London VMUG Meeting April 23rd

As you can imagine with recent announcements, our agenda will focus heavily on vSphere 6 at this meeting.  We’ve got some great community content as well as some fab sponsors, namely Cisco, Atlantis and Nimble, with a new company to the VMUG community – vBeers sponsor, Taupo Consulting.

The agenda below is ‘hot off the press’ and will soon be published on  So, what are you waiting for?  Register for this VMUG meeting now!

The night before our meeting, the crew from TECHUnplugged will be in town and everyone is invited to a vWhatever session (vBeers, vWine, vCurry, vWhatever……) location to be determined, so watch this space for more details.





Putting the “U” into VMUG – London July 17th Rimmary

On the hottest day of the year so far, we all assembled in the pews to listen to a number of sermons from chair, industry luminary, members and sponsors.

I loved Mike Laverick’s presentation. Mike is an ideal #feedforward mentor, as he has the skill of a true presenter – making the content applicable for the audience, captivating and engaging.  Whilst usually presenting on topics of a technical nature, Mike did a thoroughly entertaining presentation on “when did turkeys ever vote for Christmas?”, it was a thought provoking presentation about fearing and/or embracing change, with good anecdotal evidence of career challenges and opportunities.

Next we had Luca Dell’Oca, technical evangelist from Veeam.  As a committee we love the Veeam VMUG presentations, as they rarely focus on their products, but on topics that affect many companies and individuals in today’s IT world.  Luca discussed SLA Confidential and was 40 minutes into his presentation before he even mentioned Veeam – great job Luca!

We then had an NDA session for end-users only, for the partners and vendors present we held a discussion group with Martyn Storey and was well received both by the attendees and Martyn as it was frank and informal.  The conversation flowed so well, we overran by 10 minutes, thanks to all that took part.

After lunch we had our sponsor presentations, new to the London VMUG was ExtraHop and in the other session was a regular sponsor, Fusion-io.  Both presentations were well attended and the twitstream highlighted some key takeaways 🙂



Matt Northam had secured some Real Ale for some lucky members, the winning criteria was to name a real ale and tweet it.  Some of the suggestions were very creative with the winning submission – Hopper-V – from Julian Wood, who also submitted the most suggestions.  Added a great community, fun twitter element to the day!

Atlantis was demonstrating their new USX solution in the labs, and produced one of the most well attended labs to date.  We also had VMware sessions from Peter von Oven on Horizon 6 and vCOps from Matt Steiner – regular VMware presenters at VMUGs across the UK.

Final thanks and kudos goes to our 2 community speakers, Alex Galbraith and Sam McGeown – we salute you and admire your commitment to sharing your knowledge with your fellow members – great job!


Finally, we retired to the usual ale-house, with vBeers compliments of Bitdefender.

All presentations are now up at and don’t forget the National UK User Conference, 18th November, more details here.

Thank you to everyone who signed my birthday card and for the English Champagne, Matt!!  Not sure about this pic though that Si Gallagher took, particularly as Julian Wood tweeted this was the “before” pic!







Actually, the “after” was a bit messy too!


Another London VMUG successfully held!

Last week’s London VMUG meeting was certainly one of the best, even if I say so myself!  But, more importantly that’s what the twitter stream was telling us; we had an amazing amount of community content, great sponsors and, of course, our guest keynote presenter, Frank Denneman, captivated the audience for nearly an hour on his talk about the use of Flash in virtual datacentres and Pernix Data, his presentation can be found here, along with all the presentations here.  I loved Erik Bussink’s tweet about meerkats, this is exactly what our audience looked like once Frank started speaking 🙂



Steve Bruck and Stu McHugh’s SSO SOS session was also really well received, as was Grant Friend and Seb Hakiel on a 4000 seat VDI deployment.  Right after this session Julian Wood hosted a VDI roundtable, and although I didn’t attend it, it was obviously a good discussion as we had to interrupt the session to ask everyone to come back in for Alaric’s closing remarks!

Another community session hosted by Sam McGeown, who was speaking for the first time on his PowerCLI tips and tricks session was also well received, his blog post is here for those that missed it.

We were also visited by the IT Hulk himself, Hans de Leenheer! It’s always good to know that so many overseas visitors love to come to our London VMUG, we’ve hosted other VMUG leaders from Spain, Norway, Denmark and the Czech Republic in the past year, so we must be doing something right….

Of course, we can’t do any of these meetings without our sponsors, so thanks again to Veeam, Atlantis Computing and Dell/Wyse.

Finally, you may have heard or taken part in our survey.  As most of you that took the survey might have realized it was our chair that created this information, but hugely amusing survey – the questions caused lots of giggles, but also gave use some interesting data (other than 9 attendees were interested in Mike Laverick!) so I thought I’d share some of the output with you:















So, that’s the last meeting in London for this year, but don’t forget to mark your diaries now for 21st November for the UK National User Conference, where we will have another awesome line up of community and user content, VMware sessions and, of course, great content from our sponsors.  Details can be found here.

Finally, three quarters of your London Steering Committee (Alaric, Simon and me) will be in attendance at VMworld San Francisco, so hope to see you there, if not, see you in November!




Great line up for April 25th – Next London VMUG

Can’t believe we’re already in April – the Easter break just flew by and now we’re gearing up for the Q2 London VMUG – busy, busy, busy!  The agenda went live just before Easter, and we’ve got a great line up of speakers, both from VMware and the community, and from our sponsors; VMTurbo, Nimble Storage, Veeam and Atlantis, who is sponsoring our labs this time. Our day starts with registration and coffee from 8.30, with the first session starting at 10am sharp.  We conclude, as usual, with vBeers at The Pavilion End.

Apart from an awesome agenda, we will also have a special guest visiting us from ‘across the pond’, Mr Shane Williford aka @coolsport00 – welcome in advance Shane!  We’re also excited to have Gregg Ferro aka @etherealmind speak, since my involvement with the London VMUG I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Gregg, so looking forward to that!  Remember to register here and if you can’t make this one, our next meeting is planned for July 4th, so put that in your diary now!