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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Upgrade or Migrate VMware Certification from 5 to 6

VMware has announced a proper migration/upgrade path many of us might be still wondering after VMware announced the version 6 certification roadmap awhile ago.  All these currently do not require a class.

VCP6
I read through a few times to make out how the migrates works.  Before we start with the example, let's understand some of the acronyms for the track.

VCP-DCV = Data Center Virtualization
VCP-DTA = Desktop & Mobility (formerly VCP-DT = Desktop)
VCP-CMA = Cloud Management & Automation (formerly VCP-Cloud = Cloud)
VCP-NV = Network Virtualization

For existing VCP5-DCV, you can upgrade this without a class via a VCP6-DCV Delta exam (this is yet to release) similar to VCP5.5-DCV Delta exam.

For new users trying to get certified, you will be taking the VCP6-DCV inclusive of a class as usual.

Since there are already new some version 6 exams: VCP6-DT and VCP6-Cloud, already released (Check here).  These certification will be automatic upgrade to VCP6-DTA and VCP6-CMA respectively without taking another exam.


VCIX6
The main jest of it is here upgrading to VCIX6.  Reminder VCIX6 contains two exams: Design & Administration similar for all three tracks: DCV, DTM, CMA.

For existing single VCAP5 either in Design or Administration, you will need to take the other of what you do not have in VCIX6 exam.  E.g. if you hold VCAP5-DCD, you will need to take VCIX6 administration exam and vice versus.  This applies similar to all tracks.

For existing dual VCAP5, you can choose to take either VCIX6 exam; design or administration.

For existing VCIX-NV, you will be upgraded automatically to VCIX6-NV.

So to take VCAP design or administration first, before doing one of the other exam of VCIX is an option better than directly to VCIX by taking both design and administration exams is subjective.  One give you a VCAP certification upon passing while the other needs both exams to be VCIX.

One thing to note, each exam in VCAP is 4 hours each for design and administration while each exam in VCIX is 2 hours, taking both adds up to 4 hours to achieve VCIX.


VCDX6
For VCDX5, this applies the same.  They are only required to take VCIX6 design exam portion for the tracks they are on.

Friday, March 13, 2015

VMware 6 GA!

Following the announcement on 2nd Feb 2015 on the new vSphere 6 which is part of vSphere with Operations Management and vCloud Suite 6, today is the general availability (GA) for the binary.

These includes but not limited to vSphere 6 (vCenter Server 6, ESXi 6), vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) 6, VMware Data Protection (VDP) 6, vSphere Replication (vR) 6, Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6, Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6, vRealize Automation (vRA) 6.2.1, vRealize Business (vRB) 6.1.0 and also not new in today release vRealize Operations (vROps) 6.0.1.

Head over to the vCloud Suite download site to get those bits.

Also do check out the product documentation site on the changes from release notes.

In conjuction, the release of Horizon 6.1 also announced and made available.  In this release, Horizon 6 Enterprise now includes App Volumes.

Get the binary here and product document here.  Also refer to the vSphere Update Center for more information on upgrading.

Need some help from community, head over to the vSphere Product Community.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Virtual Machine Automatic Shutdown

Like to share this incident which I encounter twice.  Once was during our ASEAN demo lab and the next is one incident that was reported by one user in our VMUG-ASEAN Group in Facebook.

VMs started shutting down after 1 hour by itself automatically and on vCenter you start to see memory status changes.
Source: VMUG-ASEAN group in Facebook

From the above, you see that memory state changes.  The first thing most people thought was there must be some issue or misconfiguration on the vSphere portion.

Further checks and view, the host and VM seems to be healthy and this is affecting a majority of VMs.  Further isolation, all these were running Microsoft Windows.

The first thing I wanted to confirm was to run a VM that is non-windows to make sure this is not due to OS issue.  Instead of installing one, you can use a tiny VM version small and won't take up much resource from here.

