#vBrownBag LATAM @VMworld 2014 sesiones recomendadas #VMUG y #vExpert, #VMunderground

The following content is in Spanish, the language in which the webinar is presented.
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El pasado 24 de julio, 2014 ProfessionalVMware.com  #vBrownBag LATAM presentó el tema @VMworld sesiones y recomendaciones por Larry Gonzalez, Kyle Murley y Randall Cruz.

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vBrownBag en español es una expansión de la plataforma ProfessionalVMware.com para el crecimiento profesional y contribución a la comunidad VMware de habla hispana en América Latina, España y alrededor del mundo.

Desde que se anunció el lanzamiento de los vBrownBag en castellano como expansión de la plataforma ProfessionalVMware.com venimos grabando las presentaciones realizadas cada jueves a las 7:00 pm hora pacífico (PDT) (02:00 UTC).

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Reflection: #VMworld EU 2013 – Barcelona – #vBrownbag TechTalks #vCommunityPower

On this long Thanksgiving weekend, in addition to taking some time away from the office, I also took some time to catch up on this, my personal blog. Here’s an overdue post reflecting on my 2013 VMworld EU experience as a member of the vBrownbag crew.

First and foremost I want to thank our awesome sponsors and applaud the efforts of the entire Global vBrownbag Crew who worked together with VMware Community power team: John Troyer @jtroyer, Corey Romero @vCommunityGuy and Tony Dunn @Tony_Dunn. Together these folks made it possible for Damian @sixfootdad, @GreggRobertson5, GS @gurusimran, John Harris @vCACGuy and myself @kylemurley to bring the Community Powered vBrownbag TechTalks to you live from VMworld EU in Barcelona, Spain.

In the HangSpace we had a first class setup in a prime location at the entrance to the Community Lounge. The layout consisted of comfortable couches and chairs, Blogger tables with power and even hardwired network connections. Up front and center we had a very legit newsroom studio broadcast table with a sharp VMworld 2013 backdrop. We brought along audio video hardware to make Livestreaming to the internet and archiving possible. For the in person audience we had rows of seats up front, facing a set of speakers and dual flat panel displays on either side.

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More than 25 Tech Talk presenters gave their lightning talks across three days. Topics varied from getting started with DevOps, building homelabs, certification paths, to building a VMUG chapter. By far the most popular session was William Lam’s #UnSupported Tech Talk which drew a crowd of 35+ live viewers and pushed our stream over the double digits. What all of the presenters have in common is they are enthusiastic volunteers who contribute willingly to the vBrownbag community by sharing their knowledge and resources.

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Software Defined difficulties – Pulling off the TechTalks requires the daily setup and tear down of a somewhat complex system comprised of live video feeds from multiple HD cameras, a network for screencasting from the presenter laptop, local PPT of bumper/agenda slides, an audio feed from multiple wireless mics. All of this is then mixed and output to two local displays for the in person audience plus fed to a live stream on the interwebs. On the first day we got a solid workflow down by about the third presenter. That is, as long as everything worked as expected. Being technologists, the crew of volunteer hosts and presenters all realize that things don’t always work as expected and that’s why our jobs even exist, right? Well, the vBrownbag Tech Talks were no exception. Based on previous experience, changes to the setup were made in between VMworld US and Europe. The MBP running the software to support the muxing was “upgraded”(?) to Win7. This caused some weirdness at times and even the occasional BSOD. It was character building to say the least! The good thing is we all worked through it and our guest presenters were more than patient with us as we powered through making it happen for the community!

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Crunchy Cloud Hardware Failures – All of the equipment for the audio/video feeds had to broken down, packed up and stored for the night as it couldn’t be left out. Like good geeks, we had diagrams, procedures, narrative descriptions, screenshots and camera phone images of all the cables and labels in their correct configuration. There is one thing all of that still can’t save you from and that is the laws of physics, specifically when dealing with electrical power supplies, voltage converters, sockets, plugs and the like. On Wednesday morning as everything was being set back up, our audio mixer suffered a fatal power related failure that knocked us down for a bit and had us scrambling. Being the social community people that we are, our immediate reaction was to reach out to our friends, colleagues and partners at the conference to see if they could help. Tweets were sent, texts & IMs went out and within the hour our incredible community came through for us with a new (even better) mixer that brought us back online and the Tech Talks continued.

