The VMware Community Homelabs Project is a crowdsourcing effort that I had started back in February that enables the VMware community to help share the various VMware homelab configurations, usage and costs into a single location that can benefit our larger community. With the success of that project and the "hardware" aspects out of the way, I wanted to see what else I could do to help our VMware community in terms of the "software" aspects, as that is just as important.
The most popular solution by far today is to sign up for a VMUG Advantage membership which gives you access to a number of benefits including training and VMworld discounts but also to EVALExperience, which provides you with 365-days access (non-production usage) to the latest VMware solutions such as vSphere, vSAN, NSX, vRealize Suite and VMware Cloud Foundation. The EVALExperience alone is worth the $200 USD membership and is certainly one of the cheapest and easiest way to get access to all the latest VMware offerings for homelab purposes. Throughout the year, there are usually promo codes that you can find that ranges anywhere from 5-10% discount, but I wanted to see if we could do better 🙂
Today, I am very excited to announce a partnership between virtuallyGhetto and the VMware User Group (VMUG) organization to share with the VMware Community a special VMUG Advantage Homelab Group Buy offering. The table below provides the respective discounts based on the quantity of VMUG Advantage membership purchases. The larger the interests group, the larger the discount.
UPDATE (04/25/20) - The survey has officially closed and I will send in the final list to the VMUG folks which you will be receiving an email with instructions on how to obtain your promotional code. In total, we had a total of 701 respondents!
UPDATE (04/20/20) - We now have over 600+ folks registered. Everyone signed up (please sign up as that is the only way to take part in the group buy) will receive the 15% discount. I have already spoken to the VMUG folks and they will be working on getting the promotion code ready so folks can start purchasing immediately, stay tuned for that update via email. We have also agreed to leave the survey up for another week (Fri 4/24 will be last day) to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to sign up.
With the GA of vSphere 7.0, vSAN 7.0 and NSX-T 3.0, there is no better time to consider VMUG Advantage to get access to the latest releases. If that was not enough, I should also mention that VMUG Advantage will also include the upcoming VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 release, which will allow folks to also try out the new vSphere with Kubernetes capabilities, which is currently only available as part of the VMware Cloud Foundation SKU.
Note: Licenses from VMUG Advantage can NOT be used for Production purposes.
If you are interested in participating in the VMUG Advantage Homelab Group Buy, please fill out the following survey below to express your interests in purchasing a VMUG Advantage subscription(s). This survey is planned to be open for two weeks to gauge the level of interests and help determine the final promotion discount. Please share this with friends and colleagues and its never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts for that special someone 😉
Once the survey period has closed, you will be contacted by the VMUG organization with the details of the promotion along with the promotion code to apply towards your VMUG Advantage membership. Depending on the amount of interests, we could potentially close the survey sooner if we reach 200+ folks.
Here's short URL for the survey in case you want to share with others: http://vmwa.re/vmug-adv-groupbuy
Jimmy Le says
If I already renewed this year. Can I still buy the group buy price and save it for when mine expires for next year?
William Lam says
I just heard back from the VMUG folks, here's their response:
>> We will give them the discount code that will be good for a limited time and in that time if they use it to renew their account, the new membership will automatically kick in once their current one expires.
So go ahead and sign up if you're still interested
James Pursey says
Hi William, your link at the top of the survey is in correct (I realise now it's just a redirect to this page, but is missing the word special in it. Feel free to delete comment.
William Lam says
James, no worries. I've fixed the URL and thanks for the catch!
Hi William, just a quick question for you : do you know if NSX-T 3.0 can be downloaded from VMUG Advantage portal ? It seems there is only NSX-V binaries here and i can't found any binaries for NSX-T 3.0.
Also, do you know when will be available VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 ?
William Lam says
As I've mentioned in the blog post already, these will be there and it may take a bit more time so please be patient.
I have just registered,
Hopefully there is a chance to get this offer.
Thank you for submitting your interests in the virtuallyGhetto VMUG Advantage Group Buy. You will receive an email within a months time along with the promotion package details based on the survey response. Feel free to share this survey with other folks interested!
Signed up a few days ago, looking forward to this. I'm already a member but I want to renew.
Walid Shaari (@walidshaari) says
is it too late to join this? My interest is to try the VLC. what are other options to get VLC needed licenses? I might need for a longer evaluation period.
Hi lam is it might too late to join this? My interest is to try EVL products?
Any version of 2021 ?
William Lam says
This group buy has already ended months ago 🙂
I'm looking into a potential new one for this year, but no promises. If there is one, it'll be shared on the blog post. You can always use RSS reader to get the latest articles
Mohammed AlBalushi says
I missed that but ,
Thanks 🙏 for reply, definitely will wait for it.