Written by Christopher Lewis on March 22, 2019 .

It has been nearly 20 years since I was last in Bristol, but on Wednesday 20th March I attended and presented at the UK ’s South West VMUG to a small but engaging crowd of IT professionals with a shared interest in VMware products. Who are the UK South West VMUG? The South West VMUG (@swukvmug) may not be the biggest VMware User Group in the UK (with about 20-30 people), but the calibre of the leadership team (Barry Coombs, Megan Warren, Simon Eady and Jeremy Bowman) meant the day was always going to be a success for its attendees.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 28, 2019 .

Introduction I truly believe there is a not-so-exact science behind taking exams. In this post I’m going to share with you the tips and strategies I use to ensure maximum success when taking multiple-choice exams. Note: This post is NOT about minimising study effort, it is about maximising effectiveness on the day of the exam. Every good (400+) score I have achieved has a foundation of hard work and sacrifice attached to it.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 26, 2019 .

TL;DR Yesterday morning (Monday 25th) I took the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) 6.5 - Data Center Virtualization (DCV) Design Exam (3V0-624) at my local approved Pearson Vue Exam Centre. I’m disappointed with the score but I managed a pass. What this pass does mean, is that I also get the shiny new VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCIX-DCV) digital badge! Exam Preparation I have been putting this exam off for the last 12 months due to various reasons.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 7, 2019 .

#WreckingCrewReunited Today I was lucky enough to be able to present to a capacity crowd at the North East VMUG. There was an #EPIC line up that included the #WreckingCrewReunited Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman and Rawlinson Rivera #NoPressure. Presenting other community sessions along with me were Gareth Edwards (on Terraform) and Jorge del la Cruz (on Monitoring vSphere with opensource tools). We also heard from Kev Johnson around upgrading to vSphere 6.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on January 1, 2019 .

Reflecting on 2018… Family The highest of highs this year was the arrival of son 2.0 in May. The little one was 2 weeks early but arrived (relatively) safe and sound! Health Anyone who follows me on social media channels will probably know the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 wasn’t very good for me health-wise. This continued into 2018 with the side effects of #sepsis have stuck around a lot longer than I expected.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 15, 2018 .

In the beginning there was Code.. Like the previous 2 years, the first thing in my calendar, once I had registered and it was available on the Schedule Builder for VMworld Europe. was the VMware {Code} #Hackathon. This year was a little different because the organising team (which didn’t seem to include Alan Renouf or William Lam), used HackerEarth to organise the event. The Venue & Food This year, the** #Hackathon **organisers took us to a new venue.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on December 11, 2018 .

TL;DR - I’m going to be joining VMware as a Senior Cloud Management Specialist Systems Engineer in February 2019. #BeyondExcited From humble beginnings… "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Lao Tzu My IT career started whilst still studying for my final year at University working for a major UK retail bank. I was happy there but not really fulfilled. Within 5 years I was TUPE’d into a large Service Provider.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on November 27, 2018 .

At this years VMworld Europe Hackathon, I was a part of Team #PowerVKE, founding members: Chris Porter (@uprightvinyl) (Team Leader) Christopher Lewis (@thecloudxpert) Dave Simpson (@bfd_diplomacy) Stephen Hackers (@StephenHackers) Tony Cota (@VMXBandit) Colin Westwater (@cwestwater) Dominik Zorgnotti (@DominikZ) Team PowerVKE (Image courtesy of @StephenHackers) PowerVKE is a PowerShell module that can be used to connect to VMware’s Kubernetes Engine (VKE). This was a Beta VMware Cloud Service.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on November 8, 2018 .

VMworld 2018 started quickly for me. After taking the 10:20 BA Flight from Heathrow I landed at ~13:30 local time. I had just enough time to drop the bags at the hotel before heading to the #vRetreat. We were being hosted by Patrick Redknap and sponsored by Cohesity. #vRetreat This was my first experience of the #vRetreat concept and I wasn’t disappointed. The session was given by Cohesity’s charismatic CTO - Global Field, Rawlinson Rivera (@punchingclouds) who talked both about their current portfolio and Vision.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on November 7, 2018 .

#vRockstar For me, this event marks the official #vCommunity start of “VMworld week” in Barcelona. This was my third year at the pre-VMworld party, vRockstar. As usual, the event was oversubscribed and sold out in record time weeks in advance. With another change in location this year, the event was held at the Obama English Pub/Grill (https://obamabcn.com/). The venue was nice albeit a little smaller than the previous venues, the staff were nice and the food was awesome (once it had arrived).

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Written by Christopher Lewis on November 7, 2018 .

This year I was lucky enough to be given a #vExpert blogger pass to the VMworld 2018 Europe event in Barcelona. This will be my third year in a row! #AchievementUnlocked #vExpert #Blogger #VMworld2018 pic.twitter.com/4ry8Mog0yj — Christopher Lewis (@thecloudxpert) November 5, 2018 Posts Here is a list of all my planned posts of the event: vRetreat - Cohesity vRockstar VMware {Code} Hackathon (Team #PowerVKE)) Keep checking back for this and more content!

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Written by Christopher Lewis on October 17, 2018 .

Just a short one for this post. Read all about my views on VMware Cloud on AWS (VMConAWS) in this new article here . TL:DR Version VMConAWS is an #awesome joint proposition from VMware and AWS but like with most Public Cloud Platforms/Services, it isn’t without its barriers to adoption. However, we have to remember that the service is in initial availability so therefore it is expected that the service may have some limitations and options that are not available right now.

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