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 http://bit.ly/1RNDQsl

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.

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vBrownBag at ProfessionalVMware.com 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.

 

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  • 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

 

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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 >>> http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=9018  <<<  …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: MikeLaverick.com

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 vTagion.com

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
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 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
Description:
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>>>
http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=9018

 

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

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

 

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#MSTechEd 2014 Day 3 – Swimming w/MS fishes #TheKrewe #MVPs #HyperV #Storage & more…

Day 3 – Wednesday :

There were again two overlapping session covering strorage Jose Barreto, & Damnien were presenting on SDS at the same time as Eric Matthew and ___ were doing #DCIMB346 Best Practices for Deploying Storage Spaces Ballroom A

Session #DCIM-B346 Best Practices for Deploying Tiered Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 by Bryan Matthew, Chris Robinson

Since the rooms were next to each other I hit up Jose for a storage poster and made my way up to the front row of Bryan and Chris’ session.

 

Following the I attended PDT Deployment Toolkit by Rob Willis  Awesome. Out of completely random chance I ended up sitting next to Rob later in the evening.

 

Microsoft booth – Cloud & Datacenter Infrastructure Management

3pm Stop – Instructor Led Hands on Lab Time! #SCVMM & Storage. Short 45 min lab – https://twitter.com/kylemurley/status/466674425149263873

 

HP – Jeff. iLo cmdlets

Our VP of Biz Dev for Proximal Data was still in town from the Petri event we sponsored the night before. We had bite to eat together and had a few more good conversations and I was back out on the expo floor to learn about what other vendors are providing in the Hyper-V / SCVMM space.

Being Wednesday my calendar started telling me I had an event schedule for noon California time. I usually make an effort to run into the weekly live recording sessions and chat for the VMTN community podcast. This Wednesday I made a special effort, while this great Microsoft event to listen in and chat along with the VMware community as we wished John Troyer continued success in his new independent role at TechReckoning and no longer as the DeFacto VMware community connector that has brought so many of us together to grow and learn from each other as IT professionals, partners and friends. If you’re not already aware of the role that John play(s/-ed) in founding and nurturing the #vExperts, Community forums, blogs, etc, then you should listen to this episode as Mike Laverick coaxes John along through an incredible journey that John has had. If you don’t care to listen or can’t make the time, I’ll just summarize for you: John Troyer is the Wizard of Oz. That is all!

 

I spoke with several hardware storage appliance manufacturers about their integration with Microsoft’s various administration and orchestration tools. Most either already have or are working to release an SMI-S provider to integrate with SCVMM for provisioning and management of their storage resources, which is a nice thing to have as it offers one stop shopping for creation of VMs, LUNs, shares, etc. as well as bringing to the table additional entry points for automation tools to access all components of the virtualization stack over an industry standard interface. What I did not see much of were VMM client add-ins. I was hoping to see some vendors plugging into the VMM client itself to bubble up performance monitoring and statistics tracking from their underlying systems within the context of the Virtual Machine Manager. Most of the interfaces I saw on display were not embedded into the ‘single pane of glass’ but rather delivered via a separate interface in either a web browser or from an installable management application run on a desktop next to the VMM client. One vendor that I consider to be very advanced in the area of VM aware statistics and performance monitoring is Tintrí. I visited their booth to speak with them about what they currently offer for Microsoft virtualization. They do have an SMI-S provider already and are working on additional integration with SCVMM. It happened that while I was talking with them, the Microsoft PM for SCVMM was at their booth chatting with Tintri’s director of engineering. We discussed the potential integration points and areas within the VMM Client where it would make sense to bubble up the rich info that is already available via the Tintri web interface. In talking with the Microsoft PM I showed him the add-in that we have developed for Proximal Data’s AutoCache for Hyper-V and also asked the PM about some challenges with specific areas where we’d like to do a bit more but there doesn’t appear to be consideration within the SDK that is available and supported by Microsoft. One such item I will share with you in hopes that you may also echo this sentiment if it is something you’d like to see. The add-in mechanims that handles extenion registration cannot currenlty be automated. Meaning that although you may delivert the zip file necessary for the the Client to add the add-in, this cannot be worked into an MSI installation precedure. Channel 9 prezi clearly states that this is not possible and I’ve not been able to locate documentation of a method for doing it. This represents another post-installation task that a user has to perform following installation. I would love it if the setup could simply do the add-in registration as part of the installer.

