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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.

A #VMTN Guide: How to Attend VMworld 2017, Without Physically Attending VMworld 2017

With VMworld quickly approaching, thousands of people around the world are checking in to flights, registering for sessions, podcasters are slating guests, Twitter & Facebook feeds are buzzing with excitement. There truly is no replacement for being surrounded by 20,000+ like-minded professionals and learning about industry disrupting technology from the VMware professionals who created it.

BUT, there is hope for those not registered. For the first year, VMTN is going to capture the VMworld magic and share it with community members at home. VMTN is going to allow you to Stay Connected throughout VMworld U.S. and Europe.

 

Step 1: Bookmark the VMware Technology Network homepage – visit often for:

  • Livestreams:
  • News & announcements with links to relevant forums. Leverage this opportunity to discuss, network, and learn more.
  • VMworld-At-Home 2017 CloudCredibility.com Badge: tasks for those not in attendance. Earning this CloudCred badge will enter users into a raffle to win an Amazon Echo.
  • Beam Sign-up (U.S. Only): available now and throughout the conference. Visit VMvillage through video conferencing technology.
  • Social Visualizations: see posts around VMTN, vExpert, CloudCred, VMware {code} and more.
  • Blogs: any content being published on the VMTN Blog Beat Feed will be streaming here.

Step 2: Visit the VMworld Blog daily for:

  • Blogs from the VMworld team on Partner Exchange, Solutions Exchange, Sessions, and VMworld 2017 overall.
  • Social Media: find social streams of all content being published using the hashtags #VMworld and #VMware, and a map illustrating where these posts are coming from.
  • Blogger Resources: learn who is on the official VMworld Blogger 2017 list and where to find their content.

Step 3: Like the VMware Facebook Page for:

  • Video of the VMworld 2017 General Sessions
  • Live Video Interviews with VMware executives like Pat Gelsinger, CEO, and Sanjay Poonen, COO.
  • News, announcements, and resources throughout VMworld 2017.

 Step 4: Subscribe to the new VMTN Blog Beat RSS Feed for:

  • Streaming blog updates from the official VMworld bloggers, members of the featured community blogger program, and all VMware internal blogs.
  • Are you a blogger? Sign-up for the new VMTN Network Program to become a featured community blogger

Step 5: Last, but not least, visit VMware.com for Livestreams of the General Sessions.

If you are not able to attend VMworld 2017, I hope you enjoy it all the same. Stay connected.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Reach out to katieb@vmware.com. 

CloudCred VMworld Hands-On Labs Challenge & Great Echo Giveaway

The time is drawing near!

Join the CloudCredibility.com team as they partner again with the experts in Hands-On Labs to bring you:

CloudCred VMworld Hands-On Labs Challenge & Great Echo Giveaway

At the start of each VMworld, in the VMworld Hands-On Labs World at CloudCredibility.com, and in the Hands-On Labs Connect Areas in Vegas & Barcelona, find:

Over 80 brand-new Self-Paced Hands-On Labs Tasks including Challenge Labs and Expert-Led Workshops –  plus Exciting Prizes:

 ~ The GREAT Echo Giveaway ~

Did you know that an Amazon Echo Dot can control a VM?

At this year’s Hackathon, participants will learn how to configure an Echo Dot to do this very thing!

Whether or not you can attend the Hackathon, the source & instructions can be found at VMware {Code}  – the official VMware program for developers.

Or, learn how by completing tasks in the Hands-On Labs Dev-Ops Badge at CloudCredibility.com – which will take you step-by-step through this cool process.

And to make sure EVERYONE has a chance to take home an Amazon Echo Dot, CloudCred is giving away 75 Echo Dots in the Hands-On Labs Venue at each VMworld event: US and Europe.

That’s seventy-five Amazon Echo Dots, or about 15 a day for 5 days in the US and 4 days in Europe!

 Winners will be selected by Expert-Led Workshop proctors, and at-random in the Self-Paced Labs room each afternoon.


Not attending VMworld?

Don’t let that get you down – you still have 5 chances to WIN an Amazon Echo Dot from the comfort of your own home.

Complete the VMworld 2017 At-Home Badge, previewing Monday, August 21.

5 winners will be selected at random after both VMworlds are over.


 PLUS!

Daily Points Raffles: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Players earning enough points to land in the Top 10 spots on the CloudCred, VMworld Hands-On Labs World Leaderboard will be      entered into the Daily Points Raffle.

