How to Create “Add to Calendar” Links within a blog

I am hosting a live podcast in a few weeks (blog announcement upcoming) and I wanted to find a way to let people add the date and time to their calendars with just a simple click instead of having to enter the information themselves.  After alot of searching, all the post seem to say you had to add the event calendar plugin and then it would be a new plugin to the wordpress page and things like that.  Not exactly what I was looking for.  I wanted something as simple as

Heres a reminder to read when the podcast announcement comes out:

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VMworld Call for Papers Voting is Open and waiting for you..

Each year VMware puts on a 20.000+ person conference.  This year it is in San Francisco and like the last couple years, there are sessions just waiting for you to vote.  The more votes, the better chance that yours truly will get to present.  I submitted a single presentation this year with Theron Conrey and I speaking together.

1776 vCloud Director: Training Labs for Virtual and Physical Solutions

Wondering what that means.. well lucky you we also have to have an abstract so here goes.

Deploying training environments for companies can be not only time consuming to create but also expensive to build and maintain. vCloud Director allows for automated self provisioning for virtual lab environments the challenge is integrating these virtual environments with physical devices and systems. This primer demonstrates the physical architecture and virtual configurations needed to connect a virtual datacenter to physical network appliances or systems. The environment consists of a shared authentication strategy with individual vApps per user connected to individual physical device. An architectural example will be dissected to include virtualized vCenter, View and physically attached ESXi hosts being managed through NexentaVSA for View

Please go to and vote for my session.

There are alot of other great sessions out there by all the names you have heard of an probably a few you have not so make sure to read through them all!

Testing the MyVMware iOS App

VMware has released a mobile client for their newly released MyVMware page.  For years one fo the biggest issues with VMware has been the confusing licensing and user management.  With the release of MyVMware, many of these issues have been resolved.  One thing I will enjoy is the ability to grab a license key directly from my phone when I need it.  After working for a reseller and now a vendor, both big VMware partners, I often need to test software that it can be a pain to go grab a license key from the portal only to not be able to use cut and paste and have to type the key in.  Now I can open my app, grab a key and still type it in, but it is much quicker.  I took a few screenshots of the app and listed them below so you can get an idea what the app can do.

1. Start by logging in:












2. You then have to approve the EULA (Surprise!)












3. You will then see your profile











4. You now have to pick your folders (whatever ones you have created on the MyVMware website)











5. Once you go into the folder you can see the products under it.











6. The select the product and click next (you have to do that each time, that is kind of annoying) and you will see the license keys











Click on the power icon on the top to logout, or the gear to set your refresh and timeout time



You are a vWhat? Oh a vExpert….

This weekend I got the great news that I was selected again as a VMware vExpert for 2012.  Sounds impressive right?  To some people in the VMware community and IT as a whole it does, but many people have no idea what the vExpert designation means.  As a second year vExpert, I have been lucky in that I got to be part of a rather exclusive group.  For 2012 there have been 382 vExperts announce globally.  I wanted to break that down a little more and found that of those 149 are first time vExperts.  216 are returning from being a vExpert in 2011 and only 74 have been vExperts since the first year in 2009.

This is a group not made of technical experts, although many if not all of the vExperts are very knowledgable about VMware and the related products, but rather more of an ambassador program.  One that is leading the charge to further virtualization in all industries.  Many of these vExperts have been the consultants that pushed virtual machines out of R&D and into the mainstream.  Others have been internal staffers that “saw the light” and helped their companies move to the cutting edge.  Regardless of what the vExperts do for work, they all go above and beyond when it comes to their outreach.  Many are very active in the social media space.  You can look up the announced 2012 vExperts on Maish Saidel-Keesing‘s twitter list. (!/maishsk/vmware-vexpert-2012).  Others have led VMware User Groups for years and you can find them on the newly created user workspaces on or organized and ran local vBeer events.  Others have written books or maintained podcasts, some have even spent countless hours helping others on the message boards as users and moderators.

It goes without saying that I am humbled to be included in a fantastic group.  And for those of you who are not yet vExperts, know that while technical knowledge is always very important, there is a reward for being outgoing, helpful and social.  The vExperts have been able to be ambassadors and often trend setters by gaining access to previews and betas thanks to the great support team at VMware.  Alex Maier has taken charge of this motley group and given direction and guidance and the godfather of the group John Troyer has given many days and nights evangelizing the cause.  Thank you to them for their help and I hope I can continue and be able to announce a 2013 vExpert designation as well.


My Journey from VCP4 to VCP5

Last week I took and passed the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam at the local Pearson Vue testing center in DC. As most of you know I have spent the last few years as a solutions engineer, pre-sales engineer, or architect depending on what you want to to call the positions. Since most of my time was spent in pre-sales and design work I was rather apprehensive about taking the VCP test. The test seems to be more geared towards the everyday admin than those of us who have been working with VMware since the GSX days. The great thing is there are lots of study guides and things designed to help people pass the exam. There are some great new things about this test. The biggest I believe is there was nothing on my exam and from talking to others it seems consistent that the minimums and maximums are no longer part of the test. I always thought that was a part that was not really needed. If I need to know the maximum number of virtual machines per LUN and host, I can just look them up. The test is much more situation based. If you want to get an idea of the question style, take a look at either of the question links below. Be forewarned though that unlike previous VMware exams, the braindumps are just for a gauge of questions. There was probably only 10-12 questions on my exam I recognized and there are 85 questions and I think all of those were from the official mock exam. I used a few great resources for studying and hopefully it will help a few of you out before the February 29th deadline to take the class again, or for those of you taking it the first time.

