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.

London VMUG Thursday 23rd Jan 2014

The next London VMUG takes place on Thursday 23rd Jan 2014, you can register here. The below agenda looks great with all the current hot topics covered; vCAC, VSAN, vCHS, NSX, homelabs and Lego. So I’ll be heading there soon with my friends above and will see you there :-)

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.

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.

UKVMUG 21st Nov 2013 Community Session "PowerCLI Automation in the Enterprise: Breaking the Magician's Code"

The agenda for this year’s UKVMUG has been published and a pretty fine line up it looks too. What’s really great is that during each section of sessions, there’s a community slot with real world info from people working with VMware technologies at the coalface. You’ll be able to pick sessions from @sammcgeown @maishsk @etherealmind @rickyelqasem and me. I’ll be talking about some of my experiences of PowerCLI automation in the field and examples of how to break your code down to make it more flexible to use in different scenarios.

UK VMUG: Call for Papers is Open

Lots of hard work is already being put into organising this year’s UKVMUG. One of the best attributes of these type of events is the community content - real world content from real people, i.e. not Vendor A, B or C telling you that their latest product will solve all of your problems. (Of course that’s there too if you want to hear about that kind of thing) A critical aspect of community content is that you are always trying to bring new people through to bring content from different areas / backgrounds / experience.

UK PowerShell UserGroup needs your feedback on future events

The UK PowerShell UserGroup has been running for around 6 years now, but has been a little quiet of late. My fellow PowerShell MVP Richard Siddaway is currently seeking feedback on how you might like to see the group develop in the future. So if you have attended in the past or would consider attending a future event, please give him your feedback and help shape the direction it takes.

London VMUG – July 4th 2013

The next London VMUG will take place on July 4th 2013 and it looks like a great line up as usual. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing the session about some real world experiences with vCenter SSO. I also heard a rumour that there may be a few copies of a new vCloud book given away……. .

London VMUG – April 25th 2013

There’s still time to register for the next London VMUG on April 25th 2013. As usual some excellent sessions are lined up – hope to see you there!