It’s starting now, the 2015 WI-VMUG UserCon (There’s still time to join us)

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Well, the UserCon itself isn’t starting yet it’s just today’s warmup events that are about to get started.  Tomorrow is our 6th annual all day User Conference but we are getting things started today with a couple of related events:

  • We have teamed up with VMware for a 4 hour VCDX Workshop the afternoon of Monday, April 27th.  Chris Colotti (VCDX #37), Principal Architect and VCDX Evangelist at VMware will be speaking about the VCDX certification process.  You can find out more information about this event here.  Registration for the workshop is part of the UserCon registration.  If you have previously registered for the UserCon, you can add the VCDX Workshop by emailing VMUG: memberservices@vmug.com
  • As usual, we will be having a vBeers event at the hotel bar in the lobby of the Marriott starting at 5:00pm, it typically goes until the bar closes.  This year the vBeers is being sponsored by our friends at Capital Data and Pure Storage.

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If you haven’t yet registered for the 2015 WI-VMUG UserCon, you can register here.  If you find pre-registration is closed, don’t worry as you can also register on-site tomorrow.

Here’s a link to a previous blog post with many more details but here’s a couple important highlights to know:

  • We are giving away 3 home labs tomorrow.  Here’s a blog post with more details.
  • Be sure to download the the free Wisconsin VMUG UserCon app for tomorrow’s event.  I highly recommend downloading it in advance.  While there will be WiFi available, if 500 people are downloading the VMUG App tomorrow morning it might be a bit of a problem.
  • VMware is sponsoring a closing reception tomorrow starting at 5pm.  This is where we will be handing out prizes so be sure to keep this in mind as you plan your day.
  • Please be sure to complete surveys for the breakouts you attend and for the overall event.  These are extremely helpful when it comes to improving future events for you.

Hope to see you all in Madison!

 

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vBeers – Marriott Madison West (Mon 27 April 15)

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WI-VMUG is having our annual UserCon on April 28th and to start it off on an awesome foot, we are hosting a vBeers the night before at the bar of the Marriott. We are graciously being sponsored by both Capital Data and Pure Storage. They will have engineers at the event which can answer any and all questions you have about their respective businesses. This will also allow for an OPEN BAR!! The timing on the open bar is still being determined but we are planning for 5:30-9:30pm currently with appetizers available.

Location: Marriott Madison West
Address: 1313 John Q Hammons Drive  Middleton, WI 53562
Date: Monday, April 27th 2015
Time: 5:30pm

We hope if you are coming to the UserCon and staying over the night before, or if you are in the Madison area, stop in and talk to some VMUG members, enjoy some drinks, and get psyched for the WI-VMUG 2015 UserCon!!!

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19 Days Until the 2015 WI-VMUG UserCon

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It’s almost time for the 6th Annual Wisconsin VMUG UserCon.  The 2015 User Conference is shaping up to be our biggest and we think our best event ever.  It is being held on Tuesday, April 28th at the Madison Marriott West.

Last year we had 480 attendees, our goal going into this year was 525 but we are hoping to go above and beyond that number.  To do so we need your help.  If you haven’t registered yet, what better time than now to do so.  Also help spread the word to your customers, co-workers and friends.  This free event is open to everyone whether you are a current VMUG member or not.

If you want to get an idea of what the event is like and the enthusiasm of the attendees, check out this VMUG Membership Benefits video filmed during last year’s conference:

 

There are two outstanding events being held at the same venue the day before to get the ball rolling:

  • We have teamed up with VMware for a 4 hour VCDX Workshop the afternoon of Monday, April 27th.  Chris Colotti (VCDX #37), Principal Architect and VCDX Evangelist at VMware will be speaking about the VCDX certification process.  You can find out more information about this event here.  Registration for the workshop is part of the UserCon registration.  If you have previously registered for the UserCon, you can add the VCDX Workshop by emailing VMUG: memberservices@vmug.com
  • As usual, we will be having a vBeers event at the hotel bar in the lobby of the Marriott starting at 5:30pm, it typically goes until the bar closes.  This year the vBeers is being sponsored by our friends at Capital Data and Pure Storage.

