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The Knowledge Experts Program  is a new feature at VMworld 2010, designed to help participants get the most out of their conference experience. Knowledge Experts have a wealth of industry experience and are eager to share it through Breakout Sessions, Group Discussions, One-on -One meetings, and casual conversation as they circulate throughout the conference. We will be highlighting some of the Knowledge Experts in the weeks leading up to VMworld. Today’s featured expert is Kit Colbert.

Confused by how to manage the memory in your virtual machines, or want to learn how to use your host's memory efficiently? Meet Kit Colbert, Principal Engineer, VMware Operations Management group, and VMworld 2010 Knowledge Expert. View his Breakout Session, Understanding Virtualization Memory Management Concepts.

Learn more about the Knowledge Experts Program at the Knowledge Experts web page, and be sure to Register for VMworld 2010 today!

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This year, there is no session pre-registration, so you can just show up at the sessions that work best for you.  More than 170 unique breakout sessions will be offered across 10 tracks.  Most sessions will be repeated at least once to provide opportunity to attend your top choices.  Here are some session highlights by track:

Desktop Virtualization
DV7167    Design Consideration for Migrating to Windows 7
DV7180ThinApp: What's New and Future Vision
DV7778Journey through a 3000 Seat VMware View (VDI) Deployment Ensuring Business Continuance During Snowmageddon 2010

Enterprise Applications
EA7849Design, Deploy and Optimize Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on vSphere
EA8020SpringSource: Application Infrastructure for a Virtual World
EA8700Oracle on vSphere: Re-Platforming Tier 1 Oracle Databases from UNIX to vSphere at Indiana University

Hybrid and Public Cloud
PC8624Cloud 101: What's Real, What's Relevant for Enterprise IT, and What Role Does VMware Play
PC9920Compliance in the Cloud: Managing Risks and Addressing Concerns

VMware Partners only
PA9442Accelerate Your Solutions Competency ROI with Solution Enablement Toolkits
PA9445Selling the VMware Private Cloud
PA9449Winning against Server Virtualization Competitors: Leading with VMware Strengths, Handling Objections and Setting Traps
PA9452Winning with Virtualization in Small- and Mid-Sized Accounts
PA9455The VMware Journey: Navigating, Path-finding and Articulating Value along the Way

Private Cloud - Business Continuity
BC6701VMware Data Recovery – All You Need to Know!
BC7729Intelligent HA: Application Awareness with VMware HA
BC8274VMware Fault Tolerance - Best Practices, Usage Scenarios and Performance

Private Cloud – Management
MA7140vCloud Architecture Design Strategies and Design Patterns
MA7528VMware vCenter Server: Operational Best Practices in the Datacenter
MA8317Technical Deep Dive: vCenter Chargeback

Private Cloud Security
SE8098Private Cloud Security: Vendor Secrets and Hypervisor Competitive Differences
SE8378Compliance-Ready Virtual Infrastructure, Addressing PCI Security Standard for Virtualized Deployments
SE9600How to Attest Host Platform Security for Cloud Deployments:  A Technology Preview from VMware, Intel and RSA

Technology and Architecture
TA7121Next-Generation VM Storage Solutions with vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI)
TA7750Understanding Virtualization Memory Management Concepts
TA7805Tech Preview: Storage DRS
TA7994vStorage Update for vSphere 4.1
TA9420vSphere 4.1 Overview

Virtualization 101
V17737How and Why Denton County Used vSphere To Go Completely Virtual
V17982Intro to Virtualization
V18061VMware Certified Advanced Professional Certifications Are Here

For a complete list of sessions and labs, please view the VMworld 2010 Content Catalog.

And if you haven't yet registered for VMworld 2010 (San Francisco or Copenhagen), don't miss out...Register Today!
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VMworld 2010 Lab Highlights

Posted by tdunn Aug 2, 2010
Labs will be powered by the VMware cloud and presented via a self-service Lab Cloud portal.  VMworld will stage more than 18,000 lab seats and conduct up to 480 simultaneous Lab sessions during the four-day event.  Forget pre-registration. With over 40 hours of available Lab time throughout the conference, you’re free to experience the latest in VMware offerings on your own schedule.  Here is a listing of labs:

