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The VMUG Virtual Event for EMEA & CloudCred Competition

Get into the Game! VMUG & CloudCred Competition

The VMUG Virtual Event for EMEA

On Thursday, September 28, VMUG will host a FREE day-long event meant to empower attendees through education, training, and collaboration – all with the goal of improving projects and impacting careers.

Created with Europe, the Middle East and Africa in mind, this special VMUG EMEA Virtual Event will give participants the ability to take part in a virtual VMUG experience LIVE, in his or her own time zone, from anywhere. Hear energizing keynote speakers, engage in breakout sessions, attend a virtual trade show floor, and experience opportunities to connect with other attendees – peers and community experts – all at the click of a button.

Sounds great. Is there more?

There is more. CloudCredibility.com is hosting another fantastic competition that aligns with this event. Create a user account at CloudCred (quick & easy); then find all the VMUG Virtual EMEA 2017 tasks. Complete all the tasks – or enough to earn the badge, and you will be entered to win* one of three exciting prizes:

 

Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kit

 

 

 

 

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

 

 

 

 

Amazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

*Because this event is created with Europe, the Middle East and Africa in mind, CloudCred contest winners will be selected only from these regions.

How do I get started?

First, create your CloudCred account.

Then, access the VMUG Virtual EMEA 2017 Badge list of tasks.

Finally, begin by registering: Task 4703: VMUG Virtual EMEA: Register

 

Play, Connect, & WIN at CloudCredibility.com

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.

Congratulations to our New Community Warrior!

*With the below announcement, nominations are now open for winner #3!*

Maybe I’m a sap, but again I found it extremely difficult to sift through all of the fantastic nominations I’ve been receiving and select our next Community Warrior.  What swayed me was the nomination from our first warrior @LucD, which was just one of many I received for this individual:

“For my nomination, I would propose Wil (wila).

He’s an active, friendly and knowledgeable Community member/moderator.

Wil has a very keen and analytical mind.

Imho, it’s people like Wil that make VMTN a success with users.”

In my honest opinion, I agree. Congratulations, @Wila on receiving the second Community Warrior Badge Award this year! Also, check out the new, spiffy Community Warrior badge…

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What’s striking about the Community Warrior Badge Program is the opportunity to glance into the dynamic use cases happening daily within VMTN. @LucD was sharing scripts and fulfilling his passion for automation by helping others. @Wila is an End-User Computing expert and also an inventor who taps into a completely different side of communities. Learn a little bit more about @Wila:

K: After spending 10+ years on VMTN, and 7 years moderating, what is one moment that stands out as the most memorable?

W: I’ve tried to think about it, but I could not single out one moment that stands out for me, instead there are many. When a user comes to the forum for help with his/her problem then the moment that stands out for me is when the user comes back with the answer on what helped fix their issue. This is what it is all about as far as I’m concerned. The answer to a problem, one that also helps others.

Either by googling and finding an answer to their issue that way or by us volunteers trying to help out as it helps in learning what eventually fixed their issue.

K: As a community veteran, in your opinion what is the most underrated function offered within communities?

W: The overview page of each forum has a bunch of links to great articles that answer quite a few problems people have. Sometimes they refer to older products, but most often what is stated there is still relevant. In addition, the official documentation for the products that I spent most of my time helping out – VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation – have great tidbits and are well worth bookmarking.

Workstation 12 documentation

Fusion 8 documentation

K: Tell us one or two fun facts that we would not know about you from your community involvement.

W: Most people in the VMware community have a day job in virtualization. In my case, I’m just a user (*) of VMware Workstation/Fusion. At my day job my income comes from writing source code as a consultant for other software companies, mostly business and/or database oriented software. Most of that is done in a programming language called DataFlex, which happens to be very unknown, but powerful. I also run an Open Source website for that programming language and have helped to built a variety of software and components for it. For example, the code editor I write most of my source code in – not just DataFlex – was written using DataFlex and some sprinkles of C++ here and there.

(*) That was correct until October last year, I have since launched a product called Vimalin. Vimalin can be used for backing up VMware Fusion virtual machines, so I finally stepped a bit beyond the line of “just user” of VMware products. The reason for me in building that product was that I saw quite a few people depending on Time Machine for backups, only to find out that Time Machine is not reliable for that kind of backup (large binaries files changing over time). Apologies for the sales speech, however it is also an attempt in me helping out, the free version of Vimalin can still backup/restore your important VMs. The commercial variant has a few more features and helps me in being able to dedicate more time and improve Vimalin and add features.

K: What is the best way to connect with you?

http://www.twitter.com/wilva

http://www.antwise.com

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It’s inspirational to see users who not only gain from the community, but spend an equal, likely larger amount of time giving back. Reach out to @Wila to congratulate him, follow him, and try out Vimalin.

Then be sure to submit your nominations for Community Warrior #3. Who has stood out in your favored community lately? What warrior has been knocking down questions left and right? Contact the Community Manager @KTbradley on VMTN or through email at katieb@vmware.com.

Congratulations to the Inaugural Winner of the VMTN Community Warrior Badge

As nominations rolled into my inbox these past 2 weeks, I knew I was going to have a difficult time determining who to select as the first winner of the VMTN Community Warrior Badge. The nominations I’ve received have been inspiring, as they captured two elements that drive our community perfectly: giving back and gratitude. In the end, it was simple because I could not fight the flood of emails I was receiving around one particular user: @LucD

I’m excited to announce that @LucD is the first winner of the VMTN Community Warrior Badge.

