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Congratulations to VMTN Community Warrior, @continuum!

Submit a nomination for the next VMTN Community Warrior. This program will continue to recognize users who commit time and energy to engaging with peers in the VMTN community. Learn more.

Congratulations to VMware Technology Network’s newest Community Warrior, @continuum for being a beneficial contributor to our community. We are truly thankful for everything you do to help the VMTN community.

Learn a little bit more about @continuum

Which VMware communities are you involved in?

I started with Workstation as I had no access to ESX compatible hardware until about 2008.
Later I got quite involved in the Converter forum – I even developed a LiveCD  for Coldclones when VMware decided to discontinue their own version. Nowadays I rather search for recovery related posts in all forums. Even if I miss a post myself – other community members tell folks to contact me directly when they post any recovery topics.

What is the most difficult thread you’ve addressed on VMTN?

The most difficult thread I ever addressed in VMTN was the challenge to run VMware Workstation on top of a Windows LiveCD. Normally VMware Workstation requires a user-account to run on Windows but a Windows LiveCD only uses one SYSTEM account only.
So everybody I asked about this said it is impossible. One and a half year and countless hours later I finally was able to solve  the problem and I could celebrate one of the happiest victories of my  live. The next few years I offered a construction kit for a Windows  LiveCD with VMware Workstation on my website and had lots of happy  users.

What is the most rewarding thread you’ve addressed on VMTN?

The most rewarding thread I ever encountered in VMTN was the request to recover some vmdks from an unreadable VMFS-volume. That thread was in 2007 or 2008 if I remember right.
After some weeks of work I discovered an approach to recover lost vmdks after a VMFS-corruption. Later I added more work into this approach and got better and better the more cases I looked into. 3  years later I lost my boring factory job and thanks to this rare skill set I was able to find a new job for a german VMware Partner Company. Nowadays I run my own small business and offer VMware recovery support to world wide customers.

Are you working on any projects you think the VMTN community would be interested in? (book, blog, etc)
Yes – I maintain a Linux LiveCD that I use to assist users with remote support when they run into problems with VMFS-corruption. Unfortunately  major changes in ESXi 6 and later make this even trickier as before and  I am trying to keep up to date with the latest changes. This LiveCD is available on my site www.vm-sickbay.com. Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to keep this site up to date. At the moment I have a lot of research to do to keep up with the latest changes in the ESXi-product.

Anyway – I still offer my support in all VMTN posts that are somehow related to my recovery skills.

How do you work with VMware day-to-day?

I offer recovery support for VMware customers. So typically I scan VMTN for any questions in my area and if required I get in contact with those users and fix their problems. Another part of my time goes into research as the VMFS-filesystem and all the related recovery topics are only poorly documented – if they are documented at all. I used to work for a german VMware partner for a couple of years – but that company was not interested in my recovery work so I decided to try my luck as a freelancer.

How can people follow/get in touch (Twitter,etc)?
Nowadays I rarely use my twitter account @sanbarrow.
But I actively monitor my skype account “sanbarrow” and answer all questions related to any recovery problems.

Thanks @continuum!

Do you see someone frequently answering questions in your favorite forums? Did someone provide support to you recently at a VMUG or over Twitter? Any community involvement counts. Head to the Community Warrior page to nominate a user, or email jenniferg@vmware.com.

Community Warrior Nominations

This program continues to recognizing users who commit time and energy to engaging with peers in the VMTN community. Learn more.

It is time to nominate the next VMTN Community Warrior! This is your chance to choose a commendable member who has devoted a great amount of time and insight to help others in the community. These people are high point earners due to their helpfulness in answering questions and sharing their contributions across multiple social media platforms.

A Community Warrior will be chosen through this nomination process every quarter, starting this July. Don’t worry if you or your nominee are not chosen for this quarter; there will always be next time. You still have a few weeks left to step up and nominate a deserving warrior!

Do you see someone frequently answering questions in your favorite forums? Did someone provide support to you recently at a VMUG or over Twitter? Any community involvement counts. Head to the Community Warrior page to nominate a user, or email jenniferg@vmware.com.

vExpert 2018 Second Half Applications are Now Open!

The wait is over and the second time to apply for vExpert 2018 is here! Applications will stay open from June 18th and will close on July 31st for a August 9th announcement. 

  • June 18th- vExpert applications go live.
  • July 31st– All vExpert applications close (no late entries this year).
  • August 9th – vExpert Award Announcement

How to apply for vExpert 2018

  • New vExpert applicants – You can apply at vexpert.vmware.com.
  • Current 2018 vExperts – You do not need to apply for this period.

