2nd half applications for vEXPERT 2020 are open

I have had the honour of being a vExpert since its inception,  I currently have the honour of being a member of three sub-programs:

  • Cloud Provider
  • NSX
  • vEXPERT-PRO

This post is to let all my readers that the second half 2020 applications are now open. As a vExpertPro I will be one of those that vote applications.

So what is the vEXPERT program?

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program was designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. As a honouree you have access to corporate promotion of your articles via the Adovacy.vmware.com site, exposure at their global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap.  There are many benefits of having membership of the program and some are outlined below.

What are the benefits for being a vExpert?

  • Networking with 2,000 vExperts / Information Sharing
  • Knowledge Expansion on VMware & Partner Technology
  • Opportunity to apply for vExpert BU Lead Subprograms
  • Possible Job Opportunities
  • Direct Access to VMware Business Units via Subprograms
  • Blog Traffic Boost through Advocacy, @vExpert, @VMware, VMware Launch & Announcement Campaigns
  • 1 Year VMware Licenses for Home Labs for almost all Products & Some Partner Products
  • Private VMware & VMware Partner Sessions
  • Gifts from VMware and VMware Partners
  • vExpert Celebration Parties at both VMworld US and VMworld Europe with VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger
  • VMware Advocacy Platform Invite (share your content to thousands of vExperts & VMware employees who amplify your content via their social channels)
  • Private Slack Channels for vExpert and the BU Lead Subprograms

For those that are thinking of applying; I will say do. However, please take a look at what is below; this is not TLDR:  but it is valuable as it contains information into what we are looking for in an application.

I wrote this post to give a few pointers as to what a Good Application should look like, which will hopefully enable your application to rise to the top of the cream.

Firstly there are four, but in reality three tracks that you can apply for VEXPERT Status: Source

Evangelist Path
This Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and any IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others.  One thing to note is that if your activities are not in the public domain, ie you are an internal evangelist for your company, It is recommended that a reference from a VMware Employee in support of your application.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders who evangelize VMware. VMware are looking for passionate customers who do the work to evangelize within their organization or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. This point is important, the actives must not be related to your position within the company, or in other words you should not being paid for evangelizing VMware. Again a VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

Partner Path
The VMware Partner Network (VPN) Path is for employees of VMware partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements.  This is the most challenging track as it is the most difficult to draw the line between what is just your day-job and what is above and beyond. This is the only track where a VMware Employee reference is a requirement.

VMUG & VCDX
If you are an VCDX or an active VMUG Leader you will qualify for the vExpert award.

It must be noted that the chapter you are claiming leadership off must be active and that you as the VMUG leader must be actively involved in the organization of any and all events.  VMUG status and any activities you are claiming are verified by the voting team. 

Inactive VMUG leaders will not qualify for the award.

All VCDX applicants will be verified via vcdx.vmware.com.

If you are applying via VMUG or VCDX, you should use the evangelist path and state you are a VCDX or VMUG leader and which chapter.

So how should your application look?

The largest number of people who apply for vExpert utilize the Evangelist path and these guidelines are tailored to an Evangelist application but are valid for the other tracks as well

  • Make sure that your content is about VMware. It does not have to be exclusively about VMware but if you are writing most of the time about Veeam, Microsoft or another vendor, then the chances are high that you will not be selected as a vExpert. At least 50% of your content should be about VMware or have a VMware Bias,  I for example write a lot about HashiCorp’s technologies, but about their use and interaction with VMware technologies.
  • Be honest in your vExpert application, The invigilators are also looking at your content as provided in the application and they WILL check the VCDX directory if you have applied for the VCDX path. If you have chosen the wrong path because you are for example not a VCDX it’s up to the invigilator and the power of your remaining content as to whether you get approved.
  • Don’t use a syndicate blog in your application. This is not original content, if you are a team of creators then only highlight your content.  Any content that is not your copywrite is not yours to claim and therefore will not be given any credit.
  • If you are a member of VMTN please provide the correct VMTN username. You can find your VMTN username if you login to VMTN and select “View my profile”. This will create an URL similar to this one https://communities.vmware.com/people/TomHowarth; your user name is the last section

One point to note: only enter your VMTN username if you actually help people on the community. If you are just a lurker and your only post is from 2006, do not bother as there will be no credit for that.

  • If you are adding speaking to your application,  for example (VMworld, VMUG, etc.), please provide the necessary links, agenda, etc. no evidence no credit, in the words of your high school teachers for full marks show your workings.
  • Another thing to note is that the first half vExpert applications take into account content from January to December, whereas second half vExpert applications will concentrate on July to June timelines ie July 2019 through June 2020.  Keep this in mind when you are providing content links.
  • If you are a blogger, please date your posts in whatever way suits you. But provide links.  If the invigilators can’t verify that the content is from the required time period; again no credit.
  • If you are a VMUG leader please provide the public link to your VMUG profile that will show a Leader badge. This will save time for the voters who doesn’t need to search for it.
  • This should go without saying:  Please only mention content or activities which were created or done outside of your daily job business.

Hopefully, you find these pointers will help those who apply for the vExpert program, the pointers are as valid for 1st or 2nd application and for those that people who have been denied in their first try.

Also if you need help for preparing your application, or even general advice about the programme you can always reach out to a vExpert Pro, these can be found vExpert Directory. If there is no vExpert Pro in your country or region you are welcome to contact me or any other Pros in the directory. I think I can say that everyone of them will be more than happy to help with the application or giving some advice for “how to apply”.

