So we have now passed the half way mark of the year, so I thought at a follow up on my blogpost about my Goals for 2017 would be in order.
Energy efficient Homelab
So this is almost complete. I have now relocated the Homelab setup from my home office to the wash/storage room of the house. I have gotten the 22U rack cabinet in place, and purchased a Intel NUC (NUC7i3BNH).
I have also “upgraded” my networking kit, which previously was a mix of UBNT UniFi and EdgeMax units, to now be completly UBNT UniFi based.
All that is missing is the setup of VMs. My plan is to make this mostly a coding Homelab, with vRealize Orchestrator as the center.
I have currently written 7 blogpost including this one, so that is on track.
Hopefully I will be able to write even more posts in the last half of the year, now that I have a working Homelab again.
No VMUG presentation yet, but there is still one VMUG meeting scheduled in Denmark, so it is still possible to achieve this goal.
Unfortunately most of my work have been for a single customer this year, which have very strict policies about ownership of the code written. So I have not shared much.
I have been pushing internally in Proact for a more openminded approach to code and community sharing.
Although I have been offered to go both to VeeamON in New Orleans and VMworld in Las Vegas, I have had to decline because of the baby boy and the family situation here at home.
Regarding User Groups, it seems to be going okay.
Veeam User Group Denmark (VeeamUGDK)
We have already had one meeting, where I unfortunately was unable to attend my self. And we have a second meeting planed for Friday 13th of October 2017.
VMware Automation User Group Denmark (VMAUGDK)
One meeting as been held, which was the original goal. The meeting as a Special Interest Group (SIG) at a larger VMUG meeting in Denmark on Thursday 30th of March at a large cinema in Copenhagen, where VMUG Denmark had arranged for 3 cinema auditoriums.
I had a few talks with different podcast organisers about 2 months ago, but it “died” down again, so still no plans for a podcast. I will have to pursue this again.
So this is “half-way” done. I have rewritten the CSS part of the website, to accommodate the Sponsor graphics. I have sponsor graphic from Veeam, but I actually don’t have a signed deal yet. I need to follow up on this, and get that closed. And try to find a second sponsors as well.
vRealize Orchestrator Book Project
I have started a bit on this book project agian, vRealize Orchestrator - the community book. But it is har dto find the time to write, and I have also been missing the Homelab to test stuff in.
vExpert and Veeam Vanguard
I have been selected as both VMware vExpert and Veeam Vanguard for 2017, so that is done. And I am trying to be invovled in the 2 communities, so hopefully I will acheive VMware vExpert and Veeam Vanguard status again next year.
The goal was the below certifications, but because of both work and family I have not yet had time to take any of these.
- At lest one of the VMware VCAP-CMA
- Veeam Certified Architect
Book reading list
Unfortunately I have not had the time to read any of the books on my reading list yet, but I am hoping to get some reading done in the second half of the year.
So that is the current status for the first half of the year. I will do a final follow up, when we enter the new year.