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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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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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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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VMware – Changes At The Top

screenshot301Following on from VMware CTO Steve Herrod’s announcement that he is to leave his role, I joked on twitter that this was actually a response to the prospect of being accosted by Gregg Robertson and Darren Woollard at VMworld again about putting in an appearance at a London VMUG. I didn’t expect a response from him on account of¬†the hundreds of other tweets he must have received, but the fact that I got one suggests to me that Dr Herrod is still fairly grounded despite having been instrumental in the establishment and growth of a very successful company whose developments have shaped IT and my career to date. Thank you.

Dr Herrod’s departure will raise questions about the future direction of VMware for sure. He joined the company in 2001 and moved into the role of CTO only a few months before Paul Maritz became CEO. Between them they oversaw a period of fantastic change that has continued past Paul Maritz’s step down last year.

I don’t think that Dr Herrod’s leaving is directly connected to last year’s change of CEO though. Look at the journey that VMware has made over the last 11 years, how they’ve grown from a one product company to an industry leader with a product portfolio to die for (in my opinion at least). However you measure success, VMware have achieved it and it’s not unreasonable for someone who has helped built up a great team around them to consider their work there done. That’s my take on it at least.

Yes, it’ll be interesting to see who steps into Dr Herrod’s shoes – they’re big – but I don’t think there’s much to worry about yet.

By the way Mr Gelsinger, I’m available any day next week (except Thursday – London VMUG) for an interview ūüėČ

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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

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UKVMUG 2012 Agenda

The dust has barely settled on VMworld Europe and the Agenda for next month’s UKVMUG in Birmingham has been posted. There are multiple tracks and some big names presenting in addition to the valued event sponsors.

It’ll be difficult picking between everything that’s going on. For instance should I go for Duncan and Frank’s Deep-Dive discussion, Alan and William’s Practical Automation session or Hugo and Aidan’s VCDX Boot Camp? And that’s just breakout block #2!

It’s interesting that there are Community sessions scheduled alongside Sponsor ones. I imagine this might be in response to some feedback from last year’s event or perhaps from more recent VMUGs.

Anyway, I’ve copied the Agenda below for easy reference. But if you haven’t registered yet, why not? It’s free! Register here…

TIME                 TYPE  EVENT LOCATION
8:00 – 8:30 Registration | Breakfast | Mingle with Vendors Trafalgar Foyer
8:30 – 9:00 Keynote VMUG Welcome | Alaric Davies Britannia Suite
9:00 – 9:45 Keynote VMware Keynote | Joe Baguley | Software Defined Data Centre, Weapon or Necessary Evil? Britannia Suite
9:45 – 10:00 Break|Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
10:00 – 10:45 Breakout Block #1 | Education Sessions
Sponsor Nimble Storage | Stress-Free Data Protection for VMware and VDI Bracebridge Suite
Sponsor Veeam | 5 Ways Smart VM Backups May Surprise You Ballacraine Suite
Sponsor Teradici | How to Enhance Your VDI Experience Waterloo Suite
Sponsor Trend Micro | Security at Every Stage: Trend Micro, VMware and Your Journey to the Cloud Britannia Suite
Community Ricky El-Qasem | Creating VMware Apps for Novice Programmers Kirkmichael Suite
10:45- 11:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
11:15 – 12:00 Breakout Block #2 | Education Sessions
VMware Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman | Deep-Dive Discussion Group Bracebridge Suite
VMware Hugo Phan and Aidan Dalgleish | VCDX Boot Camp Ballacraine Suite
VMware Alan Renouf and William Lam | Practical Automation for Everyone Waterloo Suite
VMware Matthew Steiner | What’s New in vSphere 5.1 Britannia Suite
Community Chris Dearden | A Techies Guide to Getting the Most Out of IT Support Kirkmichael Suite
12:00 Р13:00 Lunch | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
13:00 – 13:45 Breakout Block #3 | Education Sessions
Sponsor Fusion-io |¬† Flash as a Cache ‚Äď Rethinking Virtualisation Bracebridge Suite
Sponsor Embotics | Lessons Learned in Deploying Private Clouds Ballacraine Suite
Sponsor Coraid | Server Virtualization Demands a New Storage Architecture Waterloo Suite
Sponsor Quantum | The 7 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying a VM Protection Product Britannia Suite
Community Mike Laverick | Building my vCloud Director Home Lab Kirkmichael Suite
13:45 – 14:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
14:15 –¬†15:00 Breakout Block #4 | Education Sessions
VMware Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman | Deep-Dive Discussion Group Bracebridge Suite
VMware Cormac Hogan | VMware Storage Update – 5.1: Storage features and storage futures as per announcements at VMworld Ballacraine Suite
VMware Aidan Dalgleish | vCloud Director DR Waterloo Suite
VMware Tom O‚ÄôRourke and Kim Raynard | Dynamic Ops ‚Äď Cloud Automation Britannia Suite
Community Tom Howarth | Deep Dive on Desktop Design for VDI Kirkmichael Suite
15:00 – 15:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
15:15 –¬†16:00 Breakout Block #5 | Education Sessions
Sponsor Whiptail | Flash 101 ‚Äď The Physics and Stuff Bracebridge Suite
Sponsor Hitachi Data Systems | Storage Systems Basics for Virtualized Environments Ballacraine Suite
Sponsor VMTurbo | Can You Manage Your Virtual Infrastructure so That Optimized Performance and High Resource Utilization are Not Mutually Exclusive? Waterloo Suite
Sponsor iLand | vCloud Services: IT’s Secret Weapon Britannia Suite
Community Julian Wood | vSphere Networking and Converged IO with Blade Servers Kirkmichael Suite
16:00 Р16:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
16:15 – 16:45 Keynote Closing Keynote | Scott Lowe | Staying Sharp and Relevant in IT Britannia Suite
16:45 – 17:00 Prize Draws Britannia Suite

