephane Asselin Chris Halstead EUC4517
App Volumes Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Stephane Asselin EUC5921
Architecting Horizon for VSAN, the VCDX way! Simon Long Travis Wood EUC4509
Building a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with EVO:RACK and NSX Integrations Roberto Mari NET5640
Horizon for Linux Technical Deep Dive Ray Heffer EUC4825
Beyond the Marketing: Horizon 6 Technical Deep Dive Ray Heffer Jim Yanik EUC5052
Enabling Automated Network & Security Services with NSX and vRA Ray Budavari Francesco Vigo MGT5360
Enabling Automated Network & Security Services with NSX and vRealize Automation Ray Budavari Andrew Voltmer NET5362
Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive Rawlinson Rivera Ken Werneburg STO4649
Application Lifecycle Management with VMware Horizon Peter Bjork Matt Coppinger EUC4561
How Can Business Critical Applications Like SAP HANA, Oracle & Microsoft SQL Benefit from All Flash Storage? Mohan Potheri Ravi Venkat VAPP4799
VMworld 2015 – vSphere Security – Fact .vs. Fiction Mike Foley Yuecel Karabulut INF5177
Database Virtualization: Doing IT Right with vSphere 6.0 Michael Corey Jeff Szastak VAPP5129
vCloud Air API 101 Massimo Re Ferre HBC4521
Automating Everything VMware with PowerCLI – Deep Dive Luc Dekens Alan Renouf INF5211
SRM Technical Walk-through Jeff Hunter GS Khalsa STO6085
Starbucks Case Study: Self Service Provisioning of VMs with NSX Micro-Segmentation Jason Horn Justin Jones MGT5973
Ask the Cloud Experts Panel Discussion Jad El-Zein Tim Gleed Steve Kaplan MGT4837
5 Functions of Software Defined Availability Frank Denneman Duncan Epping INF4535
Top 10 Thing You MUST Know Before Implementing Virtual Volumes (VVols) Eric Siebert STO5888
vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Technical Deep Dive David Hill HBC5008
Conducting a Successful Virtual SAN 6.0 Proof of Concept Cormac Hogan STO4572
A ROBO Technical Deep Dive, Understanding Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) Best Practices Brian Graf Rick Terlep INF4790
Managing vSphere 6.0 Deployments and Upgrades – Part Brian Graf Salil Suri INF5123
‘Zero Touch’ ESXi Deployment, Configuration & Upgrades with AutoDeploy and Host Profiles Brian Graf Salil Suri INF5800
Defining Your Future With NSX Certification Ben Lin Chris McCain NET4468
Deploy Hundreds of VMs Instantly via Forking Alan Renouf Li Zheng INF5803
When it Rains it Pours: Protecting Your VMware Based Cloud. Aidan Dalgleish Matt Vandenbeld STO4510
vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Best Practices & Tips/Tricks William Lam INF4528
How to Integrate VMware Hybrid Clouds with Your Enterprise Wade Holmes Ken Lamoreaux HBC5579
A Technical Deep Dive into VMware Integrated OpenStack Trevor Roberts Jr INF5094
Turning Distaster Recovery into a Reality with NSX Thomas Kraus John Whitman NET4907
Mastering Performance Monitoring and Capacity Planning Sunny Dua Iwan Rahabok MGT4973
Boosting Tier 1 Business Critical Oracle Applications Storage Performance Using vSphere 6.0 Virtual Volumes(vVOLs) Sudhir Balasubramanian Mohan Potheri STO4452
Becoming a vRealize Automagician: Why Automation isn’t Automatic Steve Kaplan Trent TeSelle MGT5318
Data In-Sight! Experiences Running VMware’s Private Cloud with Log Insight Steve Flanders Caleb Stephenson MGT4579
Horizon at Point of Sales – We Did It so Can You! Stephane Asselin Steven Tupponce EUC4919
Using VMware NSX in Your Open Source Environment Scott Lowe NET5422
VMware NSX Integrations with a Converged Infrastructure Solution Sai Chaitanya Nikhil Kelshikar NET5553
Integrating Physical Workloads and Infrastructure with a NSX Virtual Network Roberto Mari NET4995
WestJet – Fast and Simple Security Using NSX and VCO Richard Sillito SEC4488
VDI Sizing Deep Dive – The Horizon Sizing Tool Ray Heffer EUC4827
Connecting Remote Sites with VMware NSX Ray Budavari Francesco Vigo NET5352
NSX and vCloud Director – The Missing Guide Ray Budavari NET6007
Using VSAN to Maximize Database Performance Rawlinson Rivera STO4544
Improved Availability, Disaster Recovery and TCO by Migrating from Unix to Virtualized Linux Mohan Potheri INF4808
vSphere 6 Security Update Mike Foley INF4758
Enterprise Hybrid Cloud – Federal Case Study Mike Colson Travis Howerton OPT5069
VMware Validated Reference Designs – A Reference Architecture for the SDDC Mike Brown Karthik Narayan SDDC5440
Managing Users: A Deep Dive Into VMware User Environment Manager Michael Bradley Dale Carter EUC4630
Resource Management Using Storage IO Control and Storage DRS Matthew Meyer Mustafa Uysal INF5251
Architecting Disaster Recovery of Tier 1 Applications (SAP, Oracle, SQL & Exchange) using SRM and vSphere 6 Kannan Mani STO4525
A Practical Introduction to DevOps for VMware Administrators Josh Atwell Chris Sexsmith Egle Sigler Yvo van Doom INF5116
vSphere Distributed Switch 6.0 – Technical Deep Dive Jason Nash Chris Wahl NET4976
Putting VVOLs to Work – Storage Best Practices for vSphere 6 and Beyond Howard Marks STO5822
Your DevOps Transformation. Culture, Technology or both? Ed Hoppitt OPT4868
Ask the Expert vBloggers Duncan Epping Scott Lowe Chad Sakac Chris Wahl SDDC4593
Will it Blend and Scale? Monster Database Virtualization Techniques David Klee Thomas Larock VAPP4696
Designing for Mass Failover with Site Recovery Manager: Lessons Learned from a Customer Deployment Christopher Chua STO4856
Day to Day Automation of VMware Products to Increase Productivity and Efficiency Brian Graf INF4793
Design Advice for Small and Midsize Business Brian Atkinson Jason Gaudreau Jason Langer Harley Stagner INF4448
VMware Certificate Management for Mere Mortals Adam Eckerle Ryan Johnson INF4529