GoPro Hero 3 Cameras: 1 Winner Daily

Badge Completions – Grand Prizes: Drawings to take place Wednesday afternoon. Players earning any of the four Contest Badges will be entered in Wednesday’s Badge Raffles.

DevOps Badge: Roku 4K

Expert Badge: Hands-On Labs Earbuds

Solutions Badge: GoPro Hero 3 Camera

Overall Badge: DJI Spark Drone

Make sure your schedule includes time in the Hands-On Labs & playing CloudCred, and you could take home any one of these great prizes.


PLUS!

Labs Tee-shirts for tweeting with #VMworldHOL

CloudCred Tee-shirts for new users

Hands-On Labs earbuds for the attendee who completes the 10,000th lab taken

**Hands-On Labs will be OPEN on Sunday in Vegas for early-attenders! Beat the crowds & visit on this first day.**


Players must complete Task 4601 & agree to contest terms & conditions. 

Employees of VMware are not eligible for contest prizes.

Players must be present to win Daily Points Drawings & Badge Drawings.

Players winning multiple prizes will be at the discretion of CloudCred staff.

 

VMworld: 8 VMTN Community Opportunities You Don’t Want to Miss

To recognize VMTN Community contributors, there are going to be 8 fantastic programs running at VMworld – including some for those who cannot attend the event. Get excited and get signed up for the following:

For the Folks at Home:

  1. Beams (VMworld US only):
  • 3 Beams at the VMTN Community Area.
  • Beams are video conferencing tools which provide the freedom to explore VMvillage from the comfort of your own home.
  • Sign up now!
  1. VMTN Homepage Takeover
  • Featuring: livestream videos, VMworld social, live podcasts, blogs, {code}fest updates, and links to the forums with information on the latest VMware announcements.
  • Bookmark this page to Stay Connected.

For the Show-Goers:

  1. vBrownBag TechTalks – A VMTN Member

  1. Closed Booths Available for Podcast, Vlog, or even Webinar creation
  1. Blogger Program
  • Blogger tables will be set-up to provide a space for bloggers to write, charge, and network.
  • VMware Blogger Program Manager, Elsa Mayer, will be manning this area in the US and Europe to introduce her plans for the program and hand-out SWAG do nothing else… Don’t miss the opportunity to stop by.
  1. {code}fest
  • Come visit VMware {code} program manager, Tim Bonnemann, at his VMware {code} in the VMTN Community Area to learn about the program, sign-up, and get more SWAG do nothing else.
  • {code}fest sessions available for registration in the VMworld US and Europe.
  • Sign up for the {code} fest Hackathon on Monday night at VMworld U.S. and VMworld Europe.
  • Amazon Echos will be given away at the VMware {code} booth, at Hackathon Training Sessions, and at the Hackathon.
  1. CloudCred
  • CloudCred will support the VMware Hands-On Labs by running the CloudCred, Hands-On Labs Challenge.
  • Each lab and workshop will have its own unique, corresponding task on the CloudCred website.
  • Every day, CloudCred & the Labs will award Amazon Echoes, along with other prizes to those people landing in the top spots on the CloudCred, Labs Leaderboard
  • Visit CloudCred community manager, Noell Grier, in the Hands-on Labs area at VMworld US or Europe, to learn more.
  1. vExpert Party
  • Each year, vExpert Advocacy Manager, Corey Romero, hosts all of the vExperts for an after-hours event at a fantastic location near VMworld. Inside-scoop: this years US party will be held at the Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame.
  • If you are a vExpert, watch your email for invitations to both the US and Europe parties.

And that’s a wrap! I will see you folks either virtually, or in person at the VMTN Community Area in VMvillage in just over a month.

For further information or questions around these programs, email the VMTN Community Manager, katieb@vmware.com.

vExpert NSX 2017 Award Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert NSX. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2017 vExperts who received the NSX 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, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

The program is built upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware NSX. We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs.

If you were in the program previously and no longer, you may have missed the application window. Please email vExpert at VMware.

