Join 2016 @SanDiegoVMUG Annual VMware User Group Full Day Conference – April 21st, downtown #VMUG #UserCON

Every year SanSan Diego VMUG logo Diego VMware User Group (VMUG) hosts a full day User Conference that is totally free for users and community members to attend. To join this event for virtualization technology enthusiasts all you must do is << REGISTER HERE >> to attend and show up on the date.

When: Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101

What’s in store for attendee?

Breakfast, lunch and reception provided at no cost for attendees. Plus raffle prizes that never disappoint and of course the view overlooking San Diego Bay is always great.

Here are just a few of the great prizes being given away:

+ Complete home lab using Intel Skylake NUC, Synology NAS with drives and SSD cache.
+ Microsoft Surface Book
+ Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with docking station
+ iPad Pro
+ GoPro Hero 4 Silver Bundle
+ Bose QuietComfort 25 noise canceling headphones
+ Samsung 1TB SSD
+ Samsung 512GB SSD

What attendees REALLY come for though, are the SPEAKERS and a chance to interact with a huge gathering of industry resources and many fellow users all in one spot.

There’s a full AGENDA packed with breakout sessions from VMware experts and sponsors, plus TWO incredible Keynote addresses.San Diego VMUG UserCon Agenda

Our first keynote at 8:30 AM is Jad El-Zein, Principal Architect for VMware Inc., focusing on Delivering App- Centric Networks with vRealize Automation and NSX .

For our second keynote at 12:35 we’re happy to welcome a friend and my colleague*, Josh AtwellDeveloperdvops Advocate at SolidFire and co-author of VMware Press book entitled, DevOps for VMware Administrators. Josh will be speaking on the topic of Automating the Next Generation Data Center.

Community, Community, Community

The YOU in USER group is all about putting our users first. Each year San Diego VMUG strives to improve by offering a unique opportunity for all users to participate. This year, we’ve added TechTalks powered by vBrownBag.


vBrownBag at is a Global volunteer organization that is all about empowering users through  sharing with other users and learning together. To bring this format to San Diego VMUG, we need your help to make it a success! Signup for a 10 min time slot to share your tip about a cool tool you’ve used in your environment. You won’t be alone, these great community members have already volunteered to share with you:

If you’d like a co-presenter to work with you, let us know so in the signup form and we’ll do our best to pair you with someone. The vBrownbag Teach Talk model has been successful at Australian VMUG UserCon and VMworld US and Barcelona as well as other regional events. Don’t pass up this opportunity to Put the U in VMUG.

VMUG Cares

As a member-driven organization serving the local San Diego Community, San Diego VMUG is offering our members an additional opportunity to give back to the community.
While onsite, when you donate $5 to Feeding America at the event, you’ll receive a raffle ticket to the drawing for a newly-released Apple iPad 9.7 to be given away!

FeedingAmerica San Diego Raffle prize - iPad






Also note:

Parking is free in the venue parking garage to the first 100 attendees to arrive so get there early to maximize your experience.

There will be no printed agendas at this event, so to make the most of your day at the San Diego VMUG UserCon be sure you download the free VMUG mobile app on either iTunes App or Google Play.





  • DISCLOSURE: I work for SolidFire, now part of NetApp. NetApp is a sponsor of the San Diego VMware User Group UserCON event. I am also a member of the leadership steering committee for San Diego VMware User Group. I was not requested to write about this event by NetApp, VMware or VMUG HQ nor do they endorse this content. This is my personal blog. These words are mine and views expressed here should not be implied as being endorsed by or to reflect those of my employer.


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I’ve joined @SolidFire

I am excited to share that I have joined the team at SolidFire as a Systems Engineer. For those unfamiliar, SolidFire is the market leader in all-flash primary storage systems built for next generation data centers and cloud service providers.


I look forward to working with an All-star team of colleagues, many of whom I’ve been fortunate enough to count among my friends and collaborators in various roles over the years.

In fact, knowing so many people who already work at SolidFire, I find it difficult to choose only a few to name to mention. So rather than attempting to do that, I’ll include a reference to @Mike_Colson, who announced last week that he too is joining the team. Mike followed up with a great post about Why SolidFire? on his blog. I share many of Mike’s views expressed in the post and rather than repeat them, I’ll let you go read them.

