vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld, supported by Dell EMC

Now that the VMworld session acceptance and rejection notices are out, it may be time to sign up for a vBrownBag TechTalk. If your session was not accepted, then you are welcome to present the condensed core on the vBrownBag stage in the VMTN community area of VMworld, just fill in this google form. Keep Read more about vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld, supported by Dell EMC[…]

Rubrik on Board With TechTalks at VMworld

Sponsors who keep supporting vBrownBag year after year makes me almost as happy as community members who keep contributing year after year. Please join me in welcoming Rubrik back as a sponsor of the vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld US and EMEA. Currently, we have around 50 TechTalks submitted and expect to have space for over Read more about Rubrik on Board With TechTalks at VMworld[…]

How We Make vBrownBag TechTalk Video

I have been meaning to write about how the vBrownBag TechTalk videos get made. It has taken a few years to get everything together and the setup is still developing over time. We live stream and record video so that the presentation is available to people who cannot attend in person. I have found that our specific requirements are unusual, few other video producers work in quite the way that we do. All of the equipment selection is driven by a set of requirements.


Datrium Sponsors TechTalks at VMworld US 2018

We have brought you a lot of great video about the Datrium DVXsolution, Open Converged, with the Build Day Live and the AMA. Our friends at Datrium were also the first to say yes to supporting the TechTalks at VMworld US 2018. There is still time to submit your TechTalk, details are on this page. Sessions Read more about Datrium Sponsors TechTalks at VMworld US 2018[…]

vBrownBag TechTalks at HPE Discover

The spring conference season continues with HPE Discover next month, and the vBrownBag TechTalks will make their first appearance at Discover this year. We are starting small, just four hours of TechTalk stage time at Discover US this year, and we would like to invite you to present a vBrownBag TechTalk at HPE Discover. If you already know about our TechTalks and will be at Discover, then drop me an email (alastair@vbrownbag.com) to schedule a TechTalk. If you are less familiar, then read on, and I will explain all.

We will be live-streaming the TechTalks, the schedule will fill out on this page.


It Is Always the Network

Now that we have completed five Build Day Live events, there are a few patterns that have emerged and a particular area where we have steadily improved our game. If you have watched the live streams, you will know that it is always the network that gives us the most trouble. On one Build Day, I had to use my manager’s voice and say that we were not going to troubleshoot the network any further but needed to do a field expedient temporary configuration. The core of the problem is that we bring some network in the vBrownBag traveling lab and need to integrate that networking with the vendor’s lab equipment. I try to make the vBrownBag a little like a production environment, so there are VLANs that separate different networks for management, storage, and workload VMs. Most vendor environments are labs where networking is kept simple. The solution has been to expand the traveling lab network and use less of the vendor’s network. The current lab provides 10 x 10Gbe ports and 10 x 1Gbe ports for the vendor’s equipment.


Datrium AMA Live Video Stream

The first vBrownBag AMA (Ask Me Anything) will be with Datrium on Thursday the 26th of April at 12:00 noon Pacific time.

You can watch the stream live on YouTube or sign up through FaceBook and get reminded. If you cannot make it live, we will post the recording to YouTube, just make sure to fill out the form below if you want a question asked.


Announcing the Oracle Ravello Build Day Live. To the cloud…

The last vBrownBag Build Day of 2017 will be our first Cloud Build Day. Jeffrey and I are headed to Tel Aviv to spend some time with the engineering team at Ravello. The one line summary for Ravello is that it is a cloud management platform that aggregates public clouds. They have their own hypervisor Read more about Announcing the Oracle Ravello Build Day Live. To the cloud…[…]