VMware vForum Online 2019

If you weren’t able to make it to VMworld US earlier this year, be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 16th for VMware vForum Online 2019.

What is vForum Online?

VMware vForum Online is a like a mini-VMworld, except that it’s 100% online and doesn’t require all the travel (or travel planning). The day starts with an opening keynote by VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger on ‘Tech in the Age of Any.’ Afterwards, there are over thirty (30) breakout sessions to choose from that focus on these three categories: Accelerating Your Cloud Journey, Transforming Networking & Security, and Empowering the Digital Workspace. In addition to the breakout sessions, there are opportunities to chat with fellow VMware experts or choose from a number of related Hands-On Labs. The full agenda can be found here.

My Personal Experience

When it comes to vForum Online, I like to block off my day as if I were heading to a training or other conference event. I set my out of office for the day and find a quiet spot where I can truly attend the online breakout sessions with very little distractions.

Even though I attended VMworld earlier this year, there is A LOT of activity that can pull you away from attending the breakout sessions live and in-person. Sure, they’re recorded, but I find it’s even harder to commit the necessary time to sit down and truly catch up on the sessions I missed or wanted to see. Enter vForum Online.

Although the breakout sessions are streamed virtually, there are still opportunities to ask questions to the moderators and/or presenters. If there isn’t a breakout session that interests you for a particular time slot, head over to the Hands-on Labs and take a test drive of a technology you’ve been meaning to try or learn.

There’s plenty of great content to choose from, too. It’s not all just about Kubernetes, containers, and cloudy things. In looking at the agenda, there are several breakout sessions (and labs) covering vSAN, NSX, vROps, Horizon, Workspace One, Security, and Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI).

How Can I Attend?

That’s easy! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 16th from 12:00 – 6:00 EDT (UTC -4) and be sure to register using the link below! Even if you can’t make it for the entire day, at least register and attend the one or two breakout sessions that interest you the most. I look forward to seeing you there!

Register here for VMworld vForum Online 2019!

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The Times They Are A Changin’

As the Bob Dylan famously recorded back in the early 1960’s, “The Times They Are A Changin’,” and that song has been on replay in my mind over the last several weeks. Personally, the month of August has been an incredible roller coaster of emotions, with several highs, a few lows, and a LOT of nervous moments in between. Let me explain…

The past several weeks have been incredibly busy and quite challenging for me, personally. I’ve been planning and executing a vSphere 6.7 upgrade at work, finalized plans for and hosted the August Pittsburgh VMUG meeting, and I had been finalizing my presentation and other conference activities for VMworld 2019 US. During the first two weekends in August, my wife and I spent the majority of our time refinishing the staircase in our house, as that was planned before all of the other activities hit.

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PowerCLI: Find Host Profiles and Versions in vCenter

As part of our planned upgrade to vSphere 6.7, we needed the ability to quickly scan the various vCenter Servers for host profiles that may be configured for version 5.5 or older. According to the vSphere 6.7 Release Notes, if these older host profiles are found, the vCenter pre-upgrade check will fail.

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Git with VS Code for Mac: Part 1 – Installing PowerShell and VMware PowerCLI

Ever since I wrote my blog series Git Integration with VS Code, I’ve been wanting to do a similar series of posts for those of us who primarily run MacOS. While a lot of the similar concepts from that series apply, I still wanted to go through the process step-by-step for those who may be completely new to this concept.

As a VMware administrator, I want the ability to write or update my PowerCLI scripts on GitHub from whatever system I have with me. Sometimes it may be my corporate-issued Windows device, and other times it might be my personal MacBook Pro. Regardless, I want to be able to synchronize my work on both systems and platforms. Now that both Microsoft PowerShell and Visual Studio Code are available on both platforms, I can work on either platform at any time and pick right up where I may have left off.

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My Personal Goals for 2019

So… I’m REALLY behind in getting this post published! Last year, I my “Goals for 2018” post was written and published by the 2nd week of January. This year, however, I’ve clearly fallen behind in getting this post out to the world. (BIG ‘Whoops’). It’s been in a draft state since mid- January, but I never took the time to sit down and put the rest of the post together. But, better late than never I suppose.

Last year, I missed the mark on a few of my goals, and I hope this post continues to serve as a reminder of what I hope to accomplish this year. As a matter of fact, because I waited so long to get this post published, I’ve actually accomplished two of the six goals listed, already. Continue reading “My Personal Goals for 2019”

I’m Officially a Pittsburgh VMUG Leader!

Hey everyone! I’ll be kicking off the start of 2019 with some exciting news! I am now officially the newest member of the Pittsburgh VMUG Leadership Team! Though I’m technically the rookie of the group, I’ll be helping the other leaders plan meetings, find venues, coordinate food and drink, find presenters, find sponsors, and of course, set the meeting dates (among other things). I know I’ll need quite a bit of guidance at first, but I also know I have a great team that’s here to help!

