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Top 5 Community Blog Posts – Aug 13th 2012

Hello Everyone! I am Patricio Cerda, vExpert 2011 and 2012, and virtualization blogger.

Here I am to write about the content of the Community Blogs and to provide you with the Top 5 recommended blog posts to read. This is my first week and every 2 weeks I'll be here writing about the best posts on Community Blogs. If you think a certain post is worthy to be in the Top 5, please let me know on twitter.

So, here is the selection for the last 2 weeks. (In no particular order).

Shell.log Holmes – CSI ESXi
In this post Bilal talks about how to do some troubleshooting on ESXi 5 using the log files, and the importance of not to use the root account when you SSHing into your hosts.  Read the full article here

Virtual Routers
In this post Steven talks about the new trends about Cloud Computing and Virtual routing.  Read the full article here

vCenter Operations – The Beginnings of VMware's Cloud Monitoring Stack
In this post Archie talks about Cloud monitoring solutions, with emphasis in vCenter Operations, and what are the trends on Cloud management.  Read the full article here.

Creating an Enterprise Cloud for App Dev: A CIO's Journey
This post talks about the Journey of Brian Lillie, CIO at Equinix, to create an Enterprise Cloud to Application Development.  Read the full article here

What does new EMC and Lenovo partnership mean?
In this post Greg talks about the recent partnership between EMC and Lenovo, and what that really means to the industry. Read the full article here

Enjoy the reading!!!

vExpert Spotlight: Lauren Malhoit

LMalhoitName: Lauren Malhoit

Blog URL:  http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smbit?tag=content;blog-door-river

Twitter handle: @malhoit

Current employer: Iasta


How did you get into IT? 

I’ve always really enjoyed working with computers so I when I went off to college I declared myself as a Computational Mathematics major.  I was the only one in my class.  After graduating I quickly realized I had no idea what kind of IT I wanted to do.  I also realized the world was apparently not just going to throw jobs at me because I had a piece of paper with a confusing major listed on it.  I decided to start working on my MCSE and got a helpdesk job shortly thereafter.  This was followed by two or three more help desk jobs in two or three different cities.  Eventually I completed my MCSE, got a few other certifications, and had at least a little administrator experience.  So I was able to get a job as a network admin.  I’ve been doing some version of systems engineering ever since.

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

At my first real job as a network administrator my boss had provisioned a few servers as an ESX host, vCenter server, and a VMware license server (back in the day when it had to be a separate server).   I had really only worked with some of the Microsoft virtualization stuff at that point, and only as an end user in certification classes.  The VMware stuff was just amazing to me, like some sort of weird black magic.  At that point we were really only interested in server consolidation, but then we got some View desktops up and more of my day was consumed by administering VMware products.  I got into listening to the podcasts and attending the weekly Communities Roundtable eventually.  Then I got a gig writing blogs for TechRepublic and a lot of my content is about VMware…there’s definitely not a lack of things to write about.  So I applied to become a vExpert and it’s been really great.

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

There isn’t really one path.  I think people happen upon it in different ways.  My college didn’t have a stellar computer science program, so I couldn’t go right into being a systems engineer.  I started in a bad help desk job, moved to some less bad help desk jobs, until I could finally get the hell away from help desk (no offense to those of you who enjoy it).   I would also recommend getting certifications.  I know experience is everything, but you can’t get experience, real life experience, if you can’t get a job and I think that’s where certifications come in.  It also shows that you put an effort in to learning and staying up to date with various technologies and practices.  I would also highly recommend listening, reading, watching, smelling tech news in general…subscribe to blogs, follow people on Twitter, listen to podcasts.  It’s an easy way to stay up to date.

Top 5 Planet V12N Posts – Aug 11th 2012

Another great week and blog posts out there. There is so much great content being written each week. If you are on Twitter be sure to follow PlanetV12N.

Wahl Network by Chris Wahl- From The Bad Ideas Department: Unlimited VM Migrations

Chris talks about why using Unlimited VM Migrations is a bad idea for a comparison between Hyper-V and vSphere.

Microsoft has a Server Virtualization Tool website up that allows you to compare the costs of Hyper-V to VMware as a free service. The goal is to understand the cost of running both solutions, so that you can make an informed decision. Simply enter in your total VMs and your CPU-to-VM ratio, and viola! Pricing spits out.

This seems like a rather dubious way to get to the bottom of an environment, as my day job is helping clients do exactly this (and I don’t just ask for VM / core counts and fire off a design). However, one thing continues to catch my eye as a highlighted comparison item on the checklist: VM Migrations

Read the full article here


NTPRO.NL by Eric Sloof-  VMware Community Podcast – Behind the scenes

Join in on the podcast each week? Check out what actually happens during these calls from behind the scenes.

