I’ll be attending VMworld 2011 Europe in addition to the conference in the United States a while back. The Europe event is the first self-funded (well, mostly) trip to VMworld; that’s just because I think VMworld is awesome. I’ve got the luxury that I have spread attending break-out sessions between both editions, so my list of recommended sessions is huge.

Recommended Break-out Sessions

Below are the sessions that I absolutely recommend:
Attended in Las Vegas

  • EUC1945 What’s New in VMware Workstation
  • LAS4000 VMworld Labs Hardware Architecture
  • LAS4002 VMworld Labs Using Auto Deploy with Stateless ESXi
  • VSP1682 VMware vSphere Clustering Q&A
  • VSP1708 VCDX Panel Defense Preparation
  • VSP1926 Getting Started with VMware vSphere Design
  • VSP1956 The VMware ESXi Quiz Show
  • VSP3067 Mythbusters Goes Virtual

Will attend in Copenhagen

  • BCO2395 Stretch Clustering – Now and Beyond
  • BCO2479 Understanding VMware vSphere Stretched Clusters, Disaster Recovery and Planned Workload Mobility
  • BCO2874 vSphere High Availability 5.0 and SMP Fault Tolerance – Technical Overview and Roadmap
  • EUC2956 VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform: Solving Enterprise Mobility Challenges
  • VSP1708 VCDX Panel Defense Preparation
  • VSP1823 VMware Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • VSP2227 VMware vCenter Database Architecture, Performance and Troubleshooting
  • VSP3116 VMware vSphere 5.0 Resource Management Deep Dive
  • VSP3205 Technology Preview: VMware vStorage APIs for VM and Application Granular Data

Will grab audio/video/presentation from VMworld.com

  • BCA2817 Designing vSphere Platforms for Maximum Tier 1 Application Performance
  • BCO3334 Site Recovery Manager Future Product Directions: Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery
  • BCO3420 Avoiding the 16 Biggest High-Availability and Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • CIM1940 10 Best Free Tools for VMware vSphere Management in 2011
  • CIM2452 VMware vCenter Operations Technical Deepdive
  • CIM2680 Managing a VMware Environment: What To Do In The First 180 Days
  • LAS4003 VMworld Labs Core Infrastructure Architecture
  • LAS4004 VMworld Labs Cloud and Virtualization Software Architecture
  • SPO3962 Enabling Business Continuity with VMware Metro vMotion Using Cloud-optimized
  • VSP1425 Ask the Expert vBloggers
  • VSP2384 Distributed Datacenters with Multiple vCenter Deployments: Best Practices
  • VSP3255 VMware Storage vMotion Deep Dive and Best Practices
  • VSP3866 Performance Best Practices and Troubleshooting
  • VSP3867 Top 10 Virtualization Support Issues
  • VSP3868 VMware vStorage Best Practices

Recommended Hands-on Labs

My favourite hands-on labs are:

  • HOL04 Reducing Unplanned Downtime in Your Virtual Environment
  • HOL05 Datacenter Migration and Disaster Recovery Protection for Your Virtual Environment
  • HOL10 Advanced Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning for Your Virtual Environment

Other cool places

VMworld has a lot to offer. There are a few hidden gems, that I feel you must attend during your stay:

  • VMware Company Store
  • Alumni Lounge (located opposite Hands-on Labs); you even get an Alumni gift!
  • Community Lounge. It’s the perfect spot to meet-up, interview, network, blog, tweet, stream/record video, take photos, podcast or just rest your feet.
  • VMware User Group Booth in Solutions Exchange; Stop by the VMUG booth to learn more about membership and how you can get the VMUG Advantage (exclusive to VMUG members).

Cool Solutions Exchange Exhibitors

  • Dell
  • Drobo, Inc.
  • FalconStor Software
  • Nexenta Systems
  • Nimble Storage
  • OVH
  • QNAP Corporation
  • Safari Books Online
  • Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd.
  • StarWind Software
  • Tintri
  • Veeam Software
  • Zerto

Guides

I have already checked out the various guides available. In the Program Guide, I learned that, like last year, attendees will receive a travel pass that gives you free passage on the Metro and train system in Copenhagen during the event. Also, be aware of the limited schedule of the (free) airport shuttle: it won’t run after 8pm on Sunday.

Be sure to read through these guides