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vExpert Spotlight: Ed Grigson

Ed profile pic (large)Name:           Ed Grigson

Blog URL:       www.vExperienced.co.uk

Twitter:        @egrigson

How did you get into IT?

I got into IT as a youngster when my parents bought a BBC micro. Like many of today’s IT pros I started playing games and progressed to writing them in the language of the day, BBC Basic. That was the start of a lifetime passion which progressed through the early 8bit computers (Spectrum, C64 etc) to the Amiga 500 generation and finally onto PCs. That passion led to a degree in Computing although my eventual career in infrastructure was purely by chance. I had a placement year as part of my degree and having been offered a job as a COBOL programmer I turned up on day one to be told that they’d made a mistake and could I do PC support instead? It was my first job so I figured why not? From there I moved my way up from desktop support, to server support, and eventually into the early days of VMware.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?

My first exposure to VMware was in 2004/5 and was for DR rather than server consolidation because building a VM was quicker and more predictable compared to physical servers. To be honest I didn’t see the huge impact virtualisation was to have otherwise I’d have dived in more than I did!  It still gave me an early start and in 2006 I started to spend more time learning VMware. That led to my first VCP in 2007 and my interest has just grown since then. I can attribute my vExpert status to the London VMUG which I started attending in 2007. I met some great people who opened my eyes to just how much innovation and change was going on and after a few years I felt I should be contributing something back, having been more of a listener up to that point. I started my blog (as many do) as a way of recording my own thoughts but quickly found it both highly enjoyable and quite addictive. My first VCAP-DCA exam was the spur I needed to really start blogging in earnest and the rest is history.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

1.      You should have a passion for IT. Technology changes so fast that keeping up can consume hours of your time and while the pay isn’t too bad you may find yourself regretting it if salary is your only goal. I’m a big believer in the saying ‘Pick a job you enjoy and you’ll never work a day in your life”.

2.      Get stuck in. The good thing about technology is that because there are so many passionate people, information is easy to come by. Books, blogs, online training, forums, tutorials etc are all freely available so if you want to improve yourself the sky’s the limit. Don’t wait for someone to set your goals or send you on training – take the initiative, prove you can do it and the work will follow. This is especially true at the entry level where having no experience is often a barrier.

3.      Seek ways to add value. Infrastructure has historically been a financial drain on the business with many IT roles there to keep the lights on. That limits your value (and hence salary). Think about how can you make the business better or more efficient at what it does. One of the reasons I think VMware has such an active community is because it empowers IT professionals to improve their businesses and hence their own careers.

vExpert Spotlight: Dave Henry

Dave at Meetup - EMC World 2011Name:Dave Henry

Blog URL:http://geekfluent.com


Twitter handle:@davemhenry

Current employer:Accunet Solutions (http://accunetsolutions.com)


How did you get into IT?

Always been interested in computers and programing, but oddly enough, it was a summer job as a 3rd-shift janitor in 1986 that led to my first job as a UNIX systems adminstrator in 1987 (a long — but true story that I should get around to telling some day).


How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?

I'd done some hands-on with VMware starting around 2004. Virtualization seemed like futuristic sci-fi magic.

In 2008 I joined EMC's VMware Affinity Team, and in 2010 I became the manager of the "Everything VMware at EMC" online community, and the rest, as they say, is history.


What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

* Be curious – read everything you can get your hands on.

* Find people who are good at what they do and learn from them.

* Use your communities (online and otherwise) as a source of help and knowledge.

* Don't be afraid to try new things or make mistakes.

* Don't wait for a perfect path – start moving forward now; you can always correct your course along the way.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 21

By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 21 

White papers:

As mentioned last week, here it is the first white paper that was in the pipeline. This white paper was written by Lee Dilworth, Ken Werneburg, Frank Denneman, Stuart Hardman and I. It is a white paper on vSphere Metro Storage Cluster solutions and specifically looks at things from a VMware perspective. Enjoy!

