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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.

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.

A Certified Community Warrior

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

Are you an individual who has achieved a VMware certification in the past 10 years? If so, you may recognize our newest Community Warrior’s handle: @scott28tt. Congratulations to Scott Vessey!

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Scott is a VMware employee who goes above and beyond his call of duty in helping the community. Scott holds over 14,000 community points, with 7,000+ in the Certification community, where he answers questions daily, helping others achieve their VCA, VCP, VCAP, VCIX, and VCDX.

I encourage anyone working towards passing these exams to visit the forums for advice, resources, and content provided by others, like Scott, who have been in your shoes. This information is invaluable.

Thanks for submitting such a well-deserved nomination lilesj!

I had a chance to pick Scott’s brain on behalf of the community…

Tell us a bit about what you do at VMware.

The organization I work for designs, develops, and manages all field-specific training programs, both technical and non-technical, for employees and partners. I’ve worked at VMware for just over 5 years, and my current role is to help the technical pre-sales folks in EMEA be the best at what they do!

I work with EMEA Systems Engineering leadership and managers to help determine who needs to know what, reviewing existing and desired skill levels, and creating and rolling out both corporate-wide and locally-developed training programs.

Ah, so customer certification is not a part of your day-to-day responsibilities. What makes you passionate about helping customers who post in the certification communities?

This goes back to when I worked as a VMware Certified Instructor – I took myself online into the communities and into other forums as an extension of the kinds of discussions that would be had in the classroom with students working towards their certification. I found there were a lot of people online who needed guidance and help – what to me was simple, everyday knowledge, could be very useful for others to understand.

What was the most recent VMware certification you received and what was the first?

Passing the VCP550D exam to recertify my VCP5-DCV, which also extended my VCP4-DCV, VCP3, and my first VMware certification – VCP2

How can our community members contact you with any follow-up questions?

VMTN: @scott28tt

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vmtraining

Blog: http://vmwaretraining.blogspot.com

Email: vmtraining.blog@vmware.com

For more information around VMware certifications, visit the forums, check out the latest VMware Community Podcast with Karl Childs and Eric Nielsen, or visit MyLearn.

Congratulations again Scott – thanks for all of your contributions to VMTN! I speak for the community when I say, thanks for cutting down queries to help so many customers achieve certifications. You are truly a Community Warrior.

Talk Techy – The VMTN Podcast Program

Do you host a podcast around virtualization, storage, networking, or a key VMware subject area? Do you have a favorite podcast about technology? Would you like to explore relevant podcasts around technical topics?

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VMware Technology Network would like to help further connect our 3 million+ members by building and publishing a comprehensive list of favorite community podcasts, for your enjoyment. We are working to build our Podcasts community into said list, but we need your help.

If you host a podcast, or know of a technical podcast involving key VMware topics and would like to share it with the community, you only need to provide the following:

  • Name of podcast
  • Link to podcast
  • A 2-sentence abstract explaining the subject matter
  • Host information
  • Specific topics covered

This information can be submitted here: https://goo.gl/forms/GgM8kuEllYw8gVcL2. Any podcast submitted may be subject to promotion through VMTN and vExpert social channels.

Go ahead, take a minute and submit now; contribute to the education and entertainment of the VMware community.

Follow these channels for updates:

Please reach out to katieb@vmware.com with any questions.

Discover VMware Technology Network – Global Forums

Discover VMTN is a blog series that will bring to light the features and functionality within the communities platform that are lesser known, but incredibly useful. This week we start with…

VMTN Global Forums by Language

VMware has offices in 20+ countries, vmware.com has 30+ localized sites, but last month, VMware Technology Network had only a few scatted forums dedicated to enabling peer-to-peer conversations for our global customers.

That gap has been filled with the launch of VMTN Global Forums.

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Communities are an integral part of being a VMware customer. When a customer buys, deploys, or builds on a VMware product, they become a part of the VMware Technology Network, or as our bigger community ecosystem is sometimes called, the vCommunity. VMTN Global Forums by Language now provides a platform to share knowledge, resources, opinions, and gain support, for customers worldwide.

These Forums each have a committed moderator who regulates content to ensure that there is no third-party advertising, and that VMTN’s Code of Conduct is maintained. Check out our list of new Forums and their moderators:

French: @LucD ; @FranckRookie

Italian: @ldelloca

Polish: @inleo

Russian: @AntonVZhbankov

Spanish: @dquintana

Brazilian Portuguese: @rcporto

Japanese: @gowatana

Arabic: @MRoushdy

German: @wila ; @peetz ; @schepp ; @a.p.

