Hello, I am Jonathan Pratt, I’ve been an IT professional for over 30 years now, working for MSP and customers direct. I’m a Virtualisation SME for Excell Group Ltd, an ISP /MSP. As you can imagine, being in the industry for this long, I have worked for various companies with various roles. This would include being an engineer/administrator.
- Apple Engineer (IIe to late Mac Quadra range)
- HP Server engineer
- SCCM and Altirus
- Citrix XenDesktop
- VMware vSphere and VMware Horizon
This has been wanting I wanted to do since vSphere 3.0, and I am VCP certified on vSphere 3.5 to 6.7. From when I first did my vSphere 3.5 training course, I wanted to work on VMware. However, my employer at the time wanted me to be an HP Server engineer this was in 2009 and 2017 whilst having been made redundant and looking for work I had an interview at Excell Group Ltd with Graeme Vermeulen who took me on and wanted to mentor me in helping me get the exposure to VMware I had been looking to get.
I have since assisted in the design and implemented several VMware deployments, including with that a range of items such as datacentre migration and consolidation, monitoring, VDI and vSan. I also get involved with the physical server, storage and networking considerations that go hand in hand with a virtual role.
I joined VMUG in January 2019 and have been to all the London events USERCON 2019. Since being a member of VMUG my knowledge has grown by attending the meeting and networking and decided I needed to give back to the community. So in September 2019, I put my name forward to present at USERCON2019 as a vFactor first-time presenter, which meant you won a prize. I have never presented before so to put myself forward to present in front of 60 people was stupid really, but I did. VMUG leaders were at hand to prepare the four presenters in going through our slides and presentation techniques. I did my presentation and look forward to doing some more in the future.
I have a home lab setup, but it is getting a bit tired but has served me well in getting my accreditation. My work laptop is better than my home lab so now running my labs on that, also building a lab environment at work.
This blog started as a bit of fun to do with the CloudCred site the last year and became a place for me to dump my documentation from what I was doing in my lab or found interesting. I’m starting to enjoy documentation now.
The opinions stated upon this blog are mine alone.
Thanks for reading!
About Jonathan Pratt
VMUG Advantage member and newbie blogger!