VMUGBE Usercon2024
Join us on the 6th of June in Eventlounge Brussels for the third edition of our UserCon!
Schedule VMUGBE UserCon 2024
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Convention 1
Convention 1
08:30 - 09:30
Badge pickup, morning coffee & networking

Keynote Opening
09:30 - 09:45

Keynote - Innovation at VMware
09:45 - 10:30
Duncan Epping

When it comes to VMware and Innovation the first thing that probably comes to mind is vMotion as it truly radically changed the world of IT forever. Every couple of years a new product, or feature, is announced that helps customers move forward on their digital journey. How does VMware decide to invest in certain areas, and which pivotal industry developments have resulted in innovative product and features coming to the market? In this keynote Duncan Epping will not only discuss the past and the present when it comes to innovation at VMware, but will also provide hints of what may be coming in the future for vSphere!

Building cost-effective homelabs for AI workloads
10:40 - 11:25
Johan van Amersfoort

In this session, Johan van Amersfoort will share lessons learned of his 7-year journey to build a homelabs to run AI workloads. His own AI journey started in 2017 when the first VDI by Day, Compute by Night concept was developed. Since then, het build many different apps, platforms and used his lab to know more about AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Models, Neural Networks, and things like computer vision. What worked? What didn’t? Do you always need to invest in GPUs? Can you build it cost-effective (spoiler-alert: YES!)? Do you actually need hardware or can you run it in the cloud? He will share interesting insights, show demos, and will share some tips and tricks to kickstart your own journey!

30 minutes of Private AI: Introduction of ITQs newest (virtual) consultant
11:35 - 12:05
Johan van Amersfoort, ITQ - Chief Evangelist

In today’s world, where businesses have fully embraced the power of chatbots and Large Language Models (LLMs), many forget the risk of feeding public AI services with sensitive data. Organizations that do see the risk and choose to run LLMs in their own datacenter experience challenges because MLops teams have trouble to scale their infrastructure. This is where the newly announced VMware Private AI Foundation, that includes VMware vSphere with Tanzu and NVIDIA AI Enterprise, can help. In this session, Johan van Amersfoort (Chief Evangelist at ITQ) will explain the basics of AI, the risks of using public AI services, the added value of VMware Private AI Foundation, and will introduce the world to Project Einstein, the newest member of the ITQ family. A must-see session for anyone who would like to kickstart their own Private AI Journey!

12:05 - 13:00

Build an Intelligent Data Infrastructure for VMware by ONTAP
13:55 - 14:25
Karel Verhelst, Account Technology Specialist, NetApp

Discover the New Highly Available NSX Edge Architecture
14:35 - 15:20
Teddy Alerte

Get ready to be thrilled! This session is a must-attend for anyone passionate about NSX. You will discover the latest advancements in Edge Architecture, and witness a demo that brings it all to life. NSX has revolutionized the game, and you don’t want to be left behind. Get ready for the future!

Coffee break
15:20 - 15:45

Artificial Intelligence: The Warm Up Act Because Even Robots Need a Laugh
15:45 - 16:30
Gareth Edwards

In this hilarious and thought-provoking talk with a plethora of live demos, Gareth takes the stage to explore the lighter side of artificial intelligence in the business expanding from his last years talks. From the absurdities of AI-generated humour to the existential crises faced by robots trying to figure out human relationships, Gareth pokes fun at the quirks and challenges of creating intelligent machines that can make us laugh - or at least try to. Using a mix of humour, storytelling, and geeky insight, Gareth shares their own experiences working with AI systems, from coding chatbots to debating the merits of robot stand-up comedy. With a focus on the human side of AI development, this talk will leave you chuckling at the silly side of machine learning and appreciating the clever ways that AI can bring us closer together - even if it's just through a well-timed dad joke. Warning: This talk may contain (very) mild profanity, robot puns, and occasional references to Anime. All attendees are required to bring their sense of humour and an open mind to the absurdities of AI.

