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The VMworld 2010 (San Francisco) collection of session & lab videos, PDFs and MP3s has been released on for viewing in the Virtual Theater.  General/Super Sessions are free for public viewing, but all other sessions and labs require that you either were a paid attendee from the VMworld 2010 San Francisco conference or purchased a VMworld 2010 Subscription.
Note: VMworld Europe 2010 paid attendees will be granted access immediately after VMworld in Copenhagen.

Visit the VMworld Sessions & Labs Theater

Whether for fun or education, sit back and watch the video recordings, listen to the audio playbacks over slides, download the PDF presentations or download/listen to the MP3 podcasts.  There is a a ton of content to review, so dig into any sessions or labs you may have missed.  And if you didn't make it to San Francisco, consider purchasing a VMworld 2010 Subscription for full access.

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Calling all VMworld 2010 San Francisco attendees...
We're all experiencing an epic event here at VMworld 2010 San Francisco.  Now, let's share this out to the world.  We're looking for video clips and photos from attendees taken at the conference.


If you have a video clip of footage from the conference, please upload it to YouTube so it can be shared.  Post the YouTube link on our VMworld Facebook page.  Of course, if you have other video sources, that will work too.  And please post your video on our VMworld Video page as well using your VMworld account login.


If you have a great photo or series of photos from the conference, please post them to our VMworld Facebook page.  This can be a link to Flickr, Picassa, or added as an attachment.  And please post your video on our VMworld Photo page as well using your VMworld account  login.


The video that receives the most "Like" entries between now and the  end of Wednesday at midnight (PST), will be our video winner.   The  photo that receives the most "Like" entries between now and the end  of Wednesday at midnight (PST), will be our photo winner.

To be eligible to win...

1) You must be an actual attendee here at VMworld 2010 San Francisco to be eligible.
2) Your video or photo must be taken here or near the San Francisco Moscone center
3) Your video or photo must be posted to our VMworld Facebook page.
4) Your video of photo must be your own creation (not posting for someone else)
4) You must be at VMworld 2010 on Thursday and come by the Social Media & Blogger Lounge to claim your prize.

Video winner prize:

A vintage collection of VMworld bags from 2007, 2008 and 2009 + 1 "free" VMworld 2010 Subscription ($699 value)

Photo winner prize:

1 "free" VMworld 2010 Subscription ($699 value)

This contest is primarily intended to share VMworld 2010 experiences with our VMworld followers and those who couldn't make it to the conference.  Prizes are fun, but not intended to be that "killer" have fun with it and spread the word.  Of course, not all attendees are Facebook fans (yes, we know that)...but this is the quickest way to run this in a short time.

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475u.jpgTake a break at the Solutions Exchange "Hall Crawl" today in the Solutions Exchange between 4-6pm.  Find "beverages" (as shown in the picture) at the following sponsor booths:




Plus, food at the VMware Booth!

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Some interesting lab stats:
- Number of VMs deployed: over 50k and growing fast
- Number of Labs completed: over 5,200
- Average number of VMs being deployed and un-deployed per hour: 3865


Top five labs out of the 30 lab Topics being offered:
1. View 4.5 Install and Configure
2. ESX 4.1 New Features
3. VMware Performance and Tuning
4. Basic vSphere Install & Configure
5. VMware  Cloud Director


If you are at VMworld 2010 San Francisco, be sure to jump in and get you're feet wet!


Reporting to you live...

~Tony (@tony_dunn)

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VMware Product Survey

Posted by VMworld Team Aug 31, 2010

If you ever wished you could:

·        - Influence the direction of a VMware product or feature

·        - Accelerate the development of new features and functionality

·        - Provide input directly to the Product Management team

And here's the fun part --  possibly win an Apple iPad or a free pass for VMworld 2011


Take any one of the following surveys to help us to understand your needs better to make the best possible product that will  suit your needs.  You only have to answer one of the surveys below in order to be entered  into the iPad prize drawing.  However, the more surveys you complete the  better your odds are for winning!


