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VMworld 2012 – Day Three Recap

Day three of VMworld 2012 continued with an the breakout sessions. The VMware TAM Program’s TAM Customer Central continued to provide exclusive access to VMware product managers and experts, in-depth technical deep dives and discussions, product road maps, technical previews, demos and more for our program customers.

The day ended with the VMworld 2012 Party of course. This year’s party incorporated three different events.

  • The Sports Lab - This lab had 10 larger than life screens showing the Sports games from the week, pool tables, foosball, air hockey and all of your other favorite Sports Bar Games.
  • The Hi Tech Lab - This lab had the latest and coolest video gaming.
  • The Music Lab -  The VMware band, Elastic Sky opened the night up for the double-header rock concert that ended with the closing act of the party – Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia!
VMworld 2012 Party

Photo compliments of Scott Sauer, VMware Senior Systems Engineer

VMworld 2012 Top 10 Sessions

The Top 10 Sessions for VMworld 2012 have been chosen by our conference attendees and this year we’ve made the presentations and videos publicly available to everyone!

NET2207: VMware vSphere Distributed Switch—Technical Deep Dive
Speaker: Jason Nash, Varrow

While the VMware vSphere® Distributed Switch has been around since vSphere 4, vSphere 4.1 and 5.0 have added a number of enhancements. This session will provide a technical deep dive into the vSphere Distributed Switch, including design and deployment considerations, configuration, migration steps, tuning and troubleshooting. Special attention will be paid to migrating an existing production environment from the standard vSwitch to the vSphere Distributed Switch with little or no disruption. Extended features such as network I/O control, network resource pools, and load-based teaming will be discussed in depth, with use cases and recommendations given. Finally, methods and tools for troubleshooting network connectivity and performance problems will also be highlighted. A live lab environment will be included, making for a very interactive session.

STO2980: vSphere 5 Storage Best Practices
Speakers: Chad Sakac, EMC Corporation, Vaughn Stewart, NetApp

Storage industry experts will discuss a number of best practices for connecting vSphere 5 to SAN & NAS storage platforms with a focus on performance, availability and manageability.

VSP1168: Architecting a Cloud Infrastructure
Speakers: David Hill, VMware Inc, Aidan Dalgleish, VMware Inc, Rawlinson Rivera, VMware Inc, Duncan Epping, VMware Inc, Chris Colotti, VMware Inc.

This session will discuss the various design considerations when architecting the foundation for every solid cloud environment: VMware vSphere® 5.0. We will start with sizing and scaling and end with some operational guidance. Different examples will be used to show the impact design considerations can have on the availability of your services.

VSP1800: vSphere Performance Best Practices
Speaker: Peter Boone, VMware Inc.

In this GSS Customer Support Day session attendees will be given an overview of the most common performance problems in vSphere environments today.

VSP2825: DRS: Advanced Concepts, Best Practices and Future Directions
Speakers: Ajay Gulati, VMware Inc, Aashish Parikh, VMware Inc

VMware DRS is one of the flagship features of VMware vSphere that provides efficient and zero-touch management of resources in virtual environments. It helps users with the automatic initial placement and load-balancing of VMs on ESX hosts based on VM demands and host capacities while respecting user-specified constraints and resource controls. In this session, Aashish Parikh and Ajay Gulati from the DRS engineering team will present an insider’s view of key concepts, specific use cases and advanced options. Learn about important resource pool recipes and become a power-user; keep your VMs happy by discovering the importance of VM resource entitlements; learn to avoid common pitfalls and effectively load-balance your clusters with new, advanced features and more. Finally, this session will give you a sneak peek into DRS labs to check out some bleeding-edge features under consideration that add new functionality and address customer pain-points.

VSP1683: VMware vSphere Cluster Resource Pools Best Practices
Speakers: Rawlinson Rivera, VMware Inc, Frank Denneman, VMware Inc

In this session Frank Denneman and Rawlinson Rivera will cover and explain in great detail what to consider when using resource pool inside a VMware vSphere® cluster. Introducing the concept of resource pools can affect virtual machine performance and overall resource management in virtual infrastructures. Join Frank and Rawlinson and discover both common pitfalls and best practices of resource pool design. This session is a must for anyone implementing resource pools who wants to maximize their cluster and vSphere resource designs.

STO1430: Tracking Down Storage Performance Issues: A Customer’s Perspective
Speakers: Keith Aasen, NetApp, Scott Elliott, Christie Digital

With a VMware vSphere® implementation in several sites across four countries and three continents, Christie was well underway with its virtualization journey. The company had selected NetApp as its storage solution and had successfully grown the infrastructure to over 500 virtual machines, with many more planned for upcoming projects. However, as the numbers of virtual machines grew in the main office in Canada, strange errors started to appear. At first they were rare and very intermittent, but then began to grown at an alarming rate of frequency and intensity. Disk latencies skyrocketed to thousands of milliseconds, multiple applications unexpectedly failed over to recovery sites or crashed altogether, in-process transactions were lost, and the stability of both the storage and vSphere was called into question. Several projects were temporarily suspended until the storage issues could be resolved, including the VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™ implementation and storage-array virtual machine backup projects. Tracking down the problem, however, proved to be difficult. Initial troubleshooting efforts were unsuccessful in pinpointing the issue, and even falsely flagged some of the symptoms as being the root problem. Leveraging expertise from NetApp, and using different packages from third-party software venders, we gradually identified and correct issues. Every issue we identified and rectified gave us further insight into addressing the remaining issues. In the end, we discovered that it was no one of the several “suboptimal” configurations that were responsible for the performance issues but rather their collective influence, which placed significant stress on the storage subsystem.

EUC1305: What’s New and What’s Next for VMware View
Speakers: Lebin Cheng, VMware Inc, Sunil Satnur, VMware Inc, Narasimha Krishnakumar, VMware Inc

In the past, challenges such as up-front infrastructure acquisition costs, especially cost of shared storage, and management complexity have limited the adoption of an enterprise-wide VDI strategy. Help is on it’s way. In this session, we will first review what’s new in the latest VMware View 5.1 release including the numerous storage performance optimization features and large scale deployment enhancement tools to help enhance the TCO of VDI. We will then drill down to review upcoming storage solutions particularly useful in enhancing the performance of VDI while drastically reduce the infrastructure cost. By learning what’s new and what’s next in View, customers and partners are provided with the information and confidence they need to continue to expand the adoption of VDI.