Closing & prize draw
16:35 - 17:00

Convention 2
Convention 2
Introduction to GOVC and json Query for virtual infrastructure scripting
10:40 - 11:25
Eric De Witte

GOVC is a handy CLI for scripting virtual infrastructure. In this session we’ll see practical approach to not only query but also create/edit vsphere objects, from hosts, to clusters, to virtual machines and much more. Combined with json output processed by JQ (json query cli) we’ll see we can do some really funky stuff. I’ll be using practical examples based on my own usage in project like cpodfactory, vmware-download as well as some live troubleshooting assistance. If you’re interested in automation/scripting, this should be interesting for you.

Everything You Wanted to Know About NVMe-oF, But Didn't Want to Ask
11:35 - 12:05
Eugenio Grosso, Pure Storage - Solutions Architect, Platforms And Cloud - EMEA

Not sure why everyone is talking about why you should switch to NVMe Over Fabric (NVMe-oF) to handle your vSphere storage? Don't want to ask the question "why" with your peers? This 25 minute session will give you the full details on what does, and doesn't, change when leveraging NVMe-oF and the "why" you should make the switch.

Let's talk about the elephant in the room!
13:00 - 13:45
Denise Cavalheri

Some cultures talk about feelings more openly than others. But one thing is an absolute truth in any culture. Men, find more difficult to talk about how they feel than women. Despite if you are a man or a woman, you are in a leadership or entry level at work, your are a parent or single, it is estimated that 1 out of 4 people will suffer from mental health issues, being burnout, stress, depression, anxiety and the list goes on. There is a way to break this estimate, and this is by talking about these numbers and what they represent in our own lives. I invite you to come and have an open conversation about what Burnout really is and what you can do to identify it in yourself and help others around you as well.

Can AI help you?
13:55 - 14:25
Agnieszka Koziorowska, Google Cloud - Cloud Solutions Consultant EMEA

Given their sometimes almost unbelievable abilities it can be difficult to remember that Generative AI services are just a tool — a tool that needs to be used at the right place, at the right time by the right people. During this session we will show you how to use this tool on your services, on your data and in your environment and what pivotal role Google Cloud Vmware Engine plays in a successful AI strategy.

Latest from VMware DR: VMware Live Recovery
14:35 - 15:20
Vladimir Velikov

VMware Live Recovery is here - recover from disasters and ransomware with this single product from VMware by Broadcom. In this session we will dive deep into how VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery and Site Recovery Manager are converging, OnPrem-to-OnPrem and OnPrem-to-Cloud protection and the popular Ransomware recovery capability. See the consumption, engineering, architectural and practical considerations to the future of DR as envisioned by VMware by Broadcom. And of course: demos, demos, demos…

A first look at Tanzu Platform for Kubernetes
15:45 - 16:30
Viktor van den Berg

In this session Viktor van den Berg presents the recently released "Tanzu Platform for Kubernetes". The presentation starts with a high level overview of Tanzu Platform for Kubernetes and how it fits in the broader Tanzu strategy. Tanzu Platform concepts like Spaces, Profiles, Traits and ContainerApps are explained and you will also learn how AppEngine (announced at Explore last year) fits into the equation. We will also have a closer look at how the four golden commands "build, bind, deploy and scale" can help to jump start (Kubernetes based) app development, using Tanzu Platform for Kubernetes. An interactive demo will be part of the presentation!

Convention 3
Convention 3
How is VMware NSX used at Service Providers to create true multitenancy?
10:40 - 11:25
Bart Oevering

Did you already hear of VMware Cloud Director? Cloud Director the platform that Service Providers use to provide access to their cloud environment. During this session we’ll dive into this product that now really found it’s way in the VMware products. We’ll travel from the development of Cloud Director to how to set it up with NSX. We’ll definitely take a stop at the new NSX Projects and the integration with Cloud Director to see how they achieve a true multi tenant environment.

Explore our managed private cloud solution built on VMware VCF & CATO.
11:35 - 12:05
Christof Ugau, ePact - Managing Partner

Customize VM resources to your needs and incorporate CATO into your VCF stack for secure, seamless connectivity, optimizing both cost-effectiveness and performance.

