Monday, November 7, 2016

Quick Update & North Central WIVMUG Slide Deck - Upgrading to vSphere 6 (updated)!

Below you'll find the slide deck from my most recent VMUG session, "Upgrading to vSphere 6 - Updated", from the North Central WIVMUG Super VMUG meeting on 11/03 at UW Eau Claire.This session was updated to include information about the VCSA migration tool.

I appreciate all of the feedback and questions I receive about my sessions. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions here or on Twitter (@ExploreVM).

As an aside, I've had some personal matters come up lately. This has taken up a lot of my free time which would have been dedicated to blogging & podcasting. I will be writing on this subject shortly, as well as getting back to creating more content soon! I'm also migrating away from Blogger to another platform, and have a new logo and stickers created! Ask me for a sticker next time you see me at a VMUG event!

Monday, August 29, 2016

VMworld 2016 - ExploreVM Pod Cast Wants YOU!

My trusty Tascam DR-40 and I are out and about at VMworld 2016 and would love to speak with you! While out here in fabulous Las Vegas, I'm looking to gather content for the upcoming ExploreVM pod cast series. 

Let's grab 5-15 minutes here at VMworld and chat about anything and all things technology! What trends are you seeing in your industry? Have you implemented any new solutions which have changed your environment for the better? Any IT horror stories? Whatever you'd like to share, I want to speak with you!

If this sounds like something you'd like to contribute to, reach out to me on Twitter (@ExploreVM), or comment on this post. Let's get a chat scheduled!

Trusty Tascam, ready for duty!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

IndyVMUG UserCON Presentation - Upgrading to vSphere 6

Below is the updated slide deck from the IndyVMUG UserCon.
I've recorded the audio of the presentation as well, and will be posting as long as the sound quality is decent.

If you have any feed back on my session or the slide deck, I would love to hear from you!
Comment below or reach me on Twitter at @ExploreVM.

Monday, May 9, 2016

My VMworld Abstract - "Simplifying the Sys Admin’s Day with vRealize [8325]"

Like many people, I've taken a shot at an opportunity to speak at VMworld 2016 by submitting an abstract to the VMworld call for papers. Now that public session voting has begun, I'd like to share my abstract. Should you find my session relevant, I ask for your support by voting for me to present at this years VMworld. I've placed a link which will take you to the Public Session Voting page below. I thank you for your support!


Simplifying Sys Admin’s Day with vRealize (8325)


Small/Medium Business (SMB) Administrators face numerous challenges in their day to day operations. What if some of the workload around monitoring, planning, compliance, and resource requests could not only be simplified, but automated as well? This introduction to vRealize Operations Manager (vROPs) & vRealize Automation (vRA) will demonstrate practical applications for use in the SMB environment. 

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the reporting and capabilities of vROPs, coupled with the automation abilities of vRA through demonstrations. The benefit of real world implementations, such as time & costs savings, will also be provided through customer testimonials. Although this session will have a focus on SMB environments, Enterprise admins will find value in this session as well as the examples will be easily relatable to challenges faced in large scale environments.


·        Introduction
·        vRealize Ops & vRealize Automation Introduction
·        Brief overview of product installation
·        Features call out with SMB applications
·        Real world examples
·        Q&A

Key Takeaways

  1.      vRealize Ops provides a centralized overview of the ESXi environment that offers simplified resolution to alarms
  2.       vRealize Automation can be leveraged for resource requests, freeing up the admin’s time to focus on other tasks 
  3.       Combining the power of both vRealize Ops & vRealize automation, SMB admins can save time and money
Vote on the VMworld Sessions Here!
Session ID: 8325