Dell-EMC-VMware Event: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Let The Transformation Begin

Dell-EMC-VMware Event:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“Let The Transformation Begin”



Dell EMC and VMware invite you to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Watch our heroes transform and learn about the future of digital transformation with the Dell EMC VxRail/VxRack SDDC appliances powered by VMware vSphere 6.5, vSAN 6.6 and VMware Cloud Foundation. Transform your data center with a fully integrated, pre-configured, and pre-tested hyper-converged solution.

Whether your datacenter needs are large or small, Dell EMC VxRail and VxRack SDDC are the easiest and fastest hyper-converged options to stand up or extend a VMware environment while dramatically simplifying IT operations and lowering capital and operational costs.

Together, Dell EMC and VMware bring you highly configurable solutions to enable your digital transformation.

Be sure to register soon, limited availability in each city!

This exclusive early premiere will be in the following cities:

Denver, CO
Dublin/East Bay, CA
Orange County/San Diego, CA

Phoenix, AZ
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Indianapolis, IN
Pittsburgh, PA
Minneapolis, MN
Kansas City, MO
Louisville, KY
Charlotte, NC
Dallas, TX
Jacksonville, FL
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN
Raleigh, NC
San Antonio, TX
Hartford, CT
Philadelphia/Oaks, PA
Long Island, NY
Rochester, NY
Silver Springs, MD
Jersey City, NJ


Attending VMworld And Interested In vSphere 6.5 Security? Try My “vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started” Lab!

Attending VMworld And Interested In vSphere 6.5 Security?

Try My “vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started” Lab!

If you are attending VMworld US 2017 from August 27-31st in Las Vegas, NV and you are interested in the new vSphere 6.5 Security feature sets, then I have a lab for you! I am a lab captain for the Hands On Labs and have two labs that I created for this years VMworld sessions.

These new labs as well as the many other will only be available at the VMworld US and Europe conferences initially. After both conferences are over, we slowly release most of the new labs to the public-facing Hands On Labs environment that anyone can get to with an internet connection. You will see some labs to start showing up on the public side right after VMworld and then the rest typically will be released within or month or so. No guarantee on what labs will make it to the public site and when they will show up though, that is just what I’ve typically seen over the past few years.

This is my first time as a lab captain and creating labs, so I would love to see some HUGE numbers of people taking my labs! It would make me feel good knowing that people learned something by taking my labs. If you end up taking either lab at VMworld or even after they have been released to the public-facing HOL site, let me know what you think! You can reach out to me on my social media outlets, the links to them are on the right side of the page.

Public Facing – Hands On Labs Site:

Below are the labs that I have built and a summary of each of them:

  • (HOL-1811-01-SDC) vSphere 6.5 – What’s New:
    • Description:  Explore some of the new features of vSphere 6.5 including VM Encryption, vCenter High Availability, and the new HTML5 vSphere Client. You will also learn about the improved vCenter Server Appliance and how to migrate from a Windows-based vCenter Server installation.
  • (HOL-1811-04-SDC) vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started:
    • Description:  Experience new security features of vSphere 6.5, including VM Encryption, Audit Quality Logging, Encrypted vMotion, Key. We also use our vRealize Log Insight solution to look at the enhanced logging of the vCenter server logs. Add Key Management Servers (KMS) to the vCenter server and create a trust between them. Then we use PowerCLI commands to encrypt/decrypt virtual machines as well as other encryption related tasks.

Don’t forget to stop into the Hands On Labs at VMworld and take some labs…see you there!




VMworld US 2017 – Hands On Labs

VMworld US 2017 – Hands On Labs

Hands On Labs


From August 27 – 31st, 2017 , VMware will be the hosting its infamous VMworld US 2017 conference that everyone waits all year long for! It is an incredible opportunity for VMware’s customers to find out about upcoming and newly released versions of our software. Many of our customers come to listen and learn from all the great presentations from VMware’s own as well as guest speakers to absorb all the information they can while at VMworld. If you would like to register for VMworld US 2017, CLICK HERE!

Another major reason for our customers and partners to come to the VMworld conferences is the Hands On Labs (HOL)! The VMware Hands-On Labs demonstrate the real value of VMware solutions in real time. As a VMworld attendee, you’ll gain special access to the latest VMware technologies without being required to purchase equipment, software or licenses. You’ll explore a wide range of today’s most exciting topics with a VMware-provided machine or your own device, all with product experts on hand to provide one-on-one guidance. Earn CloudCred points for taking labs, visiting HOL Connect and interacting with product experts, and win prizes for each level of achievement. And the best part is that anyone can register for an account and access the labs from anywhere with an internet connection! 