Advanced Lab Tutorials
ALT2002VMware vCenter™ vShield 2.0
ALT2003VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch and Cisco Nexus 1000V
ALT3001VMware vCenter™  Site Recovery Manager - Extended Config & Troubleshooting
ALT3002VMware vCenter™ Chargeback - Advanced
ALT3003VMware vSphere™ Performance & Tuning
ALT3004VMware vSphere™ Troubleshooting
ALT3005VMware vCenter™ Orchestrator - Orchestrating the Cloud

Hands-on Labs                                                                                                                                                                                                         
LAB03Lab: VMware ThinApp™ 4.6
LAB04Lab: SpringSource - Hyperic and tc Server
LAB05Lab: Intro to Zimbra Collaboration Suite
LAB06Lab: VMware vCenter™  Configuration Manager - Provisioning, Patching, and Software Distribution  
LAB07Lab: VMware vCenter™  Configuration Manager - Achieving Compliance
LAB08Lab: VMware vCenter™  AppSpeed
LAB09Lab: VMware vCenter™  Data Recovery
LAB10Lab: VMware vCenter™  Server Heartbeat
LAB11Lab: VMware vCenter™  Site Recovery Manager - Basic Install & Config
LAB12Lab: VMware vCenter™  Site Recovery Manager - Extended Config & Troubleshooting
LAB14Lab: VMware vCenter™ Chargeback - Advanced     Hands-on Lab
LAB15Lab: VMware vCenter™ CapacityIQ
LAB16Lab: VMware vCloud™ API
LAB17Lab: VMware vCenter™ Orchestrator
LAB19Lab: VMware vCenter™ Update Manager
LAB20Lab: VMware vCenter™ vShield 2.0
LAB21Lab: Basic VMware vSphere™ - Install & Config
LAB22Lab: VMware ESX 4.1 - New Features
LAB23Lab: VMware ESXi Remote Management Utilities
LAB24Lab: VMware vSphere™ Performance & Tuning
LAB25Lab: VMware vSphere™ Troubleshooting
LAB26Lab: VMware vSphere™ PowerCLI
LAB27Lab: VMware VI SDK C#
LAB28Lab: VMware VI SDK Java
LAB29Lab: VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch and Cisco Nexus 1000V
LAB30Lab: VMware Products - VMware vSphere™ Sandbox

For a complete list of sessions and labs, please view the VMworld 2010 Content Catalog.

And if you haven't yet registered for VMworld 2010 (San Francisco or Copenhagen), don't miss out...Register Today!
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VMworld 2010 Fun Run

Posted by VMworld Team Jul 30, 2010

The VMworld 2010 Fun Run is on! It will take place on Sunday, August 29 at 5:00 p.m. starting at Crissy Field in San Francisco. All registered VMworld attendees and their spouses are invited!


It doesn't matter whether you run every day or don't run at all. The relatively flat course takes you along the beautiful San Francisco Bay with a full view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.


No need to bring a camera, VMware's very own Luke Kilpatrick will be photograping the event. Come to have a great time and get over your jet lag before VMworld kicks off.


The important information:


What: 5k out-and-back course
When: Sunday, August 29th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Crissy Field, San Francisco
Who: VMworld 2010 attendees and spouses
How: Registration and further information to come out next week.



Stay tuned for more information; until then, enjoy the view from Crissy field:







          -The VMworld Team

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Good news and bad news...


The bad news first:  No one has guessed the band!
Well, that's actually good news for most of you


The good news: 2 attendees can still win the "meet and greet the band" prize.
And even better news:  We are allowing everyone a second guess.


That means 2 guesses per person.
Same rules apply as before and options to submit your guess. (see original blog for details)

Now, for some hints...

+ 4k shows to over 25 mil people
+ 30 mil records sold
7 top Billboard hits


Who's the band?

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10. The band. Admit it, Foreigner rocked last year.  Now for 2010... Who will it be?

Free drinks at the Welcome Reception and the VMworld Party!

Frequent Flier Miles!

Seeing Friends from previous VMworld conferences in person instead of their chat avatar! (but feel free to share virtual chat in the meantime in our Virtual Pavilion)

Nothing like the smell of new products in the morning!

August is the least foggy month of the year!

Hotel Service: It's nice to have someone else make the bed.

It's going to be an exceptional year for schwag!

You can finally admit you like talking virtualization all day long

The sweet backpacks!

