VeeeamOn 2023 – The Community Event for Data Recovery Experts is in less than 50 days. During May 22nd -25th 2023, Veeam is organizing a hybrid event in Miami, Florida, USA. You can attend in person or online. This is “The Community Event for Data Recovery Experts” so if you fall into that target group, try to be there!
The high-level agenda is already available as well as the speakers list. A detailed agenda and schedule will be available any moment now. As you can see the content is real world actionable content. You will learn concepts, get tips, gain a deeper understanding of the challenges you face. Next to that you will learn how to address those challenges from industry experts and fellow professionals. Yes, it is not just vendor driven. The event speakers include partners, fellow IT professionals at customers sharing their knowledge and expertise with you!
This is truly a community event, and it will help you expand your on-prem, hybrid, cloud and security skills when it comes to data recovery. You will learn to build better solutions while growing your professional network in the global community.
VeeamOn is really special!
What sets Veeam apart is how accessible their top talent and leadership is. I have experienced it firsthand. That’s why I have found memories of the times I attend VeeamOn or other Veeam events. Parts of that is the conversations I had with Anton Gostev, Danny Allen, Rick Vanover and their team members. All solid technologists with a no nonsense, straight talk attitude when it comes to our business and technical challenges. This is pretty unique and shows how much they are involved in guiding Veeam on the best possible course to serve their customers as well as possible! I would say it is a privilege, but to Veeam each of their customers truly matters. How do I know? I am one and Veeam is a beacon of light and hope for other vendors to follow.
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Register now for VeeeamOn 2023 – The Community Event for Data Recovery Experts and do not miss out! Because I am a Veeam Vanguard and as gift to my readers and followers Veeam provided me with this discount code VOMIAMI1002. Using it will give you a 100$ discount when registering. I really hope you can make it, if not in person, then at least online. The good news is that Veeam got pretty good at organizing online events and makes those interactive as well. I wish you a great conference!
This morning I got an e-mail informing me that my 2022 Veeam Vanguard Renewal Nomination has been approved. Yes, I made Veeam Vanguard 2022! That’s is awesome news. While for the past two years, with Corona and Covid-19, community life has been different, it has most certainly not withered away. Quite the contrary, and the Veeam Vangaurd program has not been different. First, Veeam has made a great effort to support the community through all this. Secondly, the one in-person/hybrid event that was possible during all this (the Veeam Vanguard Summit 2021 in Prague) their care for us and our health was exemplary.
But that is not what being a Veeam Vanguard is all about, it does show that the community works to bring people together. Working, learing, sharing together builds community. And with the pandemic hopefully subsiding we will not have missed a single beat.
The Veeam Vanguard Program
I invite you to read all about the Veeam Vanguard Program here. If you are working with Veeam solution in any way, shape or form and like to share your knowledge it might be something for you! Veeam Vanguards come from all walks of life and backgrounds. What unites them in this community is their expertise in different verticals and in different disciplines. They all contribute to the community at large in different ways.
Honored, happy and humbled
As is often the case with awards and recognition it makes honored to be recognized, proud while also feeling humble. You must realize we all stand on the shoulders of giants. In the process of becoming an expert there is always the realization of how much we don’t know. Add in some “imposter syndrome” and there is no room for hubris. There is however joy of being part of the Veeam Vanguard programs. It means having the opportunity to spend my time learning along people that are the best in the business. Thank you Veeam and a big shout out the Rick, Nikola, Kseniya and the entire Product Strategy Team at Veeam for making this possible.
How to survive in the ever-changing IT world is something that all IT professionals and developers want to figure out. No matter how junior or senior you are, no matter what level of expertise you have, it is a challenge for everyone. At least if they are honest to themselves and others.
The IT world changes at a very fast pace and longevity of technology seems to be a distant pipe dream. The only thing that has tenure it IT seems to be considered legacy and tech debt. But is that always the case? There is flip side to fast paced changes. The faster things change the shorter they last.
The faster things change the shorter they last
Today’s IT world is changing extremely rapidly in terms of technologies used, hardware and software lifecycle management, trends, and hypes. I have always said IT looks a lot like fashion-driven show business.
Everyone strives to keep up with these changes, both individuals and organizations. Can they in the end, or will we outrun ourselves? If we can at what cost? Quality, longevity, minimal viable products, bugs, journeys instead of products, etc.
The skill sets needed to make this happen are grown and groomed, not produced at will. All this while investing in education and training is often only lip service as the requirements change so fast, the willingness to do so is diminished. And as such we make our problems even bigger.
Join us for a chat
Find out in a chat with Yusif Ozturk (Co-Founder and Chief Software Architect at @VirtualMetric) and me how we view and think about these challenges. Companies must ensure their software is using up-to-date technologies and finding the best talent experienced with modern technologies. You need to adapt pretty fast so that you can survive. When a company creates a new software product and develops a new solution, everything changes in a short time. There are new programming languages, new frameworks, and new technologies coming to the market. One of the challenges that organizations face is the fast technology shifts, new skills needed, new experienced staff, etc. Maybe you will find some insights on how to survive in the ever-changing IT world.
Recently I was greeted with the following error on WordPress: There has been an error cropping your image. On Windows PHP 8.0 changed php_gd2.dll to php_gd.dll. That breaks picture cropping functionality in WordPress. How do I know? Funny you should ask! Well, because I ran into this issue soon after upgrading my PHP version to 8.0 on my WordPress blog server. Instead of success, I was greeted with the above-mentioned error message: There has been an error cropping your image.
I was researching how to fix this and while I found some possible causes, nothing applied to my situation. So, I kept digging deeper until I stumbled upon the fact that in PHP 8.0 for the GD extension on Windows the DLL file name changed from php_gd2.dll to php_gd.dll. Read up on this on PHP Watch.
I needed to edit the php.ini file in PHP 8 and alter the GD extension changed from php_gd2.dll to php_gd.dll. In its extension-less format change to extension=gd instead of extension=gd2.
As on Linux the GD extension is loaded with the name gd.so, which means that no changes are needed on Linux
What I did was edit the php.ini file under C:\Program Files\PHP\php-8.0.3-nts-Win32-vs16-x64 ( I run the x64 bit version, if you also have the 32 bit version change it there as well).
I changed the following lines:
I saved the file and that fixed it. No need even to restart IIS or the web site, that was it. I could crop my files again!
It’s the small things that get you. In this case just a small detail, that might also trip you up. I just hope that this helps some of you out there. The good news is it was fixed quickly, and it was the first issue I had since upgrading to PHP 8.0.3. So far, so good.