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VMTN Community Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss at VMworld Europe

At VMworld this year, there will be awesome experiences that we hope the VMTN Community will find entertaining and want to partake in – including some for those who cannot attend the event in person. Get excited and get sign up for the following:

At Home vCommunity members:

1. VMTN Homepage Takeover

  • Featuring: videos, VMworld social, blogs, VMware {code} updates, and more.
  • Bookmark this page to Stay Connected.

For the in-person attendees:

1.vBrownBag TechTalks – A VMTN Member

2. Blogger Program

  • Blogger tables will be set-up to provide a space for bloggers to write, charge, and network.

3. VMware {code}

  • Come visit VMware {code} program manager, Kripa Sitaraman, in the VMTN Community Area to learn all about the new VMware {code} program! Check out our {code}shop and espresso bar where you get “buy” cool prizes using Code Coin earned through our BlockChip App
  • Register for the VMware{code} Power Session sessions. Search “VMware{code}” in the app or click here to view online.
  • Don’t miss the Monday night Hackathon!  It won’t disappoint! For Information & Sign-up Instructions click here.

4. CloudCred

  • CloudCred & the VMware Hands-On Labs partner again to bring you the Hands-On Labs Challenge!
  • Each lab and workshop will have its own unique, corresponding task on the CloudCred website so you can play to WIN.
  • Every day, we’ll give away a GoPro 6 HERO camera to a player from the Top 10!
  • Every day, we’ll give away three Raspberry Pi’s a random to lab attendees!
  • Find out more of the awesome prizes here
  • And if that’s not enough, take a Hands-On Lab to earn Code Coins – then spend them in the VMware {code} Shop in the Communities area!

       So make sure you take a Hands-On Lab & get in the game with CloudCredibility.com 

       Visit CloudCred community manager Noell Grier in the Hands-on Labs area at VMworld US or Europe, to learn more.

5. vExpert Event

  • Each year, vExpert Advocacy Manager, Corey Romero, hosts all of the vExperts for an after-hours event at a fantastic location near VMworld.
  • 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.

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

 

 

Congratulations VMTN Community Warrior, @porterdeleon!

Congratulations to our newest VMTN Community Warrior, Yadin Porter de León!

Submit a nomination for the next VMTN Community Warrior. This program will continue to recognize users who commit time and energy to engaging with peers in the VMTN community. Learn more.

Congratulations to VMware Technology Network’s newest Community Warrior, Yadin Porter de León, for being a beneficial contributor to our community. We are truly thankful for everything you do to help the VMTN community.

Learn a little bit more about Yadin:

How did you get involved in VMTN?

I got involved in the community in 2014. I started out by doing something very simple; listening to podcast. At first it seems like you’re not really connected because you’re not participating in a forum, or you’re not going to events, but I started to realize how connected I started becoming by hearing the stories of people who were going to the events, who were participating online and in Social. Through that, I got to hear all of the stories, the inside jokes, the trials and tribulations, the pain points, and really get involved from a listening perspective. From there, became very natural for me to start to reach out to some of these people on Twitter and engage with them, read their blogs, watch the videos, and eventually start going to events. Once I did that it was like the sky was the limit and there is no turning back, and there is no way that I could ever possibly live in a world that includes always amazing talented people.

Which VMware communities are you involved in?

I really see myself as being involved in the larger IT community ecosystem. It’s almost like I’m involved in a ton of different communities, though I really only focus on a couple main ones for a day-to-day engagement standpoint. The large ones, of course, are the VMware User Group VMUG and VMTN. But this is just where I get started. I’m part of the Silicon Valley VMUG leaders group, but I’m also connected to VMTN and am a vExpert for the first time in 2018 which was really exciting for me. The way I engage with the community, however, is more people focused and less community group focused. So the things I do touch a lot of different communities including vBrownBag, the VMTN, VMUG, VMUnderground, and a host of others.

How do you work with VMware day-to-day?

I was extremely excited to get a fantastic role working for VMware on a day-to-day basis. I’m actually here in the Palo Alto office helping those in various different communities in the VMware ecosystem. I don’t just help them use technology, but what I’m focused on is helping them do what they do better, to level up in their careers, and to find more people and resources in the community that can help them do that besides just VMware.

Can you tell me the most rewarding thread you’ve helped answer in the forums?

I don’t have a great story for the forums specifically, whether it be the most difficult thread or the most rewarding thread. I think the best example I could possibly give, as far as what I do to help people and the community, it’s been at the same time the most rewarding and the hardest thing that I’ve done in a community, is to start what I have called the Level Up Project. The first thing that the Level Up Project created was something called the V trail map. The V trail map is a community asset that is meant to pull people into the community who aren’t connected on social media, who don’t listen to podcasts, or read blogs. It helps them understand what resources are out there so that they can do what they do better, and level up in their careers. What it is physically, is a little printed book that has resources like more communities, free online training certification, pass NH section and is curated by what we call an ambassador. This ambassador has stepped forward and agreed to be available on social media for people to come and ask questions. They’ve curated the resources in the book for their section to provide an overview of what something is for example: “What is Ws or VMware on AWS?” “What is vCenter?” It also provides some great resources to get started like, “What’s the best blog post to read?” “What’s the best video to watch first?” “What’s the best podcast to listen to?” The resource is printed specifically because these people aren’t connected digitally to this broader community, but they do come to certain events because they know that these events are important for them and their careers.

The V Trail Map is launched at VMworld each year. We started in 2017, so we’ve now done it two years in a row. Often times, those in the community who are already connected, will take this book and hand it to somebody at the show and tell them what it is, and tell them why it’s so important to get connected. In 2017, we handed out about 250 books, in 2018 we handed out 600, and in 2019 we plan to hand out about 1000.

What advice would you give to community members on learning more and becoming a better professional? 

The number one thing you can do is to network with others. This doesn’t only have to be in person, this can be virtual, for example via social media, reading somebody’s blog, listening to someone’s podcast, watching somebody’s video, and then engaging with them through the content they create. There are a lot of different routes to learning more, but the most important piece about learning is not just consuming content, it is then connecting with somebody about that information that you have learned. This can be discussing it so you can be better at it, or teaching it so that you can not only become better at doing it, but also become better at talking about it. That’s probably the biggest key to become a better professional; being able to articulate the business value, articulate the outcome, articulate anything that you feel needs to be communicated about the end result of what you’re trying to do with the technology.

Some people focus too much on the technology itself, and while that will definitely help you accomplish a goal from a technical perspective, you won’t even be able to get your hands on the technology unless you can articulate what the benefit of the technology is, and how it is connected to a business result. Many people who attend events like VMworld aren’t even able to attend them, unless they can articulate value. They are then allowed to attend the event to increase or to improve their technical skills, as well as network with other people who can help them along their career journey, all while learning that scale of communication is absolutely key.

Are you currently working on any projects you think the VMTN community would be interested in?

The biggest project that I’m working on right now is the 2019 V trail map which is going to expand in size, and its scope. It will include other things that people really are asking for from a career development standpoint, including certifications like AWS, and inclusion of a lot of other communities like V ladies. It will host many other resources and ambassadors to back up those resources that are going to provide a far more comprehensive guide for those looking to level up their careers. Right now, we’re looking for those who want to volunteer and become a part of this effort. We want these volunteers to join the Level Up project and take a step forward as ambassadors to help create the content that are going to help the members of the community when this set launches at VMworld 2019.

How can people follow you or get in touch? 

The best way to get a hold of me Is via Twitter

Find out about the Level Up project and how to get involved here.

You can find lots of great career resources and perspectives on my blog

I always love when people connect with me via LinkedIn

Learn more about the V trail map here 

 

Thanks Yadin!

Do you see someone frequently answering questions in your favorite forums? Did someone provide 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 jenniferg@vmware.com.

