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November 2012 Issue


VMUG Celebrates Successful VMworld Events


VMUG's participation in the 2012 VMworld events in San Francisco and Barcelona resulted in many achievements. During the two events, VMUG:

  • Brought in more than 3,400 new members;
  • Talked to more than 2,500 current members;
  • Signed up more than 800 new VMUG Advantage subscribers;
  • Was mentioned in three keynote presentations;
  • Received interest in starting 17 new local VMUGs; and
  • Collaborated with Mike Laverick, Cloud Physics and Global Knowledge.

In addition, VMware's Steve Herrod participated in the VMUG "Green Out" at VMworld San Francisco, and more than 300 people attended the VMUG Member Party in Barcelona.

VMUG also presented the 2012 VMUG Service Awards, in recognition of outstanding effort on behalf of the organization. This year's winners were:

  • President's Award: Alaric Davies, London VMUG, and Chris Wahl, Chicago VMUG
  • Service Award: Jim Meece, St. Louis VMUG, and PJ Spagnolatti, Italy VMUG
  • Extra Mile Award: Central Ohio and Ohio SLED VMUGs and Swedish VMUG
  • Partnership Award: Mike Laverick and John Troyer

The picture above, taken during the VMUG Leader Lunch at VMworld San Francisco, shows (from left) Pat Gelsinger, current VMware CEO, Steve Herrod; VMware CTO; Mariano Maluf, VMUG President; and Paul Maritz, immediate past VMware CEO.

2013 VMUG Board of Directors Election – Voting Ends Soon!

VoteDon't miss out on your opportunity to vote for the nominated candidates for the 2013 VMUG Board of Directors. The individuals on the slate are talented, dedicated and represent the unified and diverse interests of the membership. Now we need your vote!

The nominated candidates are:

  • President – Mariano Maluf
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Scott Elliott
  • Association Director – Ben Clayton
  • Association Director – Heinz-Hermann Adam

Please take a moment to review the slate and biographies for each candidate, and then vote by 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, November 26.

You can vote once to approve or disapprove the slate. Please note that you will not be voting for individual positions, but rather you will be voting for the entire slate as whole. Utilizing your right to vote in this election enables you to make a significant contribution to the future of VMUG, so please be sure to participate.

New VMUG Advantage Benefit: Access to VMworld Content

VMworldThe best content from VMworld 2012 is now available on demand – and at no additional charge – to new and current members 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 today to access this content and much more from VMworld!

VMUG Advantage Subscribers Get 20 Percent Certification Exam Discount

VMUG Advantage subscribers save 20 percent every day on VMware Certification exams, including VMware Certified Professional (VCP), VMware Certified Advanced Professional and the new IaaS Exam for VCP-Cloud Certification. Learn more.

New Live, Online Training for SMBs

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage for SMBs is a just-released 16-hour course focusing exclusively on the VMware vSphere features that enable small and midsize organizations to transform IT operations to be more agile and responsive. This new course is delivered live, online in two, two-hour sessions a day, across a four-day period to allow you to train and work. Another great addition: This course comes with 30-day access to a recording of the training. Learn more.

Just Released: VMware vSphere 5.1 Training

Are you new to VMware vSphere, or just looking to update your skills on the latest release? VMware Education's new 5.1 courses will fit your training needs. VMware vSphere: What's New 5.1, VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage 5.1 and VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale 5.1 (advanced) are now available. And, remember, if you are a VMUG Advantage member, you receive 20 percent off VMware-delivered courses.

CIO Report: IT Looks to Leverage Cloud Computing’s Transformational Powers

Learn the blueprint for successful cloud deployments that encompasses four key components to build, operate and staff a cloud envi­ronment that aligns to a capabilities model that moves enterprises to achieve significant improvements in business efficiency, agility and reliability. Download the paper to learn more (registration required).

ESG and Symantec: Virtualization Maturity and Experience Breed Success

ESG research into server virtualization adoption and deployment trends has shed considerable light on why some organizations have seen great success, and why others continue to lag behind. Clear, profound differences among organizations exist based on the phase and maturity of their server virtualization implementations. But for any organization on the fast (or slow) track to virtualization, Symantec can help, either with short-term tactical implementation, or by supporting an IT organization’s long-term virtualization and cloud computing strategy. Learn more.

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Featured Blogger

Alan RenoufIn this space, VMUG Voice is proud to feature the top bloggers in the "VMware universe." This month, VMUG spotlights Josh Atwell, who has been working in the IT industry exclusively since 2004. A VMware administrator for Cisco, he has received his VCAP-DCD, VCAP-DCA, VCP3,4 certifications. Learn more at his blog, vTesseract, where Atwell shares his thoughts and technical write-ups involving PowerShell, datacenter virtualization and other technologies he comes across. You can also follow him on Twitter: @josh_atwell.


User Conference Spotlight


With the enormous success of its user conferences held worldwide during 2012, VMUG has already scheduled more than 10 user conferences in 2013. These conferences are free, full-day events, with multiple tracks, a strong partner presence and hundreds of attendees per event. December 2012 features events in Upstate New York and Kansas City, and the schedule for 2013 already includes conferences in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), Canada (Toronto) and the United States (Austin, South Florida, Wisconsin and several more). Visit the User Conference page to view the complete schedule.

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