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VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs Guide

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To help you better prepare for VMworld this year and get the most out of your lab session, we have put together the VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs Guide.  It lists out the labs that will be available during VMworld, broken down by Software Defined Datacenter, Mobility, Hybrid Cloud and Partner Labs.  Under each lab, we have also listed the individual Modules, with the estimated time to complete it, whether the Module is Beginning or Advanced content, and if it is a Feature or Use Case type Module.

Hopefully this guide will help you maximize your time in the Hands-on Labs and at VMworld.  We’ll see you in the labs!

 

 

Win Cool Prizes at VMworld just by taking Labs!

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Would you like to win a new laptop, a GoPro Hero or iPod Nano?  Hands-on Labs and CloudCred are teaming up at VMworld to reward you for doing something you already love doing, taking Labs!  By signing up for CloudCred and completing Labs, you will have the opportunity to win these and other exciting prizes.

If you are not familiar with CloudCred, it is a way to build your cloud expertise, broaden your professional network and reward you at the same time.  You earn points by performing tasks that help show off your cloud skills or bring you up to speed on things you may not be familiar with.  You can then turn those points into rewards, like CloudCred merchandise, a 3D printer or other electronic gadgets.  CloudCred runs year round, but the team is creating special tasks just for this year’s Hands-on Labs at VMworld.  You can find out more about CloudCred and sign up for an account at their website:

https://www.cloudcredibility.com/

Once you are at VMworld and have completed a lab, a new screen will popup asking you to take a survey, but you will also see a QR and verification code to signify that you have completed the task.  All you need to do is scan the QR code and it will take you directly to the CloudCred task for the lab where you can then enter the verification code to complete the task.  The verification code is unique to you and the lab you have completed.  Also, in order for the lab to count, you will need to spend a minimum of 20 minutes in it.  If you don’t have a smartphone with you, just write down the code and enter it in when you have access to a computer.

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While you can sign up for a CloudCred account at VMworld, I would suggest signing up beforehand and getting a group of colleagues to create a team.  Teams are one of CloudCred’s other great features and it lets you challenge other teams to complete tasks.  At VMworld, we will have Team Challenge tasks.  You can challenge another team and whoever completes the task first, gets all the points!

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The CloudCred team will has created a ‘World’ just for the Hands-on Labs at VMworld, including our own leader-board and we will be giving away prizes to the daily leaders.  You can find the lead-board all throughout the conference on the  jumbo-trons and in the Hands-on Labs.  We will also be randomly selecting users in the lab each day to give away prizes, too.  While you may not be at the top of the leader board, you will still have an opportunity to win!

While you are at the show, be sure to check out the ClouCred booth in the Solutions Exchange.  They will have more information about the program and be able to answer your questions.

If you have never taken a lab before, now is a great time to do so.  Sign up for an account today and we’ll see you in the Labs!

Heads up Maintenace Window August 9th 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST

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Folks,

We are getting ready for VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs and need to do some maintenance across all of our datacenters and NEE tenants this weekend.

Many thanks to the NEE and OneCloud teams for working long hours and over the weekend !

When: Saturday August 9th

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST

All labs will be down for maintenance.

Hands-on Labs: Differential Replication

blocksForgive me. It has been more than six weeks since my last post. To make up for it, this post is pretty long, weighing in at around 3,000 words. On the plus side, you only need to read all of those words in the example code output you’re really interested.

Part of the reason I have been slacking on the blog front is that our team has been working to get our new content and infrastructure built, upgraded and ready for all of you to enjoy at the VMworlds this year. We have some pretty exciting new labs in coming, as well as a some of VMworld sessions about how we run things and how some people are using our labs: INF1311 - Deploy and Destroy 85K VMs in a week: VMware Hands-on Labs Backstage and SDDC2277 - A New Way of Evaluating VMware Products and Solutions – VMwareHands-on Labs

Got Bandwidth?

There are some cases when you have plenty of bandwidth between your source and target, and other times when that is just not possible. Sill, the data must go through! So, if bandwidth between clouds is on the lower end, or if we are refreshing a version of an existing vPod, our second replication mechanism using rsync may save us quite a bit of time.

It has been said in a variety of different ways that the best I/O is the one you don’t need to do – that is especially true for moving data over great distances and/or via low-bandwidth connections. For the 2013 content year, as we developed this solution we transferred our base vPods using the LFTP method, then used the base pods as “seeds” for an rsync differential replication.

This solution is a combination of the right tools and the right process. Either one used in isolation would not provide us as much benefit as using them together. I know it sounds a bit gestalt and maybe a little cheesy, but I hope you see what I mean when you read through this post.  Continue reading

Experience Horizon 6 with View today

We are excited to announce that the first lab in the 2014 Hands-on Labs content catalog is the Horizon 6 with View Introduction.

