VMGuru at Geek Whisperers
Way back in time, when we started VMGuru, we actually had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Full of ideas and energy we went to all the events (VMworld Cannes, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Dutch VMUG, Belgian VMUG, etcetera), packed with laptops, photo- and videocameras and went to work like a bunch of crazy nerds. Most of you who have seen us, know the picture. Four guys, packed with gear, typing like mad in the community lounge, asking questions in sessions, attending demo’s at the Solutions Exchange. Since then we’ve learned a lot along the way. We dropped video from the program (it took too much time to process and edit versus the views it got), we tuned our website, we have a lot more eye for social media, like our recently opened Facebook page.
Last VMworld in Barcelona, the boys got together with on invitation of John Troyer(@jtroyer), our trusted VMware community dad, for a podcast with him, Amy Lewis (better known by us as @Commsninja) and Matthew Brender (@mjbrender), for Geek Whisperers. Of course, we were flattered to be invited. The result is about 45 minutes of fun, interview and info on how we got our blog together the way we did. Check Erik, AJ and Edwin out on this entertaining interview at Geek-whisperers.com.
Site update – Build numbers
Along with the new look of the website it was also time to update the build number database. In the last few weeks we have been working on updating the database, resulting in a increase with 387 entries making a total of 592 build numbers.
But we didn’t stop there. On popular demand we changed the way the build numbers are presented, since there are devices that don’t support Flash. Therefore we abandoned Flash and created the site with HTML5.
Now that we are using HTML5 every device should be able to read the site and build number database, there is however a downside. Not every browser seems to fully support HTML5 including some of the html tags we are using. This may result in your browser showing the entire database as one big list instead of using bullets that can be extended.
If you are missing a build number or find a technical error on the site then please let us know.
VMGuru.nl #4 Favorite Independent Blog
Last month we asked to vote for us if you appreciated our blog and apparently a lot of you did.
This year almost 1.300 votes were recorded compared to 1.200 last year, also the total number of blogs on the list increased from 187 to 243 blogs to choose from. There were over 80 new blogs on the ballot and 4 new blogs made it into the top 25. The enormous number of VMware blogs makes it so much tougher to get in the top 25.
So unfortunately we dropped from the 19th to the 31st spot on the list.
Besides that there are tons of bloggers from VMware or VMware/virtualization-related companies which create excellent content, so that a top 25 spot for an independent blogger seems impossible. Luckily Eric created a separate category for that and guess what?
You voted us as 4th Favorite Independant VMware blog! THANK YOU!
As independent bloggers we are very proud and honored that VMGuru.nl finished #4 in this competitive environment. Thanks to Eric Siebert’s for organizing this yearly blogger contest on vSphere-land.com.
We appreciate your votes and ongoing support and want to thank all who voted for us!!!
Please vote VMGuru.nl, #1 VMware/virtualization blog 2013
Last year VMGuru.nl dropped for the 13th to the 19th spot in the top VMware/virtualization blogs 2012. Now, it is time again to vote the top VMware/virtualization blogs for 2013.
Please help us to reclaim the 13th position or even leap into the top 10!
So if you like our blog please vote VMGuru.nl #1.
As in last years poll you can vote in special categories to help distinguish certain types of blogs. The categories are independent of the general voting so first pick and rank your top 10 overall favorite blogs and then choose your favorite blog in each category.
VMGuru.nl also participates in the Top Independent blog for 2013!
Happy new year!
Last month the VMGuru-crew has been busy to update our infrastructure to improve the reliability and performance.
Yesterday Alex fixed the last issue so you all can enjoy the new, improved, faster and more reliable VMGuru.
This way we’re ready to present you with the more news, tests, how-to’s and the latest in virtualization.
So from all of us at VMGuru, a very happy new year!
VMguru.nl at new hosting
Last Friday we moved to a new co-locating party. We experienced too much drop out in performance, connectivity or even power in the datacenter of our previous hoster. Therefore we decided to move to a first class hosting party, TransIP.
As far as we can tell, our web server is loading faster all over the world. But as you might imagine, we can’t check that everywhere for real. So let us know how you experience our website’s performance. Has it improved for you? Drop us a tweet via @vmguru_nl!
A VMworld party hangover
Wednesday evening is traditionally the evening for the VMworld party. At VMworld we work very hard but we party harder but yesterday it got a bit too wild. This morning I woke up with a large VMGuru-logo-tattoo on my arm
There’s just no limit to my dedication to VMGuru.nl I suppose ….