The VM runs normal and nothing happens.  This confirmed is not a vSphere issue but more of a OS related problem.  So a check on the license activation is required.  And indeed confirmed license has expired and not activated.

We experience this in our ASEAN demo lab with our Active Directory shutting down and similar problem and this is all mentioned in Microsoft knowledge base.  For Windows 2008 R2 & Windows 7 refer to this KB for Windows 2012 refer to this KB.  From the field, the reported time for Windows 7 & Windows 8 automatic restart within 1 hour while Windows 2012 is 30 minutes.


Side Thoughts.
If this happens on a physical server, we would likely not suspect a hardware failure since it was able to run normally.  Instead we will be troubleshooting in the OS.  So why in virtualized environment we start to investigate on the virtualization layer when all was good?

We start to forget the main place to start.  With or without virtualization, we should always find out more from one area and isolate it rather of jumping straight to an area that hasn't done any harm but showing your more information.

This do not change very much and I hope this give everyone a clearer picture that something things happen just very near to us but we have jump to conclusion too far away.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Vote for the Top vBlog 2015

The annual vBlog 2015 voting is now on.  It's my first time getting my blog listed; Plain Virtualization (Wee Kiong Tan).  Vote for your favourite blogs to give bloggers the credit to keep them going.  Vote for my blog if you think is worth you following too :)

All the blogs are listed here.

For those voting the first time (like myself), you must vote for 10 blogs and the rest of the sections are up to you discretion and the last section you will arrange the 10 blogs that you have selected.  The "Next" button is right at the bottom of the page to start the voting.

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2032977/TopvBlog2015

Cast your votes NOW!

VCS to VCSA Converter

Many are not aware that VMware has a site dedicated to tools developed for public use to make our life better called Flings under VMware Labs.

You will find several tools developed by engineers to help in making life much easier for adminstrator or engineers alike.  Some tools provide things like a GUI front for some of the common PowerCLI commands while some are load generator for a VDI POC or Test.  Of course since this is a tool created by an engineer and not by a company, it is not a supported tool.  It will be your own risk using them and supporting them.

A new tool was release on 2nd Mar named VCS to VCSA Converter.  The name already tells it all.  VCS is our vCenter Server while VCSA is vCenter Server Appliance.  With each release of vSphere, there have been more and more improvement for the VCSA to match what VCS can do.  With the recent announcement of vSphere 6, VCSA has already catched up if not all the features of VCS.

With this tool, you will be able to to move your VCS which is on Windows to a VCSA.  Why would you want to do that you might ask?  Well the reason is simple, cost and manageability.  In terms of cost, you will save on your external database and Windows OS cost.  In terms of manageability, it much easier to handle a vApp than to handle a Windows OS and a Databases separately (or as one depending how you deploy it).

Before going into too much joy, there are a few things that this tools migrate and not everything (almost all); vCenter database, roles, permissions, privileges, certificates and inventory service.  You will see that metrics data is not part of the migration which means that need to be collected over time.
source: VMware, Inc.

I would love to see this becoming a VMware Standalone Converter to be supported by VMware eventually.  As of now, it helps to migrate than having nothing at all.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 What's New

With the announcement of vSphere 6.0, comes Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6.0 the next release of VSAN since 5.5.

This makes several improvement and I will be listing them here and do note of the differences as there are some improvement with changes to existing VSAN 5.5.

To start clear, we need to know the terms right.  You will often hear Hybrid VSAN and All-Flash VSAN.  Hybrid is not new.  Since VSAN 5.5, it is always in Hybrid VSAN.  What it means it's a mixed of Flash or Solid State Harddisk (SSD) for cache and Magnetic Disk (MD) for persistent data.

What about All-Flash, this is new in VSAN 6.0.  There will be no MD but make of all Flash/SSD for flash and SSD for persistent.

source: VMware, Inc

In VSAN 5.5, the cache read/write ratio was 70/30.  This is fixed and cannot be changed.  Of course in a VDI environment, this will be less favorable though it is using flash/SDD for cache since only 30% of the cache is used for write cache in a write intensive VDI environment.