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VMware Horizon 6 with View is an important product release that brings advanced features to your end-user experience. As the first release in the 2014 Hands-on Labs development cycle, HOL-MBL-1451 brings exciting new content in real time with the general availability release of the Horizon 6 with View product. Be the first to experience Horizon 6 with View and see how your applications and desktops can be unified in a single workspace.

Launch

Ready to get started? Launch your own Horizon 6 with View lab experience:

http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/#lab/1184

Explore

Only interested in browsing the lab manual? Explore the content:

Collaborate

Connect with other interested HOL users and discuss Horizon 6 with View:

https://communities.vmware.com/thread/482072

More Details

You can read all about the Horizon 6 with View release over at the Horizon Tech Blog. Enjoy!

http://blogs.vmware.com/horizontech/2014/06/horizon-6-with-view-intro-lab.html

We are looking forward to an exciting VMworld 2014 and cannot wait to share the rest of the labs with you. Be sure to check in regularly at hol.vmware.com for the latest VMware Hands-on Labs news and features.

Backstage Pass Session #4 – Project NEE & OneCloud – Delivering Hand-On Labs at Cloud Scale

A peek at what it our dashboard look like

A peek at what our monitoring dashboard looks like  during VMworld – Join us for this Webinar on How Project NEE works and how the OneCloud Team operate the Hands-on Labs Infrastructure.

Wednesday June 4th 2014
Time: 9:00 AM PDT
Length: 60 minutes+ depending on questions
In this session we will have the guys from the ProjectNEE team and OneCloud walk us through the architecture and go into details on how we manage our infrastructure.
The first part of this session we will cover details on Project NEE. The second part of the session will go into OneCloud – our internal Cloud infrastructure service. The OneCloud team will discuss how they use the vCloud Suite – vCenter Operations Manager, vCenter Log Insight and various tools.  This is a great session for folks interested in learning how we run and operated our infrastructure and a great opportunity to ask questions.
Agenda
- What is ProjectNee
- What is OneCloud
- Solving the Delivery Problem
- Operating Cloud at Scale
- Questions and answers
This meeting will be recording for folks that cannot attend.
Our Speakers:
Michael DiPetrillo  – Principle Architect – Co Creator of Project NEE
Brian Smith – Director One Cloud Operations

PDF and MP3 Now Available…

Hands-on Labs: Seeding the Clouds

This is the first part of a post that I have been promising for quite some time. We have large amounts of data that we need to replicate to many locations. For the 2013 Hands-on Labs “season,” we used two methods to move our data. One of them is generally applicable while the other is more specialized and tailored to our use case.

In this post, I will cover the more general use case because that process is used when we must “seed” a new cloud. I think the more specific use case is the more interesting of the two cases, but we will need to save that for the next post.

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Back up ! Uplanned Maintenance – (Extra large fingers at work)

Many thanks to our OneCloud guys – service is back up and humming along – please let us know if you run into any issue…

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VMware Hands-on Labs Team

Folks,

We are experiencing some unplanned downtime this morning – we were migrating our storage over and ran into some issues with the size of our fingers (fat fingers)

Will keep you guys posted on updates – the guys are working hard to get the service back up and appreciate your patience..

Please follow us on twitter for short message updates -

thanks

Backstage Pass Session #3 – Performance Tuning Hands-on Labs VMworld

Joshua Schnee at VMworld checking on our HOL Performance

Jon S. asking Joshua  S. about our HOL Cloud Performance VMworld 2013 San Francisco CA

Backstage Pass Session #3 – Performance Tuning Hands-on Labs VMworld

This session will discuss how we tested and tuned our Datacenters for optimal performance. Josh will discuss the tools he used to test our multiple clouds and Joey will go into details on the infrastructure we have deployed and our planning for VMworld. This is a great session for folks getting ready to roll out their Clouds and a great opportunity to ask questions.

Date: Wednesday May 7th, 2014

PDF + MP3 is available now

Hands-on Labs: Importing vPods

This is the fourth in my series on managing content for VMware Hands-on Labs. You can find the previous posts in the following locations:

The next phase of our multi-cloud vPod management process is sometimes a data replication, but there are times when we have multiple clouds at the same physical location. In that case, the next phase is simply an import to the target cloud. Doing this by hand is tedious and error-prone, so we employ some PowerCLI to keep us sane.

We use the built-in Import-CIVAppTemplate cmdlet for importing vApp templates. It usually does the job pretty well, but I have noticed a couple of things about the cmdlet that are worth sharing. First off, in my experience, it does not do very well with high latency links. At high latency, its bandwidth utilization is terrible when compared to even the Java-based uploader that is part of the vCD web UI. The capability to script the import process can be a worthwhile tradeoff in many cases. If the source and target clouds are geographically distributed, we usually replicate the export files to a “library” host that is LAN-connected to the target cloud and then perform the import locally anyway. I will go into more on that process in a future post in this series. Beyond that, I find that Import-CIVAppTemplate can use a little help in the resiliency department and I’ve created a little wrapper to help it out:

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