Happy Birthday East Tennessee Region VMWare Users Group

Tonight we celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the founding of @ETRVMUG in Knoxville. We are meeting at JTV (Jewelry TV) and tonight is sponsored by EPlus

We are having cake, nuggets and a great presentation in HyperConverged infrastructure.

Great event, you should be here! Follow @ETRVMUG on Twitter and presenter Hermie Cloete

Reinstall instead of upgrade

Over the years i’ve had a theory on IT upgrades, they are generally a bad idea and generally have some issues. it could be a config file lying around, or a library that doesn’t get upgraded correctly, or a dependency that isn’t mapped. There are a MINEFIELD full of pitfalls that can hit you. The purpose of my blog today is to convey the following message.

CloudMakerBrian Axiom #1:


I am wise enough to know that the above axiom is NOT ALWAYS in play, but IF there is a choice, please choose the FRESH INSTALL option.

I’m working with several different partners in their labs and they have upgraded their environments from n-3 or greater versions and things just are not ALWAYS as they should be.

A new Beginning, from the clouds

I’ve just celebrated the 8th anniversary of my employment at VMware and i’ve had a change of management, a change of perspective and of course, a major life change. I’m going to try my best to pivot everything to the positive. My first new tech venture is right here at the CloudMaker Blog where I will be writing of my Tech Experiences from the BowTieRacing.Org site..

I am working on Several very Large RFP and several very interesting projects as well as getting started on the next release of the VMware automation suite. I’m so proud of my company and so honored to be recognized by our VMware Executives for my contributions in 2018.

2019 will be UP and TO the RIGHT.

I was just recognized at the VMware World Wide Kickoff as one of the “Hero’s of the Year” for the very very large IBM ELA which my effort, project “BlueSky” helped land for us. Grateful for the IBM partnership and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

The Journey Begins again….

Thanks for joining me!  This is going to be something new for me.  In the very hard time in the last 8 months when I lost my soulmate to cancer in July 2018, i’ve done some things.  Lots of therapy and lots of attempts to find a reason to be here on earth. Ultimately, my faith pulled me thru it. I believe I am here to make the journey easier for my fellow humans and my family & loved ones..

With our children, we’ve started a foundation to change the world, one child at a time.  if you are interested in learning more about that, please visit http://LaRoseFoundation.Org   

For this venture, this blog, this effort – i am going to focus on HIGH TECH, focus on my career and on helping customers and partners with their Clouds (both Private & Hybrid) and I’m going to spin the propeller a bit (a geek joke).

Thanks for checking in with me here.  Hope you enjoy my ramblings and the journey

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton