As you know Friday was the fifth anual Dutch VMUG Event. The event is not like most VMUG events, it’s almost a mini VMworld. This year over 600 enthusiastic people attended… or should I say soldiers! It’s the Dutch VCP VMUG Army. The following picture was taken by Victor when he was opening the event.
VMware’s CTO Steve Herrod welcomed the audience during the opening, you can watch bits and pieces of it on Eric Sloof’s blog, and mentioned that he personally follows Yellow-Bricks.com and NTPro.nl… How cool is that huh!?! After the opening it was Richard Garsthagen’s turn. Richard’s keynote was about evolution. The evolution of the VMware logo and the evolution of going from virtualization to cloud computing. Again a very good presentation, but I expected nothing less of Richard.
First session of the day for me was Eric Sloof, Managing VMware vSphere 4 m.b.v. de Virtualization EcoShell. In other words Eric’s favorite topic Powershell, but with the help of VESI. Eric knows how to address the audience and with a subject like this you know he is totally “heppie de peppie” or should I say enthusiastic so that those that weren’t there also understand what I am talking about. Eric gave some great examples of where any operational department could benefit from using Powershell/VESI. Great presenter, fantastic session. Unfortunately I had to leave before Scott Herold went on-stage.
Next up was Danny Claproth. Danny works for Vizioncore and showed us all the offerings Vizioncore has. Not only paid but also completely free solutions. One of the products that really stood out to me was most definitely vFoglight. Especially during the demo Danny managed to show the strength of vFoglight. I will need to install and check out some time.
After a short lunch it was time for Joep Piscaer to tell us all about Lab Manager. Joep showed the audience the use cases of Lab Manager and did a deep dive on Storage best practices and network fencing. I’ve only played around with Lab Manager once or twice and it’s definitely something I need to start looking into.
One of the most refreshing presentations was by Bouke Groenescheij on Performance Troubleshooting. Bouke did not use powerpoint but prezi.com to create a presentation. The combination of an excellent chosen topic and visual violence made this session a real treat! Bouke also has excellent presentation skills and knew how to entertain the audience. Best session of the day?
Up last was Gabe aka Gabes Virtual World. His session was titled “Design tips for a VMware Virtual Infrastructure”. Gabe kicked off by explaining why business requirements are essential for a solid design and I can’t agree more. Gabe’s presentation consisted of many best practices and recommendations. The presentation can be found here and is most definitely a must read.
Overall I must say that the Dutch VMUG Event was a well organized event. I enjoyed meeting everyone and had a great time at the post VMUG dinner. I also want to thank Viktor for all the great work he has been doing for the Dutch VMware Community.