August Meeting – 8/6 at FVTC in Appleton with IGEL and Netech

Join us for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting at FVTC in Appleton! This is a great opportunity to come together with your fellow VMware users to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Be sure to visit the Wisconsin VMUG Workspace and subscribe to our listserv!  Connect with your fellow VMUG members in the forum, ask and answer questions about VMware, and get involved in your VMUG community.

Registration is open and included as part of member benefits for all VMUG members. Registration for this event will close onWednesday, August 5, 2015.

Meeting Highlights:

  • Learn from industry experts
  • Discover technology solutions and strategies
  • Share your success stories, challenges and solutions

Special Directions or Parking Instructions: The meeting room is just inside the South entrance of the building. Parking is available on the north and south sides of the building.

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June 23rd VMUG Meeting in Milwaukee – Registration Is Open!

The June WI-VMUG meeting is set for June 23rd in Milwaukee at Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.  Our meeting sponsors are Bluelock and Nimble Storage.

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Agenda

 

  • 8:15 Registration: Refreshments provided by our meeting sponsors Bluelock  and Nimble Storage
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 8:55 WI-VMUG Community Outreach: Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
  • 9:05 RaaS: Modernizing your BC/DR Plan to Save Time, Money & Headaches: by Andrew Hamilton, Solutions Consultant at Bluelock
    • Learn how to identify the impact of application downtime on your business and how to modernize your approach to disaster recovery through this hands-on session featuring tabletop exercises and simulated disasters based on actual events.
      • Presentation Take-Aways:
        • What it takes to recover, whether your solution is based on colocation, tape backups or Recovery-as-a-Service
        • How leveraging your key assets and partnerships can make all the difference in reducing downtime when a disaster strikes
        • Which types of protection you can rely on for challenges of all shapes and sizes
  • 9:55 VMware Technical: vRealize Operations 6.0 Overview and Demo: by Kim Jahnz, Technical Account Manager (TAM) at VMware
  • 10:45 Break
  • 11:00 How To Have a Life AND Work in IT – Adaptive Flash, InfoSight, and Per VM Statistics: by Troy Wilson, Enterprise SE at Nimble Storage
    • This technical presentation demonstrates how Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash technology streamlines IT operations through its unique CASL architecture while reducing the burden and challenges of planning, troubleshooting, and fighting fires through InfoSight and Per VM Statistics.
  • 11:50 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsors meeting sponsors Bluelock  and Nimble Storage
  • 12:20  Member Presentation: You thought you had VM Sprawl before: by Ian Koenig, Systems Infrastructure Engineer at Northwestern Mutual
    • Everyone wants cloud capabilities.  I mean everyone.  My company doesn’t like the public clouds and has some licenses we got with VMware.  Why don’t you get this private cloud thing up and running?   Let’s talk through some of the challenges and exciting functionality that can be brought with the vRealize Automation suite.   I can show you some of the progress we’ve made in the last 6 months and where we are going tomorrow.   I’ll show what makes up the vRA suite and a reasonable walk through of how it all works.
  • 1:10  Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 1:45 Wrap-up: Announcements & Drawings

 

Register NOW!

 

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Our 2015 6th Annual UserCon is History!

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Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to our 6th annual VMUG UserCon in Madison! We beat last years attendance goal and topped out over 500 attendees! There was a lot of great sessions, sponsor interaction, good food, cool demos, cold beer, and networking with old and new friends.

The Wisconsin VMUG team thanks it membership, the sponsors, the speakers, volunteers, and VMUG HQ for helping us put on a fantastic event in 2015! We are looking forward (and already planning) for another awesome event in 2016!

 

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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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