For nearly 10 years, I’ve compiled lots information about my home labs. From time to time I would blog about items I was working. However, readers of my blog were starting to respond with – “We enjoy your blogs around home labs. However, it’s a bit hard contextualize this information from multiple blog posts.” And “where do I start with home labs” Most recently the VMware User Group asked me to co-record a session for home lab vs. HOL Of course, I did the Home Lab side of the recording but it got me thinking more about the listener and how I could really put a focus on Who, what, why, and how around home labs. After the recording, I realized my “Home Lab Generations page” (HLG)was in major need of an overhaul.
This is when I decided to change my Home Lags Guide to “HOME LABS: A DEFINITIVE GUIDE”. It took me a few months to transform the HLG into this new approach as it puts a strong focus on Home Lab design considerations. From there I used these design considerations to document and measure my 5 Generations of home labs dating back to 2008. In doing this I got a sense this design guide could help others to measure and plan out their home labs too.
Next Steps for the Home Lab Definitive guide:
- I’ll continue to update it as I progress my home labs
I’ll continue to improve it over time but I’d love your feedback too
My hopes are you find this new guide useful and of value. Please post up your suggestions to help its continuous growth!
Also, if you are interested in applying these design practices to your home lab or even if you are just starting out, then reach out to me as I’d love to feature your design here on my blog!
If you like my ‘no-nonsense’ blog articles that get straight to the point… then post a comment or let me know… Else, I’ll start writing boring blog content.
I passed my VCP 6 – DCV Delta Exam today! Here are some of my notes around it.
- The test was 65 Questions and you have 75 Minutes to complete it, I had about 30 Mins left.
- I did get several configuration maximum questions. The questions were more around applying the known maximums vs. just memorizing the data points.
- I did get some Virtual SAN , vROPS, and LOTS of questions around Lockdown mode
- Know your licensing Models and what features belong to what.
- Lots of questions around iSCSI, FCoE, APD, Path loss, PSP Modes
- Know all about SSO, Authentication types, and don’t forget those newer features like Content Library
- Make sure you review vSphere Replication and those always fun resource pools
- Know your command line tools – esxcli and the like
- In general, questions seem to be straight to the point vs. lengthy paragraphs
- I followed the blueprint, read my documents, and made sure I read every ‘Note’ section
- For more information about this test click here
Back in the day when I lead the Phoenix VMUG the other leaders and I put our attention on the quality of the event vs. trying to drive attendance. We knew producing quality events would lead to more users wanting to attend. Man were we right. Our first VMUG in 2008 drew a crowd of 65, not too bad for our first showing. However we worked hard, listened to our attendees, and in just 2 years time we built an event framework to support 300-500 users and 20+ sponsors ever quarter! The framework we created was so successful it was key in creating the framework for the VMUG UserCon.
Flash forward to October-30-2015 and one of the most EPIC VMUG events ever is about to take place in Phoenix! I never use the word epic unless there is something absolutely stunning. Example – Me doing a selfie drinking a soda is not epic. However – when VMware COO Carl Eschenbach, Principal Architect Rawlinson Rivera, Senior Technical Marketing Architect Doug Baer, Chris Wahl, Josh Atwell, Instructor lead labs, 30+ Partners/Sponsors, multiple breakout sessions, and cocktails at the end of the day come to your VMUG, then this is EPIC!
I know that was quite a bit to take in but like it said EPIC, for now I’d recommend registering for the event and downloading the VMUG UserCon App.
Registration – To register for this event go here >> https://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=10175
Download the App – To help you manage your day at this event. Install the VMUG UserCon App >> https://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=9653
The overall agenda should be posted soon, and when it does I’ll post up my recommendations around this event!