So why did I want to become a VMUG Leader? Years ago, when I first started coming to these meetings, I was just as an attendee looking to learn what I could from others. Over time, I kept seeing familiar faces and began making friends. Then in October 2017, I was finally convinced to give a community presentation about how I learned PowerCLI. That changed everything! After that talk, I wanted to:

  • Get even more involved in the vCommunity
  • Share even more knowledge and experiences with others
  • Help others overcome fear presenting in front of others
  • Help others grow and excel in their careers
  • Attend other VMUGs outside of my region to learn more and meet others
  • And of course, continue learning

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Following-Up on My 2018 Goals

Near the start of 2018, I wrote a blog post titled, “New Year, New Goals.” In that post, I listed my top four personal goals that I wanted to achieve for the year. This post is a follow-up to summarize how I did for the year. I’m not here to make excuses for why some goals weren’t met — I’m just being transparent about how I did with each of the goals I had set out to achieve at the beginning of 2018.

❌ Obtain My VCP-DCV 6.5

Welp, I definitely fell short on this one. I took a crack at this exam back in May, and for my first-ever attempt, I got a 290, however a minimum score of 300 is required to pass. I was so crushed, but knew I wasn’t going to let this get me down! I studied more, read more online documentation, and even took a series of Hands-on-Labs.

After VMWorld US had wrapped up, I gave it another shot in October. Again, I fell just short with a score of 285. I honestly don’t know how I did worse, but I did. My goal was to give it another shot before the end of the year, however I waited too long to schedule a time slot. By the time I felt ready to schedule, the remaining exam dates for December had filled up! So, it looks like I’ll have to give it another shot in 2019, and it looks like this goal will be on the list again for next year.

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PowerCLI: Find VMs Based on Virtual Hardware Version

Hello again, everyone! For my fifth post for this year’s #BlogtoberTech challenge, I decided to share a script I recently wrote that seeks out virtual machines in a vSphere environment based on a specific virtual hardware version. This sort of ties in with the BIOS and UEFI scripts I wrote earlier in the year to seek out VMs that may still be open to the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities (virtual hardware version 8 or older). Or perhaps someone wants to seek out VMs that may be good candidates to enable Secure Boot (virtual hardware 13 or newer with EFI boot firmware configured).

In the initial version of this script, I ask the user to pick the vCenter to connect to, the datacenter object to scan, and then the virtual hardware version to seek out. If VMs of virtual hardware are found, the user has the option of exporting the results to a CSV file. Otherwise, a dialog box will appear (via Out-GridView) that shows the results of the can. If, however, no VMs with a specified virtual hardware version are found, it will simply let the user know that “No VMs with virtual hardware were found.”

As usual, the latest version of this script can be found over on my GitHub page, but here’s the script as it was written at the time of this post:

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My Upcoming Central PA VMUG Presentation

Hey everyone! I wanted to spread the word about my upcoming presentation at the Central PA VMUG on Thursday, November 1st in State College! Last year, I spoke at the Pittsburgh VMUG on the topic of PowerCLI and my journey into scripting. This year, I plan on revisiting that presentation with several new updates and maybe even do live demo (assuming I can get my home lab completely set up and configured in time)! Plus, I’m looking forward to catching up with the Central PA VMUG crew as well as meeting many others in the #vCommunity!

For those who may not know, October 2017 was my first time ever presenting at a local VMUG meeting. In fact, I wasn’t really engaged in the VMware Community all that much until about April 2017, when I started my blog and began using Twitter a lot more. Sure, I’ve been using VMware’s products and services since about 2010, but the only real ‘engagement’ I’ve done in the community was attend the occasional VMUG or UserCon.

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My New YouTube Channel is now Live!

Hey everyone! I wanted to take this opportunity to announce that my brand-new YouTube channel is now live! I’ve mentioned it over on Twitter, but I wanted to spread the word here on my blog, as well. Over the past several months, I’ve had this idea in my mind to start augmenting my written blog content with video content of some kind. My idea is that some people may prefer to read a post with text and screenshots, while others might prefer to watch a video and follow along.

In a previous life, I worked quite a bit with photography and video production, so why not merge that experience with the technology-related content I’ve been putting here on my blog? But, if I’m going to do this video content, I wanted to do it right with quality audio and video. After all, I do have some decent DSLR cameras and lenses that are perfectly capable of shooting video. So, I decided to stop stalling and take a crack at putting my first video together. However, I think the biggest challenge for me is that I’m used to being the one behind the camera, not the one in front of it!

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