February 17th, 2015 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

*Disclaimer – VMTurbo is a sponsor of this blog*

On February 19th VMTurbo will be holding a webinar to introduce Operations Manager 5.1. As part of the webinar they will be giving away a free home lab kit featuring an Intel NUC i5 with 16GB of RAM and a 4-bay Synology DS415+ (diskless) and a few more goodies to round out the home lab; all in you would be into this setup for about $1600. Not to bad to attend a webinar about a product that could help you identify problems in your infrastructure ay?

Head over to the VMTurbo registration page to sign up and find out more.

Enter to win a free home lab from @VMTurbo

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July 7th, 2014 by NerdBlurt

It is that time of year where Virtualization Techies start to plan for VMworld US. We have just learned about and wanted to share with you all that Infinio will be giving away a Conference Pass to VMworld 2014 US conference. Now you will be responsible for your own travel but the pass is half the battle.

Click the picture below or Here for all the details


Nerd’s Blurt

I love to share contest with everyone, I think it is great of companies to do things like this. Having won in the past, it definetly helps the end user that couldn’t get a pass on their own.

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March 3rd, 2014 by NerdBlurt

Today Infinio announced the release of Infinio Accelerator v1.2. The update adds support to VMware vSphere 5.5 now. This is great for Infinio as it will help broaden it’s customer install base for those already running on vSphere 5.5.

Find out more about Infinio by clicking here or by simply clicking on the banner along the side of this site.

Another small announcement included with vSphere 5.5 support is the Team over at Infinio is giving away limited number of NFR (not for retail) licenses for home/ test lab use.

Infinio is currently offering a limited number of free fully functional Accelerator licenses for use in test labs.  To learn more, and enter to win the free test licenses, visit http://info.infinio.com/ssd-class-performance-without-ssds-PR.

Infinio accelerator

Nerd’s Blurt

I like to share this information with my readers because I love the team over at Infinio, having had multiple briefings with them and interacted at numerous user groups. They are a lively bunch, even poaching my good friend Matthew Brender. They are also a sponsor on NerdBlurt.com but when you look past that and look at their product it’s just really cool technology at work. Think the real question here, should be how long before somebody scoops them up.

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August 20th, 2013 by JFrappier

The first Virtual Design Master challenge is in the books, now its on to the Disaster Recovery challenge.  My design is available below as is the recorded Google+ Hangout.  I’d love feedback on the design, as Chris Wahl mentioned I surely needed more diagrams in this document, and that omission was a conscious decision to leave out as I wanted as much detail in the design within the given time period.  I hope to be able to do a few more in the DR design.

Virtual Design Master Challenge 1 – Jonathan from tovmug

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July 9th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

TrainSignal is a technology training company offering training from Microsoft to VMware. I have known about this company since I got into Virtualization back in 2010, they are very supportive of the community sponsoring many User Group initiatives. Back in 2011 I received a copy of some training from them while I was attending school. This helped me out a lot during that semester. At the time they were offereing DVD training materials.

Let’s fast forward to today, TrainSignal now offers it’s entire training collection online and in a subscription based model.

TrainSignal Training Home Page


As a vExpert 2013 this year TrainSignal was gracious to give the vExperts a subscription for a year, I asked Emilie from TrainSignal if I could give my subscription away to someone in the community. She came back with a 1year subscription to one lucky winner! See what I mean about the company giving back to the community. More on this later in the post.


The website is easy to navigate, and to filter out video trainings.

Upon logging in you are brought to the dashboard

TrainSignal Training Dashboard


As you can see in the image above, it is easy to navigate through. You can see the newest courses offered and some of the popular courses. The navigation on the left is straight forward and simple.

Looking at the courses is just as easy, it is easy to filter through the offerings based on vendor. It even saves the search from your last filter.

TrainSignal Course Offerings


It shows your progress on the course you are currently going through

TrainSignal Training Course Progress


The course offerings are diverse and covers many areas, this is valuable to anyone studying for certifications and just wanting better understanding on certain technologies you maybe going to work with.

Having the training available 24/7 is great, Did I also mention that you can download courses for offline viewing? This way you can be able to access your training anytime.

TrainSignal Training Offline Player



I am going to make it really simple enter to win,Follow @TrainSignal and @NerdBlurt on Twitter then  Simply Tweet the following – I love how @TrainSignal supports the Community #NerdBlurtMojo #Training or Click Here (This opens Twitter and has text pre filled but you must add the hashtags.) Please note that you must use both hashtags and be following both accounts in order to be entered to win.

We are giving away 1 1year subscription to TrainSignal online training. courtesy of TrainSignal.

Winner will be selected at random from all qualified entries.

Important Dates – Give-Away starts accepting entries on Jul 9th 2013 and goes until Midnight August 31st 2013. The winner will be selected on September 1st 2013, Winner will be announced here on NerdBlurt.com and Tweeted from @NerdBlurt Twitter account.

Nerd’s Blurt

I love TrainSignal, I wear their vNerd Tshirts everywhere. Why? Because they have a product I use and believe in, their company dynamic is outstanding, but the best thing is their love for the community! They jumped at the chance to give something away with no hesitation, another reason I support and promote their offerings.

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