Thank You,

Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

First Last
Brandon Bazan
Cody De Arkland
Ron Fuller
Wojciech Marusiak
Robert Verdam
Jason Meers
Caio Oliveira
Tomas Fojta
Mikael Korsgaard Jensen
Dwayne Sinclair
Paul Meehan
Nick Scuola
Ronald de Jong
Joe Clarke
Jonathan Copeland
Niels Hagoort
Ray Budavari
Ian Walker
Chris Neale
Brandon Seymour
Ted Spinks
Trevor Pott
Fabrizio de Luca
Michael Rudloff
Petr McAllister
Jason Nash
Eric Sloof
Scott Lowe
Nicolai Sandager
Karel Novak
Andrea Mauro
Tom Howarth
Edward Haletky
Ather Beg
Sebastian Grugel
Ron Flax
Cahit YOLAÇAN
Chi Kin Wu
Matthew Leib
Mike Armstrong
Abdullah Abdullah
Rawlinson Rivera
Matthias Eisner
Yves Sandfort
Chris Clancy
Marc Huppert
Kalen Arndt
Mariusz Kaczorek
John Statt
Sander Martijn
sandeep kaushik
Matthew Bunce
Brian Ragazzi
Ranjit Singh Thakurratan
Luis Concistre
Andrew Brydon
Brad Christian
Darryl Cauldwell
Javier Galvez
Marius Sandbu
Patricio Cerda
Niran Even-Chen
Tolga Tohumcu
Paul McSharry
Yoshimasa Yamamoto
Sateesh Thupakula
Elver Sena Sosa
Aram Avetisyan
Ivo Beerens
Go Watanabe
Chanaka Ekanayake
Kyle Jenner
Fernando Silva
Marco van Baggum
Sjors Robroek
Brandon Hahn
Johan van Amersfoort
Daemon Behr
Jose Maria Gonzalez
Bilel KAMMOUN
SREEJITH C
Manish Patel
VALDECIR CARVALHO
Masanori Nara
Florian Grehl
Myles Gray
Eric Sloof
Joep Piscaer
Robert Bauer
Manish Jha
Igor Zecevic
Marc De Grasse
Heino Skov
Jarosław Zieliński
Matthew Larson
Luke Huckaba
Saurav Issar
Rushdi Rizvy
René van den Bedem
Chris Wahl
Michał Iwańczuk
Marc Vincent Davoli
Fabian Lenz
Clinton Prentice
Carlos Andrés Robles Lascarro
James Cruickshank
Rich Dowling
Ebrahim Aldesouky
Takahiro HAGIWARA
Russ OConnor
Christian Strijbos
Chris Forbis
mauro balbiani
Kohei Matsumoto
Gomaa Ghoneem
Christian Parker
Joshua Sims
Peter van Roosmalen
Anthony Spiteri
Chestin Hay
David Espejo
Tim Davis
William de Marigny
Romain Decker
raymundo escobar
Nathan Goh
Joseph Griffiths
Ryan Johnson
Anjani Kumar
Ariel Sanchez Mora
Manny Sidhu
Martijn Smit
Kazumi Takata
Steve Wood
Ross Wynne
Waleed Akl
Manfred Hofer
Bo Bo Zin
Gabriel Maciel
Dave Davis
Pablo Scheri
Christopher Kusek
Giuliano Bertello
Sam McGeown
Simone Di Mambro
Justin Bias
Karthik Varadaraja
Joshua Andrews
Jeffrey Kusters
Erik Verbruggen
Brian Kirsch
Trevor Smith
Bayu Wibowo
James Streit
Christopher Lewis

vExpert 2017 VSAN Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert VSAN. Myself and VMware Storage Business Unit are pleased to announce the list of 2017 vExperts who received the VSAN award. This elite group includes bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. This group of individuals have passion and enthusiasm for technology, but more importantly, have demonstrated significant activity and evangelism around VSAN.

The program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware VSAN. We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs.

Please join us in congratulating them and welcoming them to the vExpert VSAN program. We couldn’t be more excited to partner and work with both the Storage BU and the vExpert program!

