November 11th Meeting at FVTC in Appleton – Registration Is Now Open!

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Join us for our final Wisconsin VMUG meeting of 2014.  It’s taking place on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 starting at 8:15am.

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!

Our sponsors are Teradici and Unidesk.  WI-VMUG member Aaron Bolthouse will be presenting on “VDI Over WiFi: How Hatco Runs a Factory Using Aerohive & Teradici”. In addition there will be our usual VMware Technical presentation as well as an “Ask The Experts: Q&A Roundtable”.

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues.

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.

 

Teradici   Unidesk

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October Meeting in Madison – Registration Is Now Open!

The Wisconsin VMUG meeting being held on October 2nd from 8:45am to 2:00pm at Promega in Madison is now open for registration.

REGISTER HERE!

The sponsors for this event are DataGravity and Nutanix. We will have presentations from VMware and a VMUG member presentation as well. You don’t want to miss this one!

The agenda and more details will be posted soon. Check back here or follow us on Twitter @WIVMUG for more details!

 

-Your WIVMUG Leadership Team

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Madison Meeting Rescheduled for October 2nd

The October Madison meeting at Promega has been rescheduled from the original date of September 18th to October 2nd.

Sponsors are DataGravity and Nutanix.

More details to come and links to registration coming soon!

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June 10th Meeting at FVTC in Appleton – Register Now!

Register here – http://www.vmug.com

http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=6714 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location
Fox Valley Technical College
D.J. Bordini Center – Room BC102
5 North Systems Drive
Appleton, WI 54912

Agenda

Time Session
8:15 a.m. Registration – Refreshments Provided by Our Sponsors Nutanix and HyTrust
8:45 a.m. Welcome – Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
8:50 a.m. WI-VMUG Community Outreach – Brian Kirsch, VMUG Board Member and MATC
9:10 a.m. Nutanix Presentation
10:00 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. VMUG Member Presentation: Automating vSphere Internals with PowerCLI and Orchestrator – Mike Nelson, vExpert, WI-VMUG Co-Leader, and Solutions Architect, nGenx – @nelmedia
11:00 a.m. HyTrust Presentation
11:50 a.m. Lunch Provided by Our Sponsors Nutanix and HyTrust
12:25 p.m. VMware Technical Presentation: VMware NSX – Larry Orloff, Systems Engineer, VMware – @lorloff10
1:10 p.m. Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
1:45 p.m. Wrap-Up: Announcements and Drawings

Additional Directions and 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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WIVMUG Co-Leader to Speak at Redmond Campus

Mike Nelson be speaking at TechMentor, August 11-15 in Redmond, WA http://bit.ly/TMRSK12 Surrounded by your fellow industry professionals, TechMentor provides you with immediately usable training and education that will keep you relevant in the workforce.

Mike will be presenting the following sessions:

  • Integrating your on premise active directory with Azure and Office 365
  • Becoming a vAdmin Rockstar! Tools, Tips & Tricks for Managing Multiple Hypervisors in Your Environment

SPECIAL OFFER: As a speaker, he can extend $500 savings on the 5-day package. Register here: http://bit.ly/TMRSK12

Amplify your knowledge at TechMentor Redmond — bring the issues that keep you up at night and prepare to leave this event with the answers, guidance and training you need.  Register now: http://bit.ly/TMRSK12Reg

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VMUG Updates

  • Next WI-VMUG meeting: Tuesday June 10th at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton
  • VMUG Website Refresh: Last Friday, the VMware User Group launched a newly redesigned VMUG.com.  Be sure to visit the new website to check it out.
  • Game On: Earlier this month VMUG launched a North America Membership drive.  Among the prizes are a 5-day Exclusive VMworld Experience in San Francisco, a celebration for your local VMUG and a retina display iPad Air.  Be sure to stop by www.vmugdashboard.com and check out the Game On new recruit challenge.  Be sure to sign up with the Wisconsin VMUG when you participate.
  • FeedForward: VMUG is working with Mike Laverick, Scott Lowe and Duncan Epping on a project called FeedForward.  The idea behind this is to encourage and support more members of the virtualization community to present at their local VMUG meetings.  Watch the #FeedForward hashtag on Twitter and check out http://www.vmug.com/feedforward for more information as this program develops.
  • PluralSight:  PluralSight who acquired longtime VMUG supporter TrainSignal last year has really stepped up their community involvement.   They have launched a new program to support local VMUGs more than ever before.  We are in the process of getting set up with them to take full advantage of this program.  To start with they have given us 3 of their Annual Plus subscriptions to give away at our 4/22 WI-VMUG User Conference.  Watch wivmug.org for more details in the coming weeks.
  • VMUG Voice:  The April issue of the VMUG Voice is now available.  You can find it here as well as back issues Voice.  There is also information on that page for submitting content for future issues.
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It’s Almost Here, Our 5th Annual WI-VMUG User Conference

WI-VMUG UC Melvin

Tuesday, April 22nd is the 5th Annual Wisconsin VMUG User Conference.  It’s being held at the Marriott Madison West.  You can register in-person at the event or you can register online now.

Over 500 people have registered for the event so far but there’s still room for more.  If we hit 550 people, we are giving away a Raspberry Pi Ultimate kit to #550 (must attend the event).

We have a jam packed day of great virtualization content lined up for you.  In addition to an exhibit hall with over 40 great sponsors we have a keynote from VMware to kick off the day and 24 additional breakout sessions.  You can view the day’s agenda through the mobile app or by visiting the Wisconsin VMUG User Conference agenda details page.  Some of the highlights for the day include:

 

  • Keynote:  Rob Randell, Director of Systems Engineering and Principal Architect at VMware’s Networking and Security Business Unit will be giving our keynote on Network Virtualization – The Future of Networking.
  • Mobile App: Download the free Wisconsin VMUG User Conference app!  This app will make this year’s experience more valuable for our attendees, exhibitors, and speakers.  Download it today by searching for VMUG in your app store.
  • Community Presentations:  This year we are featuring three unsponsored breakout sessions by VMUG members.  Brian Kirsch: vSphere 101, Nick Colyer & Amy Manley: Real World Automation: Build Your Service Catalog Using vCenter Orchestrator and Sean Massey: Home Lab Fundamentals – The Why’s and How’s.  In addition, Jeremy Gruenke from Johnsonville Sausage will be taking part in Ahead’s Tips & Tricks for Smooth VMware Horizon View Upgrade breakout.
  • Ask The Experts:  Larry Orloff from VMware will be running an hour long Ask The Experts Session with Brandon Hahn – vExpert & Solution Architect at West Bend Mutual Insurance; Tim Curless – VCDX & Technical Architect at Ahead; Roger Lund – vExpert, MN VMUG Leader & Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Administrator at Array Services Group and Matt Leib – vExpert and Principal Solutions Architect at Earthlink Business.
  • Horizon 6 Overview:  During the lunch break, VMware’s Jerrid Cunniff will be giving a Horizon 6 Overview presentation.
  • Giveaways:  There will be A LOT of giveaways this year.  To start with all attendees will receive a gift from the Wisconsin VMUG.  On top of that we have purchased quite a few other items including iPads, Raspberry Pi Ultimate kits, Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker, Pebble Smartwatch, Amazon FireTV, Roku devices, Bluetooth Headphones and more.  VMUG and our sponsors have a Passport to Prizes with 4 $250 gift cards.  We have 2 VMUG Advantage subscriptions.  VMware Press has sent us 8 books to give away.  With our new relationship with PluralSight we have received 3 of their awesome Annual Plus training subscriptions.  I have also heard that Chris Wahl and Steve Pantol will be handing out some signed copies of their new book, Networking for VMware Administrators.
  • Free Beer:  Veeam is sponsoring a Post Event Reception in the hotel atrium immediately following the User Conference.
  • vBeers:  There will be a vBeers gathering on Monday evening (4/21) at the Falling Water Bar & Grill in the Madison Marriott West hotel.  This is an unsponsored event but it wouldn’t be unheard of for people to buy rounds of drinks.  There is no official start or end times, but most of us are targeting to be there about 8:00pm.
  • What Does VMUG Mean To You:  There will be a team from VMUG HQ on site Tuesday doing some brief interviews with our attendees to ask what VMUG means to you, what brings you to our User Conference, etc…  Watch for them walking around the event or and stop by the VMUG booth to share your thoughts.
  • WI-VMUG Leadership Team:  The Wisconsin VMUG Leadership Team will be wearing the blue jersey’s modeled here by Melvin.  Be sure to introduce yourself if you don’t know us or stop us if you have any questions during the event.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in Madison on Tuesday and if you are around be sure to join us for vBeers on Monday evening.

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April 2014 WI-VMUG Updates

  • 2014 WI-VMUG User Conference: Only 12 days until our 5th Annual User Conference on April 22nd in Madison.  You won’t want to miss this event.  More details here.
  • Lunch with Frank: Only 7 days until our lunch event with PernixData’s Frank Denneman in Brookfield.  More details here.
  • Future WI-VMUG Meeting: Our next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10th at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton.  Watch for more details in the coming weeks.
  • Horizon 6: In case you missed the announcement from VMware yesterday, VMware Horizon 6 was announced.  There are a boatload of improvements and new capabilities in this release.  Watch the replay of the announcement broadcast event at www.vmware.com/go/horizonnow and visit www.vmware.com/go/horizon for all of the latest product news.
  • PluralSight: One of our favorite VMUG supporters, training provider PluralSight has recently announced a great new community program expanding their support of VMUGs.  Watch for more information soon as complete our signup for this program.  In the meantime, if you aren’t familiar with them be sure to check them out.
  • VMware NSX: VMUG and VMware have teamed up for a NSX Seminar Series  These one day complimentary, educational seminars cover VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) approach and VMware NSX is helping to transform networking.  There is one on Tuesday, April 29th in Chicago.   More details here.
  • VMUG Game On:  Yesterday the VMware User Group launched an eight-week program to recruit new members.  Among the prizes are 5-day trip to VMworld, iPad Air and the local VMUG that has the most new recruits gets $750 for a celebration event.  So start spreading the word about VMUG and getting everyone you know involved.  More details at VMUGGameOn.com
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