Here’s some of the highlights of the UserCon:

  • Giveaways:  As usual there will be lots of giveaways.  The WI-VMUG will start your day out with a great gift for all attendees at registration.  There will be plenty of our sponsors giving away items as well.  To top it all off, the WI-VMUG has partnered with Intel and Synology to put together 3 home labs that well will give away at the closing reception.  You can check out the details on these labs at our blog post here.  Note: You must be present at the closing reception to win!
  • Keynotes:  We are excited to have been able to arrange for two great speakers from VMware for this year’s keynotes.
    • The morning keynote will be an End User Computing (EUC) presentation by Shawn Bass, Sr. Director of Strategy and Planning at VMware.  (@shawnbass)
    • Our afternoon keynote is Career Development & VMware Certifications by Chris Colotti (VCDX #37), Principal Architect and VCDX Evangelist at VMware. (@ccolotti)
  • Community Track:  This year’s agenda will once again feature a track of presentations by members of our Virtualization Community:
    • Virtualization 101 by Brian Kirsch, WI-VMUG Steering Committee Member, VMUG Board Member and Instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College (@bckirsch)
    • EUC (End User Computing) 101 by Matt Heldstab, North Central Wisconsin VMUG Leader and Enterprise Systems Engineer at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (@mattheldstab)
    • EUC Design – It’s More Than Just Storage by Brian Suhr, Chicago VMUG Leader, VCDX and Sr. Solutions Architect at Ahead (@bsuhr)
    • Secure End-User Computing – Using Hypervisor Level Antivirus to Protect Linked-Clone Desktops by Nate Hudson, Sr. Systems Engineer – Virtualization at Kohl’s Department Stores (@gr8n8tr0n)
    • Running SAP on VMware by Jeremy Gruenke, Server/Network Administrator at Johnsonville Sausage (@grinks311)
  • Sponsor and VMware Breakouts:  In addition to the Community Breakout Track there will be 6 VMware and 9 Sponsor breakouts full of valuable content.  Check out the full agenda here.
  • Demo Zone:  Something new at this year’s UserCon is the Demo Zone that will feature product demonstrations and short customer presentations.
  • Exhibit Hall:  This years exhibit hall will feature 40 of our sponsors showing off their products and providing great information.  Without them this event would not be possible so be sure to stop in and check them out.
  • Closing Reception:  The event will end with a closing reception sponsored by VMware.  Be sure to join us as we hand out giveaways from our sponsors and our home labs.  Must be present to win.

While everything highlighted above makes this a can’t miss event, many of those who have attended this event in the past will tell you that the biggest reason to attend is all the great networking opportunities with your peers, VMware staff and our sponsors throughout the day. 

There are three last items that we need to point out:

  • There is not a printed conference agenda for this event, so be sure to download the free Wisconsin VMUG UserCon app.  While there will be WiFi at the event, it’s best if you do this in advance.  Not only does this contain the agenda that you can personalize but it also has speaker information, sponsor information, online event survey and will allow you to receive UserCon updates throughout the day.  Details can be found here.
  • In case you didn’t click on any of the links above that will get you there, here is the link for event details and registration.
  • Speaking of registration, while registering in advance is highly encouraged as it helps us plan appropriately it is not required.  On-site registration is available but it will take you a bit longer in the morning.

We hope to see all of you in Madison for our 2015 UserCon!

 

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2015 WI-VMUG UserCon prizes – Complete Home Labs!!

The Wisconsin VMUG is giving away three, yes 3 home labs at our 2015 UserCon coming up on Tuesday, April 28th.  There will be one Grand Prize lab and two starter home labs thanks to your local Wisconsin VMUG, Intel and Synology.