In VSAN 6.0, the cache is 100% write where read is straight from the SSD persistent area.  This is definitely very favourable for any environment and workload.

Here is a table of the changes.  Between VSAN 6.0 Hybrid and All-Flash is only the IOPS different.


Virtual SAN 5.5
Virtual SAN 6.0
Hybrid
Virtual SAN 6.0
All-Flash
Hosts per Cluster
32
64
64
VMs per Host
100
200
200
IOPS per Host
20K
40K
90K
Snapshot depth
per VM
2
32
32
Virtual Disk size
2TB
62TB
62TB
Virtual Machine per Cluster
3200
6400
6400
Components per host
3000
9000
9000

The next most still ask for the overheads since it is running on the kernel.  A rule of thumb will be
less than 10% of CPU utilization.

With the announced of VSAN 6.0 which will include VSAN 5.5 will support Direct Attached JBODs for Blade servers.  This will allow Blade servers which have little or no disk to scale with such storage and used in a VSAN setup.

VSAN is supported in self build servers from the HCL list or via VSAN Ready nodes which comes with all the parts already certified to run or available through EVO:RAIL.

Use Cases
  • In VSAN 5.5, it was mostly suitable for DR, Test/Dev, VDI.  However in VSAN 6.0, it is now added with one more which is Business Critical Applications (BCA).  This is made possible due to 1) All-Flash, 2) New disk format which will results in better performance.
Requirements
  • The Ethernet for Hybrid VSAN network required is at least 1GB Ethernet but recommended to use 10GB.  For All-Flash VSAN, 10GB is a requirement.
  • Minimum hosts is still three for VSAN 6.0.  However I would recommend a N+1 which is four hosts to start.
  • Minimum one disk group per host.  One Flash/SDD for cache and One MD/SSD for persistent data per disk group.
  • Maximum of 7 MD/SSD for persistent data.
  • Maximum of 5 diskgroup.
File Format
  • VSAN 6.0 uses VSAN FS as the new file format vs VMFS-L in VSAN 5.5.  Online migration via RVC Console is supported.  VSAN 6.0 will still support VMFS-L even if you choose not to upgrade.
  • VSAN 5.5 uses vmfsSparse (redo logs) for snapshot while VSAN 6.0 uses vsanSparse.  Read more of vmfsSparse here
  • Note that once VSAN 6.0 file format is used, vSphere 5.5 will not be able to join the VSAN cluster.
Updated 13/2: Availability
In VSAN 5.5, we were unable to control where each nodes in the VSAN cluster will be e.g. in a 10 hosts clusters, 5 nodes are sharing the same power supply i.e. same rack and the other 5 nodes on another power supply i.e different rack.  This helps also help in network partitioning where the bigger Fault Domain will win when separated.

With VSAN 6.0, we are able to create Fault Domain where we can grouping a VSAN cluster into different logical failure zones.  This allows VSAN to understand and ensure provision of replica will not fall into the same logical failure zones.

This is extremely useful as in the past, without fault domain we could need more resources to create a workaround. Assuming FTT=2, you will need at least 5 nodes for 3 replicas and 2 witness.  As illustrate below, without logically creating a Fault Domain, there are actually 6 Fault Domains due to the number of servers and in such, even though two nodes are in the same rack its actually 2 Fault Domains to VSAN so resulting replica be still be placed in the same rack so creating FTT=2 ensure at least one replica is on a separate Fault Domain.
source: VMware, Inc

With the new Fault Domain, we can maintain the default FTT=1 and ensure at least one replica will be in each separate Fault Domain to achieve redundancy as shown below.  Not only does this allows even the minimum of 3 nodes, it also uses less resources.
source: VMware, Inc


Monday, February 9, 2015

VMware 2015 Certification Roadmap

With the new year of 2015, VMware education also did some amendments to their certification roadmap to adapt to the industry requirements.  However there isn't a big change but one major one I see is the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) has been renamed to VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX).  You can view more details here.  The roadmap diagram is as below:


In fact I was seeing this coming since under Network Virtualization track it has already started with VCIX.

