The recorded videos for the VMworld 2015 US sessions just went live last week and I just started to catch up on some of the sessions that I could not attend. Having only watched a couple of sessions, I was not a fan of the site navigation and the various pop-ups that were required to watch the videos. It was especially annoying when the browser session would time out and you had to go back and search for the video you were just watching. I felt it was difficult to browse through the content and be able to quickly launch a video without having to go through multiple clicks. I personally thought the user experience could be improved. Perhaps in the future, you can easily create "playlists" as you would for online music or videos and provide resume capabilities. In any case, instead of just complaining, I figured I try to provide a solution that could also benefit other VMworld attendees.
Note: I noticed that not all sessions were recorded and the ones listed below are the filtered sessions that included a video recording. If additional recordings are posted, I will update the list below.
I spent some time poking around the site and was able to hack together some pretty ugly scripts to extract out the VMworld sessions which contained a recording as not all sessions were apparently recorded. My initial goal was to link directly to the video which are hosted on vmware.mediasite.com but I found that even though I was able to pull the direct video URLs, there is a special authTicket param that is generated between the VMworld site and the video hosting site. This was not a static value based on the user's initial login and if you tried to access the video URL directly, you would be prompted to login to the video hosting site which does not accept VMworld credentials. Although it would have been nice to be able to login just once and be able to go straight to the videos, at least now you can easily browse through all the sessions which contain a recording and view with a single click. Make sure you carefully read through the pre-req!
For those of you who that did not attend VMworld, you will not be able to access the videos below, however you can however watch some of the public sessions that have published on the VMworld youtube playlist here.
- Must have attended VMworld 2015 US (valid login is required)
- Login to the VMworld site https://www.vmworld.com/schedulebuilder-login.jspa once (if session times out, be sure to re-login)
Once you have logged into the VMworld site (link above) once. You can then click on any of the links below and click on the media to play the recordings. I have broken the VMworld sessions by the six different tracks and here is a quick summary of the number of sessions with recordings.
- Cloud Native Applications (11)
- End-User Computing (65)
- Hybrid Cloud (36)
- Partner Exchange (0)
- Software-Defined Datacenter (250)
- Technology Deep Dives and Futures (12)
|Partner Exchange (0)|
For VMUG members that have subscribed to VMUG Advantage and hence have access to VMworld 2015 presentations, do we have to wait until after VMworld Europe has been completed and all the presentations have been amalgamated?
William Lam says
I'm not sure. That would be a question for the VMUG folks. You can always try logging into the VMworld site and see if you can access the content.
Unfortunately the VMUG folks are not very responsive :(. Asked the same question several times on Twitter and via eMail.
Got a reply from VMUG. The content will be available after VMworld Europe. Members will receive an email with further instructions. So I have bookmarked this page and will take a look once VMworld EU is over :).
Thank you for the update Jason. 🙂
There are some sessions under the STO branch that seemed to not have been picked up by your script, such as STO4856 (my own session) and STO5605 (what's new in SRM)
William Lam says
The method in which I'm retrieving the initial list is by querying "https://vmworld2015.lanyonevents.com/connect/search.ww#loadSearch-searchPhrase=&searchType=session&tc=0&sortBy=&p=&i(10026)=10181" which filters off of the different tracks, in this case the SDDC one. I noticed for the first one, it never shows up even if you expand "show more", so that could explain why the first one didn't get picked up. The second I do see, wondering if that video had just been posted ...
I'll see if I can find a better method, as I said these are some pretty ugly methods given lack of cooperation from the site 😉
William Lam says
Okay, I've re-ran the script and its generated a few more of the SDDC sessions which now includes both 4856 & 5605
Chris Chua says
Tommy McNicholas says
If you care... the servers behind all of these URLs are running on vSphere 5.5 🙂
Hi, isn't the link https://www.vmworld.com/schedulebuilder-login.jspa working anymore for you all too?