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Register Now for the July 12th Chicago VMUG Meeting!

Registration is now open to all for the next Chicago VMUG event taking place on July 12th, 2016. Attendance is limited, so please be sure to register ASAP to ensure your seat at this event:

Click Here to Register for the July 12th, 2016 Chicago VMUG Event

July 12th Meeting Location & Agenda

Ogilvie Transportation Center
Madison Room – 3rd Floor
500 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60030
Click here for directions.

  • 9:30 a.m. Registration
  • 10:00 a.m. Welcome and VMUG Overview
  • 10:10 a.m. SaltStack Presentation
    Going Beyond the Deployment: Learn how SaltStack a modern day DevOps datacenter automation framework can integrate with your existing virtual infrastructure. Lean from SaltStack’s Nate Brooks about vRO integrations, automation of VMware standards, and ensuring security and risk compliance using one tool.
  • 11:10 a.m. Chicago VMUG Member Presentation – Jody Lent
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:40 p.m. Rubrik Presentation
    Are you tired of managing complex backup workflows? Are you confident in providing a successful recovery in the event of a failure? Is your backup infrastructure a black hole for housing dark data? Attend this session and learn how Rubrik’s next-generation, scale-out fabric can help you eliminate backup software and the associated data management hassles, recovery uncertainty, and scalability limits. We’ll cover:
    – Introduction to Rubrik: transform a multi-tiered backup and recovery environment into a single, feature-rich and scale-out fabric.
    – Benefits for VMware Users: 15-minute setup vs. 3-month deployments, ease of use with automated workflows for protecting/managing VMs, cost savings by using public cloud for long-term data retention, and cradle-to- grave data management that transforms your backup data from an insurance policy into a powerful business asset that can accelerate DevOps.
    – Technical Deep Dive: brand new distributed file system for managing and storing versioned data, agentless architecture, scale-out deduplication across flash and hard disk in a single resource pool, REST API-driven interface, and more.
  • 1:30 p.m. Giveaways
  • 2:00 p.m. Meeting Concludes

Be sure to share the registration link with others!

Sharing is caring! Our sponsors, Rubrik and SaltStack, are putting together some great content on how to automate different parts of your IT infrastructure. Plus Chicago VMUG member Jody Lent (@JodyLent on Twitter) will be presenting as well. Thanks Jody for sharing your experiences with the rest of us, and thank you to our sponsors for their support!


We’ll see you on July 12th!

This is sure to be another great event, so you are not going to want to miss it! Register now and guarantee that you will have a spot at this Chicago VMUG event. Bring a friend too, because we’re always happy to welcome new members into the Chicago VMUG!

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Save the Date! The Next Chicago VMUG Event is on July 12th!

The Chicago VMUG leaders are happy to announce that the next Chicago VMUG meeting is taking place on July 12th, 2016 at 500 W. Madison in Chicago. This is a great location for those of you who commute via Metra into the city, because 500 W Madison is home to the Ogilvie Transportation Center and it is across the street from one of the entrances to Union Station as well.

That’s great, but what about the sponsors?


We have two powerhouse sponsors for the July meeting! SaltStack, a leader in system management software for infrastructure and data centers, will kick things off followed by Rubrik, named a Gartner 2016 Cool Vendor in Storage Technologies. Both presentations will be on different aspects of automating your IT environments. Two cutting edge technology sponsors in a single VMUG meeting! Not only are these kind folks sponsoring our venue, but they will be providing lunch as well. You can’t beat that!

Or can you?

Open request for member presentations!

The only thing that can make a combo of great sponsors better is to compliment them with presentations from our own members! If you are interested in giving a 40 minute presentation please contact Chicago VMUG leader Patrick Benson with your idea at VMUG events really shine when we hear from from the members of our own community speaking right alongside our sponsors!

Registration will be available soon!

Expect to see a link for registration for this event in the next blog post, but for now be sure to reserve July 12th on your calendar for the next Chicago VMUG meeting! We look forward to seeing both old and new members there, and thank you to our sponsors SaltStack and Rubrik for making this event possible!