 

vSphere Correct Answer Campaign is Still On!

Hey vSphere experts and enthusiasts, there’s still time to join the challenge! 

Want a chance to win the amazing Sonos Play5 wireless speaker to start or complement your home sound system? How about a chance to get on a fast-track to become a vExpert, and/or attend this year’s vExpert event at VMworld Barcelona? Then join the vSphere ‘Correct Answer’ Challenge and get in on the action.  

If you’re a vSphere product expert or enthusiast and enjoy helping others, then you qualify for the challenge! Or maybe you just want to shape your skills for that next vSphere exam. That works too! And by answering questions, you not only help produce trusted-content that benefits all vSphere focused community members, but also push us closer to reaching our ultimate goal of 98% vSphere community questions tagged as having received a ‘Correct Answer’. 

Once we see your genius, and the community acknowledges your domination, you will be rewarded! And for those of you not attending VMworld this year, there will be other reward opportunities for being community-minded and helping others, including but not limited to: 

  • Invitation to vExpert event at VMworld Barcelona (1 award) 
  • Sonos Play5: wireless home speaker (1 award) 
  • Pair of Sonos Play1: wireless home speakers (1 award) 
  • Consideration into the vExpert program (2 awards) *
  • Automatic nomination as a VMTN Community Warrior  
  • Accelerated reputation building within the community  

Ready to accept the challenge? Simply join the VMTN community and start contributing in the vSphere Community, or visit the vSphere ‘Correct Answer’ Challenge community to learn more and post your comments. 

 

Shared purpose. Shared content. Shared success. 

 

Thanks everyone, and see you in the community!

The Global Services Team 

 

 

*Must be actively involved in the VMTN Community and apply for vExpert

 

UPDATE: This challenge is now closed and the winners have been announced here!

VMTN VMworld 2018 US Recap

 

VMworld 2018 US has concluded and the Social Media & Communities team hopes you were able to enjoy everything we had to offer in our VMTN/ VMware {code} space. We tried to give options for those of you attending in person in Las Vegas, and those at home on your computer or mobile device.

 

This year at VMworld, we had some new offerings as well as some offerings you might have found familiar. As far as familiar offerings go, vBrownBag had a great TechTalk turnout again this year in the VMTN area! Hopefully some of you were able to come to our booth during these sessions or watch the livestream on the VMTN homepage or vBrownBag website. Our blogger tables stayed very busy throughout each day during VMworld. We are looking forward to seeing more VMworld blogs this week.

Although the Beam “attendance” started slow, many virtual attendees were able to enjoy them during the week to see what was going on in the VMvillage as well as the Solutions Exchange. Our last familiar offering that we hope was utilized enough, was our fully closed podcast booth that was available for podcasters, vloggers, or anyone else who needed a quiet space to record.

 

New to VMworld this year was the introduction to our VMware {code} program. We featured some great speakers on our second stage for {code} Power Sessions. We had a “maker space” area featuring different hands-on projects led by a few VMware employees who are experts in their area. Many who stopped by and took these workshops learned a lot and really enjoyed their time.

Our last new offering this year was our VMware {code} coin, which is a web-based app where users could complete different tasks, earn coins, and spend the coins in our {code} shop. This gamification proved very popular during the week, with users coming back and asking for more tasks, and how to get more coins to buy {code} t-shirts, Bluetooth speakers, a Nintendo NES, and more!

 

Outside of the booth activity, we hosted two events for the vCommunity. Monday night, we started the week off with our Hackathon. This year’s Hackathon was highest in attendance thus far and seemed to be lots of fun for the participants, as well as the spectators. Congratulations to all of the winners of the Hackathon!

Tuesday night was another special night. For those new and returning vExperts, we hosted their exclusive party at the Pinball Hall of Fame, where we also had a vBBQ going on. This event was so great that even CEO, Pat Gelsinger, stopped by!

 

If you were unable to attend VMworld 2018 US, hopefully you were at least able to partake in the virtual offerings we provided. Maybe we’ll even see you in Barcelona in November, or at VMworld US next year in San Francisco.