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.

How to apply for vExpert 2018

  • New vExpert applicants – You can apply at vexpert.vmware.com.
  • Current 2018 vExperts – You do not need to apply for this period.

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 2018 vExpert program.

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

vExpert vSAN 2018 Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert vSAN. The vExpert team and the VMware Storage Business Unit are pleased to announce the list of 2018 vExperts who received the vSAN award. This elite group includes bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. This group of individuals have passion and enthusiasm for technology, but more importantly, have demonstrated significant activity and evangelism around vSAN.

Please join us in congratulating them and welcoming them to the vExpert vSAN program. We couldn’t be more excited to partner and work with both the Storage BU and the vExpert program!

The Official 2018 vExpert vSAN list can be found below.

Thank you!

The vExpert Team & VMware Storage Business Unit

First Last
Ebrahim Aldesouky
Mohamad Alhussein
Aram Avetisyan
Dan Barr
Brian Beeler
Firoze Bhorat
Justin Bias
Niclas Borgström
Kim Bottu
Aaron Buley
Erik Bussink
Matt Callaway
Victor Camacho
Jack Cherkas Cherkas
Federico Cinalli
James Cruickhank
Fabrizio de Luca
Chanaka Ekanayake
Pablo G. Arango
Florian Grehl
Niels Hagoort
Jens Hennig
Martin Hosken
Marc Huppert
Ezzeldin Hussein
Sungho Hwang
Naoyuki Inaba
Mariusz Kaczorek
Steve Kaplan
Mostafa Khalil
Jens Klasen
Brian Knutsson
Nick Korte
AJ Kuftic
Anjani Kumar
William Lam
Leandro Ariel Leonhardt
Christopher Lewis
Scott Lowe
Matt Mancini
Johan Marais
Frederic Martin
Andrea Mauro
Sam McGeown
Paul McSharry
Christian Mohn
Ken Nalbone
Ivan Nekrasov
Michael Noone
Kevin O’Brien
Masayuki Otsuka
Changju Park
Luciano Patrao
Michael PERES
Anthony Poh
Chris Porter
Erwan Quélin
Mohammed Raffic
Tony Reeves
Steven Rodenburg
Steffan Røstvig
Yamato Sakai
raphael schitz
Eric Sloof
Anthony Spiteri
Kerem SUGLE
Herco van Brug
Go Watanabe
Michael Wilmsen
Chi Kin Wu
Paul Wynne
Josef Zach

It’s time to play! #CloudCred, VMUG Virtual JUNE

Everyone loves a good virtual event – especially one with great prizes, too!
So, join the upcoming VMUG Virtual JUNE Event 

Thursday, June 7 – 9am – 5pm CT and compete to win at CloudCredibility.com.

First:
Sign up to play at CloudCredibility.com  This process is incredibly easy. 

Next:
Register  From all verified event registrants, two will be selected at random to WIN an Amazon Echo Dot.

Then:
Complete the CloudCred event tasks to earn the Virtual JUNE Badge

Once your badge is complete – you’ll be entered to WIN this Grand Prize!

Don’t miss this VMUG virtual event to explore the latest in NSX management, and take a deep-dive into vCloud and vSphere. Plus, you’ll find an entire crew of VMware experts who are ready to share their knowledge & help you succeed!

Topics include:

Apple in the Enterprise Business; What’s New with vRealize Operations; Deep Dive – Security in vSphere; Introduction to Cloud-Native Technologies – what are containers and why should we care?; and many more.

Keynote Speaker: Duncan Epping

So sign up now (JOIN CloudCred here) and get in the game. Pre-event tasks are live, so play today. See you there!

Play & Win: #CloudCred vForum Online April Event

We’re at it again! Play & Win in the #CloudCred vForum Online April Event

 

The vForum Online April Event is right around the corner.

Join Wednesday, April 18, 2018 9-2:30pm PDT; 12-5:30 EDT and compete to win at CloudCredibility.com.

➡Sign up & Play at CloudCredibility.com

Signing up is painless!

➡ Complete the CloudCred event tasks to earn the vForum Online April Badge.

Once you’ve earned the badge – you’ll be entered to win one of these three Grand Prizes!

Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless In-ear Headphones

Beats Pro Wired Over-ear Headphones

Jawbone Big Jambox

Don’t miss this vForum Online April virtual event to find out how professionals like you are driving digital transformation and building hyper-converged IT infrastructures that

  • Modernize Data Centers
  • Integrate Public Clouds
  • Transform Networks and Security
  • & Secure Digital Workspaces

Need more reasons to attend?

