Day -4 @ VMworld Europe

Hi Everyone,

Well today the first VMware people including myself arrived in Cannes and I have to say, the weather is amazing! People are actually laying on the beach in bathing suits, the sky is clear blue and it is about 16 degrees, I even have to start worrying about burning my head :-) The boulevard is full of people enjoying the great weather and the forecast for next week looks good as well. I know we are here to go to sessions, but some nice weather is a lovely extra bonus :-)

When we arrived at the building where the event will take place the first banners where already up.

We are here today with a small team starting to get our infrastructure up an running for all the labs and demos on the VMware booth. We shipped 10 Racks full of servers, networking and storage. Andy and Garrett have been working the last 2 weeks together with all the lab team to design some hopefully awesome hands-on Labs.

Well we are about to get our power, so we can start powering on all our kit. For the lucky ones coming to Cannes for VMworld, bring your sun lotion and see you soon :-)

VMworld Preview – 1 more week to go

A few more nights sleeping and the 2nd VMworld in Europe will go live in Cannes, France again. The almost full session list has been published on www.vmworld.com/europe and now also includes the hands-on labs.

It will be a challenge to pick what sessions you want to go see as there will be around 140 sessions and 13 labs to choice from :-) A good start might be “DC14 – Overview of 2009 VMware datacenter products” and “DC07 – Tech Preview: vCenter Server”. We have reserved the Thursday afternoon for all the top scored sessions from the previous 2 ½ days to give you a second chance to go see them, in case you missed them.

The hands-on labs this year will also have many new interesting topics. You will be able to get your hands-on the upcoming Cisco Nexus 1000v (LAB12), explore the next generation of datacenter software (LAB01) and have a first look at a VMsafe application from Altor Networks in the form of a virtual firewall (LAB13). All the labs will be self-paced and a large crew of VMware Lab Staff will be there to help you to guide yourself through these labs. As they are self-paced, you can come to the hands-on labs any time you like and spend as much or little time you have. If there is no available terminal for you, we can even allow a certain amount of ‘bring-your-own-machine’ to create even more capacity and in case you have a funky keyboard like the Belgiums do, you can work with what you are used to :-)

This year we will also be making a lot of video content at the event. Interviews with key sponsors and VMware staff and all the sessions will be recorded and available to all who attended the show.

On Wednesday night the VMworld party “Cloud 9” will lift off. As “Cloud 9” means like being in the 7th heaven, I am sure this will be a great spectacle.

I look forward seeing you all in Cannes and for the people who cannot make it, we will do our best to keep you up-to-date online on www.vmworld.com during and after the event.

VMworld Europe – Sessions

4 more weeks and VMworld Europe is a GO :-) Still lots of work to do and we are making progress on getting a good selection of breakout sessions. The session catalog is online now and every day new sessions are being added to it. Of course there will not only be VMware speakers. Many Industry specialists will be sharing interesting stories.

Fellow blogger Viktor van den Berg will be sharing his experiences with unattended deployments of VMware Infrastructure. Brian Madden will present a session on comparing VDI versus Terminal Services. Analyst Chris Wolf will present on Software Licensing in the Virtual Enterprise: Current Problems and Future Trends.

As 2009 will offer us many new solutions from VMware around management products, here a special promo video about those sessions:

VMworld Europe 2009 – Hands-on-Labs

Well 7 more weeks to go, before VMworld in Europe will open its doors :-) Last week I had Garrett visiting the office (he is based out of ireland). Garrett is organizing all the labs for VMworld, so we thought we would make a small promo video about the labs.

I am really excited about this year’s labs as we will have some brand new topics that I am sure none of you have touched before :-)

Hope to see you all in Cannes and remember as a VCP you get a permanent discount price of just 650 euros!

Run an entire SRM setup on your Laptop

After posting the video demonstrating SRM, I received a lot of feedback and new tips and tricks. One I thought I should share with you all. If you really got exited after watching my video about SRM (which I hope of course :-) ) then you should check this out:

http://viops.vmware.com/home/docs/DOC-1235

It is a document that explains how you can run ESX servers with the entire SRM setup on your laptop :-)

NEW VMware SRM (Site Recovery Manager) Demo Video

Hello Everyone,

After more then a year making the vi3demo video, we finally made some time to shoot a new video about the new VMware Site Recovery Manager. This video hopefully explains what SRM can do and also of course give a live demo of the product in Action :-)

Top 10 PowerShell scripts that VMware administrators should use

Eric Siebert at Virtual Strategy Magazine has created a great overview of the top 10 powershell scripts for you VMware environment. Powershell is really getting more and more interest from people managing their IT environment and especially in the virtual world Powershell is awesome. If you have not looked at powershell yet, I can highly recommend it.

So here some useful links to get started with powershell:
Eric Siebert’s Top 10 PowerShell scripts that VMware administrators should use
NTPro.nl Powershell posts
VMworld 2008 – Managing VMware with Powershell session

VMworld Europe 2009 – Call for Participation

As you can imagine, we are at full speed organizing the next VMworld Europe event in Cannes, France from February 24 – 26. Registrations are going well and many sponsors are signing up, which is really great as VMworld really is more then just sessions about VMware Solutions. We will have 100+ technology partners and virtualization vendors and pretty much all the virtualization big shots will be there :-)

To make sure we also will have a lot of content related to real world experiences we (VMware) are looking for people in the real world to share your experiences with us all. If you are interested in presenting in Cannes next year, please have a look at our call for participation. For more details about submitting a session, please read this document.

Hope to see you all in Cannes :-)

New version and name: VMware CPU Host Info

Finally after a long time, I made some time to do some programming again. I have updated and renamed my “VMotion Info” to “VMware CPU Host Info”. The program will help you identify what kind of processors you have in your ESX servers, without having to reboot and start some silly CPUID CD. It will show you if you have any differences in functionality between your processors.

In this new version, you can combine information from multiple virtual center environments into one consolidated overview. It also shows you if your processors are VT capable, but more important if VT is also enabled in your BIOS. I have found that many of my servers by default do not have VT enabled.

One other final (experimental) addition, is that this program will tell you if your servers will be able to run FT enabled virtual machines (VMware’s upcoming Fault-Tolerant feature). This feature requires you to have harpertown or newer processors.

Visit the downloadPage

Cool video: DPM

Back in September for VMworld 08 a team of engineers at VMware setup a demo to showcase VMware’s power management features. This demo drives a heavy, mixed workload for an eight-hour day and shows metered power usage throughout. The workload used was VMmark and the total power savings were over 55%! This feature (DPM) is available experimentally in VI3 and will be fully supported with the next release.

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