Management and Automation - Provide feedback on how you manage your environment, including  everything from how you deploy virtual machines to performance!

ESX/ESXi Convergence  - Have you already upgraded to ESXi?  Thinking about it?  Share your  thoughts on the process of moving to the most advanced yet!

Storage – Designed for managers of storage solutions within virtualized environments!

Networking – Do you manage the network components within your environment?  If so, this survey will be of great interest to you!

Applications – Tell us about what applications you use within your virtual  environment and what applications you don’t.  If you have any thoughts  on Java based applications, this is the survey you want!

vCenter – Use vCenter much?  This survey covers a wide range of concepts  focused on vCenter.  Everything from upgrades and management to  providing high availability of vCenter is covered here!

Distributed Systems (HA and Disaster Recovery) – If you are interested in providing the highest levels of availability  for your mission critical applications this is your survey!  Topics  include VMware HA, VMware FT, replication and managing applications  within a highly available capable environment.

Converged Data Center – Tell us a bit about how you manage your converged data center!

Security – Interested in firewalls, vShield, and general security?  This survey has it all!

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Speaking, sponsoring or just want to promote VMworld 2010 in Copenhagen?

Add these badges to your email, blog or website to encourage people to come.




Promotion Badges




Sponsor Badges



Speaker Badges


To add them, just download the image and upload to your  blog. You should link them to


Or, if you want to link directly from these copies, paste something like  this into the code of your page:
<a href=""><img  alt="Register for VMworld 2010"   src=""/></a>

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While at VMworld 2010 (San Francisco), be sure to stop by the Social Media & Blogger Lounge, hosted by the VMware Social Media & Communities Team.  There will be blogger tables, lounge chairs/couches, internet/power connections and a demo pod for VMware Communities and VMware Labs.  Plus, the highlight of the lounge will be VMworld Live!, a live streaming show with video coverage each day of the conference (more details below).
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Foursquare is going to be a big part of VMworld 2010 this year. You will be able to check-in locations all over the place!
First up, what is this Foursquare thing?


From Business insider:
"Foursquare is primarily for letting your friends know where you are and figuring out where they are. Secondarily, it's for collecting points, prize "badges," and eventually, coupons, for going about your everyday business."
Read more:


As you can see, this can be great fun at a conference because you can see where your friends are and get tips about the cool things going on at the show.  Many sponsors are offering special deals and tips for checking into their spaces. Most sponsors have setup their booths in Foursquare and you can quickly learn about them from the list below.


If you find a booth that is not on the list please enter it using the following format.


Name: [Company Name] VMworld Booth #[1232]
Address: 747 Howard Street
Cross street: Booth #[1232]
City, State, Zip: San Francisco, California, 94103
Twitter: [Main VMworld Twitter Account]


Hopefully by keeping this format everyone will be able to find it and check-in.


Please be sure to:
1) add VMworld as a friend to your Foursquare account:

2) add #VMworld to your shout when you check in
3) Add a Tip to places that you check into to share cool info with others!


Some places to check-in:
VMworld 2010
VMware's Booth #701
VMware Blogger Lounge (where the social media team will be)
Cisco Booth #801
Dell Booth #401
EMC Corporation Booth #1001
NetApp Booth #601
Compellent Technologies Booth #1022
CSC Booth #1014
HP Booth #1008
IBM Booth #709
Intel Booth #509
Novell Booth #931
Symantec Corporation Booth #513
VCE Booth #809
Wyse Technology Booth #521
Brocade Booth #1307


Please send me the URL and I will add the "Make sure you add #VMworld to your shout when you check in!" tip from the VMworld Account to encourage the booth check in to appear in the main #VMworld hash stream.  Happy checking in!

Questions, comments and anything else you can reach me at: Twitter: @lkilpatrick

See you at VMworld!
Luke Kilpatrick

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Drop by VMware Labs "Flings Station" at the VMworld Social Media & Blogger Lounge and "Suggest a Fling" to get a FREE  T-shirt.  The lounge will be located in Moscone South lobby, near the bookstore.  Look for the pod showing demos for VMware Labs and VMware Communities.

