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The pursuit of happiness

Hi everyone! We came to the amazing city of Pittsburgh in 2017 when my wife accepted a learning position in town. Pittsburgh is a city I hold very dear, with genuinely nice people, lots of history and adorable quirks. I will actually make a blog post of all my favorite PGH things in the future. It is a city with excellent craft beer, a hard rock mentality, and true love of sports - who wouldn’t love that!

Seattle VMUG slides and a quick VSAN post for homelabs

Hi everyone! Greetings from Palo Alto! I’m here this week for the Office of the CTO Principal/Global Field/Ambassador week-long meeting. I’m only one day in, and it’s amazing to have this level of access and interaction. Humbled and honored! Just a week ago, I had the honor of presenting a new talk at the Seattle UserCon on Feb 19. Software Defined Networking is a topic I love geeking out on, but it’s not related today with my job at VMware - great material for a community session!

vExpert 2019 - My tips to help your approval odds

Disclaimer: These are Ariel’s opinions, born out of my personal experience and not something I have been asked to write by anyone else. I always try to be nice but if any of the following rubs you the wrong way please let me know through twitter Every 6 months the application period for vExpert comes around. All existing vExperts must re-apply during the January period; new applicants can use either January or July to apply.

Hug your VMUG leader

First of all, a reminder that #Blogtober 2018 is ongoing and you still have until today to register! Matt Heldstab’s annual call for people to stop slacking and put thoughts to paper is an awesome thing and yes you should participate. Read more about it here: It’s not even about the gift cards, it’s just that extra push to share more of who you are, what you like and what you do as part of the #vCommunity

Welcome to Blogtober 2018, PKS Roadshows, vForum online

Welcome to #Blogtober 2018! If you haven’t noticed yet, Matt Heldstab’s annual call for people to stop slacking and put thoughts to paper is alive! Read more about it here: There’s still ample time to register, so just do it k? Today is a short entry, but a time sensitive one. We have two free events, one multi-city and one virtual next week. Most importantly, the multi-city comes to my hometown Pittsburgh this Wednesday.

VMworld 2018 whirlwind starts!

Hello hello :) As the biggest party in my calendar year is upon us, I wanted to make a “100% true to everything I want to do” public google calendar, but I also feel like there’s some things I’d like to write in a blog post and point out that may help anyone reading this. My public calendar has about everything I have planned and can be found here: https://sites.

LittleHack005 - The day we got more than 3 people!

Hello again! This is a post for me to state that I’m happy! We got 6, yes SIX people to come today :) Jean-Pierre Nsanzabera Matt Puthoff John Devine Carl Capozza Thomas Higgins You can find pictures with the #PGHLittleHack hashtag, and you can read more about it in Carl’s blog and the post in To attend and be involved / notified of future ones, give us a shout out in Twitter!

#DVVMUG and #WIVMUG slide decks

Hi everyone, happy end of April! I’ve just created a new repo and uploaded the presentations for the VMUG UserCons that sponsored me as a vCommunity speaker. You can find them here: Best, Ariel

#sddcroadshow coming in May! DR focused event

Hi everyone, happy middle of April! I recently heard from Brant Scalan (@fatpacket on twitter) that he and John Whitman (@VCDX226) are running a SDDC Roadshow coming up in 8 mayor cities in the month of May. It brought me memories of when I went to my first VMworld roadshow, and how great it was - this was ages ago, before I had even gone to a VMUG! What I really love about these events is that they are organized as a workshop focused on one topic, and it’s basically a full day agenda.

#vCommunity VMworld 2018 submissions

Hi everyone, happy April! These past weeks several VMUG leaders were greeted with the news that they had been selected for the VMworld session private voting panel. I voted on this panel when I was a leader and I really enjoyed being able to read all submissions and influence my point of view into the final “menu”. By the way, the voting time has even been extended to April 13th!