VMworld 2021 is just around the corner!

Yes! it’s almost that time of year again when all VMware techie’s hearts start to beat rapidly! You all know whom I talking about and know that feeling right!? This year, from Tue, Oct 5, 2021 – Thu, Oct 7, 2021, and for the second year an all Online conference that will be packed with awesome sessions you cannot miss!.
Below are my favorite sessions for this year and why you should attend them! The schedule builder opens on the 8 of September so be sure to fill up all your schedules quickly! From my experience, the really great sessions are booked full real quick!

In this blog post, I share with you my favorite EUC sessions in the Anywhere Workspace! Have a great VMworld this year and hope to speak to a lot of you again! Really miss the in-person conferences but VMware did a great job in 2020 and I’m sure VMworld 2021 will be awesome again!

The sessions I look forward to in the Anywhere Workspace are:

Speakers Session Names Registration links
Brian Madden @brianmadden Back to Our Future: Community Roundtable on the VDI Admin Role Development [EUS2461] Register Here!
Brian Madden @brianmadden Virtual Desktop Migration: The Real Story Behind an Admin’s Move to Horizon [EUS2462] Register Here!
Carl Webster
@CarlWebster
The Accidental VDI Admin: Carl Webster’s Analysis of Horizon 8 [EUS2460] Register Here!
Graeme Gordon

Hilko Lantinga
@HilkoLantinga

Architecting Horizon: The Official Reference Architecture [EUS1545] Register Here!
Matt Coppinger
@Mcopping
Spencer Pitts
@Spoinster
Johan Van Amersfoort
@vhojan
Blasting your way into the Extreme with VMware Horizon [EUS1834] Register Here!
Pim van de Vis
@pimvandevis
Cool, DEM Integrated with UEM! A Deep Dive on How it Works and What it Delivers [VMTN2888] Register Here!
Wouter Kursten
@Magneet_nl
Managing your Horizon Environment Using the Python Module for Horizon [CODE2747] Register Here!
Daniel Berkowitz

Sean Massey
@seanpmassey

Eduardo Molina
@molikop

Johan Van Amersfoort
@vhojan

Simon Long
@SimonLong_

Multi-Cloud VDI Beyond the Reference Architecture: Field-Tested Practices [EUS1961] Register Here!
Shawn Bass
@shawnbass
Solution Keynote Part 1: Vision and Announcements [EUS2470] Register Here!

Back to Our Future: Community Roundtable on the VDI Admin Role Development [EUS2461]

A VDIscover Experience session. The life of a VDI admin requires expertise across many areas of IT and as a result, can be very rewarding. But how does what you’re doing today translate to a career path in desktop and app virtualization in the future? Join this roundtable of community VDI experts, hosted by VMware’s Brian Madden and Ron Oglesby, to gain insights on how the VDI admin role will develop in the future and what you should be focusing on to develop skills that can make you stand out in the VDI space, including security, cloud, SaaS, and more.

  • Gain insights on how the VDI admin role will develop in the future
  • Learn what skills you should be focusing on from community VDI experts
  • How to stand out in the VDI space, including security, cloud, SaaS, and more

Speakers in this session are:

  • Joris Adriaanse, Business Development Manager, FONDO.
  • Ron Oglesby, Staff Architect, VMware
  • Brian Madden, Distinguished Technologist, VMware
  • Maarten Caus, EUC architect, ITQ

I personally know both Joris and Maarten and they will definitely add good value to this session by sharing their experiences! Would have loved to participate in this session too!

Topic: Enable Multi-Cloud Virtual Desktops & Application Delivery
Track: End User Services
Primary Product: VMware Horizon
Primary Audience: Virtual Desktops Infrastructure (VDI) Engineer
Session Type: Panel Discussion
Level: Technical 100
Pass Type: General and Tech+ Passes

Virtual Desktop Migration: The Real Story Behind an Admin’s Move to Horizon [EUS2462]

A VDIscover Experience session. It’s not migration, it’s transformation. Join this session to hear why customers move away from their legacy VDI and app environment and onto the VMware Horizon platform. You’ll hear about all the learnings from the transformation that came along the way, including the good and the bad so that you can apply towards the modernization of your legacy VDI and app environment.