NOTE: The newly updated versions of the labs at the VMworld Conference are usually released to the public facing HOL site for customers within a month or two after the VMworld conferences are over. 

Register for a Hands On Labs Account: Click Here!

I have been working for VMware for just under (4) years now and have participated as a Hands On Labs staff member the entire time. Because of being a staff member, I have attended all the Partner Exchange (PEX) and VMworld US conferences during that time. This year I get the honor of going to VMworld Europe (Barcelona, Spain) for the first time as a lab captain!

Without a doubt, I can say that it has been an incredible experience working in the HOL! The entire staff except a very small amount of the staff work the labs as volunteers. Everyone of us dedicate our spare time to work on creating the numerous labs or supporting them in one way or another. We do this because we are honored to be a part of a great team and we love what we do. Working with this team is an honor for me as well as the others I am sure. The knowledge and experience of the staff can be overwhelming to me at times, just an incredible group of individuals. But everyone brings something to the table and contributes to make it an incredible event that our customers and partners want to come to on an annual basis.

Another aspect we love related to supporting the HOL is the privileged of meeting our customers and partners that come into the labs. It is a learning experience as much for us as it is them! We also offer Expert Led Workshops where you get one-on-one time with us as we run through our labs and the associated technical information on the product. But sign up for them NOW, because the slots are usually filled before VMworld starts. You do have the option to sign up on the waiting list for a workshop in the event someone does not show up for a particular workshop.

So I highly recommend that if you are attending either one of the VMworld 2017 conferences, that you come into the HOL and take at least one of our labs or workshops!

While you are there, say hello to me, I will be there supporting my labs! 


VMworld US 2017 – Content Catalog:

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VMworld EUROPE 2017 (SEP 11 – 14th):

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month? Check Out This Summary!

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month?

Check Out This Summary!



Have you been busy lately and haven’t keep up to date with the latest VMware announcements over the last month or two? If so, you have missed quite a bit! So I thought I would make it easy on you and pull together all the recent announcements related to product updates, acquisitions, promotions, partnerships, VMworld, Wanna Cry Ransomeware, etc. This summary has a lot of great information that you want to be aware. I highly recommend that you read through the full list of announcements to be sure you are aware of them.

One link I would like to draw your attention to specifically is under “Security” which takes you to a VMware blog about the “WannaCry Ransomeware” attack that swept the world on May 12th, 2017 in over 150+ countries worldwide. The article discusses how VMware’s NSX solution and its “Zero Trust” model could have helped those that were attacked mitigate this attack. This just proves how important it is that businesses consider using VMware’s NSX solution to help protect their environments from attacks in ways that other solutions can’t.


Product Announcements:




Latest Promotions/Discounts:

  • New Promotion – User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.2
  • Updated Promotion- vRealize 25% Upgrade Promotions Extended to July 29, 2017



  • WannaCry Ransomware attack that attacks Microsoft operating systems swept the world on May 12th in over 150+ countries. Below is VMware’s response on how the NSX Zero-Trust model could have helped mitigate this attack using NSX. This is a great opportunity for you to drive how critical it is to use NSX and where other solutions couldn’t provide the same protection that we can from these types of attacks.


VMware Partnerships:  


VMware Partner Accreditation’s:


VMworld 2017:


Tampa, FL VMUG Event (2/16/17) – You Can Still Register To Attend!!


Tampa, FL VMUG Event (2/16/17) –

You Can Still Register To Attend!!


For all those that live and work in the Tampa, FL area, tomorrow evening from 6 – 8:30PM there will be the Tampa VMUG event. Tintri Storage is the main sponsor of the event and they will be presenting their storage solutions.

I will personally be presenting for VMware on “What’s New in vSphere 6.5” at the event as well. So if you live in the area, make sure you register for the event and attend. Even better the event is being held at the Tampa Brewing Company, what’s better than learning some great technology and trying some local beer!


Last Chance to Register:   Tampa VMUG Meeting

 Don’t miss your opportunity to attend the upcoming Tampa VMUG Meeting taking place on February 16, 2017, from 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m.

Registration is open and available to all VMUG members. This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to ask questions, discuss trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Meeting Topics:   

  • Tintri Overview Presentation/Demo
  • How Tintri is integrating into Social Media
  • Customer Presentation on Horizon View implementation
  • Whats new in vSphere 6.5
  • Brewery Tours (10 at a time) – Attendees will get a take home pint glass and free beer ticket
  • Food will be provided


Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Centro Ybor, 1600 E 8th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

Click HERE for directions.

