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South West UK VMUG – 22nd February 2017

I was absent from the VMUG scene for the entirety of 2016 for a number of reasons. I’m determined to make amends this year and I’m jumping in at the deep end!

A week from today is the first South West UK VMUG for 2017 and I’m going to be presenting a session. Registration for the event is open now; so if you’re in the area, drop by. As usual, it’s at the mShed in Bristol.

 

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UKVMUG 2015 – Loved it, but…

That’s the fifth UKVMUG done with, and the first one that I’ve ever presented at.

I loved it, it was a great day. The highlights for me (or what I did):

  • Joe Baguley’s opening keynote – great as ever (even though I saw some of it in TechSummit a couple of weeks ago).¬† Joe is a very inspiring speaker, and I’m not just saying that because he’s my boss (a few times removed). Listening without a hangover this time, there were some interesting things that I took away from it.
  • Eric Wright’s session on OpenStack and VMware. Great to meet a fellow vBrownBag guy and good content too.
  • An idea Josh Atwell gave me for some future blog postings over lunch.
  • Picking the brains of Andy Jenkins and Robbie Jerom about Docker and Cloud Native Apps
  • Ricky El-Qasem and Alec Dunn’s conversational presentation on vCD to vRA migration (thanks for the freebies too).
  • Frank Buechsel’s vRA war stories session.
  • John Troyer’s excellent closing keynote – he doesn’t just get technology and the associated communities, he understands the British and their compulsion with DIY.
  • The conversations that I had with some of the event’s numerous sponsors, thank you.
  • Conversations that I had with many of the other attendees – too many to list.

As I mentioned, I also presented (alongside Sam McGeown and Jonathan Medd). Aside from some PowerPoint issues before we started, I thought it went well. I already have a few ideas for more VMUG sessions for next year… ūüôā

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What about the “but”?

In case anyone’s wondering about the “but” in the post title, there were a few things about the day that weren’t so good. They were:

  1. Committee chair Alaric Davies announcing that he’s going to stand down to spend more time learning to play the (Spanish) guitar.
  2. Committee member Stuart Thompson announcing that he’s going to stand down to spend more time painting pictures of fruit bowls.*
  3. Committee member Jane Rimmer announcing that she’s going to stand down to spend more time on her business. (Not quite how Alaric put it.)

Between them, they’ve given over 25 years to VMUGs (both UK and London) and, in my opinion, helped promote and advance the VMware community immensely. They certainly have my thanks.

That does mean that the committee (for the London and UK VMUGs) needs some new blood**. Perhaps that’s you?

It’s not an undertaking to be taken lightly. I know this from my involvement with the South West UK VMUG over the last two years. It needs people who can give their time, both in organising events and running them. Interested? There’s a survey available to complete as part of the process. Just make sure you do it by next Thursday (26th November).
* I may have made that up.

** To join Simon Gallagher, whose continuing contributions are awesome too (don’t want him to feel left out)

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Don’t miss the UK VMUG!

In just over a week, on Thursday 19th November, a few hundred virtualisation professionals from the UK (and further afield too) will be descending on the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham once again for the UKVMUG.

Although I’ve been a regular attendee of the UKVMUG in the past, this will be the first time that I’ll be presenting. Along with my former Xtravirt colleagues, Jonathan Medd and Sam McGeown, we’ll be talking about our collective experiences working on a number of major cloud automation projects.

Aside from presenting and networking, I’m also looking forward to the other sessions. Some of highlights of the agenda are:

  • Joe Baguley’s opening keynote – I think I had a preview of it at VMware’s TechSummit last week, I think you’ll like it
  • Cloud Native Apps and Project Photon with Andy Jenkins and Robbie Jerrom
  • Automating the Next Generation Datacenter with Josh Atwell
  • The 5 Starting Points for Cloud Adoption with David Hill
  • vRealize Automation – Lesson Learned with fellow vBrownbag host Frank Buechsel
  • John Troyer’s closing keynote – the Grandfather of the vExpert programme is a great speaker

Anyone attending will be truly spoiled for choice! Edit: I’d like to go to all of the sessions but that would require some sort of Harry Potter-esque magic.

