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9:00am - 9:10am
Registration | Log-in Time
9:10am - 9:20am
Auditorium
Leader Welcome | VMware Knowledge Skills Assessment Team
9:20am - 10:05am
Auditorium
Achieving Happiness: Building Your Brand and Your Career | Morning Keynote
Define what happiness is for you in life and in work. Use these goals to build a roadmap to reach exactly where you want to be. Learn about your brand and how to construct the right one to obtain your goals. Happiness and health are truly all that matters!
Amanda Blevins
Amanda Blevins is a Sr. Director and Chief Technologist in the Office of the CTO at VMware. She enables customers and partners to achieve their business objectives by co-creating a comprehensive technology strategy with executive leaders. She focuses on cloud, edge, and emerging technologies. Amanda collaborates with VMware’s R&D business units to ensure VMware’s portfolio meets the strategic needs of our customers and the industry. She is passionate about innovation and enabling cross-functional teams to be successful in their creative efforts. Amanda leads the Office of the CTO Global Field Programs that develop technical talent and provides program members the opportunity to participate in Office of the CTO projects and initiatives. Amanda has been in the IT field for over 25 years in various infrastructure operations and architecture roles throughout her career. She joined VMware as a Sr. Systems Engineer in 2010. She became VMware’s first female Principal Systems Engineer a few years later. As VMware’s first and only female Chief Technologist, she leverages her experience and network to drive awareness and equality for women and all underrepresented people in technology fields. Most importantly, Amanda believes in "Doing the Right Thing".

10:05am - 10:10am
Break
10:10am - 10:40am
Auditorium
10-minute Tech Talks
10:15am - 11:00am
Auditorium
Move or Extend On-Premises VMware Environments to Azure with Azure VMware Solutions | Microsoft Azure | EMERGING
Take a deep dive into VMware on Azure. Dive into the nitty-gritty details from a technical perspective, and discuss best practices and helpful hints for being successful.
Shridhar Deuskar
Shridhar Deuskar is a Principal Technical Specialist in Microsoft's Global Black Belt organization. He has had significant accomplishments in solutions engineering, professional services and partner management. Shridhar has been working with VMware products since 2001. He has also been an employee of VMware from 2004 to 2012 where he led the build out of VMware's Professional Services organization and the VCE partnership with Cisco and EMC. Shridhar has an expert level understanding of VMware's product portfolio as well as Azure's IaaS and PaaS offerings. Shridhar was instrumental in setting up the VCDX certification while at VMware and is VCDX #12.

10:40am - 10:45am
Break
10:45am - 11:25am
Auditorium
Optimize End-User Experience with ControlUp for VMware Horizon | ControlUp | CORE
Now that your workforce is remote, being in full control of your VMware Horizon deployment is more crucial than ever. During this session, you'll learn how ControlUp can help you effectively monitor your remote workforce, enhance end-user experience, and fine-tune VMware Horizon infrastructure performance from one unified real-time console. See how easy it is to integrate ControlUp with Horizon, witness the power of automated management capabilities using native, Horizon-specific Powershell scripts, and dive into comprehensive historical reporting and analytics to help you optimize resource utilization and correctly provision your machines. Join ControlUp experts Tom Fenton and Trentent Tye to discover how ControlUp can help you cut costs, eliminate downtime, and increase ROI while taking charge of your VMware Horizon environment. If you like what you see, click the "schedule a demo" link in the ControlUp booth, book a meeting with a ControlUp expert, and be entered to win an iPhone 11 Pro.
Trentent Tye
Trentent Tye had supported end user computing environments for over a decade when he joined ControlUp as an end-user computing expert and advocate for VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft RDS technologies. Trentent shares his considerable expertise via blogs on controlup.com, his personal blog at theorypc.ca, Twitter, or any open microphone.

