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Chris is currently a Principal Architect and VCDX Evangelist at VMware. Chris is amongst the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX#37), and author of multiple white papers. He now spends his time conducting VCDX Workshops as well as moderating VCDX Defenses. He is also heavily involved in setting the direction of the program itself with the Program Office. Chris also believes in both a healthy body and healthy mind, and has become heavily involved with fitness as a Diamond Team Beachbody Coach using P90X and other Beachbody Programs. Although Technology is his day job, Chris is passionate about fitness after losing 60 pounds himself in the last few years. Now he spreads both the word of technology and fitness along with the Team Beachbody Business through both his blogs.

Crashplan Offset Backups For Your Home…Forget Time Machine

Yesterday I realized just how important a simple backup can be….especially when the restore actually works.  Now it’s not like I had to restore something mission critical to my laptop, but that does not matter.  The point that I needed to restore something and it worked was the key.  For over a year now I’ve been running Crashplan Home on ... Read More »

Personal Thoughts on the VCDX Troubleshooting Removal

Breath in…..breath out….okay now that we have all taken a breath I will start.  As I mentioned on twitter there is a lot of good changes coming to the VCDX program.  Like last year many of these changes are being done rapid fire in Q4 so we can institute them in 2016.  That being said I wanted to take a ... Read More »

How To Use The 2016 Tiffin Allegro RED Solar Pre-Wiring

Well, let me start by saying that one would think this is an easy thing to deal with, but as it turns out it’s not quite that obvious.  When we bought our new 2016 Tiffin Allegro RED we had it pre-wired for solar.  We then asked the dealer to install some solar to just make use of the pre-wiring, nothing ... Read More »

What’s Been Going On?

I realized it’s been a while since I posted something and there’s a few reasons for that the last couple of months.  I wanted to just drop a note so that people still know I’m alive and in fact working on a few projects. VMworld 2015 Most folks by now know that I missed the US conference due to a ... Read More »

VCDX Happenings at VMworld 2015

There is actually a lot going on for me this month as it relates to VCDX so I wanted to give a quick rundown with VMworld fast approaching.  Most of this is around some workshops and activities, but these are all things that you might want to get in on. About Chris ColottiChris is currently a Principal Architect and VCDX ... Read More »

Alarm.com Stream Video Recorder (SVR-1000) – What To KNow

I’ve mentioned to a few people on Facebook and Twitter that I am a huge fan of Alarm.com and the features it provides.  When we built our house we decided to use one of their local dealers to handle the installation and monitoring.  They then tied the system into the Alarm.com system for management.  We integrated our Liftmaster Garage Doors ... Read More »

Getting Your VCDX Is Not Life Or Death

Okay, maybe for some it FEELS like it is when you are standing in front of the panel.  I did want to just write something from a personal perspective though about nerves and the pressure of the defense.  I realize everyone handles stress differently, but as I have gotten older I guess I view stressful situations in varying degrees.  Let ... Read More »

Ubiquiti Unifi Product Line Review

I sent out a couple tweets last week about doing a network upgrade in the house.  Yes it’s not even 6 months since I moved in and installed the network gear, but as time went on it became clear it was much more wonky than I expected.  Between the Apple Airport Extreme VLAN issues, and a tweaky UI on the ... Read More »

What Makes a Quality VCDX Submission

I get this question a lot and I plan on updating a few slides for upcoming VCDX Workshops to address it.  In the past the workshop certainly focusses on the defense day, but I am reminded today of some things that make a proper submission.  Actually there is probably a good list of things NOT to do that also comes ... Read More »

First Time Is Always A Charm

Last week I was asked to present the afternoon keynote at the Wisconsin VMUG.  I’ve actually been asked to present at multiple places so far in 2015, but this was the first run at this particular style of presentation.  Brian Suhr was kind enough to capture the entire thing on my video camera so I could review it and revise ... Read More »

What The VCDX Scenarios Are Looking For

I presented another VCDX Workshop this week in South Florida, and one thing that we dug into was what the Design and Troubleshooting Scenarios are looking for.  What I mean by that is every VCDX has always said in the workshops that these two sections are “About the Journey, not the destination”.  I personally have stated 100 times that completing ... Read More »

Addressing Design Changes In Your VCDX Defense

There was a conversation on Twitter that came up today regarding your VCDX submission, and changes to the design between submission and defense.  I have some personal opinions on this I wanted to write down instead of dealing with it on Twitter.  Alexander Thoma had a spot on point about this. @Sunny_Dua @ccolotti @skhoslaTO If changes are substantial it gets ... Read More »

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