Cloud Foundation - Is the Autopilot already working??
13:00 - 13:45
Harold Preyers

The wet dream of Elon Musk is Autopilot … as this will enable Does this also add up to the data center. Is VCF the wet dream and will it now also give you the opportunity to get from A to B with the push of a button. We will get through some tips and tricks for the lab and also for designing a production environment. Things that do work, things that don’t work, maybe some things that VMware won’t tell you.

Navigating the why, what, and how of the VCDX journey
14:35 - 15:20
Jesper Alberts & Erik Verbruggen

Are you ready to take your VMware skills to the next level? Join our session at the Belgian VMUG, where we demystify the path to becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX). This dynamic and interactive session will provide you with actionable insights and practical tips from two VCDX’s. Navigating the VCDX Journey - Understand the step-by-step process from application to defense and gain insights into what the panel is looking for. Creating the deliverables - Learn how to craft a design that not only meets technical requirements but also addresses business needs. We’ll cover design considerations, documentation essentials, and how to present your solution effectively. Effective Communication - Explore the art of articulating your design decisions clearly and confidently during the defense. Communication skills are crucial, and we’ll share strategies to ensure you shine in the spotlight. See you there as we unravel the secrets of VCDX success together!

What I wish my mom had told me about VCF
15:45 - 16:30
Konstantinos Kaminaris

The presentation is a technical overview that delivers the aspects of VMware Cloud Foundation as it brings additional scalability, security and enhancements into cloud scale infrastructure as a service (IaaS) VCF simplifies the deployment and management of the underlying infrastructure, enabling organizations to build and run cloud environments with maximum efficiency and agility. Introduce the Holodeck Tool Kit and the flexibility that can give, by having your own lab into your on-premise datacenter as it is designed to provide a scalable, repeatable way to deploy nested Cloud Foundation hands-on environments directly on VMware ESXi hosts.

Executive Club
Executive Club
Unlocking Seamless Security and Efficiency: The Power of Integrating VMware Cloud Foundation with Okta
10:40 - 11:25
Jens Hennig & Maarten Caus

In the ever-evolving landscape of IT infrastructure, the demand for streamlined solutions that enhance security and user experience has never been higher. Join us in this compelling session as we delve into the transformative synergy between VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and Okta’s identity and access management platform. Key Takeaways: Insight into the transformative potential of VMware VCF and Okta integration. Practical steps for implementation and optimization. Awareness of future trends shaping the IT and identity management landscape.

Resilient Cyber Recovery & Automated Threat Detection
11:35 - 12:05
Filip Verloy, Rubrik - Field CTO EMEA & APJ Rx

Rubrik safeguards VMware environments against cyber threats. With immutable backups and data versioning, it ensures that critical VM data can be recovered after any ransomware or other cyberattacks, providing a reliable layer of defense in the event of a breach. Rubrik's advanced cyber recovery features proactively monitor backup data for any signs of compromise. In case of an attack, it facilitates swift recovery by pinpointing clean restore points. This proactive approach to cyber recovery for modern hypervisors guarantees minimal data loss and downtime, bolstering organizations' cyber resilience strategies. We'll also give a sneak peak of our data at rest security posture management solution.

Migrating F5 to AVI: Lessons learned in the field
13:00 - 13:45
Evert Amssoms

AVI is a pretty great loadbalancer, but like any loadbalancer, it has a lot of moving parts. We’ve encountered a few things that I feel might be worth talking about.

Moderne anti-malware en VMware Horizon - een waar gebeurd verhaal
14:35 - 15:20
Hans Kraaijeveld

In deze presentatie zal er op basis van een waargebeurd verhaal uit te doeken worden gedaan hoe je zo optimaal mogelijk een virtuele desktop omgeving inricht in combinatie met anti-malware. Het verhaal is op basis van een klantcase, waar er zich hele vage en bijna niet te reproduceren issues voordeden. Do’s, dont’s, best practices, specifiek ge-ent op Horizon. Ook zal er belicht worden wat het verschil is tussen de werking van anti-malware bij persistent en non-persistent desktop omgevingen.