Tom Fenton
Tom Fenton is a Technical Marketing Manager at ControlUp. Before joining ControlUp he was a Senior Course Developer in VMware’s Education Department, where he developed their first Horizon View course. Tom also worked at The Taneja Group as a Senior Validation Engineer heading their Validation Service Lab. He writes monthly columns for Virtualization & Cloud Review magazine and StorageReview.com. When not working, Tom In enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and hiking in the Pacific Northwest, where he resides.

10:45am - 11:25am
Auditorium
Resiliency Against Ransomware: Safeguarding your VMware Data Against Ransomware Threats | Veeam | CORE
Bad things can happen to good data. Whether it is accidental deletion, a malicious administrator or ransomware, you need to be diligent protecting data no matter where it resides. In this session, join Veeam™ for perspective on how you can protect your data regardless of your environment including: - Key tips for VMware backups - How to scale back up storage infinitely when needed - Understanding how Veeam Cloud Tier can be used to store backups with immutability - And other defense strategies against ransomware threats
Karinne Bessette
Karinne Bessette is a Technologist at Veeam within the Product Strategy team based in the United States. This individual has a strong technical background in network and security with certifications from Cisco for Security (CCNA) and Routing & Switching (CCNA) as well as CompTIA Network+ and Security +. She is well versed in multiple Operating Systems achieving Linux Professional Institutes Essentials and CompTIA A+ certifications. She has developed project management skills to self-manage tasks in a goal-oriented fashion obtaining the Project+ from CompTIA. Well versed in Microsoft Office 365 and Azure platforms; certified with AZ-900. At Veeam, Karinne has worked as a Customer Support Engineer supporting Veeam products. In her time at Veeam she has written and updated documentation, completed VMCE certification, lead a team as a Technical Senior, and has pushed to obtain technical knowledge outside just the scope of her role. Follow Karinne on Twitter @v_Rinne or @Veeam.

Zane Allyn
Zane Allyn, is a Sr System Engineer with Veeam software, having joined Veeam after being a longtime customer. Prior to Veeam he spent 12 years in IT, working in everything from support, management, and consultancy roles; as well as having the opportunity as an adjunct lecturer with California State University, teaching courses in their Information Assurance Program.

10:45am - 11:25am
Auditorium
Dell Technologies Cloud - Infrastructure and Services to meet the new paradigm of Cloud Computing | Dell Technologies | EMERGING
Learn about Dell Technologies Cloud – an implementation of VMware Cloud, and the Dell EMC storage portfolio - designed to support cloud deployments, and did you know that Dell can provide low latency data access for your on-premises data sets to your VMC on AWS instances. This session will cover: - Dell Technologies Cloud - VMware Cloud Foundation - Dell Technologies Infrastructure – designed for VMware Cloud deployments - Dell EMC and VMware storage platforms - Dell Cloud Data Services
Ian Breitner
11:25am - 11:30am
Break
11:30am - 12:10pm
Auditorium
Seeing the Light in Logs | VMware | CORE
The world of logs might seem scary to some, but the truth is if you can search the web you can search through logs. In this session, you'll learn how you can hone your troubleshooting skills and leave up from an SR Jockey to a Root Cause Rockstar! In this session, we'll take a look at real customer cases and show you how you can leverage vRealize Log Insight to quickly identify issues and prevent them from happening. We'll also look at how vRealize Log Insight can be integrated with other VMware products to give you the complete picture and mitigate issues without having to log in!
Gregg Parsons
11:30am - 12:10pm
Auditorium
N-S or E-W, A Navigational Guide through the Micro-segmentation Lifecycle | VMware | EMERGING
Micro-segmentation is a term that means many different things to our security and network customers and across the industry. However, the output and/or end goal is that same, to ensure verified and controlled network accessibility within the data center. It can be a long road to ensure security policies are accurately applied and we would like to share stories and experiences from customers as they start to understand, create, modify, and apply zero-trust security. We will talk about how involved this process is and which / what VMware technologies can be part of this process to automate and streamline it. We will also talk about how to provide reporting and on-going tasks to maintain micro-segmentation health.
Aaron Ramirez
Aaron Ramirez is a Senior Network and Security Technical Account Manager with VMware out of Seattle, WA. He has been with VMware since 2014, where he started in a presales role, educating customers on NSX by providing technical deep dives and knowledge transfer sessions. In his current role, he assists customers with the implementation of NSX in a post-sales role. With experience supporting Federal, State and Local Government, Education, Enterprise, and Global customers, both large and small across VMware, Aaron helps to clearly identify the benefits of network and security virtualization, reviewing requirements and implementing advanced technologies. Leveraging his extensive experience in data center, networking, and security technologies, his goal is to become a trusted advisor to customers by developing a relationship and roadmap of integrated next-generation solutions beyond current IT capabilities. When Aaron isn’t working, he enjoys traveling with his wife, snowboarding, hiking, playing with their 3 dogs, and learning new technologies.

