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Chris is currently a Principal Architect at VMware and also serves as a strategic advisor to the VCDX Program. Previous to his eight plus years at VMware, Chris was a System Administrator that evolved his career into a data center architect. Chris spend a lot of time mentoring co-workers and friends on the benefits of personal growth and professional development. Chris is also amongst the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX#37), and author of multiple white papers. He now spends his time working on various Global Services programs within his group and he still is involved with conducting VCDX Workshops. In his spare time he helps his wife Julie run her decorated apparel business as the accountant, book keeper, and IT Support. 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 his blogs.

Thank You To Those That Support Small Business

Many people know me from my twenty year plus IT career and the last almost 9 years at VMware.  That has provided a lot of connections throughout the community for sure.  What many people may not know is that I have spent a great many nights and weekends help my wife Julie build her company from something that started as ... Read More »

VMworld 2016 Session Approved

Yesterday many people started getting their notifications about sessions that were approved and denied.  I submitted two sessions this year and of the two one was accepted.  I was pretty excited about the fact I have had a streak going of submissions and acceptances that I tweeted this out. About Chris ColottiChris is currently a Principal Architect at VMware and ... Read More »

Camp Freightliner Review

I had the chance this week to attend what is known as Camp Freightliner down in Gaffney, SC.  I really was not sure what to expect, what I was going to learn or even what the heck this was.  I saw it online after I bought the 2016 Tiffin Allegro RED which is built on a Freightliner chassis.  I decided ... Read More »

Wi-Fi Site Surveys and Analysis With NetSpot

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Since I have been doing a lot of WiFi work lately in my house and I also setup a few sites for my church and a local RV park, I realized I have a tool I use that is extremely useful.  I’ve actually had it for quite some time now and it’s proven useful for checking signal strength and other ... Read More »

Heaven No! The vSphere Desktop Client Is Dead…Relax

So by now most people have read the blog post about the final days of the vSphere Desktop Client, many of us simply refer to as the C# client.  As a VMware employee obviously this was not much of a surprise.  As a customer previously I can remember all the way back to the original client that really only was ... Read More »

Ubiquiti Unifi Controller Version 5 Sneak Peak

Part of my other reason for installing a Unifi Cloud Key was to also have a place to test out the BETA versions of the controller.  However, there is a brand NEW version coming out with version 5 that I got the okay from UBNT-Brandon to show to folks.  Once I was done messing with the Cloud Key this weekend, ... Read More »

Migrating Ubiquiti Unifi Controllers and Sites

So after all this toying around with the Ubiquiti Unifi Cloud Key, and knowing I have all my sites in a cloud controller on EC2, it was time to see what migrating controllers would look like.  I decided to try out the process of moving controllers to see what it might look like.  What I discovered was a few interesting ... Read More »

Using The The Ubiquiti Unifi Controller Federated Cloud

Continuing on with some of my recent posts I wanted to put some quick information out there about the Ubiquiti operated Unifi Federated Cloud.  There are multiple ways to run the Unifi Controller I have talked about.  You can run a public cloud based option, locally on windows, Mac, or Linux, or most recently on the Unifi Cloud Key.  Something ... Read More »

First Look and Hands On With Ubiquiti Unifi Cloud Key

I have been running a cloud based version of the Ubiquiti Unifi Controller for just about a year now.  I decided to run it this way because I happen to manage my home office gear as well as a small setup for my church and a local RV park.  The cloud based controller version was a perfect solution do have ... Read More »

Ubiquiti Unifi iOS Controller App Review

It’s no secret I am a huge fan of Ubiquiti Networks gear.  When I first installed it last year I blogged about the setup and as of today it’s still running.  The only exception is I’ve upgraded the 24 port switches to 48 port units and did some cable cleanup.  The fact is that this stuff runs my home office ... Read More »

My 2016 VCDX Workshops

Back in January the VCDX Program announced the 2016 schedule of events which also includes various VCDX Workshops around the world.  I myself will be presenting two of them on the east coast, but we need to have at least 10 people registered to hold these.  Since they are free to attend and there is still a cost to hold ... Read More »

Spring is here….must be time for change

Spring is traditionally the time for change and this spring is no exception to that rule for me.  Many of you know that I always spend the time in my current role thinking about the steps that lie ahead.  Well, after just over a year helping Karl Childs and the VCDX program review, re-vise, and re-focus, it’s time for me ... Read More »

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