Thank You,

Corey Romero and the VMware Storage Business Unit

First Last
Ebrahim Aldesouky
Puneet Arora
Aram Avetisyan
Dan Barr
Brian Beeler
Ivo Beerens
Justin Bias
Ryan Birk
Niclas Borgström
Joseph Roy Barker
Paul Braren
Mark Brookfield
Matthew BUnce
Erik Bussink
VALDECIR CARVALHO
Christopher Chua
Ricardo Conzatti
James Cruickshank
Tim Davis
Marc De Grasse
Fabrizio de Luca
Tayfun Deger
Lee Dilworth
Chanaka Ekanayake
Rebecca Fitzhugh
Gomaa Ghoneem
Brandon Graves
Myles Gray
Florian Grehl
Sebastian Grugel
Niels Hagoort
Krzysztof Hermanowski
Martin Hosken
Luke Huckaba
Marc Huppert
Sungho Hwang
Timothy Ingalls
Saurav Issar
Kyle Jenner
Ryan Johnson
Mariusz Kaczorek
Steve Kaplan
Jens Klasen
Brian Knutsson
Anastasis Ksouzafeiris
AJ Kuftic
Anjani Kumar
Christopher Kusek
William Lam
Jason Langer
Matthew Larson
Fabian Lenz
Leandro Ariel Leonhardt
Scott Lowe
Matt Mancini
Johan Marais
Frederic Martin
Tiago Martinez
Jason Massae
Andrea Mauro
Sam McGeown
Paul McSharry
Jason Meers
Christian Mohn
Dave Morera
Chris Nakagaki
Kevin O’Brien
Michael PERES
Anthony Poh
Tony Reeves
Kiran Reid
Rawlinson Rivera
Roger Samdal
Yves Sandfort
raphael schitz
Greg Schulz
Vladan SEGET
Eric Sloof
Anthony Spiteri
Benjamin Ulsamer
Marco van Baggum
Herco van Brug
Rene van den Bedem
Manh Luan Vo
Wei-Ren Wang
Michael Wilmsen
Jeff Wong
Chi Kin Wu
Yoshimasa Yamamoto
Emad Younis
Bo Bo Zin

vExpert 2017 Second Half Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2017 Second Half vExperts. Each of these vExperts have 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, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

I want to personally thank everyone who applied and point out that a “vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. If you feel like you were not selected in error, that’s entirely possible.

The judges may have overlooked or misinterpreted what you wrote in your application. Email us at vexpert@vmware.com and we can discuss your situation. We looked at all of the 2015 and some of 2016 activities to determine the voting results.

If you were selected as a vExpert 2017 Second Half, we will be conducting on-boarding this week. You should now have the welcome email in your inbox which will explain the entire program and what you need to do to be enrolled in our private vExpert community as well as listed in the vExpert directory. We will use the email address provided in your vExpert application. We will extend the vExpert Reception invite to you for both VMworld US in Las Vegas as well as VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning.

We’re looking forward to working with you. Command + F away and find your name if you can’t wait for the welcome email.

Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

Note: The list below are the newly added vExperts only. This is not the complete vExpert list.

First Name Last Name Twitter
Max Abelardo @mabelard
Charles Adams @whitehattechs
belal adel
Hammad Alam @vcdx248
Muhammed Ali muhammedali275
FERNANDO ALVAREZ MARTINEZ @bolooo
Aidan Thomson thebigbluebin
Mehmet AYDIN diaboliksword
Adrian Begg @AdrianBegg
Uma sanker Panda @UmaPanda81
Preben Berg @poulpreben
Julien BERTON Julien BERTON
Rob Bishop @rob_a_b
Christiaan Brinkhoff @Brinkhoff_C
Yamato Sakai
Hans Kraaijeveld @hanskraaijeveld
Joseph Roy Barker
JOHN DE ARAUJO @johncostaaraujo
Gilad Broun @giladbrown
Douglas Brown @douglasabrown
Brian Bunke @brianbunke
Saurabh Chandratre SC_vNextGen
Luis Chanu @LuisChanu
Todd D’Amore
Noel Lacayo @noel_lacayo
Saadallah Chebaro @s_chebaro
Jack Cherkas @jackcherkas
Chris Colotti @CColotti
Manuel Serrano de Haro
Alex Schenck
Celia Cristaldo Cantero @celiacri
Barry Schiffer @barryschiffer
Rhian Cross @rhiancohen
David Davis @DavidMDavis
Ivan de Mes @ivandemes
Prabhu Barathi @prabhu_b
Mike Dent @mikedent13
Dillon Doxey VCDX229
Pawel Drazkowski @_Drazkowski
Hamza El Fajjaj
Jad El-Zein @virtualjad
Peter Flecha @vPedroArrow
Mike Gelhar @mikegelhar
Andrew Gerrie aegerrie
Matthieu GIOIA @notmg
Joao Grade @j_grade
William Grismore @grizzamore
Brett Guarino @Brett_Guarino
John Hague @jhague10
Jeremy Hall VMjhall
Rhys Hammond @HammondRhys
Faisal Hasan @FaisalHasan80
Derek Hennessy @derekhennessy
Jorge Luis Hernandez @swatcat666
Jose Manuel Hernandez Benitez jos3mhb
Todd Horne @RVAVMWARE
Joseph Houghes @jhoughes
Kevin Howell @kevhowla
Alton Ingram
Yohei Ishihara
Darshana Jayathilake @darshanajayathi
QIYAN JIANG
Britton Johnson vcixnv
Spas Kaloferov @SpasKaloferov
Byounghee Kim
Arron King @cybersylum
Nick Korte @NetworkNerd_
Deepak koshal @deepakkoshal
Veli Kadir KOZAN @velikadirkozan
John Kozej @vcdx245
Vijay Kumar @jaysheezzy
Rajeev Kumar @rajeevc64867759
Michael Leahy @mikeleahy1234Ba
Ariel Liguori aliguo
Naresh Madiraju
Dukagjin Maloku DugiDM
HEURTIN Manuel @manul63
Wesley Martins Silva @wesmrt
Ángel Muñoz Guerrero @AngelMGTech
Ken Nalbone @KenNalbone
Michael Noone Yinzvirtual
Paul Parmentier
Mark Plettenberg @MarkPlettenberg
Alexandro Prado https://twitter.com/alexandroprado
John Putnam @putnajoe
James Rankin 0
Martez Reed greenreedtech
Joerg Roesch oergman
Rodrigo Rovere @blogciscoredes
Hussam Sawaged @HussamSawaqed
Michael Schroeder @Microlytix
Romain Serre @RomSerre
Ryan Shellenberger
Herman Silva bighermWPB
Harjit Singh @pmlogs
jitendra singh @jitendra12singh
Jitendra Singh @Jitendr87037334
Gerard Slotboom @slotboom
Dennis Smith @DennisMSmith
Iakov Sovluk
Christian Stankowic @stankowic_devel
John Statt @john.statt
Andy Syrewicze @asyrewicze
Dusan Tekeljak @mavatko
Aung Zaw Zaw Tun
Paul Twomey
Colin Westwater @cwestwater
Gary Williams @garyw_
Geoff Wilmington Geoff Wilmington
Bram Wolfs @bramwolfs
Paul Wynne @vdiallstar
Tayfun Yaban @tayfunyaban
Chip Zoller @chipzoller
Mischa Buijs BeVirtualnet
Christopher Frenz
Akira Koda

