Terraform, Terrawhat, TerraARGH, TerraYAY!

Terraform, Terrawhat, TerraARGH, TerraYAY!

So I recently gave my Terraform talk at the UKVMUG so thank you to the team and also anyone who came. It was also nice that people interacted with me and also approched me later with questions. I also don’t mind once you have watch the better res version of the videos if you want to ask more.

I will also probably add to this post as I may do a series if my other code works out

There is a PDF of my slides here and then the videos below, I am also sure someone asked for the source of the dart video! It does not want to embed in WP 5!

My First VM

Template Time

Scale Time

Time for AWS

First giveth, then taketh away

UKVMUG Charity Bag

UKVMUG Charity Bag

So last week I attended the UKVMUG and I was fortunate enough to speak there (which is another blog post) but myself and Rob Bishop decided to auction off some of our ‘swag’ bags to raise some money for Charity. I also think this is great as I know some people can’t make it to VMworld as I know I alway wanted to go at the beginning of this awesome journey I am on! Either way here is some pictures of the bags below, we had some awesome prizes such as a keep warm coffee mug, SNES and signed books

After a quick run around at lunch and between all of our sessions we managed to raise an amazing £177 which far exceeded my expectations and a massive thank you everyone who donated and to Kev for donating this for us as VMware would double it 

I certainly hope I can do another one of these soon and maybe do it online next time as so many people wanted to pay by card! Or maybe this is another VMware Code project in the making 😉

Also a massive congratulations to our winners of the bags! I never managed to get a photo! 

VMworld 2018 Europe 0/1

VMworld 2018 Europe 0/1

So its that time of the year again, its conference season! I can certainly say I do feel for all the vendors as I for one I am tired after this VMworld and I still have a few events ahead of me!

This year I also challenged myself and I spoke at VMworld a few times and I will put some links in the summary below

Firstly I have to thank the VMTN team and also vBrownBag for giving me to opportunity to speak and also come on a bloggers pass. This has certainly developed me as an individual and also within the community. Also all the guys who put up with me in the apartment for the days there, I will have a separate post on this but happy to say they made my time so much more enjoyable!

The only negative thing (again covered in another post) is the fact one of the guys was pick pocketed in front of us! It happened so fast there was nothing we could really do but it has made me think twice about packing strategies. This did also mean I never made it physically to the Hackathon but I was there in spirit as I thought it was best we all stuck together that evening

So what else happened on day 0 (partner day) as for once I am a customer so not much for me to do this day! Admittedly I also arrived later in the day and wasn’t at the Fira to nearly 5PM as I found a business class flight for less than economy and decided to get the bus due to a bargain £20 return fare. Even in my electric car because of parking I couldn’t travel that cheap. Because of the above we all decided to hop just down the road from where we were staying to the Rubrik party. I have to say it was really well organised and we could actually hold a conversation in there without being too cramped. I also at long last got to put a face to the name such as Patrick Redknapp! I also bumped into some other great people such as the image below, I am sure this is why any of the UKVMUG crews are not allowed all in one place!

That poor photo booth! Needless to say the conversations deepened after this and not long after a few of us decided to head back as it was an early start for the 1st keynote.

A few of us were up nice and early but I am only going to summarize the bits that excited me from the keynotes as you can watch them here

After this I went to go look around solutions exchange and prep myself for the below sessions! You can click on them to watch the playbacks

Utilising Workspace ONE powered by AirWatch to automate your iOS & Mac builds [VMTN5509E]

Terraform, Terrawhat, TerraARGH, TerraYAY! [VMTN5510E] Skip to around 27 mins for my bit but great other content on this one

vExpert Pro Announcement

vExpert Pro Announcement

So yesterday a very special announcement came out and I am very honour to be one of the selected VPRO’s for the vExpert sub program of which the reasoning behind the program can be found here http://blogs.vmware.com/vexpert/2018/10/10/vmware-vexpert-pro-program-launch/

I am fully aware this has caused some noise amongst the community, I know for myself anyway all I would love to achieve from this program is being able to spark/ignite the passion of someone out there and get them into the vCommunity.

The reason I say this is I know around a decade ago I would have been the very silent type sneaking into a conference or community event like a VMUG and barely would have interacted with anyone as I was stupidly shy. That is one thing the community has provided me is the ability to open up and actually not be afraid to speak to people. The whole concept of doing speeches I will cover in another post!

So firstly I certainly would not be here if it was for the continued support of my fellow co-hosts on the OpenTechCast and some of them were the spark of all this passion that got me here today.

