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London VMUG Meeting – Thursday 21st January 2016

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I’ve just registered for the first London VMUG of next year kicking off the season on the 21st Jan. I won’t be speaking, so I will be just another attendee in the crowd.

There’s the usual round up of presentations from VendorLand including Bitdefender, Velostrata and Tegile – as well as VMware themselves…

The start of the new year will be chance to have heated panel debate as well as 2015 Community Speaker Awards… and the all important vBeers after the meeting sponsored by 10Zig…

This year meeting will be opening a new chapter on the London VMUG. After this years finale of the UK National Event much of the steering committee from the London User Group have opted to exit stage right on high. That’s sensibility that resonates with me – wanting draw things to a close – not with whimper but a bang… So the 21st will see an introduction to a brand new steering committee and I think is chance for “Fresh Blood” to come into the group – whilst at the same time giving ‘respect is due’ to the former members for all their hard work in the past.

REGISTER NOW!

 

Posted by on December 23, 2015 in VMUG

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The UK VMUG 2015 – VMworld SwagBag Competition…

Well, would you believe where the time has gone? Another year and another UK VMUG beckons as well as new SwagBag Competition. In case you don’t know – for the last couple of years I’ve ‘bagged” a VMworld Bag, and stuff it with quality ‘swag’ gathered over the year. Each year this bag is raffled off at the UK VMUG event held in the November. The money raised is donated to good cause. This years good cause is “Code Club” (https://www.codeclub.org.uk/) it’s goal is to help 9-11 learn the first principles of programming – rather than just being users of Word, Excel and the Internet.

To stand ANY chance of winning the Swagbag you must attend the VMUG vCurry event or the UK VMUG event itself. The UK VMUG event is held on Thursday 19 November 2015 – at National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull. The vCurry Event happens in the same venue the night before, and usually incorporates a quiz. The UK Event has special guest visitors including Josh Atwell and the know legend in his own lifetime, John Troyer.

Full Details for the UK VMUG and vCurry Event are here – Register Today!

https://www.vmug.com/ukvmug

Anyway, that’s it from me – lets have a look at the bag and this years award winners…. I call it the Oscars for Swag!

UPDATE: Oh, I forgot to mention to other additions to the bag. Firstly, I’ve got one of those “Tile” things to give away. It was vExpert gift. Basically, you stick a ’tile’ on something important that you frequently lose (like your keys for instance), and your phone will locate it with a special app. Sadly, you cannot use a tile to find your phone (which for me is more common…). Ravello has also offerred a free subscription to their service – in case you don’t know Ravello allows you to run nested ESX in the Amazon EC2 cloud – which could be the next incarnation of the homelab. Finally, PluralSight have included a free subscription to their training. You might know PluralSight acquired TrainSignal a while back which was the go-to source for training on VMware technologies.

 

Posted by on November 2, 2015 in VMUG

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VMUG EVALExperience – Now with vSphere6 and VSAN6

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VMware recently announced the general availability of VMware vSphere 6, VMware Integrated OpenStack and VMware Virtual SAN 6 – the industry’s first unified platform for the hybrid cloud! EVALExperience will be releasing the new products and VMUG Advantage subscribers will be able to download the latest versions of:

  • vCenter Server Standard for vSphere 6
  • vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus
  • vCloud Suite Standard
  • Virtual SAN 6
  • *New* Virtual SAN 6 All Flash Add-On

Existing EVALExperience users previous products download has been replaced in order to upgrade you to the latest version of these products. They must visit Kivuto and place an order for the updated products. Please note, the old products and keys will no longer be available, you will need to migrate to the new versions.

For futher info visit: http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=8792

 

 

Posted by on June 3, 2015 in VMUG

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My VMUG, My VMUG

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This little post to tell you about the stuff I’m doing to support the VMUG. You know I really don’t enough, you see. 🙂

North East England VMUG Meeting – 21th May

I’m speaking at a couple of VMUGs this year and my first date is with a location that close to my heart in the North-East of the UK. I’ve been U’ North a couple of times in last month checking in with my parents and family up there. Were blessed in the local by presence and talent of guys like Lee Dilworth and David Hill, both hold senior positions at VMware. Lee will be there speaking about vCloud Air, and I will there speaking about EVO:RAIL under the covers.

Register Here: http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=10544

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Central Ohio UserCon – 2nd June

This year I will be at the Central Ohio User Con(ferrence) on the 2nd June. It’s to be held at Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N High Street Columbus, Ohio. It has pretty packed agenda already with sessions on EUC, Hybrid Cloud and Emerging technologies, Storage and Availability, as well as the old favourites of vSphere and Virtualization generally.

Register Here: http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=9685

Charlotte UserCon – 4th June

In the very same week I will be over in Charlotte, North Carolina for their UserCon. I’ve always had a soft spot of the Charlotte VMUG ever since back in the day (2006? 2007?) I was asked by one of the VMUG leaders to come to their event and speak. I think that was first time I ever got up on stage to really big audience. Up until then it had been classrooms and smaller VMUG events of 50-80 people. I like to think Charlotte is where my public speaking apprenticeship started!

