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VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #196 – VMware Community at VMworld

John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Alastair Cooke, vBrownBag  @DemitasseNZ
Josh Atwell, vBrownBag  @Josh_Atwell

Link to Audio Recording
VMware Community at VMworld

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
VMworld Scheduler Builder is live
50% discount for exams at VMworld – e.g. VCP, VCA-DT, VCP-DT, VCP-IaaS, VCAP-DCD, VCAP-DCA
VMware Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp
VMUG full-day user conferences – Locate one near you
VMworld 2012 Welcome Reception | Sunday, August 26 – 4:00pm – 7:00pm
VMworld Party | Wednesday, August 29 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm

vBrownBag website

VMworld Tech Talks powered by #vBrownBags – Sign up today

Coming Soon – Unsupported, New Show – Randy Keener – VMware employees working on interesting projects sharing their thoughts.

VMworld run – Yes, their will be a run !

US #vBrownBags – currently working on topics realted to VCAP5-DCA

APAC #vBrownBags – currently working on topics realted to VCAP5-DCD, starting VCAP5-DCA soon

vBrownBag is looking for a host in Europe – if interested, contact us

Additonal Links

Microsoft Lync 2013 Support with VMware View Desktops

Scenes from the past – VMworld 2011

Watch live streaming video from vmwarecommunitytv at livestream.com

ProfessionalVMware – #vBrownBag – VCAP-DCA 1.2 & 1.3 from ProfessionalVMware on Vimeo.

vExpert Spotlight: Rodrigo Gazzaneo

Rodrigo-gazzaneoName: Rodrigo Gazzaneo
Blog URL:  http://www.itweb.com.br/blog/conversas-nas-nuvens
Twitter handle: @vGazza
Current employer : EMC

How did you get into IT?
It is a family thing. My grandfather was a Computer Scientist and Consultant at IBM in the 60s and 70s. Later he started one of the first microcomputing training center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That was my playground as a kid.

My father is an engineer and IT Consultant since the 70s until today. I have always been around computers since my early days.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?
 Passion. If you are passionate about what you do, it will be easy. If you love what you do, you will never have to work.

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

My first experiences with VMware were around 20003 when I was working with EMC IP storage solutions and wanted to have different environments to demonstrate Windows and Unix/Linux interactions, and all I had was my notebook. It was love at first sight!
I was already playing with virtual machines when the EMC vSpecialists team came up and gave me the opportunity to help bring the IT transformation message. I joined the team on 2010 and since then I have been responsible for the Latin America region. Also, I have had the opportunity to work closer together with my regional VMware peers, VMware Partners and our joint customers. It was been a very rewarding journey.
Latin America is very challenging. It is growing fast and it is a complex geo. VMware technologies make all sense because all organizations need to do more with less.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 29 – #tmupdate

By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect.

Still holiday season and of course VMworld coming up… Nevertheless a nice list with some excellent articles, if I say so myself.

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vExpert Spotlight: Rick Schlander

RicksName: Rick Schlander
Blog Site: http://www.vmbulletin.com
Twitter Handle: @vmrick
Current Employer: FICO