VSP1232: Avoiding the 19 Biggest HA & DRS Configuration Mistakes
Speaker: Greg Shields, Concentrated Technology

Back for a second year, vExpert Greg Shields updates his top-rated, standing-room-only, save-your-kiester HA and DRS session for 2012. This one’s not to miss. Everyone thinks HA and DRS are awesome technologies. But make a mistake in configuring either, and they’ll crash your virtual infrastructure faster than you ever imagined. In his consulting travels, Greg has collected 19 of the biggest HA and DRS mistakes that’ll kill your datacenter. Join him and discover how your VMware vSphere® cluster might be dangerously misconfigured and where exactly to adjust its settings for guaranteed protection. Join Greg and justify your VMworld attendance in just a single session. You’ll get the immediately-useable HA and DRS guidance that’ll have you remoting your systems from here to verify Greg’s mistakes aren’t also yours.

VMworld 2012 and the Women of Virtual Infrastructure

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VMworld 2012 – Day Two Recap

On the second day of VMworld 2012 Steve Herrod, VMware’s Chief Technology Officer, discussed our vision and advancements in End-User Computing. In essence, organizations are moving away from managing physical devices and towards managing and securing a user’s corporate identity, corporate applications and business data. This has been known as the ‘post PC era‘. However, the connotation of ‘post PC’ doesn’t mean ‘no PC’, but instead it means ’not just a PC’.

In fact, people use multiple devices including desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones throughout their day. They seek unified, synchronize access on all their devices. This means that business apps and data are available in the most optimal and seamless way possible, safely and securely delivered to all your devices, no matter where you happen to be working from or from what device.

Herrod discussed the progress that we’ve made on our path to this multi-device workspace by giving a technical preview of the industry’s first integrated platform for the mobile, multi-device workspace – the VMware Horizon Suite. He shared many of its exciting capabilities that provide self-service access to all apps and data across devices including mobile-centric containers for management and security.

Herrod demonstrated how VMware is broadening of our portfolio, delivering both Windows as a Service for the multi-device world and Windows image management solutions for the Mobile workforce with the combination of VMware View and Wanova Mirage to enable customers to transform the legacy Windows desktop for the cloud era. Herrod also provided technical previews of a “User Interface Virtualization” that will transform numerous aspects of Windows desktop and application interfaces into a rich tablet friendly user experience in addition to a managed mobile workspace for both iOS and Android devices.

Let’s dive into the announcement and technical previews…

Horizon Suite: The Platform for the Mobile Workforce

The VMware Horizon Suite will bring together technologies from Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, ThinApp, VMware Horizon Application Manager and VMware Horizon Mobile into an integrated management platform for the mobile workforce. The VMware Horizon Suite will provide a flexible platform that uniquely combines the principles of identity, context and policy to separate personal and business workspaces, enable consistent access to applications and data across any personal device.

Through a central web management console, the Horizon Application Manager will allow organizations to customize a service catalog for all company data and applications. The technolgy will understand a user’s attributes and environment (device, location and connectivity level) and enforce policies across applications, data and desktops. This will allow IT to deliver View Desktops, Windows, Android, iOS, Web ThinApp’d, SaaS and even published XenApp applications in a single workspace and give end-users self-service access to applications and data from anywhere.

Vittorio Viarengo, Vice President of End User Computing shared a sneak peak of the VMware Horizon Application Manager interface. Check it out below.

Horizon Suite alpha will also allow end-users to securely access and share their data and files from any device through Horizon Data, formerly known as Project Octopus.

The VMware Horizon Suite will also feature the HTML remoting technologies that we demoed last year as part of Project AppBlast. In this first release the solution will use the HTML remoting protocol to give user access to their View desktops from any HTML5 compatible browser.

Providing dual persona (work and personal) functionality is the future of mobile computing, where users and IT both get what they need through a managed mobile workspace that securely delivering apps, files and data. Horizon Mobile which is extending its reach beyond Android to iOS devices, providing policy-based management and security for collections of corporate resources on both iOS and Android devices. Horizon Mobile features are designed to enable policy specification, implementation, enforcement & remediation for the mobile workspace.

Policies *only* apply when a user accesses corporate content. You will also see how we protect data. Data is protected at rest with encryption, data is protected in transit, and data access is controlled so only work apps can access enterprise data. In fact, unmodified, native iOS apps can be added to the workspace and they will automatically inherit the security policies defined – all without compromising usability and maintaining native look and feel.

Project App Shift

There was also a technical preview of a User Interface Virtualization (a.k.a. Project AppShift) technology. A primary use case for VDI and application remoting is delivering Windows desktops and applications to non-Windows tablet devices in a multi-device workspace. No matter how good the remote graphics protocol is, trying to use a point and click interface on a gesture oriented tablet can be a frustrating user experience. VMware is advancing a unique technology that we refer to as “User Interface Virtualization.” With this technology approach, we’re able to transform numerous aspects of Windows desktop and application interfaces into a rich tablet friendly user experience. Like other virtualization technologies, our approach is completely transparent to existing Windows applications.

Watch the VMworldTV Day Two Recap

Catch a recap of the the second day and more of VMworld 2012 with VMworldTV. Check out VMworldTV for more awesome VMworld 2012 videos.

Did you miss the general session. Watch it here.

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VMworld 2012 – Day One Recap

The 9th annual VMworld launched with at literal bang during the VMworld 2012 opening General Session on Monday morning. Many announcements were made and we’d like to provide all of our readers with a recap of the announcements, releases and updates.

But first…

VMworld 2012 TAM Customer Central

The first day of the inaugural VMworld 2012 TAM Customer Central was a resounding success. This new and exclusive TAM Customer-Only room was designed to ensure that TAM Customers have the best possible experience during the conference. On Monday customers had exclusive access to VMware product managers and experts for in-depth technical deep dives and discussions, product road maps, technical previews, demos and more.

Some of the topics that were covered included: Trusted Cloud Controls, VMware vSphere 5.1 Technical Deepdive and a Cloud Infrastructure Roundtable.

