January 20th WIVMUG Virtual Meeting

Join us for our Wisconsin VMUG Virtual meeting taking place on Wednesday January 20, 2021!

This is an excellent opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 3:00 pm Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader (@mikenelsonIO)
  • 3:10 Presentation: License-free backup & high-availability storage with Synology by Cody Hall, Product Manager at Synology
    Any downtime in your business (or homelab) can spell disaster. In this presentation, we will take a deep dive into Synology’s different hardware and software solutions for backing up and storing your virtual machine data. You will learn how to integrate Synology’s high-available storage with VMware, setup Synology license-free backup software, and implement a complete 3-2-1 disaster recovery strategy. Join the presentation and enter the raffle to win a DS220+ NAS ($300 value) home
  • 3:50 Break
  • 3:55 VMware Presentation: Autoscaling your application with the vRealize Suite by Scott Bowe Senior Solution Engineer Specialist, Cloud Management @ VMware (@scottrbowe)
  • It’s easy to think of vRealize Operations and vRealize Automation as two separate products, however if you think of them as two pieces of a single product, vRealize Suite, you will find that the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.  We will walk through the vROPS and vRA integrations and the code needed to make it work.  As a bonus – links will be provided to the content needed to create this in your environment.
  • 4:35 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 4:50 Wrap-up & Announcements
  • 5:00 Virtual Happy Hour Conversation

 

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November 17th WIVMUG Virtual Meeting

Join us for our Wisconsin VMUG Virtual meeting taking place on Tuesday November 17, 2020!

This is an excellent opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 3:00 pm Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader (@mikenelsonIO)
  • 3:10 Community Presentation: Terraform – From Zero to IaC Hero by Eric Wright, Director Technical Marketing, Technical Evangelist at Turbonomic (@discoposse)
    Get a ground-up view as we walk through how simple automation with Terraform can cut out wasted time and ensure consistency for ops tasks as we set up a live lab on VMware and AWS
  • 3:50 Break
  • 3:55 VMware Presentation: Securing Cloud Workloads with VMware Carbon Black by Arjun Narang Senior Product Manager at VMware (@arjunintech)
    Infrastructure and security teams looking to protect their workloads have been forced to rely on outdated tools designed for a different purpose. Learn how VMware Carbon Black is taking a modern approach to workload protection through preventive measures that more effectively identify risk and reduce your attack surface.
  • 4:35 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 4:50 Wrap-up & Announcements
  • 5:00 Virtual Happy Hour Conversation

 

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September 1st WIVMUG Virtual Meeting

Join us for our Wisconsin VMUG Virtual meeting taking place on Tuesday Sept 1, 2020!

This is an excellent opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 3:00 pm Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader (@mikenelsonIO)
  • 3:10 VMware Presentation: Introduction to VMware Cloud Foundation by Heath Johnson, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager at VMware (@heathbarj)
    Welcome to VMware Cloud Foundation, a next-generation private cloud infrastructure platform that enables customers to succeed in their data center modernization and hybrid cloud journey. You will hear firsthand about this solution, and view product demonstrations of its latest features and capabilities.
  • 3:50 Break
  • 3:55 Presentation: Managing your vSphere environment with DSC, Finally by Kyle Ruddy Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager at Hashicorp (@kmruddy)
    Configuration management is one of those key DevOps principles. Being able to declare a state and do it all in code, where we can take advantage of those developer processes we know and love like source control, unit testing, etc. This ability is not something that’s new to PowerShell though, DSC has been around since Windows Server 2012 R2. However, this ability is something new to VMware environments. This session is going to take a look at the brand new DSC resources available for vCenter servers and ESXi hosts. We’ll take a walk through the nuances on how to get started using them, then applying some configuration settings. Finally, because these resources are open source, we will end by making a contribution back to the repository!
  • 4:35 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 4:50 Wrap-up & Announcements
  • 5:00 Virtual Happy Hour Conversation

 

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August 11th WIVMUG Virtual Meeting

Join us for our Wisconsin VMUG Virtual meeting taking place on Tuesday August 11th , 2020!

This is an excellent opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 3:00 pm Welcome: by Nathan Scheunemann, WI-VMUG Co-Leader (@chickendilla)
  • 3:10 VMware Presentation: Top 10 Tips for VMware vSAN Operations and Management by Miguel Medina, Senior Solutions Engineer at VMware (@DudeHci)
    The majority of vSAN deployments are used to run business critical applications. It is imperative that a proper operations cadence is put into place and best practices are followed to help ensure the highest levels of availability and performance. This session provides guidance for handling operations and management tasks such as monitoring health and performance, adding capacity, cluster maintenance, managing storage policies, and implementing data protection solutions. It is assumed that attendees are already familiar with vSAN.
  • 3:50 Break
  • 3:55 Presentation: Automation using RestAPIs – from simple scripting to using automation tools Ansible and vRealize Automation by Brandon Hartman Associate Pre-Sales Client Solutions Architect at Ahead and Gerry Thome Senior Client Solutions Architect at Ahead (@GerryThome)
    As IT solutions architects we are regularly asked how IT organizations become more cloud-like.  Cloud-like environments are many things, automation is one key feature of cloud-like environments.  This presentation showing how the less experienced can call RestAPIs from scripts to begin to learn to automate, and move onto how to use automation and orchestration tools such as Ansible and vRealize Automation to begin building useful automation workflows

 

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July 13th Wisconsin VMUG Virtual Meeting

Join us for our Wisconsin VMUG Virtual meeting taking place on Monday, July 13th, 2020!

