August 26th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

My good friend and Hulksmashingly (just coined that term btw) awesome blogger and all around great dude Hans De Leenheer is on a machine while at VMworld. More importantly a CEO interview mission. I fully support Hans in this and wanted to share with all of you his happenings. I have been toying the idea in my head for a few years of doing a CEO Corner type series interviewing various CEO’s on my blog.

Hans VMworld Youtube CEO

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I love this idea and be sure to follow Hans and his adventures on his blog. I look up to Hans as he is a great man and truly passionate and honest about what he does.

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August 13th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

I am going to focus primarily  on only one user group in the technology industry as their are numerous groups out there. The Virtualization Technology User Group (VTUG) is a hyper visor agnostic user group. However it wasn’t always this way, a couple years ago it was primarily focused on VMware technology and called the New England VMware User Group (NEVMUG).

Like the industry the VTUG has evolved over the years. Users are no longer just using one type of virtualization technology. There are multiple options for users so why not have a user group reflecting the industry. This is the premise behind the VTUG. Where else can you talk with peers about Microsoft, OpenStack, KVM, Citrix, and VMware?

I’m going to tell you all about a journey, this is my own journey and experiences over the last 3 years with the User Group VTUG.


It’s a brisk fall day in 2009 where the leaves were turning brown and the air was crisp. I’m sitting at home contemplating my next steps as I just finished a contract with EMC.  I was fresh to learning more about Enterprise IT and Data Storage, prior to working at EMC, I was only exposed to desktop support and knew of servers but never touched a server before. Being very savvy around technology is easy, trouble I ran into was having enough systems to work on and research how things worked or how certain changes affected them. Someone suggested I use virtualization. I was dumb founded as to what virtualization was, having never heard of it before. I quickly found Virtual Box and installed it. I had a couple systems up and running soon after install. I loved it, I could have multiple systems running and not affect my own system.

I forget who it was exactly that suggested to me to  try VMware Workstation, toting the benefits over Virtual Box to me. So I did what any newbie would do, I went to the Googles and found myself a cracked version of VMware Workstation 6 (Please note that I do not condone piracy and do not recommend anyone use those means to obtain software)

So with my new virtualization software installed I was off to the races, I started playing around with it more and more. Thriving to learn more everyday about Virtualization. Then came the email that probably has single handedly changed my life.

It Read something like this “Want to learn more about VMware? Join your peers at the New England User Group January 20th at Gillette Stadium” I wasn’t working and wanted to improve my skills to make myself more marketable and figured what do I have to lose.

As I pulled up to Gillette that day I never realized until sitting here writing this how much my life changed that day. I was in awe of the total experience, I recall Chris Harney running around and even saying hello and giving me a smile that day. Mind you I had no idea who he was at the time or how he would inspire my business today. It wasn’t just Chris that had made me feel welcome it was everyone I talked to, I didn’t know anyone there and at the time not to many of them were on Twitter. I found out about the Summer Slam up in Maine which was held every year and was told it is a must attend event. I learned so much that day it made me want to learn even more bout VMware. More importantly I was accepted into a very special community that day, one in which I still think  is tops in all industries.

Year Later

Fast forward to January 2011, by now I have been a member for exactly one year. I was fortunate to attend VMworld 2010 (better known in the community as the conference Blurt Struck Gold by winning two iPads.) I upgraded from Workstation to experimenting with vSphere (legally). I was sitting at a table with some other Social Media junkies chatting and Chris walked by and I stopped him and said ” We noticed that there isn’t much chatter on Twitter about the NEVMUG, you need to focus on that some more.” He looked at us and said “so which one of you is going to do that?” Everyone at the table pointed right to me, and thus the NEVMUG (now NE_VTUG) twitter handle was born and how I came to run the Social Media efforts for the VTUG.

It was around this very time where the group was changing from just  VMware focused to multi hypervisor focused. The users were asking if they could talk about Citrix or Hyper-V.


It has been three years since I joined the user group and I am very active with the leadership, they provide me guidance outside the group and actually gave me encouragement to start Blurt Media Group. I have met so many great people during the events over the last 3 years. What I like the most is the willingness to expand and evolve with the industry and it’s members are facing on a day to day front.

VTUG is expanding to other regions to, this solidifies that users want more. I am excited to be able to be apart of something that is shaping up to be an epic user group globally. (please note currently there are only Stateside chapters, but who doesn’t want world domination)

VTUG leadership took a chance and so far it looks like they got luck on their side but I say it was more a vision of them knowing that the technology landscape was evolving and their group needed to as well.

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I think you will see more good things to come from the VTUG, and as the industry changes so will the group. What I like is that the user is number one to the VTUG. Not only am I a member but I am utilized for my specialties to promote a community in which I believe in. Now I am going to disclose that this post is my own, I started out going to do a generalization piece on how user groups have evolved but felt telling my own story was much better.

Check out I look forward to seeing you at a meeting one day.

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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 and Tweeted from @NerdBlurt Twitter account.

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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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May 29th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

Have you ever wanted to start a blog, but didn’t know where to begin? Rest easy and join a BlurtCast live Monday June 10th from 8 – 9pm EST. Our topic will be blogging 101.

What will we cover

We will cover how to set-up a word press site, and go over creating a 1st post. We will also touch on some good techniques and some best practices for the beginner blogger.


This presentation is geared for the beginner blogger.

Register Here

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This is a great 1st webcast. Seeing how I get asked all the time for some advice on how to start blogging.

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May 28th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

It’s that time again. Where the VMware community gets bustling with joy as if a new product is going to be announced. But it is something better then that the Annual vExpert Awards are given out. John Troyer and team have been diligently going over countless applications for the program. This isn’t just any program, it’s the vExpert program, community awarded program for contributions to the VMware community. This is the 5th year of the program and my second time. I am humbled to be in such great company and still in awe of making the cut.

vmware vexperts list


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I enjoy community awards more then technical certifications, being a communities guy. I do like y technical certifications don’t get me wrong. But I enjoy and get better sense of self fulfillment knowing I helped something greater then just myself. I must know continue to do more to be able to stay on this list of my VMware peers. I look forward to doing just that! Again thank you to the entire VMware team that kept my name on the list and selecting me vExpert 2013.

vmware vexpert

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