Turkish: @ademyetim

Indonesian:@bayupw

So now it comes down to this… Did you deploy a VMware product today? How? Are you upgrading your vSphere from 5.5 to 6? Have you? Head to the forums and engage, whether it’s answering discussions or starting them – from where ever you are in the world.

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 298 – Hyper Scaled HP Platforms & #VMworld Europe

Hosts

Eric Nielsen, VMware @ericni25

James Warmkessel, VMware @warmkessel

Guests

Open Discussion

News

HP launches ‘first enterprise-class’ ARM-based server

HP, Applied Micro Release First 64-Bit ARM Server

VMworld 2014 Europe – Hope to see you there!

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today

AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters

Stu McHugh’s Virtualisation Blog – vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS – Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

NEW Join the Google+ EVO:RAIL Community

NEW Join the VMware Integrated OpenStack Community

Link to Audio Recording

Hyper Scaled HP Platforms & VMworld Europe

Show

VMworld 2014 Europe Social Media & Community

Recording – 2014 #vBrownBag VMworld USA

vBrownBag TechTalk schedule for VMworld EMEA 2014

Planet V12n – The Best Virtualization Blogs From Around The Planet

HP Moonshot System

HP’s Moonshot server now packs 64-bit ARM chips

HP to Ship 64-Bit ARM-Based Moonshot Server in 2014

Learn more – ARM – Processor

What are ARM Processors?

Hewlett-Packard Ships The First 64-bit ARM Server With Applied Micro Circuit’s X-Gene – Forbes

 

Additional Links

 

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 297 – vCloud Automation Center with @vitman75 @JillLiles1

Hosts

Eric Nielsen, VMware @ericni25

Corey Romero, VMware, @vCommunityGuy

Guests

Shiv Diddee, VMware @vitman75

Jill Liles, VMware @JillLiles1

News

VMware Announces vCloud Air ISV Partner Program

VMware Announces General Availability of New Solutions for Building, Managing and Protecting Software-Defined Data Centers

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today

AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters

Stu McHugh’s Virtualisation Blog vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities  Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS  Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities  VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

NEW Join the Google+ EVO:RAIL Community

NEW Join the VMware Integrated OpenStack Community

Link to Audio Recording

vCloud Automation Center w/Shiv Diddee

Show

Calling All VCP5-DCVs: Save Time and Money on Recertification

Download the exam blueprint and learn more!

The Future of VCDX

VMware Education and Certification Blog

VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) NEW

Recertification Policy: VMware Certified Professional

Certification VMware Page

VMware Education Page

VCDX Boot Camp – Videos

vCloud Automation Center

VMware vCloud Automation Center – Data Sheet

HOL-SDC–1321 – vCloud Automation Center 6 from A to Z

VMworld 2014 Europe Gatherings, Parties and Activities

vBrownBag TechTalk schedule for VMworld EMEA 2014

VMware NOW Registration – Live Launch Events

MGT2173 – How a Major Healthcare Provider Built a Multi-Site Distributed vCloud Center as a Reference Architecture

Reference Architecture – vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.0 Distributed Environment – Part 1 of 2

Additional Links

 

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 296 – PowerCLI 5.8 R1 @alanrenouf @vTagion

Hosts

Eric Nielsen, VMware @ericni25

Mike Gordon Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick

Guests

Brian Graf, VMware @vTagion

Alan Renouf, VMware @alanrenouf

News

VMware Announces General Availability of New Solutions for Building, Managing and Protecting Software-Defined Data Centers

Have you seen the VMware site – Tribal Knowledge

VMware Ranks #1 Compared with Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco and RedHat, Analysts Say

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today

AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters

Stu McHugh – Virtualization Blog – vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS – Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

NEW Join the Google+ EVO:RAIL Community

NEW Join the VMware Integrated OpenStack Community

Link to Audio Recording

PowerCLI 5.8 R1 w/Alan Renouf & Brian Graf

Show

New Release: VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1

VMworld 2014 Europe – Have Fun!

