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.


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

To see what else am currently saying, reading or following, find me on Twitter @kylemurley



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

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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#vBrownBag LATAM @VMworld 2014 sesiones recomendadas #VMUG y #vExpert, #VMunderground

The following content is in Spanish, the language in which the webinar is presented.
cross-post: blog:

El pasado 24 de julio, 2014  #vBrownBag LATAM presentó el tema @VMworld sesiones y recomendaciones por Larry Gonzalez, Kyle Murley y Randall Cruz.

(tip: se puede ampliar a pantalla completa y cambiar la calidad de reprodución a HD 720p).

vBrownBag en español es una expansión de la plataforma para el crecimiento profesional y contribución a la comunidad VMware de habla hispana en América Latina, España y alrededor del mundo.

Desde que se anunció el lanzamiento de los vBrownBag en castellano como expansión de la plataforma venimos grabando las presentaciones realizadas cada jueves a las 7:00 pm hora pacífico (PDT) (02:00 UTC).

Para facilitar el acceso al contenido hemos decidido hacerlo disponible por un canal de YouTube vBrownbagLATAM

Para no perder el webinar en vivo cada semana le invitamos a inscribirse como participante

Seguimos reclutando presentadores

Los temas están por determinarse y serán representativos de la necesidad y capacidad de los participantes.

Se puede anotar como presentador en:

¡Anímese a compartir y aprender juntos con los miembros de esta, nuestra comunidad vBrownbag en español!

Reflection: #VMworld EU 2013 – Barcelona – #vBrownbag TechTalks #vCommunityPower

On this long Thanksgiving weekend, in addition to taking some time away from the office, I also took some time to catch up on this, my personal blog. Here’s an overdue post reflecting on my 2013 VMworld EU experience as a member of the vBrownbag crew.

First and foremost I want to thank our awesome sponsors and applaud the efforts of the entire Global vBrownbag Crew who worked together with VMware Community power team: John Troyer @jtroyer, Corey Romero @vCommunityGuy and Tony Dunn @Tony_Dunn. Together these folks made it possible for Damian @sixfootdad, @GreggRobertson5, GS @gurusimran, John Harris @vCACGuy and myself @kylemurley to bring the Community Powered vBrownbag TechTalks to you live from VMworld EU in Barcelona, Spain.

In the HangSpace we had a first class setup in a prime location at the entrance to the Community Lounge. The layout consisted of comfortable couches and chairs, Blogger tables with power and even hardwired network connections. Up front and center we had a very legit newsroom studio broadcast table with a sharp VMworld 2013 backdrop. We brought along audio video hardware to make Livestreaming to the internet and archiving possible. For the in person audience we had rows of seats up front, facing a set of speakers and dual flat panel displays on either side.


More than 25 Tech Talk presenters gave their lightning talks across three days. Topics varied from getting started with DevOps, building homelabs, certification paths, to building a VMUG chapter. By far the most popular session was William Lam’s #UnSupported Tech Talk which drew a crowd of 35+ live viewers and pushed our stream over the double digits. What all of the presenters have in common is they are enthusiastic volunteers who contribute willingly to the vBrownbag community by sharing their knowledge and resources.


Software Defined difficulties – Pulling off the TechTalks requires the daily setup and tear down of a somewhat complex system comprised of live video feeds from multiple HD cameras, a network for screencasting from the presenter laptop, local PPT of bumper/agenda slides, an audio feed from multiple wireless mics. All of this is then mixed and output to two local displays for the in person audience plus fed to a live stream on the interwebs. On the first day we got a solid workflow down by about the third presenter. That is, as long as everything worked as expected. Being technologists, the crew of volunteer hosts and presenters all realize that things don’t always work as expected and that’s why our jobs even exist, right? Well, the vBrownbag Tech Talks were no exception. Based on previous experience, changes to the setup were made in between VMworld US and Europe. The MBP running the software to support the muxing was “upgraded”(?) to Win7. This caused some weirdness at times and even the occasional BSOD. It was character building to say the least! The good thing is we all worked through it and our guest presenters were more than patient with us as we powered through making it happen for the community!