Victor Monga
11:30am - 12:10pm
Auditorium
Your Mental Health: Impostor Syndrome | Community | CORE
Start with What is Impostor Syndrome. Understanding what it means when you have it and the connotations that it will bring to your life. Then moving from understanding What it is, to understanding if you have it in some form or another. Finally what to do to pull the poison out of impostor syndrome, Practices to help you move into the light.
Nathan Bennett
Nathan is a Cloud architect which means whatever he wants it to mean. No one really knows what Cloud Architects do, really. We train, we talk, and we write blogs and stuff. Somewhere in there we build things and that’s pretty cool. Nathan is currently building things for Sterling in South Dakota. A two-time vExpert Nathan loves to talk about VMware products and how they can be utilized, along with being a stable VMUG supporter for DFWVMUG. Nathan currently lives in Fort Worth Texas.

11:30am - 12:10pm
Auditorium
Efficient Capacity Management with vRealize Operations | VMware | FUTURE
Come to this session to learn how to analyze your capacity, reclaim unused resources, plan for the future with what-if scenarios, and save money at the same time using VMware vRealize Operations.
Sajal Debnath
Author, Innovator and Cloud Computing Technocrat with 16+ years of experience. Working with VMware for 8+ years in various capacities of which currently as Staff Architect. Sajal specializes in vRealize Suite and Emerging Products. He is also the author of the book "Mastering PowerCLI". You can find his blog at https://sajaldebnath.com. Sajal also has two patents pending on Hybrid Cloud storage and virtual file system. He holds various certifications such as VCIX-DCV/CMA, RHCE, Red Hat Certified Openstack Administrator among others. Check his badges at https://www.youracclaim.com/users/sajal-debnath/badges . When he is not working with customers, can be found writing automation scripts in PowerCLI, Python or JavaScript. Or building various customer use cases to make life easy for others.

12:10pm - 12:20pm
Break
12:20pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium
Multi-Cloud Protection: How can you afford not to? | Dell Technologies | FUTURE
Dell EMC is going beyond traditional data protection to give organizations the choice to confidently plan their modern data protection strategies through constant innovation, agile engineering, and tight integration with VMware. Only Dell EMC can provide you with the architecture and deep integration with VMware to drive greater efficiencies through automation with continuous innovation leveraging both world-class data protection and open source initiatives. With the widest protected workload ecosystem from legacy data to public, private and cloud-native and now Dell Technologies Cloud – including data protection for Kubernetes - no one is better prepared for the range of protection strategies that are required to protect your organization from data loss or corruption.   Key Takeaways: - How integration with vSphere will empower vAdmins to provision, monitor and manage the protection of their virtual workloads - How vRealize automation integration will empower self-service, increased automation and cloud management - How native integration into VMware management tools allows for the ultimate automation experience, reducing business risk - How protection for Kubernetes workloads increases productivity and creates a more reliable and cost-effective infrastructure - Why no one is better prepared for multi-cloud than Dell EMC - How to address threats posed by today’s cyberattacks
Hans Ammitzboll
Biz Dev Mgr: Cross BU Synergy Acceleration

