Don’t miss the Chicago VMUG meeting on October 20th

Hey Virtual people it’s VMUG time again in Chicago. We will be having the next Chicago VMUG on October 20th, 2010 at the Addison Dave and Busters. The main focus of the meeting is VDI with a recap of VMworld 2010 announcements and general networking with your peers. We had a hard time squeezing in everything that we wanted into this meeting so after the meeting everyone is welcome to hang around Dave & Busters afterward for some informal discussions around any VMware related topics.

Here is a break down of the meeting activities and Please register at the link below.

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Agenda
10:00 a.m. VMware Update: VMworld Announcements & View 4.5
10:45 a.m. Desktop Virtualization (Elias Khnaser)
11:30 a.m. Important Thin Client Decisions When Planning for VDI (Wyse)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Desktop Transformation (RES Software)
01:00 p.m. VDI Q&A Panel
01:50 p.m. Raffle Prizes

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Let everyone know your a VMUG member with this cool VMUG Army T-Shirt

Like most others I am a supporter of my local VMUG. I am always trying to get the word out about how great the VMUG’s are and get others to join up. You can learn some great skills there and networking with other VMware people is always good. So I figured it would be a great way to get the word out by creating a VMUG T-Shirt. There are also long sleeve versions and sweatshirts available. I started with this one design and might make localized versions of it if there is enough demand from the regional VMUG groups. I also have a few other ideas for some other shirts that I might make in the future.

So if you are a VMUG member or want to be run out and join and purchase one of these sweet T-Shirts. With any proceeds that I make will go to support this blog and the Chicago VMUG blog that I also run. Drop me a comment here or an email or tweet me if you have any questions.

Link to shirt to purchase

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Chicago VMware VMUG recap and notes

I would like to say a Big Thanks to everyone that attended today and a special thanks to our sponsor Compellent. Compellent gave a nice presentation about their technology and what they have accomplished in their 5 years since they released the first product. I will give a short break down of the different presentations today and if we are able to get the slide decks from the presenters we will publish them over on the Chicago VMUG blog.

In our first presentation of the day Chris Fox of VMware was in and gave an overview of the new features of vSphere 4.1. There were discussions about SIOC (Storage IO Control), NIOC (Network IO Control), VAAI the API’s for array integration were some of the most talked about features. It was also discussed that VMware ESX 4.1 classic will be the last release of the ESX flavor of Hypervisor. Sometime in 2011 there is expected to be the next major release of vSphere and it will only be available in ESXi flavor.

In the second session of the day Russ Taddiken of Compellent talked to us about their storage virtualization technology. Russ gave a presentation that explained many of the features that make Compellent a strong competitor in the storage market. He spoke about Storage Auto Tiering that has been a feature in their product for about 5 years. Some of the other points that stood out to me was CoPilot their support organization and the Portable Volume feature. With portable volume it allows for the initial data replication to be placed on an encrypted USB disk that can be shipped to a remote site that might have a slow link. You will then only have to replicate the changes rather then the entire amount. Russ also mentioned that Compellent will be in the 2nd round of Vendors that will be supporting VMware VAAI API for storage functions.

In the last session of the day Mark from VMware spent time to talk about migrating your ESX infrastructure to ESXi. He covered the different ways to convert your hosts over to VMware ESXi. There was discussion around some of the reasons for the VMware’s decision to move in the ESXi direction. An estimated 80% of patches that VMware released for the ESX classic version were related to the console (COS) due to it’s Linux base that it was built on. With ESXi the COS was removed and the amount of patching required is greatly reduced. VMware is also working in the direction of building the ability to have a stateless hypervisor. Mark spent some time showing some of the commands that are the vCLI versions of the console commands that many are used to using.

We had a pretty nice showing for this meeting and hope that our community continues to grow. We had a couple of higher profile members from the VMware community show up to the meeting. David Davis from Train Signal was in attendance at the meeting. David has created a large number for training videos from Train Signal as well as for his blog VMwareVideos.com. Thanks again to David and the Train Signal team for providing several copies of their VMware vSphere training videos that we were able to give away to our members. Also in attendance today was Justin Lauer of EMC and a vSpecialist from Chad Sakac’s vArmy Team. I’ve knowing Justin for a bit now and it’s always great to chat with him, his involvement in our VMUG community will help many.

Update: We have posted a few of the slide decks from the presentations today here.

Took a couple of quick photos with an iPhone today as I forgot my camera but will do a better job in the future.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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VMware VMUG announces the Board of Directors

There has been talk about changes to the VMUG program coming and a steering committee meeting took place earlier this year in Chicago. This appears to be some of the upcoming changes that are a result of the planning and new direction. I am waiting to hear how this will have a positive or negative affect on the VMUG program.

VMware User Group Members,

As announced earlier this year, VMware is supporting the establishment of an independent, customer-led, customer-driven global VMware User Group (VMUG). The VMUG Steering Committee has been focused on forming the structure for this new organization and we are pleased to announce the inaugural VMware User Group Board of Directors.

Name Position VMUG Local Group
Mariano Maluf President Atlanta, GA (USA)
Charlie Gautreaux Vice-President Charlotte, NC (USA)
Scott Elliott Secretary/Treasurer SW Ontario (Canada)
Virgil Director Brisbane (Australia)
Ben Clayton Director Kansas City, MO (USA)
Rod Gabriel Director Wisconsin (USA)
Matt McLaughlin Director Iowa (USA)
Viktor van den Berg Director Netherlands (Europe)
Chris Harney Director New England (USA)
Jodi Shely Director Omaha, NE (USA)
Kathi Kaplan VMware Board Member VMware
Teresa Streit VMware Board Member VMware

The board is comprised of a group of experienced VMUG leaders whose knowledge, expertise and vision will provide an invaluable contribution to the VMUG organization. There is much for this Board of Directors to accomplish, as we look forward to the formal launch of the independent VMUG at VMworld in San Francisco this coming August.

The board has developed a VMUG mission statement to reflect the new organization:
The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.

The VMware User Group is a user community—of the users, for the users, by the users. Through an independent global VMUG, we believe we can strengthen our collective VMware and VMUG value proposition with expanded collaboration, member programs, and benefits.

As a VMUG member, your feedback and ideas will be critical to improving the VMUG experience and taking it to the next level. We believe that some of the benefits of the new model will be:

  • Tap into new VMUG member benefits and programs, such as Special Interest Groups and VMware technical education offerings
  • Increase your value to your organization by becoming the recognized VMware subject matter expert through knowledge and contacts gained through VMUG
  • Gain more direct access to VMware subject matter experts
  • Become part of a global, collective customer voice, impacting VMware products/services

While we are planning the official launch of the new group for August, there are several ways VMUG is already driving value to the members:

  • The VMUG Voice—VMUG’s monthly newsletter—will provide news and updates for members
  • New member recruitment activities at all VMware events
  • Development of new onsite program for VMUG Regional Events
  • VMware Technical Sponsors have been assigned to all VMUG Local Groups
  • VMUG members will receive the discounted “Early Bird” pricing throughout the VMworld registration period

As we work to establish an independent VMUG, we want you to know that your voice will be heard. To that end, the VMUG Board of Directors is conducting a short survey of our members to better understand the members’ vision for VMUG and define the VMUG value proposition. It should only take about ten minutes of your time and all results will be kept completely confidential. In addition, all survey respondents can enter to win an Apple iPad—just complete the survey by July 30.

We look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas about the new organization. Please direct all communications to memberservices@myvmug.org or 1.800.606.8695.

Together we look forward to launching the new VMUG at VMworld and we hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
The VMware User Group Board of Directors

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Chicago VMUG meeting on July 28th 2010 are you coming

If you are in the Chicago area or will be visiting on July 28th you should visit the Chicago VMUG meeting. This meeting will be held in downtown Chicago and open to all that register. I have included the agenda below and a link to register. You can also post any questions to the Chicago VMUG forum page here. This meeting will be focused on the transition to ESXi which is the focus of VMware for future releases.

Free lunch will be provided.

10:00 a.m. Welcome
10:15 a.m. VMware Updates
10:45 a.m. Storage Virtualization and VMware
11:30 a.m. Lunch and Discussion Groups
12:15 p.m. Migrating to ESXi
1:00 p.m. ESXi Q/A and Tips/Tricks
1:45 p.m. Raffle Prizes and Closing

Location:
TechNexus
ECC Floor 15
200 South Wacker
Chicago, IL 60606

Register here:Chicago VMUG

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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