Although VCIX6-NV started with only an administration exam, I believe all tracks will contain both design and administration exam as mentioned under VCIX section.

The other change would be under the Cloud Management & Automation track where there are two different VMware Certified Associate (VCA) but only one VMware Certified Professional (VCP) track.  This will be focused on VMware vRealize Automation and no longer focused on VMware vCloud Director.

Many are confused with the new name VCIX and thinking it only contain administration exam due to the word "Implementation".  However this is not true, it will contain two exams one for Administration and one for design similar to the original VCAP.

To help in the prerequisites, refer to the solution track diagram.  Choose a track and follows the previously requirements.

VCA can be taken without any prerequisites.  Exam can be done anyway and it's online.  There is no need to take the exam at a test center.

VCP, you will need a qualifying course (normally a 5 days course) and an relevant VCP exam.  In additional an online foundation exam is required (not sure what this online foundation exam does, but I believe upon passing will you be authorize to book a VCP exam).

VCIX, you would need to obtain VCP of the appropriate track before seeking an authorization to attempt.  To be granted VCIX, you MUST complete two exams; Design and administration.
Certification requirements: VCP Certification + VCIX Design exam + VCIX Administration exam.
The exam for each is also shorten to 2 hours instead of 4 hours previously in VCAP.  A total of 4 hours (2 exams x 2 hours) is required to achieved VCIX.

For VCDX, upon completion of VCIX certification, you will be granted to attempt VCDX with a submission of a design proposal and upon passing the assessment will you be granted a slot to a defense panel to be certified this title provided passing the defense.

Hope this clarify everyone confusion.

If VMware Education follows the same as below, I would see the follow but this is not confirmed and I will update this once I have more information:
For those who are like me who already obtain certain certification, I believe there will be a an upgrade by taking the relevant exams e.g. VCP6-DCV from VCP5-DCV without any course for a short period of time before a What's New course is required.

For VCAP, this is now a grey area since VCIX requires two exams to be achievable.  For those owning only one VCAP, they might be required to complete both exams to achieved VCIX.  No information is provided at time of writing and I will update once I have more information.

For renewal of VCDX, this will be something new since in the past, VCIX will only need to complete VCAP Design.

Note:
With all the changes, the same rules applies, any certification will be valid for 2 years from the last certification achieved from VCP and above.  Within the 2 years period, another certification from VCP and above needs to be obtained else all certifications under one's name will be revoked.


Update 24th Mar 2015
Version 5 to Version 6 certification upgrade/migration path announced.  Here is a simple explanation.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Announced of VMware vExpert 2015

For those who are not aware, the application for vExpert 2015 started in November 2014 and today it was announced.  A total of 1028 individuals this time!  That was a big increased from last year 754 at the start of 2014 and 581 from 2013.

For those who are new to vExpert, you can follow the update that are entitled to you throughout the year and posted in this community page log into based on your email ID.  Many vendors each with their respective way to reward vExpert either via a NFR use their product or a free T-shirt.

For those who have missed the application, this year however there were no news of quarterly application mentioned like last year.

Nevertheless, keep up the good work and carry on the contribution you have been doing to be rewarded this accreditation year after year.

Once again, congratulation to all individuals. Keep it going!

If you missed it, do check out the next application date, which has yet to be announced.


Some benefits listed below:
You will receive an email for your access to the community page and a logo will be created for your use.
A certificate will also be posted later stage based on year for your accreditation.
A few listed in the source here.

