Monday, April 24, 2017

NYC VMUG - May 2017 Meeting - Data Protection with Zerto

Save The Date:

Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for our 2nd meeting of 2017!

This event will focus on Data Protection with Zerto!

Sponsor:


Location:

Touro College, Executive Offices
500 7th Ave, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Agenda details coming soon.

Friday, April 21, 2017

NYC VMUG - Late April 2017 Whiteboard Session

Hello NYC VMUG Members, Friends and Future Members,

We're happy to confirm the details for another NYC VMUG whiteboard session. We had a lot of success with these sessions that we're back by popular demand. We're looking to continue doing these on a more frequent basis than regular sponsor-driven VMUG meetings. Again, space is limited, but this also means that everyone is paying attention and interacting with the person who is white boarding.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2017, 6:15 PM
  • Location: Touro College - Executive Offices - 500 7th Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10018. The location is walking distance to Times Square, Penn Station and Port Authority, so transportation should not be an issue
  • Space is limited, first come, first served. Please register with @NScuola @az_ny or @nycvmug to be added to security list before 4pm on the day of the event

The following is a re-post from our previous meetings, but it all still applies :)

This is not a traditional VMUG meeting with a sponsor; it's really just a small room with two whiteboards and a TV to connect the laptop, where fellow VMware users can come and discuss ideas, projects, or whatever suits their fancy. 

VMware User Group Whiteboard Meetings

Azarya has asked for permission to use rooms from work for smaller, non-sponsored whiteboard sessions in an informal setting. These are great for those studying for their VCP, VCAP and VCDX certifications, those who want to talk their VMware designs with peers, and to get more involved in the community and look for general help. They will be announced via the @nycvmug twitter handle - since they aren't sponsored there's really no requirement so we will try to have them monthly or every two weeks.


If you come, you will learn something, and meet someone, so it's a great opportunity. We have asked several of the VMUG members who have advanced certifications like VCP and VCAP to assist, in case there are people studying for the certifications who would like any tips or clarifications.

Once you register you will get the building security instructions. This event is free, but there is no sponsor. This means a couple of things; 

  • there is no set agenda, we don't know at what time we will be finished, it will depend on your level of interest in the current conversation. You are free to leave if you got what you wanted
  • you can count that we will look for a burger/beer afterwards, but since we're each paying for our own stuff, don't expect a big party, just some guys that got together in a bar to keep talking!

Really look forward to seeing you there and making these a normal occurrence. The power of community is amazing, and all you have to do is show up and participate. Make new friends, get a question answered, help someone else!

Please remember this is a technical event for VMware users and administrators to "geek out", not a networking or recruiting type of meeting. If there is any question please reach out to @NScuola @az_ny or @nycvmug :)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

04-04-2017 @NYCVMUG Whiteboard Session Recap!

We are happy to announce that our early-April whiteboard session which was held on 4/4/2017 was another success! These informal sessions are becoming very popular for a number of reasons. 

- People love coming to VMUG meetings.
- Having others look over your project plans and helping to vet them. 
- Hearing ideas that you may not of thought of. Some cutting edge topics are being discussed at these meetings that some users have never been exposed to.
- Just geeking out and talking tech with some like-minded individuals. 
- Having an opportunity to talk to SMEs in smaller group settings. How often do you get to ask a VCDX or vExpert questions in-person? (Correct Answer: Every VMUG Meeting!)

In this session we had the presence of some special guests - Niran Even-Chen @NiranEC, Dual VCDX and part of the CTO Ambassadors program at VMware, and Brendan Peterson @petes_revenge, Network Architect from Viacom, Inc. who helped spread some networking knowledge while learning some virtualization goodness in the process.

Topics ranged with each presenter: Multi PSC/vCenter migration, Network migration, DMZ design with Cisco UCS, VLAN migration, datacenter migration and NSX integration, Security & Compliance using the TLS Configurator Tool just to name a few. We also had a mix of VMware engineers, vendor SE's, network architects and a dual-VCDX from VMware!