  • VMware vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (VMware vMSC) is a new configuration within the VMware Hardware Compatibility List. This type of configuration is commonly referred to as a stretched storage cluster or metro storage cluster. It is implemented in environments where disaster/downtime avoidance is a key requirement. This case study was developed to provide additional insight and information regarding operation of a VMware vMSC infrastructure in conjunction with VMware vSphere. This paper will explain how vSphere handles specific failure scenarios and will discuss various design considerations and operational procedures. http://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10284 

Blog posts: 


VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #189 – EMC World, vC Ops for View, vC Ops VNX connector

John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Ben Scheerer, VMware @benscheerer @vCenterOps
Tommy Trogden, EMC @vTexan

Link to Audio Recording
EMC World, vC Ops for View, vC Ops VNX connector

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
VMware has announced that we are going to acquire Wanova
VMware Welcomes Wanova to the EUC Family Blog post by Scott Davis CTO, End-User Computing
IT Confessional Series: IT Admins and Game of Thrones Have More in Common Than You Think
VMware at EMC World + Instagram #VMwarePlus #EMCworld
Two full-day VMUG conferences this month, Western Pennsylvania, and Denver

EMCWorld 2012 – Your chance to catch up with the event

EMC and VMware Extend Partnership to Develop, Sell and Deliver Storage Analytics for VNX 

EMC and VMware Partner to Develop New Storage Analytics Suite Powered by vCenter Operations

[Contest] VMware vCenter Operations – Tell Your Story and Enter for a Chance to Win!

Expert Judging Panel:

  • David Davis @davidmdavis Train Signal, vExpert, VMware Evangelist
  • Tommy Trogden @vTexan EMC vSpecialist, VMware vExpert, Blogger http://twitter.com/vtexan
  • Eric Sloof @esloof Master VMware Instructor & Consultant @ NTPRO.NL, vExpert & Blogger
  • Duncan Epping @DuncaYB VMware Principal Architect, Blogger: YellowBricks 
  • Martin Klaus @mklausvm Group Manager Product Marketing VMware (vC Ops) 
  • Ben Scheerer @BenScheerer & @vCenterOps VMware Product Marketing (vC Ops Suite)

Save 50% on VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Advanced Edition

Tips to make your story standout
Tie it to a business need
Be creative in your presentation
Think about using….. SlideRocket

vCenter Operations actually made my SCOM data useful now for virtualization and cloud – customer quote

VMware vCenter Operations – Why the “Super Metric”?

VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite – download an eval today

VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View – download an eval today

Join the community – VMware vCenter Operations

Adapters for VMware vCenter Operations [FTP]

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vExpert Spotlight: Cedric Megroz

CedricMegrozName: Cedric Megroz

Blog URL: www.virtualgeek.ch

Twitter handle: cmegroz

VMware community account: cmegroz


Current employer: My current employer is LANexpert a Swiss Company leader in virtualization, storage and system.

We won the EMC Switzerland Award 2010 & 2011 and we are the Premier Solution Provider for VMware in Switzerland.

How did you get into IT?

Telecommunications in the broadest sense has always fascinated me. I started in my teenage years with the CB (Citizen Band), then in the Swiss army working with very old and incredible teleprinters and punch paper tapes. In the late 90's, I decided to recycle myself and got into IT by doing a Swiss Federal IT degree and started a new life with surrounded by so much technology.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?

My first experience with ESX was during a course in 2006 on version 2.5. I was pretty happy to find the service console as a known environment because I had worked for a few years with a Red Had server.

It was not difficult to understand the power and flexibility offered by virtualization and I immediately wanted to specialize in it. I did this and passed my first VCP. In 2009, I passed the certification as an Instructor (VCI) which gave me the urge to share my knowledge and I began to write articles, from 2011, in French on the blog VirtualGeekCH. It's these articles on this blog that gained me the vExpert 2012 title.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

Be passionate Be passionate Be passionate
read read read
exchange exchange exchange.

I am lucky to have colleagues with expertise in a lot of domains

A week in virtualization

Yesterday, VMware has announced that we are going to acquire Wanova, a company that makes Wanova Mirage, an image replication and layering technology. With the combination of VMware View and Wanova Mirage, the benefits of central image management can be extended to more types of end point systems – including physical, virtual, tethered desktops and roaming laptops (Mac and PC).