Today we continue with, as one customer said, the “The Shadows Sessions of Awesomeness” that include:

  • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Cloud Services Roundtable
    Amit Gupta, Senior Product Manager, Cloud Services
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – VMware vSphere Roundtable
    Yatin Patil, Product Manager, VMware vSphere
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Cloud Infrastructure Roundtable
    Jim Senicka, Group Manager, Infrastructure Product Marketing
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – VMware Horizon Roundtable
    Mehul Patel, Director, Product Management
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Log Aggregation, Management and Analytics Roundtable
    Spiros Xanthos, Director, Research and Development – Log Management and Analytics
    Mahesh Ramachandran, Group Product Manager
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Enterprise Management Roundtable
    Kit Colbert, Principal Engineer
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Improving Access to Technical Support
    Simon Yu, Product Marketing Manager, Infrastructure
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Oracle Support, Licensing, Best Practices and Total Cost of Ownership on VMware vSphere
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite Demo
    Eric Rider, Staff Engineer (UI/UX Architect)
    Justin Smith, Senior MTS Engineer

If you haven’t come by VMworld 2012 TAM Customer Central – you are missing an incredible and exclusive opportunity to engage with our product managers, engineers and experts. Come by today through Thursday!

Now, on to the announcements…

VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 – Delivering the Software-Defined Datacenter

Perhaps one of the more exciting announcements made today at VMworld, Paul Maritz, Pat Gelsinger and Steve Herrod unveiled the VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 – the first solution to deliver the software-defined datacenter. The VMware vCloud suite integrates virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, in order to simplify the adoption of cloud era technologies.

The VMware vCloud Suite to simplify IT operations and deliver the best SLAs for all of your applications. Now, you can build a complete infrastructure-as-a-service cloud and operationalize your VMware environment, becoming more responsive to business.

vCloud Suite is part of the complete VMware cloud solution, a comprehensive set of technology, services intellectual property, and skills enhancements based on real-world deployment experience. The integrated offering includes everything you need to build (technology and architecture), operate (processes and control) and staff (people and organization) a cloud environment while measuring the improvements (IT business management) of cloud computing.

Paul Maritz shared during VMworld, “VMware and its partners are taking a bold step toward simplifying IT, offering customers everything they need to build, operate and manage their cloud environments. The VMware vCloud Suite delivers the software-defined datacenter – the architecture for implementing cloud computing.”

As Steve Herrod mentioned, available in three flavors of Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions, the vCloud Suite includes:

  • VMware vSphere 5.1 — Enhance IT agility, reduce costs and improve service availability. vSphere is at the heart of the Software-Defined Datacenter, designed to deliver the peak of automation, flexibility and optimized efficiency for every application.
  • VMware vCloud Director 5.1— Orchestrate the provisioning of Software-Defined Datacenter services to deliver complete virtual datacenters for easy consumption in minutes. Fundamentally simplify infrastructure provisioning and enable IT to move at the speed of business.
  • VMware vCloud Connector — Extend your cloud with vCloud Connector 1.5. View, operate on and transfer your computing resources across vSphere and vCloud Director in your private cloud environment, as well as public clouds from vCloud Service Providers. New Advanced 2.0 functionality will improve public cloud extensibility.
  • VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.0 — Dramatically simplify performance, capacity and configuration management tasks to get more out of your virtual and cloud infrastructure. Proactively manage vSphere, gaining a real-time understanding of issues and risks before they impact end users.
  • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.1 — Enable simple and reliable business continuity for all of your applications. Eliminate the need for a dedicated failover site for disaster recovery (DR) with VMware DR to the Cloud services.
  • VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 — Virtualize and create agile, extensible, secure logical networks that meet the performance and scale requirements of virtualized applications. Use VXLAN to drive agility for software-defined networking.
  • VMware vFabric Application Director — Improve DevOps collaboration with closed-loop application provision and monitoring of multi-tier application service catalogs. Use standard components to deploy and manage applications quickly. Decouple application and infrastructure management to facilitate cloud deployments. Understand cloud-based application performance from the user perspective.

During the Day One VMworld 2012 General Session, several notable blogs posts from the Office of the CTO and new Technical Whitepapers for the VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 were released:

VMware Office of the CTO

  • The Software-Defined Datacenter meets VMworld by Dr. Steve Herrod
    Dr. Herrod focuses on the software-defined datacenter (SDDC). A software-defined datacenter is where all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this datacenter is entirely automated by software. He disscuses the VMware vCloud Suite technologies available today and in the future such as Software-Defined Compute, Software-Defined Storage & Availability, Software-Defined Networking & Security, Management and Multi-Cloud.

  • Software-Defined Networking and Security by Allwyn Sequeira
    Sequeira discusses the key attributes of software-defined networking (SDN)  and security (SDsec) the announcements from VMware on the networking and security front. 

Technical Whitepapers on VMware vCloud Suite 5.1

  • What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – vSphere 5.1 is VMware’s latest release of its industry-leading virtualization platform. This paper describes the new features and enhancements contained in this release
  • What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Performance – VMware vSphere 5.1 continues to enhance the performance features and capabilities of the vSphere® platform making it the most robust and highest-performing cloud platform. vSphere 5.1 supports even larger virtual machines and physical hosts to accommodate even the most demanding of workloads. vSphere 5.1 also introduces several new features that reduce latency and increases throughput for network, storage and compute. This paper outlines many of these new vSphere 5.1 performance enhancements.
  • What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Platform – VMware vSphere 5.1 introduces many new features and enhancements that further extend the core capabilities of the ESXi platform. This white paper discusses the various platform enhancements found in vSphere ESXi 5.1.
  • What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.1 – Networking – This paper will cover new features and enhancements around Operational improvements, monitoring and troubleshooting enhancements, and improved scalability and extensibility of the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) platform.
  • Introduction to VMware vSphere Data Protection – VMware vSphere Data Protection is a simple-to-deploy, disk-based backup and recovery solution for VMware virtual machines. This technical note provides an introduction to VMware vSphere Data Protection.
  • Introduction to VMware vSphere Replication – vSphere Replication is a powerful new capability of the vSphere platform to enable virtual machines to be replicated to another location within a cluster or even between clusters. This paper introduces the technology, as well as showing the means by which a virtual machine can easily be both protected and recovered through the vSphere Web Client.
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 vMotion Architecture, Performance and Best Practices – A series of tests were conducted at VMware Performance labs to investigate and compare the performance implications of vSphere 5.1 vMotion over the proven vMotion and Storage vMotion technologies in various scenarios including the migration of a database server and an in-memory application. In addition, live migration tests were performed over metro area network scenarios.
  • VXLAN Performance Evaluation on VMware vSphere 5.1 – Virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) is a network encapsulation mechanism that enables virtual machines to be deployed on any physical host, regardless of the host’s network configuration. This paper evaluates VXLAN performance to demonstrate that vSphere 5.1 is readily able to host network-intensive applications on VXLAN without a significant drop in performance.
  • Impact of Enhanced vMotion Compatibility on Application Performance – VMware Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) enhances the scope of vMotion by making ESXi hosts with different CPU technologies compatible for vMotion. In this paper, we quantify the performance impact of EVC mode on a diverse set of applications. We study workloads from database, Java, multimedia, and encryption categories and report the results.
  • Storage I/O Performance on VMware vSphere 5.1 over 16 Gigabit Fibre Channel – Fibre Channel (FC) interconnect speed has increased to 16 gigabits per second (Gbps). To take full advantage of this enhancement, VMware vSphere 5.1 has added support for the 16Gb FC host bus adapter (HBA). This white paper illustrates the improvements in storage I/O throughput that vSphere gains when using a 16Gb FC HBA instead of an 8Gb FC HBA. In addition, this paper looks at the CPU efficiency of the vSphere host when handling the increased storage I/O.

