Episode 21-Alastair Cooke (@demitasseNZ) – Certs, Chaos Monkeys and Warm bags of meat

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All three of us talking (iTunes and MP3with Alastair Cooke (@DemitasseNZ) about:

  • Perspectives on VCI
  • Chaos monkeys
  • How Alastair is not a “Warm bag of meat to regurgitate powerpoints to Me”
  • Alastair’s new endeavor – and details on his first course on operating a vSphere environment
  • The value of certifications – basic/VCP level and advanced/VCAP
  • We all weigh in on certifications expiring
  • AutoLab - and all the awesomeness contained therein

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Episode 20-Rene Van Den Bedem (@VCDX133)

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In this show I have a chat with Rene Van Den Bedem - @VCDX133 about:

  • Challenges of virtualising in the Middle East, how to make it happen
  • Vendor selection in the Middle East
  • Employee training and cross skill issues
  • Automation – vCO and SharePoint as a vCD alternative
  • Monitoring options – vCOps & ManageEngine
  • Customers don’t care about CPU utilization
  • The coolness of vCOps
  • First times presenting at VMworld and path to get there
  • Hybrid cloud – why/why-not
  • VCDX – paying it forward
  • Use cases for NSX
  • Possible fits for VSAN
  • VDI choices – Citrix vs View
  • AIX to VMware migration
  • AppHA – usage and compatability
  • DR – Application level protection
  • Plans for next time

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Episode 19-Joey “VM” Ware (@joey_vm_ware) – VCAC’d

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The three of us talking with Joey Ware (@joey_vm_ware) about:

Presentating at VMworld
vCD vs VCAC
Chargeback vs ITBM – experiences with pricing – showback vs chargeback
Internal IT competing with external providers
Stretched clusters with dark fiber and controller updates
Jumbo frames – why or why not – how network virtualization changes things – IPv6 to save the day?
Challenges with networking
The lab of your dreams
Documenting your updates
Hypervisor choices and higher education
Learning to present – using vBrownbag and VMUG as practice
VMworld plans
Naming your kids
Mute jokes

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Pictures of Joey’s “lab” and lounge area

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Episode 18-Stacy Carter (@virtualstace) – Mute unto others

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All three of us talking (iTunes and MP3with Stacy Carter (@virtualstace) about:

  • Datacenter moves
  • vMSC, alerts and teamwork
  • Where does automation fit
  • Why American’s don’t like public transportation
  • Snapshots and scripting
  • How to get started with automation/orchestration
  • Incentivizing users to speak at VMUGs
  • We try to bully another guest into speaking at a VMUG
  • Josh introduces the “memecat
  • VMworld plans

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Episode 17-GS is quitting

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Just me and Chris talking this week (iTunes and MP3). We chat about:

  • GS quitting pursuit of VCDX
  • Certifications
  • VMworld
  • VMUG customer webinars
  • PowerCLI and SRM

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Automating Failover with SRM and PowerCLI

Episode 16-Graham French (@nakedcloudguy) – Survival of the most adaptable

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In this weeks episode (iTunes and MP3) GS, Josh & Chris chat with Graham about:

Topics:

  • VUPaaS can get a car
  • Who is Graham?
  • How far apart can the Architect/Stakeholder aims and ambitions be from operations teams ability to support?
  • Challenges to operations from architects
  • How do users stay current?
  • The Phoenix Project
  • Hot Pockets
  • Tape vs Replication – The chickenbolt
  • Job security and prison torture

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Episode 15-Steve Kaplan (@stvkpln) – You can have your vCake and eat it too

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In this weeks episode (iTunes and MP3) GS & Chris chat with Steve about:

Topics:

  • vCAC – Getting started with it and using it with vCO
  • Importance of time zones and time synchronization
  • Deploying a VM is easy – after the fact configuration is hard
  • Understand when you’re building something that you’re usually not building it for yourself
  • Building error handling up front
  • How do vCAC and vCO fit together
  • NSX – using it to get rid of hardware and other ideas
  • vCO & NSX
  • vCO workflows and SharePoint
  • Non-IT challenges with vCAC
  • Future plans for vCAC
  • Updates, patching, etc
  • SSO 5.1 hating
  • Burning down and starting over vs. upgrading

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Episode 14-Ed Czerwin (@eczerwin) – How to get budget for backup

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In this weeks episode (iTunes and MP3) GS, Chris & Josh talk with Ed Czerwin about:

Topics:

  • Backups from remote sites
  • Seeding designs/challenges
  • How to get your budget approved
  • Best disaster recovery story yet
  • Worst datacenter/server closet yet?
  • P2V’s with a gun to your head
  • Backup to cloud
  • P2V choices
  • Remote sites arrays and VSAN
  • Awesomeness of public betas
  • What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
  • Chinese RedBull

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Episode 13-Joel Gibson

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In this weeks episode (iTunes and MP3) GS and Josh talk with Joel about:

  • Linked mode
  • Web client/C sharp client
  • VMA
  • Upgrades
  • Levels of redundancy
  • Importance of process
  • Timing of upgrades
  • Test labs
  • Challenges and solutions with multiple environments
  • Monitoring – vCheck script, vCOps
  • Challenges with product justification
  • Staying current
  • Certifications (VCAPs, VCDX)
  • Blogging and giving back
  • Backup design and features

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Episode 12.1-Recorded Live and in person with Brian Annis

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This is a special bonus episode I recorded with Brian Annis while I was at the NY/NJ VMUG conference last month. I’m hoping to do more of these when I’m attending VMUGs. Reach out if you’re interested. iTunes and MP3

In this show I talk with Brian about:

  • VMUG
  • Social media
  • Automation
  • DR

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