In his blog post, our CTO of End-User Computing Scott Davis explains that both VMware View™ and Wanova Mirage provide centralized desktop image management, all or nothing patching and push button image resets. The key difference in these technologies is that VMware View images execute on servers in the data center and use a remote graphics protocol for the user interface, while Wanova Mirage images are transmitted and cached locally for runtime execution on the client systems. This makes Mirage well-suited for executing managed images on disconnected laptops, including MacBooks running VMware Fusion®.  And VMware View remains the ideal choice for executing images securely in the data center and delivering the user interface to remote devices such as tablets and thin clients. In this manner, the two products stand independently and when put together address a much broader swath of the market than either is capable of individually.

You can visit cto.vmware.com to read the full blog post.

On a lighter note, the VMware Go blog has published another installment of the “Andy, the Angry IT Guy” series, this time comparing corporate IT organizations to the Night’s Watch from the Game of Thrones. He covers the dangers of browser malware attacks, third-party applications, and the benefits of automation. Check out blogs.vmware.com/go for the full post, and five more from the same dude Andy, he seems entertaining.

Wish you were at EMCworld? This week, my teammate Corey has launched a web app that plugs in with Instagram and collects snapshots tagged with EMCworld. They’ve also got a contest going with taking a picture of VMware+ card in front of something funny, interesting, or cool. Go to vmwebapp.com/instagram and have a look at all the pictures!

And finally, there will be two full-day VMUG conferences happening before the month is out: one in Western Pennsylvania, and one in Denver. Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register.

vExpert Spotlight: Chris Kranz

557505574_lName: Chris Kranz

Blog URL: www.wafl.co.uk

Twitter handle: @ckranz

Current employer: Kelway UK – www.kelway.co.uk


How did you get into IT?

Started life in the 90’s as a web developer before getting into systems administration. I was definitely a jack-of-all-trades back then, covering Linux, Windows, web, scripting and even a little app-development where appropriate. This has really helped give me a better understanding of the real world and a broader knowledge across multiple environments. Finally landed a job for a smaller reseller where I learnt about centralised storage and virtualisation. Virtualisation was very exciting and drove me to learn as much as I possibly could about it, finally getting the chance to submit my VCDX defense in 2010. I still tinker with coding, this is becoming fundamental to a lot of virtualisation technologies and solutions. Now I’m spending a lot of time designing Clouds and talking about the journey.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

My first VMware install was also my first PSOD (the disti had shipped mismatched CPUs), back in 2006. Straight away it was a huge interest, not just because it meant that centralised storage was quickly going to become very popular! My brothers have always been UNIX guys, so the concept of applying all that great mainframe technology to the x86 world fascinated me. I still remember wowing people with the demo of vMotion moving Virtual Center between physical hosts, and how unimpressive it looks on a demo!

Taking it forward, I’m now regularly speaking in several user groups in the UK (both the official VMware VMUG in London and the Virtual Machine User Group regularly in Leeds). At Kelway I help host many customer events and vendor sponsored study tours where VMware or Cloud is usually my topic of expertise. My day-to-day job means I am constantly evangelising and speaking about the benefits of virtualisation and why VMware is the right choice for a Cloud platform.


What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

Minimal investment in a home lab will pay itself back 10+ fold. Mine has been growing over the years, but still it’s just a single desktop. Having the time to play around with the technology is really key, if your company can access some eval or demo equipment this is hugely beneficial. I was lucky in that I have been responsible in the past for running the IT infrastructure, so I’ve had the hands of experience of actually running this kit and technology, not just designing it. But a home lab is the next best thing. The VCDX was a long journey, and it took away many evenings and weekends from me, but it was well worth the journey. I was recently asked the benefit, and I’d 100% recommend anyone go through the blueprint process of the VCDX as it gets you to question your decisions and qualify your thought process every step of the way. This is important, we all used to do it in school / college / university, but either through laziness or time pressure this habit seems to drop in a commercial environment. If you can’t justify your decision making to yourself, how are you going to do so to a customer or your boss? I’m known at Kelway for playing devil’s advocate almost all the time, but I think this is important as it drills out the finer details. Understand how or why a solution might fail and you’ll understanding how to make it work (design for failure I believe is the phrase). This is a definite mindset to get into and I would say it’s the single habit that contributes most to my work and the position I have. Other than that, I love talking! This is a great habit to have as a public speaker and being involved in the communities 🙂

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #188 – SAP, vFabric Application Director

John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Abigail Lee, VMware
Damian Karlson, EMC @sixfootdad 
Ben Scheerer, VMware blog @benscheerer @vCenterOps

