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Written by Christopher Lewis on August 16, 2017 .

The 2017 second half vExpert Announcements have just dropped and including the VSAN and NSX subcategories. Congrats all those who made it!

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Written by Christopher Lewis on June 22, 2017 .

I am on my way home from my first North East VMUG ( @NorthEastVMUG ). It is not my first VMUG. Work allowing, I have been a regular attendee to the London VMUG ( @LonVMUG ) for the last few years. This time would be different though. This time I was presenting a session for the first time. What is VMUG? The VMware User Group (VMUG) is an independent, global, customer-led organization, created to maximize members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 8, 2017 .

Following the announcement today, I consider myself extremely humbled to be given the community accolade of vExpert for a second year in a row. I’m in the company of some giants of the industry and some seriously #awesome guys and gals. Congratulations to everyone that made the cut, both new and continuing vExperts, the community wouldn’t be the same without you all. The full announcement can be found at https://blogs.


Written by Christopher Lewis on November 21, 2016 .

This post is Part 2 of a two part post covering UK VMUG, click here to read Part 1 The only session I attended in the morning was the Community Session, Going Hybrid - using vRealize Automation as a cloud broker for AWS, vCloud Air and Azure given by Sam McGeown . This was a good session overall with Sam going through the differences of deploying the same application to both an on-premises test infrastructure and with Amazon Web Services (no sign of an Azure demo though - but as this is expected in vRealize Automation 7.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on November 18, 2016 .

I am right now sitting on the train heading back into London with a smile on my face. I’m listening to music (Eye of the Tiger just started playing) and I’m tapping away on my laptop. Why am I smiling? Well it is simple, today was the first time I realised and understood the value of the community. Today was my first UK VMUG it was the first time in a long time I have enjoyed a UK wide conference.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on November 7, 2016 .

Just over a week until the UK VMUG 2016. This will be my first year in attendance and after a really good VMworld Barcelona I’m looking forward to it. Whilst only a single day (if you excluded the vCurry the night before) I am hoping it will be successful in capturing the essence of VMworld. There seemed to be a big focus on VMware User Group in the VMware EMEA Solution Exchange this year, both around promotion of the “free to join” standard membership and the “pay for” VMUG Advantage membership.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on October 21, 2016 .

After the first day of full conferencing, it was time to head out to the vExpert party which was held at L’Eggs ( http://www.leggs.es/en) . Unfortunately, I arrived fashionably late as I had to go back to my hotel to drop off my bags, and then get across town, which meant I missed the brief appearance of Pat Gelsinger. The evening was enjoyable enough, the food (scrambled eggs, risotto and creme cataluna) and drinks kept flowing.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on August 26, 2016 .

It has been a tense but satisfying couple of weeks for me. I have been waiting on three things, vExpert Announcement and the results from the VCAP6-DCV and VCAP6-CMA Design BETA exams. As you’ll get from the title of the post, I managed two out of three. So that’s vExpert 2016 as well as VMware Advanced Professional 6 - Cloud Management and Automation Design certification. I’m not disheartened about not passing the VCAP6-DCV Design exam afterall I lost one hour out of four in that BETA exam because of the fact the exam kept freezing so it would have been a miracle to have passed it.


Written by Christopher Lewis on August 19, 2016 .

Just got confirmation that I’ve been selected to be included in the vExpert Class of 2016. I am truly humbled that my contribution to the wider VMware community has been recognised by my peers. I have only had the opportunity to share my thoughts, tips, tricks and experiences for the last 9 months but look forward to maintaining this for many years to come. In becoming recognised as a vExpert, I will be listed amongst some giants of the industry and community!

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