VMware Communities (VMTN) and Jive 7 Upgrade

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On June 5th at 6pm PDT we will begin our VMTN upgrade from Jive 5 to Jive 7. The upgrade will take around 30 hours to complete and we expect to be completed by June 6th around 10pm PDT. During this phase, VMTN will be in read-only mode. You will not be able to post discussions or documents but you will be able to read the discussions and documents. Also during the upgrade period, VMTN account creation through my.vmware.com will be suspended since the db will be in read-only mode.

Jive 7 release notes can be found at https://community.jivesoftware.com/docs/DOC-103485

Preview of what communities.vmware.com will look like once we are complete.

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Look at feel will remain the same with this release but features have changed slightly. Noting major but there have been some enhancements which I will cover below.

Feature List

Discussion & Documents:
There’s a new option when creating a discussion or document which I find pretty cool. Rather then just drafting a discussion or document you can now draft the content or just share with specific users and then decide later to post to the community. The default option is chosen which in this case is ESXi 5 since we created this in the ESXi 5 community. You can see there are a few options here to choose from including “Specific People” which will be useful when drafting documents or joint discussions.

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New Groups Widget for communities:
Jive 5 introduced groups which are like communities but have the ability to be open to all users, request to join and invite only which allows silo teams or groups to work. The open groups allowed any user to come into and have a discussion.  Jive created a widget that goes and finds the duplicate groups and displays the content on the related community overview page. We will start to see these come into play after we launch Jive 7.


Mobile Experience – New iOS app: 
Jive has a new mobile app for iOS and Android users. While this is an upgrade and a step in the right direction it does take some tinkering and getting use to. There are a couple great use cases for the Jive mobile app and some things to avoid or watch out for. The jive mobile app is great for finding content in communities you are following. To follow a community, click the “Follow” button in any of the VMware Communities and the content will start to appear in your “All Activity” stream in the mobile app.


Jive allows users to post a discussion to a personal location where the questions can easily be lost since it’s not created in a community and not easy to find. To avoid this, when using the mobile app to create a discussion make sure to change “Visibility” from “Everyone” to a community of your choosing.



Making this change will allow the content to be created in a community where others will find your content and will not be lost in your own personal conversation space.


User Profile
The new user profile is pretty nice, Jive moved from a simple user profile to a more linkedIn style. Here is the old Jive 5 user profile (never mind my bald head!)

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Now for the new profile and as you can see, there are now skills, contact info and several other new cool informations ares I can populate and share info with the community.

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Be sure to check out the new Jive 7 community platform early next week as we plan on releasing Jive 7 on the night of Sunday June 6th.


vExpert 2015 Second Half Applications are Now Open

Applications for the 2015 vExpert program are now open. This is the second and last chance to apply for vExpert in 2015. Applications will be accepted until July 15th at midnight PDT. The vExpert 2015 second half announcement will be on August 24th 2015. Current 2015 vExperts do not need to apply. 




The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap.

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, exclusive vExpert parties at VMworld and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

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 2015 Second Half

  • Current 2015 vExperts do not need to apply.
  • 2015 vExpert application: http://bit.ly/1c5bAUb
  • Recommend a colleague to apply for 2015 vExpert: http://bit.ly/1bobFfF (They will still need to fill out the application)

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 2015 vExpert program.

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


VMware at #EMCWorld 2015

emcworld    emcworld-keynote

EMC World 2015 comes to Las Vegas next week (May 4-7) with VMware joining in to share our latest product highlights, education and technical content around Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Hybrid Cloud and more. If attending, please review the schedules below (click to zoom) for our Breakout Sessions, Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions and Booth Theater Presentations to fit into your own busy schedules. Don’t miss the General Session on Tuesday at 10am with Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, joining Joe Tucci, EMC CEO and Paul Maritz, Pivotal CEO to present on Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and PaaS.

Breakout Sessions   BOF Sessions   Theater Sessions

At the VMware Booth in the Solutions Expo, our team will be showcasing VMware products and services with scheduled presentations at the Booth Theater, starting Monday night at the Welcome Reception through Tuesday and Wednesday. Drop by, meet the team, watch a theater presentation, ask for product demos and bring your questions. Take a spin at our Vegas slot machine – every participant wins a prize (possibly an EVO:RAIL backpack)! Don’t miss the week-long opportunity to talk to our team in sessions, at the booth, in meetings, at gatherings or on social media.

