Some time ago, I was invited to visit the PowerShell Conference Europe, in short PSCONF.EU 2019. This conference took place between 4 and 7 June 2019 in the Hannover Congress Center in Germany. To get started a few numbers of Europe’s largest PowerShell event which is held annually since 2016; 350 delegates, 40 speakers and 1 dog from almost all European countries and the United States of America will present and attend over 75 presentations during these four days.

Fig.1 – Opening Ceremony

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Top 25 Virtualization Blogs, News Websites & Newsletters in 2019


Feedspot, the content reader for reading all your favorite blogs and news websites in one place, has published a Top 25 Virtualization Blogs.

This blog site is rated 20!

The blogs are ranked based on following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

20. Adventures in a Virtual World – Paul Grevink

Adventures in a Virtual World - Paul Grevink

Koedood, Netherlands

About Blog Paul Grevink is an IT Consultant. He is especially interested in subjects concerning Cloud, Virtualization, storage and networking. Paul is specialized in VMware Products, but also has an extended knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Linux and other Open Source products.
Frequency about 1 post per month.
Facebook fans n/a. Twitter followers 414.

Thank you! Much appreciated!


Writing effective scripts using VMware PowerCLI


20171224-00Lately I have been busy writing some Windows PowerShell scripts for a vSphere environment. I noticed that there are some similarities between learning a spoken language and a programming language. In both cases you start by learning the grammar and vocabulary and develop your skills by a lot of practicing. But for both skills, when you have not used them for a while, the skills will fade.
While writing and testing my scripts, I realized that a good preparation and a structured way of working will help you becoming more productive and making fewer mistakes.
This post is not a full blown Windows PowerShell course, but contains some insights I would like to share with you. If this is all new, I recommend following a PowerShell Getting Started training. Pluralsight offers over 11 Windows PowerShell courses from beginner to expert level. So if you are relatively new to Windows PowerShell and the VMware PowerCLI, please read on.

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VMware wants You!


we-want-youThe folks at VMware are very excited to announce the upcoming VMware vSphere Beta Program. This program enables participants to help define the direction of the most widely adopted industry-leading virtualization platform. Folks who want to participate in the program can now indicate their interest by filling out this simple form. The vSphere team will grant access to the program to selected candidates in stages. This vSphere Beta Program leverages a private Beta community to download software and share information. We will provide discussion forums, webinars, and service requests to enable you to share your feedback with us.

You can expect to download, install, and test vSphere Beta software in your environment or get invited to try new features in a VMware hosted environment. All testing is free-form and we encourage you to use our software in ways that interest you. This will provide us with valuable insight into how you use vSphere in real-world conditions and with real-world test cases, enabling us to better align our product with your business needs.

Some of the many reasons to participate in this beta opportunity:

  • Receive early access to the vSphere Beta products
  • Interact with the vSphere Beta team consisting of Product Managers, Engineers, Technical Support, and Technical Writers
  • Provide direct input on product functionality, configurability, usability, and performance
  • Provide feedback influencing future products, training, documentation, and services
  • Collaborate with other participants, learn about their use cases, and share advice and learnings

To make the most of it, you have already deployed vSphere 5.5 and 6.0 in a portion of your environment. As a good participant, you are expected to:

  • Online acceptance of the Master Software Beta Test Agreement will be required prior to visiting the Private Beta Community
  • Install beta software within 3 days of receiving access to the beta product
  • Provide feedback within the first 4 weeks of the beta program
  • Submit Support Requests for bugs, issues and feature requests
  • Complete surveys and beta test assignments
  • Participate in the private beta discussion forum and conference calls

vExpert 2015


On February 5th, the list 2015 vExperts was announced by Corey Romero and the VMware Social Media & Community Team.

As stated in the announcement; “…and point out that a “vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities.

For the third time in a row, I have been selected for my (modest) contribution to the amazing VMware community. I feel proud, honoured and humbled at the same time.

Congratulations to all the other vExperts! Let’s continue and make it an awesome 2015.
The announcement and the complete list of vExperts can be found here.

I would like to thank all of you for making this possible.

vExpert 2014


On April 1, the vExperts 2014 are announced. Corey Romero, John Troyer, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team have named 754 vExperts. For the second time in a row, I have been selected for my (modest) contribution to the amazing VMware community. I feel proud, honoured and humbled at the same time.

Congratulations to all the other vExperts! Let’s continue and make it an awesome 2014.
The announcement and the complete list of vExperts can be found here.

I would like to thank all of you for making this possible.

Hurry up, VMware 2013 Fling contest


Fling-01In exactly two weeks from now, on Friday November 15, it is the final day to submit your ideas for the VMware 2013 Fling contest.

I must admit, although announced in August, I completely missed this year’s contest, until it drew my attention while visiting a VMware booth during VMworld Europe 2013.

So in a few lines, Flings are software tools developed by VMware engineers that provide functionality that enhances or complements existing VMware products, or explore new ideas.

At this moment, more than 50 Flings are available and free for download. To get an idea what Flings are, visit the Flings website.

So if you are working with VMware vSphere, vCenter of any other VMware product and you have a brilliant idea to make your life easier, don’t hesitate and submit your ideas now.

So, what’s in it for me? There will be a single winning submission and the submitter will be awarded with a full conference Pass for VMworld 2014 US or Europe. Also VMware plans to build the winning Fling idea and release it back to the community.

Go to register and submit your ideas before November 15th.

I have just submitted my first idea. I encourage you to submit your ideas.