Dreams do come true

I’ve wanted to work for VMware since I first started using ESX 3 seven years ago. I wanted to work in Technical Marketing after I first learned of the position and what was involved with it more than three years ago.

This week both of those dreams came true for me when I accepted a position as a Sr. Technical Marketing Manager – Data Protection and Disaster Recovery. My first day is October 21st and I am so excited I can barely contain myself.

I’m so grateful to Presidio and all the excellent people I’ve worked with over the last two years for giving me the experiences and opportunities that helped this dream become a reality.

I’m also honored and humbled to be joining an amazing team with Ken Werneburg, Jeff Hunter, Cormac Hogan, Mike Foley and Rawlinson Rivera.

Look for a lot of content on SRM, HA, DRS, VDP and more from me in the coming months. I’ll also be at VMworld Barcelona as part of the vBrownBag team so if you see me there or anywhere else please say “hi”

And I hope your dreams come true as well.

Free pass to VMworld contests

There are a couple of ongoing contests/events looking to send deserving VMware geeks to VMworld. If you want to go to VMworld (and who doesn’t want to go?) and can’t, check these out:

  • vDestination contest (deadline July 10th): Just explain why you need to go, what you’re looking forward to and how you’ll pay it forward. The submissions will be judged by a panel of vExperts. More details about this contest are available here.
  • VMware vCenter Operations (deadline July 11th) “Tell your story” contest: Describe how you used vCenter Operations Manager to predict or solve a problem. The most compelling story will be selected. More details are available here.

Both of these contests have additional prizes for runners up so go check them out. I’ll add any more contests as they come up.

Good luck!

VCDX Bootcamps at VMworld/VMworld Europe announced

There will be 2 three hour VCDX boot camps just prior to VMworld (Aug 26th) and VMworld Europe (Oct 7th). The details are available here.

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone on the VCDX journey. There are qualifications (VCP5, VCAP-DCA and VCAP-DCD), though exceptions may be made. The absolute minimum required to attend is VCP5.

A big “Thank you!” to Mark Brunstad, John Arrasjid and VMware for this opportunity.

vExpert 2012 – Honored and Thrilled!

This happened awhile ago but I figured I’d throw it out there. In early May I was honored by VMware (specifically Alex Maier and John Troyer) to be included among the 2012 vExperts.

If you are reading this more than likely you’re familiar with the vExperts program, but just in case you’re not here is the description from the site:

“The annual VMware vExpert title is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. The title is awarded to individuals (not employers) for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology above and beyond their job requirements.”

I was included this year for my contributions to the New Mexico VMUG. I couldn’t have done what I did for the NM VMUG without the help of Paul McQuaid, Jon Harris and Scott Seifert.  They are running the VMUG now that I work for a partner and are doing a better job of it than I ever did.

If you’re in New Mexico please attend the meetings, and if you already attend please give us some feedback (good, bad or ?)

Back to vExpert 2012, I’m so excited to be included in such an illustrious group. It has been great being involved so far and I’m looking forward to much more. One of my first thoughts when I realized I made it was “what I’m going to do to earn it again next year?” I’m hoping this blog is a part of whatever that is.


Voting for VMworld sessions is now open!

Voting for VMworld sessions is open now through June 8th. You can vote for as many sessions as you like and all you need is a VMworld account and to click on the the “Thumbs Up” for the sessions that look interesting.

I’ve submitted a session for the first time and I’m thrilled that it has made it this far. If it interests you at all I’d really appreciate your vote. The topic is “Protecting vSphere Management aka “The keys to your Kingdom” – Why you need to Protect vCenter/vSphere Management and How to do it.”  I’ll be presenting with Hemma Prafullchandra from HyTrust and the session will be vendor neutral.

Screenshot of Session 1939 - Protecting vSphere Management from VMworld site


Thanks in advance and I look forward to meeting you at VMworld!

Podcast List

I’ve had a few requests recently for the list of podcasts I listen to.  I want to provide details/reviews of them, and I will, but for now here’s the list just so it’s out there.

Please keep in mind that this is alphabetical and uncategorized. I’ll get categories, descriptions, links and more details up as soon as possible.  Hope you find this helpful.

  • 12 Byzantine Rulers
  • 60-Second Earth
  • 60-Second Mind
  • 60-Second Science
  • Ancient Rome Refocused
  • APAC Virtualization Roundtable
  • Ask Dr. Soram
  • BrainStuff
  • Career Tools
  • Chinwag with Mike
  • Common Sense with Dan Carlin
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
  • Freakonomics
  • Frontline
  • Infosmack
  • Manager Tools
  • Moyers & Company
  • Norman Centuries: A Norman History Podcast by Lars Brownworth
  • NPR Topics: World Story of the Day
  • NPR: Planet Money
  • NPR: StoryCorps
  • Online VMware Training
  • Packet Pushers
  • ProfessionalVMware – BrownBags
  • RUN!
  • Speaking in Tech
  • The Ancient World
  • The Cloudcast (.NET)
  • The History Network (military)
  • The History of Rome
  • The History of WWII Podcast
  • The Moth Podcast
  • The Smartest Man in the World
  • This American Life
  • This I Believe
  • Twilight Histories
  • vChat
  • Veeam Community Podcast
  • Virtualization Security Roundtable
  • VMware Communities Roundtable
  • VMworld Sessions
  • vSoup
  • Wired Features
  • WNYC’s Radiolab

Let’s get this started

I’ve been meaning to start this blog for a long time.  I’ve gotten so much from so many blogs for so long that I want an opportunity to give something back/pass something on.

This is my first blog so I’m not really sure what to expect.  The focus will definitely be on virtualization but I know that I’ll get into other stuff as well.  I’m also planning on using this as a resource for myself, and by extension others, by posting problems I’ve had, or have and solutions.  If there is anything you’d like to see or any feedback you have I look forward to it.

Well, here goes something…