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2013 Season Hands-on Labs Expire December 1st 2014..


Just wanted to remind everyone that the 2013 Hands-on Labs will expire December 1st 2014. These are the labs we moved into the “HOL Archives” Catalog.

To look for the latest Hands-on Lab on the same topic search for the “14” in the SKU – So, for example if you have been using the Performance Lab from 2013 Season (HOL-SDC-1304) you can swap out the “13” with “14” and find the latest equivalent to that Hands-on Lab. (HOL-SDC-1404) We are just trying to keep things simple for you.

Latest Hands-on Labs can be found at http://labs.hol.vmware.com (Self Register)

Enjoy your lab !

Be sure to use the latest Hands-on Labs - 2013 Labs expire 12-1-2014

Be sure to use the latest Hands-on Labs – 2013 Labs expire 12-1-2014




Where are the labs?

workinprogressOver the next few weeks, you may notice that your favorite lab is temporarily missing from the catalog when you login to the Hands-on Labs portal.

We are in the process of refreshing the 2014 content with changes made for VMworld Europe and some of the changes require an update to both the manual and the lab environment (“vPod”). In order to keep things as simple as possible, I will be taking a few labs at a time out of the catalog in order to make the required changes. So, if you don’t see the lab you want in there, please try back in a few hours and it should be there.

Thank you for your patience and enjoy your labs!


In-depth Guide to the Mobility Labs at VMworld Europe in Barcelona

Note: Live from VMworld Europe in Barcelona, we have a special guest blogger, Jeff Weiss an End-User Computing Staff Engineer!

Welcome to Barcelona!

While visiting the Hands-on Labs, make sure you get time to take a few of our Mobility Labs. Here is a brief summary of each lab and what you will learn when taking them.

HOL-MBL-1451 – Horizon 6 with View from A to Z
This lab will give you an in-depth guided tour of Horizon 6 with View features a focus on new technologies including the Cloud Pod Architecture, Hosted Applications, and VSAN. You will also learn how to Optimize Horizon View in your environment, learn detailed steps to Troubleshoot a View environment and how to avoid common issues.

Here is an outline of the topics that are covered in this lab:

Overview of the new features in Horizon View 6

What’s New with End User Experience

  • Support for RDS based applications and desktops
  • Enhanced client choices for RDS based applications and desktops (Android, Windows, iOS, MAC)
  • Blast Performance to enable consistently great experiences across devices, locations, media, and connections

Support for New Delivery Models

  • Improved offline desktop experience with Fusion Pro and Mirage
  • Aggregate virtual desktop deployments in multiple datacenters with Cloud Pod Architecture
  • Support extensions (Persona + other features) for Windows Server 2008 for virtual desktops

What’s New with Ease of Management

  • Self Service Provisioning of desktops with vCloud Automation Center (vCAC)
  • Streamlined, simple and optimal use of Virtual SAN through Horizon
  • Simple, secure single platform for managing desktops and applications
  • Logging enhancements (Syslog Integration) reduce mean time to identify and troubleshoot issues.

What’s New with Total Cost of Ownership

  • Substantial storage cost savings with Virtual SAN integration
  • RDS Published applications and desktops from a single platform reduce TCO for use cases which do not need a full desktop

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HOL-MBL-1452 – Horizon View – Use Cases
With this lab you will be exposed to the use cases of Mobile Secure Desktop, Call Center Desktop and Branch Office Desktop. The lab walks you through the steps required to provide a secure workspace for full-time staff and part-time contractors. You will also learn how to enable access to corporate resources through multiple devices and operating systems and to provide access internally, to remote offices and even home offices. VMware vCloud Network and Security is used to prevent unauthorized access between user desktops and against application corruptions. Additionally you will learn about advanced topics such as Mirage-Controlled View Desktops, Application Remoting, and along with a tour of vCOPS for Horizon, a tool for monitoring the health of your Horizon environment.

HOL-MBL-1453 – VMware Workspace Portal – Explore and Deploy
This Lab is designed to give a brief overview of the product functionalities in the VMware Workspace Portal. The Workspace Portal provides for the entitlement, access policy and single sign-on capability for all but native mobile applications. From laptops and desktops, it is truly a one-stop show for any app or service. When that same user is using their tablet or smartphone, now, there is no need to “go” to Workspace Portal as AirWatch can deliver the Workspace Portal entitled apps directly through to the “springboard” (what Apple iOS calls their “home screen”) or container on the device. Modules 1-5 are easy to use and follow while Modules 6-9 are for the more advanced users.