I will be delivering the morning keynote which to be honest isn’t very keynotey. It’s more of a breakout session on a big stage, rather than lofty vision-thing still presentation. Once again I will be talking about the nuts and bolts of EVO:RAIL. Delivering the lunch time keynote, will be none other than Chad Sakac of EMC. That’s quite a coup for Charlotte, as Chad is a busy man and everyone wants as slice of him and his time. His subject is “Technology and Industry Disruptions: What’s going on in Applications, Infrastructure, and Operational/Consumption Models”.

Register Here: http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=7448

After the VMUG I will be spending sometime with my good friends, Raymond Overman – the internationally famous wood turner who has made some instruments for me in the past. My wife will be coming over for the Charlotte event, and we intend to spend the week over in Raleigh-Durham with friends of ours (The Atwells and the Lewis’s) before heading the Pisgah National Forest, home of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway for some well-earned R&R in the mountains.

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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in VMUG

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VMUG Wiki Update and Thank You

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This blogpost is really one long thank you to individual who helped me get the VMUG Wiki of the ground. His name is Jack Collins and I met him via friend of mine in the town where I live. Jack’s been very helpful to me and the VMUG Wiki project by painstakingly converting the many books and blogposts that have contributed to the seeding of the VMUG Wiki prior to the launch. I pretty much realised I wouldn’t be able to convert my EUC and SRM books on my own, plus my commitments to VMware as part of my day job would prevent me from completing that process on time.

Anyway, I managed to secure from those very friendly and helpful “VMware Press” people a collection of books all about VMware Technologies as a thank you. Jack is very much at the beginning of his IT career and keen to learn more about our technologies. So I see him as the next-generation of people who are going to move our industry forward.

It’s really thanks to Jack we have an (almost) completed vSphere 5.5 Wiki; Site Recovery Wiki and VMware View Wiki.

Thank you once again, Jack! 🙂

 

 

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in VMUG, VMUG Wiki

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San Diego VMUG USERCON – Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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It’s with great pleasure that I will be once again presenting at the San Deigo User Conference (Usercon) next week. As it happens I was due to be state-side this week anyway, with plans to spend time with my team in Palo Alto. Of course I will be presenting on EVO:RAIL, but going a little under the covers to explain what the prereqs are, best practises and talking about how EVO:RAIL works – so something beyond marketing pitch is what I’m aiming for. I’ve the afternoon keynote slot just after lunch, so hopefully people won’t be to stuffed with food!

This trip marks the second time I’m presenting at San Diego. And there’s a little bit of nostalgia attached to the event for me, as San Diego began for me road trip of US User Conference that spanned two years. Back then, before I joined VMware, I was on the VMUG circuit nearly every month, and certainly built-up plenty of air miles – to point that kept on bumping into the regular VMUG sponsors at the airport…

If you want to register for the event – click here: http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=9018

 

Posted by on April 14, 2015 in VMUG

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EVALExperience Update

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A few short weeks ago VMware and the VMUG announced the EVALExperience. In case you don’t know this is something myself and others in the community have been crying out for, for sometime. It’s essentially a beyond 60-eval subscription where you can get your sticky paws on VMware software for 365-day period. Those who subscribed early might have been caught out by the subscription containing a small number of CPU sockets of VMware ESXI hosts. Initially, the licenses only allowed for two hosts – of course, that creates issues of technologies where 3 VMware ESXi hosts are a minimum. I’m pleased to say this was noticed very quickly, and fixed even quicker-er (is that word?). So if you have the old keys – you need update your licenses via the subscription portal in order to fulfil the full allocation.

 

 

Posted by on February 18, 2015 in VMUG

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VMUG Virtual Event – Feb 17th

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Do you want the best in NSX, Management, vCloud and vSphere at your fingertips? Want to chat with VMware experts, leaders, and partners? Maybe solve some of your business’ most frustrating issues? Take the VMUG conference experience to the next level and connect with the industry’s most skilled professionals while discovering the latest technology, products, and services. The 2015 #virtualevent—conveniently located wherever YOU are—will provide you with keynote and breakout sessions, a virtual trade show floor, and opportunities to engage with other attendees; not to mention access to webcasts, white papers, and case studies available for download.

I will be presenting EVO:RAIL using the brand new hands-on-lab, and taking QA afterwards – there will be also an opportunity to take the lab and be supported by either myself or one of my team members (depends on the time you take the lab!)

 

Posted by on February 13, 2015 in VMUG

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Are you VMUG EVALExperience(d)?