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So, you're heading to VMworld 2010 (Sand Francisco)...or still waiting to register.
You might be wondering -- who's the band at the party this year?
Last year, we brought you Foreigner...this year???



This is your chance to guess, with an incentive.  The "first" 2 correct band name guesses will each be rewarded with a backstage pass to meet and greet the band during the VMworld party.

How do you submit your guess?  By any of these options:

- Twitter: Tweet your guess and be sure to add the #vmworld hashtag
- Facebook: Add your guess as a VMworld Facebook comment
- VMworld.com thread: Reply to this thread with your guess
- Blog comment: Add your guess as a comment on this blog

However, there is a catch...

Each person is
only allowed 2 guesses
(via only 1 of the options above)

To qualify, you must be ALL the following:

- A registered VMworld 2010 (San Francisco) attendee
- A "Follower" of our http://twitter.com/vmworld account
- A "Fan" of our http://facebook.com/vmworld page (or "Like" the page)

Oh, and sorry VMware employees -- you are not eligible to win

We'll announce the 2 winners during the first week of August -- and REVEAL the band!

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10. The new Knowledge Experts program: Subject-matter experts in all topics will be presenting Breakout Sessions, leading birds of a feather Discussion Groups, and will be available for One-on-One meetings.

9. Participating in your choice of 480 simultaneous Lab Sessions within 30 topics. This year, you set the schedule with labs presented via a self-service Lab Cloud portal. Lab instructors are standing by to help and answer questions.


8. Networking with your peers from acrss the world and across your industry. VMware has more than 190,000 customers, and thousands of them will join you in San Francisco to share their experiences with virtualization and cloud computing.

7. Going to Developer Days and winning an iPad. The Technology Exchange for Developers covers application development best practices and goes in-depth into building the public and private cloud.

6. Diving deep on vSphere 4.1, the best platform for building cloud infrastructures. vSphere 4.1 has over 150 new features giving you more efficiency, control, and choice.

5. Getting a first-hand look at announcements from VMware. We've got some good ones coming up.

4. Visiting the Solutions Exchange for the broadest view of the virtualization and cloud industry you can get, with over 200 software, hardware, and solutions providers exhibiting.

3. Finding out how VMware View simplifies desktop management and increases data security without sacrificing end user experience. The VMware Express truck will stop in San Francisco on its tour around North America, full of view demos.

2. Attending your choice of hundreds of Breakout Sessions. This year, we're offering the most popular Sessions more than once, and there's no Session pre-registration, offering you more felxibility and control over your schedule. Breakout Sessions arm you with the comprehensive knowledge you need, and you'll be able to review the recorded sessions on vmworld.com after you return home .

1. Learning what cloud computing is all about, how virtualization fits in, and how to drive your IT department along its virtualization journey and make it more strategic to your business. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnvBuRgiDqE&feature=related
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Having trouble attaining funds from your company to come to VMworld 2010? Need help convincing your boss that IT technologies do not have to be complicated? Check out the VMworld justification letter template. The letter includes everything you'll need to convince your boss that the benefits of attending VMworld 2010 far outweigh the cost. Tailor the letter to your specific company and IT needs in order to demonstrate how VMworld can improve your business. VMworld has sessions for companies of every size; to learn more about them look in the Content Catalog.

Thank you to all session contributors and congratulations to all whose sessions were accepted.  We look forward to bringing together attendees from across multiple industries to VMworld 2010, the leading conference for virtualization and cloud computing.  This year's batch of breakout sessions and labs look to be the best collection yet of innovative, technical deep dive, best practices, and partner sessions to be presented at VMworld.


We encourage everyone to not only attend VMworld 2010, but also to reach out and network with your peers at the event and online on VMworld discussions, VMware Communities and across our social media channels.


Take a look through the public content catalog for the upcoming sessions and tracks:
(please check back for any updates between now and the event)



VMworld Team

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Starting today and ending on May 26th you can vote on what sessions you would like to see at this year's VMworld. We received a record amount of session submissions. We where not able to publish them all in the public voting system as some have 'confidential' stuff in them or others did not follow the basic submission rules, but more then 600 submissions did make it into the public voting system. So please browse around and let us know what you want to see during the next VMworld events.