Congratulations to #VMTN Community Warrior, @firestartah

Submit a nomination for the next VMTN Community Warrior. In 2017, this program will be recognizing and rewarding 25 users who commit time and energy to engaging in community discussions and capturing the values of VMware Technology Network. Learn more.

Congratulations to Gregg, also known on VMTN as, @firestartah and welcome to the VMTN Community Warrior Hall of Fame. Gregg is an exceptional person, someone who has truly embedded giving back to the VMware community into his day-to-day life.

Not only is Gregg a VMTN Community Moderator, he:

  • Co-hosts the EMEA #vBrownBag podcast/webinar series every Tuesday at 7PM GMT
  • Has been a vExpert for 7 years in a row
  • Holds a VCDX-DVC (#205) – and mentors others to help them achieve theirs
  • Regularly speaks at London VMUG

The list goes on! Gregg – thanks for all that you do.

Check out what Gregg had to say…

K: What is it that attracted you to the VMware community? When did you get involved?

G: When I started learning virtualization and VMware in particular almost ten years ago I did what a lot of people did, and still do today, and that is read some of the top blogs. From reading these, I started following these bloggers and anyone else who was talking about VMware on Twitter. The Twitter community was quite small then and I remember being able to read every tweet all the people I followed each day without much issue which allowed me to really connect with fellow vNerds and learn so much from all of them.

K: I remember those days… How did your involvement evolve from there?

G: The number of people who were willing to help really inspired me so I decided to start trying to give back in any way I could so I wrote blog postings about little things I fixed and whose blogs helped me with it, or I would go on the VMware communities and try to help answer people’s problems. Doing the blogging and communities work led me to become a vExpert which I have been graciously awarded every year since. I have also become a communities’ moderator. I loved doing all of it from blogging, to tweeting, to attending the London VMUG, to becoming part of the vBrownbag crew.

What has kept me involved so long is honestly the people in the community. The benefits I have found not just from a work perspective, but also a friendship perspective has been amazing.

           

 

 

K: That’s great. I know you do a lot of mentoring for certifications and are heavily involved in those communities on VMTN. For community members who are looking to gain more certifications, and maybe even looking to achieve their VCDX, how would you recommend preparing?