Impressions of VMworld 2012 Europe in Barcelona Day 3
Interview with Mattias Sundling about Dutch vGurus, Future of Cloud and Trends
During VMworld I had a nice fast paced interview with Mattias Sundling about why there are so many vGurus in the Netherlands, the future of Clouds, key takeaways from VMworld and IT trends in general.
Great VMUG Belgium event
Last Friday Alex and I were invited to speak at the Belgium VMUG. Erik Schils, the Belgian VMUG leader, had setup a VMUG conference at Cisco in Diegem. After a 3 hour drive to Belgium, the conference turned out to be pretty busy, Erik managed to get 150 -160 VMware enthusiasts to this meeting.
The event was named: VMUG.be “the Blogger Edition” and there were a lot of interesting sessions from community speakers like:
- ‘RAID types and alignment impact on VMware workloads‘ by Eric Zandboer;
- ‘Designing a cloud infrastructure‘ by Duncan Epping & Lieven D’Hoore;
- ‘Beer and PowerCLI: you can’t live without them‘ by Luc Dekens;
- ‘Troubleshooting VDI‘ by Sven Huisman;
- ‘VMware Health Check‘ by Gabrie van Zanten;
- ‘Busting a few myths‘ by Eric Sloof;
- ‘Storage DRS’ by Frank Denneman;
- ‘Unleash the IAAS Cloud: About VMware vCloud Director and more…‘ by Viktor van den Berg;
- And of course ‘HyperV v3.0 vs VMware vSphere 5‘ by Alex & myself.
VMGuru.nl at VMUG.Be – The Blogger Edition: Register now for FREE access!
The VMUG is a pretty well known club. If you are just a virtualization enthusiast, a VMware fan or one of those nerdy bloggers, you all know the VMUG. Every country has it’s own instance of the VMUG and every now and then there is a gathering with all the nerds, enthusiasts and bloggers to talk nerdy to each other about virtualization for about a day.
Our friend Erik Schils from the VMUG in Belgium is organizing such an event on the first of June 2012. And guess what: it’s totally free! There are still about 30 tickets left, so hurry up! Read on how to get one.
VMGuru.nl prolongues the vExpert status in 2012
The word is out! The judges have decided and we here at VMGuru.nl are very happy to conclude that Edwin, Erik and myself can call ourselves vExpert 2012 again!
This year, the process was a bit different, as VMware decided that vExperts can be appointed in three new categories:
Time to vote again, Top VMware and virtualization blogs 2012
It is that time of the year again, the last voting was over a year ago where we made it, thanks to you!, to the 13th place. Voting is now open again for the top VMware & virtualization blogs. It would be nice and a great honor to get us in the Top 10 this year. So if you like our blog please vote VMGuru.nl (Various) using the BIG button on the left.
We all know Eric Siebert from his vLaunchPad were he publishes his VMware Top blogs. Your votes will help determine the new top 50 bloggers on vLaunchpad. Votes are weighted so a #1 vote counts as 10 points, #2 vote counts as 9 points etc down to 1 point for a #10 vote. The total points for each blog will be added up and will determine the top 50 order.
New this year there will be voting in special categories to help distinguish certain types of blogs. The categories are independent of the general voting so first pick and rank your top 10 overall favorite blogs and then choose your favorite blog in each category.
Top 5 – Best articles/videos
The past year has been great. The VMGuru.nl-crew posted 105 articles and 7 videos which have and been read by many visitors. This all resulted in 1.3M webpages served, 400.000 visits, 240.000 unique visitors and 556GB of traffic.
Great numbers and steady growth over the whole year.
Here’s a list of the 5 best read article and the 3 best viewed videos of 2011.
- How to: Upgrade to vSphere 5 (27.166);
- How to license Microsoft Windows 7 for VMware View deployments (13.215);
- Rumors on vSphere 5 (8.412);
- Waiting is over – download vSphere5 now! (7.792);
- How to setup the vSphere client for the iPad (6.353).
- VMworld Europe 2011 trailer;
- vRoadtrip v2;
- Designing vSphere Platforms for maximum tier 1 application performance.
Check out vExpert Spotlight
Have you ever wondered how I rolled into the IT business, when I got involved with VMware, why I started VMGuru.nl and was rewarded vExpert 2009-2011?
Today I’m in the vExpert Spotlight on the VMware Communities VMTN Blog.
Check out: http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2011/11/vexpert-spotlight-erik-scholten.html
Impressions of VMworld 2011 – Day Three (Part 1)
VMworld – Day Three – Wednesday 19th October
Impressions of VMworld 2011 – Day Two
VMworld – Day Two – Tuesday 18th October