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Tuesday December 5th, 2017 – Madison Meeting

Join us along with our sponsors, Datrium and Quest for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place at Promega / BTC in Madison on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017.

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, Datrium and Quest
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation:  www by xxx, yyy at VMware
  • 9:50 Datrium: Addressing the challenges of hyper-converged infrastructure through a new way of architecting your virtual environments by Ben Onken, Sr. Systems Engineer at Datrium
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 Quest: The cost of doing nothing with regards to protection of data and security by Mike Ritten, Senior SE at Quest
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsors Datrium and Quest
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: xxx by yyy, zzz at zzzz
  • 1:05 VMware Presentation:  www by xxx, yyy at VMware
  • 1:55  Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 2:35 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

 

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues, and join the Wisconsin VMUG Community!

Meeting Location

Promega / BTC

5445 E Cheryl Pkwy
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 273-973

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#vBeers after Milwaukee Meeting 11/7/2017 3-5pm

#vBEERS IS BACK!!

Come join us for #vBeers at Point Burger Bar directly after the November 7th meeting for beers and appetizers. Come for the free beer or come to mingle with other virtualization enthusiasts. Come talk about VMware, discuss challenges in your environment, or stay off topic and talk about whatever else interests you!

This #vBeers event sponsored by Capital Data. Thanks for sponsoring!!!

What: #vBeers
Where: Point Burger Bar
Address: 10950 Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53224
When: Nov. 7th from 3-5pm

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Tuesday November 7th, 2017 – Milwaukee Meeting

Join us along with our sponsors, Reduxio Systems and Paragon Micro with Juniper Networks for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place at Junior Achievement in Milwaukee on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017.

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 Reduxio and Paragon Micro with Juniper Networks
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation:  You can’t do it by yourself: lessons from deploying VMware NSX by Ben Bowman, Senior Technical Account Specialist – NSX at VMware
    • Deploying network virtualization and micro-segmentation has a wide-ranging impact throughout an organization. Success requires coordinating multiple teams, managing work streams and developing organizational awareness. These fundamentals are they key to approaching large-scale NSX deployments. In this session we will cover the roll-out of NSX into an enterprise environment, and how to create a segmented data center with care. We start with the lessons learned from “doing things the way we always do,” moving to re-establishing requirements and project goals with a broader perspective, and then examining the benefits gained from a wide audience and a diverse group of stakeholders. Finally, we will explore what happens after the wider audience has been brought into the project. Integrating production applications requires understanding of multiple disciplines and is best understood in a live lab deployment instead of ‘on paper’. A live lab deployment allows us to fully grasp what an application can look like when deployed into a micro-segmented network. Getting hands-on with the technology can also reveal capabilities and consequences that should be considered and analyzed before deploying into production.
  • 9:50 Setting Up NSX… in VMware Workstation by Brian Kirsch, Networking Program Chair / IT Instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College

    • In this session you will learn how to get VMware’s premier NSX product up and running inside of VMware Workstation. By using the products now included in VMUG Advantage this session will help you overcome the pitfalls of getting your very own NSX installation up and running in a nested environment.
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 Juniper Networks Software Defined Networking by Jeff Zapchenk, Account Manager and Paavan Parikh, Systems Engineer at Juniper Networks
    • OpenContrail and Contrail provides Software Defined Network supporting VMware environments as the overlay network, while providing increased visibility and diagnostics between the underlay network
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsors Reduxio and Paragon Micro with Juniper Networks
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: Build Your Own Cloud SDDC by Britton Johnson, Owner and Consultant at Gigabrit
    • How to build, deploy and manage a DiY SDDC on someone else’s hardware. VMworld brought the announcement of VMware on AWS. However if you’re a small IT Shop a few months of this new service could eat your entire budget. I will show how you can have a Cloud hosted Data center and not break the bank. Could be used for DR, Test and Dev or full Production.
  • 1:05 TBA by XXX, YYY at Reduxio

    • tba
  • 1:55  Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 2:35 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

 

After the meeting join us at the nearby Point Burger Bar for a vBeers sponsored by Capital Data.  Details here

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues, and join the Wisconsin VMUG Community!

Meeting Location

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin

11111 W. Liberty Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53224

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Q4 2017 Meetings

Currently our plans are for two meetings in Q4 of 2017.  We working scheduling and setting the agenda for our next meeting.  The plan is for this meeting to be in the Milwaukee area the first full week of November (11/7-11/9).  There is also a meeting scheduled to be at Promega/BTC in Madison on 12/5.