 

#MSTechEd 2014 Day 4 – Swimming with the MS fishes #TheKrewe #MVPs #HyperV #Storage & more…

MSTechEd Day 4: Thursday – Final day

In the morning there were not many session that interested me. I did find a session on by  Ben Day @PluralSight instructor covering SCRUM, QA, UAT & Test/Dev Release practices as they relate to development tools. Remember now, I am not a developer, but I do sit next to one. Working at a startup, individual roles or titles are less relevant that is the actual fundamental key to shipping a product, Do The Work. For myself this means that in addition to customer and partner engagement, a large component of my energy goes into taking the feedback I capture and doing Product (Solution) Design. Our developers already practice test-based coding in which as a feature is designed, prototyped and integrated into the product, iterative testing is performed in parallel at each stage to ensure that there are no unintended interactions as various moving pieces are stitched together. Significant components of traditional QA might be ‘boring’ to some people but it is nonetheless critically important to delivering a reliable product that hits the mark on DWYSYWD. This is why as much as possible, the ‘boring’ stuff should be automated to focus on the ‘fun’ stuff. Functional and Exploratory testing can be more fun at least for me, I enjoy putting on my chaos monkey hat and swinging through the buttons and screens, clicking and poking my cursor where it should be and feeding bad parameters to commanlines who didn’t want to see me doing that. Overall I strive to make my contributions to the product release cycle align with the principles of Jez Humble’s book Continuous Delivery.

Back to the conference though…. The remainder of Thursday I decided to invest more time in the Hands On Labs.

Fail. – Step 1. NTP sync problem between the VMs & hosts involved in this lab environment. Essentially there are a minimum of two VMs and two or more physical hosts involved in the lab setup. These are broken down as follows: a Domain Controller VM and a SystemCenter Virtual Machine Manager VM, the physical servers running Hyper-V hosts (2 in the lab I did)  and then a File Server which could be a single server or multiple in a cluster.

 

#MSTechEd 2014 Day 2 – Swimming with the MS fishes #TheKrewe #MVPs #HyperV #Storage & more…

Hopefully with these posts you gain some insight into what I saw as a first time attendee of Microsoft’s TechEd conference. I’m new to this community, so please steer me toward any additional resources, people or streams that I should plug into so I have the optimal conference experience at my next TechEd.

I covered my first day of TechEd in one post. As the pace of the event picked up, I realized I would have to summarize each of the following three days in a followup post to be edited later. That ended up being done on the plane home and it was a giant wall of words that I knew had to be broken up into chunks.. That’s what I have now had time to do. Here is my second day. [UPDATE: I’ve since posted Day 3, and Day 4.]

Before jumping into Tuesday, let’s finish up Monday night. I attended an appropriately Texan, cowboy themed event followed by dinner with a few people I know that work for a leading hyper-converged infrastructure solution that  like Proximal Data’s AutoCache now has a generally available product that supports the ‘big three’ virtualization platforms, Hyper-V, VMware and KVM. Despite arriving late to the restaurant, the manger and even one of the owners came over to our table to let us know we should feel welcome to stay as late as we liked. The meal was delicious and conversation was paired perfectly.

MSTechEd Day 2 – Tuesday:

On the second day of TechEd my focus was on storage, storage, and storage. I made it a priority to attend breakout sessions related to this and sought out community members and SMEs I had researched beforehand.