 

 

The Community Pulse – Top VMTN Content from August 2018

VMTN Community Pulse

Welcome vCommunity to the Community Pulse – a monthly blog series that delivers the most high traffic content in the VMTN forums for your consumption. The VMTN forums are a learning tool unlike any other. Read through these threads to explore how other IT professionals are administrating, optimizing, and supporting their unique environments. We invite you to contribute your knowledge to these and all threads on VMTN!

What were the top VMTN conversations this August?

10 top viewed threads in August:

  1. 503 Service Unavailable (Failed to connect to endpoint: in vCenter. Resolution in progress.
  2. ESXI 6.5 Free License ? in vSphere ESXi. Resolution in progress.
  3. VMware Workstation Pro 14 – Fails To Start Due To CPU Non-Support in Workstation. Resolution in progress.
  4. vCSA 6.5 installation stuck at RPM installation in vCenter Server Appliance. Resolution is in progress.
  5. cant copy/paste from guest to host in Workstation. Resolution is in progress.
  6. autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client in Virtual Machine, Guest OS and VM Tools. Resolution is in progress.
  7. VMware Workstation and Hyper-V are not compatible. Remove the Hyper-V role from the system before running VMware Workstation in Workstation. Resolution is in progress.
  8. VMWare Fusion 10.0.1 doesn’t see USB devices anymore [SOLVED] in VMware Fusion (for Mac). One resolution stated, but not a resolution for all.
  9. failed to lock the file cannot open the disk in Workstation. Resolution is in progress.
  10. SSL Exception when Converter tries to connect to vCenter in VMware vCenter. Resolution by POCEH.

Top 10 communities, based on thread and reply creation in August:

  1. ESXi
  2. Workstation Pro
  3. Technical Community Resources and Help
  4. VMware PowerCLI
  5. VMware vCenter
  6. VMware Fusion (for Mac)
  7. VMware vSphere
  8. vCenter Server
  9. VMware View
  10. vRealize Automation Tools

 

To get real time updates on content being created within the forums, you can:

  1. Subscribe to a communities RSS Feed. Feeds are available for each community on the right-hand side, in the Actions box.
  2. Opt in to “Follow” a community. This option is available on the right-hand side, parallel with the community name. Any community you choose to follow will appear in your “My Communities” list, accessible through the tap navigation. To receive email notifications around communities that you follow, confirm in your preferences that you have opted in to email.
  3. Bookmark a community thread to receive notifications on the progress. This is only available at thread level. It is on the right-hand side, under the Actions box.

Questions on the Community Pulse? Please reach out to the VMware Community Manager, at jenniferg@vmware.com.

Podcast Booth Available at VMworld 2018 in the VMTN Community Area

Our closed booth is back at our VMTN Community Area in VMvillage this year! With the booth, we hope to continue to lend a helping hand to podcasters, vloggers, and content creators who want to produce quality audio content in a quiet area. No need to worry about the background noise of thousands of people walking around the convention center while you’re trying to record.

These booths will have four walls and a ceiling to optimize audio within the booth. Time within these booths will be allocated in a first come first serve basis. To reserve a time please fill out the following form:

RESERVE YOUR TIME SLOT HERE

See you at VMworld US!

 

*There will be no AV tools provided. Please bring your own recording devices if necessary.

The Community Pulse – Top VMTN Content from July 2018

Welcome vCommunity to the Community Pulse – a monthly blog series that delivers the most high traffic content in the VMTN forums for your consumption. The VMTN forums are a learning tool unlike any other. Read through these threads to explore how other IT professionals are administrating, optimizing, and supporting their unique environments. We invite you to contribute your knowledge to these and all threads on VMTN!

What were the top VMTN conversations this July?