Role Based Technical Training and Certification

VMware announced 8 new certifications, a new Cloud Certification Solution Track,  and a complete update to VMware’s Certification Program that aligns with the practitioner roles required for an IT organization’s success in the cloud era.  The VMware certifications are shifting to a role-based framework to align with both a)  the roles that companies need to effectively design, operate, and evolve their cloud environment, and b) the key technology solution areas that support the evolution to the cloud.

New Certification Solution Track

In addition, the VMware training curriculum is shifting to a role based approach, with courses aligned to roles and technology tracks, and learning paths to help practitioners identify what courses will prepare them both to be successful in their real-world roles and to achieve VMware certification status.

Check out the VMware Learning Paths and work with your Technical Account Manager to help you plan your organizations education roadmap.

  • Engineer: The Engineer ensures the stability, integrity, and operation efficiency of the in-house information systems that support core organizational functions by monitoring, maintaining, supporting, and optimizing all networked software and associated operating systems. The Engineer applies communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills to identify, communicate, and resolve issues in to maximize IT systems investments.
  • Administrator: The Administrator designs, installs, administers, and optimizes company servers and related components to achieve high performance of the various business applications supported by tuning the servers. This includes ensuring the availability of client/server applications, configuring all new implementations, and developing processes and procedures for ongoing management of the server environment. Where applicable, the Administrator assists in overseeing the physical security, integrity, and safety of the data center/server farm.
  • Architect: The Architect strategically designs and implements in-house information systems and networked software architectures that support core organizational functions, and assures their high availability. The Architect gains organizational commitment for all systems and software plans, evaluates and selects all technologies, and provides technical leadership across the organization, from strategic decision making down to project level planning.
  • Developer: The Developer identifies, defines and models the application requirements, translates the software requirements into workable programming code, then maintains and develops programs for use in the business. The Developer defines the data structures and distribution to satisfy the application solution ensuring the needs of the organization. The Developer prepares deliverables to support the development and deployment of the solution, such as application guides and test plans which is achieved by staying current on the latest application development frameworks, best practices, testing techniques and deployment scenarios.
  • Governance/Operations: The Governance/Operator role defines the intricacies of people, policy, process and product interactions that deliver true IT as a service. People-Governance includes defining job roles, skills, training plans, organization and charter. Policy-Governance defines policies around job roles and the IT components affected. Process-Governance identifies processes that support KPIs and how the policy ripples through to the processes. Product-Governance identifies what products are involved, their implementation structure, the process roles t, and what value they deliver.

Additional Announcements

VMware vSphere 5.1 for SMBs

VMware has also announced vSphere 5.1 solutions to help SMBs simplify and protect IT – with industry-leading virtualization, business continuity and automated management. With the release of vSphere 5.1, VMware will also significantly extend the capabilities of vSphere Essentials Plus to include:

New Cloud Ops Education, Transformation and Advisory Services 

The new Cloud Ops Intellectual Property (IP) and advisory, transformation and education services was designed to help transition IT to a new operating model for cloud computing – to accelerate the delivery of new business value and innovation. Cloud Ops and the Cloud Ops Forum (also announced today) address how to build, operate, staff and measure a cloud environment to maximize business innovation and efficiency.

EMC and VMware Partner to Deliver vSphere Data Protection

Built on EMC Avamar deduplication backup software technology, the new VMware vSphere Data Protection solution is now available in place of vSphere Data Recovery – providing a more cost-effective, reliable and easy-to-use solution to protect VMware environments.

T-Systems Becomes the Latest VMware vCloud Datacenter Partner

T-Systems has joined forces with VMware to provide customers with easier, quicker and more manageable access to the cloud, with AutoScout24 and Actum/G2 already reaping the benefits of this strategic partnership.

According to Mathew Lodge, “T-Systems will broaden its VMware expertise by adding this cloud service offering to its existing and highly capable VMware consulting and integration practice, giving customers outstanding options for their cloud deployments.”

Watch the VMworldTV Day One Recap

Catch a recap of the the first day of VMworld 2012 with VMworldTV

More announcements are sure to come during VMworld 2012 – follow us @VMwareTAM Twitter, like us on Facebook or follow us on Google+ for to-the-minute updates!

 

 

 

Welcome to VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day

VMworld 2012 (US) TAM DayWelcome to San Francisco and the 8th Annual VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day – an exclusive event for you, our VMware TAM Program customers.

Today you will have access to VMware experts to discuss the best practices and innovative technologies that enable you to address the challenges in the transition to support a new era of technologies — from end user computing infrastructure, optimization & management, and executive vision.

Head over to Moscone West 2nd Floor for registration and breakfast. Registration opens at 8:00 AM and breakfast starts at 8:30 AM.

Remember to grab your laptop or mobile devices and bring them along to the conference to make this your best and most valuable conference experience ever.

Everything you need for today’s TAM Day (and TAM Customer Central) is available at The VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Program Event Guide – found at vmware.com/go/tam/vmworld2012/.

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We look forward to seeing you all!

- The VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day Team

 

How to Get Started with VMworld 2012′s Socialcast Community

This year’s conference attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their experience through an exclusive VMworld 2012 implementation of our Socialcast enterprise social networking platform. You will be empowered with a dynamic medium to network with other attendees and experts on topics of interest, post your photos, access session information and commentary, plan your after hours events and more.

The VMware TAM Program will be using this medium at both of our exclusive program events – VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day on August 26th and TAM Customer Central the rest of the week – and providing you direct access to the real-time updates, commentary, panel Q&A, peer interactions and continued access to the resources you need.

Once you receive your invitation we encourage you to activate your account, join the groups that spark your interest and complete your profile. Grab your laptop or mobile devices, load the Socialcast Apps and bring them along to the conference to to make this your best and most valuable conference experience ever.