Being fairly new to the Microsoft approach to virtualization, I specifically focused on storage because, as has been the trend ever since virtualization became a ‘thing’, with storage there is always a ton to take into consideration when designing a solution that offers services that are scaleable and performant.

In Philip Moss’ session on Monday’s entitled Service Provider Datacenter Architecture  #DCIM-B211

In the morning I found my way to the solution expo, where I met Jose Barreto in the MS booth. Chatting with Jose I realized I had found my ‘spot’ at the show. The next few hours flew by with some great convos with Microsoft customers and partners that came to chat with Product Managers and MVPs including, Philip March, Aidin Finn among others.

In the afternoon, there were actually two session at the same time that I wanted to attend.

As it turned out, DCIMB335 Microsoft Storage in Production… FAILED! …Well, I mean the session was cancelled.Since I had been debating over which of two conflicting session to attend, I’m actually glad in a way that the decision was made for me.

The Dell Maximizing Storage Efficiency with Dell and Microsoft Storage Spaces  session #DCIM-397 was another great prezi, including a ton of live demonstrations driven by clear, well scripted demos that you could tell had been thought out and planned to make it easy to know what you should be looking at.  I’ve seen ( & admittedly, likely presented myself) some demos in which it’s not immediately clear where or what on the screen you should be paying attention to as the presenter… click, click, click, oops, well, ummm, mumbles…  over here and then over here and here and well back there… and the audience is left asking, where? huh? This was definitely high quality session. The two Dell presenters were solid in their knowledge and made a point to complement each other perfectly while answering questions and taking us through at a nice pace, not rushed but not kindergartner speed either. Following the prezi I chatted with both of the presenters about the various product offerings they have in the enterprise storage and virtualization space and how/where the JBOD enclosures, controllers and rack mount servers all fit into Dell’s “Fluid Storage Architecture”. It was a great conversation that we took back to their booth and continued there on the expo floor. Having been a customer of theirs I attended several Storage Forum events and so I got to say hello to many friends working the booth.

On Tuesday evening my company, Proximal Data sponsored drinks together with Veeam  at an Authors Meet & Greet for Petri IT Knowledgebase. This event was held at Andalucia a nearby Spanish Tapas bar and restaurant where in addition to great spirits and delicious food we had an excellent mix of attendees including IT Pro end-users, customers, along with several service providers who are involved in delivery and implementation of Microsoft-based cloud and virtualized solutions, many of whom are recognized as MVPs and also contribute to the community in other ways, including as authors for Petri. In attendance were — List names — Damian Phynn, Aidin Finn,,

Drinks, turned into dinner which turned into moving next door to House of Blues where I caught up with a number of friends and community members from the industry, many of whom have ‘moved around’ lately. It was great to catch up on who’s working where and what they’re up to. The music being performed by jam session volunteers was fun and plenty of drinks and light snacks made for a great close of what was another exhausting but invigorating day at TechEd.

End Day 2 #BackToTheHotel…

Hoy jueves 12 setiembre 7pm PST #vBrownbagLATAM en español @virtualizecr & @PunchingClouds presentan intro a #VSAN bit.ly/BrownbagLATAM

Hoy jueves 12 setiembre 7pm PST #vBrownbagLATAM en español @virtualizecr & @PunchingClouds presentan intro a #VSAN http://bit.ly/BrownbagLATAM
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2013-06-27 ProfessionalVMware #vBrownBag LATAM, #VCAP DCA obj.6.3 Troubleshoot Networking Performance & Connectivity @elnemesisdivina

crosspost from: http://professionalvmware.com/2013/06/vbrownbaglatam2013junio27/

 

The following content is in Spanish, the language in which the webinar is presented.

el 27 de junio, 2013 en ProfessionalVMware #vBrownBag LATAM se presentó el obj.6.3 Troubleshoot Networking Performance & Connectivity por Raymundo Escobar @elnemesisdivina

 

Recursos y respuestas a algunas preguntas del público durante la sesión: