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Mark Your Calendars! The 9th Annual WI VMUG UserCon is April 5th!

The Wisconsin VMUG chapter will be holding it’s 9th Annual All-Day UserCon on April 5th, 2018 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Come and join us for a full day of sessions, keynotes, vBeers, sponsor exhibits, and swag!

We are currently working on the agenda and will update this post once that’s available

Sponsorships for the UserCon events are handled through VMUG HQ.  If you are interested in sponsoring, see the UserCon Sponsorship page on VMUG’s website.  You will find information about sponsoring VMUG UserCons as well as the 2018 VMUG UserCon Sponsorship Prospectus.

Registration is now available here

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#vBeers after Appleton Meeting

Join Wisconsin VMware User Group for a post meeting vBeers event on February 13th at The Bar on Lynndale in Appleton, WI from 3-5pm. Come for a beer, come for the conversation, come to get out of the cold, or come to meet other IT professionals and talk shop.

This #vBeers is now sponsored by Pure Storage. Thanks Ryan Blundon!

Feel free to share this and invite others even if they are not attending the meeting. We hope to see everyone there!

Location: The Bar on Lynndale
Address: 2435 W Nordale Dr, Appleton, WI 54914
Date: Tuesday, February 13th 2018
Time: 2:30-5pm

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February 13th WI VMUG Meeting in Appleton at FVTC

Join us along with our sponsor, Blue Medora for the first Wisconsin VMUG meeting of 2018.  This meeting will be at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018.

This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 8:15 Registration: Refreshments provided by our meeting sponsor Blue Medora
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Update: by Rob Millette, Senior Manager, Systems Engineering at VMware
    • VMware Skyline – VMware Skyline is an innovative proactive support technology that brings high-performing technology and tools to the workbench to radically transform customer support
    • VMware AppDefense – VMware AppDefense is a data center endpoint security product that protects applications running in virtualized environments
    • VMware VeloCloud – In December, 2017 VMware acquired SD-WAN provider VeloCloud
  • 9:50 Blue Medora Presentation:  by Blue Medora
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 Small Group Breakouts:

    • NSX and vRNI (vRealize Network Insight): Aaron Bolthouse
    • vSAN: Tony Reeves
    • EUC (End User Computing): Sean Massey
    • vSphere / general virtualization: Nate Scheunemann
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsor Blue Medora
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: Hardening vSphere by Aaron Bolthouse, WI-VMUG Co-leader and Manager – IT Infrastructure at Hatco Corporation
    • Beyond Out of the Box – Learn how to use existing capabilities to create a stronger security posture in your vSphere environment. Mitigate potential vulnerability exploitation and minimize the attack surface of your virtual environment by incorporating the extensive and comprehensive vSphere Hardening Guide.
  • 1:05 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 1:45 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

 

 

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues, and join the Wisconsin VMUG Community!

Meeting Location

Fox Valley Technical College
D.J. Bordini Center – Room BC112B
5 North Systems Drive
Appleton, WI 54912
920-735-2525

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Tuesday December 5th, 2017 – Madison Meeting

Join us along with our sponsors, Datrium and Quest for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place at Promega / BTC in Madison on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017.

This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 8:15 Registration: Refreshments provided by our meeting sponsors, Datrium and Quest
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation:  VMWorld Wrap-Up  Pool the Audience Style by Nate Hudson, Systems Engineer at VMware
  • 9:50 Datrium: Addressing the challenges of hyper-converged infrastructure through a new way of architecting your virtual environments by Ben Onken, Sr. Systems Engineer at Datrium
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 Quest: The cost of doing nothing with regards to protection of data and security by Mike Ritten, Senior SE at Quest
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsors Datrium and Quest
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: Managing Servers & Clients with Project Honolulu and OMS by Mike Nelson, Cloud Architect at Zerto
  • 1:05 VMware Presentation:  Modern VMware Management Tools for Everyone, Including Reflections on my Early Admin Days by Nate Hudson, Systems Engineer at VMware
  • 1:55  Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 2:35 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

 

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues, and join the Wisconsin VMUG Community!

Meeting Location

Promega / BTC

5445 E Cheryl Pkwy
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 273-973

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#vBeers after Milwaukee Meeting 11/7/2017 3-5pm

#vBEERS IS BACK!!

Come join us for #vBeers at Point Burger Bar directly after the November 7th meeting for beers and appetizers. Come for the free beer or come to mingle with other virtualization enthusiasts. Come talk about VMware, discuss challenges in your environment, or stay off topic and talk about whatever else interests you!

This #vBeers event sponsored by Capital Data. Thanks for sponsoring!!!

What: #vBeers
Where: Point Burger Bar
Address: 10950 Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53224
When: Nov. 7th from 3-5pm

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Tuesday November 7th, 2017 – Milwaukee Meeting

Join us along with our sponsors, Reduxio Systems and Paragon Micro with Juniper Networks for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place at Junior Achievement in Milwaukee on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017.

This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 8:15 Registration: Refreshments provided by our meeting sponsors Reduxio and Paragon Micro with Juniper Networks
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation:  You can’t do it by yourself: lessons from deploying VMware NSX by Ben Bowman, Senior Technical Account Specialist – NSX at VMware
    • Deploying network virtualization and micro-segmentation has a wide-ranging impact throughout an organization. Success requires coordinating multiple teams, managing work streams and developing organizational awareness. These fundamentals are they key to approaching large-scale NSX deployments. In this session we will cover the roll-out of NSX into an enterprise environment, and how to create a segmented data center with care. We start with the lessons learned from “doing things the way we always do,” moving to re-establishing requirements and project goals with a broader perspective, and then examining the benefits gained from a wide audience and a diverse group of stakeholders. Finally, we will explore what happens after the wider audience has been brought into the project. Integrating production applications requires understanding of multiple disciplines and is best understood in a live lab deployment instead of ‘on paper’. A live lab deployment allows us to fully grasp what an application can look like when deployed into a micro-segmented network. Getting hands-on with the technology can also reveal capabilities and consequences that should be considered and analyzed before deploying into production.
  • 9:50 Setting Up NSX… in VMware Workstation by Brian Kirsch, Networking Program Chair / IT Instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College

    • In this session you will learn how to get VMware’s premier NSX product up and running inside of VMware Workstation. By using the products now included in VMUG Advantage this session will help you overcome the pitfalls of getting your very own NSX installation up and running in a nested environment.
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 Juniper Networks Software Defined Networking by Jeff Zapchenk, Account Manager and Paavan Parikh, Systems Engineer at Juniper Networks
    • OpenContrail and Contrail provides Software Defined Network supporting VMware environments as the overlay network, while providing increased visibility and diagnostics between the underlay network
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsors Reduxio and Paragon Micro with Juniper Networks
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: Build Your Own Cloud SDDC by Britton Johnson, Owner and Consultant at Gigabrit
    • How to build, deploy and manage a DiY SDDC on someone else’s hardware. VMworld brought the announcement of VMware on AWS. However if you’re a small IT Shop a few months of this new service could eat your entire budget. I will show how you can have a Cloud hosted Data center and not break the bank. Could be used for DR, Test and Dev or full Production.
  • 1:05 TBA by XXX, YYY at Reduxio

    • tba
  • 1:55  Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 2:35 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

 

After the meeting join us at the nearby Point Burger Bar for a vBeers sponsored by Capital Data.  Details here

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues, and join the Wisconsin VMUG Community!

Meeting Location

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin

11111 W. Liberty Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53224

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Q4 2017 Meetings

Currently our plans are for two meetings in Q4 of 2017.  We working scheduling and setting the agenda for our next meeting.  The plan is for this meeting to be in the Milwaukee area the first full week of November (11/7-11/9).  There is also a meeting scheduled to be at Promega/BTC in Madison on 12/5.

We hope to have more details on a November meeting within the next week.  Watch our website, your email and our Twitter feed (@wivmug) for further details.

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Thursday August 3rd, 2017 Appleton Meeting

Join us, along with our sponsors, Cohesity and Ixia for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place at Fox Valley Technical College on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017.

This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 8:15 Registration: Refreshments provided by our meeting sponsors Ixia and Cohesity
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation: Migrate to the vCenter Server Appliance, You Should by Heath Johnson, Technical Account Manager at VMware
    • The vCenter Server Appliance is the future of vCenter Server. In this session, you will learn about the advantages of the vCenter Server Appliance as well as how to migrate from Windows-based vCenter Server 5.5 or 6.0 to the vCenter Server Appliance 6.x. Gone are the days of having to spend countless hours manually moving ESXi hosts between vCenter Servers, creating scripts to copy your vCenter Sever inventory, and re-registering other products with vCenter Server. Learn about best practices and how to leverage the latest tools from VMware to migrate all configuration settings, inventory, and even vSphere Update Manager seamlessly into a new vCenter Server Appliance.
    • Also bring your vSphere upgrade questions!
  • 9:50 The Data Management Platform for VMware Infrastructures by Kevin Brztowski, Sr. Systems Engineer at Cohesity

    • After spending the last decade consolidating our servers with VMware, we’ve now entered a whole new era of consolidation around secondary storage. As vSphere became more and more prolific, an entire ecosystem was born to integrate with various VMware solutions.    Multiple vendors were created, and even existing vendors implemented new solutions to tackle all-new ways to handle Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, DevOps, Analytics, and more! This has led to an extremely fragmented secondary storage landscape making it more and more difficult to leverage cohesive data protection solutions, especially ones that can be repurposed for other activities, empowering the end user to make use of their backups for space-efficient clones and instant recoveries, as opposed to sitting around waiting for something to break.    Secondary Storage constitutes 80% of the data footprint in the typical datacenter today. While your primary storage handles your Tier-1 mission-critical workloads, including your VMware vSphere environment, your secondary storage environment is still fragmented among various data protection, automation, and analytics solutions; all of which is bolted together with different requirements, storage solutions, and software providers.    As your data grows and the storage market evolves, simplicity and consolidation are no longer nice-to-have adjectives when describing your fractured environment. Learn why converged storage becomes inevitable for virtualized environments and develop an understanding of what will be necessary in this fast evolving corner of the data center.
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 VMware Presentation:  What’s New in Intelligent Operations by Kim Jahnz, Principal Technical Account Manager at VMware
    • Managing the data center infrastructure is a multi-faceted task. It involves troubleshooting and management for apps, compute, storage, networking and security, on the virtual and physical infrastructure, across private and public clouds. By leveraging the power of VMware Intelligent Operations with vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight. Learn how integrated solutions in Intelligent Operations can help you identify, decode and root cause a problem even before it impacts your SLAs.  Learn about “What’s New” in the latest releases of the vRealize Suite.
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsors Cohesity and Ixia
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast by Steve Murawski, Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft
    • Looking for a place to get started with some DevOps practices?
    • Already trying some tooling and not seeing the return you expected?
    • Then, my friend, it’s time we had a chat about pipelines.  Now, CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) pipelines aren’t necessarily the first thing operations teams look for when attempting to tackle a problem or implement a solution.
    • And I’ve heard many of the arguments – with the chief of those being, “I’m not some startup.  We don’t deploy changes tens or hundreds of times a day.  We deploy every 4 months and we like it (or at least that’s what we have to like contractually).”
    • While that may be true, my guess that that your environment changes a bit more than that and the changes that happen outside those well-defined maintenance windows is what ends up causing most of our pain.  Adding a pipeline to control the delivery of change forces us to slow down and think about the types of changes we make and how to automate and validate them.  Once we’ve done that, making these changes becomes easier and easier.  My firearms instructor from the police science program (years ago) had a saying which captures this, “Slow is Smooth, and Smooth is Fast”.  By making our change process smooth, we put ourselves in a place where  we can consistently deliver change on demand.  CI/CD is about speed and readiness, not only about volume.
    • Join me for a chat about why building a pipeline for infrastructure changes, especially in slow environments, is both possible and extremely rewarding.  We’ll also look at some tooling to help make standing up those pipelines easy enough that we can try it over a lunch break.
  • 1:05 tbd by presenter, title at Ixia

    • xxx
  • 1:55  Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 2:35 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues, and join the Wisconsin VMUG Community!

Meeting Location

Fox Valley Technical College
D.J. Bordini Center – Room BC112B
5 North Systems Drive
Appleton, WI 54912
920-735-2525
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