  • Hear why customers move away from their legacy VDI and app environment and onto the VMware Horizon platform
  • Learn about the transformation that came along the way, both the good and bad
  • Modernize your legacy VDI and app environment!

Speaker for this session is:

  • Brian Madden, Distinguished Technologist, VMware

For all these Admin’s who think Horizon is scary be sure to follow this session! Be amazed how quickly and easy it is to get a grip on VMware Horizon and make your life also easier!

Topic: Enable Multi-Cloud Virtual Desktops & Application Delivery
Track: End User Services
Primary Product: VMware Horizon
Primary Audience: Virtual Desktops Infrastructure (VDI) Engineer
Session Type: Breakout Session
Level: Technical 100
Pass Type: General and Tech+ Passes

The Accidental VDI Admin: Carl Webster’s Analysis of Horizon 8 [EUS2460]

He’s back. Last year, Carl Webster spent six weeks testing VMware Horizon 7.12, building and tearing down his lab 5 times and shared his findings in a wildly popular VDIscover session. This year, Carl will share his experiences with Horizon 8. Carl’s background includes independently working with VDI and app publishing products like Citrix for over 30 years. Whether you were or weren’t able to attend his session last year, this is going to be one you won’t want to miss.

  • Learn a 30-year VDI veteran’s experience with Horizon 8
  • Hear the tales of testing, building and tearing down a homelab!
  • Follow up to one of last year’s most popular session

Speakers in this session are:

  • Carl Webster, Owner, CarlWebster.com
  • Brian Madden, Distinguished Technologist, VMware

I followed Carl during his experiences with Horizon 8 and I can tell you that this session will be awesome! Be sure to see this session!

Topic: Enable Multi-Cloud Virtual Desktops & Application Delivery
Track: End User Services
Primary Product: VMware Horizon
Primary Audience: Virtual Desktops Infrastructure (VDI) Engineer
Session Type: Breakout Session
Level: Technical 100
Pass Type: General and Tech+ Passes

Architecting Horizon: The Official Reference Architecture [EUS1545]

In this technical session, the VMware End-User Computing product experts that create the official reference architecture will take you through how to design and architect a VMware Horizon environment. This session on design will specifically focus on Horizon, Horizon Control Plane Services, VMware App Volumes, VMware Dynamic Environment Manager, and VMware Unified Access Gateway. Attendees can attend one or both of the reference architecture sessions.

Speakers in this session are:

  • Graeme Gordon, Senior Staff EUC Architect, VMware
  • Hilko Lantinga, Staff Architect, VMware
Topic: Enable Multi-Cloud Virtual Desktops & Application Delivery
Track: End User Services
Primary Product: VMware Horizon
Primary Audience: Infrastructure Architect
Session Type: Breakout Session
Level: Technical 300
Pass Type: General and Tech+ Passes

Blasting your way into the Extreme with VMware Horizon [EUS1834]

Ever wondered where the “Extreme” bit from Blast Extreme is referring to? In this session, seeing is believing. You will witness VMware Horizon hosting insanely intensive workloads, from cloud gaming and immersive VR training to movie making and warfighting simulation. We will show what it takes to extend VMware Horizon beyond your typical VDI use cases and into the realms of media production, gaming, simulation, training, and more. You will also learn how customers are utilizing VMware Horizon, Blast Extreme, and more to deliver next-generation services during a global pandemic. Oh, and did we mention that we will show you some demos which will blow you away? This is a must-see session for any EUC enthusiast!

