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Chris is currently a Principal Architect at Cohesity. In his role he spends the majority of his time supporting Cohesity events and creating outward facing content. He also acts as an active interface between the field and engineering/product management as customer zero in the TAG production lab. Chris is active on the VMUG and event speaking circuit and is available for many events if you want to reach out and ask. Previously to this he spent close to a decade working for VMware as a Principal Architect. Previous to his nine plus years at VMware, Chris was a System Administrator that evolved his career into a data center architect. Chris spends 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. In his spare time he helps his wife Julie run her promotional products 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.

FREE Holiday Gift From Veeam

VEEAM BACKUP & REPLICATION v6 LICENSES FOR YOUR LAB Yesterday Veeam announced a great deal for those of us running home labs that want to use their backup software. You can get Free NFR Licenses for Evaluation and Demonstration Use available to VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals, VMware Certified Instructors, VMUG members, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, and Microsoft Certified Professionals. You can ... Read More »

How To Get Started with vCloud Connector 1.5 – Part 2

In Part One of this two-part series, we examined the deployment of vCloud Connector 1.5, the architecture, and the options for accessing the user interface through the vCloud Connector Portal or the vSphere Client.  Here is a quick review of some key points to remember if you read part one previously.  Part two will focus on the actual moving of your workloads ... Read More »

How To Get Started with vCloud Connector 1.5 – Part 1

So this weekend I set out to document and understand the new aspects of vCloud Connector 1.5 and how some of the components go together.  It seemed like there might be some interest in a how to article explaining the process not only of putting the pieces together, but also how to actually do some of the moving of workloads. ... Read More »

How To Patch vSphere 5 ESXi Without Update Manager

I wanted to document this real quick as I keep having to do this in my home lab on a semi-regular basis.  Since I only have a single physical server, and I use the vCenter appliance, I have no vSphere Update Manager installed for this one physical box.  I do use it for all my nested vSphere ESXi machines in the ... Read More »

vCloud Recovery Solutions – My Life After PTO

So if nothing else the title did the job and got your full undivided attention correct?  Well, I wish I could say I have a holy grail to present on this very topic, however I do not……yet.  My life has become 100% focussed on BCDR for vCloud, and will most likely this will be the case for some time to ... Read More »

Affordable Small Business Phone Solution

So a few months ago my wife and I decided to start up her small business.  So being the technology part of the partnership my job has been Twitter, Facebook, setting up the website, E-Mail addresses, domain names, and the biggest pain…the phone setup.  What complicated matters is we decided to use my VERY old and unused personal cell phone ... Read More »

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