VMUG Voice

Lindy Grady is one of our female leaders from Indianapolis.  She attended VMworld in Las Vegas and participated in the annual Leader Lunch, a time where leaders get to recognize peers, spend time with VMware executives and talk about progressing VMUG.  Lindy took this opportunity to address the lack of women involved in VMUG.  This discussion got me thinking.  This is something we can all work on to improve; diversifying VMUG. If we put a bit of effort throughout the year to encourage our female co-workers to participate with us, I bet we could see a noticeable change at next year’s VMworld.  It starts at a local level.  Ask your attendees to invite females ...
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Goodbye vCenter Server for Windows   VMware plans to deprecate vCenter Server for Windows in the next numbered release. Do you have questions on how to migrate from vCenter Server for Windows 5.5 or 6.0 to the vCenter Server Appliance 6.5? Learn more in this video .    More Deprecation Announcements VMware plans to deprecate vmkLinux APIs along with the associated driver ecosystem in the next numbered release. Learn more about it in this blog . Flash based vSphere Web Client is also being deprecated. The next version of vSphere will the terminal release supporting availability of vSphere Web Client. Find out what this means to your partners ...
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Previously available only in hard copy, this downloadable e-book is brought to you by VMUG and Rubrik and is exclusively available to a limited audience including VMUG members. The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts. Written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources. This book shows that you can fundamentally and materially improve the systems you’re building, making them run consistently faster by deeply understanding and optimizing them. ...
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Working at the VMware User Group is a very interesting job. You are not employed by VMware, but you are very close to the company and have a vested interest in their success. The success of the company has an impact on the user group. This is the case for any OEM/user group relationship. I have no extra insight or information on VMware. I watch them closely and read what others are saying about the company. There is plenty of press out there discussing VMware, and my opinion of VMware is bullish. What I like the most is the message that VMware believes in partnership. Former foes are now partnering with VMware. That doesn’t mean they don’t compete in some ...
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Our worlds are filled with content. In my household, we have cable delivering channels I have never watched, and I’d guess I’m not alone. We have multiple streaming providers delivering hundreds of hours of content, the vast majority of which we will never consume. We have endless timeline updates on social media delivered to our TV, computers, and phones. If that isn’t enough, we can ask our AI devices to give us more content. Content isn’t the problem; valuable content is. With all of this content, I find myself making a quick value judgement . I prefer written content over video content. I like to scan the article and pull out the bits I find interesting. ...
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It seems to me that members are very interested in learning about the cloud – hybrid, on-premises, public, private – the options go on.  What’s exciting is that members are now deploying their cloud strategy and carefully moving to a new compute platform.  If you’re not that far along, there’s no need to be concerned.  Making this move is something businesses need to evaluate on an individual basis.  Here are some thoughts to consider as you move to the cloud.   For this blog, I am defining the cloud as utilizing someone’s else compute.  I’ll assume we’ve all deployed on-premises cloud with your own equipment utilizing VMware, regardless of whether that’s ...
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Matt Heldstab is one of VMUG’s most active leaders. He has been instrumental in many VMUG projects such as EUC Explore, leading the v0dgeball team to a bronze medal in the 2017 VMworld tournament, and now Blogtober . So when Matt asked me to participate, I couldn’t say no. Many VMUG members blog, and it is a fantastic way to share your thoughts and ideas with the community. The community responds and produces conversation which leads to ideas which leads to action. This is tapping into the community. If you have heard me speak, you know I encourage everyone to tap into the community. You get out what you put in, and blogging is one way to give back. ...
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VMware Wants To Share … VMware updates to the VMUG Community   Each month, VMware Business Units provide information important to the VMUG community.       Please tell us where you are today with your vSphere client usage in this quick 2-question survey !   Hear how 3 companies are Growing Business with a Modernized Data Center: To meet today’s business demand for faster delivery of IT services, IT needs to evolve to a modern data center that is virtualized, software defined , and automated, with a consistent operational model for infrastructure and application delivery. Learn how three companies are approaching ...
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Cogratulations to all 2017 VMUG Service Awards winners!   PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Awarded to an individual who not only serves and supports their local VMUG community, but also supports the larger mission of the global VMUG organization, providing constructive feedback and helping to connect his/her local group  with the global community   2017 Winners: NORAM Brandon Seymour (Rochester, Syracuse, Capital District) Brandon wrote a blog about VMUG that brought a lot of exposure to the community. He’s applied best practices from the Rochester community to other area communities. Brandon is very active on social media ...
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VMworld Highlights By Keith Townsend, VMUG Editorial Contributor and CTO Advisor   Am I the only one who feels like their head is going to explode?!? The past three weeks have moved at a breakneck pace, and our jobs changed dramatically while staying the same. Let me give you a short list from VMworld 2017 US/Europe:   -    General availability of VMware Cloud on AWS (we could just stop here) -    VMware vCloud Foundation and cloud partners -    Project HCX -    Pivotal Kubernetes Service -    vRealize Multi-Cloud Management -    VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 -    NSX-T 2.0 -    VMware vCloud NFV-OpenStack Edition -    ...
