Experience at a local VMUG – Barcelona VMUG

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I am going to talk about my experience at a local VMUG, in my case the VMUG from Barcelona (BCN). It was my first time at a local VMUG event and this is why I decided to share my thoughts about it.

VMUG – What is?

As you probably know VMUG stands for VMware User Group. Basically, you will find an international community of people where they share their experiences and discuss things related to VMware and other technologies.

At your local VMUG, you will find VMUG members that you can meet online or in person, sponsors. There you can find many passionate people about VMware and connect with them, so I highly recommend to attend to the VMUG events as it is a great experience to learn concepts or technologies and connect with a lot of people.

There are many communities around the world if you want to find your local VMUG go and register at https://www.vmug.com/

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VMUG – Why attend?

Because you won’t regret it!

I didn’t imagine that the environment and people were so good, everyone is passioned about technology, mainly VMware things, and you can hear their stories and share experiences that both probably lived in your life.

Hence, it doesn’t matter if you’re presenting or attending your local VMUG, the thing is to go there, meet people and learn about the sessions! You will find that a lot of people share some passion for VMware and technology so, don’t be shy to say hello and try to meet them.

Presenting at a local VMUG

I’ve been involved in this local VMUG for a year approximately but, I never had the chance to attend any event. Since VMworld I didn’t hear anything about a new event so, I spoke with the VMUG forum about when would be a new event and finally, it ended with myself presenting my session.

In my case, I presented a session (in Spanish) about Clones in vSphere (I’ll do a post about presenting in the near future) on March, 15th.vmug_present_aboutme

You didn’t expect something like my case, I was lucky to present at my first time in this event but, usually, it’s better to go there and meet the people before presenting and not in the other way.

Final thoughts

I am glad that I finally was able to attend and meet a lot of VMUG members, you can learn a lot from people through their sessions and also make connections that will be valuable in the future.

I would highly recommend attending and experience the passion of VMUG members and the knowledge that you can gather from them.

Also, I would like to acknowledge the VMUG leaders from the BCN VMUG for letting me present and the sponsors that make it possible.

I hope to see everyone in the next event!

Experience at VMworld 2018 Europe – Day 3 and Day 4

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To finish these posts about VMworld  2018 Europe, I am going to summarize day 3 and day 4 together as day 4 is usually the less busy of all of them (people usually leave in the morning).

On day 3 (Wednesday), I rest like 5-6 hours (pretty normal to me) after spending some part of the night at the Veeam Party. I made it to be at the enclosure at 8:30 AM because at 9:00 it will start the second general session.

I grabbed some coffee and go to the correspondent Hall, the same as the day before.

2nd General Session

For me it was a weaker session than on the previous day but, I was great.

Here you have a link to the Youtube video of the session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W_8t6F_yY0

In the previous post, I forgot to mention the VMware ESXi on a Raspberry PI as a prototype, that Pat and Ray showed us, really cool.

vCommunity, vStreetfighter and more

I must say that I had like 4 sessions scheduled on Wednesday and I only went to a couple of those. The most of the time I was hanging with people from the vCommunity and playing also I played some Street Fighter V in the gaming area. We have a group for that, check out #vstreetfighter for some tweets on Twitter and join us!

First, let me show us a couple of fights that I had against Bilal Ahmed (I lost and I don’t how yet…). You can check here that Gregg Robertson offered a challenge against me at the gaming area.

 

Another picture I took from him while been interviewed (Will we see this interview at any time?)

 

With Brett Guarino who, is really a nice guy and chatted a lot with him!

 

Here a blurry photo with Chris Williams! Also, there is half Val there! haha

I can’t be happier to be able to meet these persons and more that I didn’t mention or couldn’t take a photo. When you are there, the time passes by quick and because of this, I  didn’t go to some sessions (I knew that I could watch them later at home).

I enjoyed having dinner with Chris a couple of times, hanging a lot in the Solutions Exchange area or with Jorge de la Cruz to everywhere.

Thank you to Virtual Speaking Podcast for the Headphones, I was the lucky winner!

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I was there about an hour or so and there I went with Jorge de la Cruz to have dinner in a nice restaurant.

