VMworld 2019

Barcelona – Picasso @ free admission day

First Sunday of each month (today!) and each Thursday from 6pm to 9:30pm (November 7th, right after the official end of VMworld) there is free entrance for everybody at the famous Picasso museum in Barcelona. But because of limited capacity, timed tickets are required. Tickets are available online up to 4 days in advance (do it today for Thursday, it is nearly as popular as getting tickets for the vRockstar event 😉 )

VMworld warmup and what can we expect?

VMworld 2019 Barcelona will officially start on Tuesday with the General session and lots of breakout sessions. But there’ll be activity on Sunday and Monday too. As usual we flew in early on Saturday to get a rest before a busy week and get ourselfes organized. The next few days will be a rush. My schedule looks like patchwork and it’s tight. Most of my appointments are related to community work like VMUG, VCI, official bloggers, vExpert, Inner Circle, 3rd party vendors etc. Breakout sessions not included. It’s good to know that sessions will be recorded and can be viewed or downloaded afterwards. This is really great about VMworld, because it’s literally impossible to attend all interesting sessions. I’ve downloaded some VMworld US sessions on my phone and watched them on the flight to Barcelona. My personal infotainment. 🙂

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Join the Odyssey Cup at VMworld

Do you like VMware Hands-on-Labs? I bet you do! If you’re coming to VMworld 2019 Barcelona you can prove your skills in an awesome competition and maybe become an Odyssey Champion.

Form a team with up to 3 members or join an existing team and compete with other teams in the VMware Odyssey Cup. There will be 24 teams all together and they have to complete tasks in Hands-on-Labs. Teams will be judged by accuracy and time to complete the tasks in the lab. There’ll be labs about vSphere, vSAN, Horizon and vRealize Automation. You’ll need some free time slots in your VMworld schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday and if you’re successful for the finals on Thursday.

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Members of the winning team will get a new MacbookPro. The second best team will get an OculusGo for each member and every participant will get a cool Odyssey jacket.



Interested? Then hurry up and register for VMware Odyssey by Hands-on Labs. It’s also possible to register on site at the Odyssey info desk on Monday.

Ich you have further questions, please email odyssey-support@vmware.com


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VMworld EU survival guide – 2019 Edition

It’s just a few weeks ago that VMworld US took place in San Francisco. Attendees and (remote) spectators received loads of first hand information. New releases, new roadmaps, new acquisitions, new platforms… wow!

I haven’t finished a fraction of all session recordings I wanted to watch. But yet there’s more to come (shhhh! seven! nudge, nudge). It’s only a few weeks until VMworld EU will open its gates at the Fira Gran Via in beautiful Barcelona.

If you’re considering to go there and you’re not decided yet. Just two words from my side: “do it!“. I’m working with VMware products since…. like forever, but my first visit to VMworld Barcelona was in 2017. And there’s only one thing I really regret: That I haven’t been there in 2016, 2015, 2014, etc…

Last year I’ve written a VMworld Europe survival guide. Most of the information is still valid today. If you’re a first time visitor, feel free to read the blogpost. I’m sure you’ll get some useful information for trip planning, accommodation and getting around. Oh, by the way: the price for an airport return ticket has dropped a little. 🙂

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