Hi, I'm John

Hi! I'm John.

By day, I manage a large virtualized environment, with a focus on leveraging cloud and automation technologies to make that task a bit easier. My big project from the past couple of years has been a VMware vRealize Automation implementation to streamline our server deployments, and I've been sharing some of what I've learned in that process here on Virtually Potato, primarily in the vRA8 series of posts. I don't have a strong development background (knowing just enough to be dangerous) so I do a lot of fumbling along the way, but I'm generally make things work the way I want them to. And hopefully some of the notes I've made along the way might help someone else with their own projects!

By night, I help out on Google's product support forums as a Product Expert, where I support Pixel phones, earbuds, and watches, as well as Chromebooks (primarily with Linux-related queries). Helping users troubleshoot their issues scratches my problem-solving itch, and it helps me learn more about the Google products I use.

On weekends, I race my daily-driven 2014 Subaru BRZ in local autocross events or wrench on my 1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.

And in the free time I have left, I game on my Steam Deck.

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