Crunchy Cloud Hardware Failures – All of the equipment for the audio/video feeds had to broken down, packed up and stored for the night as it couldn’t be left out. Like good geeks, we had diagrams, procedures, narrative descriptions, screenshots and camera phone images of all the cables and labels in their correct configuration. There is one thing all of that still can’t save you from and that is the laws of physics, specifically when dealing with electrical power supplies, voltage converters, sockets, plugs and the like. On Wednesday morning as everything was being set back up, our audio mixer suffered a fatal power related failure that knocked us down for a bit and had us scrambling. Being the social community people that we are, our immediate reaction was to reach out to our friends, colleagues and partners at the conference to see if they could help. Tweets were sent, texts & IMs went out and within the hour our incredible community came through for us with a new (even better) mixer that brought us back online and the Tech Talks continued.

Community Powered Love – Overall, the entire VMworld experience has been incredible. The TechTalks confirm what we already know, vBrownbag definitely feels the warm embrace of the transcontinental (heck, global) virtualization community and that is what powers us. As professionals in the industry that we work in, a very high level of technical skill and knowledge is needed but those who truly perform at their optimal rely heavily upon and share back to the distributed braintrust that is ever so vibrant and growing. It is almost a palpable sensation. I know that a personal sense of commitment to pay it back/forward is what motivates me as a member of the vBrownbag Crew and leader of the LATAM vBrownbag.

Don’t Stop Brownbaggin! – If you weren’t able to attend VMworld EU in Barcelona this year, or even if you did but never made it to the community lounge, I invite you to check out the many TechTalks that have been posted.

As you watch, think about joining us for a live session and presenting a deepdive technical demo yourself. There’s mounds and mounds of opportunity for a global community across our four GEO locations ( US, EMEA, APAC & LATAM )

Check us out for more info at or  and on Twitter  #vBrownbag


24 hours in Atlanta – VMware User Group @ATLVMUG #ATLVMUG

The Atlanta VMUG Annual User Conference was plugged as a large event attended by an engaged and well informed community and it did not disappoint!

I’ve regularly attended local and regional VMUG events since 2008. Initially as a user, later as a speaker and lately as a volunteer on the leadership advisory committee. Atlanta’s Annual User Conference was my first time attending a VMUG as a sponsor. My employer is a VMware partner and we had a table/booth along with a square on the stamp-o-mania passport booth hopping game sheet, of which there were two, count ’em two, each with an opportunity to score a $500 MasterCard gift card. Not to shabby.

The event was held at the Georgia World Congress Center If there is one thing I learned during my short stay (<24 hours) it was, Atlanta goes BIG when they VMUG. Not only were there gobs of users in attendance, the vendors were keenly aware of this and showed up in full force. Our table was #62 of nearly 80 that were there.

VMUG badge flag

I’ve attended VMUGs in various capacities since 2008

As a customer I have always appreciated VMUGs and vForums as for me they feel less intense in the sense that the schedule purposely has gaps for mingling time and the format is generally open so impromptu conversations are easy to pick up. This creates a vibe that is less “edgy” and ensures that a trip down a row of booths will not feel like a carnival in which everyone is gaming for you attention. As a partner now, I appreciated the fact that the vast majority of people I interacted with at our booth did not seem to be in a hurry or stand-offish. I saw a great many actually taking the time to visit each booth and find out what each particular vendor does. Nearly everyone appeared genuinely engaged in a manner that was both mutually respectful and  collegial.   We as vendors have solutions or services to offer and the user community is generally receptive to learning about the options that are available to them. The back and forth with customer inquiries as to how specific technical or operational challenges are addressed demonstrated a well informed population with the skills and knowledge to assess the myriad of hot technologies coming down the pipe for VMware customers.

As this was just an overnight, out and back trip, I didn’t get a chance to explore Atlanta outside of my hotel and the venue, but I hope to return sometime soon to do just that.

My return flight home was scheduled to depart ATL at 830 EST… corresponding exactly with #vBrownBag start time… I did not want to miss this week’s presenter, as it was announced CTO @herrod would be joining, making it an extra special. Fortunately my flight was delayed a bit (#WhoSaysThat?) and thanks to the wonders of @gogoinflight once on board I was able to tune in to finish out the entire session. #Winning!

