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PSDayUK September 2017

On Friday 22nd September a group of people involved with organising PowerShell User Group events around the UK will be hosting a 1 day PowerShell conference in London, PSDayUK. It will take place following on from the 2 day WinOps conference at the same venue, Skills Matter CodeNode,  on Wed 20 – Thr 21st September.


Headlining the day is Steven Murawski – Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Then there will be two separate tracks of sessions with many great speakers from the PowerShell community:

  • Track 1: PowerShell: The Door to DevOps
  • Track 2: DevOps with PowerShell

You can see the full agenda here.

Currently you can register your interest for the event to get update notifications; tickets will go on sale in the near future.

Tickets are now available. As of 4th Sep 2017 Early Bird pricing is still an option.


UK South Coast PowerShell User Group

There are a number of PowerShell User Groups in the UK, but unfortunately none for me that are easy to get to with my home location and work commitments. So I am gathering interest in a UK South Coast PowerShell User Group for coders of all experience levels.

The purpose of this initial meetup is to test the viability of running a PowerShell meetup in Southampton on a regular basis. Hopefully we will get enough interest to take this forward and start running sessions with PowerShell content for everyone to learn from.

If you live in the area and have an interest in PowerShell, we’d love to see you there.


London VMUG January 2015

The first London VMUG of 2015 is almost upon us and as usual looks like a great line up of activities. My employer Xtravirt is sponsoring the labs and have a tech-preview of some software that you may be interested to check out. Plus one of my colleagues Michael Poore will be talking about a real world automation project.


Make sure you register and get along to the event.

Rooms Capital A Capital B Central Room
1000 - 1015 Welcome
1015 - 1100 Frank Denneman, PernixData & James Leavers, Cloudhelix - FVP
Software in a real-world environment
1100 - 1145 vFactor Lightning Talks - Philip Coakes, Alec Dunn, Dave Simpson, Gareth Edwards, Chris Porter
1145 - 1215 Break in Thames Suite
1215 - 1300 Robbie Jerrom, VMware - What is Docker and Where Does VMware VMware GSS Xtravirt Lab -
Fit? SONAR Tech
Preview - an easyto-use SaaS service providing on-
demand vSphere
automated analytics and reporting
1300 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1450 Simplivity - Stuart Gilks, Making Sense of Converged Infrastructure Unitrends - Ian Jones, Datacentre Failover
1500 - 1550 Phil Monk, VMware, Bringing Andy Jenkins, VMware - Cloud Xtravirt Lab -
SDDC to Life - A Real World Native @ VMware - Give your developers & ops teams SONAR Tech
Deployment with Michael Poore everything they want without Preview - an easyto-use SaaS service providing on-
losing control demand vSphere
automated analytics and reporting
1550 - 1600 Break in Thames Suite
1600 - 1650 VMware GSS Dave Hill, VMware - 5 Starting Points for Cloud Adoption Xtravirt Lab -
Preview - an easyto-use SaaS service providing on-
demand vSphere
automated analytics and reporting
1700 - 1715 C l o s e
1715vBeers - Pavilion End – sponsored by 10ZIG

vFACTOR London VMUG January 2015

Ever thought about presenting at a user group, but not quite found that extra incentive to give it a go for the first time? Many people I know have benefited in both a personal and professional capacity from doing so and I certainly have too. The opportunity to relate tales of a project at work or a particular piece of technology you have an interest in can often be quite an experience I’ve found, with discussions afterwards leading to new ideas about your topic or even people believing you’re an expert at something, just because you had the guts good sense to stand up in front of your peers and talk about it.

If you haven’t done it before and need an incentive to help get you over that first hurdle, the London VMUG are offering significant encouragement to get you started. At the next London VMUG in January 2015 there are a set of prizes available for five people prepared to give a 10 minute lightning talk.

That’s right, all you need to do is be selected to give a talk for 10 mins and you are guaranteed one of the five prizes below – the winner to be determined by the audience.

The odds look pretty good to me – a 60% chance of winning an Apple product and the worst that can happen to you is you come away with an Amazon voucher and the respect of your peers for giving it a go!


1st Prize: MacBook Air
2nd Prize: iPad Air
3rd Prize: iPad Mini
4th Prize: Amazon voucher
5th Prize: Amazon voucher

Entries need to be submitted by the 19th December and all the details can be found here.


UKVMUG November 2014

The agenda for this year’s UKVMUG at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham has just been published and what a line up the organisers have put together this year! It genuinely does seem to get even more impressive every time and I know for a fact that the organisers put an unbelievable  amount of effort into making that so.


I’m really pleased to see that this time round they have included all of the community sessions in the mezzanine area on the main agenda page. Consequently, when you look at the line up for the day, there is an unbelievable amount of  quality content choices to pick from. If you work with VMware virtualisation then you can’t fail to find something to interest you on that list.

