March 24th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

This week our guest is Jorge Torres a technology junkie with latin roots. While we share a passion for technology we also share a love for the New England Patriots. While attending the VTUG Winter Warmer the Tech Stand UP crew caught up with Jorge to discuss and answer some questions on Blogging.

Jorge just started his blog Kolkes.Com, where he plans on diving deep into virtualization and sharing with the world. As we know getting advice from people who have been blogging for years, definitely helps! That is exactly what we talk about in this weeks episode.

We walk through the journey of getting inspired by the content he consumed. This passion and desire to give back is what drove Jorge to start his blog. Being an engineer on a daily basis, he enjoyed learning from others but realized that by him creating the content he was able to remember the content.

 

A major trend is for new bloggers to  have a senior or respected member of the community to turn too. Ariel Sanchez is that person for Jorge, with Ariel’s Latin community give back through the vBrownbag, gave him a rapport which turned into a trusted friendship and mentor.

 

This has me thinking, what inspires you?

Show Notes

Jorge’s first time appearing as a guest on a podcast

Discuss how he was inspired by the community blogs and presentations

Talk about different blog platforms available and where to start

Mentor – having someone in the community take you under their wing and provide guidance and accountability

Creating content that others have created is ok, as this allows for you to retain the information

Using blogs as a self repository on how you fixed a problem.

 

 

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February 17th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

Much like Luke Sky Walkers inevitable path to Master Yoda, Tech Stand UP podcast was destined to happen. Listen to our very first podcast with featured guest and a great friend brother to me Jonathan Frappier.

Prior to meeting Jonathan, I had no desire to watch Star Wars, however that changed as I knew he would drag me to see the latest release Episode VII. After watching all of them, Sean Thulin was excited as he too had wanted me to watch Star Wars. Like the movies, the lives of Jonathan, Sean and our other good friend Matthew Broberg were destined to intertwine. Six years ago our epic journey began.

It was fitting to have the “NerdHerd” on as my first guests to record on the podcast, but like Hans & Princess Leia’s relationship, that didn’t go as planned. While attending the VTUG Winter Warmer this past Jan, I had pleasure to record the first few episodes live. Only Jonathan was there for the very first podcast.

Episode 1

In this episode Jonathan and I start to discuss Devops, and I quickly turn it around on him. Now you have to understand our conversations change back and forth all the time. Now, you need to understand that Jonathan has been there for some pivotal moves in my life, instrumental to providing me guidance, judgement free. I have a million ideas for business or other projects and he listens to all of them. I gain insights from his past experiences. The Tech Stand UP podcast isn’t bout Technology per se and I explain that in this post.

What to expect during this first episode is everything! Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy  recording them.

Give the podcast a Listen to!

 

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Tech Stand Up Podcast
February 16th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

Tech Stand UP Podcast is an initiative I have been debating for at least the last year; I’ve wanted to record a podcast and have a couple concepts in the works. The name Tech Stand UP came to me from a concept I had thought of. I tend to just do things and I started grabbing domains up for this initiative. However, I did nothing with it. The concept was to record 2-5 minute videos talking about Latest Tech news, gadgets or just anything related to technology. I don’t expect nor want to be a stand-up comedian, but I want to understand my body language better, and excel at public speaking. What better way than doing a stand-up routine!

What is your Podcast about?

Tech Stand Up Podcast

The Tech Stand UP podcast is about, wait for it, whatever I want! The real purpose behind the podcast is to gain experience and to stop not doing and doing! I have these ideas and it’s time to act on them. Whether they succeed or fail, I just got to try and do the thing.  The first episode drops tomorrow!

I reserve the right to make the videos still, and if I were a betting man I would watch this space or our YouTube channel in the coming weeks.

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February 23rd, 2015 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

I wanted to share some of the example Ansible playbooks used during last Wednesday’s US #vBrownBag. During the show I went over examples of how you can use Ansible to create, clone, and update virtual machines in vCenter without the need for other provisioning tools. Based on my testing (and I’m still learning as well), the items noted in the comments are the bare minimum needed to run the playbook, even though the official documentation may currently state otherwise. If you are already using Ansible for configuration management, this is a handy option to have as you can perform the provisioning tasks without leaving Ansible.

All playbooks have been uploaded to my GitHub Ansible-Test-Playbooks repository (https://github.com/jfrappier/ansible-test-playbooks/).

#vBrownBag Using Ansible with vCenter Examples

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February 2nd, 2015 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

Below is a excerpt from a post I wrote on www.sizematterstech.com as a follow-up to episode 2 which covered monitoring. I mentioned Solarwinds Alert Central on the show, a very nice – and FREE – tool from Solarwinds that allows you to manage, filter, deliver, and escalate alerts matching certain criteria. I’ve used this tool as a method to recover from “alert fatigue” and also slime down the “get out of bed” email alerts – no more waking up for low level alerts when you’re on call!

You can find the full article on sizematters.com along with episode 2 (also available on iTunes or your favorite podcast app via RSS)

Size Matters Alert Central excerpt

We covered Solarwinds Alert Central briefly on episode 2 (available on iTunes or your favorite podcast app via RSS), so I wanted to do a bit more on the product here. The Solarwinds website explains it pretty well at a high level – take all of your alerts, filter and sort them before delivering to the correct person. The question you might have is “why not just set up my alerting software to send to a specific person, or reduce the alerts rather than filter them out?” Fair question; in my experience there are alerts that are informational, alerts you need to take action on during normal business hours, and alerts you need to get out of bed for. The last part is where I think a tool like Alert Central can really help.

Imagine you’ve worked with your business stakeholders, defined your critical systems, what needs to be monitored to ensure they are available, and set your SLAs. Now imagine those alerts, valid say during normal operation, but coming in at 2 A.M. – without getting out of bed and checking your email, how do you know if it’s something you need to respond to? Those are the instances where alert central can shine.

Another great use case, if as an SMB IT person you are lucky enough to have help, you can even use Alert Central to route specific alerts during the day. Maybe you’re more an expert on virtualization matters, and your co-worker messaging products. Why not set the alerts to go to that person? And if that person doesn’t acknowledge the alert, then lets you know? Yea pretty powerful when you get into Alert Central and all it can do.

So, installing Alert Central – it comes prepackaged for your favorite hypervisor – VMware of course… and yea Hyper-V. Head over to the Alert Central site and click the green download button.

Alert Central homepage

Alert Central homepage

Originally published at http://sizematterstech.com/getting-started-with-solarwinds-alert-central/

[Shared] Getting started with Solarwinds Alert Central via @sizematterstech

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