VMWorld 2016 Tips
For the first time visitor VMworld 2016 is overwhelming. There is just so much to see and do. So I thought I would share with you some VMworld 2016 Tips I have learned after attending a number of VMworlds. If you have a chance and have read my blog, please introduce yourself to me at the event. Please feel free to drop me a note with anything you feel should be added to my VMworld 2016 Tips list.
VMWorld 2016 Tips – The Right Hotel
Its always best to stay at the conference hotel if you can. Sometimes it is sold out or it is just out of your Budget. Then at this event stay at the LUXOR hotel. It is connected to Mandalay Bay and you can walk there every day. Staying at the Luxor Hotel will save you from racking up big Taxi cab bills. if you are a member of a Casino’s frequent visitor program, check out the rates there.
VMworld 2016 Tips – The Right Shoes
If you never leave Mandalay Bay hotel itself, you will do a lot of walking. Make sure you wear comfortable cloths and very comfortable shoes or sneakers. You will be spending a lot of time on your feet. Wear a FITBIT or an Apple Watch and see your step count climb and climb and climb.
VMworld 2016 Tips – After Hours
There is lot happening during the conference and well after the conference. Check out the VMworld 2016 Gatherings page to see what is happening after hours. Note: Even though its says 2015 on the title, its listing 2016 items.
VMworld 2016 Tips – Network, Network, Network
Don’t Spend all your time in sessions. At this event will be some of the brightest people in the industry. Take time to meet other people and network. People like Michael Webster, David Klee, Duncan Epping will be there and they wont be surrounded by security guards. Many of the sessions are recorded. If you miss one, you can always listen to it later. I met both Michael Webster and Duncan Epping at VMWorld. great guys to talk with.
VMworld 2016 Tips – Hands On Labs
The Hands on Labs are all available at the conference. Take the time and get your hands a little dirty and try out the technology first hand. If the line is too long come back at end of day or early in the morning.
VMworld 2016 Tips – Check Out Solutions Exchange
Everything you would ever possible need to use with VMware is available at Solutions Exchange. Make the time to take it all in. Lots of great Demos are happening. If you have a question, go ahead and ask the vendors.
VMworld 2016 Tips – Training and Certification.
If you are thinking of getting certified this is the place. Best part you can do it at a discount. To learn more click here.
There are some great Instructor led courses here Here are two that I feel represent an exceptional value. David Klee is an exceptional resource when it comes to SQL Server.
SQL Server Workshop – Brought to You by VMware and Microsoft Experts ($650, August 27)
The first business critical applications and databases pre-conference workshop will cover all pertinent aspects of best practices for deployments and ongoing management of MS SQL Server running in virtualized infrastructure. This deep-dive full-day workshop will be delivered by VMware technical SQL Server specialists working in concert with world renowned external SQL Server and Virtualization experts including David Klee of Heraflux Technologies. The attendee will experience a workshop rich with technical content to include subjects such as vMotion for Failover Cluster Instances, Availability groups, SQLaaS with vRealize Automation and Site Recovery Manager. The content will be focused on best practices for design, implementation and management augmented with anecdotes of successful customer implementations.
Oracle Workshop – Brought to You by VMware and Oracle Experts ($650, August 27)
The first business critical applications and databases pre-conference workshop will cover all pertinent aspects of best practices for deployments and ongoing management of Oracle software running in virtualized infrastructure. This deep-dive full-day workshop will be delivered primarily by VMware technical Oracle specialists with some sessions being presented by VMware partners who specialize in Oracle. The attendee will experience a workshop rich with technical content including subjects such as vMotion with Oracle RAC, vSAN, Virtual Volumes, NSX, Site Recovery Manager, DBaaS with vRealize Automation and Disaster Recovery in virtualized environments and advanced management and monitoring with Blue Medora. The workshop will be focused on best practices for design, implementation and management augmented with anecdotes of successful customer implementations.
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