PluralSignal a year of subscription of all online courses which I highly recommend.  For the rest of the NFR software licenses, it will be based on your needs and requirements and many can be announced here.

Update 28th feb 2015:
The vExpert 2015 round 2 application is live!  Head to the form if you have missed the first round.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Long Wait is Over!

The start of February also mark the great launch today by VMware.  Another milestone achieve with more to look forward to which will change the way things will run in an infrastructure.

Today has been the long awaiting launch of vSphere 6.0 (which many thought was during vSphere 5.5 but finally it made it), there are also some changes to some add-on products changes as well as bundle update.

The General Availability (GA) for vSphere will be in Mar 2015.  The training courses are found here.

What's New

vCloud Suite will be updates with vSphere 6.0 and vCloud Director and vCloud Network & Security will be deprecated as announced last year and no longer seen in this bundle.  This also get updated with the new vRealize Operations (vROps) Suite to 6.

vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) will be updated to 6.0 which include vSphere 6.0 and vRealize Operations (vROps) 6.0.  Finally those on vSOM 5.5 have been asking for vROps 6.0 has been granted their wishes.

VMware Data Protection (VDP) 6.0 is now one single product.  There will be no more VMware Data Protection Advanced (VDPA) but now call VDP.  It is now available for vSphere Essential Plus and above edition.  This also included in the new vSphere Remote Office Branch Office.  VDP 6.0 in vSphere 6.0 contains the full functions of VDPA.  With this launched, customer who are on valid Subscription & Support (SnS) for vSphere will be entitled to download VDPA 5.8 and/or VDP 6.0.

vSphere Hypervisor Free edition now support vSphere Data Protection API.  Which means now even if you are on the free Hypervisor, you can also enjoy offloading your backup process to your supported backup solutions.  How cool is that!

Virtual SAN (VSAN) 2.0 is announced with vSphere 6.0.  Many new features and one of which is a all flash VSAN but this comes as a add-on licensed via per CPU or per desktop (for VDI).  Host limits has also been increase to 64 similar to vSphere 6.0.  The greatest improvement will be VSAN snapshot now adopt similar technology from VirSto a storage solution which was acquired early 2013.  All this comes with a new file system.  One main function is the ability to support direct attached JBOD.

vSphere Enterprise Plus, vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus and vCloud Enterprise get to use VMware Integrated OpenStack free of charge with Support sold separately.


vSphere 6.0 What's New
In this release, Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) is disabled by default when shipped.  Starting from all the new updates for vSphere 5.x, TPS will be disabled.  Check out the kb.  To enable or disable you can refer to this blog post.   This is due to security reason mentioned here.  However this is more of a logical risk than a physical risk as as of now there is no case of such security due to enabling TPS have been reported.

Do take note of TPS and it could help drive performance in terms of memory aspect especially for Mission Critical Applications.

Install and Upgrade
vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) now comes in a guided installation wizard for easy deployment especially for user who are new.  There will also be two separate ISO for binary for the Windows vCenter as well as the vCSA, saving user time on download and space to store them previously when there are all bundled in one ISO.

Compute
Newer hardware support is always expected which you can refer to VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) and OS supported here.

For scalability please see the table below.  Though many might say this is just a number game but there are real customer which I experience with requirements for this mainly these are monster VMs made up of Database servers.
 
vSphere 5.5
vSphere 6.0
32 Hosts per Cluster
64 Hosts per Cluster
4000 Virtual Machines per Cluster
8000 Virtual Machines per Cluster
320 CPUs
480 CPUs
64 vCPUs
128 vCPUs
4 TB RAM
12 TB RAM*
1 TB vRAM
4 TB vRAM
512 Virtual Machines per Host
2048 Virtual Machines Per Host









 * With specific server OEM partners

Storage
Storage IO Controls now extend to per VM level.  This was similar to what was introduced in vSphere 5.1 when network IO control provided for per VM.

