15 Aug

VMworld 2014 : Where I’ll Be At and What I’m Excited About

VMworld 2014 is just around the corner and I’m excited to get the opportunity to speak on a few occasions and experience and view session on others.This post is as much about shamelessly plugging a few things I’ll be involved with as it is a chance to put this all to paper for my own use. One of the downsides of being a VMware employee now is I can’t build a schedule and pre-register, but this allows customers and partners to attend the sessions they want and after all this is for you.



9:00 a.m. We’ll see how ambitious I am, but the Hands-on-labs are open at 9:00 a.m.

1:00- 4:00 Opening Acts(again we’ll see how ambitious I am) (http://blog.vmunderground.com)

4:00-7:00 Solutions Exchange Welcome Reception – Free food(i think) and a chance to meet and talk with all the companies and vendors there before the mayhem of VMworld beings. I found last year this was a great chance to say hi to a few people I knew and check out some of the vendors  before things started getting crazy with sessions and other things starting.



9:00 a.m. General session and then whatever the day brings me(probably a lot of socializing, lunch with old co-workers, and some sessions)

5:30-6:30 VAPP2457 – Hitting It Out Of The Park: vSphere and MLB Network – I am a huge baseball fan so this one should be interesting.



9:00 a.m. General session

1:00-2:00 INF3472-GD – HOL environment with Doug Baer
Group Discussions are a good way to join together with peers, guided by a VMware expert, and discuss a VMware key topic as selected by the group. I’ll be in the room with some of the same individuals from the nested virtualization tech talk on Wednesday to be part of the discussion. Love this format and I think everyone should try and make at least one group discussion, but size is limited so register early.

5:00 – 6:00 INF1192 – Ask the Experts : Design Advice for Small and Midsize Business – Jason Gaudreau,  Mike Laverick , Harley Stagner, Brian Atkinson, Sean Crookston


8:30-9:30  INF1192 – Ask the Experts : Design Advice for Small and Midsize Business – Jason Gaudreau,  Mike Laverick , Harley Stagner, Brian Atkinson, Sean Crookston

11:45-12:15 VMworld vBrownBag Tech Talk : Nested Virtualization & Dev/Test/Home Lab Panel which will include Sean Crookston, Doug Baer, Nick Marshall and William Lam . Post any questions you may have that you’d like addressed as this will be recorded.



I won’t be attending any sessions on Thursday and will instead be enjoying San Francisco with family in the morning, followed by a San Francisco Giants game at noon before departing for a quick stop in Palo Alto.


Other sessions I can’t attend but I think are important technologies and that I have for my watch later list are…

  • STO1965 – Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive
  • BCO1454 – Data Protection with VDP Advanced – What’s New Technical Deep Dive and Best Practices
  • STO1279 – Virtual SAN Architecture Deep Dive
  • BCO2701 – vSphere HA Best Practices and FT Tech Preview
  • STO2521 – Virtual SAN Best Practices and Use Cases
  • NET1468 – A Tale of Two Perspectives: IT Operations with VMware NSX

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