VMworld 2018 US and Europe events feature many opportunities to learn about the latest in VMware vSphere server virtualization technology and operations.

This page is a quick reference to the VMworld 2018 sessions and other events where customers were able to engage with VMware experts on a range of topics as well as network with industry peers. Links to the EU sessions will be added to the coming days. You can also still access the presentations, recordings, and session information from last year here – VMworld 2017 Archive.


Automation, PowerCLI, APIs
vSphere Storage and Networking
Resource Management
vSphere Upgrade and Lifecycle Management
vCenter Server
vSphere Client

Automation, PowerCLI, APIs

Don’t Sleep on RESTful APIs for vSphere
Level – 200 [US: VIN2642BU]
This session will take a high level look at what RESTful APIs are and walk you through some examples so you can start making use of the new VMware vSphere RESTful APIs within your own environments.

Start Automating All the Things with PowerCLI
Level – 100 [US: VIN2661BU]
PowerCLI is a fantastic automation tool that should be available in every admin’s tool box. This session will take you through a high-level look at what PowerCLI is and walk you through some examples so you can start using PowerCLI within your own environment.

A Deep(er) Dive with PowerCLI 10
Level – 300
[US: VIN1992BU]
Wondering why your script is running so long, and how you can improve that? In this session, you will get a list of potential causes. And Kyle and Luc will show you some quick wins they collected over the years.

VMware REST APIs, Python, and You: A Coding Primer
Level – 300
[US: VIN2626BU]
In this session, we’ll introduce you to Python, an extremely easy-to-start programming language commonly used by DevOps engineers. We will step you through using it to access and interact with several of VMware’s REST APIs. VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware NSX, and VMware vRealize Automation examples will be covered!

Documenting Your Virtual Infrastructure with PowerShell and PowerCLI
Level – 300
[US: VIN3327BU]
Learn how to easily automate the creation of professional, styled, environment configuration documents by using basic PowerShell knowledge.

Top 10 Automation Requests and How You Can Save Time
Level – 200 [US: VIN2527BU]
In this session, we will take you through the top automation requests and how they were completed, teaching you not only how to reproduce them yourself, but also giving you a framework to enable you to automate your top 10 requests.

vSphere Storage and Networking

Transforming Virtual Infrastructure with All-Flash Storage
Level – 200 [US: VIN3820QU]
Quick Talk Come join us to learn new infrastructure best practices for consolidating mixed-workloads, building agile private clouds and deploying no-compromise virtual desktops with VMware and Dell EMC XtremIO X2 storage arrays.

A Deep Dive into Storage Policy-Based Management for Managing SDS
Level – 100 [US: VIN3396BU]
In this session, you will get an introduction to VMware’s SPBM and walk through the workflow of using policies for configuring storage and data services.

Persistent Memory with vSphere 6.7: Primary Use Cases and User Workflow
Level – 100 [US: VIN2047BU]
Join this session to learn about the VMware vSphere 6.7 virtualization of PMEM that is running on HPE and Dell servers supporting persistent memory.

Intel’s Exciting Persistent Memory Technologies and VMware vSphere
Level – 200 [US: VIN2963BU]
This talk will explain the hardware and software architecture driven by Intel, VMware, and other industry partners for PMEM. You will learn about Intel’s unique PMEM innovations and how VMware is virtualizing them and making them interoperable with other PMEM technologies.

vSphere Networking: What’s New and What’s Next
Level – 100
[US: VIN2062BU]
In this session, you will learn the benefits of using VMware vSphere networking features to address various application needs.

Best Practices for Virtual Networking (GSS Best Practices)
Level – 300
[US: VIN2949BU]
This session covers best practices for virtual networking from support’s perspective and how to best troubleshoot when things go awry.


Meet the vSphere Experts Panel
Level – 100
[US: VIN3032PU]
Panel Session Attend this panel discussion with vSphere experts and engage in an open Q&A with some candid stories on the evolution of vSphere.