I will add that personally I believe what makes the solution exciting is that scalability is driven through the power of automation and open integration points for multiple platforms. Vendors’ ability to distinguish themselves today is by continued innovation and API exposure. In essence, revealing bits of their own secret sauce, such as the ability to provide hooks that can leverage underlying features where available and appropriate. Both HW and SW vendors began down this path with VAAI and VASA for Automated Storage Tiering, Storage DRS, I/O Control and additional capabilities are here now with VVOLs such as VM level of granularity and Quality of Service. Abstraction and granular control allow administrators to more easily manage environments with heterogeneous application demands without spreading their already divergent skill sets too thin. Additional abstraction of the storage layer also provides the options to assign and guarantee resources to meet specific needs without adding complexity or increasing storage management touch-points. </COMMERCIAL>

Looking ahead, this new role promises opportunity to continue to grow and learn.  I am especially eager to gain an even greater perspective on the demands of multi-tenant infrastructure technologies in use within many large Enterprise customers and dive deeper into integration points with VMware as well as OpenStack, and CloudStack.


When I left my previous position to join Dell I wrote about that here. In fact a good friend and now my colleague at SolidFire, Gabriel Chapman and I somewhat coordinated our individual career path announcements and you know that Gabe surely played a key role in bringing me over to the SolidFire family. Thanks man!

Here, I would be remiss if I did not also thank my colleagues at Dell and especially each of my direct teammates in the CCC and vWorkspace group for the experience working together. I’m certain we’ll continue to cross paths.

So, whether you’re one of my new or former colleagues or a member of this great Community, please reach out and say hello! I’m excited to begin this new chapter. I’ll be spending some time in Boulder, Colorado over the next couple weeks, so don’t be a stranger if you’re in the area.

Future posts are coming in which I’ll share a bit more about #vSensei but I want to mention here that I have been working with Cody over the past few months and am really happy about the results. More on that later. For now I’ll close with  Fake Grimlock: BE ON FIRE!


Day 0 at #CitrixSynergy 2015

Today is the day before the first day of Citrix Synergy. I mentioned in my previous post, this is my 1st time attending Citrix Synergy. I’ll be posting updates as I go, so look for days [one], [two], [three] and [four] to come.

Here’s what I did today:

I arrived in Orlando late last night. As with last year when I attended TechEd, I again had to travel on Mother’s Day. It seems I have bad luck with these things, since VMworld always falls on my daughter’s birthday & PEX (was) on my wife’s birthday. Fortunately I was able to book a late flight out of San Diego, so I had time with my family at home in the morning and I did not to hit any weather delays, despite having to make a connection in Texas on the way out. Arriving at nearly midnight I grabbed a shuttle to the Venue/Hotel. Note: Uber is not allowed to pickup at MCO, although they can drop off and get you around town. This makes little sense to me but each airport/municipal authority will work these things out. Once onsite, I checked in, grabbed a late meal and happened to strike up a conversation with a Citrix PR employee who also happened to be weary California traveler.

Here’s what I liked:

The Orange County Convention Center is nice and the expo area is looking good as the booths get built out. I’ll be working the Dell booth #201

floor plan Dell booth 201

Here’s what I look forward to tonight, tomorrow and the rest of the week:

Starting tomorrow and going through Thursday I along with my colleagues will be available in the “Ask the Experts” bar within the Dell booth. You can see bios and schedule an appointment here:

I will also be available throughout the week at the Dell Infrastructure Appliances for VDI. 

synergy ask expert

Tomorrows I’m looking forward to seeing @youngtech @_POPPELGAARD #CitrixSynergy session: “The anatomy of a high-performance, GPU-enabled virtual desktop”

 Tonight I’m looking forward to resting my feet and hopefully meeting up with some of the great Citrix community members in town.

Finally this week is leading up to my CCV-A exam on Thursday morning. I finished all of the Pluralsight series by @ekhnaser along with the Citrix Master Course recordings.

My 1st #CitrixSynergy background & a story about @scobee & I in ’99 – disclaimer: #Iwork4Dell

TL;DR – I’m at Synergy. It’s been a while. I’m taking a test Thursday. Wish me Luck.


These first six months since starting my new role with Dell Cloud Client Computing have been filled with opportunity to dive (back) into myriad of technologies and I am savoring it! The group I am in (CCC) has the distinct advantage of pulling from a massive portfolio of hardware and software products to design and deliver end-to-end solutions encompassing Application Virtualization and delivery of Virtualized Desktop, from the endpoint through servers, storage, and networking comprised in many cases completely of our own IP.

Commanding the vast offerings of hardware is exciting, as is the challenge of remaining more than conversant in multiple hypervisors and then add to that the virtualization software for platform and VM/App provisioning and lifecycle management, thin and zero clients and it’s quite a bit to get and keep your arms around.

The big four: Citrix, VMware, Microsoft and Dell vWorkspace.

