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Offline vintagedon

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The Forum: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:26:45 AM »
Forum Members:

Just want to make a general apology and let you know that I've been quit intermittent as a Forum Admin lately, and I apologize for that.  Life does get in the way sometimes, and that's just how it's been for me the last few months.  Am truly hoping that it gets better in the next few weeks, but I felt I owed everyone at least a heads up.  Also, I'm working through my Private Messages.  I have a LOT, but I intend to answer all of them by this weekend.

So just as a quick re-cap, my son was hospitalized for a burst appendix and went into septic shock and was in DuPont Childrens' Hospital for almost a month.  Then, I had a number of medical issues myself and then was involved in a pretty nasty car wreck where I was broadsided by a truck during nasty Winter weather.

That has been a rather involved recovery.  Just one of the interesting side things on that was that my vocal chords were damaged from the intubation, and I had to have surgery on them last week.  The surgery was a success and I was cleared today to return to 100% vocal use.

Add into that a forced data center move with only days notice before the entire data center shut down (move your equipment, or have it left behind) that required a drive from Delaware to PA to Buffalo, NY and back and the unracking and racking of several racks of servers, and the last couple of months have been ... interesting.  That also involved several IP changes as well as some DNS issues, as well as some lost forum data here and there.  Not much, but any loss, is a bad thing.

My hope is that I'll be back active on the forums within a week or two, and I have quite a bit of blog material backlogged to post, and am working on our first series of ESXi video tutorials designed to take you from zero knowledge to being able to pass the base, lowest tier VMWare certification.

One other note I'd like to make is that I am looking to fill two Forum Moderator positions to assist with the running of the forums.  We have quite a few active members, and it's time to add a few staff members.  I would prefer that you have at least a working knowledge of ESXi, as in some cases, you'll be answering questions and assisting with issues.

Finally, I would love to hear ideas from any of you guys (or gals) as to what you'd like to see in the forum, the site, or otherwise.  I've been considering adding a community wiki, and more, but this forum was created for YOU.  I feel you have just as much input, even more, than I do.

My thanks to EVERYONE ... you are what makes the forum awesome!  Am excited to get the ball rolling, and do some expansion.
As Always,
VintageDon

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Re: The Forum: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2014, 10:03:48 PM »
Forum Members:

Just want to make a general apology and let you know that I've been quit intermittent as a Forum Admin lately, and I apologize for that. 

No apology needed!  You've created a fantastic resource with the blog entries and the forum.  While my home server is up and running, I still check in regularly to see what is new, or if perhaps my limited knowledge might be useful to anyone else.

John

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Re: The Forum: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 03:24:54 PM »
Pumped for all the upcoming content!

Hate to hear you've had such a bad go at it lately.  When it rains, it pours, I suppose.

Like John, I too already have my host stood up but I have high hopes for my lab to be multi-host with shared storage.  I fully expect it to be ever changing as I go through my IT career and even after. This site is the best resource to stay up to date on the most cost effective ways to achieve a pseudo-enterprise level server environment for the home.  While this site is certainly not the only one of its kind, it is presented in such a user friendly and tutorial-like way that makes it accessible for the masses. 
My favorite thing about the site is being able to apply my knowledge of Windows and servers to building and creating Real-World solutions and applications within my home.  Building a home survelience system with centralized storage? THAT is cool.  Creating storage for a media library that rivals netflix? THAT is cool. 
It makes IT fun and all of this translates 100% to making me better at my job and, hopefully, making more money.

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Re: The Forum: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 01:10:28 AM »
Thanks for all the well wishes and the encouragements on the site.  My goal was to provide a resource that people could use, and that's still my goal.


Like you said, it rains when it pours, but things are definitely getting in a more manageable situation.


One very good thing is that I've found good, affordable data center space in Philadelphia, which would only put it approximately an hour drive from the house, which is much better than the current 8 hour drive to Buffalo, NY.  Although I hate to even contemplate another data center move, I think I'm going to end up biting the bullet and jump the 3rd or 4th weekend of this month.  The additional plus to this is that I do not have to do it in a 2 day rush, as when the data center shut down.


Anyway, we'll see.


As for content, I should have the beginnings of new content next week.  I do theatre, and have a show this weekend (The Music Man) and have rehearsals all night this week, so I'm pretty slammed.
As Always,
VintageDon

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