What’s New in vSphere 6.7, and How It Helps Your Business
Level – 200
[US: VIN1633BU]
Join this session to learn the latest and greatest with vSphere 6.7, understand what use cases apply to your business, and watch demos of top new features through a variety of scenarios.

Dear IT, You Gotta Modernize Your Data Center. Let vSphere Help.
Level – 100
[US: VIN1622QU]
Quick Talk Find out how to support hybrid cloud and new workloads at your organization, and move IT from being just a cost center to a truly strategic partner to your business.

Designing for the Unexpected: Delivering IT on a Boat with VMware Horizon
Level – 200
[US: VIN2650BU]
This session will discuss some of the key requirements of delivering an IT infrastructure on a boat for a maritime expedition.

How to Prepare for VCP 6 – Data Center Virtualization
Level – 200 [US: VIN1370BU]
In this session, you will find out what you can do to prepare for the VCP certification exam.

How VMware IT Virtualizes Voice/Video/Conferencing Infrastructure
Level – 300 [US: VIN1253BU]
In this session, you will dive into how VMware architected its solution for on-premises deployments running on top of VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN platforms.

Picking the Right DR Tool for the Job: A Service Provider Perspective
Level – 200 [US: VIN1565BU]
During this session, Navisite will share what they’ve learned as a cloud provider about selecting the right type of tool for different types of applications.

Unpacking ESXi – What’s New in 6.7 and What’s Next
Level – 100 [US: VIN3456BU]
Join to us to learn about ESXi architecture, new features in vSphere 6.7 and get a sneak peak into the future of ESXi.

Virtualization 101
Level – 100
[US: VIN2645QU]
Quick Talk This session is an introduction to the key technologies and market dynamics around virtualization.


Extreme Performance Series: Performance Best Practices
Level – 200 [US: VIN2677BU]
This session will explain the most important performance practices that need to be applied across the stack, from application to hardware.

Extreme Performance Series: vCenter Performance Deep Dive
Level – 200 [US: VIN1759BU]
In this talk, you will get a brief description of the internals of VMware vCenter before going into basic performance troubleshooting and monitoring techniques.

Accelerating Performance of Mission-Critical Workloads with PVRDMA
Level – 100 [US: VIN2086BU]
This session will showcase the use of the paravirtualized RDMA (PVRDMA) device released with VMware vSphere 6.7 for Oracle I/O-intensive workloads and how it enhances high availability, and provides faster data loading and faster backup and recovery.

Extreme Performance Series: vSphere Compute and Memory Schedulers
Level – 300 [US: VIN1782BU]
Join one of VMware’s core scheduler engineers for this session discussing the architecture and operation of the compute and memory schedulers.

Extreme Performance Series: vSphere PMEM = Storage at Memory Speed
Level – 100 [US: VIN2183BU]
This talk will cover how VMware is helping advance this technology by driving the virtualization enhancements needed to exploit NVDIMM. Find out how the PMEM feature in VMware vSphere will support both legacy applications, requiring no change in the application, and newer applications using byte-addressable virtual NVDIMM.

Accelerating & Optimizing Machine Learning on vSphere leveraging NVIDIA GPU
Level – 300 [US: VIN2067BU]
This session introduces machine learning on vSphere to the attendee and explains when and why GPUs are important for them.

Resource Management

vSphere Clustering Deep Dive, Part 1: vSphere HA and DRS
Level – 300 [US: VIN1249BU]
In this session, Duncan and Frank will take you through the trenches of VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and vSphere High Availability (HA).

Clustering Deep Dive 2: Quality Control with DRS and Network I/O Control
Level – 300 [US: VIN1735BU]
In this session, you will go through the trenches of network-aware VMware vSphere DRS and vSphere Network I/O Control.

vSphere Host Resources Deep Dive: Part 3
Level – 300 [US: VIN1738BU]
Learn about a collection of forgotten or unknown command line tools that provide you unparalleled insight of the behavior of resource consumers (VMs) and providers (hosts).

vSphere DRS Enhancements: vSphere 6.7 and Beyond
Level – 100
[US: VIN2259BU]
In this session, you will learn about enhancements to DRS in the vSphere 6.7 release, including the new initial placement algorithm and resource allocation process, along with the performance benchmarks observed.