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues.

Visit the Tampa VMUG Community page to connect with members, ask questions, and get involved!

For questions, please contact

Meeting Sponsor


Save 20% off VCP Exams at Dell EMC World 2017

Save 20% off VCP Exams at Dell EMC World 2017 — via VMware Education & Certification Blog

Save 20% off VCP Exams at Dell EMC World 2017

Making plans to attend Dell EMC World in Las Vegas this May? Include time to earn or renew your VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification while you’re there.

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[Virtual Event] EUC Insights 2017

[Virtual Event] EUC Insights 2017

[Virtual Event] EUC Insights 2017

EUC Insights 2017 is coming 2/15! Sign up today for this half-day virtual event to experience hands-on labs, solution-specific breakout sessions and to hear a Digital Workspace keynote delivered by VMware SVP and General Manager, Sumit Dhawan:

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Watch Connect Atlanta 2016 Keynote Presentations On Demand!

Watch Connect Atlanta 2016 Keynote Presentations On Demand!




Connect Atlanta 2016 was our biggest business mobility event ever! And now you can watch all the keynote presentations on demand from the comfort of your desk.

Watch the mainstage keynotes here—for free!

Day One Connect Atlanta 2016 Keynote Presentations

  • Sanjay Poonen, VMware End-User Computing SVP and GM, delved into the digital workspace journey. Amazing speakers from Boeing, Dell Technologies, Samsung and SAP joined him on stage to talk about their unique perspectives and solutions.
  • Noah Wasmer, SVP and GM of mobile products, shared his highlights and insights in the new era of unified endpoint management.
  • Blake Brannon, VP of product marketing, and Sumit Dhawan, SVP and GM of desktop and Workspace ONE solutions, followed with exciting demos. Watch them announce new partnerships, VMware AirWatch 9.0, new wearables and smart glasses management technology and more.

Day Two Connect Atlanta 2016 Keynote Presentations

  • Noah takes the stage again to explore the future of mobility, digital workspace and computing. See how VMware is bring learnings from the consumer technology world into the enterprise, topping it off with next-gen security and identity management.
  • Blake is joined by VMware Microsoft expert Jason Roszak, and they dive into the power of Windows 10 for unifying endpoint management.
  • Marshall Anne Busbee, senior product manager, elicits huge oohs and ahhs when she showcases new innovations in VMware Boxer. See how the award-winning consumer app comes to the enterprise to enable mobile moments and productivity for workers.
  • Finally, VMware EUC director of product management Scott Kelley reveals new innovations for AirWatch business intelligence (BI) and analytics reporting.

Watch these incredible presentations today. Our creative team is working fast and furiously to share even more great content from the event. Favorite the webpage to see even more presentations and expert breakout sessions coming soon!


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Airwatch Connect Event Announcements Overview

Airwatch Connect Event Announcements Overview




ATLANTA – October 4, 2016 – Today at Connect 2016, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, shared how businesses can embrace the future of mobility powered by its suite of End-User Computing solutions. The next-generation VMware AirWatch® Unified Endpoint Management™ and VMware Workspace™ ONE™ extends VMware AirWatch into cloud-based management for traditional desktops and new-age connected devices, while providing users with the apps and services they need to work digitally.

“Connect is a time to reflect on the mobility industry’s advancements in the last year, and also look into the future of how work can be reimagined,” said Noah Wasmer, senior vice president, mobile products, End-User Computing, VMware. “In the nearly 10 years since the launch of the iPhone, enterprise mobility management has transformed from simple wipe and lock commands to a unified endpoint management platform for all devices, including Windows 10 and the Internet of Things. No longer will IT run different systems for different devices; instead we built the single platform to manage all endpoints. With scalability, security, productivity and privacy at the core, VMware is uniquely positioned to deliver on this new digital work experience.”

Rethinking Legacy Desktop and Laptop Management
Industry analyst firm Gartner reports “the future of endpoint management lies in consolidation of management tools that manage traditional PCs and mobile devices as a common management framework evolves across the two.”[1] To address the industry shift from separate client management, EMM, cloud and on premise tools, VMware is bringing the two together with VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management. VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management provides a holistic and user-centric approach to managing all endpoints in an organization – from mobile and desktop to IoT.

VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management, available as a standalone solution or as a part of VMware Workspace ONE, extends the VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management™ capabilities into advanced cloud-based Windows 10 PC lifecycle management. This includes configuration management, operating system (OS) patch management, client health and security management. VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management enables IT to deploy security patches and OS updates faster, install software more reliably and consolidate operational processes across all devices – on or off the domain. This extends the robust mobile device management technologies for Windows management already available in AirWatch to deliver the industry’s first comprehensive UEM solution that brings together desktop and mobile management under a single modern platform.