Follow @vmwareevents and @vmware on Twitter for highlights and coverage from the week. Use the #EMCworld hashtag on Twitter for the main stream of show content, but add the #VMware hashtag to narrow that conversation and highlights for VMware. Other suggested VMware hashtags include: #vsphere #vsom #evorail #vsan #vvols #vmwnsx #vcloud #vmwarehorizon

Other online channels include:
EMC World Virtual Conference (watch keynotes)
VMware Tribal Knowledge Blog (announcements and highlights)
VMware Events page on Facebook (announcements and highlights)
VMware YouTube channel – EMC World playlist (theCUBE and EMC TV videos)

We look forward to meeting attendees next week in Vegas or followers online!

Project Lightwave & Project Photon

Today we announced Project Lightwave and Project Photon around container technology and the vExpert community has some insight into what this announcement means. The articles below are written by VMware vExperts who are the best IT professionals in virtualization.

There are several in depth single as well as multipart articles to help understand this release. Throughout the week we will update this blog with new highlighted blog articles from additional vExperts. Most of the articles are in English but there are several in international languages as well. Be sure to keep an eye on #VMWCNA (VMware Cloud Native Apps) on Twitter.

Read more about Project Lightwave on the Cloud Native blog at http://blogs.vmware.com/cloudnative/introducing-lightwave/

vExpert Blog Articles

Andrea Mauro – Works in IT since 1996 and held several technical certifications (VCP, VCAP, VCDX, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CCA). And he’s also a VMware vExpert (2010/2011/2012/2013/2014).

  1. VMware cloud-native applications vision – In this post will be introduces the concept of cloud native application and how VMware is helping to deploy and manage them.

Dan McGee – Systems Engineer, VMware vExpert 2013-2015, VMware User Group (VMUG) Speaker, and Virtualization Blogger.  Dan holds several technical certifications including VCP6-NV, VCP-Cloud, VCP5-DCV, VCP5-DT, VCA-Cloud, VCA-DCV, VCA-WM, NIOP, VCE-CIA, IPv6 Sage, NSTISSI 4011, and NSTISSI 4013.

  1. Photon and Lightwave and Lattice, Oh My! – This article examines some challenges and opportunities with operationalizing Cloud-Native Apps and highlights recent announcements made by VMware and Pivotal.

Gregg Roberts

  1. VMware Introduces New Open Source Projects to Accelerate Enterprise Adoption of Cloud-Native Applications -Last week I was fortunate enough to be part of a blogger early access program covering VMware’s  announcement around two new open source projects built to enable enterprise adoption of cloud-native applications.

Vladan Seget

  1. VMware Cloud-Native Applications: Lightwave, Photon and more… – VMware Cloud-Native Applications is new model of application distribution across nodes in clustered environment. Today VMware is announcing Cloud-Native applications based on several projects based on open source building blocks for containerized applications.

VMworld 2015 US & Europe Blogger Passes


Each year we provide blogger passes to both the VMworld US and the VMworld Europe conferences. The program is simple: if you are a blogger or have a publication then you should apply for a complementary blogger pass to one of the conferences. We provide the pass, you provide the transportation and hotel accommodations. The blogger passes are full conference passes so you will still be able to register for sessions just the same as a regular conference pass difference is these are free of charge.

Since passes are limited, we will only provide one pass per person per year. Meaning you can go to either VMworld US in San Francisco or VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Keep in mind that in the past we have always had more passes to San Francisco then Barcelona and both are limited. U.S. Limit is 50 blogger passes while the Europe conference is limited to 35 blogger passes.

The deadline this year for VMworld US is June 4th at Midnight PDT. Deadline for VMworld Europe is July 17th, which is only a couple of weeks later but an earlier deadline will allow you to have the necessary time to arrange hotel and air travel accommodations. If you want to attend VMworld with a blogger pass, please fill out the form right away so we can allocate passes.

Not everyone will be chosen for a blogger pass since the passes are limited and I’m sure we will see a tremendous response this year. If plans change please email cromero at vmware.com with the cancelation so we can allocate the blogger pass to another person.

This is going to be a great year once again at VMworld!

Register for the blogger pass at VMworld Blogger Pass Application (VMware employees are excluded)

vExpert 2015 Announcement

First we would like to say thank you to everyone who applied for the 2015 vExpert program. I’m pleased to announce the list 2015 vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

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. 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. We looked at all of the 2014 activities to determine the voting results. We will open the second half 2015 applications soon which will only allow for two voting periods this year rather then the three we had last year.

If you were selected as a vExpert 2015, we will be conducting the on-boarding throughout the next few weeks 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. We will use the email address provided in your vExpert application. Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning.

We’re looking forward to working with you. Command + F away and find your name if you can’t wait for the welcome email 🙂

Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

2015 vExperts

First Last Twitter
Karthic  Kumar @carthick1
Abdullah Abdullah do0dzZZ
Mark Achtemichuk vmMarkA
Ranjna Aggarwal ranjnaaggarwal
Rotem Agmon RotemAgmon
shabbir ahmed secrate4u
Umesh Ahuja
Pietro Aiolfi aiolfip
Eiad AlAqqad virtualizationT
Cesar Alcacibar calcacibar
Urs Stephan Alder
Boris ALEXIS balexis971
Pedro Alfonso plalfonso
Shady Ali El-malatawey ShadyMalatawey
Taj Aljundi tajjun
William Allred wallred
Miguel Angel Alonso MiguelAAlonso
Sumit Amar chiefcoder
Alex Amaya Emulex_Alex
Magnus Andersson magander3
Henrik Andersson vmswede
Joshua Andrews SOSTech_WP
tolga anit tolgaanit
Ariel Antigua aantigua
Timothy Antonowicz timantz
Christopher Apostolof vanayr
Andres Felipe Araque Duran covirtualizada
Tim Arenz timarenz
Michael Armstrong m80arm
Mike Armstrong virtsouthwest
Kalen Arndt KalenArndt
John Arrasjid vcdx001
Alexandre Arrive-cornec aArriveCornec
Metin Arslan cse_metinarslan
Tolga ASIK
ERKAL ASLANKARA erkalaslankara
Naufal Assagaf
Stephane Asselin VirtualStef
Steve Athanas steveathanas
Brian Atkinson vmroyalde
Josh Atwell josh_atwell
Josh Atwell TheJoshAtwell
Aram Avetisyan how2vm
Burke Azbill TechnicalValues
Martijn Baecke baecke
Doug Baer dobaer
Kees Baggerman kbaggerman
Jaison Bailley penlem166
mauro balbiani
Iain Balmer balmeri
Erin Banks banksek
Dan Barber dancbarber
David Barclay davidbarclay99
Sebastian Baryło sbarylo42
Sanjay Basu sbasu777
Bonnie Bauder BonnieBauder
Robert Bauer rotbau
Manjeet Bavage mantraaz
Eric Beach vm_beach
Stephen Beaver sbeaver
Chris Beckett ChrisBeckett
Rob Beekmans robbeekmans
Ivo Beerens ibeerens
Ather Beg AtherBeg
Daemon Behr vmug_vancouver
Christopher Bell chrisbell76
Roie Ben Haim roie9876@
Daniel Berkowitz berkowitzdan
Emmanuel Bernard veemanuel
Jason Bertini jlbertini
Ryan Birk ryanbirk
VR Bitman
Peter Bjork thepeb
Rick Blythe vmwarecares
Jason Boche jasonboche
Kurt Bohman kurtbohman
Merlin Boissonneault merlindb
Lance Boley lanceboley
Aaron Bolthouse bhouse563
Mauro Bonder
Francesco Bonetti fbonez
Matt Boren mtboren
Niclas Borgström ViridisIT
Rene Bos rbos3
Linus Bourque lbourque@vmware.com
James Bowling vSential
Jeremy Bowman jeremyjbowman
Richard Boyett rickboyett
Emre Bozlak emrebozlak
Matt Bradford vmspot
Michael Bradley
Paul Braren tinkererguy
Dennis Bray DennisBray
Matthew Brender mjbrender
Jeremie Brison J_Brison
Marco Broeken mbroeken
Mike Brown VirtuallyMikeB
James Brown vegasvmug
Mike Brown vMikeBrown
Luke Brown luke_br
Thomas Brown thombrown
Douglas Brown douglasabrown
Curtis Brown curtisbrown01
James Brown jbcompvm
Stephen Bruck vColossus
Bjoern Brundert bbrundert
Marcel Brunner cloudj0ckey
Thomas Bryant kix1979
Sandy Bryce sandybryce
Andrew Brydon sidbrydon
Petr Buchmaier
Ronald Buder Str0hhut
Frank Buechsel fbuechsel
Donn Bullock donnbullock
Cody Bunch cody_bunch
James Burd TheBurdweiser
Michael Burgard
Steve Burton sburton0310
Erik Bussink ErikBussink
Rick Byrne rickrbyrne
Nathan Byrne vm_nathbyrne
Ivan Raul Camargo Chacon ivanrcamargo
Shawn Cannon rolltidega
Nick Carbone vCarbs_
Andre Carpenter andrecarpenter
Timothy Carr timmycarr
Stacy Carter virtualstace
Ryan Cartwright ryandcartwright
Hersey Cartwright herseyc
Andrea Casini andrea_casini
Florian Casse florian_casse
Darryl Cauldwell potato_heads
Patricio Cerda patote83
Samuele Cerutti samuelecerutti
Kenneth Chan midusfx
Peter Chang virtualbacon
Gabriel Chapman Bacon_Is_King
James Charter DavesRant
Gus Chavira GusChavira
Ivan Chee erase1001
Danilo Chiavari danilochiavari
Fabio Chiodini fabiochiodini
Anthony Chow vCloudernBeer
Brad Christian vhipster
Christopher Chua ikiris
Federico Cinalli FCinalliP
Joe Clarke elgwhoppo
Troy Clavell troyclavell
Ben Clayton grob4ever
Gary Coburn coburngary
Fletcher Cocquyt cocquyt
Josh Coen joshcoen
Rhian Cohen RhianCohen
Kursad Cokyaman kcokyaman
Fabrice COLAS colasfabrice
Kendrick Coleman KendrickColeman
Mike Colson mike_colson
Nick Colyer vNickC
Shawn Conaway sconaway
Luis Concistre luisconcistre
Jason Conine jason_conine
Michael Conway mt_conway
Alastair Cooke DemitasseNZ
Barry Coombs virtualisedreal
Jonathan Copeland VirtSecurity
Michael Corey michael_corey
Alex correa alexcorrea305
Rafael Couto Cabral
Matt Cowger mcowger
Jirah Cox vJirah
Paul Cradduck pcradduck
Stephen Crafton
Marc Crawford uber_tech_geek
Celia Cristaldo Cantero celiacri
Tom Cronin Virtual_Tom
sean crookston seancrookston
Pablo Cruces virtualshocks
Ed Czerwin eczerwin
Valentin Czuczumanov czuczumanov
Todd D’Amore virtual_todd
Lieven D’hoore ldhoore
Sander Daems sanderdaems
Andrea Dainese adainese
Kellan Damm kellandamm
Benjamin Daggett BenDaggett3
Mohammed Emaad Damudi mohammedemaad
Luigi Danakos NerdBlurt
Andy Daniel vNephologist
Andrew Dauncey daunce_
Paul Davey PaulDavey_79
Alaric Davies alaricdavies
Simon Davies EV_Simon
David M. Davis DavidMDavis
John Davis johnnyadavis
Matthew Davis da5is
Ronnie Davis
Damian Davis damiandavis
Scott Davis shd_9
Michael Davis michael_edavis
Eelco de Boer de_eelco
Josh De Jong eurobrew
Jorge de la Cruz jorgedlcruz
Hans De Leenheer hansdeleenheer
Rob de Veij rvtools
Chris Dearden chrisdearden
Christophe Decanini vCOTeam
Romain DECKER woueb
Lawrence Dee
Desh Deepak contact_desh
Tayfun DEGER tayfundeger
Luc Dekens LucD22
Luca Dell’Oca dellock6
Aaron Delp aarondelp
Frank Denneman frankdenneman
Mike Dent mikedent13
Amitabh Dey AmitabhPancham
Jason Dion virtualdion
Philip Ditzel philditzel
Kevin Divine kevindivine1
Jeramiah Dooley jdooley_clt
Tony Doval tonydoval
Rich Dowling virtRich
Sunny Dua sunny_dua
Sean Duffy shogan85
Aaron Dumbrow adumbrow
Steven Dunne stevied_82
Marek Duris duris0
Simon Eady simoneady
Adam Eckerle eck79
John Edwards how2virt
Robert Edwards bobbygedwards
Bob Egan bobegan
Corey Ehrenwerth ehrenwerth
Matthias Eisner matthiaseisner
Oivind Ekeberg oekeberg
Fouad EL AKKAD vroomblog
Ricky El-Qasem rickyelqasem
Jad El-Zein virtualjad
Mohamed Elamin networkabby
Khaled Eldesouky vmmanco
Mark Elliott eggme1
Scott Elliott Fulcrum72
Mike Ellis v2mike
Anne Jan Elsinga elsinga
Robert Elwertowski BElwertowski
Niels Engelen nielsengelen
Jeff Epperly
Duncan Epping DuncanYB
Alexander Ervik Johnsen ervik
raymundo escobar elnemesisdivina
Marc Esmiley MarcEsmiley
David Espejo davidmirror
Friedrich EVA
Christopher Evans chrismevans
Niran Even-Chen Niranec
Frank Fan frankfan7
Nicholas Farmer vmnick0
Joe Farri joefarri
Massimo Paolo Carlo Ferrari crosslogic
Joe Filippello joefilippello
Thomas Findelkind TFindelkind
Andrew Firth
Rebecca Fitzhugh rebeccafitzhugh
Shannon Fitzpatrick shanfitz
Steve Flanders smflanders
Pete Flecha vPedroArrow
Pete Fluty petefluty
Mads Fog Albrechtslund Hazenet
Tomas Fojta fojta
Mike Foley mikefoley
Chris Forbis Chris_Forbis
Morten Werner Forsbring forsbring
Simon Forster sifors
Stephen Foskett SFoskett
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vSphere 6.0 vExpert Blog Articles Covering What’s New, Installation, VVOLS, vMotion, VSAN, Web Client and much much more

