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Coming December 19: CloudCred vExpert Badges

Coming December 19, 2016 to CloudCredibility.com:

Three vExpert Badges – vExpert Engagement 2017, vExpert Readiness 2017, & vExpert 2017.

Each CloudCred badge has a different goal, with the overall purpose of helping players move toward vExpert status.

Engagement: Tasks included within the vExpert Engagement badge require players to engage with vExperts & vExpert content in the community. Engagement can be achieved by consuming the resources of current vExperts, by becoming active on Twitter, by taking part of Forums, and by sharing your knowledge back to the community. Completing the vExpert Engagement badge means a player has a good overview and understanding of the vExpert program. He or she understands whether vExpert status is something he wants to pursue.

Readiness: Tasks included within the vExpert Readiness badge require players to produce technical content in line with what is required of vExperts, to assume leadership roles in line with what is required of vExperts, and to complete the current vExpert application. Once a player has completed these tasks, they are then ready to apply for vExpert.

  • Content Creation & contribution, in the form of blog posts, public speaking, forum posts, videos, books, podcasts, magazine articles and so on.
  • Leadership, including VMUG leadership.
  • Application, requiring a completed application for vExpert status.

Once a player has earned the vExpert Readiness badge, he or she should be ready to apply for vExpert.

vExpert 2017: This is a one-task badge, and cannot be completed and earned without vExpert status, awarded through the traditional application process. Once vExpert status is confirmed, the final CloudCred badge is awarded.

Look for these badge sets of tasks beginning Monday, December 19 at CloudCredibility.com.

vExpert 2017 Applications are Now Open

Applications for the 2017 vExpert program are now open. Applications will be accepted until December 16th at midnight PDT. The vExpert 2017 announcement will be on February 8th 2017. Current 2016 vExperts need to apply through the fastrack application only. 

vExpert

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 2017

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 2017 vExpert program.

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

 

VMTN Community & CloudCred Badge Winners

On October 10th, VMTN and CloudCredibility came together to challenge users to dive into the VMTN platform, complete a collection of 25 tasks to earn their badge, and Get Connected with Community.

Today, CloudCred and VMware Technology Network would like to extend enthusiastic congratulations to the winners of the VMTN Community CloudCred Badge Contest. Please join us in congratulating the following players:

 5 VMTN black embroidered polo shirts

Mohammed Sadiq – “Mohammed Sadiq”

Markku Mariaalto – “rixu”

Ben Liewbowitz – “BLiebowitz’

Geoff Neish – “Geoff Neish”

Sebastian Szumigalski – “Sebastian”

3 My Passport Ultra Hard Drives

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Mohammed Elamin – “Mohammededelamin”

Andre Pett – “a.p.”

Doug Taliaferro – “Doug T”

1 Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker

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Richardson Porto – “Rcporto”

  Congratulations!

– Thanks for playing – 

For those of who played but did not win, thank you for your participation. The badge is still up and available for earning! In the future we will continue updating tasks, running contests, and strengthening our partnership. Look out for updates.

Don’t forget to Connect with your Community and Stay Connected!

25 Tasks – 9 Prizes – 2 Communities Colliding

Join us Monday, October 10th at CloudCredibility.com for the official release of the VMTN Community CloudCred Badge

VMware Technology Network is a platform made up of almost 3 million users, 4,797 total forums, and resources like documents and blogs that are beyond count, touching on all VMware topics. CloudCred is VMware’s gamification platform – motivating users to learn all that they can about virtualization and cloud through numerous tasks, prizes, points, and competition!

With VMTN providing the information, and CloudCred providing competitive drive, this union is something to celebrate. As these communities come together, we urge users to Get Connected with Community.

 Why? Because earning this badge just might pay off…

To WIN: Earn your VMTN Community CloudCred badge between October 10 and October 28th.

All VMTN Badge winners as of October 28th will be raffled at random for the chance to win:

1 of 5 VMTN black embroidered polo shirts

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1 of 3 My Passport Ultra Hard Drives

1 Bose SoundLink Color

And every winning package comes with a CloudCred bumper sticker, pen, and button!

Don’t miss out – Get Connected with Community October 10th.

