Our community is more than technology

This week Gabe, one of my friends in the VMware community, received the bad news that cancer is touching his family again.  The same touch has been on my family so I feel for Gabe and his family. Some of Gabe’s other friends wanted to help, so have setup a crowd sourced fundraising campaign on Indiegogo which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Please join me in supporting the Podcasting for Cancer fundraising campaign.

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VMworld USA 2013 Day 3 and beyond

Tuesday morning was another busy round of vBrownBag TechTalks, gettng more videos in the can. In the afternoon I was in front of the camera for a few comments with Colin Steele of TechTarget. Then off to take part in Tech Field Day with presentations from Simplivity and Commvault filling the afternoon. Straight from TFD to the vExpert and VCDX party where a trophy was presented to the first VCDX to hold two VCDX credentials, both Datacentre and Cloud. Like so many of the things I like about VMworld this was a place to meet people and talk to people I haven’t seen for a while.  The rest of the evening was spent at the Veeam party, which was huge and fun as always.

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Update Freezer for VDI

One of the important tasks in optimizing a master image for a VDI deployment is working out how to do updates. If the desktop VM is going to be disposable we don’t want the VM to do it’s own updates.  LifeHacker has just highlighted a useful tool to turn off some automated updaters Update Freezer looks like a simple way to turn off automated updating just before making the desktops. You  then turn it back on next time you need the applications updated in the master.

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VMworld USA 2013 – Day 1 and 2

My main activity for day 1 was the VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) day.  Having been a VCI for seven years I still know relatively few other VCIs, so it’s always good to meet up and get to know some of them. It was also good to get some outlines of what is going on with the certification and training businesses at VMware.

The evening event on Sunday is VMUnderground, a great place to catch up with people I only see at VMworld but communicate with on twitter all year round.  It’s also one of the places to talk to people around you that you’ve never met, often very interesting people. When the party was shut down at 10pm I took the mature option of going back to the hotel and sleeping.

Day 2 was Monday, and it was a packed day. Full coverage of vSphere 5.5 new features from the unstoppable Chris Wahl on his site, the WahlNetwork, a 9 part series based on Chris’s work with the private beta. Straight after the keynote we were into vBrownBag TechTalk sessions, with all the chaos that comes with the first time use of new gear. There were a few hiccups but we got into a swing of using the gear.  We got ten or so sessions in the can over the day, these will get onto YouTube in due course.

The evening was again very social, first at the Nutanix party which was themed with the 80’s, lots of neon colours, old posters and music from my youth. This was a pretty good vendor party, full of people having fun and I met up with a few more people I see infrequently.  After Nutanix I went to a much smaller and quieter party organised by Christopher Kusek, the CXI party is definitely a party to go to to talk. As I walked in & looked around there were a heap of people I knew and who were great to talk to, but Christopher’s aim is that you talk to new people, so a did and met a heap more people who are great to talk with.

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VMworld USA 2013 – Day 0

After a busy Saturday morning in Tauranga I took the shuttle to Auckland to start my journey. For me VMworld is all about meeting up with people, the rare in person part of my involvement in the VMware community. This started at the Koru lounge in Auckland where around eight of us were on our way to the conference and met up in the lounge.

I’m trying out Stephen Foskett’s jet lag avoidance method, so didn’t eat from lunchtime in New Zealand until lunch time in San Francisco, about 19 hours later the same day. So far it’s working great but the real test comes at 4am tomorrow morning, if I’m asleep then it’s better than every other USA trip I’ve done.

Once in San Francisco I checked into my hotel, which is a cheap place on Powell Street where the famous cable car runs. Then registered for the conference and got an escort to take me past the security to where the community area was being setup.  This is where I will spend much of my time here, making the vBrownBag TechTalks happen. At both registration and waiting to get access I ran into people from the VMware community, something that seldom happens on the streets in New Zealand.

The big event for Saturday was vBeers at the Chieftain. Just like last year this tiny Irish bar was jammed with twice the number of people it ought to hold. I knew about half the people there and met about half the others over the five hours I was there. Lots of people who make lots of awesome for the community as well as lots of people who get the benefit of the awesome that’s created.

My Saturday ended about forty hours after it started, had a great sleep and woke up with my 6:30 alarm feeling like Stephen’s method might be as good as he says.  Today is VMware Certified Instructor day for me, hanging out with other instructors and learning about what’s in store for the next year with the training and certification programs.  Then VMunderground in the evening.

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Time to start thinking PluralSight

For those who missed the news TrainSignal has been acquired by PluralSight who are also in the business of web delivered training. It seems to me that this sort of online training as a service is going to be a big part of keeping yourself skilled in the future. Part of the reason is that the cost is low enough that the serious IT professional will pay for it themselves rather than fight for training budget. The other part is that getting trainers and students together in a room for a specific course is a colossal scheduling undertaking and cost.

This week TrainSignal produced a nice infographic of virtualization training. My takeaway was that I want to learn more about Hyper-V and XenDesktop if I can find some time to watch those courses as well as finally watch Chris Wahl’s vCloud Director course.

Disclosure: TrainSignal are a sponsor of ProfessionalVMware.com and the vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld USA, however they don’t even know I’m writing this blog post.

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Dell community and VRTX

I haven’t had a lot of contact with Dell gear recently, where customers have Dell gear I haven’t been called on to do any host deployments or troubleshooting. That might be a good sign, the best products for customers are the ones that don’t fail and support people never get calls on. I enjoyed visiting Dell and hearing from people who were excited about what they are doing. I also got to say hello to @GMinks who recognised me when we met at VMworld 2011 from my voice on the APAC Virtualization podcast.

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Disaster Recovery Compliance

The last few years have seen a huge leap forward in disaster recovery for many IT organizations.  The use of Virtualization and lower cost replication has seen DR move from being a nightmare to a standard business service.  As a result a lot of organizations have a green tick where they used to have a question mark on their audit results. As a result the auditors are now able to look a little deeper and start asking whether the DR solution you have is fit for purpose.

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HP Tech@Work

This week I’m spending  little time with HP, they have flown me to Sydney to attend their Technology at Work event here. There are four streams to the show, Converged Cloud, Big Data, Mobility ad Software and Security. We are being hosted by the Converged Cloud side so we will be focussing there. I’m quite interested in the OpenStack side of what HP has been doing, particularly since they have an OpenStack based cloud in New Zealand.

Naturally I’d also like to take a look at the Mobility series as there are sessions around end user compute and BYOD, it remains to be seen whether the schedule will allow this.  There are a few other Kiwi bloggers coming over, Mauricio Freitas from GeekZone and Paul Spain from the NZTechPodcast so I’m looking forward to a beer with them.

 

Disclosure: Travel to HP Tech at Work 2013 was paid for by HP; however, no monetary compensation is expected nor received for the content that is written in this blog.

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Why do we need storage with special sauce?

There seems to be a lot of companies with new storage solutions, lots of very smart people finding new ways to do make your storage better. Many of the startups are doing something very different to what the big storage vendors have been doing for years. So why are these startups making storage with special sauce?

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