NFSv4.1
The long wait is over!  Finally vSphere is able to support NFSv4.  This was a much request for NFS storage users since NFSv4 has already been on the market for quite some times and vSphere 5.5 was speculated to support but didn't when released.  Kerberos that comes with NFSv4 will be supported as well :)

Virtual Volumes (VVol)
New way of presenting Storage to be VM aware providing Per VM granularity similarly to what VSAN was able to do with policies.  This is achieved with VMware Storage APIs - Storage Awareness (VASA).  This also remove the need to lots of LUN Management tasks which often creates lots of issues.  This will support protocols namely iSCSI, NFSv3 (no NFSv4 at time of writing), FC and FCoE. Capability of Storage will be expose to vSphere via the VASA provider just like VSAN on vSphere.  This will introduce storage policy based management (SPBM) to traditional storage on vSphere for the first time!

Storage and Availability Integration
This release introduced content library where you can replicate images e.g. template, ISO, etc. to other vSphere cluster removing the waste time and effort creating or trying to copy from one to another.  Also with the support for the new Storage features namely VSAN, vFlash, SRM, VVol and vSphere Replication.

Network
IPv6 support for Management Network.  Things to note only vSphere 6 is supported for IPv6 so no management of below version 6 is allowed.  This has to be a green field implementation of course if you intend to migrate your existing vSphere Cluster to IPv6, expect definitely a downtime on the management this will need careful planning.

Availability
vMotion Capabilities Extension
  • vMotion across vSwitches currently supported on virtual standard switches (vSS) and virtual Distributed Switch (vDS) supported across all edition vSphere which support vMotion
  • vMotion over long distance with up to 100ms round-trip time (RTT) is now supported available in vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition.
  • vMotion across vCenters on local, metro and cross continents provided it meets the requirement of vMotion over long distance stated above and supported on vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition.  Requires 250 Mbps per vMotion operation.  vMotion Network on L3 connection.
Fault Tolerance for Multi-Processor VM (SMP-FT)
Oh Yes Yes!  The support for SMP-FT VM.  Don't be too excited just yet as the maximum number for this is up to 4 vCPUs and only available in vSphere Enterprise Plus.  Though this might not be able to support most of their giant monster VM, it sure helps more on typical critical applications that needs only 4 vCPU and below.

Side note, SMP-FT is also available for vSphere Remote Office Branch Office edition but subject to 2 vCPU and 4 vCPU for Standard and Advanced respectively.

vCloud Air Integration
vSphere 6.0 will support vCloud Air in terms of backup, Disaster fail over and back.  Do note offering is only available in US, Europe, Japan and China at time of writing.

vSphere Replication
Yes finally it has been a long time that is only support a RPO of 15 mins and this kills it easily comparing to all other network or host based replication solutions.  In this release, it now has 5 mins RPO time (subject to bandwidth availability and data rate of change) and up to 2000 VMs from prevous 500 VMs which will help in SRM support definitely.

vSphere App HA
Sadly to say, in this release App HA has been removed.  I am not sure what will be replacing it (or ever there be), at this time, if you need it, you have do with vSphere 5.5 or use third party solution like Symantec AppHA.

VMware Data Protection (VDP)
With the new release of vSphere 6.0, there will be no more purchase needed for VMware Data Protection Advanced (VDPA).  Instead, VDPA features will be fully available in VDP 6.0.  Customer with valid Subscription & Support (SnS) for vSphere will be entitled to download VDP 6.0.  VDP 6.0 will be able to support vSphere 5.1 and above.

Management
vCenter Server Applicance
It now has the same support limits similar to Windows vCenter Server with embedded vPostgres
Content Library.  It now support Linked-Mode and comes with four sizes: tiny, small, middle and large.

Virtual Data Center (vDC)
Abstracted from vCloud Director, this isn't new but it's new in vSphere.  With vDC, you will be able to pool and abstract resources and provide them to different clusters.

