vExpert Cloud Management January 2020 Blog Digest

Welcome to the first vExpert Cloud Management Blog Digest for 2020! Every month we share a handful of blogs created by our vExpert Cloud Management Community. These blogs are written by industry professionals from around the vCommunity and often feature walkthroughs, feature highlights, and news for vRealize Operations, vRealize Network Insight, and vRealize Log Insight. The vExpert title is awarded to individuals who dedicate their time outside of work to share their experiences and useful information about VMware products with the rest of the community. In July of 2019, we spun off a sub-program called vExpert Cloud Management for vExperts who specialize in products from VMware’s Cloud Management Business unit, namely the vRealize Suite. vExperts share their knowledge in many ways including presentations at VMware User Groups (VMUG), writing blog posts, and even creating content on YouTube.


As you can see by the list below, January kicked off the year with some great content. Lukas Winn spent some time with the new vRealize Network Insight plugin fling for vCenter and shares his thoughts on this newly released fling. Elizabeth Souza created an excellent vRealize Operations dashboard to tackle the zombie VM problem. Zombie VM’s are virtual machines that are either abandoned or otherwise unused and consume valuable data center resources. For more information on this topic, check out our Zombie VM Hunt post or our new ebook. Simon Eady shares his decade in review and how he went from nearly losing all interest in IT to re-igniting the spark. It’s been quite a decade for Simon, and (spoiler) we’re very glad to see the 2010s were great for him! Martijn Smit demonstrates how you can quickly automate adding large numbers switches to vRealize Network Insight using Powershell. Martijn is a Powershell master and walks us through his script. Even if you’re not using vRealize Network Insight today, be sure to check this out for some inspiration. Sebastian Grugel walks us through the deployment of the vRealize Operations Tenant App for vCloud Director and shares his valuable lessons learned. This is a must-read for anyone looking to deploy the same. Many customers have the need for IT resources outside the data center and vSAN is a great option. Steve Tilkens has been busy presenting vSAN remote branch office (ROBO) considerations at VMUG and published the blog post below on this topic. In this blog, Steve takes us through the design, configuration, scaling, testing, upgrading, and most importantly monitoring considerations to help you successfully deploy your own remote branch office vSAN cluster. And last but not least, Corey Barker wrote about his homelab consisting of two Supermicro servers and a QNAP NAS. We love seeing what our vExperts are running for environments when they’re tinkering at home!


Fling: vCenter Plugin for vRealize Network Insight by Lukas Winn (@lukaswinn) The United Kingdom

Looking for zombie VMs by Elizabeth Souza (@bethcsouza) Brazil

2020 – Simon’s Decade in Review by Simon Eady (@simoneady) The United Kingdon

Adding 100 Switches to vRealize Network Insight in 20 minutes by Martijn Smit (@smitmartijn) The Netherlands

vRealize Operations Tenant App for vCloud Director by Sebastian Grugel (@sebastiangrugel) Poland

vSAN Robo Project  – Design & Config by Steve Tilkens (@stevetilkens) USA

Current CaptainvOPS Homelab 2020 by Cory Barker (@CORYBARK3R) USA


A huge thank you to all of our vExperts and to you for checking out their hard work and hardware. Stay tuned for another vExpert Cloud Management blog digest coming soon!



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