March 3rd, 2017 by NerdBlurt

This week’s guest is Ariel Sanchez, recorded live from the VTUG Winter Warmer. Ariel is a Costa Rican native who has a man crush on Tom Brady. This crush isn’t the type our wives may have on Brady; however, it is more his work ethic and drive that Ariel respects him for. Like our two other guests the vBrownbag is represented yet again on Tech Stand UP, sorry guys we are not renaming this the vBrownbag podcast.

Ariel has his own way, the Ariel Way much like our beloved Patriots. Ariels passion to share what he learns and give back not only the knowledge he learns but his time. Not only is he part of running a VMware User Group and the vBrownbags, Ariel contributes many hours on his multiple blogs. As well he focuses on being a mentor to other Latin community members.

Have a listen as Ariel and I discuss getting involved in the community, and more importantly as he said it best “Don’t be afraid”.

Show Notes

Twitter – Get involved and meet and interact with people

Tom Brady man crush

Community Commitment and giving back

New England Patriots


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February 23rd, 2015 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

During the #vBrownBag DevOps series after-show from my Using Ansible to provision VM’s in vCenter, Mike Marseglia asked about options for linting Ansible playbooks. Since I didn’t know, I thought it would be worthwhile to look into it. There is an Ansible-Lint repo on GitHub, reading through the information, it seemed straight forward. Here I am going to have a look at installing and using it against some example playbooks.

Installation should be easy, assuming you’ve got the correct packages installed, see my previous Ansible posts – if you got through that install, you should be able to install this with a single line:

pip install ansible-lint

Once installed you should now be able to do something like this:

ansible-lint clone-vm.yml

The clone-vm.yml is from my #vBrownBag series. As you can see in this screenshot, it suggests I have some trailing whitespace

ansible-lint-whitespaceOnce I tiddy up the extra whitespace in the playbook, no suggestions are returned.

ansible-lint-fixedThat is a pretty basic example, let’s say I’ve missed something such as a { when using vars_prompt, here you can see I have a missing backet for vm


Once again, now that it is fixed, no suggestions are returned. One thing that at least this specific tool does not help with is spacing errors, so your playbook will need to be valid, running ansible-lint here for example where my spacing is incorrect results in an general Ansible error, though it does point out where the error likely is:


Going forward I’ll certainly be looking into using this when writing a playbook to ensure general recommended practices are adhereed to. I’m still on the lookout for a tool that can help with spacing though!

Ansible-lint for playbooks

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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 (

#vBrownBag Using Ansible with vCenter Examples

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December 3rd, 2014 by NerdBlurt

It is that time of year again where the folks over at are giving back to the community, with their End of Year Mega Give-Away!! I call it the Mega Giveaway, because they are giving away some awesome stuff over there! They have some really great sponsors to include my Business Unit with-in HP Big Data Information Management Group (try to say that 5x’s fast!)

It is no surprise that we are getting more involved in the community, I LOVE the community!!


Prizes Include:

  • Disk Station DS413+ from Synology and 2x 2TB Seagate drives from Jonathan Frappier
  • HP MicroServer from HP Data Protection – @HPBACKUP
  • Home Lab Kit from ClearPath Solutions Group
  • 120GB SSD from Micro
  • Cloud Architect DVD Series from EMC Education Services
  • Swag Bag from Veeam
  • Mastering vSphere 5.5 from Nick Marshall
  • OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook from Cody Bunch

How to Enter

Simply head over to This Link and fill out the form! Please read all the Rules!!

Nerd’s Blurt

I love the community and being able to give back!! If you are appreciative of HP Backup for sponsoring let them know by simply tweeting Thanks for Sponsoring the #vBrownbag and Community to @HPBACKUP & @NerdBlurt on Twitter – This could help me to get us to do more so please tweet away!! 

So what are you waiting for go enter the Mega Giveaway!!

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