Link to Audio Recording
SAP, vFabric Application Director

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)

WOW – the team at VMware have been busy…

Introducing VMware vFabric Suite 5.1: Automated Deployment, New Components, and Open Source Support

New features/components/updates

VMware product page has received a makeover – check it out
The registration is now open for – VMworld 2012 San Francisco lets make it a record year!
VMworld Call for papers closes on the May 18 – there will be no extensions for the CFP.
Three full-day VMUG conferences – San Diego, Central Ohio, and Denver
IT from the inside – share your story today
VMware+ at EMC World + Instagram (#VMware Plus, #EMCworld)
vScience, The Science of Virtualization, Workshop in Austin, TX July 23rd-25th, 2012.

Ben will be at the Central Ohio VMUG May 22.  Topic Redefining the Standard for Operations Management with vCenter Operations

New VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (VIN) 1.1 Overview

Download your eval today- vCenter Infrastructure Navigator – Automatically discover application services, visualize relationships and map dependencies of applications on virtualized compute, storage and network resources

 No agents deployed for VIN…

WIN – free tickets to VMworld/Dinner with expert panelists – if you own licenses to vCenter Operations – we want to hear your story!


VCAP exams user interface demos

[APAC] #vBrownBag Follow-Up – VCAP5-DCD Wrap-Up

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – VCAP5-DCD Exam

Virtualization AutoLab 

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Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 20

By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 20

Short list this week as many of us were either in an internal training or at an internal R&D event. I promise you there will be more next week,

Blog posts: 

  • Poweron file? (Duncan Epping) http://bit.ly/Jjn8CD 
  • Admission control and vCloud Allocation Pool model (Frank Denneman) http://bit.ly/L9NYiW
  • KB article about SvMotion / VDS / HA problem republished with script to mitigate! (Duncan Epping) http://bit.ly/Ktu5Ci 
  • Resize & Hot-Add/Extend Virtual Machine Disks using vCloud API (William Lam) http://bit.ly/M4qOag 
  • Why is my pathing policy limited to "fixed" or "MRU" with things like MSCS cluster? (Duncan Epping) http://bit.ly/JVmWJx 
  • Retrieving License keys from Multiple vCenters (Alan Renouf) http://bit.ly/KiHHg9
  • Attaching an unreplicated VMDK after SRM failover using scripts (Ken Werneburg) bit.ly/JmQ9iY


vExpert Spotlight: Nick Howell

NhowellName:  Nick Howell
Blog URL:  datacenterdude.com
Twitter handle@that1guynick
Current employer:  NetApp – Virtualization Solutions Architect

How did you get into IT?

I started in IT right around Y2K, cabling buildings, learning about networking, and eventually diving into server administration.Being the typical AD/Exchange/Server admin, I discovered virtualization and shared storage in 2007, and immediately began implementing it in environments in which I worked.  For the last few years, i have been an outspoken advocate of “virtualizing everything,” and doing so on NetApp storage arrays. I am currently a Virtualization Solutions Architect for NetApp, helping customers design and learn how to deploy advanced virtualization solutions.
NicI hold many industry certifications, and continue to work towards advanced Cisco and VMware certifications, including VCDX.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?

Essentially, I was your typical SysAdmin working with servers/AD/Exchange, and used Workstation to do some test/dev/scripting stuff before implementing anything into the live environment.  Around 2007, I started hearing more and more about this “ESX” stuff, and started looking into it.  We replaced Workstation on my laptop with ESX on some older servers, and once everyone saw and understood the capabilities, it was a no-brainer, and we virtualized everything, including Exchange and Oracle.

I’ve been active on Twitter, and blogging since 2008, and a fervent participant in the Vmware Communities podcasts for about the same time.  I received my first nomination and award in 2011, and was subsequently selected again for 2012.  I’ve been a speaker at Vmworld, Oracle OpenWorld, and various VMUG’s, and have been with NetApp since Feb 2011.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

Be passionate.  Be transparent.  Always speak your mind, and be willing to admit when you’re wrong or don’t know the answer to something.  Integrity.  But at the same time, unbridled passion for the subjects.  You have to eat, sleep, and breathe Virtualization.  Evangelizing and sharing information has to excite you, and get you up in the morning.