How did you get into IT?
I started my “real” IT career in the early 90′s at a point of sale (POS) company doing everything from building registers, programming e-proms, running cable and setting up a back end system that was Unix based. This required a lot of travel all over the country but learned more about system level components there that I could have anywhere else in that short timeframe. I then moved into the system build space and was a manager of production and service for a company that custom built desktops and servers for companies of all sizes. This was during the switch to the Intel Pentium series processors and Pentium Pro’s, AMD and Cyrix (IBM CPU) which made for an interesting build process. After that, I joined a local VAR where I spent the remainder of the decade servicing many customers within the Twin Cities supporting everything under the sun, from Windows 3.11 (Windows for workgroups), Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT Workstations connecting to everything from Novell 3.x/4.x (With the Novell NetWare client) or Windows NT 3.x/4.x Servers. The VAR was also a small ISP offering dial-up service for their customers via a dual channel 3com 56k router/modem that we managed via NetBSD and a USRobotics modem bank that was really fun to work with and maintain. The clients had just about everything you can think of that they were still using. I remember working on Twinax cabling to line-feed printers, tolken ring networks, thinnnet networks, lots of Novell to Windows migrations, email implementations (via Exchange 4.0/5.0), printer issues off all sorts, backup systems (ArcServe, BackupExec, etc) and on top of all this, doing pre and post sales work. There were four engineers in total there, myself and one other guy were the MCSE Windows engineers and the other two were CNE Novell guys.
After I left the VAR world, I took a position at a local ISP just before the decade closed out that was one of the biggest in the upper midwest at the time and things really started to cook at that point. I did a lot of managed, colocation and web services for the organization for many fortune 500 companies. Engineered and implemented a new MS Exchange mail system for the entire company as well as provided automation for 1000′s of websites that were hosted there. I also took over the core networking for the colocation part of the business and managed all the 6509′s and all 2900 series Cisco switches in the datacenter. Did a lot of Solaris work at the time as well since there were many workstations there that were sparc based. This is where is really got my feet wet with datacenter management through the expansion of the current facilities as well as a few datacenter moves that occurred during my service there. The ISP also provided ISDN, DSL, T1, T3, DS3, OC3 circuits to various customers and assisted in the implementation of quite a few terminations in our datacenter for collocation customers. As part of our service, we assisted many of these customers with all kinds of equipment that they would install. So, I needed to become very versatile in the various networking gear that they would show up with. You name it, I probably configured it at some point there. Some that I remember are the ever popular Adtran, USRobotics, Astrocom, Cisco routers of all models, load balancers with ArrowPoint (who Cisco bought) and all kinds of operating systems – many Linux derivatives, Windows, BSD, Solaris, aarggh – too many to list here! The most interesting part of being there, was the fact that they were one of the pioneers of IP Telephony and I remember having a Cisco IP phone on my desk in 2003!
After 5 years I decided to shift gears a bit and enter the financial market in 2004 by working for a very large bank / brokerage company. This environment was a total culture shock for me and I needed to adapt rather quickly to the financial world. I started in the messaging group engineering and administering a very large multi-node, multi-site Exchange cluster as well as administering a custom built anti-spam solution for the entire organization. Another area that I was able to dive into was the SAN storage here and worked closely with the storage group on a number of projects. I was also doing a lot of Microsoft AD and ISA work until I decided to start working on the company’s VMware implementation. The virtual infrastructure didn’t have a large footprint, but it was growing fast and our “POC” became a production environment very quickly. These were the days of GSX and VMware Virtual Center had just been released not too long ago allowing our original island type of virtual infrastructure to become more “enterprise” worthy with vMotion and Virtual SMP availability. I continued to work on this environment with a good friend of mine there until I left in January of 2006.
At this point, I needed to leap head first into the Virtualization world and decided to leave the financial world for the education sector. Wow, what a gear shift! The culture shock alone was enough to make my head spin (let alone the transformation of IT duties). The company was growing extremely fast and over the next 6 years I watched our IT engineering group grow from roughly 10 people to a whole office floor! Anyway, I started out there assisting with the Active Directory and Exchange infrastructure and quickly moved into the SAN space. Within 6 months I implemented a new EMC Clariion array with a Celerra NAS configuration for many of the critical SQL, Exchange and file server needs as well as Cisco MDS9000 series FC switches. This SAN solution was also designed to house the organizations first VMware environment that consisted of three nodes of quad-socket, rack-mount machines that I was able to consolidate many physical systems into this environment and achieve a tremendous consolidation ratio with all the legacy systems throughout the datacenter. The VMware environment grew rather quickly and within 5 years time, there were 6 VMware clusters that were deployed. VMware Server, GSX, ESX/ESxi 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.1 were many of installs that I did during this time. VMware Lab Manager was also implemented and ran a lot of the labs for undergraduate and well as graduate level classes. Switching from EMC to NetApp storage arrays also was a big part of my role there, and I implemented / administered FAS2000 and 3000 series filers for all VMware and Windows environments there.
Still, I felt the need to get laser focused and I switched roles to my current position at a financial analytics company concentrating on VMware technology since the product line was getting quite lengthy and staying sharp on the vast array of products was becoming difficult. My current position is the Lead VMware Architect for the organization and I am neck deep in architecting, administering and supporting many VMware products including (but not limited to), vSphere 5 (with VMware Auto Deploy), Capacity IQ (CapIQ), vCenter Operations Manager (vC Ops), VMware View, vCloud Director (vCD), Site Recovery Manager (SRM), Workstation 7 & 8, vShield (suite) as well as many child products. I couldn’t imagine a better position to be in right now.

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

Feeling the need to do more, I decided to take over the VMware User Group in Minneapolis (VMUG) last fall, which is a good size group that meets in the twin cities every quarter.
I also decided to start up a new VMUG in Rochester MN  this year since there wasn’t a VMware presence in that area and felt that it needed a quarterly group to get caught up on VMware.
I was recently named a vExpert from VMware as well and am very honored to be selected for this prestigious award. Each year they select a number of individuals in the VMware community that go above and beyond their normal jobs to provide content to the community about the technology.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job in IT?

