vExpert 2017 Award

I was very pleased to read that I have been awarded vExpert status for 2017.  I feel very privileged! It’s a fantastic community to be involved in and one of the best technical groups out there by a long way.  Thanks to Steve Bruck who listens to me and adds some humour to our vNews podcast!

All the details for the vExpert announcement can be found at:

I’ll look forward to getting to a London VMUG soon!


It’s been a while

From time to time friends of mine have a break at blogging and then out of the blue there’s an update. Sometimes it’s reads a bit like an obituary. Today it’s my turn but I’m alive and kicking!  Always thinking and getting on with life and my career.

I’ve been known in Cloud and VMware circles for sometime now but in the last few years I’ve been focusing my energy on IT management. From Change Manager to engineer back to management level with a team to run. I didn’t want this to turn into my CV but I’m now currently working as an IT Manager in law firm in central London.

The VMware community is a fantastic group to be involved with.  I first presented at the London VMware user group back in 2009 encouraged from my boss at the time (Angela Conner) and helpful guidance from the LonVmug team and regulars, Aleric, Stuart, Simon, Mike and Jane.

I certainly keep my passion for IT and a more basic, high level of making sure IT works for us and not the other way round.  I’ll continue to do this whether is recording podcasts or getting out into the IT community to compare common challenges.  When is the next London VMUG or Legal IT event?

I’m not going to read this post back too many time so appologies for typo’s and grammer, but just wanted to get something written and posted.  To use a rugby reference, a few points on the board is sometimes as good a a try.

Now I must email Steve and see if he want to record another podcast!

The Excellent and Welcoming VMware and vExpert Community

Generous companies have some generous offering since the vExpert announcement however there are still lots of others out there!  Here’s my list including the vExpert only offerings:

A fellow London VMUG’r, Simon Seagrave over at has kindly supplied everyone with a link the the EMC VNX and Celerra Virtual Storage Appliance.  An excellent and essential companion to a home lab!

Veeam is giving away FREE 180-day NFR licenses for 2 sockets of Veeam® Backup Management Suite™ for VMware or Hyper-V for your home or work lab.

FREE Licenses of Backup Exec V-Ray Edition for VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Professionals (VCP) and VMware Certified Instructors (VCI)

David Davis from has made it possible for all 2013 vExperts to get a free one year subscription to their training material.  That’s a very generous gift which I’m sure will help me along the way.

The good people at Timtri are offering VMware vExperts a free t-shirt!

And always make sure you subscribe to the vNews podcast with following links:



VMware vExpert 2013 Award

I’m really happy to read John Troyer’s announcement of VMware vExpert 2013 as I’m on the list!

A big thanks to John Mark Troyer and Corey Romero for managing the programme.

It’s great to be recognised for the extra effort I put in outside of my day job and its a good motivator to awarded such a status as vExpert.

vExpert 2013 announcement


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The VMRC console has disconnected.. attempting to reconnect – FIXED

It’s been a few months now if using Windows 8 and for some time now I have been putting up with not being able to use the VMware vSphere client direct console of virtual machines.  I belive it something to do with IE 10 but that’s all history now!

Download the latest version from with build number 913577.  At time of writting this comes with vsphere server 5.1b.  The install file should be something like this:


After installing reboot your machine and you will have the console back!! Yay!

vNews November UKVMUG Special Edition! – Stu McHugh & Steve Bruck

Steve and I were luckily enough to attend the second annual UK VMware User Group meeting or UKVMUG for short!

We had some cracking interviews to a list of vCelebrities including:


Jonathan Medd –

Duncan Epping –

Simon Long –

Sean Duffy –

Julian Wood –

Jane Rimmer –

Scott Lowe –

Click on the link below to add to your favourite podcast app or iTunes!


It’s not too late to attend the UK wide VMware User Group meeting. #UKVMUG

This Thursday 15th November 2012 at the National Motorcycle Museum will be the second annual UK wide VMware User Group meeting.

The user group meeting is a great place to go and meet people who use VMware products and learn the latest & greatest or even the oldest & unsupported.

If you want to attend this free event get on over to

If that’s not enough to entice you to come along here’s the jam-packed agenda!