G: Certification pages were and still partly are what I’m known for in the community as it was the way I could collate the study resources I was using for my VCP’s and VCAP’s and now VCDX. Certainly, learn NSX and do the VCP-NV if you can as I think you’ll never regret learning about SDN. If you are looking at doing the VCAP’s then there are loads of great resources out there which I’ve listed on my blog and some really good VMware courses as well. The VCAP’s are challenging but are really good to do especially the administration ones if you are working with VMware every day.

I would highly recommend getting your VCDX especially for the journey and the number of things you learn along that journey. Doing the VCDX is a very big commitment and I always recommend people speak to their significant other and let them know you will be dedicating time to getting the certification. I always recommend starting as soon as possible on the VCDX journey and there are loads of great resources out there from blogs, to books to podcasts to VCDX Workshops to help you. Also 99% of the current VCDX’s are very approachable people who are happy to help you along on your journey as long as you are willing to pull your own weight.

K: That’s fantastic advice – I know you’ve taken it to the next level… How did you get involved in mentoring others?

G: I’m not sure really, I think it’s linked to writing my VCP/VCAP/VCDX study resources pages and trying to give back to the community that helped me so much. I have had and still have loads of people giving me advice and helping me grow and pushing me and so I wanted to give that back as well. When I passed my VCDX and actually even whilst I was still going for it, I wanted to try to help as many people along as possible and connect people aiming for it so we could all learn from each other. The VCDX study/mock group I have run for the last few years has amazed me with the amount people have grown and that everyone who benefitted is now helping others. We have seen a pass from every round of VCDX defenses since we started which is amazing!

Wow! Thank you, Gregg – and congratulations again!

To get in touch with Gregg, you can find him here:

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.

Congratulations to #VMTN Community Warrior: @jfrappier

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Congratulations, and welcome to the VMTN Community Warrior Hall of Fame @Jfrappier.  It is an honor to put the spotlight on you, because you deserve it. Check out the nomintation Jonathan received the following nomination from Community Warrior: @arielsanchezmor:

Jonathan is a veteran of the vExpert and EMCelect communities who has been a big influence in the Boston virtualization groups and has been an integral member of vBrownBag. He has also led the charge in publishing content that bridges the devops tools integrations with vSphere (out of his own time, this is not his job role) at jfrap.com and has helped many in the vCommunity as a mentor and sounding board. Unusually quiet in person, yet one of the funniest I know, my main reason for nominating him is that I know (from being a vBrownBag crew member) that Jonathan is the engine that keeps vBrownBag running, always scheduling people with ample time and doing the hard work of choosing a new topic and getting presenters for it. He takes care of all the little jobs that are needed, and also finds time to regularly present when he is asked to. I have only seen his impact in the last two years, and yet I know he has been doing this for a long time.

 

I think Ariel captured why Jonathon was chosen to receive this badge. Jonathan is not only active on VMTN, but as Ariel says, he is a vExpert who is heavily involved with the vBrownBag organization. Beyond that, the man is also active on GitHub, he recently delivered the keynote at the annual Virtualization Technology User Group (VTUG) Spring Forward meetup, is active in the Boston VMUG, is constantly tweeting, blogging, sharing, learning, and LIVING the foundational principles behind a great community. He even had a book published.

Let’s learn a bit more about this warrior…

K: You are clearly a VMware community guy – what is the unique value for you in each?

J: None, and any…all at once. I am less interested in any particular vertical community and more interested in meeting other people. Since my interests are spread across technology I just choose to meet smart, open, people who are interested in helping others with positive feedback. If that person is a SQL DBA – cool, I’ve played the role of SQL admin before. Network admin? Yup, done that. Developer – I just want to hear more from those people as I think our world is headed towards “everything as code.”

K: How are you going to get involved with community at VMworld?

J: I will be in the hang space (VMvillage) almost the entire event, I’ll pop down to the vendor place but otherwise I’ll be connecting with people and helping vBrownBag produce TechTalks.

K: Do you want to tell me a bit about the vBrownBag TechTalk you will be delivering?

J: At VMworld US I will be doing a vBrownBag Tech Talk on using the vSphere 6.5 REST APIs though an Ansible playbook. I’ve long been a fan of Ansible and being able to use to automate and manage the configuration of my vSphere environment combines two products I enjoy working with.

For those that haven’t worked with APIs before, don’t worry because we will be kicking off a vBrownBag series on APIs right after VMworld US with a ton of great presenters and topics.

Thank you, Jonathan – and congratulations again!

To check out Jonathan’s TechTalk at VMworld U.S., register for VMTN6616U on ScheduleBuilder. To get in touch online, you can reach Jonathan here:

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.