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Contribute to VMTN Challenge Lab Communities to Win an Amazon Echo

VMware Hands-on Labs and VMware Technology Network have partnered to create a new learning resource: the VMTN Challenge Lab Communities.

What are the VMTN Challenge Lab Communities? These are six new communities based on the six Hands-on Labs Challenge Labs. The Challenge Labs are designed by the HOL team based on input from VMware’s Global Support Services. The labs take users through scenarios in a virtual environment that often lead to support requests, in order to help better prepare them for facing issues in their own environments. The challenge labs are broken down by module, each module takes the user through a different task.

The VMTN Challenge Lab Communities contain documents with links to forum content relating to each module. Each discussion linked to in the community docs leads to a discussion of how a user faced a challenge similar to that module in their production environment, and solved it.

These communities mean you don’t stop learning once you’ve completed a Hands-on Lab Challenge Lab. You can educate yourself on the real-world scenarios our customers are running into so you are better prepared to manage your datacenter.

Through January 15th if you post a challenge and solution that you have faced with one of the challenge lab products, you will be entered to win 1 of 5 available Amazon Echo Dots. We are calling on you to help us enrich these communities with more valuable content.

Along with holiday cheer, this year spread knowledge, experience, and advice to other community members, while also giving yourself the chance to win a new Amazon Echo Dot!

  • Substantial explanation of a challenge and solution are required as this will be used as a learning resource for community members
    • Content must be original
    • An alternative solution to a module within a challenge lab is acceptable
    • Constructive feedback on challenge labs is acceptable

Any questions? Reach out to katieb@vmware.com, and as always, thank you to all those who contribute to our thriving community.

The #CloudCred, VMUG Virtual December

Get into the Game! The #CloudCred, VMUG Virtual December Challenge

The #CloudCred, VMUG Virtual December Challenge

On Wednesday, December 13, VMUG will host a FREE day-long event meant to empower attendees through education, training, and collaboration – all with the goal of improving projects and impacting careers.

This December’s Virtual Event will feature Keynote Speaker Ray O’Farrell, who joined VMware in April 2003 and currently serves as executive vice president and CTO. One of his main areas of focus is on long-term technology research, innovation, and market trends. O’Farrell is also responsible for ensuring VMware’s successful partnerships with a focus on Dell Technologies. In September 2017, he added the responsibility of general manager of Dell Technologies IoT division.

Sounds great. Is there more?

There is more. CloudCredibility.com is hosting another fantastic competition that aligns with this event. Create a user account at CloudCred (quick & easy); then find all the VMUG Virtual December tasks. Complete all the tasks – or enough to earn the badge, and you will be entered to win one of three exciting prizes:

Samsung Gear VR! (2017 Edition)

Paxcess Wireless Earbuds!

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon!

How do I get started?

First, create your CloudCred account.

Then, access the CloudCred VMUG Virtual December list of tasks.

Finally, begin by registering: Task 4846: VMUG Virtual December – Register

Is there anything else I can win?

One more thing! Take part in this quick opinion survey, and you’ll be entered to win a MyPassport 1TB hard drive – and know that you’re helping out the community. Thanks.

Task 4774: Which Webcast Name is Coolest?

Play, Connect, and WIN at CloudCredibility.com 

The VMTN Community Pulse – October 2017

The Community Pulse is a blog delivering the most trafficked threads from the past month, to help you stay up to date with relevant technical content from VMware community members around the world. The VMTN forums are a learning tool unlike any other. Read through these threads to explore how other IT professionals are administrating, optimizing, and supporting their unique environments.

