About me:

With more than 20 years of experience in the IT-Industry, Yves was – beside his work at the comdivision group – also involved with successfully bringing several (IT) startup companies to market. Yves was honoured several times by vendors and customers for his capability of transporting the highly technical IT concept to regular IT consumers using their language.His customers are primarily in the enterprise and service provider space, where he works on complex private, public and hybrid cloud setups based on customer needs.

Besides having been accredited with the highest certification there is, the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX), Yves holds most VMware certifications starting with the VCP3 up to VCDX-CMA, VCIX-NV, VCIX-DCV and is also a VMware Certified Instructor L2 for current and beta deliveries. In 2011 he was honoured as the Instructor of Q1 and was called into the selected group of mentors. Yves is a vExpert since 2014, EMC Elect since 2015 and NTC since 2017. 

Yves Sandfort holds a Private Pilot License for Single-Engine planes which he enjoys to use when possible. Since his wife Christina Sandfort gave birth to her daughter he also starts to get back into running with her whenever he is home.

My recent blog posts:

VMworld 2019 US - before it begins

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Heading out to VMworld 2019 US, for me that will be my 17th (counting EMEA and US). Whilst I am honestly not the biggest fan of moving back to San Francisco (not because I don’t like the city, but from a cost and venue/event location perspective) I must say it’s one of the highlights in my yearly schedule.

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5 MSCs - comdivision did it again…

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This Monday morning we got an early call from our VMware partner manager Sabine Maier: "Congratulations… comdivision did it again…", what happened? As you know comdivision is always on the early adopters circle for new VMware technologies, it's not necessarily always that public as we evaluate the market, feature set, but also provide a lot of feedback towards VMware. Which is why sometimes we might not be seen for what we do on a specific product range. VMware Cloud on AWS is a bit different, as we were early in the game and also have already presented at events like the AWS transformation day in Munich earlier this year with lot's of great feedback from the AWS community. 

So why did Sabine call? We first thought it was related to something else we were to launch in the next few days, but then we learned that we already completed necessary steps for the  VMware Cloud on AWS Master Services Competency.

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VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) - Why you should at least think about it…

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When I was first introduced to the VMware Cloud on AWS (or short VMC) model about 6 months before the launch my first reaction was: „Is this going to be market relevant?“, then I thought „who is the winner? VMware or Amazon?“ and then „Are our more conservative european users going to adopt this?“. And I will come back to some of these points later in this post. Many of you may know my clear position on all the new cloud-native parts: „It‘s nice, but especially in EMEA we have more legacy apps than cloud native. When I even drill deeper into medium or larger enterprises or public customers it‘s getting worse as we even have lot‘s of applications no longer supported, or sometimes vendors don‘t exist anymore.“. And then there is my favorite, which people who said this don‘t admit this anymore: „Everything is moving into the cloud in X years.“.

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Upgrade to vRealize Orchestrator 7.6 (vRO) - Empty workflow output

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Over the past few weeks I had to update quite a few instances of vRealize Orchestrator to version 7.6, where I experienced that upgraded instances do not show any workflow logs, or values anymore. My first thought was that the workflow was no longer executed, but actually it proofed to be a display problem in the vRealize Orchestrator Client. While talking to a few friends working near the product I got some guidance on how to potentially solve the issue...

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TechConfessions the Show, S4 - E15 Yves Sandfort

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During VMworld 2018 I had the opportunity to get invited by Amy Lewis team to record an episode together with Katie Holms for the #TechConfessions  channel.

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Using the Philips 499P9H with a 13" Macbook Pro and a Blackmagic eGPU pro

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Today a non VMware topic... My workplace needed some more screen estate and while colleagues go for multiple screens I personally prefer the one screen solution, which naturally pushed towards one of the new 49" SuperWide screens which you can find from Philips like the  499P9H which I use, or Dell  U4919DW has one as well. Be careful that you check the screen resolution, there are models on 49" which are 3840x1080, which would be too low for me, only some have 5120 x 1440 pixel LCDs.

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Linking vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) to vCloud Director (vCD) for Service Management

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One of the new features in vCloud Director since version 9.1 is the ability to execute vRealize Orchestrator workflows direct from within the vCloud Director User Interface for both tenant and service provider usage. With the constant addition of other extensibility features this becomes a very attractive solutions for service providers to expand from standard vCloud Director based IaaS to some more advanced service offerings.


But how do you get started?

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New ways to "update" your VMware certifications…

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Recently VMware announced the removal of the certification expiration, causing a relief for a lot of people, as keeping up with certs and other topics can be quite challenging from time to time.


Another recent change caught me as a complete surprise, I first thought that the massive uprise in VCP-NV 2019 certs was due to an initiative for partner enablement or in preparation for the announced VMware on AWS Master Competency which will require this as parts of it. But then I did some research and found that VMware now offers different ways for the different cert tracks on how to update your cert to the newest version WITHOUT sitting the exam. 

In the following paragraphs I will ONLY COVER THE UPGRADE PATHS to renew your certification. If you don't hold that certificate or are on a different track please visit the link on each cert for more dertails.

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Why you should attend VMware Empower and why I did!

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Today a non-tech blog-post, I wanted to recap and encourage the participation in the VMware Empower conference… Why as a Partner you should attend and ensure at least your tech field team is attending…

You want the short version:

Empower is the technical enablement event for VMware Partners, there is currently no better place to network, get insights into all products, get envisioned with short and long term road map overview and even get a free exam to make the next step towards a higher partner level.

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The (rest of the) comdivision team