My personal adventures in the quest for virtual perfectness.
Last Friday I was at the DutchVMUG in the NBC Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. The DutchVMUG is a large (700+) VMware Usergroup event. During this event you'll get great speakers in 4 parallel sessions, the ability to do workshops, visit awesome sponsors and meet peers in the industry. My experiences were just plain awesome. I had a GREAT day. I was invited to do a presentation and since I was involved in implementing and maintaining a large VMware View environment I thought: "Why not share my knowledge to the community?". So I created a little presentation in Prezi, my favorite presentation tool and called it: VMware View in the Enterprise. But, first things first...
As a blogger I helped during the setup. Had to get up early and rushed to Nieuwegein before traffic got worse. I got a great shirt with my blog address on it, thanks! Next was unfolding the boxes with the stuffed bags, shoot some pictures and get ready for the opening.
People started getting in around 8:00 and at 9:30, Viktor van den Berg (@Viktoriousss) opened the #DutchVMUG 2011 :-). After a brief introduction on how the VMUG has grown into what it is now and latest changes,he got a call from Steve Herrod saying he send the Monster VM, which was very funny. I know that suite must be heavy! After that he gave the attention to Willem van Enter (VMware Regional Director Benelux). Willem did a general revolution/evolution presentation and after that Jeremy van Doorn did his part about the technology. Future is going to be interesting, we already seen that during VMworld 2011 and I can't wait to try out cool new products like VCOPS 5, View 5.5, etc
After a short break it was time for me to grab my laptop and get ready for my presentation. No time for failure now. Here is my presentation. I know it is in Dutch and you're missing the story behind the slides, but I think you can get a pretty good idea on what I presented:
The presentation went quite good and I had a lot of fun. I guess I got around 70 people and it was a good responsive audience. I got great feedback from some guys, telling me they recognised the same issues. I didn't got time to go to my next session so I decided to go onto the exhibition floor, to meet the great guys from Liquidware Labs.
I think Liquidware Labs upcoming product 'FlexApp' is going to rock! I quote: "The product lets users personalize their non-persistent, stateless desktops by installing their own applications. It works like this: a user accesses a pooled, non-persistent desktop through VMware View. When an authorized user begins an application installation, let's say Mozilla Firefox, as Liquidware demonstrated, FlexApp intercepts file installation on the registry and creates a symbolic link, or a set of instructions that point to the actual files that are then stored on a virtual hard disk. Liquidware's ProfileUnity applies the user's profile settings to these applications, which interact natively with the OS while the VM is running. The applications are associated with the user, and installed at the next login."
I think in a large environment this could be the 'must-have' app. Why? Well, in large environment you'll always have a very large challenge virtualizing your apps. With FlexApp, it should not be needed anymore. It's too soon to be very enthusiastic, since I don't know yet how it's going to integrate with things like antivirus and other tooling, but I do like the concept.
Then it was time for lunch, and as always, a great lunch!
After lunch I got interviewed by the DutchVMUG TV crew, Sven Huisman - Interviewer and Matthijs Haverink - camera (both from http://virtualfuture.info/). Funny to see yourself :-s. Anyway, here is the interview (in Dutch - sorry).
Last sessions I did was "Project Virtual Reality Check (VRC) - Latest and unpublished Virtualization results" and "vSphere 5 Storage Features". Both were great. I had a short chat with Ruben Spruit (PQR) about antivirus within VDI solutions and it got even better during the session. The results with antivirus tests were shocking. So keep an eye out on their Project VRC website.
After that there was beer (I didn't took it though), snacks and prices. iPads, flying stuff, mac things... Whatever was giving away and everybody got the book from Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman, VMware vSphere 5 Clustering technical deepdive. Sponsored by VEEAM - BIG THANKS!
After that, dinner with great guys: @esloof @lucd22 @teovmy @gabvirtualworld @vConsult @msundling @alanrenouf @vmwarestorage @frankdenneman @baecke - loved it, thanks!
Then... I'm not done. One BIG respect for Viktor van den Berg. Last years he organised the DutchVMUG event with great results. He has put so much efford in, to make this day a fantastic succes. Viktor has switched job though and it appears his role for the DutchVMUG will be changed. So, here is a personal message: "Viktor, onwijs bedankt voor de fantastische jaren en ik wens je onwijs veel succes en plezier met je nieuwe job bij PQR!"
Photos from during the day can be found on my Smugmug site.