See you at www.CroudCredibility.com

VMworld 2016 U.S. – vExpert Sessions

vExpert: Dennis Bray
Twitter: @dennisbray
Blog: vminstructor.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Mike Brown
Twitter: @vMikeBrown
Blog: vcdx71.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Denny Cherry
Twitter: @mrdenny
Blog: dcac.co
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Nick Colyer
Twitter: @vnickc
Blog: 2ninjas1blog.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Tom Cronin
Twitter: @Virtual_Tom

Sessions(s):


vExpert: John Davis
Twitter: @johnnyadavis
Blog: vloreblog.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Romain Decker
Twitter: @woueb
Blog: cloudmaniac.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Luc Dekens
Twitter: @LucD22
Blog: lucd.info
Session(s):

vExpert: Joe DePasquale
Twitter: @DepasqualeJoe
Blog: blogs.vmware.com/tam/tag/joe-depasquale
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Adam Eckerle
Twitter: @eck79
Blog: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/author/aeckerle
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Steve Flanders
Twitter: @smflanders
Blog: sflanders.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Rob Girard
Twitter: @robgirard
Blog: linkedin.com/in/robgirard/
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Chris Gurley
Twitter: @cmgurley
Blog: thegurleyman.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Forbes Guthrie
Twitter: forbesguthrie
Blog: vreference.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Niels Hagoort
Twitter: @NHagoort
Blog: cloudfix.nl
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Chris Halstead
Twitter: @chrisdhalstead
Blog: chrisdhalstead.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Jon Harris
Twitter: @JonOnDaCloud
Blog: virtumaster.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Ryan Johnson
Twitter: @tenthirtyam
Blog: tenthirtyam.org
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
Twitter: @vmwarearena
Blog: vmwarearena.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Ryan Kelly
Twitter: @vmtocloud
Blog: VmtoCloud.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: GS Khalsa
Twitter: @gurusimran
Blog: vbrowncoat.com
Session(s):

vExpert: Thomas LaRock
Twitter: @SQLRockstar
Blog: thomaslarock.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Matt Liebowitz
Twitter: @mattliebowitz
Blog: thelowercasew.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Simon Long
Twitter: @simonlong_
Blog: simonlong.co.uk
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Kannan Mani
Twitter: @kantwit
Blog: vmoracle.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Vinith Menon
Twitter: @vinithmenon28
Blog: virtualize-automate.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Adam Osterholt
Twitter: @osterholta
Blog: datacenter.ninja
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Raffaello Poltronieri
Twitter: @raffapol
Blog: vaddicted.wordpress.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Lakshmana Prakash
Twitter: @VMAppDelivery
Blog: blogs.vmware.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Soeren Reinertsen
Twitter: @SorenReinertsen

Session(s):


vExpert: Alan Renouf
Twitter: @alanrenouf
Blog: virtu-al.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Kyle Ruddy
Twitter: @kmruddy
Blog: thatcouldbeaproblem.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Sachin Sharma
Twitter: @sachin_d_sharma
Blog: www.blogs.vmware.com/euc
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Vaughn Stewart
Twitter: @vStewed
Blog: vaughnstewart.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Matt Vandenbeld
Twitter: @vcloudmatt
Blog: cloudmatt.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Kong Yang
Twitter: @KongYang
Blog: http://bit.ly/KongYangGeekSpeakBlog
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Emad Younis
Twitter: @Emad_Younis
Blog: emadyounis.com
Sessions(s):

VMworld 2016 Las Vegas – Video & Podcast Studio

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Last time we were in Las Vegas we put together a self service video / podcast booth where you can book a time slot to reserve the studio for free. You will have the opportunity to either use your own equipment or use the equipment we provide to produce video or podcasts. We will have a VMworld branded backdrop as well as video gear for you to use during the show.

Please sign up and fill in your name & twitter handle for the time slot you want. We have blocked out 30 minute slots so feel free to book multiple slots as needed. The available days are tabbed in the doc and is available at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Fcb_Hd5ZBkY3iI_apX6TNuFPj4O_VRFRH0MwA2YA_ok/edit?usp=sharing

Thank You and See You at VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas!

Corey Romero, VMware Community Manager (vExpert & VMTN)

VMworld 2016 US & Europe Blogger Passes

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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 Las Vegas or VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Keep in mind that in the past we have always had more passes to Las Vegas 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 May 6th at Midnight PST. Deadline for VMworld Europe is June 17th at Midnight PST, which is only a couple of weeks away so hurry and get the application in. If you want to attend VMworld with a blogger pass, please fill out the form right away so we can allocate passes. The email will drop on May 25th to the bloggers who will receive passes for the Las Vegas show.

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 2016 Applications are Now Open

Applications for the 2016 vExpert program are now open. Applications will be accepted until December 18th at midnight PDT. The vExpert 2016 announcement will be on February 5th 2016. Current 2015 vExperts need to apply through the fastrack application only. 

vExpert

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 2016

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 2016 vExpert program.

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

 

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.

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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.

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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.