February 12th Meeting at FVTC

Join us for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 for our first meeting of the new year!

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
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Nathan ScheunemannWI-VMUG Co-Leader (@chickendilla)
  • 9:00 Community Presentation: Home Labs, Tips on Building Your Own by Tony Reeves, Senior Solutions Engineer (@ImportCarGuy)
    Tony Reeves walks you through his home lab, how it’s changed over the years and some of the awesome freebies available through the vExpert Community.
  • 9:50 Break
  • 10:00 Community Presentation: Managing Templates with Automation Tools…the Free Way! by Sean MasseyStaff Cloud Solutions Architect at VMware (@SeanPMassey)
    How often have you deployed a new virtual machine only to find that it needed months worth of security patches before you could do anything?  Or you’re the one who is responsible for managing the templates, but you don’t have time to open them up each month and manually apply the required updates?  Or worse, the sysadmin who is responsible for this task isn’t following the checklist, so steps are getting skipped.
  • 10:50 Break
  • 11:00 Presentation: Disaster Resilience by US Signal
    In an age where cyber-attacks are more sophisticated and disasters increasingly complex, IT resilience has never been more important. Resilience isn’t just living in the comfort zone of the latest viral processor, SSD and software tech. It also involves the ability to prepare, plan, absorb and recovery from the events we fear the most. In this conversation we’ll focus on planning and recovery as a specific piece of the puzzle, with a nod to how US Signal is helping organizations achieve their targeted resiliency goals.
  • 11:50 Lunch
  • 12:30 VMware Presentation: Self-Driving Operations with VMware vRealize Operations by Brandon Hahn, Senior Technical Account Manager at VMware (@brandonhahn)
    Take a journey away from siloed, slow, and reactive IT operations to machine-learning driven automation with a platform that connects, senses, and adapts to your environment. We’ll explore how self-driving operations provide continuous and automated closed-loop performance optimization based on intent—while taking into account any constraints in the environment.
  • 1:20 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 1:50 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 BC112A
5 North Systems Drive
Appleton, WI 54912
920-735-2525

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December 13th Meeting at Madison College

Join us for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place on Friday, December 13th, 2019.

This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology.  This month we are doubling down with a career building focus.  Join us and our community to see how they build their careers and shape the future!

  • 12:00 Registration
  • 12:30 Up Level Your Tech Career by Aaron Bolthouse, Senior Solutions Engineer at VMwareWhether you are a rookie or a seasoned vet, there are always new things you can be doing better to move your career forward. Come listen to Aaron Bolthouse, VMware Solutions Engineer and Co-Founder of the Level Up Tech Project talk about where to go, how to take advantage of free resources, and who to follow for the biggest boost in launching your brand. It can be difficult navigating the technical community landscape, so Level Up Tech is here to provide a guide through the jungle to help you find success!
  • 1:20 Break
  • 1:30 The Communications Conundrum: Why Engineers Need Public Speaking Skills by Matt Heldstab, Enterprise Systems Engineer at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
    We will cover why the “stereotypical” IT Engineer should consider improving their public speaking skills, focusing on all communication techniques, and why these skills are required for a wider variety of positions than you may think.  There will also be some interactive polling as a part of the presentation.
  • 2:20 Break
  • 2:30 Elevating your career, and personal life, through community involvement by Mike Nelson, Solutions Architect
    Join Mike Nelson and your VMUG co-leaders as they share the stories of how their careers grew and elevated because of their strong involvement in the community. They will provide strategies and examples of how people could use social media, blogging, and community involvement to increase networking, enhance their professional brand, and meet incredibly smart and fascinating individuals, building relationships that become great friendships.
  • 3:45 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

Location

Madison Area Technical College: Health Education and Information Technology Building
1705 Hoffman St.
Madison, WI 53704


From N Stoughton RD take Anderson St west to Hoffman St north.
Park in any marked student stall in the main lot if the visitor lot is full.
Walk to the east across Wright Street and enter the building through the “Truax Gateway.”
The meeting will be held in Room D1630

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After the meeting join us for a vBeers at Karben4 Taproom at 3698 Kinsman Blvd, Madison, WI 53704 sponsored by SHI and Clumio

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October 15th Meeting at Junior Achievement

Join us for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019.

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
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Nathan Scheunemann, WI-VMUG Co-Leader (@chickendilla)
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation: VMworld 2019 Recap by Nathan HudsonSenior Solutions Engineer, Office of the CTO Ambassador at VMware (@gr8n8tr0n) and Brandon Hahn,  Senior Technical Account Manager at VMware (@brandonhahn)
  • 9:50 Break
  • 10:00 Presentation: vSphere Virtual Volumes Deep Dive by Ryan BlundonSystems Engineer at Pure Storage (@StorageGuyMKE)  –  The benefits of traditional data center architecture with the simplicity of HCI
  • 10:50 Break
  • 11:00 Community Presentation: vSphere Administration Tips, Tricks, and Tools byAnthony Hook, VMware Practice Lead at Hartland Business Systems (@anthonyrhook)
  • 11:50 Lunch
  • 12:30 VMware Presentation: vSphere Platinum & Active Directory: Better Security Together by Bob Plankers, Technical Marketing Architect, Cloud Platform at VMware (@plankers)  –  Microsoft Active Directory forms the core of many organizations’ authentication and authorization infrastructure, as well as providing DNS, DHCP, and certificate services. This makes it an extremely high-value target for attackers. This session will cover the ways in which vSphere makes it easy to add enterprise-grade security to Active Directory, using AppDefense, VM encryption, Microsoft Credential Guard, and more.
  • 1:20 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A

After the meeting join us for a vBeers sponsored by TrendMicro at Point Burger Bar

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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Aug 6th Meeting at Fox Valley Technical College

Join us for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019.