Here is an overview of how to setup your account online and configure the iOS based mobile app – Android is quite similar.

Step 1. Activate Your Account

If you have registered for VMworld 2012 US you should have an invitation from VMworld 2012 Community to activate your account. When activating your account you will use the email address and password associated to your vmworld.com account.

Step 2. Join Groups: What are you interested in?

Once you have activated your VMworld 2012 Community account, you will be presented with a small selection of groups. Simply join the groups that match your interest by selecting “Join Group.”

Please note that there are many more group to join – more on that later.

What are you Interested In?

Step 3. Upload a Profile Photo

After joining the groups that match your interests you will be prompted to upload a profile photo for your account. Take a moment to add an image that you’d like to share with the community.

Perhaps one from your Twitter or Linkedin account.

Step 4. You’re In. Now, Setup your Profile.

Now that you’ve activated your account, joined a handful of groups that spark your interest and uploaded an nice profile photo you’ll want to modify your account settings.

Simply navigate to the top right of the application, click the arrow next to your name and then select Settings.

You will be presented the Edit Profile screen for your account. Here you can update your profile information, add interests, modify your account and notifications settings.

Take a moment to add information your like to your profile. You may like to include your Twitter username in the About Me and add any specializations in the Interests sections.

Once your have your profile and interests updated, navigate to the Notification Settings to modify when (or if) you’d like to receive email notifications. The top sections pertains to when someone else performs an action on your content.

If you would like to receive opt-in/opt-out of email notifications on groups, you have the option of selecting your preference in the Notification Settings. In general, there may be a few specific groups you want email notifications for, such as ”After Hours.” Otherwise, you may want to turn these off and enjoy the community at your own pace without a surge of email. 

Once you have completed updating your notification settings, take a moment to review the navigation options in the left-hand navigation. There you have the option of viewing the Home stream that contained messages from the groups you joined, brows the Group Directory to join additional groups, send Private Messages, and review any Mentions or Recommended activity streams.

Step 5. Configure Your Mobile Device

If you don’t want to lug your laptop around the conference, grab your mobile devices, load the Socialcast Apps and bring them along to the conference to for a lightweight, mobile conference experience.

Below we show you how to setup the VMware Socialcast App on your iOS device – the steps are similar for Android.

First, visit your App Store of choice and look for the Socialcast application – it’s free! In our example, we would look for the iPhone and iPad compatible release in the Apple App Store.

After you install the application on your device, let’s launch and configure the application.

Enter vmworld.socialcast.com for the community site and to sign in and authorize your account.

  

Once your are authorized you will be able to see the activity streams and groups that you signed up for during your account activation, private messages, mentions, recommended, people the of course the group directory.

Be sure you check your settings for the application and verify your Push Notifications. You’ll likely want to keep the @Mention Messages and Broadcast Messages enabled during the conference so that you can get on-screen notifications for replies and broadcast messages from VMware and our Group Managers.

However, keep in mind that you may want to adjust the Notification Schedule so that you don’t get disturbed during the night!

That’s it! You’re now connected to this exclusive VMworld 2012 implementation of our Socialcast enterprise social networking platform.

You will be empowered with a dynamic medium to network with other attendees and experts on topics of interest, post your photos, access session information and commentary, plan your after hours events and more.

Announcing TAM Customer Central at VMworld 2012 (US)

VMworld 2012 San Francisco

TAM Day 2012 continues in its 8th year as the premier inaugural event to VMworld as an exclusive benefit to TAM customers on Sunday, August 26th. As part of VMware’s ongoing commitment to enhance the entire week-long VMworld experience we are pleased to announce VMworld 2012 TAM Customer Central. This new and exclusive TAM customer-only room is designed to ensure that TAM Customers have the best possible experience from Monday-Thursday during the conference. 

Where:
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Pacific Meeting Rooms 4th Floor, Pacific H

Hours:
Monday, August 27th           –       10:30am – 6:00pm PST
Tuesday, August 28th          -       7:00am – 6:00pm PST
Wednesday, August 29th    -       7:00am – 6:00pm PST
Thursday, August 30th         -       7:00am – 3:00pm PST

Contact:
+1 (650) 646-4VMW (4869)
tamambassador@vmware.com 

Social Media:
VMware TAM Program Blog Read Our Blog
VMware TAM Program on Twitter - @VMwareTAM Follow Us On Twitter 
VMware TAM Program on Facebook Like Us on Facebook
VMware TAM Program on Google+ Follow us on Google+     

TAM Ambassador Desk

The TAM Ambassador Desk is the focal point of TAM Customer Central. Customers will have this service available to help with logistics, meeting facilitation, and program inquiries. Have a question? Check with the Ambassador Desk in person or contact via phone or email.

Product Management Customer Roundtables

Product Management will have key staff available at scheduled times throughout the week ready to lead highly interactive discussions involving VMware solutions – current and future. Look for details and sign up at TAM Day.

Daily Jumpstart

Start your day at 7 am in the TAM Customer Central room to discuss your day schedule. Grab a cup of coffee and get expert and peer recommendations on where to go, what to see and more.

Daily Debrief

Join TAM customers, top bloggers, product managers and others for daily debrief sessions to discuss hot topics.

My VMware

The My VMware station in TAM Customer Central is the place to go for assistance with My VMware questions. Customers will have the opportunity to discuss issues and schedule a post-VMworld meeting for detailed assistance.

Professional Services

The Professional Services station in TAM Customer Central is the area to go for questions and information on Professional Services Consulting, Education and TAM Program.

Global Support Services

GSS will have representation and information available on GSS Premier Services. Additionally, GSS leadership will be available upon request for discussions.

Stay Connected

The VMware TAM Program will be very active on our social media channels during the conference and our exclusive customer events.

Tune in to contribute and experience at this dynamic event in real-time. You'll be able to stay up-to-date on all our our TAM Customer Central updates, announcements as well as catch our daily recaps of the days events.

VMware TAM Program Blog Read Our Blog
VMware TAM Program on Twitter - @VMwareTAM Follow Us On Twitter 
VMware TAM Program on Facebook Like Us on Facebook
VMware TAM Program on Google+ Follow us on Google+   

** Customers will be provided frequent visitor cards than will be stamped daily. Customers visiting TAM Customer Central each day will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the day on Thursday. 