Secure and audit your IT environment now!
15:45 - 16:30
Alain Geenrits

Building on my talk last year we are going to look at Aria Operations (formerly vRealize Operations) and Tanzu Guardrails and see what changed apart from the names… Aria Operations has built-in tools to check your environment constantly for security misconfigurations. And they are free! Learn how to use them in this talk: - Check the vSPhere hardening guidelines automatically. - Check for industry standards like ISO 27001 and CIS. - Create your own! - Audit all users and actions in vROps. - Dive deeper into compliance and security with Tanzu Guardrails - Find misconfigurations in your cloud accounts. - See what changes we have seen this year. - Start to use frameworks such as Mittre Attack to make your architecture more secure. -What does NIS-2 mean for you ?

Executive Room
Executive Room
10:40 - 11:25

Create order in the chaos of Aria Operations
10:40 - 11:25
Dirk-Jan Alken & Vincent van Vierzen

Every monitoring solution has contamination, including Aria Operations. How do you get out of this chaos and gain control over your alerts? What can you fine-tune to make your daily work easier and, above all, not to overlook the really important things! This includes the use of custom groups and policies, but also determining what you do not want to see!

Is my Edr/Xdr protecting me from Ransomware
13:00 - 13:45
Florin Chirla

Microsoft says that betweeen 80-90% from the ransomware attacks originate through unmanaged devices. Am i really protected by my Xdr Next generation antivirus if the ransomware is beeing launched from an unmanaged device? We will find this out in this Demo.

Enhancing Security Compliance Monitoring with VMware Aria Operations: Customization and Integration
14:35 - 15:20
Yahya Zahedi

In this session, we dive deep into maximizing the capabilities of VMware Aria Operations for comprehensive compliance monitoring. We explore the importance of custom properties, integration with vCenter for expanded data access, and conducting comparative analysis with tools like RVTools. Attendees will gain actionable insights to optimize their compliance strategy and ensure a robust security posture. Aria Operations enables you to visualize object compliance in your inventory, showcasing benchmarks such as STIG, aligned with standard rules, regulatory best practices, or custom alert definitions aimed at protecting systems against configuration vulnerabilities. However, some metrics and properties outlined in the new CIS list for vSphere 8 are absent from Aria Operations but retrievable from vCenter. Moreover, certain customers demand additional information that isn’t readily available within Aria Operations. It appears that Aria Operations may not collect all necessary information to fulfill these requirements. Comparatively, RVTools offers more metrics and properties, raising questions about Aria Operations’ capabilities in this aspect. In this session, participants will learn how to create custom properties in Aria Operations for any object. We will demonstrate retrieving this information directly from the vCenter API and populating data in Aria Operations using PowerShell and Aria API, ensuring a comprehensive compliance monitoring solution tailored to organizational needs. Join us as we bridge the gap between compliance requirements and operational reality with VMware Aria Operations.

Smoke that Golden image!
15:45 - 16:30
Edwin de Bruin & Rob de Graaf

Elevate your virtual desktop game to new heights! Imagine crafting your Horizon Golden Image effortlessly, with automated precision that defies limits. But wait, there’s more! Dive into the future with an automated LoginVSI User Acceptance Test, seamlessly visualized through the power of the TIG stack. Unleash unparalleled speed, consistency, and performance insights. No more manual headaches—just a symphony of automation orchestrating a seamless user experience. It’s not just innovation; it’s a revolution in virtual desktop excellence. Ready to automate, validate, and visualize success? Your Horizon experience is about to transcend expectations!

VMUGBE UserCon 2024 Speakers
Staff Learning Solutions Architect VMware
Account Technology Specialist
Staff engineer in the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery team
IT Expert in DevOps
Information Technology specialist
Technologist Multi-cloud platform
Solution Engineer
Infrastructure specialist
Technologist EUC & AI
Partner @comdivision | CEO @Workspace-Consulting
End User Computing Architect
Product Marketing Engineer
Cloud and Virtualization Architect
Certified Life Coach & 6 Phase Meditation Trainer
Virtualization Consultant
Lead Consultant End User Computing BE
Network Engineer
Ethical Hacker / Security Ninja
Chief Technologist Cloud Infrastructure
Virtualization Consultant
VMUGBE UserCon 2024 Venue
For this year's event we have chosen EVENT LOUNGE in Brussels as our venue for the second time!
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