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VMworld 2013 San Francisco – Live Blogging

All Systems Go. VMworld 2013 has kicked off and things are in full swing. We’re about 10 minutes away from the Monday morning General Session beginning and there is definitely an excitement in the air. We have bloggers, analysts, customers, partners, attendees that have been to all 10 VMworlds (including myself) all standing around, mingling and anxious to hear Pat Gelsinger give his state of the union address.

This aggregated page will serve as a central repository for some live updates (mainly around keynotes, and sessions) as well as a live feed from my Twitter profile as well as my Instagram profile (for pictures). For my up to the minute VMworld 2013 Schedule please visit this post.

This is going to be an amazing week! I can’t wait for the fun to start and ingest all of the great information that will be delivered. I also hope to see all of you throughout the week and especially at my Ask the Experts sessions (VSVC4569 and VSVC4570)

So that’s it for now… let’s switch on the live blogging and hope this all works out! Have a Great Week!

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Created on August 26, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 Itinerary

An event 10 years in the making! 2013 marks the 10th VMworld Conference here in the US and it has officially begun.  I arrived into San Francisco yesterday and have already reconnected with some vFriends, had a great dinner with an awesome customer and even was involved in a high-speed chase (ask me to tell you the story over a couple beers)!

Like I’ve said in prior years, VMworld is by far the best IT conference on the planet. There isn’t one event that captures everything from core infrastructure components and software all the way up the stack through application development and end-user computing devices. One full week filled with education, networking, entertainment and awesome technology!

The networking opportunities have to be the best piece of VMworld, never will you be able to meet with other people as passionate about a single thing as you are. Now that VMware has a clear cut focus on the Software-Defined Data Center I think we’ll learn a lot more about some exciting new products and technologies focused around Storage, Networking and Security. Over the past year VMware has been trimming a lot of fat, and migrating some key products to a joint initiative between EMC/VMware called Pivotal. I think what this means for the industry is that VMware will be laser focused on SDDC and End-User Computing.

So here is my schedule, full of great sessions, fun networking opportunities, awesome parties and completely slammed from morning to evening….boy I love VMworld! At the bottom of the page I’m going to include some “Interested” sessions and Vendors, these are sessions that I wasn’t able to schedule due to conflict but that I’d still very much like to watch perhaps on-demand after the conference.

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Created on August 25, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 – Ask the Experts Panel Sessions

Wow…another year, and another VMworld coming up.  I can’t believe how fast time goes by, and how fast things evolve in the tech industry. I know it’s cliche to say that this will be the most exciting VMworld, because I say that every year, but honestly every year brings something new and this year is going to be no different.

Lots of changes happening to VMware, specifically around the reorganization of people and products. It finally looks like VMware has a clear cut focus, Datacenter Virtualization (Cloud/SDDC) and End-User Computing. Pivotal was formed to take 100% of the Next-Gen Application space and other products (ie: Zimbra) were sold off. VMware can now focus 100% on what they’re good at. I think we have to thank Pat Gelsinger for the disruptive yet extremely good changes VMware has gone through the past year.

So, enough blabbing, why are we really here? Well, I’ll post a full informative VMworld post in the next few days or so which will detail out my schedule and what sessions I think  people should be checking out.  This post is to remind people of two great sessions that I’ll be running at VMworld.

Ask the Experts is a highly successful session that I’ve ran for the past 6 years and this year it’s only going to get better! I’ve broken it out into two separate sessions, one hosted by expert vBloggers and another hosted by VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX). Don’t let the titles fool you, these sessions aren’t about asking how to get into blogging, or how to obtain your VCDX (although, those are both valid questions). These sessions are for you, the audience, to ask any question your heart desires around any VMware focused topic. Why isn’t this working? How should I architect my vCloud landscape? What type of storage layout should I use for VDI?