I was able to capture John Troyer and Alex Maier on video during this week's VMware Community Podcast.

Read full article here


VMware End-User Computing Blog by Tina de Benedictis- VMware View Client with Local Mode: Curious about how it works?

I've always had questions about VDI and what happens if you can not connect to the Network. In this article Tina does a great job explaining how Local mode works in VMware View.

Do your virtual desktop users need to disconnect from the network, travel with their laptops, and use their virtual desktops offline? Or do you have a bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) program and want to install a corporate virtual desktop on users’ computers? VMware View Client with Local Mode is the answer for these user scenarios.

Read full article here


Cloud-Buddy by Bilal Hashmi – New Book – Building VMware EUC Solutions with VMware View

Bilal talks about Mike Laverick and Barry Coombs new book on VMware View. The best thing about this is that the authors are giving back to the community! 

I am not a VMware View expert by any means, I have deployed it in small environments but I really havent spent a lot of time with it. Knowing that is an area that I need to spend some time on and considering that much of the world still needs to get  on View, I try to spend some time keeping up with whats happening with View.

Read full Article here


 vExperienced by Edward Grigson – VMworld 2012 – what will we see?

This is a first of many good posts talking about the upcoming conference VMworld. Edward not only talks about the US show but touches on the EMEA side as well.

With VMworld rapidly approaching I’ve been wondering what to expect from this year’s shows in San Francisco and Barcelona. My first thought was ‘not much new’ based on the fact that vSphere5 was released at last years show and products such as vCOPs and vCloud Director have already had major updates recently. Upon reflection however I’ve realised that this year will be no different – trying to keep up with all the announcements, new technology, product launches and social gatherings will be nearly impossible.

Read full article here


That is all for this week. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to write something yourself!

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #198 – VMware on VMware, “Not Supported”, new View book

John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Randy Keener VMware, @VMrandy
Mike Laverick VMware, @Mike_Laverick
Barry Coombs @VirtualisedReal
Bob Plankers @plankers
David Davis @davidmdavis
Eric Sloof @esloof

Link to Audio Recording
VMware on VMware, "Not Supported", new View book 

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
The VMworld schedule builder is live for the conference in San Francisco
VMworld session preview videos keep coming out on the VMworld YouTube channel
vSphere and vCenter team want to know what you think about our products – feedback survey
The SMB blog has been publishing guest contributions from the user community, including Jeremy Hall, Jeff Eberhard, and Mike Laverick 
Exclusive online access to VMworld keynotes, product announcements & more. Pre-reg for 8/27
The best virtualization blogs from around the planet – Planet V12n

VMware "Unsupported" tech talks at VMworld 2012 with Randy Keener

First "Unsupported" session – How to Build a Nested VMware Environment on your laptop

AutoLab 1.0 released – from Alastair Cooke @DemitasseNZ

Superstar Wednesday – Duncan Epping & William Lam will be presenting at "Unsupported"

Ruby vSphere Console – from VMware Labs

VMworld Tech Talks powered by #vBrownBags

Mike Laverick now with VMware as – Senior Cloud Infrastructure Evangelist

Building VMware End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View Book

Building VMware End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View Book – ThinApp Factory – Free Chapter Download

Building VMware End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View Book – Horizon Application Manager – Free Chapter Download

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Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 31 – #tmupdate

By Duncan Epping, Principal Architect.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 31 – #tmupdate

Blog posts:

vExpert Spotlight: Eiad AlAqqad

Eiad vExpertName:  Eiad AlAqqad
Blog URL: http://www.VirtualizationTeam.com
Twitter handle: @VirtualizationT
Current employer: VMware Canada

How did you get into IT?
I got my first computer at 6, which was a white MSX computer that fit cartridges. At 8 I was so fascinated with computers and started trying to write simple games code in the basic language that came with the MSX computer which would erase itself upon machine power cycle. As I grew up my fascination with this magical machine grew and I decided to get a deeper understanding of how it works, which got me into computer engineering and in turn dropped me into IT.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?
I have started my IT Career with IBM partners specializing in System X(IBM x86 Servers) & Storage. As Virtualization was a part of most other platforms in IBM (Main frames, iSeries, pSeries), I felt it was finally the chance to join the Virtualization boat when VMware came with Virtualization that run on System X. It was like bringing equality to the System X team (Wohoo we finally got Virtualization too!) . I have started working on VMware since ESX 2.5 building POCs for customers. When ESX 3.5 came out resources were scarce, so more Virtualization projects start being put on my plate by day. Discovering that resources and knowledge of Virtualization at that time was scarce, I have decided to start my blog VirtualizationTeam.com & encourage other people to share knowledge on it where I succeeded at first, I end up being the only one moving it forward at later stages. Seeing my blog grow was a great encouragement to keep giving, & the vExpert program was just a great booster.