10 top viewed threads, created in October:

  1. VMware workstation player 14 does not start in Workstation Player. In progress resolution by @bluefirestorm
  2. Windows 10: Fall Creators Build 1709 Experiences in VMware Horizon. Resolution by @angelage1
  3. Workstation Pro 14 upgrade from ver 12 production blank screen when running existing VMs in Workstation Pro. Resolution by @xindayu
  4. Not enough physical memory is available in Workstation Pro. Resolution by @continuum
  5. vSphere 6.0 web client causing flash to crash in browsers in VMware vCenter. Resolution by @daphnissov
  6. VMware Fusion 10.0.1 doesn’t see USB devices anymore in VMware Fusion (for Mac). Resolution by multiple contributors delivering multiple solutions.
  7. Shockwave flash has crashed issue in Chrome in vCenter Server. Resolution by multiple contributors delivering multiple solutions.
  8. VMware player 14 does not start on Ubuntu 17.10 in Workstation Player. Resolution by @daphnissov
  9. 500 Internal Server Error after 2.12 to 2.13 upgrade in VMware App Volumes. Resolution by Raymond_W
  10. Upgraded from 7.0.1 to 7.3.1, getting “You cannot access your applications or desktops”… error in VMware View. Resolution by @steveromine

Top 10 communities, based on thread and reply creation in October:

  1. ESXi
  2. PowerCLI
  3. Workstation Pro
  4. VMware Fusion (for Mac)
  5. VMware vCenter
  6. VMware Horizon
  7. vRealize Automation Tools
  8. VMware NSX
  9. vRealize Orchestrator
  10. VMware vSphere

To get real time updates on content being created within the forums, you can:

  1. Subscribe to a communities RSS Feed. Feeds are available for each community on the right-hand side, in the Actions box.
  2. Opt in to “Follow” a community. This option is available on the right-hand side, parallel with the community name. Any community you choose to follow will appear in your “My Communities” list, accessible through the tap navigation. To receive email notifications around communities that you follow, confirm in your preferences that you have opted in to email.
  3. Bookmark a community thread to receive notifications on the progress. This is only available at thread level. It is on the right-hand side, under the Actions box.

Questions on the Community Pulse? Please reach out to the VMware Community Manager, at katieb@vmware.com

vExpert Cloud 2017 Award Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert Cloud. We had a lot of applications for this program and we are pleased to announce the list of 2017 vExperts who received the vExpert Cloud award.

Each of these vExperts has 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, scriptwriters, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

If you were selected for the vExpert Cloud program, we will be sending out the welcome email early next week with access to the private community as well as access to the #Slack channel for vExpert Cloud.

Thank You,

Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

 

First Name Last Name
Shahnawaz Ahmed
Ebrahim Aldesouky
Jurgen Allewijn
khalid alshafee
Antonio Amoroso
Nick Andreev
Christopher Apostolof
Ricardo Conzatti
John Arrasjid
Aram Avetisyan
Giuliano Bertello
Martijn Baecke
Manish Jha
Cory Barker
Graham Barker
Tom Howarth
Sanjay Basu
Ivo Beerens
Ather Beg
Arie-Jan Bodde
Brandon Bolen
Olivier Bootsma
Mark Brookfield
Gilad Broun
James Brown
Matthew Bunce
Tim Carr
VALDECIR CARVALHO
Federico Cinalli
Konrad Clapa
Josh Coen
Jason Conine
Paul Cradduck
Rick Crisci
Sreejesh Damodaran
Fabrizio de Luca
Tim Davis
Cody De Arkland
Dimitri de Swart
SAJAL DEBNATH
Tayfun Deger
Ryan Johnson
Jon Schulman
Kim Delgado
Frank Denneman
Dennis Derks
Sunny Dua
Matthias Eisner
Oivind Ekeberg
Fernando Escobar
Ron Flax
Tomas Fojta
Jonathan Frappier
Raul Gamez Gamez
Earl Gay
Brian Gerrard
Justin Giardina
Jose Gomez
Kevin Gorman
Brian Graf
Thom Greene
Joseph Griffiths
Sebastian Grugel
Edward Haletky
Valentin Hamburger
Abhilash HB
Ray Heffer
Dave Henry
Jose Manuel Hernandez Benitez
Kevin Howell
Kyle Jenner
Brett Johnson
sandeep kaushik
Ruurd Keizer
Brian Kirsch
Tibor Kiss
Brian Knutsson
Markus Kraus
Bryan Krausen
Anjani Kumar
Christopher Kusek
Jeffrey Kusters
Todd Leavitt
Matthew Leib
Leandro Ariel Leonhardt
Joerg Lew
Christopher Lewis
Ramy Mahmoud
Rajendra Marlapati
David Marquina Jerez
Piotr Masztafiak
Sam McGeown
Paul McSharry
Michael Merritt
Wences Michel
Ed Morgan
Julien Mousqueton
shaswati mukherjee
Jason Nizich
Bryan OConnor
Russell OConnor
Caio Oliveira
Narendrakumar Padmani
UmaSankar Panda
Chris Porter
Anupam Pushkar
Gregg Robertson
Carlos Andrés Robles Lascarro
Daniel Romero Sanchez
Michael Rudloff
Michael Ryom
Alex Samoylenko
Erik Scholten
greg schulz
Nicholas Scuola
Kanishk Sethi
Eric Shanks
Greg Shields
Dennis Sigmond
Heino Skov
Eric Sloof
Martijn Smit
Anthony Spiteri
Sujith Surendran
Tolga Tohumcu
Kunal Udapi
Marco van Baggum
Peter van de Bree
René van den Bedem
Viktor van den Berg
Robert van den Nieuwendijk
Laurens van Gunst
Constantin Vvedenskyi
Jon Waite
Jeff Westphal
John White
Chris Williams
Adem Yetim
Emad Younis
Jaroslaw Zielinski
Chip Zoller