There’s still time to register and I can’t extol the personal and professional benefits of VMUGs enough. I hope to see you there.

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Last chance to register for South West UK VMUG

Next week (Tuesday) sees the second South West UK VMUG occurring in Bristol. We’ve got some interesting sessions lined up including:

  • Julian Wood (WoodITWork) talking about some of the new features of vSphere 6
  • Tom Howarth (PlanetVM) will be talking EUC
  • Feidhlim O’Leary (VMware GSS) will be on-hand to run through some troubleshooting scenarios and answer your questions

We’ll also have Nimble Storage and Simplivity in attendance¬†to talk about what they offer to your datacenter and give you a little food for thought.

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We’ve got a couple of copies of “Mastering VMware vSphere 6” to giveaway. Here they are on my desk (I haven’t read them, honest):

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Plus some Pluralsight passes:

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Registration is open until Monday.

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South West UK VMUG (9th September 2014)

VMUG Logo 2014How time flies!

The dust had barely settled on our second successful VMUG in Bristol and we were already well into planning for the next meeting. If you haven’t already see an email or tweet about it, the next SWUKVMUG is being held on Tuesday 9th September 2014 at the mShed once again.

We’ve got a little bit of last minute juggling going on with the agenda following some of the announcements coming out of VMworld US this week. The highlights include:

  • VMware¬†vSAN
  • A VMworld update
  • Mike Laverick will be speaking
  • We hope to have a session about EVO:RAIL¬†or vCloud Air (maybe both)
  • Community speaker Seb Hakiel

We’ll also have representation and sessions from our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

zerto

Gold Sponsors

nutanix  rackspace

And to top it all off, vBeers afterwards in the Pitcher and Piano.

We look forward to seeing you there, please register here.

 

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LonVMUG 23rd January 2014

First VMUG of the year*. That has a nice sound to it. Full of promises for lots of good events to come.

The lovely folks who organise the London VMUG look to be putting on a super first event for 2014 and I’m looking forward to it. As well as having a distinctly “cloudy” flavour to it, there’s a series of lightning talks on home labs scheduled. I know that the committee have been debating a trial of this format for a while now because I’ve suggested it a time or two myself. It works very well at CloudCamp (which, coincidentally, is on the same day but starting at 6:30pm – register for it here if you’re interested) and I hope it will fit in very nicely here too.

Track A Track B
0830 – 0945 Event Reception
1000 – 1015 Welcome
1015 – 1100 Pernix Data – Frank Denneman
1100 – 1145 vCAC 6 – What’s New
(Matt Steiner, VMware)
1145 – 1215 Break
1215 – 1300 vSAN
(Justin Beck, VMware)
vCHS Overview
(Simon Greaves, Computacenter)
1300 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1450 10ZiG Nimble Storage
1500 – 1550 NSX with an Angle
(Peter Bury, VMware)
Home Lab Lightning Talks
Simon Gallagher
Erik Bussink
Frank Denneman
Alex Galbraith
1600 – 1650 How LEGO relocated to a new datacentre
(Enrico Laursen, LEGO)
vCAC Real World Deployment
(TBC)
1700 – 1715 Close
  vBeers @ The Pavilion End

So don’t miss it, register now to avoid disappointment!

(* – Actually it’s the 9th after Indianapolis, Spokane, Toledo, New Mexico, Iowa, Singapore, Louisville and Denver but for me it’ll be the first.)

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SWVMUG Launch and Google Hangout

Jeremy and I participated in a brief Google Hangout today with Simon Eady and Barry Coombs, our co-leaders of the South West UK VMUG. We officially announced our first meeting date (Tuesday 18th February 2014 in central Bristol) and spent some time discussing some of the things that we collectively did at VMworld Europe recently.