There are also some other special mentions of which they know but the London VMUG crew new and previous, with a special mention to Jane Rimmer as her phase of ‘you won’t know if you don’t throw your hat in the ring’ is still with me today. I still refer to that if I doubt myself in any applications for things or even roles over the last few years as you will never know if you don’t try.

There are also others who might not know it but I also look up to and aspire even from our brief chats but to name a few Erik Bussink, Andy Nash, Rob Bishop, Mike England, Ryan Harris, Angelo Luciani, Eric Wright, vmiss33 and I have to mention Ariel Sanchez as it was his kind email that got me engaged when I first became a vExpert.

Also a few key others who I believe had some belief in me and their guidance is why I am pushing myself harder this year are Rebecca Fitzhugh, René van den Bedem, Chris Porter, Kyle Jenner

Again it’s so hard to name everyone and I am sure I have missed people and it is not supposed to be that way but in this the point I am trying to make is the community is a powerful thing. Every single little interaction with others and colleagues in the past help you grow and if I can assist, help or mentor someone I will. Sometimes it just that first conversation or belief that drives the passion.

I of course can not forget to thank the hard work from Corey, Elsa, Valdecir, Julia, Katie and Erik who have all helped me along the way.

The other thing that I think stops people is the have the expectation that you have to be an expert in everything especially VMware and every discipline. Please do not think this, I can assure you this is not the case and yes there are plenty of experts out there in some of the specialisms but that is what makes this group great. If you have no idea ask someone! I have also found sometimes being a generalist is better as this can work well and help build bridges. I am by no means a networking expert or a SQL expert but if I can sit these people down and explain to them how the hypervisor works along with the storage background I have (unless you are running VSAN of course) you have a chance to get everyone on the same page especially when you are having issues with your systems.

So finally take that first step by say Hi to someone new at your next event or even try doing a presentation to your peers. Also if you do want a chat if you are worried about your first talk do feel free to reach out as I know for myself along with others we would happily help guide you.

 

#vAllStars 2018

#vAllStars 2018

So this year at VMworld I was very fortunate to be part of the Rubrik #vAllStars 2018. I think this is a great thing and was great to see them win yet another best in show. A full list of people included can be found here. I certainly love some of the comical ones!

Below are some great tweets about the event

 

I have also been made aware these are coming the VMworld in Barcelona so I cannot wait to get a physical copy of my card and also get some of my peers to sign theirs to collect. I also hope to work out what each of the colours may mean if there is anything to that too!

It was great to see myself and quite a few new people to the deck but I wonder if like others I can get on it next year too!

If you want yours signed for any reason catch me at VMworld or even at a local VMUG or tech event.

Android Enrolment on VMware AirWatch

Android Enrolment on VMware AirWatch

So I am going to be honest as many of you know I use Apple devices most the time just down to their simplicity and integrations but recently I have had the chance to use the latest version of AirWatch and a newer based Android Device.

The enrolment process is not quite as slick as iOS where it forces the user to enrol with your companies deployment but it can be as simple as a few taps (7 plus a few more) and a scan of a QR code. You may find as an IT department you still enrol users devices anyway so this won’t bother you that users may try and skip this step. At a guess I am sure some vendors will catch up and have a portal similar to Apple DEP before long.

The actual term for this in the Android world is called “Work Managed” but you will need to ensure you have your Google for Work set up before you do this or you won’t be able to push any applications to the device. This can also negate the need for the Google Play store on the device and your users needing separate accounts or everyone sharing a department account. I will do a separate post on the Android at Work as this also offers some great features.

But back to the enrolment, its as simple as open the box, pop the SIM in the phone, power it on. From here tap ‘Welcome’ 7 times and this will then take you to a hidden screen. Join the WiFi to save data if you wish and then this will download a QR reader. You will need to generate your own code using this guide from here and I found leaving the username password as it was caused the agent to get confused then ask me for that users credentials so I didn’t have to create unique codes. I used this website to generate my QR code

I used my top level group ID as when the user authenticates this should override this if they are in other smart groups. You can easily find this by going to the top of your organisation and then hovering over the name for a moment and this box will appear

Once you have added a user if you have your profiles and apps set up they should start streaming down to the device. I do certainly like the fact Boxer can be setup to auto configure from the user who enrolled and all they then need to put in is their password to start getting their emails. This is also quite nice if you wish to offer a BYOD or let user have their personal account on their phone as the in built client can then provided segregation.

The hidden power of doing it this way is when the user leaves despite being a good or bad leaver if the device is reset you can get back into it as the device is managed by the organisation. I have seen many devices been handed back into IT that have personal Google account on of which we can then not reactivate the device easily without the leavers details.

If you want to learn more about AirWatch I am going to be doing a series of posts or head over here for more information