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December 2012 Issue

 

Steve Wozniak Speaks at Kansas City User Conference

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On December 11, Steve Wozniak, the man behind the design of Apple’s first line of products and co-founder of Apple Computer, spoke to more than 800 VMUG members at the Kansas City User Conference.

Wozniak kicked off the event with an interactive chat on-stage with the WozniakKansas City VMUG volunteer leaders. Attendees had the unique opportunity to hear about his experience launching Apple Computer, his relationship with Steve Jobs, and the development of the Blue Box, as well as details on his stint on TV’s "Dancing with the Stars."

After his chat with the VMUG leaders, "Woz" signed autographs, took pictures and shook hands with conference attendees at the Fusion-io booth.

"We are thrilled to have brought such an influential industry icon to the VMUG community at the Kansas City user group conference," said Victor Bohnert, VMUG Executive Director. "Our members strive every day to solve problems and create new opportunities through technology. Steve Wozniak epitomizes the contribution that the computer programmer can make by building something that changed the face of the industry, and even the world."

VMUG Advantage Benefit Ending: Access to VMworld Content

VMworldThe best content from VMworld 2012 is available on demand only through the end of the year – and at no additional charge – to new and current subscribers of VMUG Advantage, the exclusive discount program for VMUG members. Note: This is a limited-time offer. Purchase by December 31, 2012, to access VMworld content, which includes:

  • Spotlight Sessions covering everything from simplifying and automating services across multiple platforms and the cloud, to an inside look at VMware innovation
  • General Sessions on state-of-the-art technologies for the mobile workforce and the future of machine technology, from next-gen robotics to self-driving cars
  • Multiple educational sessions on infrastructure, applications, operations and more.

Subscribe now to access this content and much more from VMworld!

VMUG and VMware Certification Team Need Your Feedback

VMUG has been working closely with the VMware Certification team to build benefits that will help you expand your knowledge of VMware products and further your career. We would appreciate input from you on what certifications you currently have or are interested in pursuing so that we can bring you the best program possible and ensure we’re meeting your training needs. Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey before December 21.

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of two Apple iPads. (Be sure to provide your email address on the last question.)

If you have questions about this survey, contact memberservices@vmug.com.

Exclusive: Mike Laverick on "The Stick and The Carrot"

MikeIn this exclusive article for VMUG Voice, VMware's Mike Laverick makes the case to eradicate the term "end-user" from industry lexicon and how to best serve "end-consumers." Read more.

Enter to Win a $50 Best Buy Gift Card by Updating Your VMUG Profile

Update your vmug.com profile today and you will be automatically entered to win a $50 Best Buy gift card! All you have to do is log in to VMUG's website and make sure that all of your profile information is correct and up to date. With 75,000 members in 32 countries, VMUG is the perfect avenue to engage with fellow VMware users and leverage comprehensive learning opportunities.

VMUG Webcast This Week: Accelerating the Virtualization Journey with Symantec

Complimentary educational webcasts are another great benefit included with your VMUG membership. VMUG webcasts feature speakers from customer organizations, partner companies and VMware, allowing you to catch up on the latest VMware-related information and training directly from your desk. Don't wait another minute – begin taking part in our membership benefits immediately by attending our upcoming Webcast.

Accelerating the Virtualization Journey with Symantec
Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 12:00 p.m. CST (GMT -6:00)
Presented by: Chip Epps, Principal Product Manager, Symantec         
Piero DePaoli, Director Product Marketing, Symantec
Kari Ann Christensen, Senior Product Marketing Manger, Symantec

As companies continue to virtualize their environments, the complexity can create uncertainty around the role of the VM admin in securing a VDI environment versus a physical environment. Challenges around visibility, compliance, performance and rogue machines can further complicate the path to security. Effectively navigating the complexity comes through deep integration with VMware.

Join Symantec for a discussion on accelerating the virtualization journey with:
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VMware Lab Connect Releases

This month, VMware Education is releasing VMware Lab Connect, a new self-paced, technical training lab designed to enhance the learning experience of VMware customers. This new VMware cloud-based, on-demand, multi-platform lab environment extends the classroom experience to further help students develop deeper technical skills.

VMware is offering 30 active hours or 30 days of VMware Lab Connect free, for a limited time to students in the Americas who attend a VMware-delivered VMware vSphere: Fast Track [5.0] or VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [5.x] class. All students having attended a VMware-delivered class in the Americas, on or after October 1 are eligible for the VMware Lab Connect™ promotion. Students can practice skills learned during the instructor-led training to prepare for a certification test, dive deeper into features of interest, or get hands-on practice before applying their skills in an operational environment.

Available initially in the Americas, VMware Lab Connect is targeted for release in Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan in Q1 2013.

For more information, visit our website.

Improve Your View with VMware Training

Learn how to fully utilize VMware View 5.1 to simplify desktop and application management while increasing security and delivering a personalized, high-fidelity experience for end-users across sessions and devices. Take the deep-dive technical course – VMware View: Install, Configure, Manage 5.1 – to ensure you get the most from your VMware investment and pass the ROI onto your end-users with new levels of productivity and the freedom while giving IT greater policy control. Learn more.

VMware Announces End of Availability Date for VMware vSphere ESX 4.x Hypervisor and VMware Management Assistant Versions 1 and 4

VMware has set August 15, 2013, as the date for end of availability for both VMware vSphere ESX 4.x hypervisor and VMware Management Assistant versions 1 and 4. After August 15, 2013, VMware customers will no longer be able to download binaries for either of these products or generate license keys for use with these products.

A communication regarding this announcement was sent to all customers worldwide at the end of November. Click here for more details.

       
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Featured Blogger
 

Craig WatersIn this space, VMUG Voice is proud to feature the top bloggers in the "VMware universe." This month, VMUG spotlights Craig Waters, a virtualization architect and a data center specialist with more than 16 years of experience in the industry. He also is a leader of the Melbourne, Australia VMUG. Learn more at his blog, and contact him via email.

 

User Conference Spotlight

 

With the enormous success of its User Conferences held worldwide during 2012, VMUG is planning more than 35 User Conferences in 2013, 20 of which are already confirmed and posted on the calendar. These conferences are free, full-day events, with multiple tracks, a strong partner presence and hundreds of attendees per event. The schedule for 2013 already includes conferences in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), Canada (Toronto) and the United States (Austin, South Florida, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Chicago and many more). Visit the User Conference page to view the complete schedule.

 
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