VMware PEX- Great Sessions, Good Times, Cool People

Had a great time in Las Vegas for VMware PEX 2013. I attended a lot of great sessions and meet some really cool people.

Had some really great sessions my last day at PEX. The Virtualizing Business Critical Applications for Maximum Performance session with @vmMarkA was excellent. Some really good performance best practices and a ton of great performance troubleshooting information. Specifically the information on the key metrics to monitor when trouble shooting performance issues. A lot of information packed into this one hour session and I have a few pages of notes on it. These will most certainly be summarized in another post in the very near future.

I also attended two other fantastic sessions on my final day, one on Exchange Virtualization Best Practices by @afontana_vmw and another which was a HA Deep Dive for SQL Server Virtualization by Scott Salyer of VMware. The Exchange session expanded a bit on the earlier performance session offering up some Exchange specific performance tuning options. The HA Deep Dive for SQL dove deep 🙂 into the different HA options for SQL. Again, once I organize my notes there will probably be a separate post with a bit more detail on these session.

Finally got a chance to meet up with @nfritsch. Great guy! Had a great discussion with him about Citrix VDI and we chatted a bit about VMUG. Great to meet you Nick and look forward to chatting with you again soon.

The only thing I was disappointed with at PEX were the General Session Keynotes. Not sure what I was expecting but even with the stage setup and elaborate production these were anticlimactic (how awesome can a tech keynote be, don’t know but I was expecting more) and uninspiring. I can’t say that keynotes were very beneficial to me.

Where the keynotes were pretty blah, the guest speaker, Shawn Achor who gave a talk during the General Session on the second day was fantastic. Will probably end up buying his book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, hope it is as interesting and entertaining as his presentation was.

I had a great time, learned a bunch of new stuff, and met a lot of really cool people. Look forward to the next one.

Nick @nfritsch

Damian (@sixfootdad) doing some work on AutoLab in the Hang Space.

Hey look it’s me! (This picture won me an iPad in the Brocade/EMC twitter contest!!!)

Fingers crossed for @timantz and @kennega and everyone else that defended for VCDX at PEX. You guys are awesome and inspiring!


Hersey Cartwright is an IT professional with extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and supporting technologies that improve business processes. Hersey is Solutions Architect for HPE SimpliVity covering Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. He holds the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DV #128) certification. Hersey actively participates in the VMware community and was awarded the VMware vExpert title in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. He enjoys working with, teaching, and writing about virtualization and other data center technologies. Follow Hersey on Twitter @herseyc

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