VMware Announces List of 2014 vExperts

VMware vExpert 2014Earlier this week VMware released the list of 2014 vExperts. The community recognition program has grown since its start in 2009, with 754 vExperts being named this year — the largest group yet.

I’m simultaneously proud and humbled to have been included in that list for my third year in a row. Looking over this year’s list I see a lot of heavy-hitters and folks I’ve come to respect for their knowledge and willingness to share what they’ve learned. It’s both an honor to be considered to be in the same group with them as well as a little scary in that humbling “wow-I’m-going-to-have-to-work-hard-to-keep-up” kind of way.

One of the things that I really like about the vExpert program is that it recognizes activity over expertise. Continue reading

2013 VMware vExperts Announced

VMware vExpert 2013Yesterday, VMware announced the vExpert 2013 awardees.  The vExpert program is one that recognizes those members of the VMware community who “have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others.”  One of the things I like about this program is that the designation is good only for a year, and inclusion on the list in one year is no guarantee of inclusion the next year.

I am simultaneously proud and humbled to have been included in this year’s list.

You can find the full list of 2013 vExpert awardees here.  I’m sure you’ll see many familiar names — all folks whose future contributions I look forward to seeing.  Congratulations to all the 2013 awardees!

Off to VMware Partner Exchange…

Next week, I’ll be in Las Vegas for VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2013.  This is a conference where VMware focuses on their partners.  It’ll be a great chance for me to hear VMware’s plans for the next year first-hand, and meet with a lot of VMware’s and my partners.

This will be my third Partner Exchange, but my first as an actual attendee.  In 2011 and 2012, I was working at the conference.  In 2011, I presented in the EMC Partner boot camp session and then worked in the EMC booth in the Solutions Exchange giving demos on the then-new EMC VNXe.  In 2012, I was responsible for running EMC’s booth in the Solutions Exchange.

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Use Your Windows Laptop to Make a Bootable USB Key for vSphere Installations

Have you ever wanted to install ESXi on a host that doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive?  Maybe you also don’t have a TFTP server, so installing over the network isn’t an option either.  I came across this situation at a customer site recently.

It turns out the easiest solution in this situation is to convert a USB thumb drive into a bootable installation key.  VMware’s online documentation describes how to do this.  The thing is, the instructions I could find were for using a Linux system to create the key and my work-issued laptop runs Windows.

It turns out you can use your Windows system to create the installation media, and it’s pretty easy.  This post will walk you through the process. Continue reading

January EMC Solutions for VMware Webcasts

The New Year is here, and that means it’s time for another year’s worth of weekly webcasts from EMC. I’m curious to see how it goes. For the third year in a row, the same topic, “The Value of VMware Integration”, has started off the year. I gave that presentation in both 2011 and 2012. This year, Simon Seagrave (@Kiwi_Si) will be giving it. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with it.

One of the great things about this series is that every webcast is recorded and then made available for on-demand viewing. As such, you may find it worth your while to register for a webcast you’re interested in even if you can’t attend it live. Folks who register will get email with a link to the recording as soon as it’s posted.

The webcasts run on Thursdays at 8:00 PST, 11:00EST, 16:00 UTC. The topics for January and their brief descriptions are listed below. Continue reading

December EMC Solutions for VMware Webcasts

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. With it past, we head into the home stretch of 2012, and with that we have the last webcasts of the year.

One of the great things about this series is that every webcast is recorded and then made available for on-demand viewing. As such, you may find it worth your while to register for a webcast you’re interested in even if you can’t attend it live. Folks who register will get email with a link to the recording as soon as it’s posted.

The webcasts run on Thursdays at 8:00 PDT, 11:00EDT, 16:00 UTC. The topics for December and their brief descriptions are listed below. Continue reading

VMware Releases vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager

VMware has added the ability to manage non-vSphere hypervisors to vCenter with the release of vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager 1.0.

At the moment, the only non-VMware hypervisor it supports is Microsoft’s Hyper-V (although in both the 2008 and 2008 R2 flavors), so the Multi-Hypervisor name seems ambitious.  I say we should keep in mind that this is a 1.0 release and interpret the choice of name as a sign of things we should look for in future releases.

Features include:
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November EMC Solutions for VMware Webcasts

While I’ve been occupied with Certification Quest (blog post coming on that), October has come to an end and November is just about to start, bringing with it a new set of webcasts. The webcasts we have coming up for November cover some great topics.

One of the great things about this series is that every webcast is recorded and then made available for on-demand viewing. As such, you may find it worth your while to register for a webcast you’re interested in even if you can’t attend it live. Folks who register will get email with a link to the recording as soon as it’s posted.

The webcasts run on Thursdays at 8:00 PDT, 11:00EDT, 16:00 UTC. The topics for November and their brief descriptions are listed below. Continue reading

October EMC Solutions for VMware Webcasts

Somehow, it became October without my noticing it. With a new month comes a new set of webcasts. The webcasts we have coming up for October cover some great topics.

One of the great things about this series is that every webcast is recorded and then made available for on-demand viewing. As such, you may find it worth your while to register for a webcast you’re interested in even if you can’t attend it live. Folks who register will get email with a link to the recording as soon as it’s posted.

The webcasts run on Thursdays at 8:00 PDT, 11:00EDT, 16:00 UTC. The topics for October and their brief descriptions are listed below. Continue reading

Running VMware View? Hold Off on Upgrading to vSphere 5.1

I know we’re all excited to get at all the new features of vSphere 5.1 now that it’s available for download, but if you’re currently running VMware View, you should hold off for now.

At the moment, vSphere 5.1 is not certified to work with any version of View. You can see a list of the View-supported vSphere versions in the VMware View 5.1 Release Notes.

For more info, you can check out this VMware Knowledge Base article.