8:00 – 8:30 Registration | Breakfast | Mingle with Vendors Trafalgar Foyer
8:30 – 9:00 Keynote VMUG Welcome | Alaric Davies Britannia Suite
9:00 – 9:45 Keynote VMware Keynote | Joe Baguley | Software Defined Data Centre, Weapon or Necessary Evil? Britannia Suite
9:45 – 10:00 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
10:00 – 10:45 Breakout Block #1 | Education Sessions
Sponsor Nimble Storage | Stress-Free Data Protection for VMware and VDI Bracebridge Suite
Sponsor Veeam | 5 Ways Smart VM Backups May Surprise You Ballacraine Suite
Sponsor Teradici | How to Enhance Your VDI Experience Waterloo Suite
Sponsor Trend Micro | Security at Every Stage: Trend Micro, VMware and Your Journey to the Cloud Britannia Suite
Community Ricky El-Qasem | Creating VMware Apps for Novice Programmers Kirkmichael Suite
10:45- 11:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
11:15 – 12:00 Breakout Block #2 | Education Sessions
VMware Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman | Deep-Dive Discussion Group Bracebridge Suite
VMware Hugo Phan and Aidan Dalgleish | VCDX Boot Camp Ballacraine Suite
VMware Alan Renouf and William Lam | Practical Automation for Everyone Waterloo Suite
VMware Matthew Steiner | What’s New in vSphere 5.1 Britannia Suite
Community Chris Dearden | A Techie’s Guide to Getting the Most Out of IT Support Kirkmichael Suite
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
13:00 – 13:45 Breakout Block #3 | Education Sessions
Sponsor Fusion-io |  Flash as a Cache – Rethinking Virtualisation Bracebridge Suite
Sponsor Embotics | Lessons Learned in Deploying Private Clouds Ballacraine Suite
Sponsor Coraid | Server Virtualization Demands a New Storage Architecture Waterloo Suite
Sponsor Quantum | The 7 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying a VM Protection Product Britannia Suite
Community Mike Laverick | Building my vCloud Director Home Lab Kirkmichael Suite
13:45 – 14:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
14:15 – 15:00 Breakout Block #4 | Education Sessions
VMware Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman | Deep-Dive Discussion Group Bracebridge Suite
VMware Cormac Hogan | VMware Storage Update – 5.1: Storage Features and Storage Futures Ballacraine Suite
VMware Aidan Dalgleish | vCloud Director DR Waterloo Suite
VMware Tom O’Rourke and Kim Raynard | Dynamic Ops – Cloud Automation Britannia Suite
Community Tom Howarth | Deep Dive on Desktop Design for VDI Kirkmichael Suite
15:00 – 15:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
15:15 – 16:00 Breakout Block #5 | Education Sessions
Sponsor Whiptail | Flash 101 – The Physics and Stuff Bracebridge Suite
Sponsor Hitachi Data Systems |Making vCenter Smarter with Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Director advanced integration Ballacraine Suite
Sponsor VMTurbo | Can You Manage Your Virtual Infrastructure so That Optimized Performance and High Resource Utilization are Not Mutually Exclusive? Waterloo Suite
Sponsor iLand | vCloud Services: IT’s Secret Weapon Britannia Suite
Community Julian Wood | vSphere Networking and Converged IO with Blade Servers Kirkmichael Suite
16:00 – 16:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
16:15 – 16:45 Keynote Closing Keynote | Scott Lowe | Staying Sharp and Relevant in IT Britannia Suite
16:45 – 17:00 Prize Draws Britannia Suite

VMware vSphere 5.1 available for download

After the announcement at VMworld vSphere 5.1 is now available for download.  There are lots of new features and advanced features available in more cost effective versions.

  • The usual larger vCPU and vRAM per guest has gone up along with vm hardware 9.  This is great as there is no more vTax!
  • vMotion is now available in Standard version of vSphere.
  • After this upgrade of VMware tools for your guest, subsequent tools upgrades will not require reboots.
  • vSphere Web client will now be the core admin tool.

For more info see the PDF below.

Also fresh out if the accompanying PowerCLI 5.1

Alan Renouf has blogged about it on the official VMware blog.

After all this excitement the word on the street is VMworld!

VMworld Europe isn’t far away and you can still book tickets at:

VMworld is 9th – 11th October in Barcelona.

VMware View in an SMB? Absolutely!

“The year of VDI”.  Have you heard this before or somewhere else?

VMware View is a great solution. A proven and tested solution that fits many different businesses of different sizes but most interesting in different ways.

Check out the podcast Mike Laverick recorded with me for some information.