South West UK VMUG (9th September 2014)


How time flies! The dust had barely settled on our second successful VMUG in Bristol and we were already well into planning for the next meeting. If you haven't already see an email or tweet about it, the next SWUKVMUG is being held on Tuesday 9th September 2014 at the mShed once again. We've got a little bit of last minute juggling going on with the agenda following some of the announcements coming out of VMworld US this week. The highlights include: VMware vSAN A VMworld update Mike Laverick will be speaking We hope to have a session about EVO:RAIL or vCloud Air (maybe both) Community speaker Seb Hakiel We'll also have representation and sessions from our sponsors: Platinum Sponsor Gold Sponsors    And to top it … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Attend South West UK VMUG


As 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 We are super lucky to be kicking off our meetings with a keynote speech by Joe Baguley, Chief Technology Officer of EMEA for … [Read more...]

SWVMUG Launch and Google Hangout

Jeremy and I participated in a brief Google Hangout today with Simon Eady and Barry Coombs, our co-leaders of the South West UK VMUG. We officially announced our first meeting date (Tuesday 18th February 2014 in central Bristol) and spent some time discussing some of the things that we collectively did at VMworld Europe recently. The full video of the hangout is below. Once venues etc are firmed up for our first SWVMUG meeting we'll get a registration link opened up on our VMUG page. … [Read more...]

VMworld Europe 2013 – Partner Day

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I have to confess to feeling a little jaded this morning thanks to the vRockstar party last night. I'm not complaining though, as I have been on the previous two occasions that I've attended VMworld Europe, I'm both excited and glad to be here. Registration was a breeze and a few subtle changes to the layout of the venue were immediately apparent. Compared to last year, I think that the conference is occupying a lot more floor space. The Solutions Exchange will open tomorrow where the General Sessions were last year. The HoL and Community / Alumni / Partner lounges have moved to occupy the space where the Solutions Exchange was last year. So far I like the layout. As with previous years, Monday is VMware's Partner Day. Owing to a … [Read more...]

New UK VMUG Group: SW England

South West VMware User Group: The Facts, The Figures, And The Events The South West VMware User Group launches in the UK, bringing the best of VMware and the user community to The West, South West and South Wales. The leadership team is pleased to announce the South West VMware User Group (VMUG). Meeting in Bristol at the crossroads to the South West, The West Country, South Wales and the Midlands, meetings will begin early in 2014, to bring together virtualization customers, end users and enthusiasts in an informal social setting for discussion, learning and engagement. Social Media We are on Twitter, so please engage with us @SWUKVMUG or #SWUKVMUG. We also have a local presence on, where we will post meeting details and … [Read more...]

London VMUG – July 4th 2013

Registration is now open for the London VMUG Meeting on 4th July 2013! As usual, it will be at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (33 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AP) between 8:30 and 17:00 and there will be vBeers afterwards. The sponsors for this event are Atlantis Computing and Veeam. What are you waiting for? Head over to the VMUG website, register and stick it in your calendar before someone sticks a different meeting in there! Community Speakers: • Fernando Frediani - Build Your Own Shared Storage • Steve Bruck - SSO SOS • Sam McGeown - PowerCLI Tips and Scripts • Seb Hakiel - 4000-seat VDI Lessons • Julian Wood - VDI roundtable Discussion • Simon Gallagher - Hybrid vCloud Reaction Sponsor Speakers: • … [Read more...]

Calling all South West and South Wales VMware Users!

Are you based in the South West or the West of the England, or in South Wales or the borders area? If so, wants to hear from you! There has been much discussion recently about how VMware users and supporters in these areas can feed into the VMUG communities, and support the great work done by Aleric (@alaricdavies), Jane (@Rimmergram), Stuart (@Virtual_Stu) and Simon (@vinf_net) at the London VMUG. We at vSpecialist, along with Simon Eady (@simoneady) are trying to gather details from locals in the South and West of England and Wales with a view to promoting the VMUG communities / groups, chatting with like minded professionals, enjoying a local #vBeers or 2 and maybe persuade more visitors to visit the London VMUG … [Read more...]

London VMUG – April 25th 2013


Registration for the second London VMUG of the year is open. As usual, it will be at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (33 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AP) between 8:30 and 17:00 and there will be vBeers afterwards. The sponsors for this event are VMTurbo, Nimble Storage and Veeam. The agenda is yet to be finalised but it's likely to be awesome as usual. What are you waiting for? Head over to the VMUG website, register and stick it in your calendar before someone sticks a different meeting in there! Update: 16/04/2013 The agenda was published a week or so ago. Lots of great sessions on there:  Time Capital A  Capital B  Square Room  8:30  EVENT RECEPTION  10:00  Welcome  10:15  Shmuel Kliger, … [Read more...]

Virtual Machine User Group Meeting – 12th March 2013


I'm a long standing member of the London VMUG (that being the VMware User Group) but I've also on occasion been to Virtual Machine User Group (VMUG) meetings as well when I've been able to find the time. The Virtual Machine User Group have a meeting coming up in Birmingham on Tuesday 12th March 2013. The published agenda is: Time Track 1 Track 2 09:00 - 10:00 Vendor Market, Welcome Address and Refreshments 10:00 - 10:50 VMware vCloud Director & vSphere 5.1 VeeamVeeam Modern Data Protection 11:00 - 11:50 App Cogs Virtualisation for Sharepoint Professionals Proact Getting Started with NetApp Filers 12:00 - 13:00 Vendor Market, Lunch and Special Interest Groups 13:00 - 13:50 The … [Read more...]

First London VMUG of 2013 – Register Now!


You know that I love my VMUGs. They're great events that offer plenty of opportunities to meet new people, network, learn a thing or two and - best of all - they're free to attend! Thursday 24th January 2013 see's this year's first London VMUG occurring at the usual place near Mansion House tube station: London Chamber of Commerce and Industry 33 Queen Street London, EC4R 1AP There are some great presenters and subjects on the agenda, including the event's sponsors - Nutanix, 10 ZiG and Zerto. There are usually a few prizes / giveaways on offer and I'm adding to that pot with a couple of VMware Fusion 5 Professional licenses... If you can't make the event itself then there's always vBeers nearby afterwards. It's well worth … [Read more...]