It is that easy. By the way, you may get to meet some of the authors of those cool Flings. Catch a Fling (demo) or just hang out with VMware Community folks. We hope to see you there!

Follow VMware Labs on Twitter: @vmwarelabs or become a fan on Facebook: VMware Labs

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TA717 Preview - Performance Best Practices for vSphere
Kaushik Banerjee, Sr. Manager R&D at VMware, will present a breakout session about Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere, including new features in VMware vSphere 4.1.

TA8218 Preview - VMware Storage Vision
Jay Judkowitz, Group Product Manager at VMware, will present a breakout session about the future of storage, what VMware and it's partners are looking to develop in the area.

Both Kaushik and Jay are Knowledge Experts at VMworld 2010.  You can join them at an interactive group discussion with other attendees or schedule a 1-on-1 to discus your personal storage questions.

View more videos for VMworld 2010 on VMworld TV.

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Are you unable to travel to San Francisco or Copenhagen or attend VMworld 2010?  You can still experience VMworld 2010 online and gain all the knowledge and learning by purchasing a VMworld 2010 Subscription.  Content from the San Francisco conference will be posted to the VMworld Sessions & Labs Theater in mid-September.  Most of the content will be repeated in Copenhagen, but we will also post any new keynotes or breakout sessions from Europe by the end of October.

The VMworld 2010 Subscription provides annual online access to the following VMworld 2010 content:

- General Sessions (video and PDF)
- All Super Sessions (video and PDF)
- All Breakout Sessions (flash presentations for all tracks)
- Labs (PDF downloads only)


Access to VMworld 2010 content will be restricted to attendees and subscription owners only.  Paid attendees of VMworld 2010 (San Francisco or Copenhagen) will have full access to online content.  If you are unable to attend the live show in either the U.S. or Europe, please consider this subscription as an alternative opportunity to attend VMworld 2010 sessions and labs online.

To learn more or to purchase your subscription today, please visit
VMworld 2010 Subscription >

The subscription is $699 for individual access and can only be purchased via credit card.  The subscription covers secure access until August 2011.  VMworld 2011 content will require a new subscription.

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Whether you have been waiting to access sessionand labs from 2009 online or you would like to preview sessions from last year before coming to this year's conference -- VMworld 2009 Sessions & Labs are now open to to public.

Visit the VMworld Sessions & Labs Theater and click on VMworld 2009 to view the presentations from last year.  PDF and MP3 file downloads are also provided as links in the right sidebar when viewing each presentation.  Free online sessions and labs are offered (as available) all the way back to VMworld 2004, our first VMworld conference.

You will need to have a VMworld account and sign in to view content in the theater.  Once you sign in, you can scroll down under the presentation area to see 3D
community avatars for all visitors in the theater (you can customize your avatar and walk from the theater to other areas of our Virtual Pavilion).  Below the avatars is a live chat window for you to share live discussions or Q&A with other community members while watching presentations.  You can click on other avatars to view profiles, share member info and network.  While in the theater, find other community members and add them as friends.

Enter the VMworld Sessions & Labs Theater >

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Now in its third year, Spousetivities is a grassroots, community-driven effort to provide activities for conference attendees’ spouses. While the attendees are at VMworld during the day, their spouses are invited to explore and enjoy San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.  Don't miss  this opportunity to join these fantastic bay area adventures.


Visit the Spousetivities registration page to register for a free Spousetivities Welcome Breakfast on August 30.


Highlights of activities:

- Spousetivities Welcome Breakfast

- Monterey/Carmel Tour
- Wine Country Tour

- Photographic Adventure of San Francisco
- "Floating" Sausalito Houseboat Tour and Sausalito Shopping

- Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour
- Private lunches at exclusive spots

Learn more and follow the latest updates from Crystal Lowe (event organizer) by visiting: >
Spousetivities on Twitter >


Register for Spousetivities Events >

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At VMworld 2010, you'll have the opportunity to connect directly with subject-matter experts. Below is a list of Breakout Sessions being offered through the Knowledge Expert Program. 

