The first London VMUG for the year kicked off on Thursday 19th January 2017 at Tech UK.

This is my fourth year of attending the VMUGS and they keep getting better and better!

The schedule was:

The event started off with Byron Berrisford one of the sponsors from Rubrik talking about backup complexity and how Rubrik can span multiple clouds using a software fabric.

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2016 goals review | 2017 goals

Trying to sneak this in under the radar, this post is a little late! Happy New Year!

Last year, for the first time on this blog, I set myself some goals.  Admittedly some of these didn’t go to plan – not all goals go according to plan. Here is a summary of my 2016 goals and then my goals for 2017.

2016 goals:

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360 GSP Blog awards – Top 50 Blogs in IT

50 must-read IT Blogs by 360 GSP is a compiled list of top IT blogs that their students can use as further resource material to develop their knowledge and achieve their goals. I like this approach and feel it is important for training providers to go that extra mile to help students.

Head on over to the list on the 360 GSP site to discover some interesting IT blogs!

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640-911: Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking DCICN – Exam Resources

A little over a week ago I took and passed the 640-911: Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking DCICN by Cisco. I had a month to study and achieve this as my CCNA Routing and Switching was set to expire.

After much discussion and thought, I felt the CCNA Data Center was more relevant to the job I currently do. I can confirm once passed the 640-911 does extend the life of the CCNA Routing and Switching by a further 3 years.

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[Review] HP ProLiant ML10 v2 – Home Lab Server


This is a quick review on the HP ProLiant ML10 v2 server. I have been seeing lots of cashback deals lately with the HP Microserver Gen8 and HP ProLiant ML10 v2. I took this as an opportunity to grab one of each and was excited to get my hands on the HP ProLiant ML10 v2, having owned both a HP ProLiant ML115 G5 and a HP ProLiant ML110 G6, both of which still have some uses.

The HP ProLiant ML10 v2 can be had for around £110 when on offer and makes a good server for a home lab environment. I am currently using mine as a ESXi 6 host along side the ML110 G6, getting to grips with vSphere 6 ready for the VCP6-DCV exam. The best place I find for keeping an eye on deals is HotUKDeals (based in the UK).

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[Review] 360 GSP – vSphere 6 – Install Configure and Manage (ICM) course

This post is a review of the vSphere 6 – Install Configure and Manage (ICM) course with 360 GSP.


I previously took the vSphere 5 ICM course via 360 GSP, the review can be read here. As I had such a good experience with 360 GSP and the excellent lecturer Dai, I decided to go back to 360 GSP and do the vSphere 6 course. Now already being VCP5-DCV certified I did not need to take the course, I could have taken the VCP6-DCV exam straight away. I liked how the course was run previously and felt this would be beneficial to me in my study plan.

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Happy New Year! My goals in 2016

2016 goals

Firstly, Happy New Year everyone! I was lucky enough to watch the fireworks in London with my partner and it was so cool! For anyone that has not been before. I would highly recommend!

I did not blog last year on goals and I thought I would take this as an opportunity to do so. I do not believe in resolutions, as these tend to be short lived. Therefore I have a list of goals that I want to achieve in 2016. This will enable me to reflect on my progress at the end of the year, making a commitment to myself. Its written down, set in stone!

My Goals in 2016 are:

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