When I first got started in virtualization it was a very new technology and during that time there were not that many resources available to the virtualization administrator and sometimes it would have been nice to be able to see what others were doing and to be able to share my thoughts and ideas with others to make sure I was presenting the best possible solution to my customers. During these early years the VMTN Community Forum was established and these forums were the place to do this collaboration. I found this to be one of the best arenas to ask questions and share ideas. The VMTN Community area quickly took off and in a lot of cases was the quickest way to find an answer, solution to your problem or issue you were trying to resolve.
Although the Community Forums were a great place to present and answer questions about virtualization, it would have been better to meet with others in person to be able to talk virtualization shop. Around this time VMware was starting to establish a local user group in the major cities around the United States. During this time I was living in South Florida and thought this would be great to be a part of. I contacted VMware and founded the Miami Area VMware User Group or Miami VMUG. At the first meeting we had about twenty people show up and it really grew from there.