Proximal Data VP biz dev Rich Pappas at Atlanta VMUG

Our VP of  biz dev at Atlanta VMUG booth

Kyle VMUG - I'm comin outa the booooooth

I’m comin’ outta the booooooth!

@SanDiegoVMUG all day event VMworld 2012 briefing, including labs @MarriottDelMar


[update 11/19] Presentation materials have been posted to (acct. req’d)

The San Diego’s VMware User Group all day event on Tues. 10/30 was hosted at the San Diego Marriott in Del Mar. The overall theme for this meeting was “VMworld 2012 Recap”

Especially for those users who did not attend this year’s VMworld, this was an opportunity to briefed on the latest announcements and technology trends that came out of this year’s conference.

Attendance at the all day events is normally double the regular member meetings, so there was a good showing.

The local VMUG leadership team did a great job putting together this event. Many thanks to  Christian Boddaert, Chris Catano and Lawrence Dee for their hard work and dedication to maintaining the local user group and to  Nth Generation for cosponsoring this event and providing hands on labs.

An especially well attended session was:

  • Comparing VMware vSphere 5.1 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V  Both platforms offer major enhancements; find out what Nth Labs tests have revealed!

View from the back of the room captured by Matt Weiner @VMwareVTSP

If you are a local San Diego VMware user and don’t already attend SDVMUG, please consider joining us!

The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization consisting of more than 75,000 members worldwide.

Joining is easy, it’s FREE (as in beer). Membership is completely voluntary with no fees or complicated joining process. Sign up, show up and start benefiting from the wealth of knowledge and support provided by your fellow professional VMware community members.

There are a number of ways to get involved and there are varying levels of commitment.

For the latest info and access to presentation content:

For a glimpse at the format and topics covered, take a look at the agenda from the full day event below:

9:00 – 9:30a – Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30a
– Welcome & Introductions
– IT Trends for the next 1-5 Years
– VMworld Highlights
– vSphere 5.1 for Virtualizing Business Critical Applications
10:30 – 10:40a BREAK
10:30 – 3:30p Hands-on Labs by Nth Generation
Up to 100 45–min Lab Sessions, First Come First Serve –See “Lab Descriptions” below
10:40 – 12:00p
– Cloud Readiness – Strategy, Governance & Security Considerations
– VMware Cloud Management
– vCenter Operations + Demo
– Site Recovery Manager
– VMware Horizon
– Drawing
12:00 – 1:30pm LUNCH & PARTNER EXPO
1:30 – 2:40p
– vSphere 5.1 vs. Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
– VMware Cloud Infrastructure
– vCloud Networking and Security
– vCloud Director + Demo
– HP Converged Solutions for VMware
o *New* HP Insight Control for vCenter server (Servers, Storage & Network Mgmt)
o *New* HP CloudSystem Matrix integration with vCloud Director (“AutoFlex”)
o *New* ProLiant Gen8 servers, new Advanced Technologies, DL980
o *New* “Flat SAN” with 3PAR Utility Storage & BladeSystem
2:40 – 2:50p BREAK
2:50 – 4:00p
– PaloAlto Networks – Security Solutions for the Physical and Virtual Data Center
– DataCore – Software Defined Storage for the Software Defined Data Center
– CommVault – A Better Way to Protect Virtualized Environments
– Quantum – Protecting and Preserving Data Across Physical, Virtual, and Cloud Environments
– Drawing

4:00 – 5:30p – PARTNER EXPO

Labs Sessions
-Software Defined Datacenter *
-vCD Infrastructure Resiliency
-vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1
-vCloud Networking and Security Suite *
-vSphere Distributed Switch Features
-VMware Infrastructure Navigator 1.1
-vCM for vSphere 5.4.1
-vCenter Operations Manager 5.0 *
-Site Recovery Manager 5.0
-vSphere 5 Storage Enhancements
-vSphere Auto Deploy
-vSphere Web Client (5.0)
-vCM 5.4 OS Provisioning
-vFabric Application Director
-View 5 Persona Mgt
-View5.1 Pool Management *

* Strongly Recommended