10 top viewed threads in July:

  1. 503 Service Unavailable (Failed to connect to endpoint: in vCenter. Resolution in progress.
  2. ESXI 6.5 Free License ? in vSphere ESXi. Resolution in progress.
  3. VMware Workstation Pro 14 – Fails To Start Due To CPU Non-Support in Workstation. Resolution in progress.
  4. cant copy/paste from guest to host in Workstation. Resolution is in progress.
  5. vCSA 6.5 installation stuck at RPM installation in vCenter Server Appliance. Resolution is in progress.
  6. VMware Workstation and Hyper-V are not compatible. Remove the Hyper-V role from the system before running VMware Workstation in Workstation. Resolution is in progress.
  7. autostart VM from ESXI 6.5 web client in Virtual Machine, Guest OS and VM Tools. Resolution is in progress.
  8. failed to lock the file cannot open the disk in Workstation. Resolution is in progress.
  9. VMware Workstation 10: No internet on guest on NAT Settings in Workstation. Resolution is in progress.
  10. High Sierra and Fusion “stuck” keys in Fusion. Resolution is in progress.

Top 10 communities, based on thread and reply creation in July:

  1. ESXi
  2. Workstation Pro
  3. Technical Community Resources and Help
  4. VMware PowerCLI
  5. VMware vCenter
  6. VMware Fusion (for Mac)
  7. VMware vSphere
  8. vCenter Server
  9. VMware View
  10. vRealize Automation Tools

 

To get real time updates on content being created within the forums, you can:

  1. Subscribe to a communities RSS Feed. Feeds are available for each community on the right-hand side, in the Actions box.
  2. Opt in to “Follow” a community. This option is available on the right-hand side, parallel with the community name. Any community you choose to follow will appear in your “My Communities” list, accessible through the tap navigation. To receive email notifications around communities that you follow, confirm in your preferences that you have opted in to email.
  3. Bookmark a community thread to receive notifications on the progress. This is only available at thread level. It is on the right-hand side, under the Actions box.

Questions on the Community Pulse? Please reach out to the VMware Community Manager, at jenniferg@vmware.com

VMTN Community Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss at VMworld US

At VMworld this year, there will be awesome experiences that we hope the VMTN Community will find entertaining and want to partake in – including some for those who cannot attend the event. Get excited and get signed up for the following:

At Home vCommunity members:

  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: videos, VMworld social, podcasts, blogs, {code}shop updates, and links to the forums with information on the latest VMware announcements.
  • Bookmark this page to Stay Connected.

For the in-person attendees:

  1. vBrownBag TechTalks – A VMTN Member
  1. Closed Booth 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.
  • Don’t forget to stop by and say hi to VMware Blogger Program Manager, Elsa Mayer.
  1. VMware {code}
  • Come visit VMware {code} program manager, Kripa Sitaraman, in the VMTN Community Area to learn about the {code}shop! Check out our {code}shop and espresso bar where you get “buy” cool prizes using Code Coin earned through our BlockChip App
  • Register for the VMware{code} Power Session sessions. Search “VMware{code}” in the app or click here: https://bit.ly/2uKc2ns to view online.
  • Don’t miss the Monday night Hackathon!  It won’t disappoint! For Information & Sign-up Instructions: https://bit.ly/2LHbBk8

7. CloudCred

  • CloudCred & the VMware Hands-On Labs partner again to bring you the Hands-On Labs Challenge!
  • Each lab and workshop will have its own unique, corresponding task on the CloudCred website so you can play to WIN.
  • Every day, we’ll give away a GoPro 6 HERO camera to a player from the Top 10!
  • Every day, we’ll give away 5 Raspberry Pi’s a random to lab attendees!
  • Grand Prize winners on Thursday will take home a pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless Shadow Gray Headphones, an Apple Smart Watch, and a DJI Spark Drone!
  • And if that’s not enough, take a Hands-On Lab to earn Code Coins – then spend them in the VMware Code Shop in the Communities area! Buy anything from delicious lattes & chocolates to smart devices, tee-shirts, or a Nintendo Classic gaming system.

       So make sure you take a Hands-On Lab & get in the game with CloudCredibility.com 

       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.
  • 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 about a month.

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

 

 

 

Congratulations to VMTN Community Warrior, @continuum!

Submit a nomination for the next VMTN Community Warrior. This program will continue to recognize users who commit time and energy to engaging with peers in the VMTN community. Learn more.

Congratulations to VMware Technology Network’s newest Community Warrior, @continuum for being a beneficial contributor to our community. We are truly thankful for everything you do to help the VMTN community.

Learn a little bit more about @continuum

Which VMware communities are you involved in?

I started with Workstation as I had no access to ESX compatible hardware until about 2008.
Later I got quite involved in the Converter forum – I even developed a LiveCD  for Coldclones when VMware decided to discontinue their own version. Nowadays I rather search for recovery related posts in all forums. Even if I miss a post myself – other community members tell folks to contact me directly when they post any recovery topics.

What is the most difficult thread you’ve addressed on VMTN?

The most difficult thread I ever addressed in VMTN was the challenge to run VMware Workstation on top of a Windows LiveCD. Normally VMware Workstation requires a user-account to run on Windows but a Windows LiveCD only uses one SYSTEM account only.
So everybody I asked about this said it is impossible. One and a half year and countless hours later I finally was able to solve  the problem and I could celebrate one of the happiest victories of my  live. The next few years I offered a construction kit for a Windows  LiveCD with VMware Workstation on my website and had lots of happy  users.

What is the most rewarding thread you’ve addressed on VMTN?

The most rewarding thread I ever encountered in VMTN was the request to recover some vmdks from an unreadable VMFS-volume. That thread was in 2007 or 2008 if I remember right.
After some weeks of work I discovered an approach to recover lost vmdks after a VMFS-corruption. Later I added more work into this approach and got better and better the more cases I looked into. 3  years later I lost my boring factory job and thanks to this rare skill set I was able to find a new job for a german VMware Partner Company. Nowadays I run my own small business and offer VMware recovery support to world wide customers.

Are you working on any projects you think the VMTN community would be interested in? (book, blog, etc)
Yes – I maintain a Linux LiveCD that I use to assist users with remote support when they run into problems with VMFS-corruption. Unfortunately  major changes in ESXi 6 and later make this even trickier as before and  I am trying to keep up to date with the latest changes. This LiveCD is available on my site www.vm-sickbay.com. Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to keep this site up to date. At the moment I have a lot of research to do to keep up with the latest changes in the ESXi-product.

Anyway – I still offer my support in all VMTN posts that are somehow related to my recovery skills.

How do you work with VMware day-to-day?

I offer recovery support for VMware customers. So typically I scan VMTN for any questions in my area and if required I get in contact with those users and fix their problems. Another part of my time goes into research as the VMFS-filesystem and all the related recovery topics are only poorly documented – if they are documented at all. I used to work for a german VMware partner for a couple of years – but that company was not interested in my recovery work so I decided to try my luck as a freelancer.

How can people follow/get in touch (Twitter,etc)?
Nowadays I rarely use my twitter account @sanbarrow.
But I actively monitor my skype account “sanbarrow” and answer all questions related to any recovery problems.

Thanks @continuum!

Do you see someone frequently answering questions in your favorite forums? Did someone provide 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 jenniferg@vmware.com.

Community Warrior Nominations

This program continues to recognizing users who commit time and energy to engaging with peers in the VMTN community. Learn more.

It is time to nominate the next VMTN Community Warrior! This is your chance to choose a commendable member who has devoted a great amount of time and insight to help others in the community. These people are high point earners due to their helpfulness in answering questions and sharing their contributions across multiple social media platforms.

A Community Warrior will be chosen through this nomination process every quarter, starting this July. Don’t worry if you or your nominee are not chosen for this quarter; there will always be next time. You still have a few weeks left to step up and nominate a deserving warrior!

Do you see someone frequently answering questions in your favorite forums? Did someone provide 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 jenniferg@vmware.com.