Baby vSpecialist!

Just a quick one to congratulate my co-author of this blog, Jeremy, and his wife on their membership of the “new parents’ club”.

Baby Bowman arrived last night weighing in at 6lbs 9oz (about 3kg).

5 Reasons to Attend South West UK VMUG

vmug-sw-logoAs many people will be aware, there are many reasons to go to local VMUG meetings. Many people may not be aware that there is a new VMware User Group being started in the South West. Based in Bristol, the South West UK VMUG aims to bring the best of virtualization, technology, chat, networking opportunities and general cool stuff to the whole of the bottom left side of the UK. We aim to hold 3 free events in the city each year, with the first scheduled for 18th February 2014.

But why come along? Amongst many others, here are the top 5 reasons for coming to the South West UK VMUG meeting:

1. Rockstar Speakers

joe-200x301We are super lucky to be kicking off our meetings with a keynote speech by Joe Baguley, Chief Technology Officer of EMEA for VMware. Aside from running a huge company like VMware, Joe is a very ardent supported of local VMUGs, and we’ve been very lucky to secure some of his time. Joining Joe in the speaking slots are storage technology firm and platinum event sponsors Nutanix, Nathan Prisk from Falmouth University and VMware staffers Peter von Oven and Arash Ghazanfari.

2. Getting Involved in the Community

VMUG events are hugely popular and are often a gateway for people to get involved in the virtualization community. VMUGs are all about networking, communicating with other like minded individuals to form new business and technology relationships, and to expand networks to new area’s – both from a technology and a geographical perspective. VMUG events attract a cross section of the business and technology world, from those just starting out to seasoned professionals who have been in the business for years, from boardroom members to junior technical staff. Everyone is invited, everyone is welcome, and nobody pays a dime!

3. Free Training / VCDX Practice

In addition to the usual community sessions run as part of the VMUG agenda, we are also planning a coupke of extra sessions for registered attendees in the morning:

  • FREE TRAINING – delivered by another VMware Community Rockstar: Mike Laverick. A former VMware Certified Instructor, Mike is a VMware and technology evangelist, and will be delivering some free training for VMware beginners on 18th February. If you are interested, please leave a comment or get in touch!
  • VCDX Practice – organised by the community, those planning to do the top-flight VMware Certified Design Expert exam are invited to an informal study group, to practice defence sessions as we help each other to achieve VCDX status.

4. vBeers

For a little post-VMUG networking, there is also a Bristol vBeers event, starting at 5pm in a local Bristol bar (the Piano & Pitcher). Sponsored by 10zig, vBeers is an opportunity to enjoy a beverage or 2 and do some more networking. Couldn’t attend the afternoon sessions? Catch-up with the sponsors and find out all the latest information.

5. Free Stuff!

vmug-prizesEveryone likes to get something for nothing – right? There are lots of freebies on offer at South West UK VMUG:

  • Free Registration. Pay nothing to get in, and all the sessions are available to attend gratis.
  • Free lunch. Join us from 12pm to get signed-in and enjoy a bite in the process.
  • Free Training. New to VMware? Register for the morning sessions. (See above).
  • Free Beers. Join us at vBeers afterwards, sponsored by 10zig.
  • Free Stuff. We have many prize draws, including VMworld 2013 bags filled with goodies, t-shirts, mugs, pens, notebooks and other techie goodies!

So, what’s not to like about the up-coming South West VMUG meeting on 18th February? See the full agenda here, or register to attend for FREE on our Community website.

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South West UK VMUG: Agenda

The official agenda has been released for the up-coming first South West UK VMUG. Registration is open now via our VMUG Community page. So, what’s on?

Time Agenda
 9.45am – 10.00am  Registration for Free VMware Training Session and VCDX Practice Session delegates
 10.00am – 12.00pm  Free VMware Training Session by Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick), and VCDX Practice Session by Craig Kilbourn (@Craig_Kilbourn)
 12.00pm – 1.15pm  Main delegate registration, plus buffet lunch
1.15pm – 1.30pm  Welcome from the VMUG Leaders
1.30pm – 2.15pm  VMware Session – End User Computing by Peter von Oven (@pvo71) and Arash Ghazanfari
 2.15pm – 3.00pm  Platinum Sponsor Vendor Session: Nutanix
 3.00pm – 3.30pm  Breakout (Tea / Coffee)
 3.30pm – 4.15pm  Community Session: Falmouth University deployment of 10zig solution
 4.15pm – 4.30pm  Delegate Feedback and Prize Draws
4.30pm – 5.00pm Closing Keynote: Joe Baguley, VMware CTO, EMEA (@joebaguley)
5.00pm onwards Bristol vBeers @ Piano & Pitcher, Bristol (approx. 200m from the VMUG venue)

We look forward to meeting you on the 18th February at Bristol mShed!

ThinApp Standalone SKU Reinstated

uturnEvery now again people have to go back on a decision that they’ve made and make a U-turn.

At VMworld in Barcelona, VMware have announced a reversal of their decision earlier this year to discontinue the sale of ThinApp as a standalone product.

After December 15th 2013 it would only have been possible to purchase ThinApp as a part of the Horizon Suite but these plans have now been binned and ThinApp will continue to be available as a standalone product.

To be honest, I didn’t know about the original announcement when it happened but it’s nice that VMware have listened to feedback and changed their stance. VMTN Subscription anyone??

ThinApp 5.0 Gets 64-bit Support

thinapp-4.0-iconThinApp has been a version 4.x product almost since VMware acquired it in 2008. On Wednesday at VMworld version 5.0 was announced and it is expected to be generally available from the end of October 2013.

With a major version bump like this you’d rightly expect some significant changes. Perhaps the most significant of these is the inclusion of support for virtualising 64-bit applications.

There have also been some architectural changes to the level of virtualisation to increase and simplify application compatibility. Together these two enhancements are likely to mean that a greater range of applications can be virtualised – something that might have held some organisations back from adopting ThinApp in the past.

One other thing that we can apparently look forward to in ThinApp 5.0 is easier integration with persona management solutions. Great for Horizon View projects! Check out the full list of changes on this VMware blog posting.

For many I suspect, this will be a welcome and maybe long overdue release.