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VCDX Panel Discussion – VTUG 2015 Winter Warmer

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the New England VTUG Winter Warmer for the fourth or fifth time.  As always the Patriots were practicing on the field for the third year in a row, which was cool.  The session I did was a panel discussion with some local VCDX holders to talk a little about how and why ... Read More »

The Apple Airport’s Dirty Little Secret

As part of the massive effort to build a new house I started trying to figure out the data network that we needed.  As most people know, you end up with a LOT of devices on a network these days.  Mobile devices, Whole Home Audio, Laptops, Thermostats, DVR, Televisions, DVD Players, just about everything.  Some things in my house were ... Read More »

2015 VCDX Defense Dates Announced!

Many have asked for them, so here they are.  Yesterday Karl Childs posted the remaining 2015 Defense Dates on the VMware Community Forum.  The defenses roughly follow the schedule from 2014.  For each date, there will be concurrent sessions held in Palo Alto, Frimley, and Singapore.  Like last year the locations and dates will run in a simultaneous fashion, so ... Read More »

Legrand NuVo Whole Home Audio Review

Most people that follow me know by now I’ve been building and finally moved into a new house in Greeneville, TN.  Something I researched and decided on early on in the process was installing a whole home audio setup throughout many of the rooms.  I looked at two options with NuVo and Sonos, and ultimately decided on the NuVo P-Series ... Read More »

No VCDX Design Is Perfect

I wanted to quickly talk about something from my own personal VCDX experience that may help people a little bit that was in my head today.  There are very few IT Professionals that are NOT perfectionists.  It’s true, admit it, we are all very Type-A and with that comes a need to do everything as perfect as we possibly can. ... Read More »

Thoughts On The New Community VCDX Mentoring

Yesterday I posted on VMTN about the new VCDX Mentoring Process.  I wanted to post a quick not about this change and see what people are thinking.  Honestly I have not gotten any feedback, good, bad, or indifferent, so I guess no news is good news?  Here is some of my personal feelings on the change and why I truly ... Read More »

VCDX is About Validating Architects, Not Teaching Architecture

I am going to be a little controversial here in this post so I warn you.  I was actually reading This Post by new VCDX Rob Nolen and we also had a phone conversation that got me thinking a little bit.  There has been some conversations lately about obtaining “VCDX Enablement” and other VCDX “training” and there is something I ... Read More »

A Note About 2015 VCDX Defense Dates

People continue to ask about the 2015 VCDX Defense Dates.  Instead of answering each tweet, and VMTN Community post every couple of days I just want to let everyone know, it’s being worked on.  The new Program Manager Karl Childs is working on securing locations for the defenses, and you can make an educated guess about the time we are ... Read More »

My Opinion Of The VCDX Pass Rate

Let me strongly preface this with the fact it’s 100% my opinion only, but I wanted to just write quickly about my opinion on the “VCDX Pass Rate” or passing percentage, or whatever you want to call it.  Over the last few years there has been some discussion on this as more people are passing.  The “pass rate” may seem ... Read More »

VCDX Fear Of Failure – Fuggedaboutit

I’m a student of personal growth, and specifically of John C Maxwell.  If you’ve not read any of his stuff….well frankly, you should.  I have so many of his quotes in my head, on my laptop, and all around me.  One of the books I enjoyed by him very much was called Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success. ... Read More »

Presenting The VCDX Value To Your Boss

I love spending time at events with folks in the community.  Mostly because I am able to get some perspective from everyone as they see it from the outside looking in.  This week at VeeamON was no exception.  Although I was there to do my last presentation on vCloud Air, I was also able to have at least a dozen ... Read More »

VCDX Program Terminology

As with any new role you always get into the weeds on a lot of things.  In this case it’s the various names floating around and rumblings of what’s out there for programs related to VCDX.  I wanted to take a quite second to put just put some clarity around a few names and terms tossed out and where I ... Read More »

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