I would tell anyone that is considering going into the IT industry to be laser focused on learning new technology everyday. This industry moves extremely fast and you need to constantly keep your skills up to date to move your organization forward.

vExpert Spotlight: Tim Antonowicz

TimantzName: Tim Antonowicz
Blog URL: whiteboardninja.wordpress.com   
Twitter handle: @timantz
Current employer: Mosaic Technology

How did you get into IT?

I attended medical school in the caribbean, Ross University, for 3 years and ran out of tuition.  I needed something to do while working and saving for my last year.  I had a knack for computers, so started contracting in 1993 doing SysAdmin work and found I liked it.  After a while, I put med school behind me and focused on IT.  To this day, I love my job.

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

In early 2004, I was at Bowdoin College in Maine.  Running out of datacenter footprint, we consolidated our servers with ESX 2.01 retiring 50 physical servers and leaving us 80% virtualized.  I presented our case study at VMworld 2005 in Las Vegas, followed by sessions in '06, '07, and '09.  I left Bowdoin for VMware Partner Mosaic Technology in 2008 as a Solution Architect and have been bringing virtualization to customers across the country ever since.

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

Be inquisitive and never pass up an opportunity to learn something new.  In IT, if you aren't training, you are falling behind.  Build yourself a home lab and take advantage of the free knowledge available out there.  VMware's knowledge base, blogs, twitter, and your local VMUG meetings are great places for mindshare opportunities.  It doesn't take much money, and the time investment will pay dividends immediately.

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #195 – Education & Certification at VMworld

John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Damian Wraa, VMware
Ben Scheerer, VMware @benscheerer

Link to Audio Recording
Education & Certification at VMworld

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
VMware Announces Changes in Executive Leadership and Preliminary Second Quarter Financial Results
VMware ThinApp 4.7.2: Minor release, major new features for Horizon!
How Do You Speak Cloud?
If you live and work in the EMEA region, you can win $20,000 worth of VMware software and services in the Think Big For Your Business competition
VMUG full-day user conferences – Locate one near you

Winners Announced for the VMware vCenter Operations “Tell Your Story” Contest

Don't miss VMworld 2012 – Connect with virtualization community – Register Today

VMworld – Pre-Conference Training

VMworld – All students also get early access to the to-be-launched at VMworld, VMware Virtual Labs!  That’s 30 hours or 30 days of FREE VMware Virtual Labs access, after the event

VMworld Pre-Conference Training Open to the Public

VMware's First Cloud Certification – New VCP-IaaS

Good starting point for the VCP-IaaS – VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals [V1.5] Course

5 New Free elearning Courses

Additional Links
Eric Sloof (@esloof) is awarded as VMware Instructor of the Quarter

VMworld San Francisco – VMware Certification Exams 50% off (via Eric Sloof Bog)

Free e-learning course – VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals (via Eric Sloof Bog)

Meet the New VCDXs

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 28 – #tmupdate

By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect.

This week of course is all about VMworld and the schedule builder going live. The Technical Marketing team is also going to be at VMworld, and we are well represented. I wrote this article (http://bit.ly/M8Keuu) which lists all the team members and their sessions, it goes without saying that all of these are highly recommended. We are all very much looking forward to meeting you at VMworld. For now, here is the new weekly TM-Update, I hope you will enjoy it again.

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vExpert Spotlight: Ron Singler

N612492404_3543Name: Ron Singler

Blog URL: http://blogs.rupturedmonkey.com

Twitter handle: @rsingler_

Current employer: Datalink Corporation


How did you get into IT?

After getting out of the Army I went to work for a Verizon contractor installing T1s and T3s back when high capacity circuits were brand new. From there I accepted an "official" IT engineering position and working for a small company I was able to work across compute, network, and storage disciplines.

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

In 2001, I joined Publix Super Markets as their Storage Architect.  When GSX came out we were looking for a solution for our offshore developers to develop our code and keep it local to our data center.  The solution was to implement GSX and install Windows XP in VMs for them to connect to over VPN.  Pretty bleeding edge for the day, but it worked great!  I made the move to Datalink back in 2007 as a Solutions Architect and have been designing solutions around VMware since.  I've spoken at several VMUGs in the Southeast region as well as a number of partner led sessions for customers to learn more about Datalink's Virtual Data Center solutions which feature VMware as it's core hypervisor.

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

Always install and play with solutions that interest you.  Learn how to talk about those solutions from the line of business point of view as well as the IT point of view.  Having the skills to communicate what you're passionate about is critical in a job like mine.