A week in virtualization

It’s all about VMworld around here with just three weeks to go until the event.

The VMworld schedule builder is now live for the conference in San Francisco. If you want a guaranteed seat in a session of your choice, you must pre-register online, like we did last year. So hurry up and pick your sessions at vmworld.com

To help you with the choices, session preview videos keep coming out on the VMworld YouTube channel. Go to youtube.com/vmworldtv to watch and subscribe, so you don’t miss any previews.

vSphere and vCenter team want to know what you think about our products, and they made a survey to get your feedback. It is linked from blogs.vmware.com/vsphere and should take no more than five minutes of your time.

The SMB blog has been publishing guest contributions from the user community, including Jeremy Hall, Jeff Eberhard, and Mike Laverick, to mention but a few. Topics span the gamut from tips and suggestions for people who are just starting their journey to the cloud, to advanced techniques such as high availability and malware protection. Check out blogs.vmware.com/smb to read them all.

vExpert Spotlight: Gabriel Chapman

IMG_0105Name: Gabriel Chapman

Blog URL: www.gabrielchapman.com

Twitter Handle: @Bacon_Is_King

Current Employer: Emulex


How did you get into IT?

After a 6 year stint in the US Navy as a medic attached to the Marine Corps, I applied for a job doing tech support at a local software company. I had no training or real experience with computers other than what I had taught myself on a 386SX running Windows 3. The hiring manager was an ex-Navy guy and gave me a chance and I was hooked.  From there I steadily worked my way up the ladder from support to network administration and finally into engineering and design.

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

In 2005 the company I worked for was moving from Novell to Windows and we started using Microsoft Virtual Server. I didn’t like it, and started researching other virtualization platforms, which led me to VMware.  Taking some old hardware, I built our first ESX3.5 boxes and it was off to the races.  I was also responsible for SAN and Storage and saw the synergy between virtualization and storage early on, so I took an interest in how storage and virtualization were dependent. 

I attended my first VMWorld last year and met a lot of great people who were either heavily into blogging or social media in the VMware space, and I noticed how great the community was. That got me interested in blogging about VMware, storage, and technology in general. As someone who was always curious about storage performance and getting better visualization into how various storage systems performed in VMware environments, I did a series of blog posts and presented at my local VMUG on using IO Analyzer and understanding how various IO workloads react in virtualized environments. I’m hoping to present at VMWorld this year on storage performance testing and simulating storage IO workloads within virtual environments.

I recently moved into the sales engineering side with Emulex, and plan to be doing a series of blog posts around leveraging network convergence in VMware environments and upcoming disruptive technologies.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do? To begin with, start following the blogs and twitter feeds of the people who have the job you want. A lot of valuable insight can be gained about what they really do as opposed to what you may think they do. Also reach out and make contact. The best move I ever made was walking up and talking to people whose blogs I followed at VMWorld. Making contact with people in the industry and building up a contact network is an invaluable resource. I’ve made some truly great friends through social media interactions in the VMware community. It’s a great group of people to know, and many of them are more than happy to help someone out. So don’t be shy. 

Top 5 Planet V12N Posts – Aug 5th 2012

Hello Everyone,

I am Luigi Danakos aka NerdBlurt, I am a vExpert 2012,blogger and social media afficinado. Alex put out a call for some guest bloggers to write here to help keep the great content flowing. So starting this week I will be scouring the Planet V12N blog feed and provided you with my Top 5 recommended blogs to read. So if you think a certain post is worthy of making a write up contact me on twitter.

This is my first week and bear with me while I create a good system to make this flow seamless. I have some huge shoes to fill as I believe Duncan Epping was doing these articles in the past.

So after many hours of reading through some great blog posts here is this weeks Top 5 posts. ( In no particular order)

Tech Head by Simon Seagrave – How to monitor your website or blog 

 In this post Simon talks about the need to utilize an outside source to monitor his blog for up-time. We all know the importance of our sites being available. Simon does a great job describing how he was affected and how he over came that by using the outside source. 

Are you looking for a simple and effective way of monitoring the uptime and responsiveness of your website or blog?  If so, this will be of interest to you.  I’ve been experiencing a few issues with the reliability of this web site recently.  It ends up that it was probably an issue with a memory leak in one of the plug-ins for caching that I used.

