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Community Warrior: Cheers to 10 Years

*With the below announcement, nominations are now open for the next Community Warrior*

Please join me in congratulating VMware Technology Network’s newest Community Warrior. This man is a jack-of-all-VMware products, dedicated to sharing his knowledge with others, and well known throughout the communities… @a.p.… Congratulations!!

André has several reasons to be proud of his involvement on VMTN. I will take the liberty to name a few…

  • May 18 André celebrated 10 years of membership on VMTN
  • He holds the #1 spot on the All-Time Communities Leaderboard
  • He has achieved both vExpert and User Moderator status several years in a row
  • His peers, for example @Wila who nominated him, speak of his knowledge and selflessness…

He’s the real warrior as he is able to – and does – help out all across the board with the most advanced topics. He has an incredible amount of knowledge and is very good at getting problems solved.”

The facts outlined above speak volumes, check out what André had to say for himself:

K: How were you originally introduced to communities and what inspired you to stay involved?

A: I subscribed to VMTN after moving to a new company – a VMware partner – almost exactly 10 years ago. For the first ~2 years I used communities as a resource to learn and search for help. Inspired by all these great people on VMTN, like Troy, Ulli, Woody, Brian, Wil, and many others, I started contributing, and I still enjoy helping people around the globe, no matter whether it’s a newbie question, or an issue which requires advanced troubleshooting. Another reason for me to stay active in the communities is that I’ve been a user moderator several years now.

K: What have you gained through your involvement with VMTN?

A: Short version: Knowledge and friends!

Long version: VMTN is one of the most active communities that I’m aware of. As an IT consultant it’s important for me to be up to date. Vendor documentations usually describe how things are supposed to work, but the communities also contain a lot of information about issues, and possible fixes, quite often prior to the knowledge base. It’s always great if users provide feedback once their issues are resolved. Over the years, quite some users contacted me to say thanks. What more could one want?

K: What is your area of expertise when it comes to VMware products?

A: My main focus is on server and client virtualization, i.e. vCenter Server, ESXi, Horizon View. In most cases my customer projects include setting up the required servers, networking, SAN, storage, and backup too. I’m also familiar with several other VMware products, but cannot focus on a single vendor’s products.

K: How did you become so well versed in the technical depths of so many products?

A: I’ve always been interested in technologies, and spend a lot of time reading documentations, KB articles, and community posts as well as “playing” with the products in my test lab. I also attended a few trainings at the beginning, and learned a lot from colleagues. It’s certainly also a matter of time, and experience to get the technical depth. I also had the opportunity to work as a Technical Editor on Brian Atkinson’s VCP-DCV 5.5 study guide, which “forced” me to deep dive into several product features.

K: What method would you recommend for someone trying to attain your level of knowledge?

A: Simply try to forget a lot of what you learned, and you will soon be on my level ;-)))

Seriously, the method (if it can be called a method at all) is to be interested, work with passion, willing to spend time, reading a lot, talking with others (face-to-face or e.g. on VMTN), setting up a test lab, break and fix. If possible, attend a training to get a good base knowledge on which you can build upon.

Thanks André for the amazing support and content you have added to communities over the past 10 years! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

If you’d like to contact André, please reach out to him by messaging him on VMTN: @a.p.

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, or email katieb@vmware.com.

My favorite post today!

In this audio blog, Daniel Aguirre, VMware Security Engineer NSX gives us an overview of the new ransomware called WannaCry or Wanna Decryptor that is attacking Microsoft Windows computers on the Internet and within organizations through a service vulnerability SMB 1.0 reported by Microsoft in the bulletin MS17-010 since March 2017 and has been exploited through the exploit called Eternalblue to demand a rescue of the files through Bitcoins. Although it was accidentally stopped the propagation (Killswitch), already new variants of this Ransomware are observed. We will be addressing the measures recommended by VMware and how NSX helps in the detection, monitoring and blocking of malware with native tools like Endpoint Monitoring as well as integration with security partners and best practices to avoid being infected by this worm.