Congratulations to VMTN Community Warrior, @rcporto

Submit a nomination for the next VMTN Community Warrior. In 2017, this program will be recognizing users who commit time and energy to engaging in the VMTN community. Learn more.

This week’s Community Warrior burst into the VMware Technology Network community program from left field at the end of last year, and has made his mark. Congratulations to the newest Community Warrior, @rcporto!

@rcporto originally joined communities in 2011, became a vExpert in 2014, and came to my attention late last year, when he won a prize in the CloudCred VMTN Challenge. This was a raffle around the VMTN Badge on VMware’s gamification platform, CloudCred.

Not a month later, he reached out with interest in becoming a VMTN Community Moderator. Today @rcporto is not only a User Moderator, he’s a global moderator, who owns and manages the Brazilian Portuguese community.

Thank you for all that you do @rcporto. VMTN would not be the same without your commitment.

Learn a little bit more about @rcporto

What was the first VMware product you ever used, where and when?

The first VMware product that I used was the vSphere ESXi 3.5, back in 2009, to virtualize some workloads for a client of my company.

What inspired you to become a VMTN Community Moderator recently?

The VMTN community had a lot of great moderators doing a wonderful job to keep the threads clean and in the correct location, but I noticed that a lot of messages, mainly from other languages, like Brazilian Portuguese, do not get the same attention from moderators. I decided to become a moderator to keep my eyes mainly on Brazilian Portuguese messages, since this is my native language, but I spread my attention to English threads as well.

You sure do… Check it out.

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

I work for a VMware partner, and my main role in my job is to implement, administer and troubleshoot VMware vSphere environments, the vRealize suite products and vCenter Site Recovery Manager, as well as others.

Although I am very experienced with VMware, becoming active in VMTN by replying to user’s threads contributed a lot to my knowledge on real world issues and best practices. I’ve found the VMware KBs and documentation are awesome, and if you search correctly, there is a good chance you’ll find the answer to your problem. Many times when I reply, I don’t know the solution, but since I am familiar with these resources, I can search a solution and reply to the user.

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

Right now, I am busy with my full-time job tasks, but my personal project regarding the VMTN community is to achieve the Guru status in the next six months, so I would like to invite VMTN users to post your questions. It would be my pleasure to try to answer them.

How can people follow/get in touch (Twitter,etc)?

Twitter: @richardsonporto | VMTN: @rcporto

Thanks @rcporto!

This is wise advice from a hard working community warrior: answer questions and ask questions to become a better professional. Get involved and get to know your resources.

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.

 

Congratulations to #VMTN Community Warrior, @sreec

Submit a nomination for the next VMTN Community Warrior. In 2017, this program will be recognizing and rewarding users who commit time and energy to engaging in the VMTN community. Learn more.