Today we announced vSphere 6.0 and the vExpert community has some excellent insight into what this release is about. The articles below are written by VMware vExperts who are the best IT professionals in virtualization.

There are several in depth single as well as multipart articles to help understand this release. Throughout the day we will update this blog with new highlighted blog articles from additional vExperts.  Most of the articles are in English but there are several in international languages as well. Be sure to keep an eye on #VMW28days on Twitter. Be sure to also try vSphere 6 and VSAN today online over at labs online.

Here are some of the highlight topics covered in the articles:

  • What’s new in vSphere 6
  • VMware AppVolumes
  • Install Walkthrough (vSphere & vCenter)
  • Server Design & installation
  • Features & Enhancements of vSphere 6 Web Client
  • Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance
  • How to Install and Configure vSphere 6 Hypervisor
  • vSphere 6 Certificate Authority & Design Decisions
  • VVOL’s
  • What’s new in VSAN
  • vMotion Enhancements & Long Distance vMotion
  • Managing your vSphere 6 Environment

vExpert Blog Articles

Adam Eckerle – Is a TAM for VMware, vExpert, 3xVCAP holder (DCA/DCD/DTD), and passionate about Data Center virtualization technology.

  1. New Features in vSphere 6 – VMware vSphere 6 is another step forward to enabling the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). There are some very exciting new features that have just been announced so here is a (non-exhaustive) list broken down by area.

Alex Muetstege

  1. Whats’s new in vSphere 6 covering scalability, availability. vCenter Server, vMotion enhancements, Storage, vSphere 6 Pricing

Andrea Casini – I’ve been working in the IT industry for over 14 years designing, implementing and managing IT infrastructures. All the technology I’m passionate about is somehow related to VMware and the revolution they started with virtualization.

  1. vSphere 6 Certificate Lifecycle Management – Since the introduction of SSO, managing certificates have became more and more difficult and problematic. With the introduction of VMCA and VECS VMware is giving us the tools to make this process more streamlined and less cumbersome, making it easy for companies of all sizes to move away from unmanaged self-signed certificates and deploy internal or 3rd party certificates including all vSphere components in the corporate security policy.

