Year in Review - 2021 | 2022 Goals
2021 was a good year for me with my career. I spent the entire year working from home and I find myself to be more productive when WFH. My wife and I moved into a different home and I now have a dedicated office area on the 2nd floor away from everyone. I still share my office with Belle (Rescue Dog adopted in 2020 before covid) everyday and she loves the fenced in back yard that she can run around in without a leash.
In 2021, I started living the “Salt Life”. In July, I installed SaltStack Config for the first time and started taking a serious look at Salt. I went from zero to doing a presentation about SaltStack at VMworld 2021 in October and another presentation at SaltConf21 in November. Having a session selected for VMworld 2021 was a career “Bucket List” for me.
After creating a vRealize Operations Dashboard on “Right Sizing” that I use in production, my vRealize Account Executive setup a meeting for me to meet Iwan ’e1’ Rahabok, who is the co-creator of the book “Operationalize Your World”. Iwan liked the Dashboard I created and included some details about the Dashboard in his book “Operationalize Your World”.
I always say if one person finds anything I post helpful, I will consider my efforts successful. In 2021, between the presentations and blogs posts, I feel I have given back and helped some people. I shared the knowledge. 2021 was a successful year for me.
Highlights of 2021
- VMworld 2021 session (Presentation): Manage Windows Workloads Through vRealize Automation SaltStack Config [MCL1895]
- SaltConf21 session (Presentation): Managing Windows with SaltStack Config
- (6) of my personal Blogs were shared by the VMware “vExpert Cloud Management Community” on the Vmware Blog Web Site.
- I did several vRealize Automation Presentations at VMware HVC (Healthcare Virtualization Community) Events.
- PowerBlock Customer Showcase - VM “Right Sizing”
- I did a IDC interview for VMware on Automation that will be released in 2022.
- I did a VMware Customer Reference Interview that will be released in 2022. Link to Customer Reference
- I shared a vRealize Operations “Right Sizing” Dashboard on the code.vmware.com web site.
My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2021
- How to use PowerShell modules with vRA 8.2 | 978
- How vRealize Operations can help with “Right sizing” VMs | 799
- vRA 8.1 ABX PS | 508
- Automating Automation | 415
- VMware vRealize SaltStack Config as a Windows Server Admin part 1 | 333
- VMware vRealize SaltStack Config as a Windows Server Admin part 2 | 280
- vRealize automation 8.1 PowerShell abx | 216
- VMware vRealize SaltStack Config as a Windows Server Admin part 4 | 195
- VMware vRealize SaltStack Config as a Windows Server Admin part 6 | 164
- VMworld 2021 SaltStack Config session | 147
What the top 10 list shows me is there is a lot of interest to use PowerShell with the vRealize Products, VMware admins are interested in Right Sizing and since VMware Purchased SaltStack people what to get started with the product.
*Stats from Google Analytics.
- I do a lot of posts on PowerShell and I use it everyday. I want to take some time in 2022 and learn Python. I have done a little bit of Python but not enough to call myself a Python Programmer. I think there are some use cases with vRealize Automation and SaltStack Config that knowing Python may help.
- I want to spend more time with Salt. Salt is a powerful tool and I want to expand my knowledge with Salt.
- Get a session approved for VMworld 2022 and SaltConf22.
- Do more VMware PowerBlock Presentations.
- Create more Blog Posts.
- Never Stop Learning…