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!


Program Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors


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Silver Sponsors


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2013 Chicago VMUG User Conference Wrap Up

We had a very successful users conference in Rosemont on Oct 22nd.  Almost eight hundred people came through the doors and I think found some useful information.

In case you weren’t able to attend this year (we hope you’ll be able to next year) we’ve included some links to the presentations, pictures and useful links.  Thank you to all of our 75 sponsors for sponsoring this year and thank you to all of the users for make this a great success.

Presentations available for download at the site.

Please pay attention for future updates about our user meetings and vBeers events coming soon.

SDR News Interview during the event

Leaders, Attendees and Sponsors = Great Conference


More Pictures

Pictures from Chris Wahl

Pictures from Eric Shanks


Comic Book from Brian Suhr

VMUG 2013 Comic recap


Live Interviews and Podcasts

For more interviews and podcasts, check out the SDR News coverage and the AdaptingIT podcasts

Winner of the VMware Home Lab, Greg Synder.  Feel free to find out how his build is going by following him on twitter.  Greg, you’ll be presenting at a meeting soon, right?\Gregrsynder

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June 18th Local VMUG Meeting: The Results

The June meeting of the local VMware Users Group was a success at our new location at UBS Tower! Just under 70 members attended to hear presentations from the sponsors, Zerto and Vision Solutions, as well as members Raj Jethnani and Eric Shanks.

A Huge Thank You to our Sponsors

We got some great demos of Double-Take and Zerto, not to mention that they took care of all of our expenses for the meeting.  Please take a moment to check out their websites to learn even more about what their products can do to help your your company.


Event Photos

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Raj Jethnani reviews what SRM is and features involved.
Raj Jethnani does a demo with SRM

A live SRM Demo presented by Raj Jethnani

Eric Shanks goes over his experiences with SRM in a production environment

Slide Decks

Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5 Technical – Chicago

EAF DR Failover Test Experiences


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April 25th Chicago VMUG Meeting: The Results

The April meeting of the Chicago VMware User Group was a big success, as around 80 members arrived to hear a number of great speakers deliver content on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) related topics.

A Big Thanks To Our Sponsors

As always, we’d like to extend a big thanks to our sponsors. They provided some great presentations and also foot the bill for our expenses to host the meeting. Please make sure to check out their products if you’re like to learn more on what they can do for your organization.


Event Photos

The entire album can be viewed here. Some of the highlight pictures are below:

Here we see the crowd gathering at the Dave and Busters meeting room.

A live demo from Xangati shows the members what they can achieve with the monitoring product.

A large stack of giveaways that were passed out to members for participation, questions, and trivia answers.

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Chicago’s First vBeers – Some vCheers from Zerto

A big thank you to everyone who came out to the first Chicago vBeers event!

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Sponsored by Zerto, the event took place at Jake Melnicks corner tap with over 35 people in attendance to talk all things V. We had a good mix of VMUG members and various partners to chat with, including some late night rounds paid for by Wyse (thanks guys!).

The Chicago VMUG leadership team – Jason Bertini, Neil Soderstrom, Justin Lauer, and Chris Wahl (missing Brian Suhr)

I’d like to point out that Steve and Eric from Zerto did a great job at making sure glasses were filled and spirits were high. vBeers is about getting together as a community of technical professionals, and these guys were awesome representatives of Zerto – there were no marketing or sales pitches, just vCheers (as shown on our gift mugs for all who attended!) and networking for those interested in hearing more on their quality replication product. Seriously, if you haven’t taken a look at Zerto and have a need for protecting VMs from disaster, give them a shout for a demo. (Here is my writeup on their product from Virtualization Field Day).

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Chicago VMUG March 2011 meeting recap

Sorry for the delay in writing up the summary, things have been a bit crazy and these pictures have been sitting on my phone for a few weeks now. We had our last meeting on March 23rd at the Tech Nexus in Chicago. The turnout for the meeting was close to 100 people that showed up to learn more about vCloud Director.

We had Bill Call in from VMware to cover the plumbing of VMware vCloud Director. Bill is a local VMware employee that specializes in Cloud technology. During Bill’s session everyone got a detailed discussion about all of the different pieces that make up the vCloud offering and how things come together to make a very strong product that is 1.0 product offering. I snapped a couple of pictures during Bill’s talk and pasted them below.

The next session at the meeting was Chris Cicotte a vSpecialist from EMC. This session provided us with an idea of how vendors are positioning vCloud Director to their customers. Chris’s talk was more focused at a higher level that explained things in a manor that you could use in talks with your management when they come to ask about this new thing called Cloud.

After some tasty food that was brought in by out meeting sponsor BlueLock, they took the floor. The BlueLock session was focused on what they offer as being one of the official vCloud Director partners in the US that was selected by VMware. The session included a demo of their offerings and some open discussion.

The meeting wrapped up with a open discussion panel that was lead by our speakers. This always proves to be a popular session at the meetings. During this part of the meeting the attendees can ask any question related to virtualization and have it answered by the experts or someone from the audience. This is a great time to ask those questions that you have been thinking about in the early hours sitting in your cubicle.  It’s not very often that you get this much brain power in one room so we encourage everyone to bring their questions as they really help the meeting be a success.

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