Changes to Hardware Health Monitoring in vSphere Stack
Level – 300
[US: VIN2404BU]
In this session, you will learn key information on how to monitor the hardware that VMware ESXi runs on. Find out how key technologies, such as system management BIOS (SMBIOS) and intelligent platform management interface (IPMI), are used by the VMware vSphere stack to report firmware versions, hardware health, and presence.

Tech Preview: The Road to a Declarative Compute Control Plane
Level – 100
[US: VIN2256BU]
Declarative control planes are becoming increasingly popular in the industry. Instead of explicitly defining configurations, declarative control planes tell the architecture what the desired state should be.


ESXi Security – A Step Ahead
Level – 300
[US: VIN2762BU]
Come to this session to learn more about VMware’s vision of hypervisor security. Develop a better understanding of today’s hypervisor-based security features and how they were developed.

vSphere Platform Security Update
Level – 100 [US: VIN1305BU]
VMware vSphere 6.7 introduced even more new security-related features: more logging, support for TPM 2.0 on VMware ESXi, virtual TPM 2.0 for guests, and support for Windows 10/2016 features like Credential Guard. In this session, you will get an introduction to these features and hear about the deep dive sessions available.

vSphere Security Deep Dive: Supporting TPM and Virtual TPM 2.0
Level – 300 [US: VIN1303BU]
Engineers at VMware have harnessed Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology (an industry-wide standard for secure crypto-processors) to create the most secure VMware vSphere yet. In this session, get a deep dive into this technology, find out how it has been used to secure VMware ESXi hosts, and see how VMware has securely virtualized a TPM for enhanced guest protection.

Deep Dive: Supporting Microsoft Virtualization-Based Security with vSphere
Level – 300 [US: VIN1304BU]
Credential Guard, Device Guard, everything Guard. Your security teams want it. No, they demand it! But how can you support that without ripping and replacing your trusted VMware vSphere infrastructure? Now you can do it with vSphere! This session will build upon the vSphere Security Deep Dive: Supporting TPM and Virtual TPM 2.0 session.

Deciphering Successful vSphere Certificate Implementation
Level – 300 [US: VIN2463BU]
In this session, you will get an in-depth view of practical applications of the new certificate management features in vSphere 6.7. Learn the moving parts of the VMware Certificate Authority, which will provide insight for implementing the most efficient certificate architecture that meets your security team’s requirements.


Art of Managing SSL Certificates in vSphere: Troubleshooting, Tip & Tricks
Level – 300 [US: VIN3353BU]
In this session, gain complete exposure to SSL certificate troubleshooting issues to real world scenarios along with the key tools, tips & tricks to make your life easier when dealing with certificates.

vSphere Performance Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis (Compute)
Level – 300 [US: VIN1372BU]
Is your virtual machine experiencing performance problems? In this two-part session, you will learn about the proper tools to diagnose the problem in real time, whether it’s CPU, RAM, disk, or network resources. Part 1 will focus on intrahost compute resources (CPU and RAM).

vSphere Performance Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis (IO)
Level – 300 [US: VIN1373BU]
Is your virtual machine experiencing performance problems? In this two-part session, you will learn about the proper tools to diagnose the problem in real time, whether it’s CPU, RAM, disk, or network resources. Part 2 will focus on I/O resources (disk and network) and how to determine if storage issues are inside or outside of your ESXi host.

vSphere Upgrades and Lifecycle Management

Mastering the VMware Tools Lifecycle in Your VMware vSphere Data Center
Level – 200 [US: VIN1927BU]
VMware Tools is an essential part of every VMware vSphere environment, providing optimized drivers and enhanced management capabilities for all supported guest operating systems. Learn best practices for operationalizing the lifecycle management of this critical infrastructure element with actionable guidance to benefit any software-defined data center.

