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VMworld US 2018 - Find Me!

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VMworld US 2018

As scary as it is, VMworld is almost here. Last year, many folks joked with me that the only way to find me was to attend one of my sessions… Well, this year is going to be no different. When I log into the VMworld speaker resource center, I’m hit with with 16 sessions! Those are just the ones in the schedule builder!

Since I’ll probably be a little scarce around the VM Village area, let’s run down where I’ll be and when!


Session: DEV3504BU – Development at VMware: A Look at How PowerCLI Has Evolved Over the Years
Date: Monday, Aug 27, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Speakers: Kamen Nikolov & Kyle Ruddy
Kamen and I will give attendees a behind the scenes look into the PowerCLI development process and the many ways PowerCLI has evolved over the last 10+ years.

Session: VIN2661BU – Start Automating All The Things with PowerCLI
Date: Tuesday, Aug 28, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Seth Crosby & Kyle Ruddy
Seth and I will help attendees get more comfortable with using automation tools like PowerShell and PowerCLI. This session will feature an introductory overview, followed by several examples which attendees can start using in their environments immediately!

Session: VIN1992BU – A Deep(er) Dive with PowerCLI 10
Date: Wednesday, Aug 29, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Speakers: Luc Dekens & Kyle Ruddy
Luc and I will take a look at the more advanced use-cases when using PowerCLI to automate actions in your environment. From proper object handling to diagnosing speed issues to debugging and more, this session is going to be a deep dive into the “what’s possible” with PowerCLI.

Session: HCI2061BU – Forget Click, Click, Click: Manage vSAN at Scale with PowerCLI
Date: Wednesday, Aug 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Speakers: Jase McCarty & Kyle Ruddy
Jase and I will take an in-depth look at the ways vSAN can be managed with PowerCLI to easily achieve consistency and repeatability at scale.

Session: VIN2642BU - Don’t Sleep on RESTful APIs for vSphere
Date: Tuesday, Aug 28, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Speaker: Kyle Ruddy
I will give a high-level overview of what RESTful APIs are, why they matter, and how to start using the new REST APIs available with vSphere.

Session: VIN3032PU - Meet the vSphere Experts Panel
Date: Monday, Aug 27, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Speakers: Dilpreet Bindra, Adam Eckerle, Mike Foley, Kyle Ruddy, & Emad Younis
A highly entertaining panel session with vSphere Engineering and Technical Marketing where you can ask anything you want.

Session: VIN2626BU - VMware REST APIs, Python, and You: A Coding Primer
Date: Wednesday, Aug 29, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Cody De Arkland & Kyle Ruddy
Cody and I will cover a the ways to start consuming VMware RESTful APIs with Python using real world examples.

Session: HYP1994BU - Developer Automation 101: From vSphere On Premises to VMware Cloud on AWS
Date: Monday, Aug 27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Speakers: Etienne Le Sueur & Kyle Ruddy
Etienne and I will take a look at how developers and automation specialists can easily move from on-prem focused workflows to now integrate hybrid cloud offerings such as VMware Cloud on AWS.

Meet the Expert Time Slots

Want to have a bit of a discussion? Come to the Meet the Experts area, I have four different time slots!

Session: PowerCLI with Kyle Ruddy
Date 1: MTE5063U – Wednesday, Aug 29, 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Date 2: MTE5007U – Thursday, Aug 30, 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session: Datacenter CLI with Kyle Ruddy
Date: MTE5008U - Wednesday, Aug 29, 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Session: vSphere APIs with Kyle Ruddy
Date: MTE5009U - Wednesday, Aug 29, 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

TAM Events

As a former TAM customer, I enjoyed every bit of the TAM day activites and, even as an employee, I continue to do so… just from the other side of the table. I’ll be available during TAM Day as well as having a couple sessions in TAM Customer Central throughout the week!

Session: TAM3638U - Ask Us Anything: PowerCLI Product Team
Date: Tuesday, Aug 28, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Speakers: Jake Robinson, Kamen Nikolov, & Kyle Ruddy
Jake, Kamen, and I will field your questions. Wonder what the development process is like? Want a new feature? Wonder what happened to a certain functionality? What to know why we named certain parameters the way we did? This is the session to answer all those questions.

Session: TAM3637U - Deep Dive: VMware Cloud on AWS REST APIs
Date: Tuesday, Aug 28, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Speaker: Kyle Ruddy
I’ll take a walk through all of the APIs available for VMware Cloud on AWS and how to start consuming them.

Session: TAM3636U - Deep Dive: vSphere RESTful APIs
Date: Monday, Aug 27, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Speaker: Kyle Ruddy
I’ll take a walk through all of the APIs available for vSphere and how to start consuming them.


It should go without saying that I’ll be at the 3rd annual VMware {code} Hackathon and hopefully, by now, you’ve already registered too! If you haven’t, you should. If that wasn’t enough to persuade you, check this other blog post out: VMworld 2018 US - It’s Hackathon Time!

Session: CODEHACK – VMware {code} Hackathon
Date: Monday, Aug 27, 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Join VMware {code} for the third annual hackathon!

Session: HACK6013U – PowerShell Primer: Prepping for Hackathon Success!
Date: Monday, Aug 27, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Kyle Ruddy
I’ll cover a number of scenarios to help attendees get up to speed so they can use PowerShell to succeed in their Hackathon quest.


Attending VMworld as an employee has absolutely changed my experience, but it’s still a blast! If you’re there, find me! I’d love to talk PowerShell, PowerCLI, Python, REST, and just about anything automation!

Also, if you’re looking for PowerCLI posters and/or stickers… I should have a pretty healthy supply!