A week in virtualization

The big news of the week is of course change of leadership at our company. On September 1, 2012 our CEO Paul Maritz will be succeeded by Pat Gelsinger, who is currently president and chief operating officer at EMC Information Infrastructure.  Paul will remain a board member of VMware and will take on a new technology strategist role at EMC. Pat will join our Board of Directors on the first of September as well.

“In Pat and Paul, we are fortunate to have two world-class leaders,” said Joe Tucci, chairman of VMware’s Board of Directors. “The strong teams that we now have in place at VMware and EMC allow me to ask Pat and Paul to take on two of the defining challenges and opportunities of the new, unfolding IT era: Cloud Infrastructure and big data. They have unique backgrounds and skills, and I look forward to continuing to work with both of them.”

We have also announced preliminary second quarter results, including record quarterly revenues, up 22% over second quarter 2011, and second quarter non-GAAP operating margins of approximately 32%. Both these numbers have exceeded our earlier guidance. You can read the full press release at vmware.com/company/news

Last week, VMware ThinApp has had a minor release, but don’t be fooled by the three-digit version number! The newly-released ThinApp 4.7.2 has some exciting features that people have been asking for, such as a mechanism for updating ThinApp packages in Horizon Application Manager; a new relink –h command to enable prior ThinApp packages for Horizon; and RemoveSandboxOnStart, a new Package.ini parameter.

The update mechanism allows you to place new versions of ThinApp packages on the Horizon ThinApp Repository, and Horizon reads a new VersionID parameter built into the package to differentiate the updated package from the prior package. Application entitlements and desktop shortcuts are preserved! Find out all about the new ThinApp release on the End-User Computing blog at blogs.vmware.com/euc

In other news, you can win a pass to VMworld 2012 by voting in the “how do you speak cloud” contest, which is in its second week now. You can play a part in naming the ultimate victor in this battle of music videos. With each vote you cast, you'll be entered in a random drawing for a $15 iTunes gift card, and there will be two drawings per day for each voting week. For the final week of voting, there will be a grand prize drawing for a full conference pass to VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. All votes cast throughout the 3 weeks will be included in the final drawing. Go to wespeakcloud.vmware.com to find out more and to vote!

If you live and work in the EMEA region, you can win $20,000 worth of VMware software and services in the Think Big For Your Business competition. If you have an idea of how virtualization and cloud computing could be used not just to cut cost, but to really transform your business, we’d like to hear about it. And if our judging panel thinks your idea is exceptionally creative and workable, you could be in with a chance of winning $20,000 of VMware software and services to turn your idea into reality. Visit thinkingbigcompetition.com for winning tips and to enter the contest.

The free on-demand training bootcamp for VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop starts on July 16th. In this ten-part bootcamp we will show you how to get started and how to successfully roll out and deploy virtual desktops and applications and infrastructure to securely support mobile users. Everyone who registers for the bootcamp will also receive a free e-book with all the presentation slides from the series. Visit communities.vmware.com and click on the orange button that says View Bootcamp on it to see the listing of all the scheduled presentations and to register.

And finally, Indianapolis VMUG is having a full-day user conference on the 26th this month. This one is the last full-day user conference until after VMworld San Francisco, with more of them taking place in the fall. Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register.

vExpert Spotlight: Jodi Shely

IMAG0677Name: Jodi Shely                            

Blog URL: No Blog

Twitter handle: @rytalws

Current employer: VMware – the best of em all!


How did you get into IT?

I decided that Business Admin was too plain and well that aren’t a lot of Women in IT, so I thought why not!  I chose IT because I knew it was an accelerating field and was obsessed in learning all the new technologies that just keep getting introduced  from old PC’s to Virtual Storage, it’s all real exciting!.


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

This is my 4th year as a vExpert member and am very excited more now than ever to be a part.  I started working with VMware products in 2005.  I then started helping with the local VMUG.  This led to next steps of inheriting the Omaha User Group from a fellow vExpert.  I co-led the Omaha User Group for almost 4 years.  I’ve assisted with the Regional VMUG’s in KC as well.  After taking over the VMUG, I became involved in the VMUG Board of Directors and participated on the board for almost 3 years.    I have learned so much and have met some Uber smart people over the last 6.5 years in Virtualization.  It’s so exciting and it never stops.   

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

Don’t be afraid of change.  If you like IT, change is every day.  Be interested in whatever you like.  If you love your job, you can only excel at it!  You will switch careers and say goodbye to old and hello to new to co-workers, but you’re going to meet some amazing friends along the way.  Don’t neglect your family life but give your extra to your career.  Only you can grow it!

I am honored to be on the vExpert team and look forward to all the interesting conversations we will discuss!