London VMUG 15/07/2014 – Get Some

The next London VMUG is happening on Thursday 15th May 2014, so if you haven’t registered for the event yet, I urge you to get involved.

Click the link to register

The committee members have some great sessions lined up,  including:

  • Owen Sheehy – Introduction to Virtual SAN
  • Frank Buechsel @fbuechsel – SSL Certificates and SSO Architecture

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If you want a chance to heckle Gregg Robertson @GreggRobertson5 and I come along to our ‘lightning talk’ on what it takes to submit for VCDX.

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

UK VMUG – 21/11/2013

If you happened to miss VMworld this year, then I strongly recommend you register and come along to the UK VMUG which is being held on Thursday 21st November 2013 at

National Motorcycle Museaum

Coventry Road

Bickenhill

Solihull

West Midlands

B92 0EJ

They really have pulled out the stops this year, not only do we have Joe Baguley, VMware CTO EMEA @JoeBaguley (arguably one of the best presenters in the business) giving the keynote we have a monster amount of leaders in the industry presenting at the UK VMUG.

  • Jason Langone VCDX #54 @langonej
  • Cormac Hogan, Storage vRockStar @VMwareStorage
  • Duncan Epping VCDX #7 @DuncanYB
  • Ray Heffer VCDX #122 @RayHeffer
  • Scott Loew VCDX #39 @Scott_Lowe
  • Mike Laverick, VMware Guru @Mike_Laverick

As well as the ‘well known’ names I also urge you to consider sessions by the following chaps, who all know their ‘VMware onions’

  • Darren Woollard @dawoo – 10:00 – 10:45 vSphere Design Whiteboard Session
  • Sam McGeown @sammcgeown – 10:00 – 10:45 Securing VMware Virtual Environments
  • Seb Hakiel @SebHakiel – 15:15 – 16:00 VDI Whiteboarding

Full Schedule

  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 – Jason 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 –  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 – 1:00 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
Integrated Data Protection for your vSphere:  Powered by EMC Backup and Recovery Solutions, 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 – vCHS, VMware – Mike Laverick Britannia Suite
Community Session | PowerCLI Automation in the Enterprise: Breaking the Magician’s Code – 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

London VMUG 04/07/2013 – Get Involved

The next London VMUG is happening this Thursday 4th July 2013, so if you haven’t registered for the event yet, I urge you to get involved

If you are a techie, why would you attend one of these events? Well apart from being free (which is awesome) it allows you to learn from your peers, this may be about a project you are working on and you want to know some of potential pitfalls.

Great line up as always, I’m looking forward to hearing from:

Frank Denneman – Pernix Data Keynote

Seb Hakiel – 4000 Seat VDI Lessons

Julian Wood VDI Roundtable

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Registration begins at 08:30 and doors close at 17:15.

Take a moment and pop the address in your mobile phone, so you don’t get lost on your way there!

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

London VMUG 25/04/2013 – Get Involved

Crikey, the second London VMUG is just over a week away, so if you haven’t registered for the event yet, I urge you to get involved

If you are a techie, why would you attend one of these events? Well apart from being free (which is awesome) it allows you to learn from your peers, this may be about a project you are working on and you want to know some of potential pitfalls, or perhaps you are interested in a new area such as software defined networking.

Great line up as always, I’m looking forward to hearing from Shmuel Kliger (VMTurbo), Hans de Leenheer (Veeam) and Dave Burgess (VMware).

VMUG Agenda

Registration begins at 08:30 and doors close at 17:15.

Take a moment and pop the address in your mobile phone, so you don’t get lost on your way there!

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

My First UK VMUG

Like many who use VMware products, I had heard about the VMware User Group but had not had the opportunity to attend due to various work commitments.  For those of you who are unaware, they are organised by the community, and people give up there time to orchestrate the event, which I for one applaud.

So, what’s it like? Well the easiest answer is ‘a mini VMworld, but for free’!

On arrival you perform the normal sign in process and then you are greeted by free tea and coffee.  What a great start to the day.

We then got chaperoned to the opening keynote from Joe Baguley who is the Chief Technologist for VMware EMEA.  This guy rocked, very witty and informative about the future roadmap that VMware has.

After this you can either choose to go to the (did I mention free) seminars or you can go the vendor hall.  I decided to go to a Veeam session ‘5 Ways Smart VM Backups May Surprise You’ did I learn something from this? absolutely.

We then had a thirty minute break to give you time to mingle with vendors or other like minded people, and drink some more (free) tea.

The next session I chose to attend was hosted by Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping which was a ‘Deep Dive Group Discussion’ they did an excellent job of translating business issues faced and some of the ways to overcome them.  I mean how often do you get to ask questions you have to industry experts?

Lunch was a great buffet spread which catered for pretty much everything you need (again for free).

In the afternoon, I attended a session hosted by Darren Woollard which was to design an infrastructure for a fictional company.  This lead to a decent debate of what servers, storage, switches and vSphere configuration should be used.  This was of particular interest for me, as it’s great to validate design ideas with your peers.  A worthy mention to Darren for then answering a number of my questions for what I’m sure seemed like an age to him!

I was keen to attend the session by Julian Wood on ‘vSphere Networking and Converged IO with Blade Servers’ as with 10GbE becoming more and more affordable it’s something that I will  be deploying in the not so distant future.  Julian did an outstanding job and he does know his ‘networking onions’.

The closing keynote was from industry heavy weight (not by size) Scott Lowe, again doing an awesome job of trying to educate us on how to ‘Stay Sharp and Relevant in IT’.

So in summary it was an action packed day, which I was overwhelmed with not only by how organised and professional it was but also by the number of industry leaders who the UK VMUG had arranged to attend.  Awesome job UK VMUG.

Social Media

For the social media folks, some twitter handles and websites

Joe Baguley @JoeBaguley

Duncan Epping @DuncanYB http://yellow-bricks.com/

Frank Denneman @FrankDenneman http://frankdenneman.nl/

Jane Rimmer @Rimmergram http://hiviz-marketing.com

Darren Woollard @dawoo http://blog.vmote.net

Scott Lowe @scott_lowe http://blog.scottlowe.org

Julian Wood @julian_wood http://woodITwork.com

Simon Gallagher @vinf_net http://vinf.net