2014 Melbourne VMUG User Conference

It’s on again!

This years Melbourne VMUG User Conference is coming up next month on Tuesday 4th February at Hilton on the Park.

This will be the third User Conference Melbourne has done. We’re expecting more than 350 attendees this year.

International special guests Scott Lowe, Brad Hedlund and Chris Wahl will each be doing a keynote session.

There’ll be 24 sponsors in the solutions exchange to show you their products and answer questions on how they work.


We are very proud to have lots of presentations from those in the virtualisation community. These guys are prepared to share their stories to others for no incentives other than the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you help out others. These guys are representing themselves, and not there to sell you anything, so their presentations contain no sales or marketing slides and get down to the technical details the audience wants to hear, so obviously their sessions are well attended.

The community sessions are:

vTARDIS: Ultimate Low-Cost Home-Lab – Simon Gallagher
Building Networks That Support Vertical Growth – Anthony Burke
How to Successfully Design & Deploy Microsoft Exchange on vSphere – Josh Odgers
SDDC Meets Monster VM’s – Michael Webster
Real-World vCloud War-Stories – Simon Gallagher
New Skills for the Cloud Era: What They Are, and How to Get Them –** Justin Warren**
Designing a Highly Available Manager Cluster for the Cloud – Arron Stebbing
Cloud YOLO – Live a Better Life with vCenter Orchestrator – Chris Jones


Of course there are the sponsors. Without them, there wouldn’t be an event. Some sponsors have better presentations than others, and these are the guys that ‘get’ the community based events. The first one that comes to mind is Veeam. They always seem to be involved in community based events, and even sponsor Alastair Cooke & Nick Marshall’s AutoLAB, that is heavily used in the virtualisation community.

The other sponsor that stands out is Zettagrid with their session: “It Can’t Be Done!? – vCloud Platform Upgrade – Zettagrid”. This session tells the story of how Zettagrid upgraded their vCloud Director infrastructure. From the abstract they submitted, they aren’t trying to sell anything, they’re just telling their experiences, which is extremely useful for anyone about to go through that same process.

Sponsors also bring prizes! So if you’re after a ride in a Ferrari, $100 VISA credit and more, talk to the sponsors to find out what they might be giving away to attendees showing an interest in their product, and hang around for the prize draw at the end of the event.

VMware Education

Running in parallel with the sessions will be a VCDX bootcamp in the morning, and a VCAP bootcamp in the afternoon.

Program Guide

Feedback Feedback Feedback! Attached to the printed program guide will be a survey, and this year we also have a mobile app (for iPhone & Android) with the program guide and survey.  If there’s a session that stands out, please let us and the presenter know, it helps us in planning content for the next one.

If you haven’t already registered, REGISTER NOWhttp://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=4100. If you miss the cut off, you can register on the day.


One of the traditions of any VMUG is to catch up with attendees after the main event. With thanks to Veeam, there will be vBeers at Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square, just a short walk from the event.

Follow #mvmug on twitter to hear more up to the minute info on what’s happening.

Hope to see you there.