Sunday, 30 March 2014

vBeers - Thursday 3rd April

Virtualisation is thirsty work

Because there's never enough time at the Melbourne VMUG to catchup with members, we're having an in-between VMUG vBeers at Trunktown. If you can't wait for the next VMUG, this should keep you going for another 6 weeks until the next Melbourne VMUG, on 15th May, 2014.

There's no official agenda, meeting topic, speakers or sponsors. It's a social occasion of virtualisation folks having a few drinks. With no sponsor, you'll be paying you're own way. It's perfectly fine to drink water, or you can show off how much of a high flyer you are with buying fancy drinks with umbrellas. It's up to you.

Once Again...

vBeers - 6pm Thursday - 3rd April, 2014

Trunktown - 275 Exhibition St, Melbourne 

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Top vBlogs 2014 A/NZ

You're all winners

Eric Siebert announced the results of the top virtualisation blogs the other day and it was great to see the local Australia/New Zealand guys score well.

These bloggers really are "community guys". They're all active on twitter, and have participated in a VMUG at some level.


Here are the Australia/New Zealand voting results…
BlogRankPreviousChangeTotal VotesTotal Points#1 Votes
Long White Virtual Clouds (M. Webster) 1321+8178104011
CloudXC (Josh Odgers) 21NEWNEW754947
Demitasse (Alastair Cooke) 93128+35331651
Proudest Monkey (Grant Orchard)95NEWNEW311641 136203+67291290 (Dan Frith)184109-7521952
The Odd Angry Shot (Andrew Dauncey)209NEWNEW18850
Hosting is Life! (Anthony Spiteri)233NEWNEW13743
Musings of Rodos (Rodney Haywood)24593-15220710

Eric Siebert has a tough job policing any fake votes, but as you can see, 18 pranksters made it through and voted for this blog. Ha!

You can see the full list at

And the rest

There's plenty of good blogs that weren't listed in the voting.

Some of the blogs that SHOULD have been there:
Nathan Wheat -
Anthony Burke -
Andrew Mitchell / Chris Slater -
Nick Marshall -
Arron Stebbing -
Chris Jones -

Basically, anyone in the side bar to the right!

I hope the bloggers that didn't make it onto the voting ballot pass their details to Eric for inclusion next year. I'm sure they will do very well.

If there's anyone I've left out, let me know.

Even You can do it

Although it's great to acknowledge the bloggers that do it well, no one does it to make the list. So if you've been thinking about it, just do it. The problem you blog about may be the solution for someone else.

I started the blog with unpublished drafts on problems I had, and how I solved them. It wasn't until I ran into a problem for the second time, and I had to read my own post on it, I thought, perhaps someone else might find this useful. Most of the hits here are for posts containing errors from ESXi/vCenter logs, so I hope my solutions work for others too.

Now go and blog what problems & solutions you had this week!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

2014 Melbourne VMUG User Conference Wrap up

Record attendance

Wow, we had 374 attendees at the Melbourne VMUG User Conference. The awesome turnout to this and other Melbourne VMUG events show's we're the premiere VMUG is the region. The steering committee of Craig Waters, Damien Calvert, Tony McPhail, Nathan Wheat and myself put in a huge effort to pull this one off.


International vRockstars Brad Hedlund (@bradhedlund), Chris Wahl (@ChrisWahl) and Scott Lowe (@scott_lowe) rocked it with the main keynotes. It's such an honour to have talent like that speak at the event.

Audio & Slides Now available

The presentations are available online, and we managed to get a few audio recordings. They're available in the File Library section of the VMUG website.

If you find the audio recordings useful, let us know so we can do them again next year.

If there's any presentations we're missing, let us know.


The local and international VMware community did a great job doing 9 community sessions throughout the day. These guys put a lot of work in creating content and sharing their knowledge. Be sure to check out their slides and their personal websites too.
*Ignore the fact I named some of the files 2013!

Justin Warren did some great interviews with some of the presenters on the day, check out his website ( to hear them.


If you attended the User Conference, I hope you filled out the feedback survey. If you think there needs to be more storage vendors, better coffee, more content, less content, repeated sessions, we need to know. Which session was your favourite?

Tell us what YOU want. @mvmug or melbourne at vmug dot com.

Follow @mvmug on twitter to hear what's coming up with content and prizes for the next VMUG.

Hope to see you at the next Melbourne VMUG on 15th May, 2014.