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Community Powered Love – Overall, the entire VMworld experience has been incredible. The TechTalks confirm what we already know, vBrownbag definitely feels the warm embrace of the transcontinental (heck, global) virtualization community and that is what powers us. As professionals in the industry that we work in, a very high level of technical skill and knowledge is needed but those who truly perform at their optimal rely heavily upon and share back to the distributed braintrust that is ever so vibrant and growing. It is almost a palpable sensation. I know that a personal sense of commitment to pay it back/forward is what motivates me as a member of the vBrownbag Crew and leader of the LATAM vBrownbag.

Don’t Stop Brownbaggin! – If you weren’t able to attend VMworld EU in Barcelona this year, or even if you did but never made it to the community lounge, I invite you to check out the many TechTalks that have been posted. http://new.livestream.com/accounts/237166/events/2471607

As you watch, think about joining us for a live session and presenting a deepdive technical demo yourself. There’s mounds and mounds of opportunity for a global community across our four GEO locations ( US, EMEA, APAC & LATAM )

Check us out for more info at ProfessionalVMware.com or  www.vBrownBag.com  and on Twitter  #vBrownbag

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Scheduled my #VCAP DCA exam at #VMworld 2013 in SFO #VMware #Certifications #vExpert

A quick post:

It was announced that at VMworld San Francisco VMware Certification Exams are 75% off the regular price.

This means the VCAP DCA, regular price of $400 is just $100. At that price, if you’re already attending VMworld and you’ve been studying, I think it’s well worth your time to commit to sitting the exam at the event. (If you need to, use this as yet another way to convince your boss to send you).

I have been preparing for the exam and plan to be at VMworld again this year so, I went ahead and scheduled my VCAP DCA for the first available time slot on Sunday the 25th. I plan to arrive on Saturday and I want to get the exam out of the way… whatever the results.

I commented about this on a post that +Angelo Luciani made in the vExpert G+ community.

+Todd Lewey mentioned that he had no luck signing up using the link that was advertised.

As I also had the same problem, I thought I quickly show you what I did to register.

 Ends up, if you follow the link from the announcement announced you end up at either: http://pearsonvue.com/embedReg/vmworld/advanced.asp  or
http://pearsonvue.com/embedReg/vmworld/
neither of which do you much good except to grab the promo codes. Image

Hopefully +John Mark Troyer knows who to tell at VMware EdServices or Pearson VUE so they can fix it.

UPDATE: The awesome team @VMwareEducation has fixed the page(s) mentioned here.

Until that gets taken care of, there’s at least one simple way I found around this small problem that allows you to use the disco code(s).

Here’s what I did:

To register I went through the ‘regular’ Pearson VUE site: http://pearsonvue.com/vmware/schedule/

Once I signed in & chose Schedule Exams,

For test center location search for United States, San Francisco, California

It shows two facilities:

Check the one that says “VMWorld 2013 San Francisco – Conf Attendees Only”

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Dates available for the exams are Sun 25- thru Thurs. 29th.

Start times appear  to be between 10am & 1:45pm each day, though this may vary depending on the length of the exam you’re taking.

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Once you select your appointment, you’re presented with the payment screen.

This is where the promo code makes the magic ‘cha-ching’ sound.

Remember it’s not a Voucher… but a Promo Code.

Enter it and click Apply Promo Code to watch the Total Due fall by 75%.