From left to right: Omar Torres, Azarya Shaulov, Nick Scuola (Presenting), Mike Martino, Ariel Sanchez, David Aldrich, Dmitriy Yevseyev, Donald Bacha


Brendan Peterson, Network Architect from Viacom talking about some of his recent migrations with Dual-VCDX, Niran Even-Chen looking on.

Niran Even-Chen and Mike Martino discussing the options for moving a customer's datacenter and then implementing NSX at the new location.
L to R: Azarya Shaulov, Niran Even-Chen and Nick Scuola
Our gracious host, Azarya Shaulov discussing his datacenter migration and VLAN configurations at both locations.

The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Ariel Sanchez at his last NYC VMUG before making the move to Pittsburgh, talking about the TLS Configurator Tool and ESXi security & compliance. He was also amazed at the Smart Board technology while discussing the VMware KB article he references.



If you want to contact any of the guys in the photos, I will leave their twitter handles here, in alphabetical order:
Ariel Sanchez @arielsanchezmor
Azarya Shaulov @az_ny
Brendan Peterson @petes_revenge
David Aldrich @mako2big
Dmitriy Yevseyev @DmitriyYevseyev
Donald Bacha @donald_bacha
Michael Martino @wildcard78
Nick Scuola @NScuola 
Niran Even-Chen @NiranEC
Omar Torres @otorres540

As always, we really appreciate every person that came to share and help the others, and again Azarya for arranging the meeting space and making everyone feel welcome! We can't thank his employer, Touro College, and his management (and all in the IITS department) enough for fostering the spirit of user groups and the vCommunity. Learn more about the Touro College and University System at www.touro.edu

We will continue doing these as time permits. Please follow the @nycvmug twitter account and attend the NYC VMware User Grouphttps://www.vmug.com/nyc meetings to keep up to date of when the next one will happen. As always, we really encourage creating a twitter account to get more involved with the vCommunity!

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Whiteboard Session with the @nycvmug

Hello NYC VMUG Members, Friends and Future Members,

We're happy to confirm the details for our third NYC VMUG whiteboard session. We had a lot of success with these sessions that we're back by popular demand. Again, space is limited, as you can see from the photos, but this also means that everyone is paying attention and interacting with the person who is white boarding.

Here are the details:


  • Tuesday, April 3rd, 2017, 6pm
  • 500 7th Ave - very close to Times Square, so transportation should not be an issue
  • Space is limited, first come, first served. Please register with @NScuola @az_ny or @nycvmug to be added to security list before 4pm on the day of the event

The following is a re-post from our previous meetings, but it all still applies :)

This is not a traditional VMUG meeting with a sponsor; it's really just a small room with two whiteboards and a TV to connect the laptop, where fellow VMware users can come and discuss ideas, projects, or whatever suits their fancy. 

VMware User Group Whiteboard Meetings

Azarya has asked for permission to use rooms from work for smaller, non-sponsored whiteboard sessions in an informal setting. These are great for those studying for their VCP, VCAP and VCDX certifications, those who want to talk their VMware designs with peers, and to get more involved in the community and look for general help. They will be announced via the @nycvmug twitter handle - since they aren't sponsored there's really no requirement so we will try to have them monthly or every two weeks.


If you come, you will learn something, and meet someone, so it's a great opportunity. We have asked several of the VMUG members who have advanced certifications like VCP and VCAP to assist, in case there are people studying for the certifications who would like any tips or clarifications.

Once you register you will get the building security instructions. This event is free, but there is no sponsor. This means a couple of things; 

  • there is no set agenda, we don't know at what time we will be finished, it will depend on your level of interest in the current conversation. You are free to leave if you got what you wanted
  • you can count that we will look for a burger/beer afterwards, but since we're each paying for our own stuff, don't expect a big party, just some guys that got together in a bar to keep talking!

Really look forward to seeing you there and making these a normal occurrence. The power of community is amazing, and all you have to do is show up and participate. Make new friends, get a question answered, help someone else!

Please remember this is a technical event for VMware users and administrators to "geek out", not a networking or recruiting type of meeting. If there is any question please reach out to @NScuola @az_ny or @nycvmug :)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NYC VMUG March 2017 Update

The NYCVMUG March 2017 meeting is focused on VMware vSAN, SuperMicro hardware, and homelabs! Send pictures and tweets using the #NYCVMUG hashtag or tag the @nycvmug handle!

