VMworld Advice For The Newbie
There are only 11 days till Vmworld 2011 starts. For the first time visitor it is very overwhelming. There is just so much to see and do. So I thought I would share with you some things I have learned. Feel free to drop me a note with anything you feel should be added to the list. Since we are a Database Administration as a Service® company, my focus will be on Mission Critical applications in a virtualized environment. Also I am very interested in partner events. So that will be my slant as I travel through this event in 11 days.
The first Bit of advice I would give. Attend the VMworld session for new attendees.
Is this your first VMworld, or are you looking for an overview of what to expect during the event? Then don’t miss the special New-V session taking place Monday, August 29 from 8:00am-9:00am. Simply add it to your schedule and meet with your peers while hearing from the VMworld team on what not to miss and how to navigate VMworld 2011.
So on Monday, Get Up early and attend the event.
There are lots of Hands-on Labs at the event. I counted over 40 different hands-on labs. Here are some of the hands-on labs available…
Monitor and Improve the Performance of Applications in Your Cloud Infrastructure
The Lab Participant engages in a scenario that uses VMware’s next generation Application Performance Management product vFabric AppInsight. The scenario positions the Participant as an Application owner deploying applications on hybrid clouds and dynamic virtual environments. Through the real-world example, the Participant will recognize the value add of vFabric AppInsight and learn how to improve the Application’s service levels (Availability, Performance), time to market and cost.
Reducing Unplanned Downtime in Your Virtual Environment
This Lab engages the participant in solving the problems of Business continuity for applications and management infrastructure. The participant uses vCenter and other vSphere offerings to bring protection to Tier 1 applications at various levels of recovery.
Improve Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning for Your Virtual Environment
This Lab provides Participants with a primer on troubleshooting and configuration using vCenter features; Performance Metric Dashboard Screens, Alarms, and Advance Chart Options. The Participant will be presented with scenarios that require the resolution of Memory, Storage, Networking and CPU issues; focusing on our latest basic feature sets.
Core Platform – Performance & Scalability: Storage Optimizations
The Participant is submerged in a real-world scenario where the use of new vSphere features to optimize the storage performance of VMs provides a tailored solution The Participant will use VMware Orchestrator, Storage I/O control, Storage DRS and Profile-Driven Storage to build solutions for the situations presented.
The Labs last one hour typically. They are very popular at the event. They als offer certifiication Quickstarts. If you are planning on getting certified, there are a no-brainer.
Here is a sample of certification quickstarts…
VMware Certification Quickstarts: VCP5
VMworld has several activities planned to help you prepare for the VMware Advanced Certifications as well as the newly released VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 (VCP5). Along with free education, there will be special 50% off discounts available to VMworld attendees, free prep materials, give-aways and more. Attend one of the Certification Quickstarts or stop by the Certification Lounge (Room 305) or the VMware booth to learn everything you need to know about VMware Education and Certification and receive your special exam discounts.
Get The Mobile Application
This will give you real time access to your schedule. So if you see something you want to attend, you can add it to you schedule immediately.
Use the VMworld mobile application to check and modify your personal schedule, browse session information, search exhibitors and speakers, complete session surveys, and receive the latest conference news. The application is synced to email stations throughout the venues and is compatible with iPhone, BlackBerry, and all other smartphones. Visit www.vmworld.com/mobile on your phone for the mobile application.
Join the VMUG while you are at the Conference
Joining the VMUG is a no brainer. The VMUG stands for VMware Users Group. Attending local meetings will really help you fully realize your VMware investment. The VMware advantage program is one of the best kept secrets. Funny part its no secret. Through VMware Advantage you will gets access to lots of special discounts, etc.
Join VMUG in the Solution Exchange, Booth #865
It’s a great opportunity to:
· Network with your follow VMUG members
· Meet the VMUG Board and local VMUG leaders
· Learn more about member benefits
Check out our countdown on Twitter, and see what member activities we have in store by following the hashtag #VMUG.
Purchase Your VMUG Advantage at a Discount
VMUG Advantage is a member-only benefit that provides customers with discounts on VMware training, certification and Workstation and Fusion licensing. VMUG is offering a special pricing, savings up to 15%, for VMworld registrants. Sign up for VMUG Advantage today using one of the codes below:
• Individual package: $170 USD – Code: VMworld1
• Corporate package with 2 users: $165 USD per user – Code: VMworld2
• Corporate package with 3+ users: $160 USD per user – Code: VMworld3
WAKE UP VERY IMPORTANT
Dont miss this….
Along with free education, there will be special 50% off discounts available to VMworld attendees, free prep materials, give-aways and more. Attend one of the Certification Quickstarts or stop by the Certification Lounge (Room 305) or the VMware booth to learn everything you need to know about VMware Education and Certification and receive your special exam discounts.
Very Important to Sign Up Early For Events
If you dont register for an event, you wont get in. So sign up as realy as possible. This is just the tip of the iceberg as you can see. Look forward to seeing you there in 11 days.
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