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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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

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


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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

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