I’ll be attending the day and have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to take one of the community mezzanine sessions. I’ll be going through some of my recent experiences with vCO in vCAC and how to learn from those (and many mistakes) when looking to design vCO workflows for use in vCAC. If you’re interested in that topic then please come along with questions and of course your own suggestions so we can all learn and improve.

7:30 - 8:20 Registration | BreakfastTrafalgar Foyer
8:20 - 8:30 VMUG WelcomeBritannia Suite
8:30 - 9:30VMware Update/Keynote | Joe Baguley | CTO Rant-as-a-ServiceBritannia Suite
9:30 - 10:00Break | Exhibit Hall Opens | Mingle with SponsorsImperial Suite
10:00 - 10:40 Breakout Block #1 | Education Sessions
Size Matters! Availability Best Practices for Small, Medium, and Big Data Organizations - VeeamBracebridge Suite
Utilising VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) and Nimble Storage for Multi-Workload Application-Centric Virtualized Environments - Nick Dyer, Nimble StorageBallacraine Suite
Simple, Scalable Virtual Platform for Your VM's with Nutanix and vSphere - Darren Woollard, NutanixWaterloo Suite
VMworld - The Unofficial Low Down on Everything VMworld - Julian WoodBritannia Suite
Best Practices for Smarter Virtualization Management: Customer Case Study with VMTurbo, VMTurboKirkmichael Suite
Side-Session 1 - Using Virtual Appliances in Your Home/Work Lab Discussion Group (Simon Seagrave)Mezzanine
Side-Session 2 - Optimal VDI for Your Users - How? Discussion/Whiteboard GroupMezzanine
Side-Session 3 - Ask the CTO Anything - Small Forum with Joe Baguley (EMEA CTO, VMware)Mezzanine
GSS Drop-in Clinic - Ask VMware Support (GSS) AnythingMezzanine
10:40 - 10:50Break | Mingle with Sponsors
10:50 - 11:50Breakout Block #2 | Education Sessions
VSAN: Gotchas and Troubleshooting - Cormac Hogan, VMwareBracebridge Suite
Overview of EVO:RAIL: The Radically New Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance 100% Powered by VMware - Mike Laverick, VMwareBallacraine Suite
vRealize Operations 6 – Everything You Need to Know! - Matt Steiner, VMwareWaterloo Suite
What’s Coming for vSphere in Future Releases? - Duncan Epping, VMwareBritannia Suite
VMware NSX: Software Defined Networking in the real-world - Chris WahlKirkmichael Suite
Side-Session 1 - Ask the Expert: PowerCLI & Automation (Alan Renouf, VMware)Mezzanine
Side-Session 2 - vSphere Design Whiteboard (Darren Woollard)Mezzanine
Side-Session 3 - Sam McGeown (VMware NSX)Mezzanine
GSS Drop-in Clinic - Ask VMware Support (GSS) AnythingMezzanine
11:50 - 13:00Lunch Break | Mingle with Sponsors
13:00 - 13:40Breakout Block #3 | Education Sessions
Why Advanced Data Services Matter In Hyperconverged Platforms - Hugo Phan, Atlantis ComputingBracebridge Suite
Real-World Private Cloud: Exploring the Design and Implementation of an Enterprise Cloud Project, TintriBallacraine Suite
Hypervisor-Based QoS: Helps With The Symptoms, But By Itself It’s Not The Cure, SolidfireWaterloo Suite
VMware Horizon Architecture and Design - Barry Coombs / Peter Von OvenBritannia Suite
Virtualize your business-critical applications utilizing Software-Defined Data Center technologies including vSphere, vSAN, and NSX, BrocadeKirkmichael Suite
Side-Session 1 - VMware Disaster Recovery with Mike Laverick and Lee DilworthMezzanine
Side-Session 2 - What is Hyper-Convergence? Discussion group (Matt Northam)Mezzanine
Side-Session 3 - Designing Real-World vCO Workflows for vRealize Automation Center (vCAC) (Jonathan Medd)Mezzanine
GSS Drop-in Clinic - Ask VMware Support (GSS) AnythingMezzanine
13:40 - 14:10Break | Mingle with Sponsors
14:10 - 15:10Breakout Block #4 | Education Sessions
The Role of Network Virtualisation in the SDDC - Dan Watson, VMwareBracebridge Suite
EUC update - Peter Von Oven, VMwareBallacraine Suite
vSphere Availability Updates and Tech Preview - Lee Dilworth, VMwareWaterloo Suite
Everything Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) - Paudie O'Riordan, VMwareBritannia Suite
vCloud Air Technical Deep Dive - Simon GreavesKirkmichael Suite
Side-Session 1 - Virtual Machine Backup Best Practices, Tools & Tips - Ricky El-QasemMezzanine
Side-Session 2 - Networking Deep-Dive Discussion Group/Whiteboard with Chris WahlMezzanine
Side-Session 3 - Storage for Dummies - Paul MeehanMezzanine
GSS Drop-in Clinic - Ask VMware Support (GSS) AnythingMezzanine
15:10 - 15:20 Break | Mingle with Sponsors
15:20 - 16:00Breakout Block #5 | Education Sessions
Re-Thinking Storage by Virtualizing Flash and RAM - Frank Denneman, PernixDataBracebridge Suite
All-Flash Storage: 5X Faster, 10X Less Power, 100X Easier, Pure StorageBallacraine Suite
Cisco and VMware: Transforming Desktops into End User Workspaces, CiscoWaterloo Suite
Clouds, Portals, Automation and DJs - Ricky El-QuasemBritannia Suite
Navigating the New Security Designs - Bo Skeel, BitdefenderKirkmichael Suite
Side-Session 1 - Designing Real-World vCO Workflows for vRealize Automation Center (vCAC) (Jonathan Medd)Mezzanine
Side-Session 2 - vCloud Air: Ask the Expert - David HillMezzanine
Side-Session 3 - Ask the CTO Anything - Small Forum with Joe Baguley (EMEA CTO, VMware)Mezzanine
GSS Drop-in Clinic - Ask VMware Support (GSS) AnythingMezzanine
16:00 - 16:50Closing Keynote | Chris Wahl | Stop Being a MinesweeperBritannia Suite
16:50 - 17:00Closing Session & GiveawaysBritannia Suite