12:20pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium
License-free Backup and High-Availability Storage for VMware | Synology | CORE
Any downtime in your business can spell disaster. Make sure your business runs smoothly with a reliable disaster recovery plan and the right equipment. In this seminar, we will provide a technical deep dive into Synology’s different hardware and software solutions for backing up and storing your virtual machines easily and license-free. Dustin Koontz, Product Manager at Synology, will walkthrough the process of configuring on/offsite backups and integrating high-available storage with vSphere. Outcomes: Implement an onsite/offsite disaster recovery plan with Synology’s Active Backup software Learn how to integrate Synology's high-available storage with VMware See customers stories and get tips for selecting hardware for your environment
Dustin Koontz
Dustin Koontz is Product Manager at Synology America Corp. He handles business and end-user consultation, has given many public presentations for Synology, and provides technical know-how for the sales team both in-office and at conferences like VMworld.

12:20pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium
Plan & Execute your vSphere 7 Upgrade, with Runecast Analyzer | Runecast | CORE
In this session, vSphere SME and Runecast Systems Engineer Kev Johnson will walk you through the plan and execution phases for your upgrade to the fantastic new vSphere 7. Along the way, he'll share some tips, tricks, and gotchas that will help you avoid common issues and ensure that your upgrade goes smoothly. Expect memes, some demos, and a little light whiteboarding along the way. You'll leave this session ready to push the upgrade button on your existing environment!
Kev Johnson
Kev is a Systems Engineer at Runecast. He holds a whole bunch of certifications in VMware, Microsoft, AWS and other technologies. He is a SME on vSphere upgrade, and was previously Tech Marketing Architect for vSphere Lifecycle at VMware. Outside of work he is a keen hiker, a fan of Scottish football, travel and cheese. He likes to think that he likes to run, but his knees say otherwise. He can be found blogging at https://v-it.pro, podcasting at OpenTechCast and on Twitter @Kev_johnson

1:00pm - 1:05pm
Session Break
1:05pm - 1:25pm
Auditorium
10-minute Tech Talks
1:25pm - 1:30pm
Break
1:30pm - 2:10pm
Auditorium
Architecting a Private Cloud – Getting it Right | VMware | EMERGING
Architectural design is the starting point for building a private cloud. What works for one organization may not be well suited for another. A design that is misaligned to the business or technical requirements leads to instability and other issues. Hence, choosing the right architecture is critical to meet the needs of your business.Join this interactive session to learn more about best practices for building private clouds with the vRealize Suite. You will learn lessons and best practices gathered from the real-world experiences of our Advanced Customer Engagement Architects.
Sajal Debnath
Author, Innovator and Cloud Computing Technocrat with 16+ years of experience. Working with VMware for 8+ years in various capacities of which currently as Staff Architect. Sajal specializes in vRealize Suite and Emerging Products. He is also the author of the book "Mastering PowerCLI". You can find his blog at https://sajaldebnath.com. Sajal also has two patents pending on Hybrid Cloud storage and virtual file system. He holds various certifications such as VCIX-DCV/CMA, RHCE, Red Hat Certified Openstack Administrator among others. Check his badges at https://www.youracclaim.com/users/sajal-debnath/badges . When he is not working with customers, can be found writing automation scripts in PowerCLI, Python or JavaScript. Or building various customer use cases to make life easy for others.