Knowledge Experts will also be available for One-on-One meetings and more casual discussions as they circulate throughout the conference.  Look for the "Knowledge Expert One-on-One" area at Moscone West, 2nd level.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Banit Agrawal, Member of Technical Staff, VMware, Inc.
DV8324VDI Performance Benchmarking and Best Practices
John Arrasjid, Principal Architect, VCDX, VMware, Inc.
MA7140vCloud Architecture Design Strategies and Design Considerations
Kaushik Banerjee, Senior Manager, R&D, VMware,  Inc.
TA7171Performance Best Practices for vSphere
Gaetan Castelein, Group Manager, Product Marketing, VMware, Inc.
EA8660Virtualizing Tier 1 Applications: Leverage the vSphere Private Cloud as a Better Platform for Apps
PA9443Selling VMware Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery for Business Critical Applications
Banjot Chanana, Senior Product Manager, VMware, Inc.
BC7729Intelligent HA: Application Awareness with VMware HA
Charu Chaubal, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, VMware, Inc.
SE8206Security Hardening Guidelines for vSphere
SE8378Compliance-Ready Virtual Infrastructure, Addressing PCI Security Standard for Virtualized Deployments
SS8222Transitioning to ESXi
Kit Colbert, Principal Engineer, VMware,  Inc.
TA7750Understanding Virtualization Memory Management Concepts
Arturo Fagundo, Senior R&D Manager, Site Recovery Manager, VMware, Inc.
BC8449What’s New in VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
Rajat Goel, Senior R&D Manager, VMware, Inc.
DV6946The Future of VMware Workstation and Cloud Development
Tim Harris, Director of Validation Services, VMware, Inc.
EA8611RealTime Applications Running on vSphere
Azmir Mohamed, Senior Product Manager, VMware, Inc.
BC8537VMware Data Protection Roadmap
Jason Nash, Senior Systems Engineer, Varrow
TA6841Cisco Nexus 1000v: Architecture, Deployment and Management
Ken Owens, Technical Vice President, Security and Server Technologies, Savvis
PC7877Architectures for an Enterprise Virtual Data Center in Public Cloud Environments
Mangesh Pangarkar, Senior Manager, R&D, VMware, Inc.
MA8317Technical Deep Dive: vCenter Chargeback
Massimo Re Ferre, Staff Systems Engineer, VMware, Inc.
PC8624Cloud 101: What's Real, What's Relevant for Enterprise IT, and What Role Does VMware Play
Randy Rowland, Senior Vice President, Product Development, Terremark
PC8632A Guide to Successful Management in a Public Cloud Environment
Chad Sakac, VP, VMware Technology Alliance, EMC Corporation
SP9820Getting the Most Out of Your Storage Infrastructure with Client and Server Virtualization
TA8133Best Practices to Increase Availability and Throughput for VMware
TA8623Storage Super-Heavyweight Challenge
Anjan Srinivas, Product Line Manager, VMware, Inc.
DV7164Migrating to Windows 7 with VMware View
DV7167Design Consideration for Migrating to Windows 7
Michael White, Solution Specialist SE, BCDR, VMware, Inc.
BC6701VMware Data Recovery – All You Need to Know!
Howie Xu, R&D Director, VMware, Inc.
TA8361Future Direction of Networking Virtualization
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"Get Away" to VMworld

Posted by Jordan Jeffery Aug 9, 2010

Our friends at GestaltIT are sponsoring a contest to provide the cost of airfare, registration, and accommodations at VMworld 2010! The award will be given to the contestant that explains best how they will take their experience at VMworld 2010 and “pay it forward” in a manner that benefits the most people. For example, that could be starting a blog, or writing tutorials on what you learn at VMworld. Get creative! The panel of judges will consist of past Tech Field Day Delegates.

For more details about the contest, visit the GestaltIT blog. Hurry though, the contest ends on Tuesday, August 10. Good luck, and hope to see you at VMworld 2010!

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