The VMTN Community Warrior program is back and better than ever after a brief break during what may go down in history as the best, and busiest, VMworld season of all time. Thank you to our last Warrior, @firestartah, for keeping the throne warm.

 

Congratulations to @sreec – our newest community warrior!

What makes @sreec a community warrior?

  • He is on the top participants list for three communities on VMTN: vCloud Director, NSX, vCloud Networking and Security.
  • He has achieved vExpert and vExpert-NSX based on community contributions, like the NSX book he wrote and published in 2016.

The list goes on from there… Thanks for all that you do, @sreec.

Needless to say, with NSX adoption growing every day it was exciting to be able to ask this Community Warrior to weigh in on what drew him to network virtualization, VMTN, and his upcoming projects.

Check out what @sreec had to say….

How did you get involved with VMTN?

When I was working with VMware from 2011-2016 I focused on a wide range of VMware products like vRealize Configuration Manager, vSphere, vCloud Director, vCloud Networking and Security, vCloud Connector, NSX, and more.

VCD is one of the products which I worked extensively with, and that’s where I started liking network virtualization. Considering the complexity of troubleshooting in VCD, I used VCD labs and I started looking at vCloud Director communities to better understand customer queries and then contributing to them as much as I could.

Over a period of time, I realized VMTN is by far one of the best technical hubs for VMware technologies and every day I spend 1-2 hours and follow the NSX & VCD communities.

Why are you passionate about NSX?

VMware NSX is at the forefront of the software-defined networking revolution. I come from a storage background and I switched my job to the virtualization field. I knew this was the right track to focus on and the last 8 years have been truly remarkable for me. I worked with the vCloud Network Security solution during its early days and I liked the concept of network virtualization.

My immediate focus was to clear VCAP-CIA and I achieved it very shortly followed by VCAP-DCA & DCD. I’m a strong believer of learning a technology in a way that makes people understand it very easily. If one cannot explain a feature/design, that shows a lack of knowledge in that area.

After spending a lot of hours in labs and reading blogs/books, I started training candidates on VCD, VCNS & NSX. For me this is where my passion for software-defined networking started. A few months back, I cleared VCAP6-NV and achieved VCIX track.

Having seen the technology transform all the way from VCNS to NSX for all types of workload all I want to say is NSX is a cherry on top of VMware product portfolio. It’s because of the large ecosystem, coupled with the fact that customers can leverage NSX in Private/Public and build a true network hybrid platform. We don’t need to chase a use case for implementing NSX. This product fits in extremely well for all types of workloads & environments and that is why I’m passionate about this technology.

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

Having learned a few things about NSX, I decided I should give something back to the community. My first contribution was the NSX book – VMware NSX Network Essentials. The focus is on core components of NSX, how to deploy, and manage it effectively.

Thank you for the time, wise words, and great community contributions.

To connect with @sreec for regular updates, follow him here:

Twitter: @sreeec ; VMTN: @sreec ; LinkedIn

Do you see someone frequently answering questions in your favorite forums? Did someone provide server saving 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.

The VMUG Virtual Event for EMEA & CloudCred Competition

Get into the Game! VMUG & CloudCred Competition

The VMUG Virtual Event for EMEA

On Thursday, September 28, VMUG will host a FREE day-long event meant to empower attendees through education, training, and collaboration – all with the goal of improving projects and impacting careers.

Created with Europe, the Middle East and Africa in mind, this special VMUG EMEA Virtual Event will give participants the ability to take part in a virtual VMUG experience LIVE, in his or her own time zone, from anywhere. Hear energizing keynote speakers, engage in breakout sessions, attend a virtual trade show floor, and experience opportunities to connect with other attendees – peers and community experts – all at the click of a button.

Sounds great. Is there more?

There is more. CloudCredibility.com is hosting another fantastic competition that aligns with this event. Create a user account at CloudCred (quick & easy); then find all the VMUG Virtual EMEA 2017 tasks. Complete all the tasks – or enough to earn the badge, and you will be entered to win* one of three exciting prizes:

 

Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kit

 

 

 

 

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

 

 

 

 

Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

*Because this event is created with Europe, the Middle East and Africa in mind, CloudCred contest winners will be selected only from these regions.