VMware vSphere PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1 Release Notes

PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1 – new SPBM cmdlets

VMware PowerCLI 5.8 R1 Released

Deploying Log Insight with PowerCLI 5.8 R1 new features

PowerCLI 5.8 New Feature: Get-OvfConfiguration (Part 1 of 2)

PowerCLI 5.8 New Feature: Import-vApp using Get-OvfConfiguration (Part 2 of 2)

New VMware Fling: Introducing PowerActions for vSphere Web Client

Top 3 Scripts and Tools for July 2014

HOL-SDC–1428 – VMware EVO:RAIL Introduction (Hands-on-Lab)

PowerCLI in the vSphere Web Client – Announcing PowerActions

PowerActions for vSphere Web Client

VMworld 2014  EVO:RAIL and EMCs approach

VMware PowerCLI Blog

Download and Install PowerCLI 5.8 Release 1 today from here

Alan Renouf github

 

Additional Links

 

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 295 – #VMUG Leadership @ravi_venk

Hosts

Eric Nielsen, VMware, @ericni25

Corey Romero, VMware, @vCommunityGuy

Guests

Ravi Venkatasubbaiah, @ravi_venk

News

AirWatch Introduces AirWatch Chat for Secure Enterprise Messaging

Sprint Selects AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management for Mobile Initiatives

Capgemini and VMware announce strategic partnership to deliver an Enterprise Mobility Management powered by AirWatch offering

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today

AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters

Stu McHugh’s Virtualisation Blog – vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS – Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

NEW Join the Google+ EVO:RAIL Community

NEW Join the VMware Integrated OpenStack Community

Link to Audio Recording

VMUG Leadership w/Ravi Venkatasubbaiah

Show

VMware Delivers Ultimate Windows on Mac Experience With VMware Fusion 7 and VMware Fusion 7 Pro

VMware Fling Contest – enter today

Introducing Hands-on Labs in a Box

VMworld Europe 2014 – Oct 14 – 16

VMware User Group (VMUG) – Consider Joining Today

Meet the VMUG Board of Directors

VMUG on Facebook

VMUG YouTube Channel

VMUG on Twitter

VMUG on Linkedin

Find a VMUG near you

Check out VMUG Advantage – many savings!

Check out the VMUG events Calendar

Additional Links

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 294 – #VMworld wrap-up & open mic

Hosts

Eric Nielsen, VMware, @ericni25

Mike Gordon Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick

Guests

Open mic!

News

VMware Delivers Ultimate Windows on Mac Experience With VMware Fusion 7 and VMware Fusion 7 Pro

VMware Announces 2014 VMware Innovation Awards Winners

VMware to Host “What’s New at VMware” Conference Call for Investors and Financial Analysts

NEW Join the Google+ EVO:RAIL Community

NEW Join the VMware Integrated OpenStack Community

Around the Community

vBrownbag Podcast

VMUG Local Meetings – Check it today

AdaptingIT – Lauren Malhoit Podcast

Virtualization Security Roundtable

vCatchup Podcast – Craig Waters

Stu McHugh’s Virtualisation Blog – vNews Podcast

Geek Whisperers Podcast

Establish your Cloud Cred!

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – Software-Defined Data Center

VUPaaS – Virtualization User Podcast as a Service

Join the Conversation on Google+ Communities – VMware NSX

vSoup Podcast

The Cloudcast Podcast

Link to Audio Recording

VMworld wrap-up & open mic

Show

VMworld TV Highlights from VMworld 2014

vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld

VMware Integrated OpenStack (Beta)

VMworld 2014 Social Media Stream

VMworld 2014 U.S. Wrap-up

VMworld 2014 Top Ten

ESXi Mac Learning dvFilter

VMworld Photos

VMworld Flickr from Angelo Luciani

Key takeaways from VMworld 2014

VMworld 2014 News and Insta-Analysis: VMware Doubles Down on the Cloud

Slideshow: VMworld 2014 highlights software-defined data center

VMWorld 2014: Winners and Losers

VMworld US 2014: The Day 4 Buzz

Getting Started with OpenStack and VMware vSphere

VMworld TV Interview: Robin Matlock, CMO, about Destination Giveback

VMware Teams With Docker, Google and Pivotal to Simplify Enterprise Adoption of Containers

VMware Unifies Mobile, Desktop and Content Management With VMware Workspace Suite

VMware, NVIDIA and Google Unveil Future of Graphics-Rich Applications Delivered on Enterprise Cloud Desktops

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