Friday, December 16, 2016

12-12-16 whiteboard session with the @nycvmug - recap!

Our first NYC VMUG whiteboard session was a success! We had a great group come in with various expertise levels - some like Niran even drove in from New Jersey! 

We managed to get some pics. I think I win the funny face award. You can only be in awe of the talent in the room, with everyone coming to share technical knowledge, meet new friends and have a good time!

In alphabetical order:

Anton Z (multi-VCAP, vExpert) 

Ariel Sanchez (multi-VCAP, vExpert, VMUG leader) 

Azarya Shaulov, in green long sleeve shirt (VCAP, vExpert, host) 

Ganshyam Daga (virtualization consultant) 

Michael Martino, next to whiteboard with collared shirt (multi-VCAP, vExpert, VMUG Leader) 

Nick Scuola, in the middle (VCAP, vExpert hopeful) 

Niran Even-Chen (Double VCDX, vExpert, VMware employee) 

Prabhu Barathi (VMware employee, SE for NSX) 

Extra pics:

We really appreciate every person that came to share and help the others, and especially 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

We will continue doing these as time permits. Please follow the @nycvmug twitter account and attend the NYC VMware User Group 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!

Friday, December 9, 2016

December whiteboard session with the @nycvmug

Hi everyone,

We're happy to confirm the details for our first "NYC VMUG whiteboard 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. 

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.

Here are the details:

  • Monday December 12, 2016 , 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

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 :)