Don’t miss the 2013 Wisconsin VMUG User Conference, scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2013. At this free, full-day event, we will offer in-depth technical sessions, demonstrations, exhibits, and networking opportunities that will feature the latest in virtualization, cloud computing and mobility.
This event will feature the keynote presentation, Automation Generation: Or Why Skill is the Answer to Scale, presented by Nick Weaver (@Lynxbat) , VMware Automation Architect.
You will also have the opportunity to attend the following educational sessions:
Other event highlights include:
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Get warmed up for the 4th annual Wisconsin VMUG User Conference by joining us for vBeers the night before the big event. We will be meeting up at the Falling Waters Lounge inside the Madison Marriott West which is also the venue for the next day’s User Conference (the hotel that is, not the lounge).
This vBeers event is a fun, informal gathering of IT virtualization professionals and enthusiasts for the sake of making new friends, valuable contacts and talking shop. It’s a great way to relax and get ready for Thursday’s festivities (you know what they say about all work and no play). While we expect a number of our User Conference sponsors and speakers to join us; this will be a low key, vendor neutral social event free of sales pitches as there’s plenty of time for that the next day.
Location: Falling Water Lounge
Address: Madison Marriott West, 1313 John Q Hammons Drive · Middleton, Wisconsin 53562
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Time: 5:30pm until ???
If you haven’t already registered for the WI-VMUG User Conference on May 2nd, you can do so here. This is the premier virtualization event in Wisconsin and this year’s conference is set to be our best one yet!
** The 4th Annual WI-VMUG User Conference **
Don’t miss the 2013 Wisconsin VMUG User Conference that will be held in Madison on Thursday, May 2, 2013. At this free, full-day event, we will offer in-depth technical sessions, demonstrations, exhibits, and networking opportunities that will feature the latest in virtualization, cloud computing and mobility.
This event will feature the keynote presentation, Automation Generation: Or Why Skill is the Answer to Scale, presented by Nick Weaver (@Lynxbat) , VMware Automation Architect. In addition to Nick’s keynote we have VMware Hands on Labs, 32 sponsor exhibitors, 12 sponsor breakouts, 8 VMware breakouts and a whole lot of great giveaways.
Please note that you will need to pre-register for the Conference in order to use the VMware Hands on Labs.
So far 333 of your peers are registered, register now so you can join them for what is shaping up to be an outstanding event. Be sure to check out the event post on our website for registration information as well as additional agenda details.
** vBeers **
Get warmed up for the 4th annual Wisconsin VMUG User Conference by joining us for vBeers on Wednesday, May 1st which is the night before the big event. We will be meeting up at the Falling Waters Lounge inside the Madison Marriott West which is also the venue for the next day’s User Conference (the hotel that is, not the lounge).
You can get all the details from the event post on our website.
** Upcoming WI-VMUG Events **
Make sure you mark your calendars for these upcoming VMUG events
Tuesday, June 11th > WI-VMUG Meeting at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. One of our meeting sponsors will be 2012 Storage Magazine enterprise storage winner Tegile. Check them out at: http://www.tegile.com. Let us know if you are interested in becoming a co-sponsor for this meeting. Watch for more details in the next month.
Thursday, August 1st > WI-VMUG Meeting at MATC in Milwaukee. Let us know if you are interested in becoming a co-sponsor for this meeting.
** VMworld **
The VMworld Call for Papers Voting is now open. Start voting here: http://www.vmworld.com/cfp.jspa
** VMUG Advantage **
Speaking of VMworld, don’t forget that VMUG Advantage members get an additional $100 off when they register for VMworld. This is in addition to any other discounts such as early bird, etc.. Also, if you sign up for VMUG Advantage by May 15th you will receive one free VCP Certification Exam Voucher. Check out VMUG Advantage today
Toronto VMUG Leader and VMUG Board Member Angelo Luciani has teamed up with Toronto VMUG member Eric Wright to create a very interesting competition. Below is a brief description from their website. Check out the Virtual Design Master Competition website or follow their twitter feed (@vDMChallenge) for more information if you are interested in participating or just want to follow the event.