So what are you waiting for apply today

Are Containers a first class citizen in the enterprise?

VMware have recently finished their annual VMworld conference. One of their major announcements was that of Project Pacific. This is VMware’s biggest vSphere announcement since the the introduction of their ESXi product back in 2007.

What are containers to Project Pacific?

Project Pacific is effectively a complete rewrite of vSphere to become a Kubernetes deployment engine. What this effectively means is that VMware have made Containers first-class citizens on their platform. Yes it is true that VMware has supported containers in the past, firstly with VMware VIC (Virtual Integrated Containers) then later with VMware PKS (Pivotal Container Service), but these have been very much add-ons to their core product, and seen as an adjunct to Virtual Machines rather than as a fully paid up member of the enterprise club.

Project Pacific
,  VMware move to be an Application platform (copyright VMware)

VMware have struggled with Containers, chiefly because at their enterprise tipping point they were seen as the more valid answer to the then current issues that enterprises needed solving over fledgling container technology from Unix Vendors like Sun MicroSystems (bought by Oracle) with their Solaris Zones product.

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create a macOS Catalina VM with VMware Fusion

Update: This is no longer an issue with Fusion 11.5

Here’s a quick note on how-to setup a macOS catalina VM on VMware Fusion 11. Credit for figuring out how-to do this goes to vmtn users Bogdam and intel008 as they are the ones who posted the resolution in the following thread at VMTN: macOS Catalina VMs do not run in VMware Fusion 11.1.0

This thread describes the problems you bump into if you try to upgrade a macOS Mojave VM to the new beta macOS Catalina. Basically if you run the upgrade then your VM will hang on reboot. If you then try to reboot it in verbose mode, so that you can see what happens, you’ll get the following screen.

macOS Catalina boot error

Yikes, that’s no good!

Continue reading “create a macOS Catalina VM with VMware Fusion”

Notes on securing Meltdown and Spectre

Now that the dust is slightly starting to settle It became clear to me that there’s an enormous amount of information and confusion out there. I have read a lot of websites in order to get a clear picture and being able to get all of my hosts and Virtual Machines patched. While not completely done yet, here’s my collection of links and some answers on questions that I see asked often. This is a live document and will be updated with notes relevant for patching. Last update 2018/01/29 Continue reading “Notes on securing Meltdown and Spectre”

Monitor storage for a Dell PERC H710 Mini on vSphere 6.5

So I managed to get myself some DELL R320 servers for the lab. Great servers, love that R3x0 series, they fit my needs perfectly. In previous R3xx series and vSphere versions using the “thick” vSphere client you could just monitor the storage (PERC H710 mini) and other hardware so that you could easily find out if your server needs maintenance.

Continue reading “Monitor storage for a Dell PERC H710 Mini on vSphere 6.5”

Tis the Season to be Jolly and heres a little Christmas Gift from Cormac and Duncan the VSAN Elves

Tis the season to be Jolly, and here is a little festive treat from Santa’s little VSAN helpers Cormac Hogan and Duncan Epping.

Holiday gift: vSAN Essentials book available for free

or from

https://cormachogan.com/2017/12/19/vsan-essentials-e-book-now-free/

VSAN as we know is VMware Software defined storage solution that is integrated at the VMkernal level and a core component in SDDC and vxRAILs.  This is a serious tome about all things VSAN 6.2, (yes we are at VSAN 6.5 but this book is still relevant)

So mosy on over to either of the two sites and download the book, I can vouch for it. these too folk know their stuff.

VSAN Comes of Age with Version 6.2

On February 10, 2016, VMware announced VSAN v6.2. This is the forth generation of its flagship software-defined storage (SDS) product to be released. At the time of the release, VMware announced that it has more than 3,000 customers running the products; that is quite a number.

Now, to me, it is a misnomer for this to have been given a minor release notation, as there are a slew of new features, some of which are more than worthy of a major release cycle. I will examine the major ones in this article.

 

VSAN 6.2

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VCP Foundation Exam

With the release of vSphere 6, VMware have updated the exam structure as normal. This time there are a couple of interesting (to me at least) changes.

The first is to bring the VCP-NV more in line with the other VCP exams. It now has a consistent structure with the DCV (Data Centre), CMA (Cloud) and DTM (Desktop) variants with the same requirements (except for the additional “Cisco Certified” Route which bypasses the course requirement. This looks like it will stay until the end of January 2016), and with a foundation exam, it tests some general vSphere knowledge as well as just the NSX side. Continue reading “VCP Foundation Exam”

VSAN is Great, but their Licensing Sucks

On April 1st I tweeted that


And I still stand by this remark. Building and configuring a New VSAN is simple, even if you have to spend most of the morning in 4 machines LSI Bios configuring several single disk RAID0 groups and associated vDisks and then manually marking your SSD as such in ESXCLI. Continue reading “VSAN is Great, but their Licensing Sucks”

Remember Remember, Edit your Host Profile before applying.

Well today I remembered something, well to be truthful, I remembered it five minutes after moving my new hosts into maintenance mode, applying my newly created host profile from my reference host, filling in the network details for all the port groups and VMkernel groups and clicking finish.

So what exactly did I remember? Well I remembered that before you apply a reference host profile to a host that is over 6000 miles away (well to be fair, even if it is under your desk or hosted on your desktop), always remember to remove the policy that relates to your primary management console. Why? I hear you ask.

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