I have been a hands-on IT professional for nearly 20 years now. The first 15+ as a customer and end-user. In that time I’ve had a chance to work with each of the above mentioned biggies. Some more than others…

Citrix MetaframeXP…


Yeah. There I said it! That gives you an idea of the last time I actually ran a Citrix farm! This was of course in the late 90’s/early 2000s when WinNT, Novell and Win98 were still around. In fact it was @scobee who first introduced me to Citrix, the PNA and the ICA client. Together with Scott, we migrated the education customer I was working for off of Windows 98 and onto Win2k workstation and using Citrix, published MSOffice and other apps instead of installing them onto hundreds of newly replaced desktops.

Following that introduction and successful deployment of dozens of apps across a single campus, the opportunity to lead a larger project for of which Citrix was a major component presented itself. I then took this new knowledge and deployed a smaller set of applications across dozens of campuses from one central site, even including some vehicle mounted devices which at that early-period in time actually had mobile data connections. It was perfect for Citrix and the overall project provided an incredible learning opportunity in a real world environment. Fast forward five or six years and I had maintained these environments and done a number of other pure Microsoft Terminal Services RDSH and remote application publishing jobs for the same customer. Thanks Scott for introducing me to what became a cornerstone of my career.

Then I met virtualization… and well, that was VMware ESX(i). The next period in my career took me through server consolidation and that awful thing that you could do called P2V… Once infrastructure consolidation had proven to inspire further confidence, the organization I was with at the time had a need to change the way they managed their large computer labs. VMware View came to be and a VDI project with zero clients was born and delivered in 2010. Today, while I have moved on from that org, the environment remains up and running in production and servicing users 24×7 in multiple busy labs. I am a VMware User Group co-leader in San Diego, a member of the vBrownBag Crew at and have been recognized as a vExpert three times.

 So, why am I going to Citrix Synergy if I’m such a VMware guy?!?

Well, I recognize the place for each solution and am not blind to the shortcomings of each. Keeping up with all the major players is table stakes for success. For the same reasons I also attended MS TechEd last year.

What’s my plan?

Well, the primary reason I am attending is to support the efforts in the Dell booth. That means setup of demo equipment and putting in the long hours on my feet to speak with customers and partners on the expo floor. I will also be packing in as many hours of hands on lab time and sessions that fit into my schedule. My ultimate goal is to sit the CCV-A certification exam which I have scheduled for Thursday in an attempt to gain maximum exposure during the first part of the conference… Wish me Luck.

Tues 4/21 @SanDiegoVMUG #VMware #UserCON Don’t miss this Free annual #VMUG event w/@Mike_Laverick @Simon @vBrianGraf

San Diego VMUG logo

Next Tuesday April 21st San Diego VMUG is hosting the 2015 USERCON, a full day User Group event 8:15am-5:45pm at the Marriott Marquis downtown on the harbor – If you haven’t registered yet, STOP READING this.and.go.REGISTER NOW>>> HERE >>>  <<<  …REALLY… IT’S FREE (as in beer, which actually there will be too… but I digress.)

San Diego VMUG is my home VMware User Group.
Tweet regularly about my visits to VMUGs in other cities and have previously blogged about attending in various roles.

This year’s user annual User Conference looks to again be a great show.

Our first keynote 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM is @Simone Brunozzi, Vice President and Chief Technologist  for VMware Inc., focusing on vCloud Air. You might remember his keynote from VMWorld 2014. I think we’re pretty fortunate to have Simone present in San Diego and look forward to the keynote.

We’re also happy to welcome back our friend @Mike_Laverick to San Diego. Mike is a Technical Marketing Evangelist on VMware’s EVO:RAIL team. In his blog post about this upcoming visit to San Diego VMUG, Mike mentions in 2011 he came to San Diego VMUG to talk SRM, even prior to joining @VMware. That 2011 VMUG event was special to me as well, as during that event I delivered my first VMUG preso, on behalf of my then employer about our experience deploying Teradici endpoint devices as part of our VDI deployment using VMware View. An honor and privilege to again share the stage with Mr. Laverick.

Mike is always good for a brutally honest talk that goes beyond marketing pitch and dives under the covers of the product he’s working with. This go round his keynote will focus on EVO:RAIL which you can find a lot more about on his website:

We have confirmed presenters for four tracks of breakout sessions with presentations by many great user, vendor and community members, among them another good friend, @vBrianGraf Technical Marketing Engineer covering Automation & ESX Lifecycle at VMware. Brian constantly shares the incredibly useful work he does on the VMware PowerCLI Blog and his personal site

In addition to keynotes and the breakout sessions, don’t forget to visit the vendor Exhibit hall and enjoy complementary meals and beverages throughout the day.

