Monday, February 26, 2018

February 2018 vBeers Recap

On February 20th, Zerto sponsored our first vBeers of the year at the Perfect Pint West. We had a great time and appreciate the appetizers and the open bar in addition to the great conversations and networking.

We raffled off a couple of $50 Amazon gift cards. Congratulations to our two winners, Stan and Peter!

Make sure to keep following this blog and our @nycvmug twitter account for announcements on upcoming events, including vBeers.

Pictures:








February 2018 Whiteboard Session Recap

On February 7th, we had a whiteboard session at Touro College. And as with all our meetups, we begin with the end in mind:

After 2+ hours of whiteboarding, we almost forgot that we were hungry (and thirsty). So much good discussion, we could have gone a lot longer and missed out.

What are our @nycvmug whiteboard sessions all about? Community, collaboration, geeking out, sharing, talking shop, socializing, deep dives, working things out, using your words, and then having a burger and a beer afterwards and talking some more.

If this was an Instagram post (or a tweet), that previous paragraph would basically be written with those same words in hashtag form. People do search on hashtags, right? If you are looking for this kind of quality engagement at your local user group, then you should join us.

Like good improv, you never know who will be in the room and what we will talk about. But you will be in a supportive, collaborative environment. With people who want to help other people. People who want to share what they know. People who have questions and people who are willing to help find answers.

Thank you again to Azarya (@az_ny), his employer Touro College, and his IITS department for sponsoring us again and providing the perfect atmosphere for learning.

Keep following us on this blog and on Twitter (@nycvmug) and look out especially for #VMUGWB to see when our next whiteboard session will be.

Here are some pics from our last meetup:






Among our attendees (if we missed you, please let us know):

- Anton Z @antonZnyc
Azarya Shaulov @az_ny
Brad Jervis @brad_jervis
- Charbel Mouhayar @charbelmhr 
Ivan Esquiel @mlgSILVER
Jorvin Martinez @jorvinmartinez
Mike Martino @wildcard78
Nicholas Scuola @nscuola
- Pete Walker @vPeteWalker

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Monday, February 5, 2018

NYC VMUG - Q1 2018 - Events

Mark your calendars! NYC VMUG has the following events planned for Q1 2018:
  • February Whiteboarding Session - Wed 2/7 - details
  • February vBeers, sponsored by Zerto - Tue 2/20 - details
  • March Meeting, sponsored by Runecast - Wed 3/14 - registration
We hope to see you at one or more of these. Please keep following us on Twitter and make sure you follow our community on the VMUG site.

NYC VMUG - February 2018 Whiteboard Session

Hello NYC VMUG Members, Friends and Future Members,

We'd like to formally invite you to the first whiteboarding session of 2018. After a long winter break, we're sure there is plenty of technical talk to be had! Why not do that in the friendliest possible setting?

Here are the details:
  • Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 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 @wildcard78 or @nycvmug to be added to security list before 4pm on the day of the event
As always, space is limited as these are smaller, more intimate events. The people involved in these meetings are always motivated and willing to learn AND teach. It's definitely worth your while to join in. We're looking forward to seeing you there.

As a reminder, here are the ground rules for an NYC VMUG Whiteboarding Session:

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 Shaulov (@az_ny) 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 on knowing 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 fellow users that got together in a bar to keep talking!

We 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 @wildcard78 or @nycvmug :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NYCVMUG - October 2017 - Whiteboard Meeting

Hello NYC VMUG Members, Friends and Future Members,

We are happy to announce that we are hosting another VMUG Whiteboard Meeting! As this is our first post-VMworld Whiteboard Meeting, I'm sure there are going to be some awesome new topics and products discussed. As always, space is limited as these are smaller, more intimate events. The people involved in these meetings are always motivated and willing to learn AND teach. It's definitely worth your while to join in. Details can be found below. We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Here are the details:

  • Date: Thursday, October 19th, 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 @wildcard78 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 Shaulov (@az_ny) 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!

We 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 @wildcard78 or @nycvmug :)

Monday, June 26, 2017

NYC VMUG - July 2017 Meeting with Zerto

The NYC VMUG July 2017 meeting is sponsored by Zerto.  




This meeting will be focused on IT Resiliency, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery (BC/DR). 


The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 27th, 2017. Please save the date.

Send pictures and tweets using the #NYCVMUG hashtag or tag the @nycvmug handle!

Register here: NYC VMUG Event Page

Event Agenda
8:30 AM - Room opens, free breakfast available
9:00 AM - VMUG leadership update 
9:15 AM - Presentation #1 Intro to Zerto 
9:30 AM User Presentation by Brad Jervis
9:50 AM - NSX Presentation by Tony Okwechim, VMware NSX SE
10:10 AM - 5 Minute Break
10:15 AM - Keynote - Niran Even-Chen, Dual-VCDX & VMware SE
11:00 AM - IT Resiliency using Zerto by David Aldrich, Zerto SE Manager
12:00 PM - Raffles, Giveaways, Closing

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 on all of our t-shirts, our blog and our twitter page. The prize is $100 in Amazon gift cards and will be awarded by end of August. Send your submission via twitter and the leaders will choose a winner!


NYC VMUG Whiteboard Meetings - #VMUGWB on Twitter
 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/NJ 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!!


  • Details on giveaways will be listed soon.

Please feel free to mingle, talk to each other and organize taking lunch together after the VMUG. Take advantage of all of our presenters, and your local vExperts! The NYC VMUG is fortunate enough to have a significant number of vExperts at our meetings, please take advantage of them.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 2017 Whiteboard Meeting

Hello NYC VMUG Members, Friends and Future Members,

We're happy to confirm the details for another NYC VMUG whiteboard meeting. 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: Wednesday, June 28th, 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 @wildcard78 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 Shaulov (@az_ny) 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 @wildcard78 or @nycvmug :)