Top 5 entry-level IT jobs for new grads

OK, so you’ve graduated or are graduating very soon. What now? The parties are over. The all night cram sessions are a thing of the past. Where do you go from here? Well, for some it’s moving back home with mom and dad to figure out what to do next. Some go straight into a…

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A cautionary tale of VM sprawl in data centers

VM sprawl is a very real thing that happens in data centers all over the world. We build and provision VMs so quickly these days it can get away from us before we know it. Soon our vCenter Server is full of VMs that we don’t know who they belong to, what purpose they serve,…

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The case for investing in VMworld, Tech Ed and Cisco Live!

Technology is an ever changing field, and you must constantly broaden your skill set in order to stay ahead of the curve. Aside from studying and obtaining certifications and gaining hands-on experience, attending tech conferences can be one of the best ways to get ahead. Most tech conferences have a vendor solutions exchange or partner…

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What’s your ‘How I got into IT’ story?

If you work in IT, you likely encounter a lot of professionals who have been in the industry for a long time. I have 14 years of experience myself—that’s a lot of time spent troubleshooting, studying and in the server room. When someone I meet for the first time asks me what I do for…

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What is VMware anyways??

Being that this past week was a holiday week, I spent a lot of time with my family and extended family. Somehow the conversation always turns to “So what do you do for a living?” I usually try to let them down easy and simply reply, “I work on computers.” For most, that is an…

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What To Expect at the VMware Forum 2012

I’m sitting here in the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, CA waiting to board my plane back to Phoenix. Unfortunately, my flight was delayed two hours so I thought I would write a blog post about my experience at the VMware Forum 2012 that kicked off today in Garden Grove, CA. Let me just…

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Time To Upgrade Your VM Hardware

When was the last time you popped the hood on your virtual machine and had a look at your virtual machine hardware? If you haven’t in 3 years or so, a tune up is far overdue. The past three consulting jobs that I’ve taken on have been just that, upgrading all of the virtual hardware….

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Xsigo: A Closer Look at Virtual I/O

About a month ago I was approached by Matt Mancini and Adam Baum who had read my blog and wanted to invite me to an ATNG meeting in Phoenix. ATNG is a new user group founded in January of 2011 by Matt Mancini who is the former Phoenix VMUG founder that has now founded ATNG,…

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Host Name Issues When Cloning a Linux VM

If you are accustomed to VMware vCenter Server and the virtual center management tool then you are well aware of the option to clone a virtual machine. This seems to be the most simple way to create a new virtual machine, especially in a time crunched situation. While Microsoft is pretty widespread and has sufficient…

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