How do I get started?

First, create your CloudCred account.

Then, access the VMUG Virtual EMEA 2017 Badge list of tasks.

Finally, begin by registering: Task 4703: VMUG Virtual EMEA: Register

 

Play, Connect, & WIN at CloudCredibility.com

Build your Brand with New VMTN Community Programs

At VMworld 2017 the VMTN Community team was excited to announce three major VMTN Community Program Updates, released to help you build your brand:

  1. VMTN BlogBeat
  2. VMTN Network Member Program
  3. The addition of Elsa Mayer to our team, the new Blog Program Manager

VMTN Blog Beat is the new and improved Planetv12n, featuring community bloggers in a single feed. The main objective of the Blog Beat program is to enable bloggers to continue producing exceptional content by driving traffic to their posts from blogs.vmware.com, and other VMware channels. Our new blog program manger, Elsa Mayer, is working on establishing a series of benefits for community bloggers that register as VMTN Network Members:

  • Blogger roundtable calls featuring different blogging specialists each month
  • Traffic stack-ranking reports from VMware channels to your blog
  • Trending blog topic insights using social listening tool Radian6
  • Guest blogging opportunities on VMware corporate blogs like Network Virtualization and vSphere
  • The top 6 bloggers on Blog Beat each month will receive awesome blogger giveaways and the top 1 will get a free pass to VMworld 2018!

In joining VMTN Blog Beat, bloggers are registering to become VMTN Network Members. This is a program built for branded property owners with the purpose of leveraging the broader audience of the community ecosystem to drive traffic to VMTN Network Members’ pages. The foundation is a community object server built on an Open Source platform called Revive. It serves bi-directional community objects provided by Network Members into 1,000s of community webpages, including VMware internal blog pages, the VMTN homepage, and VMTN Netework Members’ platforms. Further benefits of signing-up for VMTN BlogBeat & Network Membership include:

  • An invitation to the VMTN Network beta – your content will be among the first to populate the server and your feedback will help shape the program
  • Automatic inclusion to the VMTN Blog Beat RSS Stream

If you’re a blogger (or a podcaster) in the VMware community ecosystem, this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with the VMTN Community, and increase your audience. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Network!

Please go here to register.

If you want to learn more about these programs, here are some additional resources and opportunities:

Questions on these programs? Please reach out to the VMware Community Group at <communitygroup@vmware.com>

vExperts, Thank You for a Great VMworld U.S.

Thank you to the vExpert community for coming out to join us for our annual vExpert Party at VMworld U.S.

Each year we host the vExperts at a private event to provide a night of fun and entertainment. For this party we had food trucks, dessert truck, drinks, quarters, food & fire entertainment as well as great conversations and networking.

We held the event at the famous Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame featured on the History Channel. Each year we select a location for the event and this year we were approached by Carolynn Santos from VMware with the idea for Pinball and we instantly said YES, book it!

The Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame donates .90 on the dollar to local charities to help fight MS, Lupus and many other diseases. We were very proud this year knowing that all of the dollars we  spent last night went to charity.

Some photos of the vExpert Party at VMworld U.S. in Las Vegas.

Nine Year vExperts!

The vExpert program has been around for 9 years and approaching our 10 year anniversary. I wanted to honor some of the 9 year vExperts and say THANK YOU! Thank you for your dedication to community and helping others. There are a couple that aren’t represented here that we will honor at the 10 year. Edward @texiwill, thank you for pulling everyone together for the photo.

Now this is dedication, Christopher Kusek @cxi, he will do anything to get the right shot!

vExpert Swag Bags

Thank you Gina Minks @gminks  and the vSphere team for putting these together and all of your hard work. The vExpert swag bags were excellent and were a huge hit at the show. vExperts, please be sure to thank @gminks for the vExpert Swag Bags.