I’ll be presenting some automation at the June 2014 South West VMUG


Those great guys down in the South West of England, @mpoore, @jeremybowman,  @virtualisedreal and @simoneady have kindly invited me down to their next VMUG to present about automation. So I will be talking about some of my experiences in automation projects from the last few years and particularly how to write your own code in a generic way so that it is portable across different projects and systems.

It looks like there is plenty of other good content lined up that day so I’d suggest you get down there too.





London VMUG May 15th 2014

The agenda for the next London VMUG on Thursday May 15th has been published with the usual wide variety of excellent topics. I highly recommend you attend this event if you have an interest in virtualisation and are able to make it.


I’d also like to draw your attention to something called FeedForward. I saw some online conversation around this via Mike Laverick. Essentially, if you have ever thought about presenting at an event like a VMUG, but are not sure where to get started or maybe just looking for some advice on presenting at such an event or want do carry out a dry run, then this might be for you.

A number of people are volunteering as mentors to help you get over that hurdle of presenting at an event like this. I’ve never been a natural presenter by any stretch of the imagination (as many attendees can probably vouch for), but having been through the process of presenting at these events and initially having no idea what I was doing I thought I would sign up to be a mentor and maybe help someone else out. So if you are interested in doing the same thing or maybe looking to get some help for yourself then check it out. 🙂

PowerCLI In The Enterprise: Breaking The Magician’s Code & Function Templates

At today’s #UKVMUG I presented on the topic: PowerCLI In The Enterprise: Breaking The Magician’s Code. Below are the slides from the session:

During the session I discussed breaking your PowerShell code down into functions and modules. To aid with this I am posting the 6 function templates I use which cover many of the typical scenarios I write a function for and enable the rapid creation of these functions since much of the code is typically repeated. These are:

  • Get-Something
  • Set-Something
  • Get-VMSomething
  • Set-VMSomething
  • Get-VMHostSomething
  • Set-VMHostSomething

and can be downloaded below. I hope you find them useful 🙂

I am also posting an XML based snippets file by which you can add all of the above functions to your PowerShell ISE User-Defined Snippets. Simply copy this file to your $home\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Snippets folder (you may need to create this folder since it is not there by default). Rather than then having to copy and paste one of these template functions, you can insert them via Ctrl-J. This post will explain to you more how to use snippets in the ISE.




VMUG iOS and Android App

I was made aware today that there is a VMUG App for iOS and Android.


According to the description it looks like it will be pretty useful if you are attending a VMUG:

Attending a VMUG User Conference. Download the event app before you go to have all of your conference details at your fingertips. The app will provide you with real-time updates on sessions, speakers, exhibitors, and networking opportunities. You’ll be able to take notes, follow Tweets, connect with other attendees, provide session feedback, and more, all from your phone. Enhance your VMUG experience by utilizing the VMUG User Conferences mobile app!


It looks like it is worthwhile downloading it prior to attending the event, since it’s around 20MB, so that you are not competing for conference bandwidth.