We have two starter home labs that consists of:

  • 1 Intel NUC 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4250U with Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • 1 Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3-1600 MT/s (PC3-12800)
  • 1 Kingston Digital 120GB SSD Now V300 SATA 3 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive
  • Synology Disk Station 2-Bay Network Attached Storage (DS215j)
  • 2 Green 1TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5-inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache

 

While the Grand Prize lab consists of:

  • 2 Intel NUC 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4250U with Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • 2 Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3-1600 MT/s (PC3-12800)
  • 2 Kingston Digital 120GB SSD Now V300 SATA 3 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive
  • Synology Disk Station 4-Bay Network Attached Storage (DS415+)
  • NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108T 8-Port Gigabit Smart Switch 10/100/1000Mbps
  • 4 of WD Green 1TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5-inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache
  • A 1 year VMUG Advantage subscription including VMware EVALExperience which is perfect for home labs with it’s 365 eval licenses.

 

The winners of these home labs will get to enjoy some excellent hardware while not requiring a data center rack in their basement.

 

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These great prizes are just 3 of the many reasons to join us for our 6th Annual User Conference.  Event Details and Registration

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The 2015 UserCon Agenda is live!

The agenda is live for the 2015 WI-VMUG UserCon and now available on vmug.com. Check it out and plan your day for April 28th! See you then!

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The 2015 VMware vExpert list is out & WI-VMUG is well represented

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The 2015 VMware vExpert list is out and the Wisconsin VMUG is well represented with at least 11 (out of 1017 worldwide) on the list:http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2015/02/vexpert-2014-announcement-2.html

Congrats to:
Co-Leaders Mike Nelson (@nelmedia), Nathan Scheunemann (@chickendilla) and Rod Gabriel (@ThatFridgeGuy).

Steering Committee members: Brian Kirsch (@bckirsch), Sean Massey (@seanpmassey) and Aaron Bolthouse (@Bhouse563)

WI-VMUG members: Bob Plankers (@plankers), Jeremy Gruenke (@grinks311), Anthony Hook (@anthonyrhook), Brandon Hahn (@brandonhahn) and Shawn Conaway (@sconaway).

Honorable mention goes out to Matt Leib (@MBLeib) who resides on the wrong side of the cheddar curtain but slips across from time to time to make it to a Wisconsin VMUG meeting. ;)

Any others I missed?

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vBeers – WI-VMUG Highland House Mequon WI (Thurs 26th Feb 2015)

vBeers – Highland House, Mequon WI Thursday 26th February 2015

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Come and join Wisconsin VMware User Group on Thursday, February 26th at 5pm at the Highland House in Mequon Wisconsin for an evening of fun, drinks, apps (the food kind), prizes, and networking with your fellow virtualization professionals in the greater Milwaukee area! The event is free, the food is free, and the people are pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Details are below, if you want to know more just shoot me an email at aaronb@wivmug.org! Come hangout with your local Wisconsin VMUG and possibly win a prize in our giveaway!!

This event is sponsored by Coho Data and will include a (non-salesy) presentation. And did I mention there will be prizes to giveaway?!!!

Location: Highland House
Address: 12741 North Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53092
Date: Thursday, February 26th 2015
Time: 5pm-10pm

Link to Register

Hope to see you all there!
Aaron Bolthouse
WI-VMUG Steering Committee Member

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We’re Going Bowling! WI-VMUG Meeting 3/24 at SuperBowl in Appleton

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March 24th starting at 11:00am we will be having a VMUG meeting at the SuperBowl Bowling Lanes in Appleton. Simplivity is sponsoring the event with lunch being served at 11:30. There will be a Simplivity presentation along with a VMUG member presentation by Anthony Hook. We will also hear from VMware on their latest product news.

As always, the cost to you is FREE, so why not come bowling, eat some food, and hang out with fellow VMUG members!

REGISTER NOW!!

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