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I started the Leeds user group by posting an event on this forum. It was a small meeting with 3 people in a pub taking NetApp. We had a couple more meetings and word spread. Our next meeting in on the 30th Sept and has 3 presentations and 30 people in attendance.
I have since joined the committee for the UK's NetApp user group which is independently managed and funded. http://www.netappusergroup.com/ We have 150+ people attend these day long events with two or three different presentations running simultaneously.
I would also recomment talking to your NetApp account manager and resellers to get email addresses of other NetApp users in your area. My 1st couple of emails went unanswered, so get the AM / Reseller to forward your invertaion to your meetings until you get established.
This is what my last email looked like.
Leeds NetApp User Group Meeting - Performance and Storage Efficiency
Wednesday,30thSeptember 2009 at14:00 (Light refreshments from 13:00)
Performance and Storage Efficiency
Speakers: Leon Clayton, NetApp UK
Brendon Higgins, DLA Piper UK LLP
Venue: DLA Piper UK LLP, Princes Exchange, Princes Square, Leeds, LS1 4BY
Building on the highly successful informal local meetings and feedback received, the Leeds branch of the NetApp User Group is happy to host a formal afternoon of presentations followed by an evening networking with peers in the informal setting of the local indoor karting track.
13:00 Arrival, Tea / Coffee
14:00 Presentation on isolating performance problems and root causes - LC
15:00 Round table discussion on performance issues and solutions - BH
16:00 Presentation on storage efficiency, and VMware storage performance investigation methodology - LC
19:00 Meet at PPiK for Grand Prix racing
This event is free but the evening of karting will cost £45 per person. Places are limited to just 30 and Smart business dress (Shirt, tie and jacket) is a requirement while on DLA’s premises.