We have created a fun, but challenging competition called Virtual Design Master which is being fashioned after some of today’s popular competition reality shows (i.e. Kitchen Master, Ink Master, Chopped).This exciting competition will be held among the virtualization community with the goal of creating a fun, exciting and informative way to bring focus to virtualization designers and products in a new, original way.
We are bringing eight virtualization professionals together to compete online, in design tasks using real-world business cases, while being judged by industry leaders in technology design. Each competition our participants must evaluate, design, document and pitch their proposal to the judges. Over four sessions the judges will eliminate the two least effective proposals which will culminate to the final two competitors battling the clock and presenting their final design challenge at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco (in the bloggers area – we hope fingers crossed).
The Wisconsin VMUG recently registered as a part of the VMware Press User Group Program. This allows our members to get discounts on both print and eBooks from them. We have also received both print and eBooks to give away at our upcoming meetings.
Emily sent me a great collection of books to give away at our upcoming meetings. For both the March 21st Meeting at MATC in Milwaukee and for the May 2nd User Conference in Madison we will have 5 print books + 2 eBook libraries = 7 winners in all. The eBook libraries are a single code that gives a user access to the EPUB/PDF file of each of the five print books in one bundle. The books that she is sending us are:
For our June 11th Meeting in Appleton there will be some new books available. I don’t know for sure what ones but there are a number of new releases coming soon. You can see some of them at www.vmwarepress.com.
Here are the User Group discount codes for purchases:
We are getting a lot of great benefits from the relationship with VMware Press so please be sure to publicly thank them if you are one of the lucky winners at our meetings. In addition to hopefully purchasing some of their products, they would also really appreciate it we share our thoughts on what they are publishing. There is also a possibility of getting some complimentary review copies for books if you are interested in providing a review on your blog or on wivmug.org.
My original plan this evening was to write a couple of blog posts passing on what I think are some great VMware User Group related articles to all of you (I’ll get to that in a bit). However as I started putting them together I found myself thinking about not only these articles, but how VMUG came to be the organization that was being talked about in the articles. As my thoughts evolved from those planned announcement posts I decided that “VMUG, You’ve Come a Long Way Baby” was an appropriate name for this post for a couple of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that VMUG in fact has really grown to be an successful organization that we can all be proud to part of. The second reason has more to do with what has happened to VMUG over the last 3 1/2 years.
Three and half years ago I was about 2 years into being the Wisconsin VMUG Leader when I was asked to participate in a VMUG Advisory Board with quite a few other VMUG Leaders at VMworld 2009. At that point in time VMUG was a part of VMware and the face of VMUG within VMware was Jean Williams. Up until this point, VMUG had been Jean’s “baby”. She had made it into a vibrant and fast growing collection of VMware User Groups with a strong North American presence and toeholds throughout the world. In 2008-09 the group experienced 234% growth in membership. On the plus side, the VMUG program was flourishing but like any baby it had grown up and had to look at moving out of the house and charting it’s own course in life. That early meeting was the beginning of what ultimately lead to the creation of a steering committee of VMUG Leaders that laid the ground work for a global VMUG organization operating independently of VMware. Out of that steering committee an inaugural VMUG Board of Directors was formed and together with help from our partners at VMware and SmithBucklin Corporation we ventured out on our own at VMworld 2010.
This journey really does parallel that of a child growing up and moving out on it’s own. Those early steering committee and Board meetings had many similarities to high school and college years as we went through the growing pains and the educational process of finding out what was all involved in being out on your own in the real world. There were plenty of bumps in the road along the way and like any child growing up there were plenty of lessons to be learned. Fortunately we had outstanding parental guidance from Jean and everyone else at VMware. We have also benefited greatly from having great teachers, mentors and partners in this process with our Executive Director, Victor Bohnert and the amazing team he works with at SmithBucklin.
