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VMware Top 100 Influencers

Back in December, I was contacted by Noell Grier, with the VMware communities team, to join the VMware Influencer 100 Club Welcome and Kickoff Meeting! I was shocked to be included in this list. It’s been fun being part of this program! Thank you to Noell and VMware for the honor of being a part of this program! I’ve known Noell from being part of the VMware Cloud Credibility program! Cloud Cred was a program VMware ran where you got

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PowerCLI Script to Change Tag Assignment

I have an environment where, using tags, unused VMs are automatically shutdown. This is done by creating a Tag Category called “Suspend Date” and when the current value is in the past, your VM gets shutdown. I don’t have many VMs that I own in this “test” environment, but the ones that I DO have there, I want to be available when I need them. I TRY to login once every week or so and change the tag manually, but

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Virtual VMUG Events: A Positive Side to the Pandemic

Back in March, when this all began, we were all thrown for a loop! We were forced to make big changes to our lives, including working from home! Many of us in IT were forced to adapt quickly to a fast growing remote work force, having to deploy and/or expand VDI environments, etc. Those of us that are VMUG Leaders also had to adapt. We had to postpone/cancel in person events, switch to planning online/virtual events, etc. As one of

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vExpert 2020

I’m honored to be awarded VMware vExpert again for 2020! I’ve been lucky to have been awarded the vExpert title every year since 2015. The vExpert title is awarded to those who give back to the Virtualization community. Are you active on social media on VMware topics? Do you blog? Do you present at VMUG Events or VMworld? These are just SOME of the ways you may qualify for the vExpert title! Congrats to everyone who was awarded the vExpert

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Achievement Unlocked – Turbonomic ACE Master Cloud!

Turbonomic has 3 different certifications. Turbonomic ACE Certification enables you to leverage Turbonomic to its fullest potential. ACE Certification is a pre-requisite for all other Turbonomic certifications. ACE Professional Certification takes you “under the covers” of the Turbonomic platform to deepen your understanding of such topics as Hypervisor Nuances, Turbonomic internals, Control features, and such advanced topics as Mediation, Integrations, and Turbonomic 7. ACE Master Cloud Certification takes you in-depth into how Turbonomic manages various cloud and container technologies. It includes

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ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Turbonomic ACE Certification

As you may have seen, I changed jobs in July and now work for Turbonomic. Last week, I had the pleasure to go through Turbonomic ACE Training. I got to learn about how Turbonomic uses a Market Abstraction to optimize performance, while delivering efficiency, and maintaining compliance. At the end of the 2 day training, I took the ACE Certification exam. The exam consisted of a practical, hands on exam asking to perform actual tasks inside of Turbonomic, creating policies,

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Turbonomic – Adding Workloads to Production Cluster

My supervisor came to us to tell us about some VM requests that are going to be coming down the pipe. He asked if we could project to see if we have enough resources for these requests, or will we need to add to our production cluster. Some of these requests were quite large (64 cores, and 128gb ram). We talked them down on some of the requirements, saying we could always add down the road if necessary. Next, I

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Achievement Unlocked: VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2019!

Today, I took and passed the VCP6.5-DCV-Delta exam there by achieving the VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2019 (VCP-DCV 2019) Certification and renewing my VCP6-DCV, VCP5-DCV, and VCP4-DCV Certifications! If you are confused why the version number is not in the certification anymore, please read the VMware blog post here about the new certifications for 2019! I used Test Prep from http://www.passthevcp.com to help prepare me for the exam! The way their Test Prep works, you get a

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Using vSphere Tags to Check for Pending Reboot State

You may have seen my blog post on the Test-PendingReboot PowerShell module.  I’ve been using it a lot lately and had the thought to use vSphere Tags to check pending reboot state.  In my environment, we normally check for pending reboot states before patching.  If a server is in a pending reboot state, it won’t receive the patches from SCCM, etc.  We have 3 different groups we deploy patches to.  Staging, Production, and Global (servers outside the US). First, I

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The Pending Reboot Nightmare… PowerShell to the Rescue!

My company has been having issues dealing with servers in a pending reboot state for quite a while.  Part of it stems from using SCCM to deploy patches and having the patch deployment set to suppress the reboot and our Operations Team reboots the servers manually.  Well, some months require multiple reboots and we get stuck in the rabbit hole trying to get caught up by the next month’s round of patching! I found a PowerShell Module that I’ve found

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