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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Registration is now open for the WIVMUG December 13th Meeting in Milwaukee!

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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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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 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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The 7th Annual WI-VMUG UserCon is Tuesday, May 24th

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Join us on Tuesday, May 24th in Madison for our 7th annual Wisconsin VMUG UserCon.  This free event is packed with outstanding partner and community content, partner exhibits, networking opportunities and chances to win great prizes.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Warm up for the UserCon with vBeers at the Falling Water Bar & Grill in the lobby of the Madison Marriott West starting at 5:30pm on Monday, May 23rd.
  • Morning VMware Keynote: “The Future of Network Virtualization with VMware NSX” session presented by Scott Lowe, VMware (@scott_lowe)
  • Afternoon Keynote by Dr. Don McMillian on “Effective Communication in the Information Age” (Trust us, you won’t want to miss this one.  It was the hit presentation of last year’s VMUG Leader Summit!).  Special thank you to Presidio for being a sponsor for this keynote!
  • Demo Zone featuring partner product demonstrations first hand
  • Sponsor and VMware Breakouts:  There will be 6 VMware and 9 Sponsor breakouts full of valuable content.  Check out the full agenda here.
  • 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)
    • Right Sizing Your Security Posture by Implementing NSX by Brandon Hahn, Solution Architect at West Bend Mutual Insurance (@brandonhahn)
    • SAP on VMware – Heaven on a Bun? by Jeremy Gruenke, Data Center Operations Manager at Johnsonville Sausage (@grinks311)
    • Tales from the Trenches: Upgrading vSphere to 6.x by by Paul Woodward Jr.,  Systems Engineer – Data Center at Presidio (@ExploreVM)
  • Opportunities to connect with VMware users just like you! Swap stories, insights, and tips.
  • 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 the VMware vRealize BU.  Be sure to join us as we hand out giveaways from our sponsors and our raffle.  Must be present to win.
  • Giveaways:  As usual there will be lots of giveaways.  Among them are 9 Synology NAS packages.  One 8-bay, four 4-bay and four 2-bay units, each with a gift card to help pay for some drives.  Also iPads, LootCrate subscriptions and more.
    • These will be given away by a raffle system.  Everyone will receive tickets at registration with opportunities to get more tickets by purchasing a VMUG Advantage membership or by donating to the Elmbrook Humane Society (first 75 people to purchase $20 in tickets also receive a free LootCrate!)

 

Agenda Planning? There’s an App for That!
Don’t forget – there will be no printed agendas at this event. Download the VMUG UserCon Mobile App from the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store to create your own schedule and enhance your UserCon experience from the palm of your hand.

 

If you haven’t registered yet, there is no better time than now to do so.  Also help spread the word to your customers, co-workers and friends.

Event Details and Registration

 

Still not convinced?  Here’s a video recorded at our 2014 UserCon talking about some of the reasons why our members love coming to our events.

 

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vBeers – WIVMUG – Silver Spring House – Glendale, WI (4 Thurs Feb 2016)

vBeers @ Silver Spring House in Glendale, WI on Thursday Feb 4th @ 5:30pm

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Back by popular demand!! WIVMUG is going to have another vBeers in the greater Milwaukee area. This time we are taking Glendale by storm. We will be meeting at the Silver Spring House in Glendale Wisconsin to talk virtualization and drink some beers. WIVMUG will be providing appetizers from the great selection provided on Silver Spring House‘s menu. Come join us, enjoy a beer, strike up a conversation, and network with fellow local vEnthusiasts and vProfessionsals (too corny I know…). There will be no sponsorship to this event, just pure WIVMUG.

Location: Silver Spring House
Address: 6655 N Green Bay Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209
Date: Thursday Feb 4th 2016
Time: 5:30pm

We hope to see everyone there! It should be a great evening as long as you enjoy good conversation, beer, and food. If not, then it probably isn’t for you.

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