You Gotta Keep ‘Em Automated! by @vmiss33

by Guest Poster on November 20, 2014

This guest post is by Melissa Palmer who blogs at vmiss.net, where you can find her back catalogue of posts. Find out more about the guest blogger program here.

As part of #vDM30in30 Eric Wright wrote a great article on reducing technical debt, which got me thinking quite a bit.  Mainly about automation, and the journey it takes to get there.  Here’s a couple more ideas on how to get you started on the journey if you haven’t already begun.

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THE GOAL: THROUGHPUT AND EFFICIENCY by @rnelson0

by Guest Poster on November 18, 2014

This guest post is by Rob Nelson who blogs at http://rnelson0.com/, where you can find his back catalogue of posts. Find out more about the guest blogger program here.

One of the most important concepts of The Goal is to increase throughput. Throughput is the rate at which the system generates money through sales. That is, when your company takes raw materials, processes them into a finished good, and sells it, the measured rate of that activity is your throughput. Severe emphasis on sales. Throughput is not the same as efficiency. Today, we will look at throughput vs. efficiency and how these concepts apply to IT.

Though we are focusing on throughput, we must state the descriptions of the two other measurements. Inventory is all the money that the system has invested in purchasing things which it intends to sell. Operational expense is all the money the system spends in order to turn inventory into throughput. I list the three definitions together because the definitions are precise and interconnected. Changing even a single word in one requires the other two be adjusted as well.

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Jeffrey Hicks, author of several titles including Learn PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches stops by the #vBrownBag to discuss PowerShell.  You can download the presentation and examples Jeffrey used during the presentation to help prepare for the homework.

You can follow Jeffrey on Twitter @JeffHicks and his blog.

PowerShell Recording

PowerShell Homework

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OpenStack Series: Part 13 – Docker in OpenStack by @vCloudernBeer

November 13, 2014

This guest post is by Anthony Chow who blogs at http://cloudn1n3.blogspot.co.nz/, where you can find his back catalogue of posts. This post is part of a pretty serious series on OpenStack, that starts here. Find out more about the guest blogger program here. Often time there is the notion that with Docker, the Linux Container […]

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#vBrownBag TechTalks at vForum Sydney

November 12, 2014

This year vForum Sydney was held at Luna Park to celebrate VMware ANZ’s 10th anniversary and all I can say is what a great place to have a conference!   We tried to pack as much as possible into the two days including techtalks, visiting the solutions exchange and blogging at the keynotes!  Although this meant […]

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#vBrownBag TechTalks at OpenStack Summit Paris

November 11, 2014

We had an amazing time in Paris last week at the OpenStack Summit. Three days of packed TechTalk schedule meant that the crew didn’t get to see a lot of the Summit. Happily there is a fair amount of coverage available online.   We produced a total of 72 videos at the summit, our highest […]

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How to keep current in IT while living in the Midwest by @jbcompvm

November 11, 2014

This guest post is by James Brown who blogs at http://jbcomp.com/, where you can find his back catalogue of posts. Find out more about the guest blogger program here. Good morning, afternoon, and evening to all the blog readers. I was challenged by Eric Wright and the #vDM team to do two things. First was […]

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#vBrownBag DevOps Follow-Up SaltStack w Thomas Hatch (@thatch45) and Mike Place (@cachedout)

November 11, 2014

SaltStack CTO Thomas Hatch and engineer Mike Place stop in on the #vBrownBag DevOps series to cover: – Introduction to SaltStack – What is SaltStack automation for Web-scale infrastructure operations – SaltStack concepts – Real world use case and walk through You can follow Thomas and Mike on Twitter @thatch45 and @cachedout respectively. SaltStack Video […]

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2014-nov-06 #vBrownBag(LATAM) VCP510-DT Objectivo 1 – Ariel Antigua @aantigua

November 7, 2014

The following content is in Spanish, the language in which the webinar is presented. El pasado 6 de noviembre 2014 en ProfessionalVMware #vBrownBag LATAM se presentó el tema VMware Certified Professional – Desktop Virtualization (VCP510-DT) Blueprint v3.3 Objectivo 1: – Ariel Antigua @aantigua http://arielantigua.com/weblog/2014/06/15/instalando-vmware-horizon-view-composer/ Más de #vBrownBag LATAM en http://professionalvmware.com/brownbags/ Detalles:  ** en español  ** Fecha/Hora: cada jueves a […]

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#vBrownBag DevOps Follow-Up Learning Ansible with Jeff Geerling (@geerlingguy)

November 4, 2014

Jeff Geerling, author of Ansible for DevOps covers an introduction to Ansible in the #vBrownBag DevOps series and shows how easy it is to get started and build inventories and playbooks to automate tasks with Ansible. Video Homework Slides You can follow Jeff on Twitter @geerlingguy and check out his book – Ansible for DevOps on LeanPub […]

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