VMware vExpert 2017 Second Half Announcement!

VMware vExpert 2017 Second Half Announcement!

 

 

The VMware vExpert program was started in 2009 and is VMware’s global evangelist and advocacy program. It is designed to recognize the incredible work and dedication of VMware customers, partners, and employees who tirelessly share their virtualization knowledge with each. The Evangelist Path is for bloggers, authors, tool builders, public speakers and contributors to the VMware Technology Network discussion boards. The Customer Path is for people who promote the use of VMware products in their companies or by taking other actions such as helping to run a VMUG (VMware User Group) or speaking at a conference. The VMware Partner Path is for employees (of partner companies) who have acquired accreditations and certifications and assist other VMware users by sharing their technical proficiency.

The VMware vExpert program has announced its 2017 Second Half list of individuals that have been granted the honor of being a VMware vExpert. If you were selected as a vExpert 2017 Second Half, we will be conducting on-boarding this week. You should now have the welcome email in your inbox which will explain the entire program and what you need to do to be enrolled in our private vExpert community as well as listed in the vExpert directory. We will use the email address provided in your vExpert application. We will extend the vExpert Reception invite to you for both VMworld US in Las Vegas as well as VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning.

2017 Second Half Announcement:  https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2017/08/vexpert-2017-second-half-announcement.html

vExpert Community (requires login):  https://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa

Twitter:  @vExpert 

 

VMware Is Looking to Hire Partner Systems Engineers!!

VMware Is Looking to Hire Partner Systems Engineers!!

VMware is currently looking to fill several Partner Systems Engineers openings for their Partner SE Organization. VMware’s Partner SE’s manage their Distribution and Corporate Reseller (CR) partners by enabling them on VMware solutions to help them be more knowledgeable on our solutions and to ultimately help them increase their VMware revenue.

The New England position was my previous position, I have moved onto another role inside of VMware. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions on these positions or if you would like me to submit your resume for one of our openings!

Partner SE Job Description:

The VMware Partner Systems Engineer plays a critical role in building and sustaining relationships with key national partners.  The Partner SE works very closely with VMware partner sales leadership to build long-term relationships and guide partners into the Software Defined Data Center using solution-based sales methodologies. The Partner SE is a highly visible role responsible for evangelizing VMware technologies within their partners as well as serving as an advocate for their partners within VMware.

A high degree of technical knowledge with VMware products and/or with competitor products is required.

Requirements:

  • 5+ years’ experience in technology related work, including roles in technical pre-sales and/or customer-facing roles.
  • Current VMware VCP certification required and multiple certifications preferred
  • Enthusiastic, self-starter with a charismatic personality
  • Ability to see and present “the big picture” and offer solutions to make it better
  • Strong customer-facing and relationship-building skills
  • Must be effective in working both independently and in a team setting
  • Strong listening and question/curiosity based selling skills
  • Ability to uncover business challenges and develop solutions to solve those challenges
  • Domain experience with enterprise applications, security, systems management, networking and DR solutions preferred
  • Ability to travel as necessary
  • BA/BS or equivalent experience required

Responsibilities:

  • Present VMware value proposition to partners and customers
  • Own the technical side of the partner’s relationship with VMware and increase their competency with VMware solutions
  • Collaborate with Partner Business Managers and marketing teams to drive partner sales and exceed partnership revenue goals
  •  Increase partner sales and delivery capacity around key focus areas such as hyper converged infrastructure (HCI), software-defined networking, and software-defined storage
  • Manage and grow the technical accreditations and certifications held by the partner

Links to Job Postings:

Attending VMworld And Interested In vSphere 6.5 Security? Try My “vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started” Lab!

Attending VMworld And Interested In vSphere 6.5 Security?

Try My “vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started” Lab!

If you are attending VMworld US 2017 from August 27-31st in Las Vegas, NV and you are interested in the new vSphere 6.5 Security feature sets, then I have a lab for you! I am a lab captain for the Hands On Labs and have two labs that I created for this years VMworld sessions.

