Got to hear "Virtualization Security for the IT Guy/Gal" by Mike Foley at my local VMUG today

Today, those of us here in Southern New England owe a thank you to Kelser's Matthew Kozloski, who sponsored and ran this fun and educational Hartford VMUG Meeting. The unique outdoors setting made for a picturesque backdrop at the Northwest Park Picnic Pavilion. The opportunity to meet new folks…

Aug 13 2013

Virtualization Technology User Group Summer Slam 2013 in Brunswick Maine

Here's the fun email I received a while back YOU’RE INVITED: Summer Slam VTUG (aka NEVMUG) and Lobstah Bake! Hey All, I wanted to reach out to the VTUG community. As most of you know Summer Slam 2013 is fast approaching. It is a great event and in this day and age of training budgets being cut,…

Aug 1 2013

Presented at Security BSides Boston on May 18 2013, "Build Your Own VMWare ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V lab at Home, Using Affordable and Efficient Hardware"

To view the slide deck, the presentation itself, click here, or just view it below. Soon, there'll be video playback from the event as well, available here once published. Having never been to a security user group event before, I initially felt like a bit of an outsider, but felt very welcome in…

May 18 2013

Presented at Connecticut VMUG User Conference on May 14 2013, "Virtualization at home can be practical, affordable, and available, 24x7."

I'm very happy to have been given this chance to present publicly by Matthew Kozloski, so glad I met him! I find doing live demos fun, and the face-to-face questions and feedback extremely helpful. Here's my presentation summary: Paul Braren, Founder of the “TinkerTry IT @ home” blog at…

May 6 2013

Thought about attending virtualization user groups? Here's a virtual tour of some of my recent positive experiences.

When working at an IBM customer center from 1995-2005, I spent a lot of evenings helping host local user groups, something I thoroughly enjoyed. If you've been to this site before, you already know I like getting out, such as attending the Hyper-V Loadfest. The value I get out of these events is…

Apr 6 2013

How to use VMs for self-training, and for firmware flash automation

Here's a look back at some presentations that came out of some consulting work I had done for a variety of customers, in a variety of datacenter creation and consolidation projects, as an IBM Lab Services employee. All involved VMware virtualization. I started noticing areas where I could greatly…

Dec 6 2012

VMworld 2012 presentation proposals include "Build Your Own VMware vSphere Home Lab Using Commodity Hardware" (cast your vote by June 8th)

Before voting closes on June 8th, please consider the sessions you'd like to see presented at VMworld 2012 this August 26th-30th in San Francisco CA: www.vmworld.com/www.vmworld.com/cfp.jspa Also consider voting for a session I proposed called: Session 2358  "Build Your Own VMware vSphere…

May 30 2012

Paul Braren's “Build Your Own VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V lab at Home, using Commodity Hardware” presentation replay from Saturday March 10th

This really is a lab project/learning exercise, where I document what works well for me, and for many other site visitors. Feedback through comments below are always appreciated! Here's a list of articles/references I mentioned during or shortly after the presentation: My energy consumption…

Mar 10 2012

New England Virtualization User Groups: Presenting ESXi/Hyper-V on vZilla and attending Paul Thurrott's talk about Windows 8

I'm the kind of geek IT Professional that likes to see live demonstrations, if I make the drive to evening or weekend user group meetings. I find it fun to see speakers take risks, and not worry too much about a little something going spectacularly wrong during a live demo. Much more…

Mar 2 2012