With that said, the success of these sessions are strictly dependent on YOUR participation. So, please register for VSVC4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers and VSVC4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s, attend the session and get vocal! Ask some questions!  If you’re a little shy, or perhaps not attending VMworld San Francisco you can also submit your question prior and if there is time we’ll get to it on stage live at VMworld! So please, if you do have a question feel free to submit a questionnaire with one of the links presented below. If you’re attending VMworld SF I hope to see you there, if you’re not extend a hello to me on Twitter! (@rick_vmwaretips)

To submit a question for VSVC4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers, visit http://bit.ly/14EcEKS

To submit a question for VSVC4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s, visit http://bit.ly/15o9O5S


Created on August 10, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 Public Voting Now Open

It’s that joyous time of year again! VMworld is fast approaching and Public Voting is NOW OPEN.  This year I’ve submitted three different Ask the Expert sessions with focus on different topics, so there should be an Ask the Expert session for you! I’ve also submitted a great session on integrating two great technologies, vSphere Metro Cluster and VMware Horizon View, you should definitely vote for it if you’re planning on building a geo-clustered View environment. These sessions won’t be picked up unless you vote for them, I’d love to see you all in these sessions so please, vote early and vote often :)

  • 4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers – Duncan EppingWilliam LamScott Lowe, Rick SchererVaughn Stewart 
    One of the highest rated sessions at VMworld is back for it’s sixth year! We got the top Virtualization Bloggers in the industry and put them on stage answering your questions in a wide array of topics.
  • 4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s — Chris Colotti, Matt Cowger, Jason Nash, Rick Scherer, Chris Wahl
    Come get interactive with a panel of five VMware Certified Design Experts, they’ll answer your questions live.
    Experts in Cloud, Application Modernization and End User Computing are here to help.
    Working on becoming a VCDX? Ask you questions about our panel members journey to becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert.
  • 4571 – Ask the Experts – Storage Leaders — Jason Boche, Chad Sakac, Rick Scherer, Eric Siebert, Vaughn Stewart
    Come get interactive with four huge names in the storage industry. Ask your questions to leaders from EMC, NetApp, Dell and HP. How do you build a scalable storage infrastructure to match your vSphere compute deployment? What’s the best storage protocol for your Private Cloud deployment? Should I be using Round Robin or Fixed pathing? What is a SATP or PSP? Come find out!
  • 4572 – Building a vSphere Metro Cluster for VMware Horizon View — Rick Scherer
    Learn how you can leverage the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) reference architecture to stretch a cluster used for End User Computing. Say Hello to Always-On Follow-Me Computing.

Remember, the Ask the Expert sessions are driven by the audience… no script, no presentation, just a panel of experts hungry to answer your questions live! Please be sure to vote for these great sessions to ensure they’re scheduled at VMworld 2013!

Thanks for taking the time to vote, but please don’t stop once you’ve voted for my sessions. There are a number of other excellent sessions from people like Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, Kendrick Coleman, Jeremiah Dooley, a number of them from the EMC vSpecialists as well as a  joint session between Chad Sakac (EMC) and Vaughn Stewart (NetApp) which shouldn’t be missed!

Thanks again and I hope to see you at VMworld US and Europe!


Created on April 23, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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Win Access to VMworld 2012 Sessions

Attention all VMware Junkies!  For those of you that were unable to attend VMworld 2012, here is your chance to get access to all of the content available from VMworld 2012!  Valued at $699 I’m giving away one voucher that will provide FREE access to all of the sessions and their content, including associated MP3′s and PDF’s! Experience all presentations online just like actually being at VMworld!

Sessions and labs are available on-demand at your own convenience in the following formats:

  1. Videos (general sessions and super sessions)
  2. Flash presentations w/ audio over slides (all breakout sessions)
  3. PDF downloads (all sessions and labs)
  4. MP3 podcats (all sessions)
  5. Demo videos and scripts (select sessions and labs)

No gimmicks to win, just submit an easy to enter entry form! That’s it!  Winners will be announced on November 2nd!
Just a final note, attendees to VMworld 2012 already get full online access but if you didn’t attend here’s a chance to get a full access pass!

Congratulations to Nikola Bravo of New York! They’ve just won a free pass to the VMworld Online content.


Created on October 27, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2012 San Francisco – Live Blogging

Hello and Welcome to VMworld 2012 in San Francisco! I’m going to try something a little different these next few days. I’ve created this aggregated page that will serve as a central repository for some live updates (mainly around keynotes, and sessions) as well as a live feed from my Twitter profile as well as my Instagram profile (for pictures). For my up to the minute VMworld 2012 Schedule please visit this post.