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VMware Wants to Share … VMworld US | August 27-31 | Las Vegas VMworld Europe | September 11-14 | Barcelona                               Create a customized experience at VMworld 2017 When it comes to getting the education you need to create the future you want, VMworld 2017 US and VMworld 2017 Europe are the places to be. Book your preferred sessions now with VMware’s schedule builder – and get targeted recommendations based on your profile and interests. Only registered attendees can save their seat in the sessions of their choice – so register today! https://www.vmworld.com/en/us/learning/sessions.html   Sessions ...
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  Meet VMUG Board Member Bonnie Bauder Technology Engineer State of South Dakota   What is your life like outside of VMUG and VMware?   I have a 10 year old daughter and a 9 year old son that keep us pretty busy most of the year with piano, hockey, soccer, and football. I also love traveling, camping, reading, and cooking.     Tell us a little about your background with VMware.   I’ve been in IT for 20 years, starting in desktop support.  When I started in my current position 10 years ago, I was introduced to virtualization. We had five virtual servers running on Microsoft Virtual Server.  ...
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Meet VMUG Central Ohio Local Leader Consultant, Infrastructure Engineering at Nationwide Kurt Bohman What is your life like outside of VMUG and VMware? I spend most of my time with my wife, our three young daughters, and their activities.  The oldest is in Irish Dance and softball, the middle in soccer and piano, and for now, the youngest is only taking swim lessons.  I also coach my daughters’ softball and soccer teams, which I really enjoy.  By creating lineups and tracking stats, coaching has tremendously increased my Microsoft Excel skills and has resulted in my newfound love for Sports Team Management apps.  More personally, ...
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VMware Wants to Share for June  VMworld 2017 VMworld is the one place you can find get the education and skills to create the future you want . VMworld offers the education, connections, and inspiration for the technology professionals who are inventing the future. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from industry thought leaders, network with peers and attend a wide range of breakout sessions and trainings . Want to know more about the 2017 session offerings? Save the date, June 20, when the VMworld global content catalog goes live. VMworld US | August 27-31 | Las Vegas VMworld Europe | September 11-14 | Barcelona Register today! ...
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  Runecast was founded in 2014 by a group of VMware experts. It brought a simple but powerful idea to life, which earned the excitement and admiration of customers and the VMware community. It is one of those ideas that make you think - "How come I did not think of this first?" Runecast Analyzer proactively discovers potential risks in your VMware infrastructure by correlating the current VMware Knowledgebase with the vSphere configuration and logs. This unique functionality helps customers discover seemingly un-diagnosable issues before they cause major outages. Other VMware operations products out there focus mainly on performance and capacity management. ...
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Meet VMUG Italy Leader Pietro Piutti Systems Engineer with the United Nations   What is your life like outside of VMUG and VMware? I am married and moved from Italy to Spain just over a year ago.  We are enjoying learning how to live in a foreign country, although Spain is not so different with its laid-back lifestyle.  I like to travel when possible, and love hiking and relaxing in the mountains – very peaceful.  And I have a passion for music, especially British and American indie bands!   Tell us a little about your background with VMware: I worked for the UN from 2006 to 2012, and started working with VMware on ...
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VMware updates to the VMUG Community   Each month, VMware Business Units provide information important to the VMUG community. Click through to view the detailed blog to stay on top of VMware news, updates and opportunities.   VMware invites you to: Voice your opinions, expectations and priorities for VMware - take the survey Learn more and register for VMworld 2017 Find out more about the VMTN Global Forum by Language program by reading this brief blog post or by visiting the VMTN Global Forums. Understand use cases for HCI in this whitepaper Find out how micro-segmentation can transform your data center security ...
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The NSX Mindset represents a new paradigm in the IT industry.  Overall it represents the monumental changes occurring as network virtualization rapidly rises to the forefront of data center architecture. To VMware, as a company, the NSX Mindset is symbolic of the company’s growth, innovation, and leadership in the industry.  Much like VMware ESX began as ripple and became a tidal wave in a global industry, the stone of NSX has been cast into the pond.  Only this time the stone is much bigger and being thrown by a much stronger arm.  With over 500,000 VMware vSphere customers and a dominant market share in the compute virtualization space, VMware is ...
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MIKE NELSON Architect, Secura Insurance Tell us a little about your background with VMware : Well, I’ve been doing IT for over 24 years - I’ve been in it a long time! I started out when things were very simple and rudimentary:  We used big floppy disks and did a lot of data entry, worked on big mainframes, things like that. I actually got into virtualization in early 2000 and VMware in 2006, looking at it trying to figure out how it would work for the company I was working for at the time.  When we got to the point of moving away from physical and trying the new concept of virtualization I got hooked immediately. I studied relentlessly, ...
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Today’s digital transformation revolution is facilitating an enormous growth of data and information generated in the enterprise. The transformation offers organizations an abundance of benefits ranging from business agility, business opportunities, business profitability, and more. This growth of data is exponential and is being generated in the realm of hundreds of petabytes per day. According to a study conducted by IDC in April 2014, the digital transformation is doubling the size of data and information that is being generated every two years. According to the study, by 2020 the amount of data created and copied annually will reach 44 zettabytes, ...
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