Next Yorkshire VMUG is Locked and loaded.

Join us for the next Yorkshire VMUG meeting taking place on Thursday, 12 June 2014.
Registration is now open and available to all VMUG members. This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

We will be at our usual haunt the Park Plaza Hotel from aproximately 9am.  The address and directions are below:

Park Plaza Hotel
Boar Lane
City Square
Leeds, Yorkshire LS1 5NS
United Kingdom
Click here for directions

What are we doing:

• 9:30 a.m. Registration – Coffee and Tea provided
• 10:00 a.m. Presentation: vSphere Admin – Mike Laverick
• 12:00 p.m. Break For Lunch (Bring your own – We are from Yorkshire so we do like to keep costs down)
• 1:00 p.m. Nimble Presentation: TBD
• 2:00 p.m. Presentation: VMware – Peter von Oven
• 3:00 p.m. Presentation: Capgemini UK – Tom Howarth
• 4:00 p.m. Ask The Experts: Panel consisting of TBD, Mike Laverick, Peter von Oven, & Tom Howarth
• 4:30 p.m. vBeers (Thank You to VMware)

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues.

Visit the Yorkshire VMUG Workspace and subscribe to our listserv! So what are you waiting for connect with your fellow VMUG members in the forum, ask and answer questions about VMware, and get involved in your VMUG community.

For questions, please contact memberservices@vmug.com.

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Yorkshire VMUG, a reminder

A quick reminder that the Yorkshire VMUG is open for Registration,  our meeting is on the 30th January at the Park Plaza, Boar Lane, Leeds,

Click the following link to register.

http://www.vmug.com/e/in/eid=1147

Our agenda includes:

  • Morning Workshop: vSphere Administrator Session Presented by Mike Laverick. Space is limited, and you must reserve your place in advance.  Please note in your registration if you plan to attend the morning session.  
  • Afternoon Main Session Featuring the Following Presentations:
    • PernixData Presentation: FVP Technical Overview and Success Case Study
    • VMware Presentation: Technical Overview of vCenter Operations Manager – Matthew Steiner
    • Veeam Presentation: Backup and Replication Technical Overview
    • Ask the Experts: All Expert Panel, Featuring Mike Laverick, Matthew Steiner and Tom Howarth (More TBC.)
  • Prize Giveaways

and finally join us in the hotel bar following the meeting for more networking and refreshments!

Welcome in the New Year with a trip to Leeds

Mark the following date into your diary if you are based in the Yorkshire area, (we will always accept people from there areas too)

The Yorkshire VMUG is open for Registration,  our meeting is on the 30th January at the Park Plaza, Boar Lane, Leeds,

Click the following link to register.

http://www.vmug.com/e/in/eid=1147

Our agenda includes:

  • Morning Workshop: vSphere Administrator Session Presented by Mike Laverick. Space is limited, and you must reserve your place in advance.  Please note in your registration if you plan to attend the morning session.  
  • Afternoon Main Session Featuring the Following Presentations:
    • PernixData Presentation: FVP Technical Overview and Success Case Study
    • VMware Presentation: Technical Overview of vCenter Operations Manager – Matthew Steiner
    • Veeam Presentation: Backup and Replication Technical Overview
    • Ask the Experts: All Expert Panel, Featuring Mike Laverick, Matthew Steiner and Tom Howarth (More TBC.)
  • Prize Giveaways

and finally join us in the hotel bar following the meeting for more networking and refreshments! 

I am to be a leader of the Yorkshire VMUG

I have recently been asked to become a joint leader  for the Yorkshire VMUG, and I am happy to say that I was both honoured and proud to be asked, and without any hesitation accepted their offer.

I have finished my VMUG Leader training and have now been officially accepted into the august ranks of VMUG Leadership.

Myself and my Co-Leaders are currently planning to restart the stalled engine of the Yorkshire VMUG with a meeting in mid to late January 2014.  keep your eyes pealed both here and on Twitter for more information as to the when, where and who

The Second UKVMUG is locked and loaded

After a very successful first United Kingdom VMUG, I was sure that I heard more than one of the organizers crying in a corner and mumbling “Never Again”, but as they say never say never as here it is the second UK wide VMUG is locked and loaded for the 15th November in Solihul, Where!! I here you people who have never been north of Watford shout,  it is near Birmigham,  that is West Midlands not Alabama.

You can Register for the event Here. However, the organizers have issued a call for papers, so if you have an interesting virtualization or cloud based story about your environment please register your interest here, that is unless you really want to hear all about the vTardis again.

If you have never been to a VMUG I urge you to try to attend this one as your first,

The Great Northern VMUG

It is that time again, when the virtualisation peeps of the North gather in flocks in that not so great metropolis of Leeds for the Northern VMUG.  Thanks should go to Brendan and his team of happy helpers again for the effort that is put into organising the event.

This is going to be a mother of VMUGs spanning two days.  That said it is not a two day VMUG event, but there is a vBeers the night before and a special negotiated rate on the hotel.

the actual event is on the 17th April at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Leeds.

To register click the link below, and I hope to see you all there,

Register Here

To register for vBeers the evening before click here

 

London VMUG 26th January 2012

Well it only seems yesterday that we were all sat in the Motor-Cycle Museum at the first National UK VMUG. But here we are with the next London one just around the corner.

The location is the same as always, 33 Queen St at the London Chamber of Commerce and as usual they have a decent set of Vendors to display their wears and speakers both commercial and VMUG Member based.

If you have never been to the London VMUG I would highly recommend it,  you can often meet such Virtualisation illuminati like Alan Renouf (www.virtu-al.net), Simon Seagrave (www.techhead.co.uk) and occasionally we get real royalty like Duncan Epping and Massimo Re Ferre  

Full Details of the Meeting can be found here, where you can also Sign up and register.  Seriously folks if you have never been to a VMUG attend, it is worth it.  You get to listen to fellow folk who have shared your pains, or even already solved your issues.  and finally do not forget the After party in the Pavilion End pub.

The Next Northern VMUG is the 11th October

The Next VMUG is here!

Following on from the successful April VMUG, the VMUG Steering group have announced that the next event the Northern’s 5th event (wow doesn’t time fly when you are enjoying yourself) will be held on Tuesday Oct 11th and it is going to be in an even larger venue:

The Mint Hotel in Leeds.

Full details including  details of Speakers, sponsors and the line-up are on their new website www.vmug.org.uk.

One thing that is different is that apparently at the last event, people asked that “Other Virtualisation” vendors to be invited so as to give visibility of their products and it seems that Citrix are going to attend together with both Microsoft & VMware, amongst others too.

Now even more worrying 😉 is that they have invited the UK Citrix user group joining them and they have accepted :O

So register your place today!  Ding Ding Seconds out 😀

The Next London VMware User group is locked and loaded.

It only seems 5 minutes ago that we had the last London VMware User Group. However the Members of the Committee have done a sterling job and have already planned and scheduled for the 14th July.  I don’t know how they find the time to do this and do their day jobs!

The London VMUG is evolving and has moved from a gentleman’s afternoon of virtualisation delight, through the heady days of the 11:30 M. Renouf sessions, to what can only be described as a mini conference.  They now have two tracks, multiple sponsors (Arista Networks, Embotics and Vision Solutions), a VMware vCenter Operations focused lab and a even a Genius Bar staffed by real VMware just waiting to answer your questions

I was introduced to Embotics at the recent TechFieldDay event I attended in Boston and found their approach to management interesting, but more on that in a later post.

If you haven’t attended a VMUG before I strongly recommend you do, these contrary to what you boss might think are not “jollys”.  The VMUG can and should be seen as an free training or education day, couple this with the fact that you can rub shoulders with the best of the UK virtualisation and Storage experts and take the chance to ask them your questions too really do in my opinion make this a must attend event..

I think that Julian Wood succinctly sums it up with the following taken of his site’s VMUG notification.

The value of the presentations and labs is obvious but there’s also a huge amount of information to be gathered from other attendees. Meet some people, ask some questions, use the community and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can find an answer to that burning issue that’s been plaguing you for weeks. It all ends with arguably the best networking opportunity possible, an evening in the pub where you can really get the low down on all things VMware.

So register but do be quick there are limited places http://www.myvmug.org/e/in/eid=84

Below is the agenda, personally I am looking forward to the session on SRM by Mike Laverick and Mr Renouf’s very capable stand in Jonathon Medd’s PowerCLI session, both these two deeply understand what they are presenting and are both Published authors on their listed subjects.

The VMUG as always is hosted at the Chamber of Commerce at 33 Queens St

Agenda
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Welcome, Alaric Davies, Chairman
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Cloudvision for the Virtualised Environment, John Peach, Arista Networks, Sention System Architect
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Private Cloud Management Made Simple, Martin Sajkowski, Embotics, EMEA Operations & Colin Jacks Senior Solutions Specialist
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Break in Sponsor Expo
12:15 p.m. – 13:00 p.m.– Double-Take by Vision Solutions – Christian Willis, Technical Director: Meeting the Availability Challenges of physical, Virtual and Geographically Dispersed Systems
13:00 p.m. – 14:00 p.m.– Lunch in Sponsor Expo

Track 1

14:00 p.m. – 14:50 p.m. – vCOPS Advanced, Mark Stockham, VMware
15:00 p.m. – 15:50 p.m. – SRM Futures, Mike Laverick
16:00 p.m. – 16:50 p.m.- Cloud: Can You Compete? Mark Craddock

Track 2

14:00 p.m. – 14:50 p.m. – Thinking, Building & Scripting Globally, Julian Wood
15:00 p.m. – 15:50 p.m. – Managing IT as We Evolve to Cloud Computing, Colin Fernandez, VMware
16:00 p.m. – 16:50 p.m. – How to Save your Time With PowerCLI, Jonathan Medd

17:00 p.m. – Close
17:00 p.m. – Onward Drinks at Pavilion End