As you may have (or not) seen on Twitter, I’m participating in the #vHunt this year and I have some great things (books, stickers, etc) to give away! Just find me at #VMworld, take a picture with me and post it to Twitter with the #vHunt hashtag and you’ll be entered to win some other great prizes (think iPad, etc).

This is going to be an amazing week! I can’t wait for the fun to start (in about 7 hours!) and ingest all of the great information that we’ll be delivered. I also hope to see all of you at INF-VSP1504, our Ask the Expert vBloggers session which is on MONDAY at 2:30pm!

So that’s it for now… let’s switch on the live blogging and hope this all works out! Have a Great Week!

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Created on August 27, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2012 Itinerary

Here we go again! 2012 marks the 9th VMworld Conference (I remember Steve Herrod, then Senior Director of R&D, giving a technical overview of ESX and explaining what a VMM was) which is only 23 days away, but for some the planning started months ago. This is by far the best IT conference on the planet, it all started with a little love for virtualization and has grown by the need for next generation computing. There isn’t one event that captures everything from core infrastructure components and software all the way up the stack through application development and end-user computing devices. One full week filled with education, networking, entertainment and awesome technology!

The networking opportunities have to be the best piece of VMworld, never will you be able to meet with other people as passionate about a single thing as you are. This year I believe we’ll learn a lot more about where the direction of VMware (as a company) is going. Hopefully we’ll be able to put somethings together about their recent acquisitions, DynamicOps and Nicira to name a couple. And perhaps Paul Maritz will put a little more content to why he’ll be joining EMC as their Chief Strategist. This is still all in addition to the great breakout sessions that you’ll find at VMworld, including (shameless plug) INF-VSP1504 – Ask the Expert vBloggers :).

So here is my schedule, full of great sessions, fun networking opportunities, awesome parties and completely slammed from morning to evening….boy I love VMworld! I’ll keep this schedule up to date as I add new events, so please keep this bookmarked! At the bottom of the page I’m going to include some “Interested” sessions and Vendors, these are sessions that I wasn’t able to schedule due to conflict but that I’d still very much like to watch perhaps on-demand after the conference.

If you have an event that your hosting/sponsoring and you’d like it added to my schedule, please let me know!

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Created on August 3, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2012 – INF-VSP1504 – Ask the Expert vBloggers

It’s that time of year again, and for the 5th year I’ll be hosting Ask the Expert vBloggers at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco!  This is really a great session, the audience gets to ask the questions that matter to them and get them answered by experts in the industry.  If you haven’t registered already, I strongly suggest you lock in your ticket to VMworld by clicking here.

Once you register, be sure to add INF-VSP1504 – Ask the Expert vBloggers to your agenda!

If you’re not attending VMworld 2012 US, or want to make sure your question gets answered I invite you to fill out the following form and submit it. All questions submitted will be reviewed by the panel and answered on-stage at the conference as well as via e-mail to the requester.

We all look forward to meeting you all at VMworld 2012 and can’t wait to share vStories over some drinks!


Created on July 23, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2012 Session Voting

As many of you know I’m currently on my honeymoon and I certainly shouldn’t be blogging, but this is too important to pass up! VMworld 2012 Session Voting is now open and I could use all of your help in getting my sessions approved for VMworld US and EMEA. That’s right people, I’ve submitted my sessions for both conferences and this would be the first time I’ve made it to VMworld Europe. So please, vote early and vote often :)

