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Congrats to a New VCDX, & an Invite to Have Some vBrisket

Congratulations to VCDX #227 – Ron Wedel!

Ron Wedel of Chicago has climbed the mountain, reached the summit, and is now one of the few professionals out there who can claim the title of VCDX!

Congratulations, Ron! You took on a huge challenge and made it happen! We here at the Chicago VMUG are proud of you, and we can’t wait to see what is the next goal that you set for yourself!

Read more about Ron’s VCDX journey over at The Saffa Geek’s blog.

vBrisket VMworld 2016 Bus Tour Launches Tomorrow!

Come one! Come all! Come and partake in the finest cut of meat there is – the vBrisket!

Okay, you don’t actually eat vBrisket, but if you like to talk about virtualization with other IT pros while eating brisket and BBQ then tomorrow’s vBrisket VMworld 2016 Bus Tour Launch is for you!

WHEN
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar

WHERE
Bub City – 5441 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018 – View Map

Mark Your Calendars – Chicago VMUG UserCon 2016 is September 22nd!

Can’t make it to VMworld 2016? Don’t worry! The Chicago VMUG UserCon 2016 is only one month away! Register now and ensure your spot at the biggest VMUG event of the year for the Windy City!

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Click here to add to calendar

Location:
Donald E. Stephens
Convention Center
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Click here to get directions

A new VCDX, vBrisket, and the Chicago VMUG UserCon 2016 are just more proof that the Chicagoland area doesn’t mess around when it comes to virtualization! Make sure to attend these great events, and invite your friends to join too!

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We Welcome the vBrisket Chicago MeatUp & Bus Tour Send Off!

Genius comes in many forms. Einstein opened our minds to the mysteries of the universe. Mozart filled us with emotions brought forth through sweet melodies. vBrisket brings virtualization technology enthusiasts together to enjoy BBQ.

Yes, you read that right: vBrisket brings virtualization technology enthusiasts together to enjoy BBQ.

Genius. Pure genius! We at the Chicago VMUG salute the vBrisket team for breaking new ground and for surely moving humanity as a whole forward.

Register Now for the vBrisket Chicago MeatUp & Bus Tour Send Off!

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The vBrisket crew is also doing something very unique this year in their never ending quest to bring tasty BBQ and virtualization skills to the masses: This year they are launching a bus tour to VMworld 2016, and their launching this historic event out of the Windy City!

In many ways this is like the first flight, or mission to the moon, and I’m sure that the history books of my grandchildren will record this event as one of the key reasons world peace is eventually acheived. But even if it doesn’t achieve all of that, doubtful but possible, you certainly don’t want to miss your chance to see these brave pioneers of charcoal and hypervisors when they start this epic adventure!

Register here for this once in a lifetime history making event!

WHEN? 

WHERE? Bub City – 5441 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018 – View Map

You are sure to find many of your Chicago VMUG members at this event as well. So let’s all grab some BBQ, a cold beverage, and raise our glasses high on August 23rd to the vBrisket Bus Tour! Godspeed vBrisket crew! Godspeed!

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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

Location:
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 Patrick@PBenson.net. 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:

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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?

YES! IT IS ACTUALLY EVEN 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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