Hopping to turn Advocacy into a community

#VMware Social Media Advocacay has been the principal communication platform when it comes to gathering content and enable it in a easy and simple way to users share on their social channels,

 

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Discover VMware Technology Network: 7 Ways to Gain Points

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

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

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

If competition is something you thrive on, and you went to get onto the Weekly, or All-time communities leaderboard (half-way down the homepage), I’m here to help. These are the 7 ways you can gain points on communities:

 

 

  1. Correct Answer – 10 Points. Having an answered marked as correct is the most lucrative way to gain points. Take advantage of the Browse feature to identify unanswered questions. Opt-in to Follow communities you are interested in so you get email notifications & they are added to your My Communities list. Or even bookmark your favorite communities.Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 3.14.22 PM
  1. Helpful Answer – 6 Points. If you know a partial answer to a question, or a resource that might shed some light, go ahead and post it. An answer doesn’t have to be perfect, a user can mark your response as helpful and you still receive points.
  1. Reply to an Answer – 1 Point. Sometimes you will answer a question and the user will forget to mark it correct. It happens! Sometimes, you have a comment to add, like, “thanks for posting, this was helpful.” Engagement is always rewarded. As a contributor, you will receive 1 point for taking the time to reply to a question.
  1. Create a Document – 1 Point. Did you write a white paper, case study, or a study guide around a VMware product or solution? Post it on communities. Not only are you sharing your knowledge, helping others, and expanding your clout, you gain a point for doing so.
  1. Create a BlogPost – 1 Point. If you don’t host a personal blog, but have something to say, post a blog to your community profile. This is low maintenance blogging, where you’ll receive views, but have very little up-keep. If you do host a blog, post an abstract and a link to your blog on communities. The community’s audience wants to read the technical content being written. Plus, every blog you post gains you a point.
  1. Post a Status Update – 1 Point. This is a lesser known functionality on communities. Every user has the option to follow other users. To follow someone, visit that user’s profile by clicking on their username, or searching their username. When you visit their profile, select Follow in the bottom right corner. Follow Example
  • Make sure you select the option to follow them in your Connections Stream in the Follow dropdown. View your Connections Stream by clicking News in your header. The Connections Stream option will be on the left side-bar. Click and be brought here:Screen Shot 2017-05-11 at 10.49.38 AM
  • From here you will be able to post a status, see recent activity of those you follow, and filter your view. You will also receive notifications in your VMTN inbox (@) when a user you follow posts a status, and vis versa. Here you can post links to cool resources or share exciting news, like just having deployed vSAN, and gain a point.
  1. Have Someone like your Status Update – 1 Point. Always post relevant and technically informative resources. Spam and marketing are discouraged on communities. Getting status likes is all about appealing to your audience. To gain more followers organically, be active consistently on the communities, and promote your activity via social media.

While utilizing these 7 methods, keep in mind that as a community member, one must give to receive. Be sure to always mark answers correct or helpful on your queries, like other user’s status updates, and respond to questions. Visit communities to start gaining points now!

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

VMware highlights at Dell EMC World 2017

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VMware Unveils IoT Management Solution
– https://www.vmware.com/radius/vmware-unveils-iot-management-solution/
– https://blogs.vmware.com/pulseiot/2017/05/09/introducing-vmware-pulse-iot-center/

Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions
– https://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2017/05/dell-emc-vdi-complete-horizon.html
– http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2017/05/dell-emc-world-2017-vdi-completeready-bundle.html

Delivering Developer-Ready Infrastructure for Modern Application Development
– https://www.vmware.com/radius/dell-emc-world-developer-ready-infrastructure/
– https://blogs.vmware.com/cloudnative/microservices-meets-micro-segmentation-delivering-developer-ready-infrastructure-modern-application-development/

VMware & Google Extend Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of Chromebooks
– https://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2017/05/google-chromebooks-workspace-one.html

Dell & VMware Extend PC Management to the Firmware and BIOS
– http://blogs.air-watch.com/2017/05/dell-vmware-pc-management/#

Multiple announcements/blogs from DellEMC: https://blog.dellemc.com/en-us

On-demand General Session Keynotes: http://dellemcworld.com/live.htm#main=ondemand

Turn the (App) Volume up for our Newest Community Warrior

Congratulations to this week’s VMware Community Warrior: @Ray_Handels. I could write Volumes about our newest 2017 Hall of Famer *pause for laughter* but his activity in the VMware App Volumes Community speaks for itself (1,151 points…).

Not a workstation management expert? Check out this brief video introduction:

Ray was nominated by sachindsharma (featured in the video above) for his involvement within the community, his seat on the App Volumes customer council, and his involvement in testing the latest and greatest App Volume builds as they roll out.

What makes Ray remarkable, is that he maintains a strong relationship upstream, with the VMware product team, and downstream, with customers like himself. He provides support to others in the forums, listens, and constructively communicates to the VMware product teams to improve App Volumes for all users.

Learn a bit more about how Ray manages these relationships…

K: What makes you passionate about VMware App Volumes and answering community questions?

R: I have been in workstation management for over 8 years but haven’t seen anything like App Volumes (formerly known as CloudVolumes) for our environment. The technique and idea, providing the application to the user while he is actually logging in, was a perfect fit for our business model as we never know what user is logging in to what machine.

Also, the writable volume feature enables us to provide users with a virtual machine, but they don’t even know that they are actually using a virtual machine because they get all of their applications and settings. Looking at the applications progress from CloudVolumes 1.8 (yes, we did use that version) to 2.12.1, which we are using now, it’s great to see where the program is going.

K: You have a unique relationship with the VMware App Volumes product team… Tell me a bit about that.

R: We started using the application as one of the first customers worldwide and really believed in it’s technical features. Because the old team was (and still is) very customer driven we had multiple sessions with people like Jason Marshall (product engineering) and Matt Connover about what features we would like to see added to the product, and tested a lot of those features for them. This gave us a unique opportunity to be a part of the building process for App Volumes.

K: How can community members get as involved with our product teams as you are?

R: I’d say the best way to start is to be active on the forums, not only to ask questions and take information, but also to share knowledge with other customers. The larger and more active the user base, the better the products will be for customers and users.

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Thanks Ray!

Contact Ray with any follow-up questions here:

VMTN: @Ray_Handels

LinkedIn: Raymond Handels

Twitter: @raymondhandels

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, or email katieb@vmware.com.

VMware at #DellEMCWorld 2017

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Realize What’s Possible: Transforming Cloud, Mobility and Security
Join VMware at Dell EMC World 2017 in Las Vegas (May 8-11), for a week focused on:

  • Hyper-converged Infrastructure
  • Digital Workplace
  • Mobility
  • Security
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Cloud Foundation, SDDC and Hybrid Cloud Solutions
  • Cross-Cloud Architecture
  • Cloud Management solutions
  • Cloud-Native Applications

VMware Keynote: Realizing the Workforce Transformation
Tues, May 9th, 10 – 11:30am, Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO
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Watch LIVE online at this time

Breakout Sessions led by VMware

Technology Track
Turbo Charge Your VDI Project With VMware Horizon On VxRail
Mon, May 8, 12-1pm – Marco Polo 703
Wed, May 10, 12-1pm – Delfino 4005
Practical Path To VMware NSX & SDDC
Mon, May 8, 3-4pm – Palazzo O
Wed, May 10, 1:30 – 2:30pm – Delfino 4005
Build An Integrated SDDC Stack With VMware
Tues, May 9, 12-1pm – Delfino 4003
Wed, May 10, 8:30 – 9:30am – Galileo 901

IT Leadership Track
Tackling The Top End User Computing Trends With Desktop Virtualization
Mon, May 8, 4:30 – 5:30pm – San Polo 3403
Convergence Of PC Lifecycle Management And Enterprise Mobility Management
Wed, May 10, 12-1pm – San Polo 3403
Visions Of The Software Defined Data Center
Tues, May 9, 1:30 – 2:30pm – Murano 3203

Code and Modern Apps Track
Photon Platform: Architecture, Use-Cases & Demo
Wed, May 10, 12-1pm – Zeno 4602

View a session catalog listing of ALL VMware related breakout sessions


VMware Booth

Visit our VMware booth (Solutions Expo #1143) for theater presentations every 20 minutes and meet our technical staff in person at any of the booth pods for product demos and Q&A.  The VMware booth team will be offering raffle prizes for attending booth demos and giveaways for visitors.

Theater Presentations [click to enlarge]
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LIVE Video Interviews

VMware execs will be sharing highlights, insights and Q&A during interviews from the show. These interviews will be streamed LIVE and made available via recording on our VMware TV YouTube channel following the conference.

theCUBE (watch the live stream)
Mon, 5:30 pm PT: Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Mgmt, VMware
Tues, 11:30 am PT: Yanbing Li, SVP and GM, Storage and Availability, VMware
Tues, 12 noon PT: Bask Iyer, CIO, Dell EMC and VMware
Tues, 1 pm PT: Pat Gelseinger, CEO, VMware

Dell Technologies TV (watch the live stream)
Mon, 1 pm PT: Ray O’Farrell, EVP and CTO, VMware
Wed, 12:55 pm PT: Ian Mulholland, VP, Dell Tech Solutions, VMware
Wed, 1:15 pm PT: Sanjay Poonen, COO, VMware

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