Ryan Johnson who works on VMware Validated Design, has created a GitHub repo for VMware stencils. The repository contains the stencils used for VMware Validated Designs in SVG, Visio and OmniGraffle formats, as well as a very nice Powerpoint presentation that shows how to use the stencils. Great work Ryan, and team!

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Happily I ordered the Elgato Key Light Air, as that should provide the light that I was lacking. Assembling and connecting it was very easy, but when it came to adding it to my home WiFi I ran into some unexpected issues. As is customary with this kind of IoT-ish device, the setup is to connect to it’s own WiFi through a management app, in this case the Elgato Control Center, and then use that to connect it to the WiFi of your choice. For the life of me, I couldn’t get the Key Light to connect to my home WiFi, it just timed out with an unexpected error—which is very unhelpful.

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In case you weren’t aware, applications for VMware vExpert 2021 is now open. See the official announcement for details. The applications are open until January 9th 2021, and the announcement of the class of 2021 is scheduled for February 19th 2021.

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After working pretty well for many, many months, my external mic, a Blue Yeti, suddenly started having issues in Microsoft Teams on macOS. The issue was isolated to Teams, other video and audio solutions worked fine. For some reason, Teams had decided to start auto-adjusting the input level on its own, rendering it pretty useless. While some might say it’s a blessing that I get auto-muted, seemingly at random, but for me at least it’s pretty annoying.

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VMworld 2020 is soon upon us, and due to the current world situation it’s an online only event this year. Personally I think this is a big loss, mostly because I usually spend most of my time at VMworld networking and speaking to people I often only see once a year, something that simply will not happen this year. Thankfully Nick Howell and Jeramiah Dooley took the baton, and has tried to recreate or even re-invent some of the social aspects of the conference experience, on Discord.

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Photon OS is VMware’s minimal Linux distribution, and in a small project in the lab I thought I should use it for some small lightweight Veeam Backup & Replication v10 Linux proxies. After deploying it, and converting it to a template, I ran into some very frustrating authentication issues after deployment. To make a very long troubleshooting story short, I forgot to ensure that a new unique machine-id was created, wrecking havoc with, amongst other things, the DHCP server assignments.

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vTrail Map by Yadin Porter de León and the Level Up Project is usually a physical resource that gets handed out at VMworld. Since the world is pretty much in lockdown, and VMworld is a virtual only conference this year, the vTrailmap 2020 has been transformed into an online resource and experience! In short, vTrail Map is a community guide for the virtualization community. As I’m lucky enough to be a vTrail Map Champion for VMworld 2020, it’s really fun to announce that the first virtual vTrail Map is now live!

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A new book from the crew behind the IT Architect series of books has finally been released: IT Architect Series: Stories From the Field, Vol. 1. I have been fortunate enough to be able to contribute one of the chapters in this book, alongside quite an all star list of a total of thirty five contributers. I have also contributed as an editor for quite a few of the stories. In my opininion, this is another must have book for all aspiring and existing IT infrastructure architects and fits in really well with the existing books in the IT Architect Series.

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Today saw a bunch of announcements from VMware, including vSphere 7.0 Update 1, vSAN 7.0 Update 1, VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 and I thought it might be useful to post a list of some of the resources that has been published.

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VMware vSphere 7 Update 1 With Tanzu enables administrators to run Kubernetes clusters in vSphere, without any other requirements!
Not only has VMware with this move adressed the VMware Cloud Foundation requirement for getting started with running modern applications on vSphere, but since there is no requirement for NSX or even vSAN for this to work the entry level point has been dramatically lowered. It’s basically Kubernetes infrastructure on vSphere, with your choice of networking, storage and load balancing solutions!

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Christian Mohn works as a Chief Technologist SDDC for Proact in Norway.

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