Collectively, VMware provides a comprehensive solution to help organizations migrate to Windows 10 by assessing their environment, determining the optimal path to migrate to Windows 10 (both physically and virtually) and take advantage of a modern approach for securing and managing all devices on or off the network. To learn more about VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management, visit the AirWatch Blog and read about the new VMware SysTrack Desktop Assessment Service.

See the rest of the Airwatch Connect Announcements…Click Here!


[Webcast Series] Getting More Out Of NSX…

[Webcast Series] Getting More Out Of NSX: Network Visibility and Troubleshooting

[Webcast Series] Getting More Out Of NSX:…

VMware NSX empowers today’s Software-Defined Data Centers to run agile clouds supporting dynamic and challenging business requirements. Discover features and benefits of NSX in our webcast series this November. Sign up now!

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[Webcast] The VMware Journey to Cloud with vCloud air

[Webcast] The VMware Journey to Cloud with vCloud Air

[Webcast] The VMware Journey to Cloud with…

Join us for our VMware vCloud Air webcast on 10/19 and gain a comprehensive understanding of the many business benefits that hybrid cloud brings. RSVP now.

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VMware’s Yanbing Li on Virtual SAN 6.5

VMware’s Yanbing Li on Virtual SAN 6.5

VMware’s Yanbing Li on Virtual SAN 6.5

VMware’s SVP & GM of Storage and Availability at VMware discusses the updates in Virtual SAN 6.5 following the news announced at VMworld 2016 Europe in Barcelona.

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VMworld EMEA Announcements : vSphere 6.5

VMworld EMEA Announcements : vSphere 6.5 -Cloudfix

VMworld EMEA Announcements : vSphere 6.5

Today VMware announced it’s latest version of the vSphere and vCenter platform, version 6.5. This article talks about some of the latest features VMware added to their virtualisation-platform. vCenter Server (Appliance) 6.5 VMware is dramatically simplifying the experience using the vSphere-platform which is primarily based on the announcement of vCenter Server Applicance 6.5 and it’s The post VMworld EMEA Announcements : vSphere 6.5 appeared first on Cloudfix .

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10 Things We Learned Today at Connect Atlanta

10 Things We Learned Today at Connect Atlanta -AirWatch Blog

10 Things We Learned Today at Connect Atlanta

Gargantuan disruption on the way, new analytics technology, working with smart glasses—here are today’s top 10 takeaways from Connect Atlanta. 1. Swift, Sweeping Change Coming We are entering into the fourth industrial revolution, said Noah Wasmer today, head of mobile products at VMware AirWatch. Drones are following us, devices are becoming slimmer and more disposable […]

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Are You Ready to be a Top Gun? Join us for Top Gun Tuesdays to Receive Best in Class Partner Sales Training


Are you ready to be to a VMware Top Gun?

Join us for Top Gun Tuesdays to receive best in class partner sales training and best practices on demand generation!


Step 1 – REGISTER NOW at:

Step 2 – Join the WEEKLY TUESDAY 20-30 Min. Webex Training Starting @8:30AM PST


Training Agenda:

10/11/2016 – Datacenter/Virtualization 101:  Introduction and conversation starters.

10/18/2016 – SDDC: Understanding the software overlays for a physical architecture and business conversation starters.

10/25/2016 – How to build your VMware army: Best way to attack accounts, engage VMware, becoming a strategic partner, and utilizing VMware one-pagers

11/1/2016 – vSOM (Management): Key benefits, questions to ask, and increase your margin selling vSOM.

11/8/2016  vSAN (Storage Virtualization): What is storage virtualization, why do we need to start conversations early, refresh cycles, and questions to position.

11/15/2016 – NSX (Network Virtualization): Changing the conversation from physical network devices to a network hypervisor/software defined model, questions to ask, and key benefits.

11/22/2016 – Workspace ONE (End User Platform): Engaging the right contacts, questions to ask, and key benefits.

11/29/2016 – VCA (Cloud platform): Consume vs Construct, questions to ask, and benefits.

12/6/2016 – Airwatch(Mobility): BYOD conversation, standardize on a single platform, solution benefits.

12/13/2016 – Competition (Overcoming reluctance): VMware vs Competition highlights and how to overcome during conversations.


Step 3 – Watch your VMware Sales Increase!

The Training is every Tuesday from 8:30 – 9:00 AM PST starting on October 11th, 2016!