These new labs as well as the many other will only be available at the VMworld US and Europe conferences initially. After both conferences are over, we slowly release most of the new labs to the public-facing Hands On Labs environment that anyone can get to with an internet connection. You will see some labs to start showing up on the public side right after VMworld and then the rest typically will be released within or month or so. No guarantee on what labs will make it to the public site and when they will show up though, that is just what I’ve typically seen over the past few years.

This is my first time as a lab captain and creating labs, so I would love to see some HUGE numbers of people taking my labs! It would make me feel good knowing that people learned something by taking my labs. If you end up taking either lab at VMworld or even after they have been released to the public-facing HOL site, let me know what you think! You can reach out to me on my social media outlets, the links to them are on the right side of the page.

Public Facing – Hands On Labs Site:  labs.hol.vmware.com

Below are the labs that I have built and a summary of each of them:

  • (HOL-1811-01-SDC) vSphere 6.5 – What’s New:
    • Description:  Explore some of the new features of vSphere 6.5 including VM Encryption, vCenter High Availability, and the new HTML5 vSphere Client. You will also learn about the improved vCenter Server Appliance and how to migrate from a Windows-based vCenter Server installation.
  • (HOL-1811-04-SDC) vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started:
    • Description:  Experience new security features of vSphere 6.5, including VM Encryption, Audit Quality Logging, Encrypted vMotion, Key. We also use our vRealize Log Insight solution to look at the enhanced logging of the vCenter server logs. Add Key Management Servers (KMS) to the vCenter server and create a trust between them. Then we use PowerCLI commands to encrypt/decrypt virtual machines as well as other encryption related tasks.

Don’t forget to stop into the Hands On Labs at VMworld and take some labs…see you there!

 

 

 

New Content – vSphere 6.5 Upgrade/Migration & VMware Posters Links!

New Content – vSphere 6.5

Upgrade/Migration & VMware Posters Links!

 

 

Many VMware customers tend to wait to upgrade to the next version for several reasons. Some of these are no time to do the upgrade, scared of issues that may arise during the upgrade process especially from vSphere 5.x versions, or wanting to wait until the first update is out so that all the fixes have been addressed. These are all valid concerns in which I can appreciate due to my operation experience and background supporting vSphere environments!

On July 21, 2017, VMware released vSphere 6.5 Update 1 which has many enhancements. Once of the enhancements that most are excited about is the fact that the new HTML5-based vSphere Web Client is now at approximately 90% feature parity to the old Java-based vSphere Web Client which was know for being slow and clunky. Hopefully, by the next update of vSphere, the HTML5 client will be at full feature parity. At which time, VMware will retire the old Java-based client.

The HTML5 client enhancements are just one of numerous reasons why you should consider updating to vSphere 6.5. Another primary reason is that there are many new featured within the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) like embedded Backup/Restore Tool, vSphere Update Manager is embedded, and the new vCenter Server Appliance High Availability (HA) configuration option. So there are some great enhancements that should encourage you to upgrade to the latest version of vSphere and vCenter server!

VMware has created a Migration Assistance Tool to help migrate your vSphere 5.5/6.x environments to the new vSphere 6.5. Even if you are currently running a Windows based version of vCenter in the older version, the tool can migrate the vCenter database, performance data and metrics, etc. to the new vCenter Server Appliance 6.5. There are several supported migration options based on your vCenter server, Single-Sign-On (SSO), or Platform Service Controller (PSC) architectures you may be currently running.

So take a look at my Useful Links page on this site to see the links to below resources that can help you migrate to the new vSphere 6.5!

  • Top Reasons to Upgrade to vSphere 6.5 Infographic
  • vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations – Part 1
  • vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Considerations – Part 2
  • Announcing the vSphere 6.5 Topology and Upgrade Planning Tool
  • vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Migration Walkthrough
  • VMware Doc’s – Migration Assistance Tool
  • vSphere 6.5 – Upgrade Guide
  • VMware vCenter Server Appliance Poster
  • Platform Services Controller Topology Decision Tree Poster

 

Click here to go to the Useful Links tab within my website!

