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VMware vExpert 2017 – It’s not just about the schwag!

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This year I was fortunate enough to have reached a wee milestone of a 5th vExpert award so it prompted a post!

Needless to say I am honoured to be still counted among such an awesome community of folk who spend their own free time helping others to understand and consume VMware technology.

Looking back to when I received my first vExpert title in May 2013, it feels like time has just flown by! As well as being part of the awesome community, getting free licenses from VMware, awesome awesome free training from Pluralsight which has helped me loads in my career, and a bunch of vendor other schwaaaag, it’s also opened up a great many opportunities!

For example, I’ve made loads of great friends, gotten to speak at a number of events, and even had the chance to become a Tech Field Day delegate, traveling to the US several times to visit a load of tech companies and startups, whilst learning from some seriously clever people. What I’ve put into the community I have easily received back tenfold, and I am massively grateful to be part of it.community

Do it! Do it now!…

If you have the time to put into it, I highly recommend anyone takes the time to share and hopefully become part of the community.

Here are a few examples from my entry this year, which might hopefully give people some ideas as to the kinds of things which you could do too!

  • Member of a panel at a VMUG
  • Presented a short 15-minute talk at a VMUG
  • Ran a “roundtable” session at a VMUG (for around 30 people)
  • Founded a new website on homelabs (http://openhomelab.org)
  • Started a new podcast with some other VMUG members and vExperts around homelabbing and tech news (http://opentechcast.com)
  • Posted a blog a week (in the past I have aimed to do one a month and built it up over time)

The entry bar to becoming a vExpert is not massively high; you certainly don’t have to do all of the above, or even any of the above! That said, if you are not currently a vExpert, and you can achieve just a couple of these kinds of items, you could be well on the way to becoming one too!

Trust me, it’s worth the effort!

Re-enabling Blog Post Comments on Tekhead.it

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A couple of years ago I got to the point where I felt I had no choice but to disable comments on the site, purely because of the insane amount of comment spam I was seeing.

It was a real shame to do so as it reduced the amount of interaction I had with readers, as well as the amount of engagement, etc.

With some trepidation, I have decided it is time to re-enable comments, starting with all of my recent AWS posts. Fingers crossed I don’t regret it and get inundated with spammers!

For now, I will only be enabling comments for registered WordPress / Gravatar users (although I am also testing Twitter and Facebook integration), and will monitor to see how things go.

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So what do people think? Are comments on blog posts so 20th century, or a worthwhile re-addition to the site?

End of an Era for #LonVMUG

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I will keep this post short and to the point, and will do my best to try not to sound too sycophantic!

I just wanted to publicly thank Alaric Davies, Jane Rimmer, and Stu Thompson for their years of hard work and service to the London and UK VMUGs and all of their members (and of course, not forgetting Simon Gallagher who is staying on to steer the ship). Were it not for a chance meeting with Mr Davies at a tech event in Leeds some years ago, I personally would know a lot less, have met far fewer awesome people and be in a completely different place in my career right now.

The London and UK VMUGs have had a real impact on the careers of many people I know over the past few years and I hope they continue to do so for years to come!

So thank you very much all of you for your immense efforts and the hundreds of hours of your own time you have dedicated over the years…

Team Awesome

Lastly best of luck to the new VMUG leadership team members Linda, Dave and Chris, who along with Simon I have every confidence that the torch will be carried on without so much as a splutter!

If you want to get involved in the VMUG community as an attendee (and perhaps one day as a speaker), I strongly recommend popping along to your nearest meeting. You will definitely come away with a lot more than just the instructions on how to upgrade vSphere from 5.1 to 6.0! 😉

The next London VMUG is on the 14th of April at Tech UK, 10 Saint Bride Street, EC4A. I look forward to meeting you there!

London VMUG 17th July 2014 – Last Chance to Register

Just a quick reminder that this is your last chance to register for this quarters London VMUG. For those of you who haven’t previously attended a VMUG, it’s a brilliant way to meet other people in our industry, watch a load of community and vendor sessions, and generally steep yourself into the techie melting pot.

As it happens, at this VMUG I will be presenting my own session, Noddy’s Guide to Storage Design – Storage 101, where I go through the basics of storage design decisions and impacts along with a few tips I’ve picked up over the years. I plan to potentially follow this up by turning it into a series of blog posts. At time of writing I have over 40 slides in my deck and that’s just the basics. My biggest issue is probably not lack of content, so I need to work on cutting it down before Thursday for sure!

Storage is complex… who knew?!

Fortunately Mike Laverick has kindly agreed to FeedForward with me and I’ll be running through my initial draft with him this evening!

Of the other sessions, the ones I’m particularly looking forward to are:

  • When Did Turkeys Ever Vote for Christmas? – Mike Laverick, VMware
  • Vendors: VMware Vision and Strategy – Martyn Storey, VMware
  • Hitting the Big Red Button with vCO and SRM – Sam McGeown

VMUG Agenda

If you are coming along, I highly recommend getting there early. Doors open from 8.30 and it’s a great time to catch up with other attendees. At the end of the day there is of course the most excellent London #vBeers at the Pavilion End! If you haven’t been before, just hang about by the lifts and tag along with a regular…

If you do see me on the day (I’m 6’7” so you cant miss me), please feel free to come and say hi!

Register here: London VMUG

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