Policy Based Management (PBM)
As you see more and more policy driven management, this release is also a start start with VM placement through tags and working with VM anti-affinity policies.

vSphere Host Client
If you are managing a single host not joined to a vSphere vCenter, you will now use this client to manage this host with VM with hardware above version 8 supported.

vSphere Web Client
With support of SRM now in web client since the release of SRM 5.8 this will carry forward to vSphere 6.0.  vCenter Update Manager however is still not supported :( The greatest news on this piece is the long awaiting performance improvement!  And yes this in release lots of performance improvement has been done to this long awaited issue.  Everything from login, right click, Workflow, Screen to screen, etc.  Also to stay the same as vSphere Infrastructure Client, the task windows is place back to the bottom of screen (Why on earth was it first introduced on the right?).

A side note, vSphere client is now able to read only for hardware version 9 to 11 instead where previously it cannot manage VM on hardware above version 10 in vSphere 5.5.  Do note it can ONLY edit VM that is on hardware version 8.


There are just many other smaller features and enhancements that are not listed here but the main ones which I felt were the main attractions.  Will fill more up as it comes along.  Of course my post will still focus in making everything plain and simple to digest for the greater audience out there.

Friday, January 16, 2015

One Event - VMware Online Launch

Many might not know unless you receive email from VMUG or by chance saw some postings from social media.

What would we be expecting from this event is unknown but I am speculating the long waited vSphere 6.0 which was on public beta since last year and have already been on Release Candidate Build.  With vSphere 6.0, we can assume we might be seeing VSAN 2.0 since VSAN is integrated to vSphere as well as Virtual Volumes as Tech Preview first seen in VMworld 2011.

With all this above, we might see some new pricing or bundling.  I am hoping to see what is line up during this launch.

Here is the online launch site where you can register to be reminded.

You can choose from the few dates available and the first day will be on 2nd February 2015 during America time and 5th February 2015 for Asia time.

Below is the dates and time:


AMERICAS
Date:  February 2, 2015
Time:  1:00 – 2:00 PM PST / 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST

EMEA
Date:  February 3, 2015
Time:  9:00 – 10:00 AM GMT / 10:00 – 11:00 AM CET

ASIA PACIFIC - ASEAN, Western Australia, Hong Kong
Date:  February 5, 2015
Time:  10:00 – 11:00 AM SGT

ASIA PACIFIC - Sydney, Australia
Date:  February 5, 2015
Time:  10:00 – 11:00 AM AEDT

ASIA PACIFIC - Mumbai, India
Date:  February 5, 2015
Time:  10:30 – 11:30 AM IST

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

VMware User Group Singapore Conference - The First!

Yes the very first VMware User Group (VMUG) Singapore Conference is happening on 23rd Jan 2015!

It came a long way, from the first VMUG meeting held from few members to a large group of members now.  From a meetup every couple of months to almost every month.  As it matures today, it has more and more sponsors/vendors sharing their technology and road map as well as special speakers.

Coming the first month of next year (not too long to wait), the very first VMUG SG Conference will be held at Marina Bay Sands.  This is the first time a full day conference been held in Singapore.  There are already many in the States and Australia however this is the very first milestone for Singapore.

For those not aware, VMUG are run by users in the VMware community so VMware does not come into any organizing this such event like vForum equivalent.  This is focus for the VMware users by the users.

The agenda is finally out and the speakers are all ready.  You will be looking forward to meet up with reowned bloggers, book writers, etc. e.g. Scott Lowe, Simon Seagrave, Alastair Cooke.

What are you waiting for?  Get your horses ready, block your calendar and head over to here to register for the event NOW!

I hope to see all of you there.  In case you are not a member yet, just register an account to keep yourself updated of future events and register for this event too!


Update 13th Jan 2015
The mobile app for VMUG Conference is now up and running.  Download it on your Android or iOS now and use it on the day itself to keep track of the sessions and speakers.