Study Guides


  • Official VCP5 Mock Exam – – This is a really good one to do over and over. Just make sure to always get 1 question wrong or you wont be able to take it again
  • – This is a braindump style site. It changes on a consistent basis and the newest dumps are the highest numbers.  These are not actually on the exam (in my experience)

The study guides are all great but make sure you really spend sometime in a lab working on the actual product. You can do just about everything on VMware Workstation with demo licenses.  If you are trying to cram I would spend the most time on the blueprints.  If you understand it then you should have a good chance with that and the time you spend working on a lab.

Good Luck to you all and I hope it helps…

Published Applications in the Enterprise : Horizon App Manager vs. Citrix XenApp

In today’s enterprise, applications are king. With bring you own desktop, an influx of Apple systems, and more remote users, the focus for enterprise systems is no longer on the operating system. This application focus led me to do a comparison of Citrix XenApp, the leading application publishing method, and VMware Horizon Application Manager, the latest product to provide centralized managed application to a domain. Each of these products has more features that could possibly be compared in a short presentation and since this test was built to present at the DC and New England VMware User Groups, I had to limit the feature set comparison. Horizon has a great SAAS presentation ability, and XenApp can be accessed from a plethora of devices that Horizon currently can not, but for this comparison I look at desktop presentation within a domain with the standard out of the box deployment. The systems were built to provide a minimum level of high availability and were not tweaked for performance. I was able to do the presentation with another of VMware’s products, SlideRocket and since most people were not able to see the presentation live I have embedded it below. Please add comments and suggestions as I will continue to develop the comparison and probably expand to show the other features. (Make sure to watch the side by side video comparison on Slide 16)


Time to sharpen the presentation skills… 2 VMUG Presentations in 2 weeks…

Working as a solutions architect, I get to do presentations on a regular basis for lunch and learns or small groups.  In two weeks though I will have to step up my game.  First is the Washington DC VMware User Group.  Bookended by Tintri and Veeam, two of the hottest players in the virtualization space I had to come up with a pretty good topic for everyone to enjoy.  I am going with Enterprise Application Presentation.  Might not sound overly interesting, but I get to do a comparison between Citrix Xenapp and the new VMware Horizon App Manager.  With a limited presentation time I plan to limit it to presenting applications to machines onsite in an enterprise domain.  By no means the full scope of either product but one of the largest use cases.  Make sure to come by if you will be in DC on January 17th.  We will be at the Washington Nationals Stadium.


Want to Register for the DC VMUG – Info Here

Then comes the second presentation.  Over the last year or so I have gotten to know a few of the guys in the New England and have been selected to present for their VMUG also two days later.  Will be the same presentation (although probably a little more polished, sorry DC) The New England Winter Warmer is one of the largest VMUG meeting in the country.  Being held at Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots, this full day event can bring upwards of 1100 virtualization professionals.  I will be in one of the breakout sessions.

If you want to join us in New England – Info Here


Hope to see many of you there.  If we have not met face to face, make sure to come say hi.

How to get your upgraded vSphere 5 license keys

There seems to be some confusion from customers on how they get the new license keys for vSphere 5 if they have an existing support and subscription. If your support is current the upgrade should have been processed automatically in the VMware portal. The same process applies for any upgrades in the VMware system but I am just showing the vSphere hypervisor license as an example. To be able to complete this process you will need to be either Primary License Administrator (PLA) or Secondary License Administrator (SLA). If you need help adding a SLA to an account check out my other blog on “How to add a SLA to VMware.”

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How to add a Secondary License Admin for VMware

As the number of virtualization admins increases, one of the ongoing issues is how to make sure the correct people can see the correct licenses. When virtualization was young, often a single admin handle all the keys for a company, but those times have past so now many of my clients want to know how to add a second or third person to their license portal. Possible one for just your View licenses so the Help Desk Manager sees those keys but not the vSphere licenses, while your application developers need your vFabric keys but not the View keys. After walking through customers a few times I thought it would be easier to do one of my standard screenshot blogs to show how to add a second license admin. First a few terms you need to know:

  • PLA = Primary License Administrator, each contract only has one PLA. Remember you are just renewing Support and Subscription, your licenses are perpetual.
  • SLA = Secondary License Administrator, this can have multiples and is assigned by contract
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Installing the latest VMware Fling – I/O Analyzer

VMware Labs relesed their latest fling this week.  An appliance “that provides a simple and standardized way of measuring storage performance in a VMware vSphere virtualized environments” To help out everyone out there I did a quick screenshot walkthrough to show the install. Rather simple and if you have ever installed a .ovf you should have no problems.


Download the Fling Here

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