vExpert

First Thoughts – VMware Cloud Director Service

One of the early benefits of being part fo the vExpert Cloud Provider subprogram, was that we where given a chance to get a first look and use of Cloud Director Service. This is basically hosted vCloud Director for VMware Cloud on AWS. These days we are dropping the little v from VMware Cloud Director […] Read More

vExpert 2020 Second Half Applications Open

This is a very quick post to let people know that from the first of June, till the 20th of June, applications are open for the half yearly intake into the VMware #vExpert Program. This is an opportunity for those that may have missed out during the first 2020 nomination window to submit an application […] Read More

vForum Online 2020 – Save The Date!

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m writing about an event that is being held online… especially in this very moment in time. 2020 is the year of the virtual! Though in this case, the VMware vForum Online Spring evet is one of those online events that hasn’t been put together directly in response […] Read More

vExpert 2020 – Nine Years Worth of Value…A Collection of Thoughts

Today, VMware announced the vExpert class of 2020 and as per usual this generated lots of social media buzz as well as the now customary backlashes that have to do with non selections and exclusions. For me, it’s my 9th year in the program and while things are very different for me compared to when […] Read More

VMworld 2019 – Session Breakdown and Analysis

Everything to do with VMworld this year feels like it’s arrived at lightning speed. I actually thought the event was two weeks away as the start of the week… but here we are… only five days away from kicking off in San Francisco. The content catalog for the US event has been live for a […] Read More

vSphere 6.7 Update 1 – Top New Features and Platform Supportability

Last week VMware released vSphere 6.7 Update 1. While the buzz around this release was less than the previous release it still contains a ton of enhancements for vCenter, ESXi and vSAN. Like 6.7 before it, this is a lot more than a point release and represents a significant upgrade from vSphere 6.7. Looking through […] Read More

vSphere 6.7 – What’s in it for Service Providers Part 1

A few weeks ago after much anticipation VMware released vSphere 6.7. Like 6.5 before it, this is a lot more than a point release and represents a major upgrade from vSphere 6.5. There is so much packed into this new release that there is an official page with separate blog posts talking about the features […] Read More

vExpert 2018 – The Value Remains!

After a longer than expected deliberation period the vExpert class of 2018 was announced late last Friday (US Time).  I’ve been a vExpert since 2012 with 2018 marking my seventh year in the program. I’ve written a lot about the program over the past three or four years since it’s “perceived” value started to go […] Read More

Awarded vExpert Cloud – A New vExpert Sub Program

Last week Corey Romero announced the inaugural members of the vExpert Cloud sub-program. This is the third vExpert sub-program following the vSAN and NSX programs announced last year. There are 135 initial vExpert Cloud members who have been awarded the title. As it so happens I am now a member of all three which reflects on […] Read More

NestedESXi – Network Performance Improvements with Learnswitch

I’ve been running my NestedESXi homelab for about eight months now but in all that time I had not installed or enabled the ESXi MAC Learning dvFilter. As a quick refresher the VMware Fling addresses the issues with nested ESXi hosts and the impact that promiscuous mode has when enabled on virtual switches. In a […] Read More

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