Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. More than 1,6 million people are living there and the city covers an area of 101 square kilometers – so you can imagine that it is worth to take a closer look at the public transportation before travelling to VMworld.

The city has an efficient metro network that makes it easy for visitors to get fast from A to B. In the last two years there were sponsored Metro passes available at the Info Counter or at the Lower Lobby. So I can only recommend you to register and get your badge immediately after arrival in Barcelona and pick up your metro tickets.

Most of you will arrive by plane, so you can use the shuttle service from the airport to the Venue. Just look around for the girls with the VMworld signs in the arrival terminal – they will show you the way to the busses.

Shuttles will run according to the following schedule:

  • Sunday, 13 October: 16:00 – 20:00 (Airport to venue)
  • Monday, 14 October: 10:00 – 20:00 (Airport to venue)
  • Thursday, 17 October: 12:00 – 18:00 (Venue to airport)

As there is no transportation provided from the Venue to your hotel it makes sense to make yourself familiar with the Barcelona Metro Map.

The nearest metro station to the venue is Europa Fira (Metro Line L8). As in the last years there will be a shuttle service that runs on a loop between the Europa Fira metro station and the North Entrance of the Fira Gran Via. This service is free and available every day of the conference.

Größere Kartenansicht

After the venue, a lot of parties are taking place. Take care in advance about shuttle services or use the metro to get there by your own. And if all else fails do not hesitate to take a taxi. They are not exorbitant expensive and will get you quickly and safely to your destination.

You can find more information about the show here: VMworld 2014 Barcelona FAQ

If you do not have a ticket till now you can register here: Register for VMworld 2014

This summer VMTurbo raffled Full Passes to VMworld 2014. Unfortunately I did not win a pass, but it moved me to take a closer look at their flagship product: Operations Manager 4.6.

At a first glance you might think “Well, another monitoring tool” – but if you take a closer look at it you will see that it is completely different.

It is not only monitoring your virtual environment, waiting that a threshold is crossed to trigger an alert… VMTurbo’s Operations Manager is pro-actively managing your environment to keep it in a healthy state.

The software is very easy to install as it comes as a virtual appliance (available for a lot of platforms, eg. VMware vSphere, Citrix, XenServer, MS Hyper-V,…).

After deploying the virtual appliance you only have to configure the IP settings, then you can connect to it via your webbrowser. A wizard will walk you through three configuration steps:


When you configure the target virtualization platform (eg. VMware vCenter) you have to provide user credentials. Here you have two possiblities:

  • provide a user with read only rights on your vCenter/storage for monitoring only
  • provide a user with administrator rights to enable VMTurbo Operations Manager to execute the real time recommendations (not available in the Virtual Health Monitor Edition)

After you have finished the wizard, VMTurbo needs some time to gather data about your environment. How long you have to wait depends on the size of your environment.

When this process is completed you can start to explore the possibilities provided by VMTurbos Operations Manager.

A good place to start is the Dashboard. Here you can see at a glance the health status of your hosts and the recommendations to improve performance and reduce operation risk:


If you want to learn more about VMTurbo Operations Manager you can request a demo or try the 30-Day trial version.

VMTurbo also offers a free, fully featured monitoring and reporting solution for free, called Virtual Health Monitor. It is provided at no cost and with no infrastructure limitations!

Interested? Here you can learn more about the different editions: VMTurbo Cloud & Virtualization control


Disclaimer: This blog post is not a paid ad for VMTurbo. There are a lot of monitoring tools at the market worth to take a look at, eg: Veeam ONE and Veeam ONE Free Edition, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite and many more.


Veeam’s first flagship event VeeamON will take place at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada from 6th to 9th October 2014.

And here is your chance to win one of five regular free passes to VeeamON 2014 or one fre VIP pass that includes VMCE training and 5-day accommodations at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Register here before September 1st: Win a free pass for VeeamON 2014

By the way, you still have no pass for VMworld 2014? There are some chances to win a ticket for the show, too:
Still no ticket for VMworld 2014? Here is your chance to win one!

If you are visiting VMworld 2014 in San Francisco with your partner, family or friends, you should take a look at the Spousetivities.

Since 2008 Scott Lowes wife Crystal (@crystal_lowe) is organizing these great activities for your family & friends. So they can have a great time, while you are attending/enjoying the conference.

Information about the activities and registration is possible here: Spousetivities at VMworld 2014 San Francisco

Activities available this year are for example:

  • Get to know you breakfast
  • Kayaking on the Russian River
  • Mission Street food tour
  • Wine tour
  • Whale watching

As these spouse activities are only possible with sponsors, you can help to give them something back for their generosity. Visit their booth or follow them at Twitter or Facebook:

Origami Owl
The Virtualization Practice
Wine Shop at Home
VMware NSX