This latest release of Workspace Portal delivers a new Single Virtual Appliance Architecture that simplifies deployment. A simple guided install takes less than 30 minutes and additional VA’s can be easily scaled out as necessary to meet the requirements for even the most complex deployments. Further, the new dashboard delivers powerful information to administrators. In just a glance, admins can get a sense of system health, usage trends and errors and then gather deep dive audit information for user activity and utilization for regulatory auditing or simply improving service levels

  • VMware Workspace Portal is delivered as a single Virtual Appliance (VA)
  • Users and resource analytics and system health dashboards are available from the Workspace Admin Console
  • DaaS desktops and applications are now integrated and appear in the Workspace Portal – This DaaS can also be delivered in-house or from a Desktop Cloud Provider
  • End users can group applications in their Workspace Web application portal by
    • Marking apps as favorites
    • Filtering apps by category
  • End users can reset View desktops from their Workspace Web app portal
  • End users can use single-sign on (SSO) from their Workspace Web app portal to sign in to AirWatch Web Secure Content Locker and to enroll their devices (AirWatch MDM)
    • The AirWatch Secure Content Locker SAML app is pre-configured in the Workspace cloud application catalog
  • Workspace appliance performance improvements
    • Faster user entitlement calculations
    • Perform bulk uploads of users and groups easier from Active Directory during initial Workspace configuration
  • Support for more flexible Active Directory configurations
    • Single AD domain
    • Multi-domain, single forest
    • Multi-forest with trust relationship
    • Multi-forest with no trust relationship


HOL-MBL-1454 – Applied ThinApp with the Horizon Suite
VMware ThinApp is a packaging format using application virtualization to simplify application deployment, management and support of Windows based applications. It then accelerates and simplifies application deployment and migration. VMware ThinApp is included in VMware products such as Horizon 6 with View, VMware Mirage and VMware Workspace Portal.

In this lab you will learn what’s new in ThinApp, build ThinApp packages, and integrate ThinApp with Horizon Mirage, Horizon Workspace and Horizon View. You will be guided through what application virtualization is, how to package using ThinApp, a few of the main features in the latest version of ThinApp, and how to integrate ThinApp with all the Horizon products.

The modules in this lab consist of:

Module 1 – ThinApp Overview

Module 2 – ThinApp and Horizon 6 with View

Module 3 – ThinApp and VMware Mirage

Module 4 – ThinApp and Workspace Portal

Module 5 – ThinApp and BYOD

HOL-MBL-1455 – Managing Desktops with VMware Mirage
VMware Mirage enables efficient and unified image management of physical, virtual and BYO desktops using layering technology. You will capture layers and use them to address common use cases that trouble desktop administrators today.

This lab takes you through the core operations of managing desktops with Mirage, namely capturing of a base layer (aka “gold master”) and capturing an application layer. We will then employ use Mirage to address a number of common scenarios. The first use case demonstrates the use of Mirage base layers to fix a broken application or recover from a virus. The second use case takes you through either a Windows XP to Windows 7 migration, or a Windows 7 to Windows 8 migration. The third use case demonstrates how to restore a lost or stolen laptop in a quick and efficient manner. Then we will cover the new Mirage gateway appliance, and finally we’ve included a module to take you on a guided tour of the new web-based administrative console.

HOL-MBL-1456 – Horizon DaaS – Explore and Deploy
This Lab will outline what desktop as a service (DaaS) means, contrast it with typical virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and explain why VMware Horizon DaaS is the market-leading offering. You will have the opportunity to walk through the steps necessary to configure a tenant environment in a hosted cloud on Horizon DaaS, provision a pool of desktops from an existing template, and monitor/manage that environment.

The lab consists of 3 Modules:

  • Module 1 – DaaS Overview. This module consists of a narrative explanation of what DaaS is, how it is different from traditional VDI, and how the two can be complimentary.
  • Module 2 – Desktop Provisioning. This module will introduce VMware Horizon DaaS to you as a new tenant of a service provider-managed environment. You will explore what you have purchased, connect the cloud environment to your corporate domain, and then provision a pool of desktops to provide to your users.
  • Module 3 – Desktop Management. Walks you through some of the typical tasks you will perform in the ongoing management of your DaaS environment. Specifically, you will explore the system status dashboard, and the process of updating your gold image to accommodate software patches.

HOL-MBL-1457 – AirWatch – Explore and Deploy
In this lab, you will learn the basics in setting up AirWatch for an enterprise environment, including creating Restriction Profiles, Advanced Mobile Device Management configurations for Enterprise use cases, and the ability to use a Single Device with Multiple Users via a Check-In/Check-Out process. You can use the AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management platform with your own phone or tablet, or borrow a device from the labs team.

The current modules within this lab are as follows:

  • Module 1 – