Northern UK VMUG

Well, as stated on, we Notherners are not to be outdone by the recent launch of an Irish and Scottish User Group – We have finally risen to the challenge and struck out on our own,  those that remember my attempting to start this over the previous years may well wonder why my name is not on the invite.  Well due to a Change in VMware policy regarding VMUGs,  people who are peceived as making their living from VMware are precluded form running a VMUG.

Althoughthe first meeting is tagged as a “Leeds VMware User Group”, the plan is to exume from the ashes of its abortive beginning the Northern User Group, so to quote “Mr Laverick”  “people like me who turn ashen at the thought of going to “dat der London” have some place closer to home to go to!”

Personally I should be able to make the meeting, and hopefully Mike will be there too.

Now to the important part this new user group needs to attract not only members, but volunteers for the Steering Committee,  according to VMware these need to be ideally existing VMware Customers…

Below is the details of the post the Brendan Higgins posted in the community forums.    Please come along and make this a success.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 18th November 2009 at 14:00
Host: Brendon Higgins
Speaker: Chris Kranz
Venue: The Wellington, 88 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4LT

You are invited by the Chairman of the West Yorkshire branch of the British Computer Society to attend the inaugural meeting of a Leeds VMWare user group. Anyone with an interest virtualisation is welcome and leading stakeholders will support this event by attending. However this is a user event and priority will be given to vmware administrators wishing to attend.

The venue is in Leeds town centre and only a short walk from the train station and local car parks. A big thank you to the Wellington for allowing us use of the room free of charge for this first event.

The primary goals of this event are:

• Discover techniques for troubleshooting VM performance issues
• Meet and exchange ideas with peers
• Develop the format and agenda for the next meeting
• Recruit volunteers to help with next meeting

If you wish to attend please reply to this thread so that I may track interest. The room will hold 70 but only half of that is practical for the round table events due to the noise of other people speaking on the next table.


2 PM
Welcome and introductions

2:30 PM
A formal presentation and Q&A session with Chris Kranz, on techniques he uses for troubleshooting VM performance issues in his role of “Senior Technical Consultant” for vmware virtual partner b2net

3:30 PM
Round table discussions on various topics related to VMWare

• Backup and Recovery
• Performance
• Reporting and Monitoring
• VCP Exam
• vSphere
• Getting from development to production
• ‘Open mike’

5 PM
Finish – Is that a pub down stairs? May stay for just a quick pint…
Thank you for supporting this endeavour.

One thought on “Northern UK VMUG”

  1. Sounds great fun, would love to go, but will have to see about getting the time away from my desk!

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