January 24th Meeting vBeers at Great Dane sponsored by Pure Storage!

Our friends at Pure Storage will be sponsoring a vBeers event at the Great Dane in Fitchburg, right down the street from our meeting at Promega. The festivities will start shortly after the meeting is concluded.  Note, you do not have to attend the meeting to attend the vBeers (but it would be great if you do!).

Hope to see you there!

Great Dane

2980 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711

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January 24th Meeting at Promega in Madison – Register Now!

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Join us, along with sponsors, Capital Data and Trend Microfor the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place on Tuesday, January 24, 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 Capital Data and Trend Micro
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 vSphere 6.5 Overview by Kevin Tebear, Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware
    • Providing a high-level overview into the vSphere 6.5 release that covers the following areas: vCenter, Lifecycle, Storage, Networking and Security
  • 9:50 Are you using the right Data Protection? by Paul Vande Ven, Director of Solution Architecture and Adam Vande Ven, Solutions Engineer at Capital Data
    • The Business expectations for Data Protection are changing rapidly and many current Data Protection solutions are not keeping up. Solutions of today and tomorrow must support growing compliance requirements, adapt to physical and virtual workloads, scale to years of retention, and support any level of recovery. Join Capital Data in a technical showcase to uncover the capabilities of the Dell-EMC Data Protection Suite for VMware solution to meet your Data Protection objectives at a price you can afford. 
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 Journey toward VCDX – Delivering the SDDC via a VMware Foundation charitable project by Patrick Kremer, Systems Engineer at VMware
    • Join VMware Systems Engineer Patrick Kremer as he talks about his ongoing journey toward VCDX certification. Patrick designed a VMware software-defined datacenter for a low-income school district and delivered it using VMware Foundation donations of cash, software and engineering hours. More than a dozen VMware engineers donated their 40 hours of Service Learning time to complete this project in summer, 2016. Patrick will talk about VMware’s culture of Community that made this project possible, technical details on the project design and how the project is being used to pursue his VCDX certification.
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsors Capital Data and Trend Micro
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: Adventures in vSAN by Tony Reeves, Network Administrator at Hoffmaster Group, Inc
    • This presentation will focus on some quick background about the presenter, then reasons for deployment, design, implementation and lessons learned including gotchas.
  • 1:05 Deep Security Overview and Demo by Jeff Westphal, Sr. Sales Engineer at Trend Micro
    • Jeff will demo and outline. Through direct integration with VMware and NSX, Deep Security provides the broadest range of security capabilities available to meet your application and data security needs while helping you achieve compliance. Cost and complexity is dramatically reduced through automated VM security provisioning and workload-aware security policies, as well as efficient administration and reporting tools. Integration with VMware and NSX makes it fast and easy to deploy for both on-premise and cloud workloads
  • 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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WIVMUG 2017 SuperCon – May 25, 2017 Save The Date!

We have secured a date for the 8th annual all day Wisconsin User Conference for 2017! And we’re moving to an all new, very cool venue – The Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee! More details and information to come in the upcoming months, but put it on your calendar today to join us for an all day event of sessions, keynotes, and vendor exhibitions! From the “101” session tot he deep technical, it’s all going to be there!

What: The Wisconsin VMUG 2017 SuperCon

Where: The Wisconsin Center http://www.wisconsincenter.org/

When: May 25, 2017

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vBeers – Point Burger Bar Milwaukee, WI (Tues 13th Dec 2016)

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WIVMUG Members please feel free to join us after our meeting on Dec 13th at Kohl’s Junior Achievement Center in Milwaukee for some free beers and appetizers at Point Burger Bar just blocks from the meeting location! Solidfire will graciously be providing the bar tab and WIVMUG will be providing appetizers. This is a free event to all members and a great way to network and interact with fellow IT people while enjoying some fine brews. We will be hosting the event from 3pm until 6pm directly after the meeting.

Location: Point Burger Bar
Address: 10950 W Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53224
Date: December 13th 2016
Time: 3pm

We hope that you can spare a few hours for some fun with WIVMUG! If you have not yet please register for the meeting taking place before hand here!

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December 13th WI-VMUG Meeting in Milwaukee!

We had another successful meeting yesterday with 79 people in attendance out of 92 registered.  Thanks again to our sponsors Avalon Technologies and Infoblox.  It was great to have our usual strong representation from VMware with Heath Johnson, Kim Jahnz and Nate Hudson.  Thanks to Kim and Nate for their presentations.  Also a special thanks to Troy Miller for his outstanding community presentation.

You can find slide decks from our presenters here.