You can find public voting here: http://www.vmworld.com/community/conferences/2010/cfpvote/

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VMworld 2010

August 30 – September 2

Moscone Center, San Francisco


October 12 – 14

Bella Center, Copenhagen


Registration for VMworld 2010  is now open for both San Francisco & Copenhagen!


Register for VMworld 2010 before June 25th and take advantage  of your early bird discount.


VMworld 2010, brought to you  by VMware, gives you unparalleled access to educational opportunities  that will show you how to reduce IT complexity, and enable IT as a  service  through virtualization and cloud computing. Join us to:



Select from more than 300  Breakout Sessions and Hands on Labs that cover topics such as leveraging  the public cloud, virtualizing enterprise applications  and managing the desktop as a service.


Meet one on one with  Knowledge Experts or join group discussions to learn and share with  peers and industry experts alike.


Visit industry-leading  technology partners showcasing complementary solutions that can help you  dramatically reduce your IT complexity.


Don’t miss out on your  savings – or the education and training opportunities found at VMworld  2010. Register now.

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I know it is still a few months out, but the planning for VMworld 2010 is in full progress. We opened our call-for-papers a few weeks ago and have already received a good bunch of submissions. If you have a great session topic you would like to share with the VMworld attendees, feel free to still submit your session via the call-for-paper website.


NEW: Public Voting

This year we are introducing a new way of how we select the content. Some of the sessions will still be selected by small content committees that exist of VMware employees, customers and partners. Public voting!What does not get selected in this first round, we will put up for public voting! Meaning you will directly be able to participate in the selection process. This voting will happen in May and anyone who has a vmworld.com account (anyone can register for free) will be invited to vote.


I hope to see some really cool sessions submitted and sessions with a high education value, as like most of you, I always want to learn new things.sions submitted and sessions with a high education value, as like most of you, I always want to learn new things.

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Do you have a great story  to share with other delegates? Are you using virtual machines to build a  better disaster recovery solution? Have you virtualized a critical  enterprise system? Do you offer virtual machines on-demand with  billing? Have you developed extensive automation process around the  VMware products? Tell your peers about it by submitting a proposal.

Session proposals should  provide an in-depth explanation of the technology and business  challenges you have resolved, as well as a description of your  architecture—hardware,  software and networking setup. Advice, key success factors, data points  and lessons learned while solving technical, organizational and process  challenges related to virtualization deployment are always appreciated  by your peers.

In addition to the prestige  of showcasing your solutions and the opportunity to share best  practices with other delegates, if selected to present, you will receive  a full conference pass, access to all VMworld and sessions and labs.

This year the VMworld  community will be voting on your submissions. In order for your  submission to be included in the voting process, your submission needs to be filled out completely. Any  submissions with gaps or "TBD" in any of the fields will automatically  be declined and removed from voting.


Submit your proposal now

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Sign into your VMworld account (or create a new "free" account).  Then choose a custom avatar and explore our virtual pavilion with the VMworld community.  As you walk your avatar around, you will find virtualization and cloud computing resources for networking, technical support, training, discussions and social media.

From the Virtual Pavilion entrance, you can walk to various halls, rooms, and virtual booths while sharing live chat with other visitors.

Visit Now

Walk into the Exhibitor Hall to explore dozens of virtual exhibitor booths from leading industry vendors.  Here you will find product info, demos, videos, discussions, documents and other resources from each vendor.


Walk into the lower concourse to find breakout rooms with sessions for specific topics.


Visit the Breakout Room for Cloud Computing Server Virtualization | Storage Virtualization | Desktop Virtualization | Application Virtualization | Dev/Test

Walk into the Sessions & Labs Theater to watch hundreds of VMworld conference sessions from the past 5 years + additional expert sessions.  View flash presentations, live video or download presentations as PDF or MP3. 

Visit Now

Find the escalator to our upper concourse for an assortment of networking, social media, games and challenges.


Walk into our Virtual Lounge & Bar to network with members, share drinks or play arcade and casino games.

Walk into the Social Media Room for the latest Twitter feeds, YouTube videos, live/recorded streams, Facebook pages, Podcasts, Slideshare presentations, Flickr photos and many other resources.

Walk into the Community Challenge Room and play our online trivia challenge against other members.  (High scores posted daily)

Enjoy the virtual conference!  ~VMworld.com Team
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