VMworld 2017: The Pregame Show


It’s that time of year again…VMworld US! While the conference officially kicks off on Monday…that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty to do to get you in full VMworld mode for the week. First off….for me it was time to take care of some business first. I’ve been studying for my VCP6-CMA for some months now. I scheduled my exam for Sunday so that whether it was win, lose, or draw (not sure how that could happen yet) I’d have the exam out of the way and not have it looming over me for the entire week. Well I’m happy that I got it out of the way and with good results!


I PASSED! Say hello to my new little friend…my VCP6-CMA badge 😁. Now I could enjoy the rest of the week after starting off on a good note.

Next up was to explore the layout of the conference floors. Things have shifted around a good bit this year. I had to check out the VMVillage first!

Soon after finishing check that out, it was time for the VMWorld Welcome Reception in the Solutions Exchange

This is the time that vendors put on a show and plenty of swag is distributed! There’s also plenty of opportunity to learn about all the latest products from many VMware partners and other organizations, network with people, and take in some good food and drink. While there, I actually got a chance to meet the Host Deep Dove crew, Frank Denneman and Niel Hagoort

After a couple of hours collecting swag, checking out new products, and meeting new people, it was time for the VMUG party where Michael Dell came to thank all the efforts of the VMUG leaders around the world


VMUG is all about the VMware community and they continue to show that with the offers that they give their members. As a show of thanks, there were three members that won NSX ninja boot camp passes, a two week in depth training on VMware NSX.

If this is how Day 0 is for VMWorld then I’m very excited to see what the week holds.

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