Why you should attend VMUG UserCon (Video)

Here is the video version of the audio podcast that follows.  Show notes are with the audio version of the podcast.

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Why you should attend a VMUG UserCon in a city near you !

For those new to VMware or scarred veterans of many years, there is a lot to get out of attending a VMUG Usercon especially if you dont have the option of going to the VMWorld conference.

Here is a list of some of the sessions that are available at the Kansas City VMUG UserCon –

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3 Reasons to attend VMUG UserCon

EspeciallUSERCONy if you are new to VMware, attending a VMUG UserCon is one of the best things that you can do.  This is an event that goes all day long.  You start meeting your fellow VMWare Users around 7:30 in the morning.  The opening session typically starts around 8:30.  Depending on how your local VMUG Chapter has been able to arrange to come in, you might end up having a teleconference or in person visit by even the CEO of VMware.  There are an assortment of sessions that should have something of interest to anyone from a C-level executive to the engineer that actually installs and maintains VMware. Continue reading

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Make your own console cable (audio)

This is the audio version of my podcast where I show how to make your own console cable.  This is a little more flexible than using the console cable that Cisco used to supply because you can make the cable any length you want.  You also have the ability to use a standard ethernet cable because of the rollover adapter that you see in the video also on this site..

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Make your own console cable (Video)

This is the video version of my podcast where I show how to make your own console cable.  This is a little more flexible than using the console cable that Cisco used to supply because you can make the cable any length you want.  You also have the ability to use a standard ethernet cable because of the rollover adapter that you see in this video.

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3 steps to your own console cable

Now that Cisco no longer ships console cables with their devices by default (unless ordered at the time of purchase), you may find yourself without a console cable or at some point find the tab on the RJ45 adapter has broken off.  With the 3 parts you see below, you will always have what you need for a console cable.  The only thing you will have to add and will find far easier to locate is a standard ethernet cable.  Finding a properly wired rollover cables is nearly impossible.  What follows are my affiliate links to Amazon so that you can put your own console cable together like I use.

This particular USB to Serial Adapter is pretty much my goto device of choice.  It uses a common driver (pl2303) and has yet to fail on my.  It is compact and reasonably priced.  The problem with early USB to Serial adapters would occasionally show up with Carriage Return or Line Feed problems.  I have not had the problem with this adapter.

 

This plug converts the RJ45 connector to the pinout required on a serial port.  You can still find some of these laying around at a company who has purchased Cisco gear for years but Cisco has long since started going to the completely molded DB9 to RJ45 cable.  If you happen to have a supply of the properly pinned out rollover cable (different from an ethernet or crossover cable), that you only need the first two items shown here.

 

 

 

This last item is what can end up being the magic sauce in a DIY console cable.  It allows you to take a standard garden variety ethernet cable and make the cable appear to the DB9 to RJ45 adapter above to be a properly pinned out console cable.  The advantage with this little gem is that you can have a variety of lengths available to use instead of being limited to the length of the Cisco provided rollover cable.  It also saves you have having to build your own rollover cable and keeping it with you.  Let someone else build the cables !

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Podcast – Google Project Fi Update and Stitcher announcement

Right after I posted the last update, I received an email from Google Project Fi. Not the email I had hoped for but at least an update. Google is running a little behind on getting invites out and hopes to have all the invites in our hands by mid August 2015. Of equal importance is that this podcast is now available via Stitcher so you have an alternate way of staying up to day what what is on the YouTube channel and http://www.ronnutter.com.

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Podcast – Google Project Fi (Video)

In this podcast, I talk about Google Project Fi helping separate the good information that has come out from the bad information that is also there.

Google Project Fi is a MVNO to a new level. Instead of being limited to a single cell phone carrier, Google is leveraging Sprint, T-Mobile and open wifi.

Google has been criticized with only supporting the Nexus 6. Remember that the Nexus 6 is Google’s reference phone. Once they have it up and running with that phone, I think you will find other phones being used.
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Podcast – Google Project Fi (Audio)

In this podcast, I talk about Google Project Fi helping separate the good information that has come out from the bad information that is also there.

Google Project Fi is a MVNO to a new level. Instead of being limited to a single cell phone carrier, Google is leveraging Sprint, T-Mobile and open wifi.

Google has been criticized with only supporting the Nexus 6. Remember that the Nexus 6 is Google’s reference phone. Once they have it up and running with that phone, I think you will find other phones being used.
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Google Project Fi – The devil is in the details

Google Fi LogoAs I continue to look for further information on Project Fi until my invite arrives, there are a few things that you need to know –

Several articles are reporting that Project Fi will only work with the Nexus 6 phone, period. That is and isn’t true. At this point, Google has only announced that the Nexus 6 will work. That applies to when the service first starts up. Once Google has Project Fi running the way it should, it is reasonable to expect that more phones will join the list.
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