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Reminder – Thursday is an Epic Chicago VMUG Event!

We here at the Chicago VMUG can’t wait to see our members this Thursday at our Batman vs Superman movie event! Below is the agenda to what is sure to be a great day of discussion, networking, and learning!

Time             Session
9:30 a.m.     Registration
10:00 a.m.   Welcome and VMUG Overview
10:10 a.m.    Pass the VCP Presentation
11:10 a.m.     Nimble Storage Presentation
12:00 p.m.   Lunch
12:40 p.m.   Microtrain Presentation
1:30 p.m.     Giveaways
1:45 p.m.     Break
2:00 p.m.    Movie Starts – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Remember that everyone who attends this event will also receive a movie pass good for two free admissions to Hollywood Blvd Cinema in Woodridge, IL. This is in addition to the chance to win in a drawing one of the many great giveaways our sponsors are bringing to the event! Here are the event details for all of our attendees:

Register for this event here!
Thursday, March 31, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hollywood Blvd. Cinema
1001 75th Street
Woodridge, IL 60517
Click here for directions

Please remember to bring your business cards to enter into the drawing for the giveaway prizes, and to show your appreciation for our sponsors who made this event possible:



We’ll see you this Thursday!

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Registration is Open for the March 31st Chicago VMUG Movie Event!

Last week we announced our March 31st movie event with a private screening of Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice for Chicago VMUG members. Registration is now open for this event, and you’ll want to register now as this event is limited to 100 attendees! Don’t miss your chance to learn about VMware certification training and the newest All-Flash Array to hit the market! Register today!

Giveaways Galore!

We’re not just going to give you the gift of knowledge, lunch and a movie. We’re going to provide everyone who attends all three of our sponsors’ presentations with a movie pass good for two free admissions to Hollywood Blvd Cinema in Woodridge, IL. Plus our sponsors will be holding a drawing for prizes before the film begins. Plus VMware Education is proud to sponsor a free VCP exam voucher for the Chicago VMUG as one of the drawing prizes! This voucher is a $225 value and is good for any VCP-level exam through October 31, 2016 (must be present to win).

Don’t Delay! Seating is Limited! Reserve Your Spot Today!

Register for this event here!
Thursday, March 31, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hollywood Blvd. Cinema
1001 75th Street
Woodridge, IL 60517
Click here for directions

We can’t wait to see our fellow Chicago VMUG members at this event! It will be a great day jam packed with learning, networking and fun! We hope to see you there!

Thank you to all of our Chicago VMUG event sponsors!



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Save the Date! March 31st Chicago VMUG Movie Event

Are you looking to expand upon your skills with IT training? Maybe you want to learn about the latest SAN technology for high performance infrastructures? Perhaps you just want to hangout with other IT professionals and watch a big budget action movie?

Attend our next Chicago VMUG event and you can do all three!

Mark it down on your calendars now, because the next Chicago VMUG meeting is an event that you do not want to miss! We’ll begin with a presentation by PassTheVCP, and sponsored by NterOne, Certification Camps, and Tech Training Solutions. You will learn how to better prepare for the VMware Certified Professional certification exams from industry experts.

Next up Nimble Storage will present on the next generation of its revolutionary storage system, and how you can leverage flash storage to meet both your performance and capacity needs all from the same platform.

MicroTrain will then present on how you may qualify for various training programs at no cost to yourself. The only thing better than top notch IT training is top notch IT training that you may get for free! This presentation alone is worth the price of admission.

And speaking of the price of admission this event is absolutely free to all registered attendees! Our sponsors will not only be providing lunch, but they also invite you to join them afterwards for a private screening of Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice! We’ll even be providing free popcorn and soft drinks! Simply attend all three of our sponsors’ presentations and you are invited to watch high octane superhero action on the big screen with your fellow Chicago VMUG members! Can it get any better than that?