  • 1504 – Ask the Expert vBloggers - Scott Lowe, Duncan Epping, Rick Scherer, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac
    One of the highest rated sessions at VMworld is back for it’s fifth year! Come meet four VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX) on stage answering your questions. We get the top Virtualization Bloggers in the industry and get them on stage answering your questions in a wide array of topics.
  • 1506 – Designing a  Geo-Clustered VMware View (VDI) Environment – Rick Scherer, Tyler Baker
    Does your organization have multiple sites with a traveling workforce that may work in different locations? How does this put a damper on your VDI design and deployment? Wouldn’t it be nice to design a solution that can offer follow-me computing regardless of the location your employee is in?
    In this session you’ll learn from a real life customer deployment on how to design a VDI environment that offers multi-site replication as well as load balancing which allows the employee to connect to the desktop in the datacenter closest to them which ensures the highest levels of performance and availability.
  • 1507 – Accelerate Your Journey to Your Cloud with Application Modernization – Rick Scherer
    Truth be told, IT as a Service (ITaaS) is not the end of the Journey to Your Cloud. Although IT Automation and Orchestration is critical to a successful ITaaS deployment, you need to modernize your applications to make your business truly cloud ready.
    Application mobility is going to be a critical piece to creating business agility, simply virtualizing your existing J2EE stack isn’t going to take you all the way, you must modernize your applications for mobility as well as in consideration for the influx of the massive amounts of Big Data our organizations can leverage.
  • 2715 – How to Ensure a Successful Cloud Implementation – Rick Scherer, Craig Chapman
    There are a multitude of sessions that are addressing the technical needs of ensuring a successful cloud implementation. In this session the goal is to provide IT professionals strategies and methodologies to engage and service the business. By engaging the business IT professionals can gain an ally outside of IT in the implementation. With allies outside IT we gain valuable insight into the success of a cloud implementation.
  • 2790 – Ensuring Governance, Mitigating Risk while Maintaining Compliance in a Cloud Infrastructure – Rick Scherer
    In this session you’ll learn how companies are deploying Cloud First models to Hybrid Cloud infrastructures while setting a solid GRC foundation.
    Learn the steps require to deploy your applications securely to the Cloud, protect your data, virtualize more assets and reduce the amount of infrastructure needed by leveraging vSphere-aware security products.

Thanks for taking the time to vote, but please don’t stop once you’ve voted for my sessions. There are a number of other excellent sessions from people like Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, Kendrick Coleman, Jeremiah Dooley, a number of them from the EMC vSpecialists as well as a few joint sessions between Chad Sakac (EMC) and Vaughn Stewart (NetApp) which shouldn’t be missed!

Thanks again and I hope to see you at VMworld US and Europe!  As a gift, here is a picture from the beautiful Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii


Created on June 1, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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Life Events Cause Priorities to Change

If you haven’t noticed I’ve been lacking in the content department for VMwareTips.com and for that, I apologize. Most of my readers and friends in the industry know that when I joined EMC I’ve had some fundamental issues with content due to my new job. Frankly it was way easier to talk as a customer and end-user with tips, tricks and issues that I found when using the products on a daily basis. As an employee I’m doing a lot more evangelizing than hands-on, and the time I do spend in the lab is doing very specific projects with lab equipment..which means I either cannot discuss what’s happening or there just isn’t enough data to talk about. I did find a little niche where I was creating instructional videos on specific topics, my readers seem to like this and I really enjoy putting them together.

So why haven’t I put something together in the past couple months?  Well, some of you may know this but to the others that do not, I’ll be getting married on May 19th! This has been in the works for quite some time now, but for those of you that are married you know the last months/weeks are when the bride and groom are running around with their heads cut off doing those last minute things.

With that I thank you all for continuing to be avid readers, followers and more importantly friends in the industry. As soon as the wedding fiasco is over and we return from our tropical honeymoon I’ll be right back in the office thinking of content for the blog and awesome new things to talk about. There are some amazing new things with VMware View and vFabric that I’d love to write posts about!

On another note, we have some big events coming up including EMC World and VMworld. I unfortunately will not be at EMC World but I highly recommend you attend, we’ll be showing off some mind blowing technologies (like some of the stuff Chad showed on the latest Chad’s World episode).  For VMworld I’ll be submitting four (4) different sessions, including the always popular Ask the Expert vBloggers, hopefully it will be picked up for US as well as EMEA (first time submitting for Europe!).  The Ask the Experts session is by far one of the most popular sessions at VMworld, you’ll be able to ask your questions to four of the top virtualization experts, Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Scott Lowe and Chad Sakac, with me moderating the madness! That’s right, four VCDXs on a single stage..it’s a great time!

That’s about it for me, I’ll most likely be off the radar until my return the week of June 11th, which actually is the week of Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego,  I’ll be speaking at a couple sessions there and if you’re planning on attending I’d love to meet at the EMC booth to chat about what you’re doing with VMware, Cisco and EMC technologies.

Look for some random tweets, perhaps some wedding photos and random chat via my Twitter page. Cheers!


Created on May 8, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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