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Thanks, Microsoft!

I want to thank Microsoft for two things.

1. Giving me a compelling reason to write a blog post after nearly 3-years
2. Providing a convenience update that wreaks havoc for VMware customers

If you run “best practices” when building your VMware virtual machines in Type-1 or Type-2 hypervisor solutions, then you are all too familiar with the VMXNET3 network adapter and Paravirtual SCSI controller components.

It seems that Microsoft, in their loving ways, have provided a “Microsoft Convenience Update” that can wreak havoc in your virtualized home, proof-of-concept (POC) and work labs, as well as, and dare I say most importantly, your virtualized production environments – clusters, data centers and sites that run Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and use the VMXNET3 network adapter.


RUSH POST: Microsoft Convenience Update and VMware VMXNet3 Incompatibilities


Now, it would be a great time to evaluate and have discussions around your methodology around change control! Do you have a separate disaster recovery and test/dev virtual environment for vetting out and protecting your time and investment from “convenience updates” from industry leaders? Do you have good backups? Do you have a trusted advisor that you can leverage when and/or if something happens?


I can think of a million and one questions that should be asked, if you are impacted by the application of this “Microsoft Convenience Update” and more importantly if you apply the update after being informed.


Good luck and fly under the radar by holding off on applying this “Convenience Update”.

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SLYCE: New Leadership Program for Young Adults

Chesterton High School student Anthony Pedroza takes notes on Thursday during the first meeting of the South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement program in Portage. Credit: Kyle Telechan, The Times.

While leadership is a hot topic among adults ascending into management positions, programs are being established to build the next generation of leaders, from our plethora of talented and aspiring young adults.

One such program, in Northwest Indiana, is called South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement (SLYCE). According to Leadership Northwest Indiana:

The purpose of the new SLYCE program is to prepare high achieving high school students to become future leaders who are committed, empowered and involved in their communities.

The SLYCE program is an outgrowth of Leadership Northwest Indiana which was founded in 1982 and has witnessed nearly 1,000 participants complete the dynamic LNI program. This expertise and experience will be used to prepare young leaders for a lifetime of leadership in Northwest Indiana.

I am confident that we will have one of the 42 high school 9th-11th graders write for our blog about leadership, networking and communication skills that can apply, not only to young adults looking to enter the leadership ranks for tomorrow, but adults ascending into management positions.

Check back soon and keep us bookmarked for more about leadership, networking and communication skills that will help you become a more efficient leader.


Chris Pabon, Nate Pedroza, and Jake Andrews