Home-Lab Upgrade to vSphere 7

I’ve had a lot of questions on how my upgrade went to vSphere 7 in my home-lab. I thought I’d share how I was able to get vSphere 7 up and running on a lab using hardware that isn’t on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List. So what you see here are 5 Dell R71 Servers,…

Configuring the VMware ESXi Dump Collector on vCenter 7

For those not familiar with this topic, it relates to a recent presentation I made at a VMware User Group virtual meeting around managing vSphere and some best practices. This also is applicable to a recent home-lab upgrade and wanted to provide a current method for configuring this setup and the lack of official support…

My Light-board, Whiteboard, GreenScreen Home Office Setup

I’ve had a few requests now that the home office has been moved into a bigger room to share how I setup the home office to enable remote work capabilities and leverage conference calls with a whiteboard and green screen as well as video presentations using a Light-board. For those of you that are now…

Video and Lightboard Series

I’m trying something new to get better at presenting whiteboard sessions with customers and the community.  I’ll be doing a combination of video, whiteboard and light board sessions around VMware topics. Session 1 – Interview from Keith Townsend at The CTO Advisor This is Keith’s interview in preparation for the VMware User Group Virtual Event…

VMworld 2019 Conference Info

VMworld 2019 captures the momentum of today’s rapidly changing IT environment and puts it within your grasp so you can accelerate your cloud journey to support your business. Transform networking and security for speed and flexibility. Deliver digital workspaces for amazing mobile experiences. Whatever you need to know, you’ll find the best information, tools, and…

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for IT

I’ve been thinking about this for awhile and actually referenced Maslow in a personal blog about my past life and how I got into IT.  It really hit home a couple years ago when our SVP and GM of Security products at VMware, Tom Corn (thanks for the motivation Tom), started talk track around defining…

VMware Test Drive 3.0 Launch

As VMware’s products and services continue to evolve, TestDrive environments also transform to provide best-in-class user experiences. Announcing, TestDrive 3.0! TestDrive is the only place to see the entire VMware stack configured and ready to go, integrated with live applications in a real world environment. TestDrive is built on bare metal for maximum performance and…

VMware Central Newsletter Updates

As part of my continued efforts to help customers ‘Realize What’s Possible’, I’ve expanded the former North Central Newsletter to provide content more relevant to customers across all of Central. If you are interested in getting relevant information around VMware News, Events, and Activities, feel free to share the newsletter signup options below.  I’ll continue to…

VMware Skyline Advisor 2.1, Skyline Viewer 3.1 Highlights on What’s New

Skyline Advisor 2.1 Release Highlights: Proactive Support for Two New Products: Horizon (v7.0 and above) & vRealize Operations Manager (v6.6, 6.7 & 7.0) Skyline has now expanded its footprint to deliver Proactive Findings for Horizon View & vRealize Operations within Skyline Advisor. Very soon, Skyline Proactive Findings will also be viewable within the vRealize Operations…