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Well, I never thought I’d see this day. But it is a very happy day indeed. Working in conjunction with VMware and the VMUG – folks can now subscribe on a yearly basis to receive evaluation non-production VMware software for 365-day period. The access is delivered as one of the very many benefits associated with the VMUG Advantage program. Thus the folks at VMware who manage the VMUG program, have succeed where countless others have failed before them.  As you might recall before I joined VMware in 2012, I helped spearhead a popular movement to get the “VMTN Subscription” in stated. Although this was followed up on two occasions internal, for various reasons it just didn’t come to fruition…

Late last year I was approach by my colleagues at VMware who help manage the VMUG program – to ask me for my arguments and views on why this should be done. To be honest, I wasn’t from previous experience that optimistic. But I’m pleased to say that their attempt has been successful. It’s a great triumph for them. In late December I was part of small group of people asked to test the new delivery system from a download perspective.

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And now in Jan, 2015 they are ready to announce the program – called EVALExperience. Personally, I think this is a great coup for the VMware Community. Whilst other companies have pulled up the draw-bridge and withdrawn access to their software in this manner. VMware has (finally) listened to the community and re-opened theirs. The world is changing fast and increasingly it seen as the IT-Professionals job to keep their skills up-to-date – to both keep their job but also further their careers. Its in my view that the EVALExperience goes along way to address these issues. Once again, the VMUG Advantage program (of which it is part) has demonstrated how the relatively small fee, pays for itself.

VMware and VMUG have partnered with Kivuto Solutions to provide VMUG Advantage Subscribers a customized web portal that provides VMUG Advantage Subscribers with self-service capability to download software and license keys. Licenses to available VMware products are regularly updated and posted to the self-service web portal. The licenses available to VMUG Advantage Subscribers are 365-day evaluation licenses that require a one-time, annual download. Annual product downloads ensure that Subscribers receive the most up-to-date versions of products.  Included products are:

  • VMware vCenter Server™ 5 Standalone for vSphere 5
  • VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ Enterprise Plus
  • VMware vCloud Suite® Standard
  • VMware vRealize™ Operations Insight™
  • VMware vRealize Operations™ 6 Enterprise
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight™
  • VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon®
  • VMware Horizon® Advanced Edition
  • VMware Virtual SAN™

A new 365 entitlement will be offered with the renewal of your yearly VMUG Advantage Subscription. Software is provided to VMUG Advantage Subscribers with no associated entitlement to  support services, and users may not purchase such services in association with the EVALExperience licenses. I understand that existing subscribers will be able to add the EVALExperience to their existing subscription. The EVALExperience is bundled as part of the VMUG Advantage which offers other benefits and discounts including:

  • 35% discount on the all-new VMware Learning Zone
  • 35% discount on the VMware Lab Connect environment
  • 20% discount on instructor-led training courses
  • 20% discount on VMware On-Demand self-paced training
  • 20% discount on VMware Certification Exams
  • $100 off your VMworld Admission (useable with other discounts such as Alumni status)
  • Free access to VMworld 2014 Online Content (usually $699)
  • 50% discount on VMware Fusion and Workstation licenses

 

Posted by on January 15, 2015 in VMUG

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London VMUG: Its not the X-Factor, It’s the V-Factor!

This year I helped spearhead an initiative to promote more people speaking from the vCommunity at VMUGs in general. VMUGs have always had a fair slice of “vendor” speakers, which I guess I must admit I’m part of – now that I work for VMware. But I still passionately believe that User Group meetings should be about Users, not the vendors – who let’s remember are largely there to pimp their warez. If you haven’t heard of the “Feed4ward” program – toddle off to the www.vmug.com/feedforward landing zone to learn more.

There’s now another initiative called vFactor which is the name adopted by the London VMUG – to describe a more carrot than stick approach to garnering your contributions. So team there have put together vFactor – which award prizes for the best session delivered by a member of the community. The prizes are so jaw-droppingly excellent – I’m considering resigning my position at VMware, to throw my hat in the ring [JOKE!]

  • 1st Prize: MacBook Air
  • 2nd Prize: iPad Air
  • 3rd Prize: iPad Mini
  • 4th Prize: Amazon voucher
  • 5th Prize: Amazon voucher

So basically – Come and present a 10min talk at London VMUG on 22nd Jan 2015 and have the chance to win Apple shiny good or Amazon vouchers – you can submit abstract & the rules here now – http://tinyurl.com/vFACTORLONDON

The VMUG committee pick 5 submissions from the entries to present at the event and the closing date is 19th December 2014 – everyone who presents will win something, and the audience will vote for their favourite to determine what loot you go home with from the above list…

You may be no Duncan Laverick, or Mike Dennemann. But if you regularly tell your colleagues what your project is and how its evolving you can speak at a VMUG…

Finally, is it me or is the prospect of Duncan Laverick – one the most horrifying thought experiments ever to be born?

http://vinf.net/2014/11/26/lonvmug-prizes-for-community-content-aka-vfactor-london/

 

 

Posted by on December 12, 2014 in VMUG

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