Category Archives: Job

vExpert 2017 – My 2 cents about the increasing number of vExperts

Last Wednesday, VMware has published a list with the vExperts for 2017.

I’m on this list. I’m on this list for the fourth time, which makes me very happy and proud. I was surprised that I’m on this list. I have written only a few blog posts last year. I sometimes tweet about VMware, and I am active in some forums. The focus of this blog has shifted.

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Fight the chaos: Design your toolbox properly

You need tools and methods to accomplish your daily tasks. No one will deny this insight.

I would like to give you an insight into my box of tools and methods. These tools and methods work for me, but they do not have to work for you. The design of your personal toolbox depends on your job.

Depending on who you ask, my job role consists of several roles: Currently, I am working as a consultant, head of the business unit, pre-sales consultant and technical account manager. That’s what you get when working in a very small company… And because of these different roles, my personal toolbox may differ from yours.

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VCP7-DTM certification beta exam experience

Nearly a month ago, a tweet caught my attention:

https://twitter.com/VMwareEducation/status/783374497827041280

These beta exams are a cost-effective way to achieve certifications. The last beta exam I took, was the VCP6-DCV beta. Because I already had the VCP6-DTM on my to-do list, the new VCP7-DTM beta exam was released just in the right moment.

As already mentioned in the blog post of the VMware Education and Certification Blog, there are primarly three reasons to take this beta exam:

  • get certified
  • low costs (only 50 USD)
  • identify strengths and weaknesses

Beside of this, VMware can test the questions and is getting feedback to increase the quality of their exams.

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Why VARs should rethink their business model

Okay, the headline of this blog post is a bit provocative. This blog post is not written from the vendor perspective. It’s the perspective of someone, who’s sitting between the vendor and the customer. A value-added reseller (VAR) is typically located between vendor and customer. And the business model of a VAR is typically based on selling hardware, software and service.

Added value

The typical customer doesn’t have the time, money and the know-how to transform business requirements into a bill of materials (BOM). It’s a “make-or-buy” decision. And “buy” is often better than “make”. The customer needs a partner who helps him to transform the business requirements into a solution and a BOM.

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Solving problems: A structured approach

What is a problem? A problem is an obstacle, that has to be surmounted. Solving a problem is connected with obstacles. Or more general: Problem solving is a process to get from an unsatisfactory to a satisfactory situation.

Most of us get paid for solving problems. It’s irrelevant if you are paid for solving technical problem (e.g. My computer doesn’t work), or if you are paid to create solutions for customers (e.g. design infrastructure for a Citrix XenApp farm). At the end you solve a problem.

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Selected as PernixPro

Yesterday, at 02:13am (CET), I got an awesome e-mail:

Dear Patrick,

I am pleased to welcome you to the PernixPro program!

I’m very happy to be part of this program!

PernixData | PernixPro

This program is similar to the VMware vExpert or Microsoft MVP program. It’s designed to spread the magic of PernixData FVP. I am totally convinced of PernixData FVP. Because of this, I’m very pleased to be part of the program. Thank you for the recognition!

If you want to know more about the Pernix Pro program, make sure that you take a look at the corresponding website.

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Problem analysis with Kepner-Tregoe

When you deal with problems in IT, you often deal with problems where is root cause is unknown. To solve such problems, you have to use a systematic method. Only a systematic method leads to a fast, effective and efficient solution. One of the most commonly observed methods in my career bases on approximation. We all know it as “trial and error”. Someone tries as long until the problem is solved. Often this method makes it worse than it was before, and it often leads to wrong conclusions, and furthermore wrong results. If someone draws a wrong connections at the beginning of the analysis, this leads to a totally wrong path. I would like to illustrate this with an example:

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vExpert 2014 benefits

In addition to the benefits that VMware grants to vExperts, a couple of vendors grant also benefits to vExperts. This includes free licenses, subscriptions or other offers. This is only a loose compilation of vExperts benefits.

Vendor Offer Link
Solarwinds Virtualization Manager NFR http://bit.ly/1gYJtBB
Veeam Backup & Replication NFR http://bit.ly/1esRaFn
Pluralsight Annual Plus Subscription http://bit.ly/1esTa0o
Tintri Polo Shirt http://bit.ly/1eJqgE2
Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager 1y NFR http://bit.ly/1iRVXfm
Login VSI VIP program http://bit.ly/1esPY4M
Hewlett-Packard StoreVirtual VSA NFR http://bit.ly/1m4J6gt
Darren Woollard Sticker & URL Shortener http://bit.ly/1noB4gb
DataCore SANsymphony-V NFR http://bit.ly/1iUXd2N
Proximal Data AutoCache NFR http://bit.ly/1eLKoWa
VSS Labs vCert Manager NFR http://bit.ly/1eTncKP
Unitrends Enterprise Backup for VMware or Hyper-V NFR http://bit.ly/1eWqn4Q
Symantec Backup Exec V-Ray Edition NFR http://bit.ly/1eTFcEO
Royal TS Royal TS/X NFR http://bit.ly/1jtpNbB

I also recommend to check the following blog post:

I will add further offers to this list. Feel free to leave a comment and to point me to similar blog posts.

Pluralsight: Free subscription for tech VIPs

Already in the last year I noticed, that Pluralsight was giving tech VIPs one year of free subscription for their online training. This 1y subscription has a value of $499! Yesterday I saw a tweet with the offer for this year’s tech VIPs.

To use this offer, you have to be member of at least one of the following programs:s:

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Homelabs: It’s evolution, baby

A discourse is going on in the community. I can’t say who has started the discourse, but the number of blog postings to this discourse is an indication for the interest at this topic. But what’s the topic?

Homelabs

A homelab is the datacenter of the poor man. Some people have the luck to use a fully populated data center for test and study purposes. Our job requires to work with the latest technology and products, so we need an environment for test- and study purposes. Back in the days it was sufficient to have some VMs on you computer or laptop. But as virtualization moved into the data center, it was necessary to have this in the lab. At this point homelabs began to explode.

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