 Read the full article here


Around the Storage Block by HP Storage Guest – HP StoreOpen with LTFS for Windows: Making tape as easy to access and share as disk

 In this post you can find out that Tape isn't dead! Companies like HP are still devolping new things to better utilize this old technolgy.  

I’m proud to say that HP Tape’s unique blend of cost-effective, scalable, dependable and removable storage has always delivered proven benefits when it comes to protecting and retaining your data.

However, I’ll admit it:  accessing and sharing files on HP tape in Windows environments has not been as easy as disk. . . until now.

Read the full article here


The Virtualization Practice by Texiwill - Is the Software Defined Data Center the Future?

In this post Edward Haletky talks about the Software defined Data Center, he raises some valid questions. There is also some great insight here and this concept is definetly in the future for all data centers large or small. 

  VMware purchased Nicira, backed the Openflow Community, and is now touting software defined data centers (SDDC).  But what is a software defined datacenter? Is it just virtualization or cloud with a software defined network? Or is it something more than that? Given heavy automation and scripting of most clouds, do we not already have SDDC?

Read full article here


StorageIO by Greg Schulz – Oracle, Xsigo, VMware, Nicira, SDN and IOV: IO IO it's off to work they go

In this post Greg talks about the recent aquistion of Xsigo by Oracle. This has been an interesting last couple of weeks because of VMware and Oracle obtaining IO Virtualization Companies

 In case you missed it, VMware recently announced spending $1.05 billion USD acquiring startup Nicira for their virtualization and software technology that enables software defined networks (SDN). Also last weekOracle was in the news getting its hands slapped by for making misleading advertisement performance claims vs. IBM.

Read full article here


myvirtualcloud.net by Andre Leibovici – VMware Fling Boomerang Now supports PCoip via VMware View

Who doesn't love a good Fling? In this post Andre talks about the Boomerang Fling and how it supports PCoip connection now.

VMware Boomerang is a radically simple client application that allows you to use multiple vSphere servers simultaneously. Simply select “Add a Server…” to connect and login to an ESX server, vCenter server, or View Connection Server and you will be presented with a list of all available virtual machines.

Read full article here


Enjoy the reading and maybe one of these posts will inspire you to write something yourself.


VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #197 – @seancrookston & @hstagner’s new book #VMunderground @Spousetivities

John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Sean Crookston @seancrookston
Theron Conrey #VMunderground, @theronconrey
Brian Knudtson #VMunderground, @bknudtson
Sean Clark #VMunderground, @vseanclark

Link to Audio Recording
@seancrookston & @hstagner's new book #VMunderground @Spousetivities

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog) 
VMware to Acquire Nicira, a pioneer in software-defined networking space
The VMware View team announced today that their View Client 1.5 now works with Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Team Fusion has also announced that VMware Fusion 4.1.3 now works with Mountain Lion
The VMworld schedule builder is now live for the conference in San Francisco
VMworld team has been busy putting teaser videos for different sessions up in their YouTube channel

VMworld 2012 – The Solutions Exchange features more than 250 companies

#vmunderground website - VMunderground was established to provide a more open, community focused venue for the VMware community.  It’s proven to be a great way to start talking with others about what they’re doing with the technology and relax after a long day of travel.

#vmunderground is looking to host 700 people – WOW

2012 vmunderground Warm-up Party as a Service (WuPaaS) - Registration Link

VMworld 2012 Gatherings, Tweetups, Parties and Activitiessomething for everyone!

#vmundergound is making a donation to  "Save The Bay"

Spousetivities.com, the home of spouse activities for technology conferences!

Spousetivities – Registration Link

Spousetivities.com, Event highlights 

  • Get to Know You Breakfast
  • Walking Tour – City Walk
  • Sonoma Wine and Dine
  • Redwoods/Sausalito 
  • Ferry Building Tour and Tasting 
  • Half Moon Bay/ Filoli 
  • Napa Pizza and Wine
  • SF City Tour

New Book from VMware Press – Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments 

Book Coverage includes

  • Building a strong foundation for virtual infrastructure: design considerations and  best practices
  • Smoothly integrating vSphere 5 into current environments and considerations
  • Establishing a more stable infrastructure
  • Choosing hardware and making optimal configuration decisions
  • Transforming your VMware design from  blueprint to completion
  • Operating vSphere solutions more efficiently  on a day-to-day basis    
  • Automating tasks and maximizing availability
  • Streamlining the installation of updates, patches, and upgrades
  • Forecasting and planning capacity on an ongoing basis to support growth
  • Overcoming roadblocks on the journey to  100% virtualization
  • Monitoring vSphere 5 with tools provided by VMware and its community
  • Discovering the most valuable and current online VMware resources
  • Examples using Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) are provided throughout the book 

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