VMworld US 2017 – Hands On Labs

VMworld US 2017 – Hands On Labs

Hands On Labs

 

From August 27 – 31st, 2017 , VMware will be the hosting its infamous VMworld US 2017 conference that everyone waits all year long for! It is an incredible opportunity for VMware’s customers to find out about upcoming and newly released versions of our software. Many of our customers come to listen and learn from all the great presentations from VMware’s own as well as guest speakers to absorb all the information they can while at VMworld. If you would like to register for VMworld US 2017, CLICK HERE!

Another major reason for our customers and partners to come to the VMworld conferences is the Hands On Labs (HOL)! The VMware Hands-On Labs demonstrate the real value of VMware solutions in real time. As a VMworld attendee, you’ll gain special access to the latest VMware technologies without being required to purchase equipment, software or licenses. You’ll explore a wide range of today’s most exciting topics with a VMware-provided machine or your own device, all with product experts on hand to provide one-on-one guidance. Earn CloudCred points for taking labs, visiting HOL Connect and interacting with product experts, and win prizes for each level of achievement. And the best part is that anyone can register for an account and access the labs from anywhere with an internet connection! 

NOTE: The newly updated versions of the labs at the VMworld Conference are usually released to the public facing HOL site for customers within a month or two after the VMworld conferences are over. 

Register for a Hands On Labs Account: Click Here!

I have been working for VMware for just under (4) years now and have participated as a Hands On Labs staff member the entire time. Because of being a staff member, I have attended all the Partner Exchange (PEX) and VMworld US conferences during that time. This year I get the honor of going to VMworld Europe (Barcelona, Spain) for the first time as a lab captain!

Without a doubt, I can say that it has been an incredible experience working in the HOL! The entire staff except a very small amount of the staff work the labs as volunteers. Everyone of us dedicate our spare time to work on creating the numerous labs or supporting them in one way or another. We do this because we are honored to be a part of a great team and we love what we do. Working with this team is an honor for me as well as the others I am sure. The knowledge and experience of the staff can be overwhelming to me at times, just an incredible group of individuals. But everyone brings something to the table and contributes to make it an incredible event that our customers and partners want to come to on an annual basis.

Another aspect we love related to supporting the HOL is the privileged of meeting our customers and partners that come into the labs. It is a learning experience as much for us as it is them! We also offer Expert Led Workshops where you get one-on-one time with us as we run through our labs and the associated technical information on the product. But sign up for them NOW, because the slots are usually filled before VMworld starts. You do have the option to sign up on the waiting list for a workshop in the event someone does not show up for a particular workshop.

So I highly recommend that if you are attending either one of the VMworld 2017 conferences, that you come into the HOL and take at least one of our labs or workshops!

While you are there, say hello to me, I will be there supporting my labs! 

 

VMworld US 2017 – Content Catalog:  https://my.vmworld.com/scripts/catalog/uscatalog.jsp

Social Media:

VMworld EUROPE 2017 (SEP 11 – 14th):  https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html

vSphere 6.5 U1 Added Benefit – vCenter Foundation Supports (4) Hosts Now!

vSphere 6.5 U1 Added Benefit – vCenter

Foundation Supports (4) Hosts Now!

VMware vCenter Server Foundation provides powerful management tools for smaller environments looking to rapidly provision, monitors, and control virtual machines. Previously, vCenter Server Foundation only support managing up to (3) hosts much like the vSphere Essentials Kits. With the release of vSphere 6.5 U1, VMware has changed the licensing to now support up to (4) hosts!

Key Features:

  • Analyze and remediate issues quickly with visibility into vSphere virtual infrastructure.
  • Deliver the security and availability of vSphere through automated proactive management features such as automated load balancing and out-of-the-box automation workflows.

Key Capabilities:

  • Management service
  • Database server
  • Inventory service
  • VMware vSphere Clients
  • VMware vCenter APIs and .NET
  • vCenter Single Sign-On