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

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

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

VMUG (VMware User Group) Advantage

I have to admit that this one slipped under my radar, but apparently this an offer from the VMUG to  provide cheaper access to certain VMware products.  so the first question is what is the VMUG? it is VMware’s independent, and global organization that supports the local VMware User Groups. it was re-organised in mid 2010 to become a more customer-led organisation and appointed a number of Local VMUG leaders to a council to promote their message which is to maximize their members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events

WOW you say so how can join, Now membership to VMUG is free of charge (you can sign-up here). there are local VMUG’s that regularly hold meetings, for example the UK as the London VMUG, the Northern VMUG, and the Scottish VMUG. However the global VMUG introduced what it has called the ‘Advantage’ programme; this is a paid-for addition to your membership which gives you an opportunity to obtain certain VMware products and education offerings at a discounted price.

The full benefits are listed here (and include a 20% discount on instructor led training;30% discount on VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation; and 1 Years FREE subscription to all VMware eLearning Courses (worth $750)!

Now as an  incentive, membership prices have been discounted until May 21st, 2011:

  • Individual package: $170

  • Corporate package with 2 users: $165 per user

  • Corporate package with 3+ users: $160 per user

Standard VMUG Advantage Pricing (after May 21st) will be:

  • Individual package: $200

  • Corporate package with 2 users: $180 per user

  • Corporate package with 3 – 5 users: $170 per user

  • Corporate package with 6+: $160 per user

If this interests you, you can subscribe here.

Although this is  a nice addition to what the VMUG’s offer it is still not TechNet,  now many people may not realise this but VMware used to have a similar offering to TechNet called the VMTN subscription for £199 a year, this product went end of life with the release of VI3. My personal wish is that this be returned, and made available in a similar fashion to Microsoft’s TechNet.

Date is locked and loaded for the London VMUG

The next date for the London VMUG (twitter hashtag #LonVMUG) is set for the 12th of May, You can register here

OK so why should you go.  well for the first instance the networking,  the majority of the who’s who of UK Virtualisation illuminati there. further they are trailing a new format,  this is the first session that will last all day and another first is that it will now include Labs for some hands on time, this sessions labs are on vCloud Director.

All in all this is really a most go to event if you are in or near to London. Pity that I will be unable to attend this time as it really seems a fantastic event..

Full details are below taken directly from their website

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Reminder – London VMUG 28th October

The next London VMUG is to be held on the 28th of October.  below is the press release as written by our very own @Rimmergram.

The Steering Committee are pleased to announce the next UK London VMware User Group meeting, kindly sponsored by Xsigo is to be held on Thursday 28th October 2010.  We hope to see you at the meeting, and afterwards for a drink or two, courtesy of VMware.
Our meeting will be held at the Thames Suite, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 33 Queen Street, London EC4R 1AP, +44 (0)20 7248 4444. The nearest tube station is Mansion House, location information is available here.  Reception is from 12.30 for a prompt 1pm start, to finish around 5pm. Our agenda is below and is subject to change (but hopefully not too much!)
11:00 – 12:00      PowerCLI session with Alan Renouf – optional

11.00 – 12.00      Roundtable Strategy Session with Martyn Storey and Spencer Pitts; Justifying the Business Case for VDI – optional (spaces limited)

12:30 – 13:00      Arrive & Refreshments

13:00 – 13:20      Welcome & News (Alaric)

13:20 – 14:00      Sponsor presentation (Xsigo Systems)

14:00 – 14:30      Invesco (Julian Woods)

14:30 – 15:00      Gabrie ( Design Considerations for Virtual Environments

15:00 – 15:20      Refreshment break

15:30 – 16:00      VMworld debrief (Simon Gallagher & Martyn Storey)

16:00 – 16:30      VMware View 4.5 (Spencer Pitts)

16:30 – 16:45      Close

17:00                     Pub

Note: If you would like to participate in Alan’s workshop, please bring a laptop, preferably with the most current PowerCLI and PowerShell binaries installed.

To register your interest in attending, please reply to this email with up to two named attendees from your organisation. If you do not receive a confirmation mail, please don’t just turn up since we will not be able to admit you to the meeting. Please separately mention if you intend attending Alan’s PowerCLI workshop at 11.00 or would like to be considered to attend the VDI roundtable strategy session. Content from the meeting will be uploaded to, NDA permitting.

One thing of note is that we have now gone global and have the illustrious Gabrie van Zanten the “virtual PI” presenting.

Also the presentation from Xsigo will be good,  they have a very interesting technology that incidentally was part of last years awesome server stack at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco. 

The Northern UK VMUG – November 16, 2010

The next Next Northern VMUG meeting has been locked and loaded, it is to be the 16th November at 12:00.  They also have a nice and shiny new website outlining the agenda and who is speaking.

Shameless self promotion plug here

I am presenting a agnostic view of the VMware, Citrix and Microsoft Server and Desktop virtualisations products.

End of Shameless Self promotion plug

so if only to heckle me, you should come along,  this User Group is starting to mature into itself and this is evidenced by the agenda and the fact that they have moved from the Pub to a “proper venue”

They have booked the Park Plaza Hotel in Leeds, this venue can host up to 250 guests, and has multiple sections, this therefore enables them to have multiple concurrent sessions and a vendors/sponsors area. this event is registration only and the link follows
You need to scroll to the bottom of the page.  I hope to see you all there.


London VMUG – 6th May 2010

The date for the next London VMUG has been set for Thursday the 6th May 2010.  This one has been sponsored by RES Software.  We hope to see you at the meeting, and afterwards for a drink or two, courtesy of VMware.

To register your interest in attending, please send an email to you can also add up to two named attendees from your organisation.

Please not that if you do not receive a confirmation mail, don’t just turn up since due to fire regulations they may not be able to admit you to the meeting.  one more thing of note is that if you want to attend Alan’s PowerCLI workshop at 110 do not forget to mention that in your mail.

All content from the meetings that is not covered by an NDA will as always be uploaded to

As usual the meeting is at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 33 Queen Street, London EC4R 1AP, +44 (0)20 7248 4444.  and the nearest tube station is Mansion House, location information is available here.

The agenda for this meeting is:

1100 – 1200 (Optional) PowerCLI / Powershell workshop – Alan Renouf. Please bring your own curly brackets
1230 – 1300 Arrive & Refreshments
1300 – 1320 Welcome & News – Alaric Davies
1320 – 1400 Sponsor Presentation – RES Software

Migrating ESX v3.5 to ESX4i on HP Blades – Colin Style, Prudential
Brunel University virtualisation experiences – Peter Polkinghorne, Brunel University

1500 – 1520 Refreshment break

Virtualising Terminal Server workloads – Simon Gallagher
Interactive (and possibly contentious!) Panel Discussion – UG Committee with contributions from the floor

1645 – 1700 Close
1700 – Pub