There are 4 tracks:

  • EUC Desktop Virtualization
  • Storage & Availability
  • vSphere & Virtualizaton
  • Demo Zone (in the expo hall)

San Diego VMUG USERCON tracks agenda

Some logistics for the day:

This is a different venue than years past. The Marriott Marquis is the beautiful shiny curved building downtown right on the harbor. Plan your driving/parking accordingly.

Also NOTE:

There will be no printed agendas at this event, so to make the most of your day at the San Diego VMUG UserCon be sure you download the free VMUG mobile app on either iTunes App or Google Play.
You can view the AGENDA on the San Diego VMUG UserCon – Visitor Portal Or take a look at a screenshot right over here
 San Diego VMUG USERCON full agenda
I will be presenting a breakout session in Miramar at 9:35 AM – 10:15 AM.
Dell Cloud Client Computing:
Desktop Virtualization Realized:How EVO:RAIL, PowerEdge 13G Servers and vGPU Can Help You Achieve Your Desktop Virtualization Goals
Organizations need IT solutions that are simplified, high performing and innovative to meet the growing workload, growth and mobility demands of business and their most valuable assets, their people. Desktop virtualization addresses those needs in multiple ways, and is thus becoming a popular main stream option. One of the common pain points that organizations face in adopting a virtual desktop environment is with predictable, scalable growth. With EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition, customers are able to increase user density quickly, with known performance and predictable linear costs per seat, all with a rapid time-to-value. Another common pain point with the end user experience. With the launch of Dell PowerEdge 13G servers and the growing requirement of graphic intensive workloads, virtualized Graphical Processor Units (vGPU), organizations can now offer high-density virtualized environments that offer rich, satisfying high resolution graphics to their users. In this session, you will learn about the technical aspects of the recently launched EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition, recent advancements in server technologies and high density shared graphical solutions offered thru Dell. Dell’s Cloud Client-Computing engineers have spent over 100,000 engineering hours testing, validating and certifying virtualized technologies to ensure the best possible experience possible. These developed solutions, specifications and solution and appliance architectures are designed to get your desktop virtualization environment optimized with high performance on any device, anywhere and anytime.
 I did not author that description, by the way… just sayin’ phew kinda long. I promise not to read it to you if you come to my session🙂.

So, did you REGISTER yet?
>>> If not, GO HERE>>>


DISCLOSURE: I work for Dell. Dell is a sponsor of the San Diego VMware User Group USERCON event. I am also a member of the leadership steering committee for San Diego VMware User Group. I was not requested to write about this event by Dell, VMware or VMUG HQ nor do they endorse this content. This is my personal blog. These words are mine and views expressed here should not be implied as being endorsed by or to reflect those of my employer.

If you’d like to find out more about Kyle Murley, see where I currently work and where I have been previously employed, review my profile on LinkedIn

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And then the @dropcam says to the @nest I’ll see your motion and raise you 2 degrees…

My dorky attempt at humor to say, while neither my @Dropcam nor my @Nest talk to ME (yet), they do now talk to each other🙂

This is a quick post. I saw an update come across today for the Dropcam App.


Since it mentioned Nest and I have both devices in my home, I wanted to try out the newest integration.

Remember, Google bought Nest and then “Nest” bought Dropcam.

I’ve had both for almost 2 years so pre-Goog and I admit I was a bit skeptical at first but definitely think the integration has promise to bring much cool to the IoT table.

So, I read the release notes, updated the Dropcam app and launched it.
Sure enough a new menu item appeared.


Clicking Connect with Nest brought two pages of explanation and a Continue button:



The explanation seemed interesting. I continued to a prompt for my Nest account


Once authenticated by Nest the Dropcam App showed connected.


Disregard the kids’ toys strewn about ;P

Inside Dropcam there are new Nest Alert Schedule & Nest Camera Schedule that can be toggled on/off.



To test each feature out I enabled them both.

Switching over to my Nest App, I manually set Away.



After verifying that my Dropcam was On, I then switched the Nest back to home.



Sure enough, my Dropcam switch off on its own.


The reverse also worked, the camera turned on when I “left”.

I didn’t see any alerts in my activity feed, but I’m also using the Activities Zones feature and I have them pretty well dialed in so not many stray false alerts.

I’ve also enabled a few IFTTT Recipes with my Nest. Overall, the integration of these two “Things” feels like a good start.


My next gadget splurge may be a SmartThings hub, as I like the openness it seems to offer and already play nice with these and a few other devices I have a geek crush on.🙂

Do you use any of these tools? What are your thoughts?