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
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Nathan Scheunemann, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation: Lessons Learned – Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS by Sean Massey, Staff Cloud Solutions Architect at VMware (@SeanPMassey)
  • 9:50 Break
  • 10:00 Community Presentation: Preventing Infrastructure Configuration Drift with Pester and PowerShell by Donny Lang, Sr. Systems Administrator at Plexus Corp (@DonnyLang1)
    It’s easy to conform to best practices and vendor recommendations when you first deploy a system, but how about once it’s in production for a while? We’ll take a look at Pester, a unit/integration testing framework, and how it can help you get a handle on your entire infrastructure stack to combat configuration drift and unauthorized or undocumented changes. Along with the basics, I’ll show you how to operationalize the Pester tests to make them useful, and provide periodic reporting and dashboard views of the test results.
  • 10:50 Break
  • 11:00 Presentation: TBA by Bob Miller, Systems Engineer at AVI Networks
  • 11:50 Lunch
  • 12:30 Bonus Presentation: Best Practices on Managing vSphere by Nathan Hudson, Senior Solutions Engineer, Office of the CTO Ambassador at VMware (@gr8n8tr0n)
  • 1:20 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 1:50 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

 

After the meeting join us for a vBeers sponsored by Hartland Business Systems at The Bar on Lynndale

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 BC112A
5 North Systems Drive
Appleton, WI 54912
920-735-2525

Register Here

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July 11 Meeting at Madison Area Technical College sponsored by iland

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Join us, along with our sponsor iland for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place on Thursday, July 11th, 2019.

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 sponsor iland
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation: NSX-T vs NSX-V by Benjamin Bowman, VCIX-NV Senior Networking and Security Technical Account Specialist at VMware
    With the release of NSX-T 2.4 comes near complete feature parity with NSX-V. This presentation will cover key functional and architectural differences between the two. Whether considering a new install or a transition there are critical decisions must be made when deploying NSX-T. 
  • 9:50 iland Presentation: An Open Discussion About Cloud by Brian Knudtson, Cloud Technologist at iland (@bknudtson)
    It’s natural to have concerns when implementing a new IT architecture, especially one as impactful as moving to the cloud. Bring those concerns for a discussion about how the cloud can address those concerns.
  • 10:40 Break
  • 11:00 Community Presentation: Concourse, Pipelines and Bosh, Oh My! by Nathan Scheunemann, Sr Systems Engineer at SKYGENUSA (@chickendilla)
    Concourse is the open-source CI/CD system that Pivotal Software uses to automate tasks from deploying and upgrading foundations to pretty much any task you can think of. In this presentation, I would like to share some of the things I have learned about concourse. We will start this journey by looking at a quick way to learn concourse for yourself with a simple hello world pipeline, and then move to a full multi-worker install with some more complicated pipelines.
  • 11:50 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsor iland
  • 12:20 VMware Presentation: Modernize Data Center: VMware Cloud Foundation 3.7 Solution Overview by Gilbert Rivera, Sr. Solutions Engineer at VMware
  • 1:10 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
  • 1:40 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

After the meeting join us for a vBeers at
Karben4 Taproom at 3698 Kinsman Blvd, Madison, WI 53704

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

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Meeting Location


Madison Area Technical College: Health Education and Information Technology Building
1705 Hoffman St.
Madison, WI 53704


ROOM 309 /311

Park in any legal Visitor or Student parking stall

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March 15th meeting at FVTC in Appleton sponsored by Tierpoint


Join us, along with our sponsor TierPoint for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place on Friday, March 15th, 2019.

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 sponsor Tierpoint
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation: What’s New Overview for vSAN 6.7U1D by Miguel Medina, Senior Solutions Engineer – vSAN/HCI at VMware
    Introducing the latest release today, with the themes of hybrid cloud leadership and ease of HCI adoption. This presentation is going to help you better understand how HCI with vSAN, is the starting point for those transitioning to a software defined, hybrid cloud infrastructure. Demo a live environment running on vSAN 6.7U1. Also demo of upgrading cluster from vSAN 6.5 to 6.7U1 using VUM tool.
  • 9:50 TierPoint Presentation: TBD
  • 10:40 Break
  • 11:00 Community Presentation: Automating Windows Server Templates by Eric Stacey, Systems Administrator at Plexus (@vYooper)
    Why manually update/maintain your server templates when we have automation?! We will take a look at a workflow I helped put together that can take you from Microsoft ISO all the way to a fully patched and configured template for use either manually via vSphere or ready to be called by vRealize Automation. We will take a look at tools various tools like the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Packer, the VMware OS Optimization Tool and PowerShell.
  • 11:50 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsor Tierpoint
  • 12:20 VMware Presentation: VMware Skyline – Radically Transform Customer Support by Brandon Hahn, Senior Technical Account Manager at VMware (@BrandonHahn)
    VMware Skyline is an automated, proactive support technology that helps customers avoid problems before they occur and reduce time to resolution of active support requests. Learn what’s new in the recently released version 2.0 of Skyline.
  • 1:10 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
    • Eric Stacey – Systems Administrator at Plexus
    • Brandon Hahn, Senior Technical Account Manager at VMware (@BrandonHahn)
    • Miguel Medina, Senior Solutions Engineer – vSAN/HCI at VMware
    • Aaron Bolthouse, Solutions Engineer, Core Commercial Central at VMware (@BHouse563)
    • WI-VMUG Leadership Team
  • 1:40 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

After the meeting join us for a vBeers sponsored by Capital Data at The Bar on Lynndale

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

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Meeting Location

Fox Valley Technical College 
1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton, WI 54912
Main Campus, Room: HS301 (Enter at Door 16)

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vBeers after 12/18/18 Madison Meeting

Come join us for #vBeers at Funk’s Pub directly after the December 18th meeting for beers and great conversation. 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 Check Point Software. Thanks for sponsoring!!!

 

 

 

What: #vBeers
Where: Funk’s Pub
Address: 5956 Executive Dr #101, Fitchburg, WI 53719
When: Tuesday, December 18th from 2:30-5pm

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December 18th meeting at Promega in Madison

Join us, along with our sponsor Rubrik for the upcoming Wisconsin VMUG meeting taking place on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018.

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 sponsor Rubrik
  • 8:45 Welcome: by Mike Nelson, WI-VMUG Co-Leader
  • 9:00 VMware Presentation: Building the Ultimate Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud Foundation: by Heath Johnson – Sr. Technical Marketing Manager at VMware
    Learn how to build a hybrid cloud that is easy to consume, manage and highly secure. This session will review a reference architecture for building a hybrid cloud with VMware Cloud Foundation. You will quickly understand how to connect VMware Cloud Foundation to VMware Cloud on AWS. Then, get a dive deep into the tools that empower workload mobility, ease of management, and automated application deployment using VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension, Hybrid Linked Mode, VMware vRealize Automation, and VMware NSX. At the end of this session, you will be ready to build your hybrid cloud.
  • 9:50 Sponsor Presentation: How to Recover 2TB in 2 Minutes: by Scott Lysne, Solutions Engineer at Rubrik. Folks, big data is here to stay, and the VM’s are only getting bigger. It is  a big part of our jobs to protect, and yes, recover these VM’s in a “reasonable” amount of time. What’s you definition of reasonable? What’s you business’s definition? How do you do this today? Is there a better way?? I think so, and I’ll show you how.
  • 10:40 Break
  • 11:00 Community Presentation: Keeping up with the clouds – Skills development for fun, career growth, and profit by Sean Massey, Staff Cloud Solutions Architect at VMware (@SeanPMassey)Technology is evolving at an increasingly rapid pace.  It seems like the cool technology that everyone was talking about yesterday has been supplanted by something new today, and all of these technologies promise to fundamentally change the datacenter the way that VMware changed it a decade ago.  And as training budgets shrink, you feel like you’re falling further behind.  And you may not be able to just take a class to implement a new data center technology.
    So how can you keep up with the pack and understand newer technology? We’ll talk about some tips and techniques that are used to learn the latest technology and keep yourself ahead of the curve.
  • 11:50 Lunch provided by our meeting sponsor Rubrik
  • 12:20 VMware Presentation: VMware Cloud on AWS Outposts: Managed SDDC On-Prem by Aaron Bolthouse, Solutions Engineer, Core Commercial Central at VMware (@BHouse563) The latest announcement out of AWS Re:Invent on the continued partnership between VMware and Amazon brings the power of VMware Cloud and AWS services on-prem. Learn all the must-know information about this new offering and what it means for you.
  • 1:10 Ask the Experts: Roundtable Q&A
    • Aaron Bolthouse, Solutions Engineer, Core Commercial Central at VMware (@BHouse563)
    • Heath Johnson – Sr. Technical Marketing Manager at VMware (@HeathBarJ)
    • Sean Massey, Staff Cloud Solutions Architect at VMware (@SeanPMassey)
    • Scott Lysne – Solutions Engineer at Rubrik
    • WI-VMUG Leadership Team
  • 1:40 Wrap-up: Announcements and Drawings

 

After the meeting join us for a vBeers sponsored by tbd at Funk’s Pub in Fitchburg.

5956 Executive Dr. #101

Fitchburg, WI 53719

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Meeting Location

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