Presented at Connecticut VMUG User Conference on May 14 2013, "Virtualization at home can be practical, affordable, and available, 24x7."

I'm very happy to have been given this chance to present publicly by Matthew Kozloski, so glad I met him! I find doing live demos fun, and the face-to-face questions and feedback extremely helpful. Here's my presentation summary: Paul Braren, Founder of the “TinkerTry IT @ home” blog at…

May 6 2013

Featured on “The Home Tech Podcast” Episode #115 "Laptops #2"

Being a guest on a podcast that uses Google Hangouts On Air is a lot of fun. Interested in seeing everything from Windows Millennium Edition booting on a 1995 ThinkPad 701 "Butterfly" to a Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13? The crew discuss a lot of  laptop gear, come on over and check out the…

May 4 2013

Thought about attending virtualization user groups? Here's a virtual tour of some of my recent positive experiences.

When working at an IBM customer center from 1995-2005, I spent a lot of evenings helping host local user groups, something I thoroughly enjoyed. If you've been to this site before, you already know I like getting out, such as attending the Hyper-V Loadfest. The value I get out of these events is…

Apr 6 2013

VMworld 2012: my schedule

So, I'm taking off in about 36 hours, very excited about this trip! Send me an email if you'll also be there! They'll be a lot to soak in. Also very fortunate to have the opportunity to make the trip across the Golden Gate Bridge this Sunday, to see Leo Laporte's Brick House in nearby Petaluma, CA,…

Aug 23 2012

Shared-Nothing Live Migration arriving with vSphere 5.1, to be unveiled at VMworld 2012 the week of August 26th

Like many of you, I've been eagerly awaiting the release of vSphere/ESXi 5.1 for a variety of reasons. I've also adjusted my VMworld 2012 schedule accordingly, to be sure to confirm sessions VSP1549 AND BCO1757 mentioned at VMware vSphere 5.1 to include shared-nothing live migration. So glad I'll…

Jul 28 2012

VMworld 2012 presentation proposals include "Build Your Own VMware vSphere Home Lab Using Commodity Hardware" (cast your vote by June 8th)

Before voting closes on June 8th, please consider the sessions you'd like to see presented at VMworld 2012 this August 26th-30th in San Francisco CA: www.vmworld.com/www.vmworld.com/cfp.jspa Also consider voting for a session I proposed called: Session 2358  "Build Your Own VMware vSphere…

May 30 2012

Paul Thurrott's "Windows 8 Consumer Preview" presentation replay from Saturday March 10th

  We had impressive presentations at this all day event, capped of with featured guest Paul Thurrott, famed creator of winsupersite.com, and weekly podcaster on TWIT's Windows Weekly. Permission to stream and record the event were given by Paul himself, and the Virtualization Group - Boston…

Mar 10 2012

Paul Braren's “Build Your Own VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V lab at Home, using Commodity Hardware” presentation replay from Saturday March 10th

This really is a lab project/learning exercise, where I document what works well for me, and for many other site visitors. Feedback through comments below are always appreciated! Here's a list of articles/references I mentioned during or shortly after the presentation: My energy consumption…

Mar 10 2012

New England Virtualization User Groups: Presenting ESXi/Hyper-V on vZilla and attending Paul Thurrott's talk about Windows 8

I'm the kind of geek IT Professional that likes to see live demonstrations, if I make the drive to evening or weekend user group meetings. I find it fun to see speakers take risks, and not worry too much about a little something going spectacularly wrong during a live demo. Much more…

Mar 2 2012