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 

Prabhu Barathi 

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

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!