Andrea Mauro – Works in IT since 1996 and held several technical certifications (VCP, VCAP, VCDX, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CCA). And he’s also a VMware vExpert (2010/2011/2012/2013/2014).

  1. VMware vCenter Server 6 design – This post describe the step by step installation procedure for VMware vSphere 6.0
  2. VMware vSphere 6 Client
  3. VMware vCenter Server 6 adds more cloud features – In this new version vCenter Server has been extended with some new interesting features (partially from vCloud Director capabilities) to make it more cloud oriented.

Andreas Lesslhumer – 16 years in IT, specializing in virtualization and server infrastructure. Virtualization Evangelist and Blogger at Running-System.com

  1. Features and Enhancements of the new vSphere 6 Web Client – Features and Enhancements of the new vSphere 6 Web Client”  waiting for the launch.
  2. vSphere 6 Fault Tolerance highlights and improvements –  vSphere 6 brings some great enhancements to Fault Tolerance. Read more in the article about topics like multi processor VM support and other improvements you can expect.

Andreas Peetz – Virtualization Engineer and Evangelist, Blogger and Tool author, Maintainer of the V-Front Online Depot for ESXi, vExpert since 2012

  1. What’s in ESXi 6.0 for free license and white box users? – Read what the new vSphere version brings for users of the free ESXi license and white box hardware, and how it behaves with community supported drivers and tools.

Ather Beg – Ather Beg is a technology blogger, vExpert and Chief Virtualogist at Virtualogists.com.

  1.  vSphere 6: Platform Services Controller (PSC): Design Decisions – This article discusses the new vSphere 6 architecture component Platform Services Controller (PSC), possible configurations, design decisions and their impact for a vSphere install or upgrade.
  2. vSphere 6: VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA): Design Decisions – This article discusses the new vSphere 6 component “VMware Certificate Authority”, deployment configurations, design decisions and their impact for a vSphere install or upgrade.
  3. vSphere 6: Upgrade Considerations – This article discusses the various vSphere 6 upgrade scenarios and paths, points to consider before embarking on an upgrade program and the design decisions involved.

Benjamin Troch  – is a seasoned IT veteran with 15 years+ experience providing (virtual) infrastructure consulting services for some of the largest financial institutions in the world. vExpert 2013/2014, VMware User Group (VMUG) leader for Singapore and SME on VMware technologies Benjamin holds VCAP DCD and DCA certifications alongside MCITP and Citrix CCA certs

  1. vSphere 5 is dead, long live vSphere 6 – Virtualb.eu’s overview of the new platform

Benjamin Ulsamer – Planning, designing and realising VMware & NetApp projects since 10 years as Senior Consultant, Architect, Systems Engineer and Trainer

  1. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 01a – Install vCenter 6 on Windows
  2. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 01b – Deploy the vCenter Appliance 6
  3. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 02 – Install vSphere Client 6 to connect ESXi Hosts
  4. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 03 – Install Update Manager 6
  5. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 04 – Install Update Manager Client 6
  6. The easy way to vSphere 6 – Part 05 – Update ESXi 5.x Hosts to version 6 via Update Manager 6

Bob Plankers –  IT Generalist specializing in systems management, virtualization, and cloud design & operations.

  1. 9 Things You’ll Love About vSphere 6.0 – vSphere 6.0 has major advancements in many areas, with the addition of major functionality and thousands of minor improvements. Here are 9 big & small things that vSphere users will really enjoy.

Brian Trainor – Is a consulting engineer with UNICOM Systems and has experience in data center management, infrastructure and operations management, and virtual infrastructure design.

  1. The New vSphere 6.0 Web Client – A quick overview of the new and enhanced vSphere Web Client 6.0. This might be one of the most welcome upgrades offered in vSphere 6.0 as significant improvements have been made in performance and user experience.

Chris Nickl – Chris is a Datacenter Architect/Engineer for World Wide Technology’s Professional Services.

  1. What’s cool in vSphere 6? – VMware has finally released version 6.0 of their vSphere Environment.  What are largest new features and enhancements.
  2. VVOLs What are they? – VMware has been talking about VVOLS for over two years.  What are they and how do they help us?
  3. vSphere 6 : vSphere Client is ALIVE!! – The long standing VI-Client that was rumored to be killed off, is in fact still around and works with vSphere 6.
  4. vSphere 6 now supports NFS v4.1 with Authentication – vSphere 6 finally supports NFS version 4.1 and even allows Kerberos authentication.  This will allow NFS Multi-pathing and better authentication.
  5. vSphere 6: Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance – With the announcement of vSphere 6.0, one very cool feature that is new is Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance.  You can now turn FT on for VMs with up to 4 vCPUs.
  6. Installing the new vCenter 6.0 Appliance – VMware has released the new 6.0 vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA).  This will detail how to exactly install it so that you can get your environment running.

Dave Morera – Is an experienced virtualization and storage Architect, with breadth of knowledge in other areas as well.

  1. vSphere 6 Web Client: Let’s go there… – This article highlights the new features of the new vSphere 6 Web Client. The most noticeable features are highlighted based on customer feedback via social media and VMUG meetings.
  2. vSphere 6 Availability Enhancements – This article highlights the new availability enhancements provided in vSphere6. Such enhancements play an important role in maintaining HA and a DR strategy.
  3. VVols: Go for Launch – This article provides a high level view of VVols as well as its requirements. VVols allow for a better management and integration of storage and vSphere 6.

Derek Seaman – Is VMware VCDX #125, and a Senior Solutions and Performance engineer at Nutanix. He specializes in Microsoft enterprise software, and detailed how-to articles for a variety of enterprise products.