Event Agenda


8:30 Room opens, free breakfast available
9:00 VMUG leadership update
9:15 Supermicro business introduction and product line overview (David Fung)
9:55 Break (swap laptops, test projector, prepare live demo)
10:00 From Homelab to vSAN: the TinkerTry journey (Paul Braren)
10:20 Supermicro technical session, with live M.2 NVMe demo (Paul Braren)
10:55 break
11:00 vSAN in your company: How All-Flash works for Ready Nodes and VxRail (Paul Braren)
11:45 Supermicro vSAN Ready nodes (David Fung)
12:00 Raffles, homelab reviews and meeting closing

NYCVMUG News and Updates

Join us in congratulating the new 2017 NYC area vExperts - we are up to 11 now!!

Donald Bacha 
@donald_bacha





Prabhu Barathi 
@prabhu_b





Nicholas Scuola @NScuola




We actually managed to get a pic with both Prabhu and Nick and VMware's VP of Sales and Engineering for NSBU! He was real nice when he asked for a photo with us :p

Here is the full list of #NYCVMUG 2017 vExperts (in alphabetical order, without counting VCDX's):
  1. Anton Z @AntonZnyc
  2. Ariel Sanchez @arielsanchezmor
  3. Azarya Shaulov @az_ny
  4. Donald Bacha @donald_bacha
  5. Greg Laub 
  6. Jorvin Martinez 
  7. Michael Martino 
  8. Nicholas Scuola @NScuola
  9. Prabhu Barathi @prabhu_b
  10. Sateesh Thupakula
  11. Stalin Pena @stalin_pena

We are happy to be able to award each NYC area vExpert a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a #NYCVMUG t-shirt on behalf of the NYC VMUG and it's 2016 sponsors - Infinio, VMware NSX, Arkin, and Simplivity! Keep helping others and inspiring us all!

NYC Logo competition


Branding is everything. We hereby open a contest for the creation of a logo for the NYC VMUG, that we will use in the aforementioned t-shirts, our blog and our twitter page. The prize is $100 in Amazon gift cards and will be awarded by end of May. Send your submission via twitter and the leaders will choose a winner!

VMware User Group Whiteboard Meetings

Azarya has asked for permission to use rooms from work for smaller, non-sponsored whiteboard sessions in an informal setting. These are great for those studying for their VCP, VCAP and VCDX certifications, those who want to talk their VMware designs with peers, and to get more involved in the community and look for general help. They are announced via the @nycvmug twitter handle - since they aren't sponsored there's really no requirement so we will try to have them monthly.


You can see all upcoming and past whiteboard meetings using the "whiteboard sessions" tag.

NYC UserCon new date!


The NYC and NJ leaders have decided to move our UserCon from June to September, to catch potential speakers after the busy VMworld US and Europe seasons. Save the date - September 19th!

Raffle Prizes

Please don't forget!! You must drop in a business card, or fill a blank available at the desk, that includes your full name, your email and phone number, to be eligible to win!!

  • Two $50 Amazon Gift cards
  • Two VMware Press books (to be chosen by winner, including premium ebook versions)
  • One VMware Press Essential Virtual San book, hard copy (2nd edition)
  • One Intel 600p NVMe SSD (512GB) for your homelab


Show us your homelab or project!

We included this in the signup page: 
"Also, we will have several tables available if you want to bring your own laptop and show your blog, homelab, or latest project. VMUGs are about you sharing with other admins so feel free to organize lunch nearby after it to keep talking!"

Please feel free to mingle, talk to each other and organize taking lunch together after the VMUG. Take advantage of Paul Braren and David Fung, and your local vExperts!

01-30-2017 Whiteboard session with the @nycvmug re-cap!

Our 2nd whiteboard session was a success as well! It is nothing short of amazing how just agreeing on a date and time to "talk about VMware" with no set agenda can yield interesting conversations and help everyone form ties in their local community. 

As a community, any chance we get to meet is important - when we get together, we share knowledge and help each other grow. This meeting format is great especially if you want to develop public speaking or whiteboard skills! This little time, invested once a month, will help your development as an IT professional.

