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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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Thank You for Attending the Chicago VMUG 2015 UserCon!

Last week on September 23rd the Chicago VMUG 2015 UserCon took place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, and it was an outstanding event! With 1,029 registrations and 746 attendees there was no shortage of energetic and inquisitive IT professionals looking to acquire new skills, information, and insights with which to move their careers further ahead.

Without a doubt that is exactly what the UserCon delivered! Whether it was in the form of our keynote speakers, breakout sessions, onsite demonstrations, or a visit with our many key partners who sponsored the event you were sure to learn something new and gain interesting perspectives on virtualization technologies if you attended.

Plus at least 11 people joined the VMUG Advantage program while at the event, and we are happy to see more members of our community getting access to the EVALExperience as well as $600 of vCloud Air service credit for 1 year as part of their VMUG Advantage membership.

Best of all we raised $2,000 for Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School with our VMUG Cares Charity for a Home Lab Raffle! That money will be used to help lower income students acquire the education and STEM skills needed for the future.

What was it that made our UserCon event such a success? Was it the great Chicago themed menu that was served throughout the day? The bean bag toss game? The live band playing Chicago classics during the closing ceremony?

We know the answer: Our VMUG members and UserCon attendees made this UserCon event better than we had ever imagined it would be. So we thank you for being there to support the Chicago VMUG, and we look forward to delivering another outstanding UserCon again in 2016!

Presentations from this year’s UserCon are being made available online if you were not able to attend. If you did attend the Chicago VMUG 2015 UserCon please take a moment to provide us with your feedback by completing this online survey.

So until next year, here are some photos from the UserCon. Enjoy!




Thank you to all of our Chicago VMUG 2015 UserCon Sponsors!


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Gold Sponsors


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Silver Sponsors


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Participate in Our Raffle & Help a Student!

“We’re a school that hustles. We’re willing to do anything and everything for our students. We are not satisfied with being average.” says Ashley Keine.

Ashley is the one of the many talented faculty members teaching at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School on Chicago’s south side, and when she speaks about Shoesmith her passion for the school and its students is undeniable. That is not surprising considering that Beulah is rated with a rank of 1 according to the Chicago Public Schools tier ranking system, but that was not always the case.

At one time Shoesmith had a rank of 3, which is the second worst tier there is, and it was only through the efforts of the school’s faculty, staff, community and students over the last seven years that Shoesmith was propelled from a school that was in danger of being shutdown into a school worthy of praise. Part of the formula that made this possible was Shoesmith’s focus on developing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program for its students.

When I spoke with Ashley she made it clear that when you are teaching students who come form areas of high poverty that you need to teach skills that will provide real opportunities for the future. Careers in STEM offer such opportunities, and Shoesmith’s STEM program is leading the way. Other CPS school’s teachers are being trained by educators like Ashley who has an M.A. in Educational Technology. Teachers like Ashley do not just use technology in the classroom to make simple tasks easier. Ashley and her peers are leveraging technology to its fullest so that Shoesmith’s students understand how technology can be used to solve problems.


Which is why the Chicago VMUG is proud to support Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School with the VMUG Cares Charity Raffle!

Many IT professionals discovered a passion for technology when we were children. The Chicago VMUG team wants to inspire the next generation of IT pros, and that is why all proceeds from our VMUG Cares Charity for a Home Lab Raffle event will benefit Chicago’s Shoesmith Elementary School’s technology curriculum.

Raffle ticket prices are $3 a ticket, or you can buy 5 tickets and get one ticket for free. The raffle ticket sales will be open from 9:20 am until 3:20 pm on September 23rd, during the UserCon event. You must be present during the closing session to win.


And what might you win?

Here is the current list of the raffle prizes:

Home Lab Value: $3,206

Includes: 2 servers, 4 memory upgrades, 4 SSDs, 2 power strips, 1 VMUG Advantage subscription (including EVALExperience)

Weekend Getaway Value: $785

Includes: $300, $300 Southwest Airlines, VMUG carry-on luggage, $50 Starbucks


GoPro Hero 4 Music Bundle Value: $499


Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Power Edition Quadricopter Value: $412

3D Printer + Filament Value: $360

Chicago- Made Gift Basket Value: $250

Includes: Koval spirits, Garrett’s popcorn and more


ThinkGeek Gift Card Value: $200

Loot Crate Subscription Value: $216


Chicago Bears tickets Value: $214

Details: Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL Sun, 12/13/2015, 12:00 p.m. CDT (Event time subject to change – Check local listings) Grandstand 446 | 2 tickets | Row 31 | Seats will be together


VMware Press- Book bundle Value and details TBD


With so many great prizes you do not want to miss out on this fun way to help support Shoesmith Elementary School continue its mission of exposing its students to a world of opportunities through technology!


Register now to attend the Chicago VMUG 2015 UserCon event!

You can contact Shoesmith Elementary School directly or follow Shoesmith’s Facebook page if you would like to learn more about their programs and how you can help. If you wish to participate in our VMUG Cares Charity Raffle for a Home Lab though there is only one way to do so: Register now to attend the Chicago VMUG 2015 UserCon event! Not only will you get to participate in the raffle but you will have a chance to meet with our many partners, attend several great sessions, and network with other IT professionals while supporting a great cause through the charity raffle.

Registration is free, and once you are on site you can purchase raffle tickets at the event which will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on September, 23rd. The Chicago VMUG team is looking forward to meeting as many of the UserCon attendees as possible, and to helping a great school with its continuing pursuit of a great cause! Don’t delay! Register to attend now and we’ll see you on September 23rd!

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