There was plenty of fast food: hamburgers, nachos, seafood, candy and more… so, if you want to feel full, you can’t go there!

Also, a Rolling Stones tribute band was there and they played really well!

The end

Well, I left around 5 PM and say goodbye to some people that still there.
It only would have been better if Gregg Robertson and Ariel Sanchez were been there.

And that’s all! Last post of the year obviously because it’s the last day.

P.S. : I forgot to mention I took a photo with someone… Rodney Mullen!

Experience at VMworld 2018 Europe – Day 2

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Today I am going to explain from my personal experience, the Day 2 at VMworld 2018 Europe, lots of networking, some technical sessions, events and the Solutions Exchange.

Before moving forward, I forgot to mention that I met in my first day a nice guy, Daniel Paluszek @dpaluszek, we had a great conversation and he should be known as the vCloud Director guy ;).

vBreakfast

If you don’t what is, check it here: http://www.vbrain.info/2018/10/14/vmworld-emea-2018-vbreakfast-2018-edition/

Thank you, Fred for doing this kind of things! In this case, Abdullah Abdullah @do0dzZZ was the host for this year as Fred couldn’t assist.

I woke up at 6 AM… a bit painful but, some sacrifices needed to be done when you are not at the office! It started at 7:00 AM but, I arrived around 7:30 AM or so.

And I arrived… a lot of people were sitting there! I had the chance met some people I already know from Twitter and others that not. We had great conversations there meanwhile we tried to eat some toasts with iberian ham and also a bit of omelet.

There I met finally Chris Williams @mistwire and Alastair Cooke @DemitasseNZ part of the vBrownbag crew! And also, more folks like @matjovanovic, @uprightvinyl.

The first General Session

I arrived at the hall and sit wherever I could and what a nice session…with some announcements and great stories to hear!

VMworld Europe 18 – 1st General Session

Besides the newer versions of VCF, Horizon, AppVolumes and more, the more interesting for me was the acquisition of Heptio and the announcement of VMware Cloud PKS (it will be expanded to Azure in the future!).

If you want to watch it, you can do it here: https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/learning/general-sessions.html

After that, I had plenty of time to meet more people and attending a couple of technical sessions.

The best time, the vCommunity

The best time of all of this is the #vCommunity and the networking that you can do. I met a lot of people there and I couldn’t be happier to have done it.

I met an amazing person and famous (amazing) blogger here in Spain, if you don’t who is, please do it! He’s Jorge de la Cruz (@jorgedlcruz) and nowadays works for Veeam. He’s just a blogger machine (I don’t know anyone who posts more than this man). In their blogs, he has information about anything! You can check it out here: https://www.jorgedelacruz.es/ and https://jorgedelacruz.uk/

Selfie with Jorge de la Cruz

A couple of selfies I took this day with some vBrownbag’s members!

This day, I also meet there Héctor Herrero @nheobug, Federico Cinalli @FCinalliP and Xavier Genestós @sysadmit.

The Solutions Exchange

A thing you can’t miss, the Solutions Exchange. A lot of partners in this Hall where you can chat with people that work in the company and have great discussions, gather some swag and maybe you can win something in the raffle (yes, a lot of companies offered free tickets and there were big prizes like a Nintendo Switch, Apple Watch, etc.) !

Veeam’s party

I was so lucky to be invited to this party and what a nice party! I only can say that there were good drinks, food and of course music! It was in a famous discotheque called Apollo.

Bad quality picture from the Veeam party

I know it’s not the best quality but, is just to show you how it looked:

And that’s all… I had to leave “early”, around 12 AM as I had to commute by train so, I didn’t have a chance to stay and enjoy this party.

P.S.: I forgot to mention that each day there is a free lunch in a specific area where you can grab food. The lunchtime I think that I was delivered between 12:00 – 2:00 PM

The next  post, the third day!

Experience at VMworld 2018 Europe – Day 1

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Let me talk to you about my experience on my first VMworld! This is a personal experience I want to share about Day 1 at VMworld 2018 Europe.

Introduction

I live in Barcelona so, I am fortunate that I don’t need to travel to go to the VMworld Europe. The only thing is to commute by train between home and Fira Barcelona (where VMworld is established).