Bring your business cards, Post-It notes, little engraved stone tablets, or whatever physical medium you prefer for the distribution of your contact information to drop into our drawing for awesome giveaways from our sponsors and the Chicago VMUG! Plus everyone who attends all three presentations will receive a free movie pass good for two admissions for a future movie showing at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema!

So there you have it! Mark your calendars for the next Chicago VMUG event (registration for this event will be limited to 100 attendees and will be available later this week):

When? March 31st, 2016

Where? Hollywood Blvd. Cinema (1001 75th Street, Woodridge, IL)

Doors Open/Registration – 9:30am

Presentations – 10:00am – 2:00pm (includes breaks, lunch, and giveaways)

Movie – 2:00pm (Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice)

Thank you to all of our Chicago VMUG event sponsors!


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Join Us for vBeers & Raise a Glass to 2016!

It is a new year, and we here at the Chicago VMUG want to celebrate. Come join us next week for a vBeers event sponsored by our friends at Dell. Registration is still open, but we’re quickly reaching our maximum attendance for this event. Make sure to guarantee that you have a spot by registering via this link:

January 14th, 2016 – Chicago VMUG vBeers Event (Sponsored by Dell.)

Brick House Tavern + Tap
1461 Butterfield Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Click here for directions.

Say hello to our newest Chicago VMUG leader Adam Cavaliere, and enjoy appetizers and beverages while learning about future Chicago VMUG events. Also be sure to introduce yourself to our sponsors to learn about what Dell’s plans are for 2016!

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday at the Brick House Tavern + Tap! May your 2016 be a smashing success!

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Special thanks to Dell for sponsoring the January 14th, 2015 vBeers event!


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Join Us in January for vBeers!

Happy holidays from all of the Chicago VMUG leaders! Including our newest leader – Adam Cavaliere!

Adam is a Technical Solutions Architect with Tintri, has an MBA, and is a VCP with over 15 years of experience in IT. His focus is on infrastructure, virtualization, solutions and enterprise architecture. He lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife, son, daughter and 2 dogs. Outside of his normal IT life other interests include woodworking, automating everything in his home, the great outdoors, and spending time with his family.

Here is Adam’s bio in his own words:

In my current role, I work with customers to understand their environments/requirements to best fit our technology into their existing architectures. My previous experience spanned from starting out in a help desk role, various systems engineering roles, architect of Virtualization/EUC, and manager of an enterprise architecture team at a Fortune 200 company.

My focus has been on understanding the business requirements and translating them into technical requirements. This has enabled well thought out solutions and architectures which take into account the multiple facets of requirements that IT projects require. I have enjoyed that many technologies have tried to simplify how we implement solutions and get them out the door more quickly. Interestingly enough, many of these new solutions also require a strong base of knowledge in multiple facets of infrastructure and applications. The background that I have gained through my career has afforded me the ability to understand these intricacies and how they affect the bigger picture.

We are at a very interesting point in time for virtualization. The multitude of hypervisors, containers, and other solutions to implement virtual environments really exemplifies how far virtualization has come. I look forward to working with the other VMUG leaders and the Chicagoland community as we get to experience this wild ride!

Welcome aboard Adam! We’re glad to have you on the team! This calls for a celebration…

Come to the Chicago VMUG vBeers Sponsored by Dell on January 14th, 2016!

Our friends at Dell are sponsoring our next event, so come join us for a vBeers on January 14th, 2016! Here are the details:

Chicago VMUG vBeers
Date: January 14th, 2015
Time: 6pm CST
Location: Brick House Tavern + Tap - 1461 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Click here for directions.
Sponsored by Dell.
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Special thanks to Dell for sponsoring the January 14th, 2015 vBeers event!

Registration will be available soon for this event, but for now make sure to mark this event on your calendars!

Here’s looking forward to a great 2016!

So come join us in January at the Brick House Tavern + Tap to introduce yourself to our newest VMUG leader and our sponsors from Dell! This will be just the first of many great events that we’re planning for 2016. Be sure to invite others who might be interested in joining the Chicago VMUG as well, because nothing beats the fun and camaraderie that comes from our dedicated community of IT professionals!

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