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Curiously, in doing this write up I went back to the site to grab screenshots. In doing so I chose the VCAP DCD the second time and punched in the promo code only to see this:

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Now, I’m not that crazy, I definitely don’t plan on sitting both the VCAP DCA & the VCAP DCD in the same day or week (or even month!) … but if you were that ambitious, I guess you’d end up having to pay full price for at least one of the exams. I assume that’s the intention, though it may simply be an oversight in the promo redemption process, which is why I thought I’d point it out.

Okey doke, so back to reviewing vBrownbag & TrainSignal content for me.

How about you, are you planning to take an exam at VMworld? Lemme know in the comments or on twitter: @kylemurley

Juiced: #VMworld Essential Power Plan, Survivability & Disaster Avoidance!

In preparing for VMworld 2012, this year I invested in a few essential items. I wanted to ensure I was productive and had a good time.
Having a solid plan for powering up and staying “juiced” is especially important at an event like VMworld where in addition to the entire program for session descriptions and locations being online, the primary means of communicating is via Twitter, be it #hashtags, dms or from the normal stream of goings on, if your connected device dies, it means you’ll be missing out on some great opportunities.

As my “conference survival kit” began coming together from Amazon fulfillment, I tweeted out what I had in the works and several followers asked for my review of the devices. So, it’s a little late, but here ya go.

The compact mobile power pack by NewTrent (IMP120D) is a 12,000mAh rechargeable external batter with two USB ports. This device gave me the confidence to head out from the hotel for a full (18-20 hour) day without having to consider how/where/when I was going to locate a wall charger and spend time pluggin’ in. For years now, I’ve been sporting two batteries for easy swap out, but even while rocking two extended batteries and a clunky wall charger in your back pocket, those last few hours of an evening can be nail biting when you’re trying to find the after-after party meetup or figure out where the heck you are so that you can hail a ride back to your hotel.

New Trent IMP120D iCarrier 12000mAh Heavy Duty 2A/1A Dual USB Ports External Battery Pack

Things I considered when selecting an external battery charger:
Form factor: size matters as does shape.
— While no featherweight the compact form fits pants pockets well. It’s un-attached meaning it didn’t add bulk to my device(s) or require any type of stand.
Price – convenience has its price but within reason.
— I wasn’t willing to spend >$99
Capacity( mAmp) – how many more hours of runtime would it add
— I found I could easily get 3 full charges of my phone (from 10% to full in ~20 mins). This was plenty, plus I had a second batt on standby in case.
Output: You faster is better when charging over USB.
— For tablets & smartphones a trickle charge can’t keep up with usage, leaving you drained. For fast charges I used the 5V 2.1A USB and occasionally connected a second device (bluetooth) to the 5V 1A output.

Another item that made it’s way into the survival kit was a compact travel powerstrip made by TrippLite, the TRAVELER3USB.
This gem was recommended by @jfranconi (who has reportedly been “Kicking the crap out of one for months as a PSO roadwarrior for VMware.

Down low on this baby is: Tripp Lite TRAVELER3USB Notebook Surge Protector USB Charger 3 Outlet 540 Joule
3 triple prong outlets spaced to accommodate even bulky “brick” plugs
2 USB ports for charging accessories ( I did find hey would only trickle charge (500mA per port) So a tablet or smartphone to charge adequately may take overnight)
Small & light with a short cord that wraps into a space carved out in the housing, excellent design for keeping it out of the way when packing.
I also always throw into my bag a 2-prong plug adapter in case I’m faced with an old school wall outlet or worse, at the end of a cheap extension cord.

One other purchase I made that I continue to appreciate: HUSH PUPPIES!
Yeah, they’re back…or they never left… or whatever, but I’ll say this: they’re comfy and the hold up!
Those 3-4 days of 18+ hours include plenty of walking and standing. Solid footwear is critical to your Disaster Avoidance and Survivability!

Any how, those are just a few items I’m glad I invested in and I thought you may be interested to know how they worked out.

What tech items always go along with you when travelling for work or fun?

Let me know in your comments, Partner Exchange is coming up quick, I may need some optimal travel equip for Las Vegas!