1:30pm - 2:10pm
Auditorium
Being Prepared: Providing Desktop Services as part of your Emergency Response Plan | VMware | CORE
We are currently facing an unprecedented event that is causing myriad impacts to all enterprises, governments, and institutions. Office closures, staff reductions, social distancing, work from home mandates are all forcing technologists to come up with innovative services and solutions to help our users. Some of the big technical problems that we are facing are: need to support new use-cases, capacity and scaling challenges, need for central administration, strained support/ops staff resources, continued security rigor, infrastructure and network load spikes, and the need to provide consistent services to a user-population that is under stress. In this timely session, Tristan Todd (VMware Solutions Engineer) will address the major technical challenges, discuss some interesting solutions, provide an update on VMware programs and solutions, and address questions and discussion topics.
Triston Todd
Tristan Todd is a Senior EUC SE, covering PacNW and Northern California. Previously, Tristan served as Solution Architect for SLED PacNW and Southern California. Prior to that he worked in the VMW PSO as an SDDC and EUC consultant. He led a number of datacenter design and implementation projects across the US at numerous large marquee accounts. He also spent a couple of years in the EUC BU as a Reference Architect, leading extensive testing, documentation, and evangelism of VMware digital workspace products. In this capacity he delivered numerous VMware white papers, blogs, videos, and presentations. Tristan also served as a Oregon-based core SE working with Nike, Columbia Sportswear, and Umpqua Bank. Tristan is a “boomerang”, having spent a few years working for next-gen platform companies (Western Digital, Tintri, and Nutanix). Tristan has extensive datacenter and workspace transformation experience and has speciality knowledge of end user computing, storage innovations, network virtualization, and datacenter orchestration. Tristan is also an active member of the Kubernetes Ninja program. Tristan has a B.S. in Math and Computer Science from the US Coast Guard Academy. He carries several certifications and accreditations from VMware and AirWatch.

1:30pm - 2:10pm
Auditorium
Run Kubernetes on vSphere for FREE... The Open Source Way | VMware | FUTURE
There's lots of cool Kubernetes products on the market today, but all of them have a common connection... they are rooted in open source! In this session, LIVE demos will show all of the individual open source components required for building and operating Kubernetes clusters on vSphere like the CSI and CCM drivers, kubeadm, Cluster API, Harbor, Octant, and Velero! All of this combined will make you ready to take on the Kubernetes landscape. We will also examine why open source software isn't always 'free' with solutions like VMware Tanzu that deliver added abstraction and value.
Kendrick Coleman
Kendrick Coleman is a reformed sysadmin and virtualization junkie. His attention has shifted from hypervisors to cloud native platforms focused on containers. In his role as a Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, he figures out new and interesting ways to integrate open source cloud native infrastructure tools with VMware Tanzu products. He's involved with the Kubernetes SIG community and frequently blogs about all the things he's learning. He has been a speaker at DockerCon, OpenSource Summit, ContainerCon, CloudNativeCon, VMworld and many more. His free time is spent sharing bourbon industry knowledge hosting the Bourbon Pursuit podcast. Kendrick tweets over at @kendrickcoleman Kendrick Coleman is a reformed virtualization junkie. His attention has shifted from hypervisors to cloud native platforms focused on containers. In his role as a Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, he figures out new and interesting ways to run open source cloud native infrastructure tools with VMware Tanzu products. He's involved with the Kubernetes SIG community and has been a speaker at DockerCon, OpenSource Summit, CloudNativeCon, VMworld and many more. He's also a host of Bourbon Pursuit Podcast.

1:30pm - 2:10pm
Auditorium
Single Touch, Production-Ready ESXi Rollouts in Minutes Using Ansible | Community | CORE
Ever been frustrated with Automation Tools that only provide a platform for automating VMs? What about automating vSphere infrastructure and ESXi? This session will provide an introduction to the configuration Modules provided by Ansible and Ansible AWX/Tower for automated bare metal provisioning and vSphere configuration. We'll take a look at playbook samples for automating ESXi installations from Scratch and build-time configuration into vCenter to make the machine production-ready.
Bryan Sullins
2:10pm - 2:15pm
Break
2:15pm - 2:55pm
Auditorium
Recommendations for VMware vSAN Operations and Management | VMware | EMERGING
The majority of vSAN deployments are used to run business critical applications. It is imperative that a proper operations cadence is put into place and best practices are followed to help ensure the highest levels of availability and performance. This session provides guidance for handling operations and management tasks such as monitoring health and performance, adding capacity, cluster maintenance, managing storage policies, and implementing data protection solutions. It is assumed that attendees are already familiar with vSAN.
Pete Koehler
Pete Koehler is a Sr. Technical Marketing Architect at VMware in the HCI Business Unit. Much of Pete's experience in infrastructure design and optimization came from hands-on experience as a Virtualization Architect for a software company, and later as a field engineer for a VMware reseller, as well as a VMware partner. Pete is a former VMUG leader as well. You can find Pete's insights to challenges in the data center at Blogs: https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/author/pete_koehler/ and http://vmpete.com. Twitter: @vmpete