Swag Bag included:

  • Battery pack
  • Phone cable
  • Stickers
  • Water bottle
  • Branded vExpert bag

 

NSX Community Leader Summit

Thank you to the vExpert NSX Community as well as the NSBU at VMware for putting together this amazing event for NSX Community leaders. Chris McCain @hcmccain kicked things off in the evening and leads our VMware NSX Ninja Program.

Here was the agenda for the evening:

  • Welcome & Opening with Chris McCain, 30 minutes
  • NSX Everywhere / Modern Apps with Pere Monoclus & Milin Desai, 30 minutes
  • NSX for On-Prem, Cloud Native Apps and Clouds “Quick Dive” with Andrew Voltmer, 30 minutes
  • Break, 30 minutes
  • App Defense / Security with Chris Corde & Vijay Ganti, 30 minutes
  • AMA vExpert with Wade Holmes, Paul Mancuso, Suresh Thiru, Brian Lazear, 30 Minutes
  • Closing with Jeff Jennings, 15 minutes
  • Meet & Greet 30 minutes
  • NSX Summit Closing

vExperts, thank you again for such a great show and for allowing me to be part of this amazing community!

 

Corey Romero & the VMware Social & Community Team

The Great Amazon Echo Dot Giveaway

The Great Amazon Echo Dot Giveaway

What’s so interesting about the Amazon Echo Dot?

Amazon Echo Dots are steadily becoming ubiquitous household devices, able to stream music & podcasts, set alarms, play audiobooks, provide weather and traffic alerts, and generate other real-time information via voice interaction.

But did you know that an Amazon Echo Dot can also control a VM?

At VMworld this year & elsewhere in our community, you’ll find a host of opportunities to learn more about using an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot to interact with VMware vSphere.

Where can you learn it? 

The code.vmware.com Hackathon: Participants at this year’s Hackathon, Monday August 28 at VMworld US, will explore ways to configure an Echo Dot to interact with vSphere. Learn by doing.

VMware {code} – code.vmware.com – The official VMware program for developers, VMware {code} also provides the source & instructions. Learn by engaging on {code}.

CloudCredibility.com: Earn the Hands-On Labs Dev-Ops Badge at CloudCred –  including tasks which will take you step-by-step through this process AND qualify you for outstanding prizes, including a Roku 4K and a slew of Amazon Echo Dots. Learn by playing & winning at CloudCred.

Wait. I can WIN an Echo Dot? How?

How can you win one?

The code.vmware.com Hackathon: One more reason to attend. We’re giving them away at the Hackathon – so get your hack on.

The {code} communities space: Visit Tim (Bonneman) in the VMTN {code} communities space, say hi and drop your card in the bowl. Tim’s drawing winners!

CloudCred in the Hands-On Labs: Your major opportunity: To make sure EVERYONE has a chance to take home an Amazon Echo Dot, CloudCredibility.com is giving away 75 Echo Dots in the Hands-On Labs Venue at each VMworld event, US and Europe. You read that right – Random workshop and self-paced labs participants, all day every day, will be selected to win. It’s that easy.

The CloudCred VMworld 2017 At-Home Badge: Not attending VMworld? Rest easy; we’ve got Echo Dots for you, too. Complete the CloudCred VMworld 2017 At-Home Badge – aptly named because players can accomplish each of these tasks at home,  and 5 players will score Echo Dots after the events conclude. Maybe more, but at least five. We’re just that excited over the possibilities.

What else is going on? 

CloudCredibility.com is partnering once again with the experts in the Hands-On Labs to bring you the CloudCred VMworld Hands-On Labs Challenge. Complete labs, the corresponding CloudCred task, and work your way up the Labs World Leaderboard. Top scoring players every day will win GoPro Hero 3 cameras. Plus, Grand Prize winners on Wednesday will take home a DJI Spark Drone, a Roku 4K streaming device, Go Pros, and more!

Get more details on the CloudCred VMworld Hands-On Labs Challenge Here.

So make plans to learn, engage, and win with the VMTN communities, {code}, CloudCred, & the Hands-On Labs this year. It’s the year of VMware vSphere & the Amazon Dot.

We are excited to see you at VMworld – and around the communities.