Episode 9-VMUGing with Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick)

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This episode (recorded last year before VMworld iTunes and MP3) GS talks with Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) about:

  • VMUGs – are they doing enough for users?
  • Are members doing enough for User Groups?
  • What has the VMUG done for Mike Laverick?
  • Speaking in front of groups
  • The approaching datacenter zombie apocalypse

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Episode 8-Gabe Maentz (@gmaentz) – The multi-hypervisor admin

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GS and Chris talk (iTunes and MP3) with Gabe Maentz (@gmaentz) about his incredibly high host to admin ratios and:

  • Upgrades (ESX to ESXi, virtual switch to distributed virtual switch
  • Importance of monitoring, interactions with other groups
  • Presenting to a VMUG
  • DR – what does Gabe do?
  • Provisioning/orchestration – new term “Sunrising”
  • VMworld – what made it worth it? And how to get it approved
  • A real world use case for a multi-hypervisor environment
  • Some VDI awesomeness

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Episode 7-Christian Mohn (@h0bbel) – All about partners with a Tech Champion

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Chris and GS talk this week with Christian Mohn (@h0bbel & vNinja.net) about life as a Datacenter Virtualization “Tech Champion” (iTunes or MP3):

- What to look for in a consultant?
- Healthchecks & free tools
- When do you upgrade?
- How to transition to a consulting role

Links
- vCheck script
- RVtools
- Kendrick Coleman’s latest free tools
- Christian’s Healthcheck post
- VMTN Podcast Chris mentioned

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Episode 6 – Multiple Hypervisors – Do you have to be monogamous?

All three of us together again. No predictions, no year in review, just pure new content iTunes or MP3

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- Multi-hypervisor experiences – yes? no? why/why not?
- Musings on network virtualization, Cisco ACI, VMware NSX and what to look forward to
- Our current ideas on the unicorn that is storage virtualization
- vSphere upgrades – Josh & Chris upgrade their home labs (Angelo Luciani’s poll)
- No MS Technet – what does it mean for home labs?
- VMTN update what’s next?
- Chris’ rage against Web client/C# client

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Episode 5 – Jon Harris

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GS solo again. My guest this show (iTunes or MP3) is Jon Harris, @ThevCACguy on twitter. He also blogs at www.virtumasters.com
In this show we discuss:

- Challenges with vCAC (hint – it’s mostly not the tech)
- How Jon worked through his billing issue
- Comparisons vCAC to vCD from a architect/engineering standpoint
- Building a solution vs. buying one
- The importance of focusing on business requirements and when to involve the business
- vCAC, DNS and IP address management

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Episode Two – Ed Grigson

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My guest this show was Ed Grigson (@egrigson) owner of http://www.vexperienced.co.uk

This show (iTunes or MP3) was recorded in June of 2013. I apologize for the audio quality. I should have re-recorded the sections where Skype dropped out but I didn’t know better. I’ll bring Ed back in the not to distant future to follow up.

We covered:

  • Experiences with virtualizing Oracle & issues with Exadata & Exalogic?
  • How application owners proscribing solutions makes IT more complicated
  • “Cloud” in the real world – why/why not – pets vs. cattle
  • Cloud adoption stall
  • Scripting test/dev environment creation
  • DevOps & The Phoenix Project – what does it mean for a user
  • Why Puppet/Chef? – challenges of differences between dev/test/prod
  • The challenges of speaking at a VMUG

Episode One Available Now!

Episode One is now available for download on iTunes & MP3.

In our first episode we introduce ourselves & discuss:
- why we’re doing this, why focus on users?
- SSO 5.1 vs 5.5 & fruit baskets
- vSphere upgrades – when, why, etc – inc. home labs
- When is Chris going to dye his beard red? Why GS grew his beard?
- How to get users to speak at VMUGs? (some great ideas here)