3000 Virtual Machines!

At work, we just went over 3000 VMs.  vmware-logoThis is with a relatively small team, thanks to some innovative automation of provisioning and management.



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I passed the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam!

I took the VCP550 exam for VCP5-DCV on 26 Feb 2015 and passed!  Here’s my thoughts on the test and how I prepared for it.


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I’m now at TransUnion Interactive in San Luis Obispo, CA!

After a few years of working at Cal Poly, SLO and SJSU, I retired from the CSU on Halloween 2014 (Boo!).  I was retired 2 days, and I started the following Monday 03 Nov 2014 as a Senior Infrastructure Engineer at TransUnion Interactive in San Luis Obispo, CA.  TransUnion Interactive (TUI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of TransUnion.  We provide credit reporting and other service directly to consumers, and also support other major partners with highly available web services 24X7.  TUI has about 150 employees and is growing rapidly…

I’m doing storage, virtualization and system administration work, making the magic happen with NetApp, Nimble, HP BladeSystems and a little Cisco UCS.

My recruitment process should be a LinkedIn commercial.  TUI HR found me on LinkedIn, contacted me through them, and did a successful non-traditional LinkedIn style recruitment.

ITIL Foundations Class – March 26-28, 2014

Our organization at SJSU is implementing IT service management based upon ITIL.  To support this, I recently took a ITIL Foundation class from Global Knowledge on site at SJSU from March 26-28, 2014…

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Cisco DCUCI v5.0 – Data Center Unified Computing Implementation, 22-26 July 2013

I recently attended Cisco DCUCI v5.0 – Data Center Unified Computing Implementation at Global Knowledge in Santa Clara.  This is one of the Cisco classes for using their Unified Computing System, which are basically a blade chassis system for servers.

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) is designed to serve the needs of engineers who implement Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers.

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VMware View: Desktop Fast Track [V5.1] Course – Online June 10-14, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of attending VMware View: Desktop Fast Track [V5.1] online.  We bought this directly from VMware, which gives you the (BONUS!) free voucher for the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop examination.  The Fast Track class is actually a 5 day version of 2 standard classes (boot camp style) – it combines View 5.1 Install, Manage, Configure (4 days) with View 5.1 Design (3 days) into one fun filled 5 day week.  VMware says:

This fast-paced, extended-hours training course includes the content of the following courses:
•  VMware View: Install, Configure, Manage
•  VMware View: Design Best Practices
This hands-on training course builds your skills in the VMware® View™ suite: VMware® View Manager™, VMware® View Composer™, and VMware® ThinApp®. The course provides applications-oriented administrators with the knowledge and skills to virtualize Windows applications with ThinApp and to choose the best deployment and updating processes for their environment. The course also presents a methodology for analyzing and designing a View solution for the VMware® vSphere® infrastructure.

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Manager Tools Effective Manager Conference – 28 May 2013, San Jose

I attended the Manager Tools Effective Manager Conference in San Jose on 28 May 2013.  This was a great introduction to Manager Tools concepts, like one on ones, feedback, and coaching.  If you are in a hurry to get up to speed on Manager Tools, and you don’t have time to listen to all twenty some Manager Tools “Basics” podcasts, then you should go to an EMC…

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SF Bay Area UCS Users Group – April 25, 2013

As a new Cisco Unified Computing System user, I recently attended the quarterly SF Bay Area UCS Users Group on April 25, 2013 at Cisco in Santa Clara.  It was informative and I’m glad I went.  The public is invited to these, so if you have UCS or want to talk to someone who has UCS, you should register and come on down.

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Go see my friend Debu’s photography show in Palo Alto!

My friend and co-worker Debu (Debashish Basak) is a amateur photographer.  He has an exhibit of his works at Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto…



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Next SLO VMware User’s Group Meeting is March 8th, 2013!

Our next meeting is Friday, March 8th, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Building Veterans Hall – Top Floor, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403.

This meeting is about:

  • VMUG News and Announcements
  • VDI Pain Points with Helixstorm
  • Nutanix Overview, Technical Deep Dive, and Block Demo
  • Lunch, Q&A Sessions, and Raffle

Anyone withing driving range of San Luis Obispo is welcome to come.  This is a great opportunity to come together with your fellow VMware users to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

For more information, and to register for the event, click here.  Registration closes Wed March 6th, so hurry!

While you’re at it, visit the SLO VMUG web site.