A Couple Questions on VMware vSphere 5 Image Customizations

A couple of weeks ago a service provider has some specific best practice questions regarding VMware vSphere 5 image customizations. The service provider is planning an upgrade to VMware vSphere 5.0 and is using Image Builder CLI to create a customization of the ESXi image for all supported hardware platforms (e.g. HP and Dell.) They wanted to ensure they had the smallest image possible without losing any functionality and ensuring all relevant vendor specific management functions.

This customer is jumping in the sattle and moving in the right direction – but first, let’s address these questions.

Is there any way to know what packages are needed for a particular hardware? The VMware provided image profiles have more than 50 VIBs and I am pretty sure a number of them are not needed for HP or Dell hardware that we use.

Can the tools-light package be safely removed from am image without impacting functionality? The VIB is more than 150MB and occupies the most space. If it is excluded, how do VMs update the VMware Tools during normal operations?

VMware’s standard profiles provide drivers that are a few versions older than the HP specific drivers. What is the recommendation in this case? Use VMware’s drivers or HP drivers?

Can some packages be safely removed from the ISO without impacting any functionality? Example, we do not use Qlogic hardware, so is it possible to remove scsi-qla2xxx and scsi-qla4xxx safely from the ISO?

 

First things first, what is a VIB? VIB stands for vSphere Installation Bundle. At a conceptual level a VIB is somewhat similar to a tarball or ZIP archive in that it is a collection of files packaged into a single archive to facilitate distribution. Read more about What is a VIB in an article from Kyle Gleed from VMware Technical Marketing.

In short, yes. Kyle confirmed that you can remove packages that are not used. However, other than the tools-light VIB it is not recommend that any other VIBs be removed. The Image Builder CLI is meant to enable customers to add additional drivers/VIBs to image profiles and not so much remove default VIBs bundled with the image. All the VIBs are tested and digitally signed by VMware so there’s no risk with leaving them in place. With the exception of the tools-light VIB which is ~150 MB, all the VIBs are pretty small – so, at most there would be a savings of ~6MB in a custom image.

If the tools-light VIB is excluded from the images then a shared tools repository on shared storage must be configured to host the VMware Tools packages. Each host must then be configured to use this repository for installs and updates – if not, VMware Tools will not be able to be installed/updated in the VMs. Kyle has posted an excellent article on this configuration.

Outside of the tools-light VIB, there’s really no benefit to removing any of the other VIBs. Keep in mind the more customization that is done the more work needed each time there is an update, patch, upgrade as the custom image profile has to be recreated.

Regarding drivers, in general use VMware’s version a driver unless you are trying to address a specific issue (or new feature) that the Vendor’s version would resolve (or introduce.) The reason for using a VMware release in mainly around support. VMware Global Support Services might ask for a roll back to the VMware specific driver version. It’s also worth noting that if a Vendor’s driver is installed (e.g. v1.2 of Broadcom NIC) and VMware releases a updated version of the Broadcom driver (e.g. v1.3) that Update Manager will install the newer driver.

Additional Recomendations

The ESXi Software Depot that VMware provides come with two default image profiles, one with tools (standard) and one without (no-tools). The key difference being the image without tools is ~150MB where the image with tools is ~300MB.

If using Auto Deploy, where ESXi is deployed over the network, use the image profile without tools. With Auto Deploy the image is streamed over the network to each host during boot. Using a smaller image will improve host boot time and reduce the load on the Auto Deploy server.

If booting from a local disk, use the standard image. There is a dedicated disk partition created to store the tools ISOs when booting from disk so there’s no storage savings by excluding them. One exception to this rule is if you have a lot of ESXi hosts and want to setup a central tools repository that is shared by all your ESXi hosts. In this case use the “no tools” image.

VMworld 2012 (US) – Get Your Social On

The VMworld 2012 (US) conference in San Francisco promises to be an amazing event. Both the VMworld 2012 and VMware TAM Program social media activity streams will be very active during the conference and the our exclusive TAM Program events. 

Whether you are a VMware TAM customer and attending the event live or following from a distance, be sure to tune in and experience this dynamic event with the resources provided below. 

Live Streaming and Recorded Coverage

Follow the live streaming and recorded videos during VMworld 2012

VMTN Community Tech Talks
The VMTN Community team will be streaming live video TechTalks with knowledge experts and community members in the VMworld Hangspace.

TheCUBE presented by SiliconAngle and Wikibon
TheCUBE will be streaming live video interviews in the VMworld Hangspace with executives, thought leaders, technologists, community experts and industry analysts. 

VMworld TV
VMworld TV will be posting videos throughout the conference to our VMworld TV YouTube channel.  Catch up with highlights, announcements, demos and sessions by visiting

Your Videos!
Upload videos you record at VMworld (including pre/post conference) to your own YouTube channel and tag each video with “VMworld” or include VMworld in the video title. We’ll select videos to highlight on VMworld.com and VMworld TV.

The “Hangspace”

The Hangspace will be a common lounge and networking area for attendees and the VMworld Community to meetup, blog, share resources, recharge, play and lounge.

This area will offer:

  • Large “wide-open” attendee space, ideal for networking
  • 360° LED Big Screen for Highlights, Social Media, Foursquare, Photos and Videos
  • Community Lounge seating
  • VMTN Community TechTalks (live streaming)
  • TheCUBE Interviews (live streaming)
  • Blogger Tables at the Community Lounge
  • Power / Recharge Stations
  • Attendee / Community Games

Plan time in your schedule between sessions to “hang-out” here for networking, blogging, meetups, social media posting, catch-up on news/announcements or just relaxing in this community lounge atmosphere.

VMworld 2012 Mobile App

The VMworld 2012 mobile app will be available for download to provide schedules/agenda, session & labs details, surveys, maps, networking and social media. Along with the mobile app will be a set of quick links for conference resources.

Social Media

Activity Streams on Twitter

VMworld 2012 and the VMware TAM Program will be using hashtags in Twitter activity streams. A hashtag, the # symbol, is used to identify keywords or topics in an activity stream. It emerged organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

This year the following hashtags are being used:

VMware TAM Program Events:
VMware TAM Day - #vmwaretam
VMware TAM Customer Lounge - #vmwaretam

(Remember, VMware TAM Program Events are under NDA)

Conference
Conference & General Sessions - #vmworld

Sessions Tracks & Labs
Infrastructure Sessions - #vmworldinf
Operations Sessions - #vmworldops
Application Sessions - #vmworldapps
End-User Computing Sessions - #vmworldeuc
IT Transformation Sessions - #vmworlditt
Sponsor Sessions - #vmworldsponsor
Hands-on Labs - #vmworldhol

Social Events
VMworld Party - #vmworldparty
VMworld Meetups - #vMeetup
VMworld Tweetups - #vTweetup
VMUnderground - #vmunderground 

Want to follow or contribute to a particular VMworld Session or Lab?

