Be social! How to start a blog

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This year marked my first year of going to VMworld and before I left I asked several people and the Twitter’s on advice and overwhelmingly the advice was wear comfortable shoes and to be social and talk with as many people as you can. I can’t tell you just how much those two pieces of advice are really worth.

While I was at VMworld several people told me being social has helped them immensely. From getting help when problems arise to landing their new dream job and everything in between. I even talked to a few people that was there but wasn’t really involved in the community and wanted to know how to get started.

For me blogging has been one of the better things I’ve done as it’s not only helped me learn new things, but also help teach others. It’s something I enjoy, thought don’t do as often as I like, and figured I’d start there – how to start a blog.

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Top vBlog 2017 Voting has begun!

It’s that time of year again – time to vote for your favorite blog and podcast!

Just as he has every year, Eric Siebert from vSphere-Land.com has kicked off voting for the 2017 Top vBlog and will remain open until June 30th 2017! Eric has also made a few suggestions on what to keep in mind when voting which I certainly agree with and can be found Top vBlog 2017

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Who wants to win a sweet home lab?

Turbonomic TurboStack homelab

I’m pretty darn happy with my current home lab, but certainly wouldn’t mind winning the sweet home lab Turbonomic is giving away for FREE!

The Turbonomic TurboStack home lab giveaway consists of an Intel NUC6i5SYK NUC with an Intel Core i5-6260U, 16GB total RAM using HyperX DDR4 memory. For storage the TurboStack home lab includes a Synology DS916+ NAS along with a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD and two WD 1TB 7200 RPM SATA drives. In addition, a Cisco SG300 10-Port Gigabit Managed Switch – they even give you three Ethernet cables!

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Welcome new site sponsor, SolarWinds!

solarwinds

I would like to welcome my new site sponsor, SolarWinds. SolarWinds offers a large variety of tools, management, monitoring, and analyizers for various systems.

The one tool many readers of this blog might find more interesting is their Virtualization Manager which offers capacity planning, VM Right-Sizing, various management reports and system monitoring and works with both VMware and Hyper-V.

Be sure to check out the video demo below, they are also offering a 30 day free trial!

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Installing Windows 10 without using a Microsoft account

If you’ve installed Windows 8 or later you’ve probably noticed that Microsoft has been trying to push users to setup a Microsoft account and use it during the install process. Doing so gives users the ability to use OneDrive and sync various configurations and Internet Explorer (people still use IE?) favorites, settings, and history.

Since I use CloudStation on my Synology NAS and don’t care to use OneDrive nor did I want the Windows 10 test machines configurations sync’ed between them either.

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