It was Monday, November 5th, 2018. I woke up around 6 AM and took the train to arrive at 8 AM approximately.

This is how the entrance looked:

Inside VMworld

I picked up my badge (using a QR code from the VMworld app) and headed to the VMvillage (the main place on this event).

After taking some pictures… I went to take a lab at the HOL Lounge, why? Because I wanted to try new labs, there are more slots available and I wanted to feel an experience like that at VMworld. Also, you learn some coins for the VMware code ( http://vmwcc.com/).

The first day is the calm day, I mean, the Solutions Exchange (where partners have their booths) is not opened and there are less interesting sessions (at least for my self) than other days. People usually are on TAM/Partners sessions or maybe they come on Tuesday.

I explored every enclosure’s corner and checked where were all Halls  (to not waste more time the next day). There was food everywhere, from sandwiches to pastries and of course coffee, you could pick it on any lounge or at the VMvillage for free.

In the middle of the VMvillage, there was a Gaming Area with a  table tennis table, pinball machines, a giant table football and more things… my favourite part, the Arcade machines with a lot of games!

I was eager to meet some people I met on Twitter and of course, I did it!

The first person I met was Graham Barker @VirtualG_UK an awesome guy who which I spent some time in the beginning, now I am thinking we didn’t take a selfie…

Also, I met Angelo Luciani @AngeloLuciani, very kind guy! He takes selfies with a lot of people and always open to anyone, I chatted with him a bit and it was a pleasure.

See you…tomorrow!

At the end of the day, I had some workshops to attend and couldn’t meet more people (obviously some of them are busy in the first day) but this only was the beginning of an awesome journey that will start at the next day, when the action begins.

I returned home early as I had things to do and also on the next day vBreakfast will be awaiting me (at 7:00 AM).

So, the first day was a great experience, is more dedicated for the partners but maybe you can network with people that on the next days will have no time (as probably you).

In the next post, the second day, hasta la vista!

Pre-VMworld 2018 Europe – Expectations and information

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VMworld 2018 Europe is only a week away! And I wanted to explain you share expectations and information I found about. It will be my 1st time!

VMworld Location

As you may know, VMworld Europe is located in Fira Barcelona between 5-8th of November. As it’s in Barcelona, I am able to assist without paying any trip (I live close to the city).

Main information

When: 5-8 November 2018
Where: Barcelona, Spain | Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/eR8cFyow89q
Agenda: https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/agenda.html
If you want to register:
https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html

A quick guide from VMware before going: https://blogs.vmware.com/vmworld/2018/07/vmworld-guide.html

Events

At VMworld, there are a lot of events happening before, during and after. You can join them free or by invitation. Be quick to register as some events will close earlier…

All events (parties, meetings, etc.):
http://www.vbrain.info/2018/10/09/vmworld-emea-2018-parties-gatherings-events-and-more/
http://www.running-system.com/vmworld-2018-barcelona-party-list/

I will be attending vBreakfast: http://www.vbrain.info/2018/10/14/vmworld-emea-2018-vbreakfast-2018-edition/

Also, I’ll be at VMFest on Wednesday and maybe other parties but I can’t assure anything.

Expectations

I am going every day except for Thursday that I’ll leave before 1 PM.

My schedule is built with sessions, workshops, parties (just a couple) and obviously a couple of hours of free time, to network and do whatever I want (also relax, as it seems that can be exhausting). Remember that all sessions will be recorded so if you can’t attend it, you can watch it later.

About the parties, I won’t be able to stay too late because I need to come back home and we have more days to enjoy VMworld.

If you want to talk or something (like play some video games), you can find me on Twitter (I am really active). I’ll be open to everyone in the community!

Even I know I am not a famous guy, (and don’t pretend to be it), talking with new people can be satisfying and it’s always great to meet someone new.  If you are shy you could try to engage someone on Twitter and let him/her know that you are there!

As it is my 1st time I can’t give any advice on this, you should check other blogs for that.

P.S. I wanted to meet especially (among other people) Ariel (@arielsanchezmora) but it couldn’t be as he can’t assist.

See you there and enjoy Barcelona!

Dan Belmonte