The full video of the hangout is below. Once venues etc are firmed up for our first SWVMUG meeting we’ll get a registration link opened up on our VMUG page.

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2013 UKVMUG Agenda

There’s now an agenda posted for next month’s UK VMUG in Birmingham. As you can see, it’s got some cracking sessions in it.

If you haven’t registered yet, or you want to check the agenda out for yourself, head over to the VMUG site.

TIME EVENT LOCATION
Wednesday, November 20,2013
7:00 -9:00 pm Pre-Reception vCurry – Veeam Bracebridge Suite
Thursday, November 21, 2013
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration | Breakfast | Mingle with Sponsors Trafalgar Foyer
8:30 – 9:00 am VMUG Welcome | Alaric Davies Britannia Suite
9:00 – 9:45 am VMware Keynote | Joe Baguley, VMware CTO EMEA Britannia Suite
9:45  10:00 Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
10:00 – 10:45 am Breakout Block #1 | Education Sessions
50% Faster VMs on the Hardware You Have!, Condusiv Bracebridge Suite
Convergence and Scalability in Your Datacenter.  Bringing Google like Infrastructure to the Enterprise, Nutanix РJason Langone Ballacraine Suite
Splunk Waterloo Suite
Tales From the Field: Don’t Let This Happen to Your VMs, Veeam Britannia Suite
Community Session | Securing VMware Virtual Environments, Sam McGeown Kirkmichael Suite
10:45 – 11:15 am Break | Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
11:15 – 12:00 pm Breakout Block #2 | Education Sessions
VMware Virtual SAN – All You Wanted to Know,¬†VMware –¬†Cormac Hogan Bracebridge Suite
vCHS, VMware Р Massimo Re Ferre Ballacraine Suite
Knowledge Exchange by Duncan Epping, VMware. This session is all about exchanging knowledge and experience amongst each other, bringing the User Group back in VMUG. No death by Powerpoint, instead Duncan will coin buzzwords ranging from Flash to SSO to start the discussion. Waterloo Suite
Management Automation, VMware – Matthew Steiner Britannia Suite
Community Session | 0 Day Installation, Maish Saidel-Keesing Kirkmichael Suite
12:00 Р1:00 pm Lunch / Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
1:00pm – 1:45 pm Breakout Block #3 | Education Sessions
Software Defined Storage – From Desktops to Servers and Beyond, Atlantis Computing – Dan Senior Bracebridge Suite
EMC Ballacraine Suite
Evolve Your Virtual Data Center with Nimble Storage Waterloo Suite
Over-provisioning Is For Amateurs: How To Get 20-40% More Utilization Out Of Your Virtual Infrastructure, VMTurbo – Andrew Mallaband Britannia Suite
Community Session | Introduction to Overlay Networking, Greg Ferro Kirkmichael Suite
1:45 – 2:15 pm Break | Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
2:15 – 3:00 pm Breakout Block #4 | Education Sessions
VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5 – Implementation and Troubleshooting, VMware – Ray Heffer Bracebridge Suite
NSX Technical, VMware – Scott Lowe Ballacraine Suite
EUC Vision, VMware – Brian Gammage Waterloo Suite
Data In; Data Out ‚Äď vCHS, VMware – Mike Laverick Britannia Suite
Community Session | PowerCLI Automation in the Enterprise: Breaking the Magician’s Code ‚Äď Jonathan Medd Kirkmichael Suite
3:00 – 3:15 pm Break | Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
3:15 – 4:00 pm Breakout Block #5 | Education Sessions
Software-Defined Storage: Cloud Architectures Drive Fundamental Shifts in Storage Design, Coraid Bracebridge Suite
Dell, VMware and NVIDIA Working Together to Solve Your 3D Graphics Requirements, Dell Ballacraine Suite
Deliver Virtual Desktops That Match the Performance of SSD Laptops, Fusion-io – Adrian Booth Waterloo Suite
Discover Hybrid Storage, Tegile Software Britannia Suite
Community Session | Developing vSphere/vCloud .Net Apps for Beginners, Ricky el Qasem Kirkmichael Suite
4:00 – 4:15 pm Break | Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
4:15 – 4:45 pm Closing Keynote by Greg Ferro Britannia Suite
4:45 – 5:00 pm Prize Draws and Close Britannia Suite