In this session we had the presence of a special guest - David Aldrich, @mako2big on twitter, who works as an SE for Zerto, who the VMUG leaders met recently. David came in, not representing Zerto, but as an engineer who can help others. When we told him about this session, he was excited at the opportunity to hang out with everyone and made the commitment to show up with no other gain than meeting people. He was super cool and we hope to see him again, as well as any other vendor SE's in the area who want to get to know and help their local VMUG community.

Azarya, who was once again our gracious host, was also able to setup a live camera session - we actually had Nick Scuola attend this way! I attach some pictures of the session, which had some great conversations.

Topics ranged with each presenter: vCenter PSC/vCenter design for two sites, troubleshooting backup performance, designing backup solutions with existing hardware, and of course, we threw some ideas with Zerto too (we had to take advantage of David). Another thing that was super cool was that Azarya invited one of his network engineers to our meeting and he was able to interact with a bunch of VMware nerds :)

If you want to contact any of the guys in the photos, I leave their twitter handles here, in alphabetical order:

Anton Z @AntonZnyc
Ariel Sanchez @arielsanchezmor
Azarya Shaulov @az_ny
David Aldrich @mako2big
Michael Martino @wildcard78
Nick Scuola @NScuola 

left to right: David, Anton, Ariel in the TV taking the photo, Azarya, Michael, and 





We really appreciate every person that came to share and help the others, and again Azarya for arranging the meeting space and making everyone feel welcome! We can't thank his employer, Touro College, and his management (and all in the IITS department) enough for fostering the spirit of user groups. Learn more about the Touro College and University System at www.touro.edu

We will continue doing these as time permits. Please follow the @nycvmug twitter account and attend the NYC VMware User Grouphttps://www.vmug.com/nyc meetings to keep up to date of when the next one will happen. As always, we really encourage creating a twitter account to get more involved with the vCommunity!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January whiteboard session with the @nycvmug

Hi everyone,

We're happy to confirm the details for our second "NYC VMUG whiteboard session". Our first session was a success, and as promised, we are trying to do them frequently, barely fitting it into January. Again, space is limited, as you can see from the photos, but this also means that everyone is paying attention and interacting with the person who is white boarding.

Here are the details:

  • Monday January 30, 2017, 6pm
  • 500 7th Ave - very close to Times Square, so transportation should not be an issue
  • 10 people max - have to register with @arielsanchezmor @az_ny or @nycvmug to be added to security list before 4pm on the day of the event

The following is a re-post from our first meeting, but it all still applies :)

This is not a traditional VMUG meeting with a sponsor; it's really just a small room with two whiteboards and a TV to connect the laptop, where fellow VMware users can come and discuss ideas, projects, or whatever suits their fancy. 

Some of you will remember we announced this at our October VMUG meeting:

"VMware User Group Whiteboard Meetings

Azarya has asked for permission to use rooms from work for smaller, non-sponsored whiteboard sessions in an informal setting. These are great for those studying for their VCP, VCAP and VCDX certifications, those who want to talk their VMware designs with peers, and to get more involved in the community and look for general help. They will be announced via the @nycvmug twitter handle - since they aren't sponsored there's really no requirement so we will try to have them monthly or every two weeks."


If you come, you will learn something, and meet someone, so it's a great opportunity. We have asked several of the VMUG members who have advanced certifications like VCP and VCAP to assist, in case there are people studying for the certifications who would like any tips or clarifications.


Once you register you will get the building security instructions. This event is free, but there is no sponsor. This means a couple of things; 

  • there is no set agenda, we don't know at what time we will be finished, it will depend on your level of interest in the current conversation. You are free to leave if you got what you wanted
  • you can count that we will look for a burger/beer afterwards, but since we're each paying for our own stuff, don't expect a big party, just some guys that got together in a bar to keep talking!

Really look forward to seeing you there and making these a normal occurrence. The power of community is amazing, and all you have to do is show up and participate. Make new friends, get a question answered, help someone else!

Please remember this is a technical event for VMware users and administrators to "geek out", not a networking or recruiting type of meeting. If there is any question please reach out to @arielsanchezmor @az_ny or @nycvmug :)