  • Find 20 technical breakout sessions
  • Chat live with our experts in IT automation, public cloud integration, security across boundaries, and digital workspace deployment
  • Learn the new capabilities with 10 VMware Hands-On Labs

Keynote Speaker: Pat Gelsinger

So sign up now (JOIN CloudCred here) and get in the game. Pre-event tasks are live, so don’t be left behind. See you there!

Join, Play, Win: #CloudCred, VMUG Virtual March

Don’t miss the upcoming VMUG Virtual March Event 

Thursday, March 29 – 9am – 3pm CST and compete to win at CloudCredibility.com.

➡Sign up & Play at CloudCredibility.com 

Signing up is the easy part! Establishing CloudCred takes serious work.

➡Complete the CloudCred event tasks to earn the Virtual March Badge

Once your badge is complete – you’ll be entered to win one of these three Grand Prizes!

Roku Ultra | 4K/HDR/HD streaming player

The Rollings Stones vinyl collection –The London Years

Goose Island Beer Brewing Starter Kit

Don’t miss this VMUG virtual event to find out how the Cloud impacts your job at all levels and technologies.

Topics included:

VMware Cloud on AWS; Virtual Desktops in the Cloud; Extending your infrastructure into the Cloud; Security and the Cloud; Community Sessions, and more.

Keynote Speaker: Frank Denneman

So sign up now (JOIN CloudCred here) and get in the game. Pre-event tasks are live, so don’t be left behind. See you there!

vExpert 2018 Award Announcement

First we would like to say thank you to everyone who applied for the 2018 vExpert program. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2018 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, CloudCred task writers, 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 as well as provide feedback and guidance on what you can do to receive the award. We looked at all of the 2017 activities to determine the voting results. We will open the second half 2018 applications around May / June which will only allow for two voting periods this year.

If you were selected as a vExpert 2018, we will be conducting the on-boarding throughout the next few weeks so hold tight and expect future communication from us soon. Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning and we’re looking forward to working with you.

Head to the official vExpert Directory on the new vExpert App and Command + F away and find your name if you can’t wait for the welcome email. The 2018 vExpert email with access to the vExpert private community will go out shortly.

Thank You,

The VMware Social Media & Community Team

Discover VMware Technology Network: 5 Ways to Gain Points

This is the second blog in a series. See the first blog here: VMTN Global Forums

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The foundation of VMware Technology Network is peer-to-peer support and engagement. Community is powered by human connection – the warm feeling of helping another person and the satisfaction of collaborating to solve a problem.

And then there’s the added bonus to participation, the cherry on top, gaining points. The happiness when your answer is marked correct and you can almost hear the points adding up. A little competition to spice things up never hurts, right?

If competition is something you thrive on, and you went to get onto the Weekly, or All-time communities leaderboard, I’m here to help. These are the 5 ways you can gain points on communities:

 

  1. Correct Answer – 10 Points. Having an answer marked as correct is the most efficient way to gain points quickly. Set yourself up for success:
    • Take advantage of the Browse feature to identify unanswered questions.
    • Opt-in to Follow communities you are interested in so you get email notifications when new discussions are posted.Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 3.14.22 PM
    • Bookmark your favorite communities so they are always accessible
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  2. Helpful Answer – 6 Points. If you know a partial answer to a question, or a resource that might shed some light, go ahead and post it. An answer doesn’t have to be perfect, a user can mark your response as helpful and you still receive points.

  3. Reply to an Answer – 1 Point. Sometimes you will answer a question and the user will forget to mark it correct. It happens! Sometimes, you have posted a questions and are politely responding with a comment like, “thanks for posting, this was helpful.” Engagement is always rewarded. As a contributor, you will receive 1 point for taking the time to reply to a question.
  1. Create a Document – 1 Point. Did you write a white paper, case study, or a study guide around a VMware product or solution? Post it on communities. Not only are you sharing your knowledge, helping others, and expanding your clout, you gain a point for doing so.
  1. Create a BlogPost – 1 Point. If you don’t host a personal blog, but have something to say, post a blog to your community profile. This is low maintenance blogging, where you’ll receive views, but have very little up-keep. If you do host a blog, post an abstract and a link to your blog on communities. The community’s audience wants to read the technical content being written. Plus, every blog you post gains you a point.

