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VMworld 2010 Knowledge Experts

Posted by tdunn Aug 12, 2010
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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Video Previews of VMworld 2010

Posted by tdunn Aug 9, 2010
VMworld 2010 highlights from the VMware Team:
1) Steve Herrod, CTO of VMware - A glimpse of what will happen this year at VMworld 2010
2) Kit Colbert, Principal Engineer at VMware - Understanding Virtualization Memory Management
3) Howie Xu, Director of R&D at VMware - Future Direction of Networking Virtualization

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We are excited to announce and confirm the VMworld 2010 Band is INXS
Thank you to everyone who participated in our "Guess the Band" contest via Twitter, Facebook and

The winners of "meet the band" passes are:
William Fulmer, Jordan Lederman and Don Mann (alternate)

View the INXS Facebook fan page | Learn more about INXS at:

And back by popular demand, the opening band will be Elastic Sky

View the Elastic Sky Facebook fan page

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Whether you attend in San Francisco or Copenhagen, VMworld 2010 is the place to be for all VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs). Not only will the events include in-depth educational sessions on everything from desktop virtualization to datacenter management and operations, they will also offer the opportunity to take the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 4 (VCAP4) exams in Datacenter Administration and/or Datacenter Design. Even better, because of your dedication to VMware, you will receive this knowledge and training at a special discount just for VCPs.


Register now for VMworld 2010 and take advantage of your special VCP discount.


Learn more about getting certified at VMworld!


Not a VCP yet? Find out how to become one here.

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Do you have colleagues or peers who might be interested in  attending VMworld 2010 (San Francisco)? Refer them, and when they register and pay for a  VMworld full-conference pass, you'll qualify for one of these rewards:



1-2 paid referrals: One Refer a Colleague T-shirt
3-4 paid referrals: One Flip UltraHD Camcorder
5+ paid referrals: One iPad


To qualify, you must use  the same email address that you used to register for VMworld 2010. Also,  your colleagues need to use the same email address you enter for them  on this referral form when they register for VMworld 2010 San Francisco.


Entries must be received by August 27, 2010, so get your referrals in  today! Only one reward and one entry per person.  Referral rewards will  be distributed onsite at the conference, and you must be present to pick  up your reward.


Refer your collegues today!

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Social Media @ VMworld 2010

Posted by tdunn Aug 4, 2010
Whether you are attending VMworld 2010 or following the conference from afar, social media will thrive at VMworld 2010.  Be sure you get connected, know the key URLs, follow the VMworld channels and watch for daily announcements, highlights and activities.

The VMware Social Media team will be collaborating with social media teams from various sponsors, partners and attendees to bring everyone the best expereince possible and expand the messages and experiences from the conference - both in San Francisco and Copenhagen.

We have created a social media overview to highlight the following:
- Contacts & Key URLs
- Collaboration tools for contributors & gatherings
- Details of the Social Media & Blogger Lounge
- Blog, Twitter, Facebook and Video/Photo resources
- Discussion Forums
- Other social media options

View the Social Media overview at
And share this URL with others!

If you will be contributing to VMworld 2010 coverage, add your details at:

If you would like to share any VMworld 2010 gatherings, please add those details at:

Please contact if you have any questions.

Looking forward to connecting with everyone at VMworld 2010!
~ Tony Dunn, VMware Social Media & Communities
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The VMworld 2010 Schedule Builder has been published – Get yourself organized by building a personal conference schedule.  Once you register for VMworld 2010, you can plan your schedule with the specific Sessions and Labs you don’t want to miss.

Visit the VMworld 2010 Schedule Builder

Important Note:
This year there is no pre-registration for sessions and labs, but we highly recommend building your personal schedule to keep you organized. Adding sessions to your personal agenda DOES NOT reserve you a seat in that session. Seating at all sessions will be on a first come, first serve basis.


The VMworld 2010 Content Catalog has been updated with a new format offering filters, search options, dates and times along with details about sessions, labs and speakers.  View or filter sessions and labs by day, track, type or speaker -- or search by specific title, topic or keyword.

Visit the VMworld 2010 Content Catalog

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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 Kim Griffin 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
- 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 account
- A "Fan" of our 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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