Phoummala Schmitt is an IT professional with a broad range of experience that focuses on Microsoft software, VMware, and enterprise storage. Phoummala has extensive experience working in IT consulting and operations at a global scale, where she headed up an enterprise and backup environment that supported employees in more than 30 countries. She holds several certifications, including an MSCA and MCTS, in addition to being named vExpert 2014 and 2015. Phoummala holds several certifications, including an MSCA and MCTS. She has held various jobs in the IT industry, including a position as a Network Analyst in the healthcare industry. Some of her favorite platforms and technologies are Microsoft Exchange Server, mobile devices, and virtualization.

Phoummala is also the Co-Host of Current Status Podcast where they discuss the latest technology and is a Central PA VMUG Leader. You can also find Phoummala writing technical articles.

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Networking Without Firewalls


We have all heard the saying “It’s who you know, not what you know.”  There is truth in the statement. Your personal network can help you succeed in your career and take you places you would not have considered or been given the opportunity. …


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What Makes a Thought Leader?


What do The Guru, The Expert, The Maven, The Trailblazer, The Leading Light, The Practice Leader, The Heavyweight, The Opinion Shaper, and The Influencer all have in common? These are all other examples of what to are commonly referred to as a “Thought Leader.” …



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The Human Side of IT


The technology industry is about technology. Technology is the fastest changing industry there is, but the often-overlooked part of this industry is the humans that work with the technology. Humans are not robots, even though some may feel or think that we are. There …


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Defining Your IT Journey


The IT journey is really nothing more than your career plan or goals that you have for your career. It’s the story of you. I call it the IT Journey because it’s a journey through the many phases of your life and not a sprint. It …


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Active Directory Monitoring


Active Directory, commonly known as AD, can be considered the heart of the IT infrastructure. It holds user account information, computers and servers, provides authentication and certificates. It even has tentacles into other application such as Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, and can provide …


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Troubleshooting Exchange Issues


Now that you’ve configured monitoring and alerting for your applications, what are you going to do with the knowledge you’ve gained? Using some of the data that you receive from your monitoring can help you diagnose issues and discover their root cause. When troubleshooting …


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Daily Monitoring of Microsoft Exchange


Email is the lifeline for almost every business in this world. When email is down businesses cannot communicate. There is loss of productivity, which could lead to dollars lost, which in the end is obviously not good. That said, the key takeaway is that …