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Join us for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Junior Achievement in Milwaukee.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
11111 W. Liberty Drive
Milwaukee, WI  53224

Registration is now open and available to all VMUG members. 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 Avalon Technologies and Infoblox
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 What’s new in vSphere 6.5 by Kim Jahnz, Principal Technical Account Manager at VMware
    Providing a high-level overview into the vSphere 6.5 release that covers the following areas: vCenter, Lifecycle, Storage, Networking and Security
  • 9:50 Presentations by CTO Nassir Jamal and CEO Mark Horan, “Dell and EMC integration with VMware and Simplified Management” and “Achieving Complete Site failover with VMware Dell\EMC Technologies” from Avalon Technologies
  • 10:25 Demo “VxRail and Hyper-Convergence” by CTO Nassir Jamal and CEO Mark Horan from Avalon Technologies
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 vSphere VVols Overview by Nate Hudson, Systems Engineer at VMware
    What are VVols? Why you should use them? Some operational scenarios around using VVols and what’s new in VVols 2.0.
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsors Avalon Technologies and Infoblox
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: An Automation Journey by Troy Miller
    “Automation Journey” with Puppet, PowerShell, and other tools
  • 2:35 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues.

 

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vBeers in Appleton on Monday, October 3rd

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The Wisconsin VMware User Group is hosting a vBeers before our October user group meeting at The Bar @ 2435 W Nordale Dr, Appleton, WI. The event is open to anyone who has an interest in beer AND virtualization, actually you don’t even need to have an interest in either.  So please join us for some drinks and good conversation.

More details can be found here.

This vBeers event will now have an open tab thanks to the people at Turbonomic

!! Thanks for the sponsorship!!

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WIVMUG October 4th Meeting at FVTC is on!! Thank you Turbonomic & Druva!

Registration is available here

*** Please note: This event is not being held in our “regular” room at FVTC due to construction. Here’s how to get there:

  • Where: Fox Valley Technical College – Room HS301 in the Health Simulation & Technology Center (HSTC)
  • Campus Map with Room HS301, Parking Lot, and Entrance Door all highlighted is located wivmug-fvtc-meeting-rm301-map
  • Park in the North Lot and enter into Door # 16. Go up the the third floor.

October 4, 2016 WI-VMUG Agenda

  • 8:15 Registration: Refreshments provided by our meeting sponsors Turbonomic and Druva
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMWorld 2016 Update by Nate Hudson, Systems Engineer at VMware
  • 9:50 Crash course in containers, cloud, and performance by Eric Wright, Principal Solutions Engineer, Technology Evangelist at Turbonomic
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 What is Micro-segmentation and How do I Start? by Ryan Pletka, Staff Systems Engineer at VMware

The industry has been approaching security with an outdated foundational model. Too much focus has been placed on securing the data center perimeter, leaving the inside of the data center relatively unguarded.  In this session we will explore the concept of micro-segmentation what it is paramount in maintaining and enhancing your security posture and preventing breaches.  This method wraps security controls around much smaller groups of resources – often down to a small group of resources or individual virtual machines. The inherent security and automation capabilities of the NSX platform makes micro-segmentation operationally feasible in the enterprise data center for the first time.  If you’re wondering how to get started we’ll also show you what you need to know and how easy it is to get started in a greenfield or brownfield environment.

  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsor Turbonomic and Druva
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: You Spilled Your Cloud in My DevOps by Eric Shanks VCDX / Chicago VMUG Co-Leader / Senior Solutions Architect at Ahead

Methodologies, tools, and new skill sets are required to operate in a Hybrid Cloud world. This session, hosted by Eric Shanks, Senior Solutions Architect at AHEAD, will explain how AHEAD views cloud management, automation, orchestration, and configuration management as part of a DevOps environment. Additionally, Eric will teach us some of the new skill sets being sought after by companies in the cloud era.

  • 1:05 Druva & VMware Combined:  Enhancing VM Data Protection with the Cloud 
Cloud data protection is now available for VMware with Druva Phoenix, enabling VMware customers can achieve seamless cloud based DR, backup, archiving, along with global visibility and the advanced capabilities of data analytics and soon to be released data governance.   With Druva you can achieve similar protection as you would with Veeam and Data Domain without the need for hardware.  Phoenix works alongside VMware, is rapidly deployed and simplifies how organizations can leverage the cloud, while realizing a much lower TCO than legacy approaches.
  • 1:55 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • Nate Hudson, Systems Engineer at VMware (@gr8n8tr0n)
  • Eric Wright, Principal Solutions Engineer, Technology Evangelist at Turbonomic (@discoposse)
  • Ryan Pletka Staff Systems Engineer at VMware (@rpletka)
  • Eric Shanks VCDX / Chicago VMUG Co-Leader / Senior Solutions Architect at Ahead (@eric_shanks)
  • 2:35 Wrap-up: Announcements & Drawings

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Pre-UserCon vBeers, Monday May 23rd

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Join the Wisconsin VMUG Leadership Team along with our sponsors Pure Storage and Zerto as we warmup for Tuesday’s WI-VMUG UserCon with a vBeers on Monday evening.

We will be at the Falling Water Bar inside Madison Marriott West starting at 6pm until they shut down for the night.

You are welcome to join us even if you won’t be able to make the UserCon on Tuesday.

If you have not yet registered for the UserCon, you can find more details and a link for registration here.  Registration is open until 10pm Monday night.  If you miss pre-registration, you can still register Tuesday onsite.

We are looking forward to seeing you Monday at vBeers and Tuesday at our 7th Annual WI-VMUG UserCon!

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