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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.

How to Use a Winegard Dome With DISH Network

Julie and I have had our RV now for just about a year.  One of the things that has driven me insane, and I suspect others as well is getting the proper settings on your Winegard Dome for DISH network.  What most RV dealers don’t know is there is multiple settings on the unit.  You also may need to CHANGE ... Read More »

How Are Your VCDX Related Communication Skills?

Duncan Epping posted a great article today, that also had a link in it to his “Confessions of a VMUG Speaker“.  Both articles are great and got me thinking about the topic of communication skills.  Not public speaking by itself but what I’ve seen over the years as it relates to a person’s various communication skills both as an architect ... Read More »

VCDX Workshops and VCDX Prep Class

Every year I see more and more requests for the VCDX Workshop (Formerly known as the VCDX Bootcamp), to be held at various locations.  We decided initially to partner up with VMUG HQ to align various presentations of the workshop to the larger VMUG conferences.  This was done both for budget and speaker resource availability.  That being said I also ... Read More »

Achieving Your VCDX Is Not A Team Sport

I’m going to stay with the “Not Your Dad’s VCDX” theme a little longer here.  I actually started this post before Julie wrote her guest post, so the interesting thing is we think along the same lines.  Back when I was a young boy, twenty-five plus years ago, in high school I was not much into sports.  I rarely worked out ... Read More »

How Learning Styles Have Changed The VCDX Defender

This is a guest post by Julie Colotti who asked if she could use my blog to put down some of her own personal thoughts on the recent VCDX conversations.  Who am I to say no? The past 24 hours have been an interesting in my home, and I felt it was time that I weighed in on the VCDX process. ... Read More »

My Personal VCDX Journey

It dawned on me today that I never actually talked about my personal journey to VCDX.  Some events of they day made me realize it because it was actually long before I had a blog.  Long before many things actually that have come out of the program.  I realized that there are some people who think we have all had ... Read More »

Guidance For VCDX Candidates Submitting The Same Design

Is it better to do your #VCDX design alone or together with a partner? — James Brown (@jbcompvm) February 9, 2015 There is no rule that says multiple candidates cannot share a VCDX design and submit the same design for a defense.  In fact this past week we saw exactly that in the defenses at PEX.  That being said, I ... Read More »

Is Team Beachbody On Demand an Epic Fail?

Literally for YEARS now I’ve been swinging at the fences about getting Team Beachbody programs digitally.  I’ve even asked the CEO in person at Q&A sessions when this was going to happen, and a couple of weeks ago they announced Beachbody On Demand.  At one point I had a blog post talking about ripping DVD’s for personal use so when I traveled ... Read More »

The Newly Designed Official VCDX Directory

For a few years now there has been an online web page that listed the various VCDX holders around the world.  What I can say is it was a great idea to have a place where everyone could be validated as holding a VCDX.  As I joined the program, I saw that maintaining this page was very cumbersome and manual. ... Read More »

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 »

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