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London VMUG – April 25th 2013

VMUG LogoRegistration for the second London VMUG of the year is open. As usual, it will be at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (33 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AP) between 8:30 and 17:00 and there will be vBeers afterwards.

The sponsors for this event are VMTurbo, Nimble Storage and Veeam.

The agenda is yet to be finalised but it’s likely to be awesome as usual. What are you waiting for? Head over to the VMUG website, register and stick it in your calendar before someone sticks a different meeting in there!

Update: 16/04/2013

The agenda was published a week or so ago. Lots of great sessions on there:

 Time Capital A  Capital B  Square Room 
8:30  EVENT RECEPTION 
10:00  Welcome 
10:15¬† Shmuel Kliger, Founder VMTurbo Software-Defined Control ‚Äď Transforming IT Operations
11:00¬† Greg Ferro, packetpushers.net Don’t Do Virtual Networking, Do Cloud Networking. Darren and Gregg The Virtual Community, Social Media & You
11:45  Break in Thames Suite 
12:15  Barry Coatsworth, How InfoSec Can Improve Your Love Life Robbie Jerrom, VMware A Puppet Primer Atlantis Computing Lab
13:00  Lunch 
14:00  Nick Dyer, Nimble Storage Flash-Optimized Hybrid Storage Engineered For Maximum Efficiency Hans de Leenheer, Veeam Making Cloud Storage Easy to Use
15:00  Peter von Oven, VMware VMware Horizon Update Kim Ranyard, VMware vCAC Part Deux, The Return Atlantis Computing Lab
16:00  Dave Burgess, VMware SDN For Beginners Stuart Thompson and Lee Harris, Heterogeneous vCD Atlantis Computing Lab
17:00  Close 
17:15  Onward Drinks at Pavilion End 

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First London VMUG of 2013 – Register Now!

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You know that I love my VMUGs. They’re great events that offer plenty of opportunities to meet new people, network, learn a thing or two and – best of all – they’re free to attend!

fusion5-licensesThursday 24th January 2013 see’s this year’s first London VMUG¬†occurring¬†at the usual place near Mansion House tube station:

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
33 Queen Street
London, EC4R 1AP

There are some great presenters and subjects on the agenda, including the event’s sponsors – Nutanix, 10 ZiG and Zerto. There are usually a few prizes / giveaways on offer and I’m adding to that pot with a couple of VMware Fusion 5 Professional licenses…

If you can’t make the event itself then there’s always vBeers nearby afterwards.

It’s well worth attending, register on the VMUG website here.

Agenda

Here’s the Agenda:

8:30 Event Reception
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Nutanix Plenary Presentation
11:00 Your Journey to the Post-PC Era Brian Gammage, VMware
11:45 Break in Thames Suite
12:15 EUC Panel with VDI Gurus Brian Gammage, VMware
Deploying vCD 5.1 and VXLAN Dan Senior
VMware HA Deepdive Eric Sloof
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Zerto Presentation
10Zig Presentation
15:00 Big Data for the Uninitiated Stu Radnidge
Update ‚Äď What‚Äôs Here and What‚Äôs Coming Soon Spencer Pitts, VMware EUC
VMware HA Deepdive Eric Sloof
16:00 VMware Certification Update Gregg Robertson, Xtravirt
vCAC Kim Raynard, VMware
VMware HA Deepdive Eric Sloof
17:00 Meeting close
17:15 Onward Drinks at Pavilion End