This is an excellent opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 3:00 pm Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader (@mikenelsonIO)
  • 3:10 VMware Presentation: NSX Advanced Load Balancing byBrandon Hahn, Senior Technical Account Manager at VMware (@BrandonHahn)
    Today, more than ever, IT organizations are being asked to do more with less. VMware has led the digital transformation by delivering the Software Defined Data Center allowing the automation of Compute, Network, and Storage. NSX Advanced Load Balancer allows you to extend the Software Defined Data Center into the load balancing space. In this session you’ll learn how the NSX Advanced Load Balancer offers the strong feature set of legacy load balancers, while offering the automation and elasticity of cloud native load balancers
  • 3:50 Break
  • 3:55 Presentation: A No-BS Approach to CI/CD for Infrastructure as Code by Rebecca Fitzhugh Director Developer Relations at Rubrik (@RebeccaFitzhugh) and Chris Wahl Chief Technologist at Rubrik (@ChrisWahl)
    Join this talk to hear how a small team uses continuous integration and infrastructure as code to manage a multi-cloud environment. This session will cover the design principles used,  how the solution was prototyped, and how the design was ultimately deployed into production.
  • 4:35 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 4:50 Wrap-up & Announcements
  • 5:00 Virtual Happy Hour Conversation

 

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May 19th Wisconsin VMUG Virtual Meeting

Join us for our Wisconsin VMUG Virtual meeting taking place on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020!

This is an excellent opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 3:00 pm Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader (@mikenelsonIO)
  • 3:10 Community Presentation: Storage Essentials of vSphere Cloud Native Storage byCody Hosterman, Technical Director for VMware Solutions at Pure Storage (@codyhosterman)
    Kubernetes is all over the place now and there are many ways of deploying it in vSphere. Let’s set that aside in this session and focus on one piece they all share: VMware’s Container Storage Interface Driver called Cloud Native Storage (CNS). What is it? What does it use for storage in a K8s world? How does it map back to my existing VMware storage environment?
  • 3:40 Break
  • 3:45 Community Presentation: Understanding CPU Architecture Vulnerabilities and vSphere by Aaron Bolthouse, Senior Solutions Engineer at VMware (@Bhouse563)
    So you’ve heard about vulnerabilities like Spectre Meltdown and L1TF, but are you sure you’re protected?  We’ll dive in, understand the implication, options, and remediation efforts needed to protect you and your environment.
  • 4:25 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 4:40 Wrap-up & Announcements
  • 4:45 Virtual Happy Hour Conversation

 

We will email the zoom link to all registered members the evening before

 

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April 20th Virtual Meeting

Join us for our first ever Wisconsin VMUG Virtual meeting taking place on Monday, April 20th, 2020!

This is an excellent opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Agenda

  • 3:00 pm Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader (@mikenelsonIO)
  • 3:10 VMware Presentation: The Highlights of vSphere 7 byBob Plankers, Technical Marketing Architect, Cloud Platforms at VMware (@plankers)
    vSphere 7 is out and has a lot of new features and functionality. We’ll go through the highlights, talk about next steps, share some resources, and answer questions.
  • 3:50 Break
  • 3:55 Community Presentation: Simplifying vRealize Suite Management with vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 8.0 by Eric Stacey, Systems Administrator at Plexus (@vYooper)
    The vRealize Suite can be a complex set of software to deploy, manage and keep up to date. With vRSLCM 8.0, we can simplify most of those processes so you can focus on using the tools rather than keeping them going. We will look at what it takes to get this tool setup and Demo the management of a vRealize Log Insight install.
  • 4:25 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 4:40 Wrap-up & Announcements 
  • 4:45 Virtual Happy Hour Conversation

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WIVMUG UserCon Postponed

Hello VMUG Community,

VMUG puts the safety and health of our members above all else. As such, we are closely monitoring the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe.

Anyone previously registered should know by now, but as a precaution, VMUG will be postponing all upcoming March and April UserCons and vSphere Days, including the Wisconsin VMUG UserCon on April 4, 2020.

However, you still have a chance to participate the in upcoming VMUG Virtual March Event on Thursday, March 12th – topics will include case studies on developing cloud strategies and the increasing importance of DevOps. Also, keep an eye here on the communities page, since we are currently planning to move forward with local events as planned. It is our priority to offer the best IT content, and we will continue to provide resources for the community.

Please be on the lookout for updates about this event and other event opportunities via VMUG website, social media channels, and email.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

The WIVMUG Leadership

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