Technical Overview of VMware ESXi Patching and Upgrading
Level – 200 [US: VIN1991BU]
Find out how to easily update VMware ESXi hosts, including those deployed with custom OEM images, even in environments without Internet access.

Preparing to Upgrade Your vSphere Environment
Level – 200 [US: VIN2664BU]
Join us as we review VMware sources that will help you prepare to upgrade your vSphere environment. Whether it is a small or large environment, you will have new insight into resources, best practices and tips and tricks to prepare and implement a successful upgrade.

Make Your vSphere 6.7 Upgrade Bulletproof
Level – 300 [US: VIN2660BU]
In this session, a team of vSphere solution architects in VMware Support will walk you through preparing a vSphere environment to run on the latest version. Solution architects are uniquely positioned to distill the top vSphere 6.7 upgrade issues into necessary tips and tricks to avoid stretching out your maintenance window.

Focus, Plan, and Execute: A Deep Dive into Your vSphere Upgrade Journey
Level – 300
[US: VIN1641BU]
Learn how to manage your VMware vSphere upgrade from vSphere 6.0 to 6.5 and beyond from VMware’s subject matter experts. You will see how to start the process by focusing on the goal of the upgrade, then planning your ideas and business requirements to meet your firm’s needs and wants successfully, and lastly, making sure the execution of your ideas and plans are thought out, tested, and proven to be compatible with any other environment dependencies.

Nerds with Appliances: vCenter Server Migration
Level – 300 [US: VIN2410BU]
This session will cover native tools provided by VMware to help guide you toward a successful migration from a vCenter Server on Windows to a vCenter Server Appliance.

How VMware IT Upgraded to VMware vSphere 6.7 Without End-User Impact
Level – 300 [US: VIN1180BU]
In this session, you will see the use cases for NSX, Site Recovery Manager, vRealize Automation, and the backup solutions that are integrated with vSphere. Find out about the product deployment sequencing required before upgrading to vSphere 6.7 and the challenges/lessons learned.

vCenter Server

Ensure Maximum Uptime and Performance of Your vCenter Server Appliance
Level – 300 [US: VIN1293BU]
In this session, you will learn how to use vimtop to do real-time monitoring of your vCenter Server Appliance’s health. Find out how to capture vimtop data so you can examine it using scripts, spreadsheets, or PerfMon to spot long-term trends that may adversely affect the performance of your vCenter Server Appliance.

Journey to vCenter Server Availability and Recoverability
Level – 300 [US: VIN2405BU]
Join this session to learn how to protect your VMware vCenter Server from varying catastrophes. This session will journey deep into availability and recoverability for the heart of vSphere, discussing tools and methods to maintain resiliency.

vSphere SSO Domain Architecture Unplugged
Level – 300 [US: VIN1859BU]
In this session, you will see best practices for greenfield and brownfield deployments of VMware vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller orchestrated on a digital whiteboard.

vSphere Client

Transitioning from the vSphere Web Client to the vSphere Client (HTML5)
Level – 100 [US: VIN2942QU]
Quick Talk vSphere Client (HTML5) contains lots of user experience improvements (and workflow changes) when compared with the older clients. Come join this session to learn about these improvements made on the existing features.

vSphere Client Roadmap: Past, Present, and Future
Level – 100 [US: VIN2992BU]
In this roadmap session, you will get an update on the status quo and future of all VMware vSphere Clients, including vSphere Client (HTML5), vSphere Web Client, and Embedded ESXi Host Client.

Fireside Chat: Experience with vSphere Client (HTML5)
Level – 100 [US: VIN2905PU]
Panel Session In this session, panelists (customers) who have different deployments – e.g. Fling, 6.5 GA etc) talk about their experience, and provide feedback. This will help you get a overview of how different customers are using the vSphere Client (HTML5) for managing their infrastructure.