While utilizing these 5 methods, keep in mind that as a community member, one must give to receive. Be sure to always mark answers correct or helpful on your queries, like other user’s status updates, and respond to questions. Visit communities to start gaining points now!

For further information on status/badge levels, gaining points, and gamification visit the Community Rewards Points System FAQ or email the VMTN Community Manager, katieb@vmware.com.

Congratulations to Community Warrior, @daphnissov

Submit a nomination for the next VMTN Community Warrior. In 2018, this program will continue recognizing users who commit time and energy to engaging with peers in the VMTN community. Learn more.

VMware Technology Network’s newest Community Warrior, @daphnissov, captures the meaning of community in his actions every day and it’s a privilege to honor him for his contributions.

Any VMware user who has been on communities since 2015 has likely interacted with the newest Community Warrior, @daphnissov, and left the forums better for it. Rather than try to capture the value he adds, I will let the Community Warrior nomination submitted by another user do the talking:

For a vRA installation, he spent his own time troubleshooting my issue and trying to replicate a rather specific error within his own environment. Seeing that this was my first post as well as interaction with another forum member, I can only say that other places are hard pressed and should be lucky to find one as him/her/it (AI or something)”

Thank you for all that you do @daphnissov – we are lucky to have you contributing to VMTN!

Learn a little bit more about @daphnissov

Which VMware communities are you involved in?

I am involved with many of the VMTN Communities on an almost daily basis including vSphere, ESXi, vCenter, vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator, vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Log Insight, vSAN, VMware Workstation, and VMware Fusion. Although I’ve been on the communities for a number of years, I came to the realization (sometime earlier) that it’s fairly unsportsmanlike conduct of me to always be the beneficiary of others’ generosity and knowledge without ever reciprocating, and so I ramped up my contributions over the past year.

I think I speak for all of VMTN when I say we’re glad you did! Tell me, how do you work with VMware day-to-day?

 Well, my day-to-day can be very VMware filled, but I am currently a Senior Solutions Architect for Sovereign Systems, a VMware partner, where I architect, design, and then implement the full SDDC stack of solutions, so everything from vSphere up to cloud management platforms and all things in between. I have the privilege of working with an awesome team who, in turn, get to help and guide customers of all sizes through their virtualization and cloud journeys.

After that, I can often be found in my home lab where I tinker with (and sometimes break) more VMware products and find interesting ways to solve real-world problems with them. And, of course, assisting others on the VMTN Communities is a daily hobby as well.

Wow – that’s fantastic. Can you tell me the most rewarding thread you’ve helped to answer in the forums?

That’s tough since I get a lot of reward just knowing that I was able to make a difference in any thread, but also difficult in just finding posts since I have a hillock of discussions to which I’ve contributed (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a sentence). This one was rewarding to see resolved, however.

What is the most difficult thread you’ve helped to answer?

That’s also tough as there have been some real head-scratchers. Generally, whenever there are any discussions which necessitate a full environment be deployed it’s got to be pretty interesting. This one was a good candidate.

You are clearly a VMware expert. What advice would you give to community members on learning more and becoming a better professional?

The first thing is to get involved in the communities. Let the problems experienced by others be your problems and, in turn, let the solutions build your knowledge. Do one thing each week which scares you by taking you out of your comfort zone. Never hesitate to state the obvious. Shun no knowledge, regardless of what it may be. And never be afraid to admit ignorance on a subject—the beginning of all wisdom starts with the phrase, “I do not know.” Your struggles as you attempt to find those answers will result in tremendous personal and professional growth.

Are you working on any projects you think the VMTN community would be interested in?

I’m always working on at least three things at once, it seems. Blogs are constantly in the works and some of the ones forthcoming include things like LACP use in vSphere; for the automation folks I’m continuing my exploration of the SovLabs extensibility modules for vRealize Automation; and for those more operations-centric I’ll be diving into vIDM usage with vROps and vRLI soon. I am also trying to finish up a fairly substantial article that covers any and every form of vSphere migration type which I hope to expand into a book at some point. I’m also working towards my VCDX.

I’ll look out for updates… How can people follow you or get in touch?

I’m fairly accessible over either Twitter (@chipzoller), LinkedIn (Chip Zoller), or send me a private message through the VMTN Communities.

Thanks @daphnissov!

Do you see someone frequently answering questions in your favorite forums? Did someone provide support to you recently at a VMUG or over Twitter? Any community involvement counts. Head to the Community Warrior page to nominate a user, or email katieb@vmware.com.