This weeks chinwaggee is Tom Howarth.
He’s a VMware User Communities moderator, and run his own blog called PlanetVM.net – Infinite
possibilities in a Virtual world. I have Tom’s blog on my feedburner, and we also keep in touch via
twitter – if you also want to follow Tom here here: http://twitter.com/tom_howarth
If you have ever met Tom you will know (like me) that he doesn’t suffer fools gladly – and he’s
isn’t shy of an expressing his opinion – all that makes him excellent Chinwag material! I’ve met
Tom a couple of times in recent years, usually he has son in tow who works with him. The most
memorable time for me was when we found ourselves on the same plane to San Francisco for VMworld. I
was sat next to a guy from IDC, and cross the way were a couple of my VMUG friends – and Richard
Garsthagen. It was like the plane was just full of virtualization guys! Anyway, mid-way through the
flight we ended up having a two hour chinwag on the plane about virtualization.
In this weeks chinwag – Tom tells me about his “brown bag” series with Cody Bunch all
about the VMware VCDX process – we discuss certification generally. I also asked Tom for his
opinions on VMware View in the light of some of Brian Madden's rather stinging comments about
VMware’s virtual desktop solution. It turns out that Tom is writing a book about View, so as fellow
author we talked about the challenges – not least Tom’s frustration at not being able to get on to
the VMware View 4.5 Beta Programme! Finally, we finished up with a chat about the VMware
This is quite a long chinwag – and quite a funny one too – what with door bells and phones going
off. It just show how laid back and relaxed we are on the ‘wag.