We hope to have more details on a November meeting within the next week.  Watch our website, your email and our Twitter feed (@wivmug) for further details.

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Thursday August 3rd, 2017 Appleton Meeting

Join us, along with our sponsors, Cohesity and Ixia for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place at Fox Valley Technical College on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017.

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 Ixia and Cohesity
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation: Migrate to the vCenter Server Appliance, You Should by Heath Johnson, Technical Account Manager at VMware
    • The vCenter Server Appliance is the future of vCenter Server. In this session, you will learn about the advantages of the vCenter Server Appliance as well as how to migrate from Windows-based vCenter Server 5.5 or 6.0 to the vCenter Server Appliance 6.x. Gone are the days of having to spend countless hours manually moving ESXi hosts between vCenter Servers, creating scripts to copy your vCenter Sever inventory, and re-registering other products with vCenter Server. Learn about best practices and how to leverage the latest tools from VMware to migrate all configuration settings, inventory, and even vSphere Update Manager seamlessly into a new vCenter Server Appliance.
    • Also bring your vSphere upgrade questions!
  • 9:50 The Data Management Platform for VMware Infrastructures by Kevin Brztowski, Sr. Systems Engineer at Cohesity

    • After spending the last decade consolidating our servers with VMware, we’ve now entered a whole new era of consolidation around secondary storage. As vSphere became more and more prolific, an entire ecosystem was born to integrate with various VMware solutions.    Multiple vendors were created, and even existing vendors implemented new solutions to tackle all-new ways to handle Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, DevOps, Analytics, and more! This has led to an extremely fragmented secondary storage landscape making it more and more difficult to leverage cohesive data protection solutions, especially ones that can be repurposed for other activities, empowering the end user to make use of their backups for space-efficient clones and instant recoveries, as opposed to sitting around waiting for something to break.    Secondary Storage constitutes 80% of the data footprint in the typical datacenter today. While your primary storage handles your Tier-1 mission-critical workloads, including your VMware vSphere environment, your secondary storage environment is still fragmented among various data protection, automation, and analytics solutions; all of which is bolted together with different requirements, storage solutions, and software providers.    As your data grows and the storage market evolves, simplicity and consolidation are no longer nice-to-have adjectives when describing your fractured environment. Learn why converged storage becomes inevitable for virtualized environments and develop an understanding of what will be necessary in this fast evolving corner of the data center.
  • 10:40 Break
  • 10:55 VMware Presentation:  What’s New in Intelligent Operations by Kim Jahnz, Principal Technical Account Manager at VMware
    • Managing the data center infrastructure is a multi-faceted task. It involves troubleshooting and management for apps, compute, storage, networking and security, on the virtual and physical infrastructure, across private and public clouds. By leveraging the power of VMware Intelligent Operations with vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight. Learn how integrated solutions in Intelligent Operations can help you identify, decode and root cause a problem even before it impacts your SLAs.  Learn about “What’s New” in the latest releases of the vRealize Suite.
  • 11:45 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsors Cohesity and Ixia
  • 12:15 Community Presentation: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast by Steve Murawski, Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft
    • Looking for a place to get started with some DevOps practices?
    • Already trying some tooling and not seeing the return you expected?
    • Then, my friend, it’s time we had a chat about pipelines.  Now, CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) pipelines aren’t necessarily the first thing operations teams look for when attempting to tackle a problem or implement a solution.
    • And I’ve heard many of the arguments – with the chief of those being, “I’m not some startup.  We don’t deploy changes tens or hundreds of times a day.  We deploy every 4 months and we like it (or at least that’s what we have to like contractually).”
    • While that may be true, my guess that that your environment changes a bit more than that and the changes that happen outside those well-defined maintenance windows is what ends up causing most of our pain.  Adding a pipeline to control the delivery of change forces us to slow down and think about the types of changes we make and how to automate and validate them.  Once we’ve done that, making these changes becomes easier and easier.  My firearms instructor from the police science program (years ago) had a saying which captures this, “Slow is Smooth, and Smooth is Fast”.  By making our change process smooth, we put ourselves in a place where  we can consistently deliver change on demand.  CI/CD is about speed and readiness, not only about volume.
    • Join me for a chat about why building a pipeline for infrastructure changes, especially in slow environments, is both possible and extremely rewarding.  We’ll also look at some tooling to help make standing up those pipelines easy enough that we can try it over a lunch break.
  • 1:05 tbd by presenter, title at Ixia

    • xxx
  • 1:55  Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 2:35 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues, and join the Wisconsin VMUG Community!