Use a custom hashtag to track conversations, comments or observations in any session – even those that are missed. For example, to contribute to or follow the APP-BCA1530 – Virtualizing SQL Best Practices session by Wanda He and Barnaby Jeans simply search for #app-bca1530 or include it in a tweet along with the track hashtag #vmworldapps.

Want to share your VMworld experience?

Add #vmworld to your tweets. We’ll stream your tweets on VMworld.com and display them on our Digital Big Screens in the Hangspace.

Key Twitter Accounts to Follow:

VMworld 2012 - @vmworld
VMware - @vmware
VMware TAM Program - @vmwaretam
VMware Blogs - @vmwareblogs
VMware Partners - @vmware_partners
VMware SMB - @vmwaresmb

For a complete directory, visit the list of all VMware Twitter Channels

Like and Follow on Facebook and Google+

Keep up to date on key activities and highlists on our Facebook and Google+ pages

VMworld
Like on Facebook | Follow on Google+

VMware TAM Program
Like on Facebook | Follow on Google+ 

Blogs & Blogger Resources 

Want to follow all of the VMworld Blog Coverage?  Are you a blogger and want to contribute during VMworld?

Follow and/or sign-up with the VMworld Bloggers to stay up to date and/or share your VMworld experiences.

Blogger Resources:

  • Blogger Lists – Names/Blogs For Participating Bloggers
  • Blog Coverage – Participating Bloggers Added the VMworld Blog Coverage Feed
  • Hangspace – Blogger Tables in "The Hangspace"
  • Keynotes – Blogger Tables Setup at the Front of the General Session Theater

Key Blogs to Follow:

Check-Ins on Foursquare

Foursquare locations will be setup around the Moscone Center for check-ins during the conference.  Be sure to have the Foursquare app on your mobile device. And don’t forget to post photos and tips during check-ins for other attendees to explore.

Here are a few of the check-in locations to look for:

  • VMworld 2012 Conference
  • VMworld 2012 TAM Day
  • VMworld 2012 Welcome Reception
  • VMworld 2012 General Session
  • VMworld 2012 Breakout Sessions
  • VMworld 2012 Hands-on Labs
  • VMworld 2012 Solutions Exchange
  • VMworld 2012 TAM Central
  • VMworld 2012 Hangspace
  • VMworld 2012 Tweetup(s)
  • VMworld 2012 Party 

  Note: Foursquare check-ins will be displayed on the Digital Big Screen in "The Hangspace."

Follow VMworld on Foursquare for the latest updates.

Photos on Instagram, Flickr and Twitter

Post and tag your photos on your own accounts and we will highlight photos on our VMworld Photos page and display your photos on the Digital Big Screens in "The Hangspace."

  • Instagram – Tag with #vmworld 
  • Flickr – Tag Photos with vmworld 
  • Twitter - Tag Photos and Tweets with #vmworld

Social Events

View the list of conference and community gatherings, tweetups, parties and activities for VMworld 2012 San Francisco.

If you are the organizer of any events during the conference, please submit our event form. If approved for listing, we will add your event details to this page.

Featured Social Events:

  • Solutions Exchange Welcome Reception – Sunday Evening, August 26th 2012
  • VMworld Official/Unofficial Tweetup – Monday Evening, August 27th 2012
  • Solutions Exchange Hall Crawl – Tuesday Evening, August 28th 2012
  • VMworld Party w/ Bon Jovi – Wednesday Night, August 29th 2012

 

VMworld 2012 (US) – Social Media Experience

The VMworld 2012 (US) conference in San Francisco promises to be an amazing event. Both the VMworld 2012 and VMware TAM Program social media activity streams will be very active during the conference and the our exclusive TAM Program events. 

Whether you are a VMware TAM customer and attending the event live or following from a distance, be sure to tune in and experience this dynamic event with the resources provided below. 

Live Streaming and Recorded Coverage

Follow the live streaming and recorded videos during VMworld 2012

VMTN Community Tech Talks
The VMTN Community team will be streaming live video TechTalks with knowledge experts and community members in the VMworld Hangspace.

TheCUBE presented by SiliconAngle and Wikibon
TheCUBE will be streaming live video interviews in the VMworld Hangspace with executives, thought leaders, technologists, community experts and industry analysts. 

VMworld TV
VMworld TV will be posting videos throughout the conference to our VMworld TV YouTube channel.  Catch up with highlights, announcements, demos and sessions by visiting

Your Videos!
Upload videos you record at VMworld (including pre/post conference) to your own YouTube channel and tag each video with “VMworld” or include VMworld in the video title. We’ll select videos to highlight on VMworld.com and VMworld TV.

The “Hangspace”

The Hangspace will be a common lounge and networking area for attendees and the VMworld Community to meetup, blog, share resources, recharge, play and lounge.

This area will offer:

  • Large “wide-open” attendee space, ideal for networking
  • 360° LED Big Screen for Highlights, Social Media, Foursquare, Photos and Videos
  • Community Lounge seating
  • VMTN Community TechTalks (live streaming)
  • TheCUBE Interviews (live streaming)
  • Blogger Tables at the Community Lounge
  • Power / Recharge Stations
  • Attendee / Community Games

Plan time in your schedule between sessions to “hang-out” here for networking, blogging, meetups, social media posting, catch-up on news/announcements or just relaxing in this community lounge atmosphere.

VMworld 2012 Mobile App

The VMworld 2012 mobile app will be available for download to provide schedules/agenda, session & labs details, surveys, maps, networking and social media. Along with the mobile app will be a set of quick links for conference resources.

Social Media Experience

VMworld 2012 on Socialcast

Experience just how dynamic social media can be with VMworld 2012 Socialcast.

This year conference attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their experience through an exclusive VMworld 2012 implementation of our Socialcast enterprise social networking platform. You will be empowered with a dynamic medium to network with other attendees and experts on topics of interest, post your photos, access session information and commentary, plan your after hours events and more.

The VMware TAM Program will be using this medium at both of our exclusive program events – VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day on August 26th and TAM Customer Central the rest of the week – and providing you direct access to the real-time updates, commentary, panel Q&A, peer interactions and continued access to the resources you need.

