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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.

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 »

Are You A CCIE? Start Your Path To VCDX-NV

I will admit I just learned about this today for some reason, but if you are a CCIE did you know that you have a slightly quicker way to get off the blocks on the path to VCDX-NV?  Simply put I wanted to make sure that as many current CCIE’s out there knew about this slightly different path.  As we ... Read More »

Things To Know About The New GoDaddy WordPress Hosting

About a month ago I migrated all of my sites from BlueHost back over to the new GoDaddy WordPress Hosting platform.   It’s funny how things go around, because when I started blogging I hosted on GoDaddy then and to be honest it was awful.  That being said they have released a new WordPress Hosting platform that looked to be ... Read More »

My 2015 Speaking Engagements

As we close the first quarter of 2015, which in itself is simply amazing that it is gone, I wanted to start tracking my 2015 speaking engagements which include a mostly some VCDX Workshops, but it also looks like I will be at a VMUG or two presenting a Keynote.  I wanted to provide the abstracts as well in case ... Read More »

How To Connect Your RV To You Home Propane Tank

Let me first state that the bulk of this MUST be done by a licensed propane company.  The connection to your RV is easy enough once you get a line put in the ground, but the point of this post is to explain what took me about a month to figure out.  This was finding the right hoses and connections ... Read More »

Online VCDX Workshop Feedback

A week ago today we held the first online VCDX Workshop with some amazing results!  We had over 600 people registered and over 300 people attend the session.  We’ve already posted the recording and the slides from this session on the VCDX VMTN Forum.  What I am going to do here is just address a few of the survey comments ... Read More »

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