You want to go to VMworld 2015 US or Europe, but your company/boss does not want to pay for the conference pass?

Then try your luck and win your pass to the show in one of the many sweepstakes.

In this post I try to put together a list with possibilities where and how you can win tickets for VMworld 2015 US and Europe. If one is missing – leave a comment or write me a DM via Twitter @lessi001.

vmturbo_winVMTurbo VMworld 2015 Sweepstakes

VMTurbo raffles full conference passes – there are three drawings: May 29,  June 19  and July 10. Register here to win!



evorail_logoEVO:RAIL Hands-on Lab Challenge

Between May 1, 2015 and August 20, 2015 you can win a full conference pass in the EVO:RAIL Hands-on Lab Challenge:

Each month, VMware will announce the winners:

The three best scores (minimum time to complete the lab) will receive a 2015 full conference pass to their choice of VMworld San Francisco or VMworld Barcelona! Interested?

Try your luck here: EVO:RAIL Hands-on Lab Challenge

Only 15 weeks left until VMworld 2015 US will take place in San Francisco. So it is time to register to benefit from the early bird discount!

The early bird price is only applicable until June 9th – and it will save you 300 bucks!

Registration for VMworld US (October 12-15, 2015) is already open: VMworld 2015 Registration

Some other important dates:

  • Content Catalog will go live June 9th
  • Schedule Builder will go live July 21


VMworld 2015 Europe (Barcelona):

If you plan to attend VMworld 2015 Europe, these dates may be of interest for you:

The conference will take place from October 12-15, 2015 in Barcelona, as in the last two years. Registration for the EMEA Conference will open June 9th.

Content Catalog will go live June 23 and the schedule builder is expected to go live August 18th.

To register for the conference use this link: VMworld 2015 Registration

Sometimes, during backup the following error occurs on an individual virtual machine:

An error occurred while saving the snapshot: msg.snapshot.error-QUIESCINGERROR.


If you have already tried other workarounds to perform the backup successfully, the only last chance is to remove the VSS component on this dedicated VM.

Other workarounds you can try are:

How to remove the VSS component:

  • right-click the VM and select “Guest” – “Install/Upgrade VMware Tools”
  • select “Interactive Tools Upgrade”
  • log-on to the virtual machine and start the VMware Tools Setup (you can start it via Explorer – DVD Drive)
  • select “Custom”:
  • deselect the “VSS Support” (Volume Shadow Copy Service Support)
  • now finish the wizzard – done!

If possible reboot the virtual machine. Backup should work without a reboot, too – but it is recommended…

In the last days my blog was under heavy attack on the WordPress xmlrpc.php file, a function that is one of the most common causes for exploits.

As a first measure I tried wordpress plug-ins like “Disable XML-RPC Pingback” and “Disable XML-RPC”. Unfortunately both plugins were not a solution against the attack.

So I decided to delete the xmlrpc file – a workaround that was ok until the automatic wordpress update was executed. The update rebuilt the xmlrpc.php file and the attack started again.

Finally I found a solution that worked (for me):

I use a .htaccess file to block all requests made to the xmlrpc.php.

Just add the following lines to a .htaccess file:

<Files xmlrpc.php>
order deny,allow
deny from all


Most users do not need the functionality of the XML-RPC. But some apps like the WordPress Mobile App needs it to work properly.