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Thank you to everyone who submitted. This is an example of one of many glowing nominations I received for @LucD:

@BenLiebowitz: LucD – Luc is constantly replying to posts in the PowerCLI Community.  If you post a question, he has a reply for you within 30-60 minutes, EVEN ON THE WEEKENDS!  Everytime I go into that community to try and answer some posts, I’m too late, and Luc has answered them all.  I’ve subscribed to the forum and see throughout the day that he’s replied and answered questions.   – Luc is also a vExpert and active in the VMware {code} arena as well.

I had the opportunity to get to know this Community Warrior a little better. Check it out:

K: How did you first get involved with VMware Communities and what inspires you to stay involved?

L: Like most users I guess. I subscribed to the VMTN communities when our company started using VMware products. For me that was way back in 2005, when we started to officially virtualize our server environment. At that time I was what could be considered a “lurker”. Reading and learning from the entries in the VMTN communities.

When I was accepted to the PowerCLI beta, late 2007, I started to contribute, primarily to the PowerCLI VMTN community. Mostly questions at that time 🙂

When PowerCLI went public in 2008, the PowerCLI community became a very active place. Since I had the good fortune to have been involved with PowerCLI from early on, I felt it only normal to give back to the community, by replying to threads from new users.

My motivation to stay active in the VMTN community is of course my love for automation and the appreciation for this wonderful, free product VMware invests in.

K: Which communities do you spend the most time on and why?

L: The PowerCLI community, including all its sub communities, and the Onyx community. Because of my love for all things automation, these communities could be considered as my natural habitat J

To a somewhat lesser degree in the ThinApp and Workstation communities. Primarily because I’m a user of both of these products, not only at work, but also in my Home lab. And my job, but also my moderator tasks, take me to several other communities. These include SDDC Management, End User Computing and Best Practices, and all their child communities

K: What do you consider the most underrated function offered within communities? (private messaging, option to follow, RSS feeds, etc…?)

L: The Search function. Perhaps not the most obvious functionality, but it is the ideal way to explore the wealth of information that is available in the huge VMTN repository. I often see questions from users, which could have been answered in a couple of minutes with a decent search. I find the “Restrict results by Place” and the “Sort By” fields very useful. I would love a way to save and share searches.

K: Tell us one or two fun facts that we would not know about you from your community involvement.

L: The way I got onto Twitter was quite funny. In 2008 I won, to my surprise, the VI Toolkit Scripting contest. The price consisted of an all-expenses paid trip to VMworld in Las Vegas. While I was there, I was talking with Pablo Roesch, while having a beer (I’m Belgian after all J). He suggested that I should start sharing some of my PowerCLI community answers/scripts with a bigger audience, and that a blog would be the ideal way to do that. Thanks to the IOT, yes, they had Internet access in casinos way back in 2008, I immediately tried to create a Twitter account to get things going. Unfortunately, the obvious handle LucD was already taken. We added the suffix 22, which is the day of my birthday, not my age. I’m pretty sure, I have one of the few Twitter handles that was created in a bar, in a casino, in Las Vegas.

And now you all know why the 22 is in the handle.

Thanks @LucD and congratulations!

Follow @LucD on VMTN, Twitter (@LucD22), and check out his blog http://lucd.info. He is also very active on Slack as @lucd in the VMware {code} and vExpert teams.

With that, I open nominations. Who will be the next VMTN Community Warrior Badge winner?

Message @KTbradley on VMTN or email katieb@vmware.com to submit a community member. Nominations do carry over from previous weeks if your original nominee was not selected. For more program details, go here.

VMTN Community Warrior Program Launch

Starting TODAY, VMTN is making it a mission to pay homage to customers who are committed to making the community the well-oiled support and conversation machine that it is. These users will be awarded as Community Warriors. These unsung heroes devote their time and expertise to providing support to other community members, they are high point earners due to their answers being marked as correct or helpful frequently, and often share their contributions over social media.

Community Warriors will be selected through a nomination process (nominate someone!) bi-weekly. The following is the timeline the contest will routinely bi-weekly, starting today:

  • Monday Feb 13th: An announcement is made to internal VMware stakeholders and an alert is made on VMTN that nominations are open, as well as on social media
  • Friday Feb 17th: Nominations are closed
  • Monday 20th: Community Warrior is selected
  • Tuesday 21st: Community Warrior is contacted
  • Monday 27th: Announcement is made and awards are given through the VMTN blog and social media

You cannot self-nominate. To nominate a user:

  • Private message @KTbradley (community manager) on VMTN
  • Include the following information on your nominee:
    • VMTN handle
    • 2-3 examples from VMTN that show your nominees’ contributions
    • Any other community activity (VMUG, CloudCred, vExpert, {code}, blogs, social) that you feel capture their commitment to community
    • When nominating a user, please specify whether or not you’d like the nomination to be anonymous
  • Nominees with a history on VMTN will not be favored – this is a bi-weekly prize and judgements will be made around recent activity.
  • Moderators and VMware Employees can be nominated and elected.

Community Warriors will be awarded with the following:

  • A surprise VMTN gift will be shipped to their home
  • A blog post will be published on the VMTN blog around their community contributions and promoted over VMTN and VMware social channels
  • A Community Warrior badge will be added to their profile permanently
  • The Community Warrior is awarded the opportunity to make the first and most favorable nomination for the next election

Reflect on your recent interactions on VMTN. Think back to a time when you needed support and a community member was there to provide it. Remember relationships that began on this platform.

Then, head to VMTN to send your nominations to @KTbradley.

For updates on elections, follow these channels:
Twitter: @VMTNcommunity ; @vKTBcommunity

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VMTNcommunity/