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.


vRealize Automation 7.4 Custom Forms w Cody De Arkland (@codydearkland) & Jad El-Zein (@virtualjad)

  Jad El-Zein and Cody De Arkland present one of vRealize Automation 7.4’s newest features: Custom Forms. Cody’s Overview Blog: Chip Zoller’s Drop Down List blog: Drop-Down Lists in vRealize Automation, from Static to Dynamic to External vRA Customizing Blueprint Request Forms Documentation *About vBrownBag* SUBSCRIBE! Socials: Twitter: Facebook: iTunes:[…]

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 ( 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.


Pivot3 supports TechTalks at VMworld EMEA

It is always nice to welcome new sponsors and I am delighted that Pivot3 has chosen to support the vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld EMEA. Pivot3 is a hyperconverged vendor with some very interesting policy based management, including storage QoS. While I’m talking about TechTalks, you can find all of the VMworld USA 2017 TechTalks in this[…]

Pure Storage Build Day Wrap Up

Build Day number two is in the can, we had a great week in Silicon Valley with Pure Storage. We initially thought we wouldn’t have enough content for a Build Day with Pure. The array deployment is a 30-minute task, and from there it is simple to operate. Happily, we realized that we could show more than day 1, we could show a lot of the day two operations. We got to see some radical simplicity in the management of the Flash Array and did a whole lot of lifecycle operations on the array. You can see the live part of the build day in this video, and all of the Pure Storage build day videos in this playlist.