2:15pm - 2:55pm
Auditorium
Learn how to deploy VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) | Community | EMERGING
Learn how to deploy VMware Cloud Foundation and understand the features and benefits. VCF is a transformative that provides businesses transformative change from operating a traditional 3-tier architecture to an architecture that brings many operational efficiencies to deploying and managing compute, network, and storage resources. We will walk through the requirements, the process of deploying, and a couple operational features and benefits. Also see how all this can be done with VMUG Advantage!
Craig Herring
2:15pm - 2:55pm
Auditorium
Fun with vCenters and Platform Services Controllers (PSC) | VMware | CORE
Starting with vSphere 6.0, the External Platform Services Controller (PSC) an architectural model that provided some great benefits, and some additional complexity. However, starting with vSphere 6.7 Update 2, the External PSC model is officially deprecated and will not be an option in the next major version of vSphere. In this session, we are going to run through a number of scenarios that involve redirecting vCenters to a different PSC, moving vCenters to different SSO domains, converge from External PSC to Embedded PSC, and decommissioning PSCs.
Bill Hill
Bill has been with VMware for 3+ years and is a Technical Account Manager (TAM) Team Lead. As a TAM, he is a trusted advisory for a very diverse set of customers and their unique sets of needs. In addition, Bill is a leader with the TAM Lab program that promotes solution exposure, experience, home lab, and enablement within VMware. He has a passion for blinky lights, IT infrastructure, automation, machine learning, and helping people! Bill has been in the field for 15+ years with roles including co-leader of the Portland VMUG, IT manager, infrastructure architect, and more.

2:15pm - 2:55pm
Auditorium
Kubernetes for the VI Admin - New for 2020! | VMware | CORE
In 2019, we learned some introductory Kubernetes concepts as well as building Kubernetes the hard way. In 2020, we're turning it up to 11! Getting Kubernetes clusters up and running on vSphere has never been easier. In this introductory level session, we will examine some of the key Kubernetes infrastructure components and map them back to our vSphere infrastructure. Then we will look at all the new tooling that is making rolling out Kubernetes clusters on vSphere as simple as a few commands. It's turtles all the way down. After this session, you will be able to get Kubernetes up and running within just a few minutes!
Kendrick Coleman
Kendrick Coleman is a reformed sysadmin and virtualization junkie. His attention has shifted from hypervisors to cloud native platforms focused on containers. In his role as a Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, he figures out new and interesting ways to integrate open source cloud native infrastructure tools with VMware Tanzu products. He's involved with the Kubernetes SIG community and frequently blogs about all the things he's learning. He has been a speaker at DockerCon, OpenSource Summit, ContainerCon, CloudNativeCon, VMworld and many more. His free time is spent sharing bourbon industry knowledge hosting the Bourbon Pursuit podcast. Kendrick tweets over at @kendrickcoleman Kendrick Coleman is a reformed virtualization junkie. His attention has shifted from hypervisors to cloud native platforms focused on containers. In his role as a Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, he figures out new and interesting ways to run open source cloud native infrastructure tools with VMware Tanzu products. He's involved with the Kubernetes SIG community and has been a speaker at DockerCon, OpenSource Summit, CloudNativeCon, VMworld and many more. He's also a host of Bourbon Pursuit Podcast.