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UKVMUG – 15/11/2012

The first UK-wide VMUG event went so well last year that it’s on again this year. Once again it’s on at the National Motorcycle Museum just outside Solihull (nr. Birmingham).

National Motorcycle Museum
Coventry Road
Bickenhill, Solihull, West Mids, England B92 0EJ

A detailed agenda has yet to be published but the day starts on Thursday November 15th 2012 at 8am and includes:

  • Registration and Breakfast
  • VMUG Welcome
  • VMware Update
  • Keynote
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Keynote
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Closing

The night before there is a vCurry reception (also at the museum) sponsored by Veeam. What are you waiting for? Register here!

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UKVMUG 2012 Call for Papers

As the days get shorter, colder and wetter (is that actually possible this year?) it means that November is drawing nearer and that heralds the next UKVMUG in Solihull.

The UKVMUG is the country’s VMware and Virtualisation community conference held annually and this it’s year on November 15th. Put the date in your calendar!

The organising committee have today asked for submissions for community presentations to be made via a google form. If you have a good idea for a presentation on a project or specific technology and you want to present at the VMUG then pop your ideas in here.

Last year’s event was very well attended. See my review of it here.

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London VMUG 19/07/2012

It’s not been that long since the last London VMUG and already the next one is upon us. Sadly I won’t be able to make this one as I’ll be out of the country – it’ll be the first one that I’ve missed for quite some time – but it looks like there’s going to be some very good sessions on. Especially the NDA session. See what’s planned here:

  • Centrix Software Presentation
  • Fusion-IO Presentation
  • Whiptail Presentation
  • EMC Labs Throughout the Day
  • Lee Dilworth – VMware Availability Update: vSphere Replication, Stretched Clusters and BCDR
  • Darren Woollard and Gregg Robertson – vSphere Nerdknobs
  • Chris Evans – The Storage Architect’s View
  • Chris Gale – Fusion-IO More Desktops. More Virtual Machines. More Data-Intensive Applications. Faster. Cheaper. Simpler.
  • Matt Northam and Simon Hansford – Government Can Run vCloud, How Skyscape Did It
  • Martyn Storey – VMware NDA Roadmap Session¬†–¬†PLEASE NOTE:¬†¬†Entrance to the NDA¬†session is strictly dependent upon the following criteria: Signed, personal NDA; Photo ID and proof of where you work; not working for a vendor,¬†partner, or¬†competitor.

The event is sponsored by Centrix Software, Whiptail, Fusion-IO and EMC (for the labs). It’ll be in the usual place with the customary vBeers afterwards.

What are you waiting for? Register here.