  1. vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 1: Introduction – Back by popular demand and following in the vSphere 5.5 footsteps, this is the first article in a long series of how-to install and upgrade to vSphere 6.0.
  2. vSphere 6.0 Install Pt 2: PSC
  3. PEX 2015: VVOL Overview
  4. What’s new in vSphere 6.0

Edward Haletky

  1. vSphere Upgrade Saga: Planning for vSphere 6.0

Emad Younis

  1. vCenter Appliance (vCSA) 6.0 – New & Improved – vSphere 5.0 introduced us to the vCenter appliance (vCSA). The vCSA continues to evolve with each release and this one is no exception.

Filip Verloy – Is an NSX SE at VMware based in Belgium and has been blogging about virtualization and networking since 2012.

  1. The vSphere 6 blog post focusses on what’s new related to vMotion, including cross vCenter- and long distance vMotion and the new use cases it enables.

Florian Grehl – Is a Hosting Engineer working for a managed services provider in Germany.

  1. vSphere 6 vMotion Enhancements – This article introduces cross vSwitch and cross vCenter vMotion. It also analyses what’s geographically possible with the increased supported RTT of 100ms.
  2. vSphere 6 Web Client Enhancements – This article highlights the changes in the vSphere Web Client and presents a performance analysis compared to the previous version.

Greg Schulz – Five-time VMware vExpert, independent advisory consultant and author of several books, his blog is storageioblog.com and twitter @StorageIO.

  1. VMware Announces vSphere v6 Virtualization Technologies – VMware has announced version 6 (V6) of its virtualization hypervisor called vSphere aka ESXi, this post looks at the announcement and what it means for implementing a software defined data center including coverage of Virtual Volumes (vVOLs).

Iwan Rahabok – A VMware CTO Ambassador and author, started the user community in ASEAN 6+ years ago. The community Facebook group is one of the largest globally.

  1. vSphere 6 First Impressions – A tour of the changes in the UI. Web Client is now cool again!
  2. vSphere 6: Features that are now global – A great enhancements for customers with multiple vCenter Servers. And who doesn’t!
  3. The rise of SDDC Architect – A strategic take on the launch, encouraging VMware professionals to rise up and become the SDDC Architect.

Jason Conine – Virtualization Evangelist, Systems Engineer, MBA, vExpert, VCP5-DCV

  1. VMware vSphere 6.0: What’s New?

Jim Jones – Systems and network administrator working in state government. Jim has over 15 years in the IT industry.

  1. Managing your vSphere 6 Environment – vSphere 6 provides a great deal of enhancements to its manageability and scale. This article will provide the high points.

John Nicholson – (vExpert 2013-2014) is the manager of Client Services for Synchronet.  His focus is on Storage and Virtual Desktop Architecture.

  1. VMware VSAN : What’s new – This article looks at the end management updates to VSAN as well as the implications of the powerful back end updates to the file system.

Josep Ros

  1. Novedades de VMware vSphere 6.0

Kevin Kelling – Is a 4-time VMware vExpert holding an MBA as well as nearly 20 years of Information Technology experience.

  1. Top 6 Features of vSphere 6 – vSphere 6 may just be the most significant release in VMware’s history.  Let’s take a quick walk through the 6 biggest features that enable a whole new world of capabilities and opportunity.

Keith Norbie – Sr. Business Development Manager at SolidFire, and works closely with solutions architects, marketing, sales and channel teams to drive forward some of SolidFire’s most strategic technology partnerships, including VMware and Citrix Systems. Keith has a strong history of experiences working in different channel and business development roles within the enterprise IT and storage market. He is also an active VMware vExpert and member of VMware’s Partner Technical Advisory Board (PTAB).

  1. vSphere 6 Storage – The Future of Storage at Scale

Leon Scheltema – I am a IT professional for over 14 years specialising in Virtualization and Storage, last couple of years focussing on designing virtual infrastructures, Blogger

  1. VMware Reveals vSphere 6 – The article highlights the most important enhancements and new features of the latest vSphere release. In addition a high-level overview of the differences between the vCenter components in the previous version and in the latest version, and how this affects deployment of vCenter nodes.

Michael Webster – Is among a small number of VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX-066), currently the only VCDX in New Zealand, and a vExpert, with deep experience delivering project management, ITIL based VMware operational readiness and technical architecture consulting services to enterprise and service provider clients around the world.

  1. VMware vSphere Release Revolution for Mobile Cloud Era –  For the first time you will be able to live migrate from private cloud to public cloud, a true hybrid cloud and software defined datacenter. Expect to improve qualify of service for all applications, scale to unprecedented levels, and support even higher levels of service. All while reducing management overheads and complexity across the entire ecosystem. This release has been baking for a while and for good reason. There is a big commitment to product qualify, which was evidenced by the first ever public beta for VMware vSphere.  This is a major release, and is well deserving of the 6.0 version number.

Mohammed Raffic – A VMware vExpert, VMware Employee and an author of the Book “VMware ESXi CookBook”. Independent author and Founder of the blog “www.VMwarearena.com” focusing on VMware Virtualization and Cloud computing. He has more than 7 years of high level knowledge in Remote infrastructure services, consulting, designing, implementing and troubleshooting VMware Virtualization technology.