Once you receive your invitation we encourage you to activate your account, join the groups that spark your interest and complete your profile. Grab your laptop or mobile devices, load the Socialcast Apps and bring them along to the conference to to make this your best and most valuable conference experience ever.

What are you interested in? VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day and Conference Events

Activity Streams on Twitter

VMworld 2012 and the VMware TAM Program will be using hashtags in Twitter activity streams. A hashtag, the # symbol, is used to identify keywords or topics in an activity stream. It emerged organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

This year the following hashtags are being used:

VMware TAM Program Events:
VMware TAM Day - #vmwaretam
VMware TAM Customer Lounge - #vmwaretam

(Remember, VMware TAM Program Events are under NDA)

Conference
Conference & General Sessions - #vmworld

Sessions Tracks & Labs
Infrastructure Sessions - #vmworldinf
Operations Sessions - #vmworldops
Application Sessions - #vmworldapps
End-User Computing Sessions - #vmworldeuc
IT Transformation Sessions - #vmworlditt
Sponsor Sessions - #vmworldsponsor
Hands-on Labs - #vmworldhol

Social Events
VMworld Party - #vmworldparty
VMworld Meetups - #vMeetup
VMworld Tweetups - #vTweetup
VMUnderground - #vmunderground 

Want to follow or contribute to a particular VMworld Session or Lab?

Use a custom hashtag to track conversations, comments or observations in any session – even those that are missed. For example, to contribute to or follow the APP-BCA1530 – Virtualizing SQL Best Practices session by Wanda He and Barnaby Jeans simply search for #app-bca1530 or include it in a tweet along with the track hashtag #vmworldapps.

Want to share your VMworld experience?

Add #vmworld to your tweets. We’ll stream your tweets on VMworld.com and display them on our Digital Big Screens in the Hangspace.

Key Twitter Accounts to Follow:

VMworld 2012 - @vmworld
VMware - @vmware
VMware TAM Program - @vmwaretam
VMware Blogs - @vmwareblogs
VMware Partners - @vmware_partners
VMware SMB - @vmwaresmb

For a complete directory, visit the list of all VMware Twitter Channels

Like and Follow on Facebook and Google+

Keep up to date on key activities and highlists on our Facebook and Google+ pages

VMworld
Like on Facebook | Follow on Google+

VMware TAM Program
Like on Facebook | Follow on Google+ 

Blogs & Blogger Resources 

Want to follow all of the VMworld Blog Coverage?  Are you a blogger and want to contribute during VMworld?

Follow and/or sign-up with the VMworld Bloggers to stay up to date and/or share your VMworld experiences.

Blogger Resources:

  • Blogger Lists – Names/Blogs For Participating Bloggers
  • Blog Coverage – Participating Bloggers Added the VMworld Blog Coverage Feed
  • Hangspace – Blogger Tables in “The Hangspace”
  • Keynotes – Blogger Tables Setup at the Front of the General Session Theater

Key Blogs to Follow:

Check-Ins on Foursquare

Foursquare locations will be setup around the Moscone Center for check-ins during the conference.  Be sure to have the Foursquare app on your mobile device. And don’t forget to post photos and tips during check-ins for other attendees to explore.

Here are a few of the check-in locations to look for:

  • VMworld 2012 Conference
  • VMworld 2012 TAM Day
  • VMworld 2012 Welcome Reception
  • VMworld 2012 General Session
  • VMworld 2012 Breakout Sessions
  • VMworld 2012 Hands-on Labs
  • VMworld 2012 Solutions Exchange
  • VMworld 2012 TAM Central
  • VMworld 2012 Hangspace
  • VMworld 2012 Tweetup(s)
  • VMworld 2012 Party 

  Note: Foursquare check-ins will be displayed on the Digital Big Screen in “The Hangspace.”

Follow VMworld on Foursquare for the latest updates.

Photos on Instagram, Flickr and Twitter

Post and tag your photos on your own accounts and we will highlight photos on our VMworld Photos page and display your photos on the Digital Big Screens in “The Hangspace.”

  • Instagram – Tag with #vmworld 
  • Flickr – Tag Photos with vmworld 
  • Twitter - Tag Photos and Tweets with #vmworld

Social Events

View the list of conference and community gatherings, tweetups, parties and activities for VMworld 2012 San Francisco.

If you are the organizer of any events during the conference, please submit our event form. If approved for listing, we will add your event details to this page.

Featured Social Events:

  • Solutions Exchange Welcome Reception – Sunday Evening, August 26th 2012
  • VMworld Official/Unofficial Tweetup – Monday Evening, August 27th 2012
  • Solutions Exchange Hall Crawl – Tuesday Evening, August 28th 2012
  • VMworld Party w/ Bon Jovi – Wednesday Night, August 29th 2012

 

 

TAM Day & VMworld 2012, Your Customized Experience.

A Message from Chris Nolan, Director, Americas TAM Program 

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Please accept my personal invitation to TAM Day and VMworld 2012. 

With VMworld quickly approaching, we have made some enhancements to the VMworld experience, specifically for TAM customers, that I wanted to share:

TAM Day is a great start to your VMworld experience; you will not want to miss this year’s event. TAM Day is exclusively for TAM customers!  There are exceptional presenters lined up to answer your top of mind IT questions, whether you are an IT or business leader. Within this exclusive forum you will have a unique opportunity to network with industry peers and ask questions of VMware executives. If you have not registered for TAM Day, act now! With limited seats, contact your TAM for registration details.

TAM Day
Sunday, August 26th
8:00am – 6:30pm PST
Moscone West 2nd floor 2014 / 2016 / 2018

New! To enrich your VMworld experience beyond TAM Day, I am pleased to announce TAM Customer Central, an exclusive room for TAM customers.  TAM Customer Central will be your personal concierge, go-to location to get the answers to your top of mind questions throughout the week. You will be able to interact with VMware leaders and subject matter experts, and continue to network with fellow TAM customers to make VMworld a personalized experience.  TAM Customer Central will be located in the Marriott Marquis, open 9am – 5pm, Mon – Thurs.

TAM Customer Central
Monday, August 27th to Thursday, August 30th
9:00am – 5:00pm PST
Marriott Marquis, Pacific Meeting Rooms 4th Floor, Pacific H

Get connected!  The VMware TAM Program is now social! Read the updated blogs! Follow us on Twitter. Like the TAM Program Facebook page. Join us on Google+.

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I am personally looking forward to seeing all of you at TAM Day 2012 and in TAM Central! It’s going to be an amazing experience!

Chris Nolan
Director, Americas TAM Program