Early on (like any teenager) we made a few mistakes and we had plenty of doubters as to the direction we were taking VMUG. I think we all had moments of doubt ourselves as to whether or not this was the right thing to do with our own local VMUGs and the VMware User Group as a whole. We certainly had plenty of discussions about it and late night debates whether it would work out in the end. Could some things have been done better? I am sure of it, but who doesn’t have some things they would have done differently growing up?
After 3 1/2 years of growing and more importantly maturing, I think we can comfortably say that in 2013 VMUG has entered a new phase of life. While we will never forget our roots as an organization, stepping out into world on our own has moved the VMUG organization to a much higher level. Surprisingly to some and maybe not so much to others, becoming independent from VMware has actually strengthened the relationship between VMware and us as VMUG members. Jean’s tireless efforts and those of our other supporters at VMware are now focused on strengthening our relationships within VMware rather than on the logistics of creating and supporting the day to day operations of a bunch of local user groups scattered around the world. Our numbers as far as members and active groups continue to grow. Along with that our independent local groups still have a large amount of local control but we now work much closer together as a global organization.
I think the Board of Directors, our leaders and the VMUG Headquarters team along with our partners at VMware are at the point where we have built a solid foundation and are able to focus on continued growth in our membership, expanding our global reach, expanding what we can provide to our members and improving the VMUG experience for everyone. We have done a lot the past 3 1/2 years but in some ways I think we have only just begun. There is a lot of great things ahead for the VMware User Group program and all it’s members.
So now back to my original purpose for starting to write a blog post tonight. There are four articles recently posted that I feel really say a lot about where VMUG now is as an organization. The first 3 are all directly related to each other:
We are sharing this feedback with teams across the VMware organization as input into their planning processes.
Once again, a sincere thank you goes to those who responded to the survey. We value your input, and you will start to see the actions taken to improve our security patch release process.
The virtualization giant surveyed more than 1,700 members of its independent VMware User Group (VMUG) to learn more about its customers’ security practices and requirements
In response to the survey information gathered, VMware said they are considering initiatives to increase awareness of security updates, as well as the potential for product improvements to reduce the burden of keeping up-to-date on security.
If you look on the “Who We Are” page on the VMUG.com website you will find the following four items listed as benefits that VMUG being an independent organization will bring to it’s members. Long ago we spent much more than a few minutes discussing what those benefits should be. At that point in time they were really the key goals that we were working towards. Today I think we can say that we have achieved the goal of providing these benefits to our members:
Three and half years ago, VMware entrusted us with Jean William’s baby and it’s been a long, hard, satisfying, tiring, exciting, frustrating, fun filled journey but VMUG has grown into something we all can be proud of. Our work is far from done, but it has certainly changed. With your help we will continue to grow and evolve the VMUG program. 2013 is shaping up to be another great year for VMUG.
Between VMware, SmithBucklin, our sponsors, our VMUG leaders, our members and even our critics who helped make us stronger; there are way to many people thank and give credit to so I won’t even try to mention any names. As I cross the 1600 word count it what has become by far my longest blog post ever, let me end the way I started: “VMUG, You’ve come a long way, baby!”
vBeers is returning to Milwaukee, the Beer Capital of the World. Scott Herold from UmbraWorks(@vmguru) is going to be in town in preparation for his presentation at the Wisconsin VMUG meeting on Thursday, March 21st and will in the area so we decided why not put together a vBeers event. So if you are also in the area please stop in and join us, the more the merrier. This is an informal event to network with other virtualization experts, share knowledge and just have some fun!
John Tierney and Chris Miller from our local F5 team along with Jonathan Tanner from Pure Storage will also be on hand. They won’t be there to do a presentation or to sell you anything (unless you ask) but they will be around to buy some drinks and join in on the friendly conversation with everyone.
Please stop by the event post on vBeers.org and leave a comment there if you are planning on attending to help give us some idea of how many people to expect. By the way, if you are interested in joining us the next day for the VMUG meeting you can find more information on that here.