Speakers in this session are:

  • Matt Coppinger, Director, Product Management, EUC, VMware
  • Spencer Pitts, Chief Technologist, VMware
  • Johan Van Amersfoort, Technologist EUC, ITQ
Topic: Enable Multi-Cloud Virtual Desktops & Application Delivery
Track: End User Services
Primary Product: VMware Horizon
Primary Audience: End User Computing Specialist
Session Type: Breakout Session
Level: Technical 300
Pass Type: General and Tech+ Passes

 Cool, DEM Integrated with UEM! A Deep Dive on How it Works and What it Delivers [VMTN2888]

Demonstrate how DEM integrates with Workspace ONE UEM, explain the use cases, and show how to troubleshoot.

Speaker for this session is:

Pim van de Vis, Solutions Architect, VMware

I know Pim and this session will be great for those deep dives on DEM and UEM!!

Topic: Embrace Unified Endpoint Management
Track: End User Services
Primary Product: VMware Workspace ONE UEM
Primary Audience: End User Computing Specialist
Session Type: VMTN TechTalk
Level: Technical 200
Pass Type: General and Tech+ Passes

Managing your Horizon Environment Using the Python Module for Horizon [CODE2747]

Learn how to get started with Python and the VMware Horizon REST API to automate desktop and RDS pool CRUD (create/read/update/delete) operations. Find out about the basic principles of the Python module for Horizon and what it takes to get started with your automation project in a session full of demo’s

Speaker for this session is:

Wouter Kursten, Professional Services Engineer, ControlUP

I know Wouter and his sessions are always great if you are into code!

Topic: Embrace an Anywhere Workspace
Track:End User Services
Primary Product: VMware Horizon
Primary Audience: Virtual Desktops Infrastructure (VDI) Engineer
Session Type: VMware {code}
Level: Technical 300
Pass Type:General and Tech+ Passes

Multi-Cloud VDI Beyond the Reference Architecture: Field-Tested Practices [EUS1961]

A VDIscover experience session. The public cloud, especially a VMware-based public cloud service, is an ideal place to run virtual desktops and published application workloads. But deploying an end-user computing solution into a hybrid or multi-cloud scenario adds new considerations and complications that impact user experience. In this session, VMware End-User Computing technologists Sean Massey and Dan Berkowitz will join with leading community members to discuss the key considerations and field-tested practices for delivering a good user experience in hybrid or multi-cloud VDI environments.

Speakers in this session are:

  • Daniel Berkowitz, Sr. Architect, VMware
  • Sean Massey, Staff Multi-Cloud Solutions Architect, VMware
  • Eduardo Molina, EUC Practice Director, AHEAD
  • Johan Van Amersfoort, Technologist EUC, ITQ
  • Simon Long, VMware Engineer, Google Cloud Center of Excellence, Google

With these people in a session, the end result must be really dynamic and informative! Know a lot of these great guys and looking forward to this session!

Topic: Enable Multi-Cloud Virtual Desktops & Application Delivery
Track: End User Services
Primary Product: VMware Horizon
Primary Audience: End User Computing Specialist
Session Type: Panel Discussion
Level: Technical 100
Pass Type: General and Tech+ Passes

Register Here!

Solution Keynote Part 1: Vision and Announcements [EUS2470]

Building on the Anywhere Workspace keynote, Shawn Bass, CTO for VMware EUC, will go in-depth on the vision and announcements for VMware Workspace ONE and Horizon. Part 1 covers the critical relationship between employee experience and zero-trust security, as well as the role of automation. For anyone involved in EUC, this is an essential session! This also serves as the start of our DeskCon track.

Speaker for this session is:

Shawn Bass, CTO End User Computing, VMware

You cant attend a VMworld without a Keynote! Shawn is a real energetic guy that will bring you this great keynote!

Topic: Embrace Unified Endpoint Management
Track: End User Services
Primary Product: VMware Workspace ONE
Primary Audience: End User Computing Specialist
Session Type: Solution Keynote
Level: Technical 100
Pass Type: General and Tech+ Passes

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