  1. vSphere 6.0 – New Configuration Maximums – This article focuses about the New Configuration maximums available with vSphere 6.0. It provides the Comparison table between the configuration maximums of vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.0.
  2. vSphere 6.0 vMotion Enhancements – vMotion Across vSwitches and vCenter Servers – This article focus about the vMotion enhancements available with vSphere 6.0. It provides detailed information about vMotion across vSwicthes, vMotion across vCenters and Long Distance vMotion.
  3. vSphere 6.0 – What’s New in VMware Fault Tolerance (FT) – This article focus about the VMware vSphere 6.0 Fault Tolerance and its new features. It also provides comparison table between vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.0 Fault Tolerance
  4. vSphere 6.0 New Features – Content Library – This article focus about one of the New Feature called “Content Library” available with vSphere 6.0. It also provides details about configuring content library and deploying Virtual Machines from Content Library.
  5. vSphere 6.0 – What’s New in vCenter Server 6.0 – This article focus about the new components and pre-requisites for the installation of vCenter Server 6.0. It also provides the details about 2 different components of vCenter Server along with the details about vCenter Server 6.0 deployment models.
  6. vSphere 6.0 – What’s New in vCenter Server Appliance(vCSA) 6.0 – This article focus about the new Installation type, Deployment Model, Appliance Sizing about the vCenter Server Appliance 6.0. It also provides comparison table between Windows Version of vCenter Server and vCenter Server appliance.
  7. vSphere 6.0 New Features – What is VMware Virtual Volumes (VVols)

Niels Hagoort – I am a virtualization enthusiast with a love for software defined solutions. Working at YaWorks as a Sr. Virtualization Consultant.

  1. vSphere 6: Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance (SMP-FT)
  2. vSphere 6: mClock scheduler & reservations

Paul Braren – “TinkerTry IT @ home” Founder and IT Professional Paul Braren actually enjoys the bleeding edge of technology, residing happily at the forefront throughout his multi-decade IT career. Paul has done many years of customer trainings and virtualization implementations. He’s always been tinkering, but most recently, he’s been honing his photography, videography, and writing skills, with over 500 in-depth articles and over 300 how-to videos at TinkerTry.com.

  1. Getting my mitts on the vSphere 6 bits including ESXi and vCSA, already enhancing my home lab – It’s been a long wait for vSphere 6.0, and in the home lab, that likely means ESXi 6.0 coupled with VCSA 6.0. The question for IT Pros/home lab enthusiasts: will my efficient/affordable/unsupported equipment still work with this major new release? Wait no more, catch a good glimpse of all that vSphere 6.0 goodness coming soon to your our home lab.
  2. Sneak Preview – Build your own vSphere 6 home datacenter in about an hour – Today, the day vSphere 6 is announced, I’m already ready to show you exactly how I just re-built my home lab today, in about an hour…stick with hard-coded IPs, SSO auto-configuration in the vCSA appliance now works very nicely. The video is now available, exclusively at TinkerTry!

René Bos – Technical Consultant at Conclusion FIT, SnowVM blog

  1. The new features of vSphere 6

Robert Verdam – My main focus is infrastructure (Storage, Networking and Computing), but I’m also very interested in designing and implementing VDI and Server Based Computing-environments.

  1. vSphere 6: vMotion enhancements – A brief history about vMotion and an overview of new exiting vMotion features. Shows what are use-cases and requirements for these new vMotion features.

Roger Lund – Solutions Architect at Deltaware Data Solutions; Blogger,  VMUG leader, Tech Field Day Delegate, and VMware vExpert.

  1. vCenter Server 6.0 New Features
  2. vSphere 6.0 Platform New Features
  3. vSphere 6.0 Fault Tolerance – New Features
  4. vSphere 6 Configuration of Fault Tolerance

Rutger Kosters – Virtualization Consultant working at YaWorks. Tech Junkie!

  1. mClock Scheduler & Reservations – A closer look at the mClock scheduler and how it is used in vSphere 6 for reservations in association with Storage IO Controls.

Sittichai Palanisong – Currently a Systems Engineer manager for VMware. Has 22 years of experiences in IT industry. Started with systems programming using C. Spent 18 years of career in the world of  UNIX and alike environments.   VCP5 and VCAP-DCD5 certified.

  1. What’s New in vSphere 6 (Thai)

Vikas Shitole

  1. vSphere 6.0 : How SIOC works with Storage IO reservation – Yet another vSphere 6.0 feature which will excite you to move your Tier-1 IO intensive apps to vSphere.

Vipin V.K. – Working for a VMware partner company, in India. vExpert 2014/15

  1. vSphere 6 enhancements – Let’s take a look – Discussing some of the new key features with the new vSphere release, vSphere 6.

Vladan Seget – IT Consultant, professional Blogger and owner of vladan.fr ESX Virtualization website.

  1. vSphere 6 Long Distance vMotion – vSphere 6 breaks the traditional boundaries which is a datacenter – Po. Long distance vMotion is a game changer in DR strategies and architecturing DR solutions.
  2. vSphere 6 Features – vCenter Server Details – Windows based vCenter or VCSA? The barrier is gone as VCSA 6 scales the same way as Windows vCenter Server 6 – up to 1000 hosts and 10k VMs including support for linked mode…

vExpert 2015 applications are open

Applications for the 2015 vExpert program are now open. Applications will be accepted until December 12th at midnight PST. Applications received after the December 12th deadline will roll into the next nomination & voting process. vExpert 2015 announcement will be on February 5th 2015.


The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap.

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, exclusive vExpert parties at VMworld and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

2015 vExpert Voting Periods
This year we will have two voting periods for the vExpert program. This first period and then  second voting period in Q2.

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 2015

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 2015 vExpert program.

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


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