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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#vBeers Pre-UserCon 2017 (Wed, May 24th)

Come join us on May 24th from 6-10pm @ Major Goolsby’s in downtown Milwaukee for #vBeers the evening before our annual VMUG UserCon!! Rubrik and Uila are sponsoring beer and appetizers for VMUG members. Come for the conversation, come for the networking, or just come for the FREE BEER!! Conveniently located across the street from the Hyatt Regency and the Wisconsin Center where the UserCon event is being held the next day! We will have a reserved section of the bar so don’t miss out!!!

Where: Major Goolsby’s
When: Wednesday, May 24th @ 6-10pm

Sponsored by: Rubrik and Uila

And if you haven’t yet registered for Wisconsin VMUG’s annual UserCon you can do so here!

 

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The 8th Annual WI-VMUG UserCon Agenda is Live!

 

Get Ready to Connect. Learn. Lead.

May 25, 2017 | Wisconsin VMUG UserCon
The Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee

 

The Wisconsin UserCon is less than a month away and the agenda we’ve been building for you is set! Prepare to connect, learn, and lead at the UserCon by checking out the hot-off-the-press agenda!

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Connect: Meet professionals like you in various stages of their virtualization and cloud journey, both local and international experts!

Learn: It wouldn’t be VMUG without sharing knowledge within the community. Of course, you’ll also hear from industry professionals and VMware experts. This is a real opportunity for professional and personal growth.

Lead: Learn from your community and then give back by exploring leadership opportunities within VMUG!

Wisconsin VMUG Summer UserCon Highlights Include:

  • Expert keynote speakers such as Jase McCarty
  • Technical sessions by the Community, VMware and VMware Partners on vSphere, Hybrid Cloud, Network and Security, Virtual Storage, and much more
  • Exhibit space to meet with the best partners to learn the latest product news and usage tips
  • Networking, and fantastic giveaways all day long

 

Don’t miss this exciting event! RSVP now to start accelerating your success!

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Special Offer! Discounted Hotel Rooms for UserCon Attendees

Traveling to the UserCon? Here is a deal for you: book your stay at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee (the location of the UserCon) through our exclusive VMUG room block and get steep discounts on rooms for the event.

Click Here to Book Now!

Be sure to select Attendee from the drop down when making your reservation online.

 

 

Support WarDogs with Your Local VMUG Community!

In addition to the connections and solutions you will get at the event, your local leaders are inviting you to make a voluntary contribution at the UserCon. Plan to bring a donation to WarDogs when you arrive at the UserCon. There will be prizes and other activities surrounding the donations of support to this local charity in Milwaukee.

War Dogs is comprised of all veterans and dog owners who have served in wars, mostly in the 20th Century. The group brings awareness to the role that dogs play in war and works to raise funds for ongoing care and support of these dogs when they are retired from duty. Learn more about what War Dogs is doing around the country at wardogsmilwaukee.com.

 

Excited about the UserCon? Share the event details with your colleagues. Join the conversation on Twitter and follow @WIVMUG or search #WIVMUG for the latest updates.

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Community Speaking Spots Available!!!

Hey there Wisconsin VMware User Group Member!

Ever come to a meeting and think to yourself “I wish they would talk about topic A” or “I’d like to talk to someone about my awesome new deployment of X”? Well I would like to cordially invite each and every one of you to come speak at a WIVMUG event! That’s right! We are looking for Community members (just like you) to sign up for community speaking sessions. We aim to have at least one community session at each of our regular meetings and we are planning an entire track of community sessions!!

If you are interested in speaking for us please feel free to let us know by dropping an email to info@wivmug.org with some information on what you would like to speak about.

If you are a little reserved or the thought of speaking in public makes the hair on your neck stand up we would like the opportunity to work with you to help bolster that confidence!! We have leaders with years of public speaking experience and are happy to share our tips and tricks as well as work with you to ensure your presentation, content, and delivery will all be excellent. Again feel free to email info@wivmug.org for more information on this offering.

Thanks!

WIVMUG Leadership

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March 7, 2017 Appleton Meeting

Join us, along with our sponsor, NetApp SolidFire for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place at Fox Valley Technical College on Tuesday, March 7, 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 NetApp SolidFire and TBD
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Validated Designs by Kim Jahnz, Principal Technical Account Manager at VMware
    • As organizations think about Hybrid Cloud and SDDC naturally your thoughts might drift to VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Validate Designs.  During this session will we discuss what each of these solutions provide, how they can work together and your organization needs to think about when considering either option.
  • 9:50 Exceptional storage, for people who hate storage! by Jay Goodier Senior Systems Engineer at NetApp SolidFire

    • Do you wish storage was simple, yet scalable? We believe storage should be easy, so you can focus on other priorities. Scale with confidence without sacrificing performance and efficiency – even in a mixed workload environment! Join us to learn how NetApp SolidFire helps people who hate storage overcome modern business and workload challenges to create the next generation data center.
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 VMware on AWS by Nate Hudson, Systems Engineer at VMware
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsor NetApp SolidFire
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: GPUs let you do WHAT in VDI? by Sean Massey, Technical Architect at Ahead
  • 1:05 Community Presentation: Server 2016 Primer by Mike Nelson, Architect at SECURA & WIVMUG Co-Leader

    • The next generation of Windows Server OS was released late last year and IT is finally getting to grips with what it’s new capabilities are, how it is licensed, and how it integrates into the cloud. This presentation will take a look at Server 2016 and hit on topics such as:
      – installation options
      – new features and roles
      – deployment scenarios (automation)
      – licensing
  • 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  (Note, this is a new room for our meetings)
5 North Systems Drive
Appleton, WI 54912
920-735-2525
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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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April 11th Meeting at Promega in Madison

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Join us, along with our sponsors Tintri  and Rubrik for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place on Tuesday, April 11th, 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 Rubrik & Tintri
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 You can’t do it by yourself: lessons from micro-segmentation with VMware NSX by Ben Bowman, Senior Technical Account Specialist – NSX at VMware
    • Deploying 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 brownfield micro-segmentation.  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 Enabling the Enterprise Cloud with Tintri Orchestration and Automation by Scott Sauer, Director, Systems Engineering and Bill Brown, Sr. Systems Engineer at Tintri
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 Automated vSphere Home Lab Deployment by Heath Johnson, Technical Account Manager at VMware
    • VMware TAMs and SEs almost all have home labs for testing and learning VMware software.  In this session, Heath, a local Madison VMware TAM will share about his home lab and some of the fun nested virtualization tools created by William Lam for building your own nested home lab.
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsors Tintri and Rubrik
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: NSX in the Real World by Britton Johnson, Owner and Consultant at Gigabrit
    • Britton be presenting my history and experiences with NSX, providing some Use Cases for NSX.  I’ll also cover what I see as some of its best features and briefly talk about vRealize Network Insight and how it works with NSX.  If time allows he will go into an overview of the VCIX-NV exam process.
  • 1:05 TBD by John Affatati, Sales Engineer and Josh Howell, Systems Engineer at Rubrik
  • 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 – 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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