From Techie to Manager – A new career direction

I have been fairly quiet with the blog over the last couple of months due to things going on in my life both professionally as well as personally.

For the last two years I have been attached to a Project Team that was focusing on Dev workloads utilising various VMware technologies, as the technologies have matured and the likes of VCHS have come around the idea of running these workloads on-premise have changed to the idea of running them off-premise and using the on-premise infrastructure to run production based workloads instead. The move to a Production ready state has meant changes within the team and one of those changes was the need to create the role of Cloud Services Operations Manager.

As a senior engineer within the Cloud Operations Team I like being technical, the technologies I work with are some of the most bleeding edge around (when VMware whistle when they see what my colleagues are doing with the products you know we are doing some amazing work) so I was a bit surprised when asked recently why I hadn’t put myself forward for the new manager position. I didn’t see myself as a manager but the more I thought about it and the more I talked to friends and family the more I realised that actually there was no real reason why I couldn’t be a manager and that it was basically the next logical step in my career path.

So I made the decision to apply for the role, something completely different for me but offering new challenges than the ones I face as a techy. As a hands on techy I know that I will want to get involved with the day to day technology but as a manager I know that I have to take a step back and actually trust in the team around me that they can get the job done without me micro-managing them constantly, I also understand that as a manager the only way I am going to keep my head in the game is to carry on with my home lab and use that to keep me up to date on all the new technologies around the VMware Stack.

I am thankful that my company has given me this opportunity and I hope to prove to everyone (me included) that actually you can move from being a techy to that of successful manager Smile

VMware vExpert 2014 Results



Corey Romero (@vCommunityGuy and @vExpert) just posted up the results of the 2014 VMware vExpert awards and I am pleased and humbled to be awarded the vExpert award for the third year running.

Congratulations to my colleague Ross for being awarded his first of what I am sure will be many awards, well done that man Smile

Last year there were over 300 vExperts awards, this year that jumped to an amazing 754 (ish as there have already been some duplications reported).

Please head over to for the complete break down of whose who in the world of VMware vExpert 2014.

Top vBlog 2014 Results

Congratulations to the Top 25 Bloggers for their effort and dedication to maintaining excellent content.


With the results in I am pleased to say that I still managed to stay in the list this year (improving my standing by 9 places Smile)


For further details on this please head over to Eric’s site here

Voting now open for the 2014 Top VMware & Virtualization Blogs

It’s that time again, Eric Siebert from runs a vote for the top VMware and Virtualisation blogs. As there are now over 300 blogs listed on the nominations page there are a lot of sites to choose from.

The voting is simple and should take no longer than a couple of minutes and allows you to choose your top 10 favourite listed blogs. The scoring is such that a #1 vote gives you 10 points, #2 vote gives you 9 points all the way down to a single point for a 10th place vote.

The following criteria should be taken into consideration when voting.

  • How long have they been blogging
  • How long are the posts
  • How often do they post
  • How well are the posts written

If you like the content that I provide here and would like to cast a vote for my blog I would really appreciate it, the blogging is done because I want to do it but I hope you the reader also get something out of it.

Thanks for continuing to read the blog and come back soon.

vExpert 2014 Nominations are Open

VMware vExpert 2014


It’s that time of year so VMware have announced that they have opened the vExpert 2014 applications. You can now submit your application and invite other people. As in previous years VMware offers 3 different paths. The deadline for application is March 6th, 2013 for Q1, after that you can become a vExpert in Q2, Q3,…

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

A nice change this year is the new fast track method for those who were awarded the vExpert in 2013. If you’re a current 2013 vExpert, the 2014 application process has been shortened. Since you are a proven vExpert all VMware wants to know is what you have been doing since the May 2013 vExpert announcement. This makes it very easy to re-apply Smile

In addition to the fast track change VMware have also introduced quarterly nominations to the 2014 vExpert program, this allows for new nominations to be presented each quarter.

If you think you have what it takes to become a 2014 vExpert then go apply at! If you want someone else to apply for vExpert 2014 you can also sign them up: More information on the vExpert program can be found here.

Thanks to John Troyer & Corey Romero as well as the vExpert Team for making this happen Smile

Good luck to everyone.

Another Year in the Life of

A quick run down for 2013

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 52,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 42 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 135 posts.

The busiest day of the year was July 9th with 320 views. The most popular post that day was Condusiv V-locity VM Testing.

Compared to 2012 this is a drop in viewing figures so that just means I need to work harderSmile

“19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 70,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2012, there were 36 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 90 posts.

The busiest day of the year was June 1st with 435 views. The most popular post that day was VMware STOP: 0x0000005d Error.”

All I can say is thanks to my readers for continuing to read my site Smile

Click here to view the entire report

Installing the Home Lab – Configuring ESXi Syslog Settings

In a previous post I installed and configured the Synology Syslog server to allow me to stop me getting the below message on my hosts.


The reason for the message is that I run my 3 ESXi hosts using SanDisk Cruzer Fit USB keys and as such there is no persistent storage for logs. In this post I am going to show you how to configure some VMware infrastructure to point to our newly configured Syslog server.

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