Meeting Location

Fox Valley Technical College
D.J. Bordini Center – Room BC112B
5 North Systems Drive
Appleton, WI 54912
920-735-2525
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#vBeers Pre-UserCon 2017 (Wed, May 24th)

Come join us on May 24th from 6-10pm @ Major Goolsby’s in downtown Milwaukee for #vBeers the evening before our annual VMUG UserCon!! Rubrik and Uila are sponsoring beer and appetizers for VMUG members. Come for the conversation, come for the networking, or just come for the FREE BEER!! Conveniently located across the street from the Hyatt Regency and the Wisconsin Center where the UserCon event is being held the next day! We will have a reserved section of the bar so don’t miss out!!!

Where: Major Goolsby’s
When: Wednesday, May 24th @ 6-10pm

Sponsored by: Rubrik and Uila

And if you haven’t yet registered for Wisconsin VMUG’s annual UserCon you can do so here!

 

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The 8th Annual WI-VMUG UserCon Agenda is Live!

 

Get Ready to Connect. Learn. Lead.

May 25, 2017 | Wisconsin VMUG UserCon
The Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee

 

The Wisconsin UserCon is less than a month away and the agenda we’ve been building for you is set! Prepare to connect, learn, and lead at the UserCon by checking out the hot-off-the-press agenda!

View Agenda

 

Connect: Meet professionals like you in various stages of their virtualization and cloud journey, both local and international experts!

Learn: It wouldn’t be VMUG without sharing knowledge within the community. Of course, you’ll also hear from industry professionals and VMware experts. This is a real opportunity for professional and personal growth.

Lead: Learn from your community and then give back by exploring leadership opportunities within VMUG!

Wisconsin VMUG Summer UserCon Highlights Include:

  • Expert keynote speakers such as Jase McCarty
  • Technical sessions by the Community, VMware and VMware Partners on vSphere, Hybrid Cloud, Network and Security, Virtual Storage, and much more
  • Exhibit space to meet with the best partners to learn the latest product news and usage tips
  • Networking, and fantastic giveaways all day long

 

Don’t miss this exciting event! RSVP now to start accelerating your success!

Register Now

Special Offer! Discounted Hotel Rooms for UserCon Attendees

Traveling to the UserCon? Here is a deal for you: book your stay at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee (the location of the UserCon) through our exclusive VMUG room block and get steep discounts on rooms for the event.

Click Here to Book Now!

Be sure to select Attendee from the drop down when making your reservation online.

 

 

Support WarDogs with Your Local VMUG Community!

In addition to the connections and solutions you will get at the event, your local leaders are inviting you to make a voluntary contribution at the UserCon. Plan to bring a donation to WarDogs when you arrive at the UserCon. There will be prizes and other activities surrounding the donations of support to this local charity in Milwaukee.

War Dogs is comprised of all veterans and dog owners who have served in wars, mostly in the 20th Century. The group brings awareness to the role that dogs play in war and works to raise funds for ongoing care and support of these dogs when they are retired from duty. Learn more about what War Dogs is doing around the country at wardogsmilwaukee.com.

 

Excited about the UserCon? Share the event details with your colleagues. Join the conversation on Twitter and follow @WIVMUG or search #WIVMUG for the latest updates.

 Program Sponsor

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Community Speaking Spots Available!!!

Hey there Wisconsin VMware User Group Member!

Ever come to a meeting and think to yourself “I wish they would talk about topic A” or “I’d like to talk to someone about my awesome new deployment of X”? Well I would like to cordially invite each and every one of you to come speak at a WIVMUG event! That’s right! We are looking for Community members (just like you) to sign up for community speaking sessions. We aim to have at least one community session at each of our regular meetings and we are planning an entire track of community sessions!!

If you are interested in speaking for us please feel free to let us know by dropping an email to info@wivmug.org with some information on what you would like to speak about.

If you are a little reserved or the thought of speaking in public makes the hair on your neck stand up we would like the opportunity to work with you to help bolster that confidence!! We have leaders with years of public speaking experience and are happy to share our tips and tricks as well as work with you to ensure your presentation, content, and delivery will all be excellent. Again feel free to email info@wivmug.org for more information on this offering.

Thanks!

WIVMUG Leadership

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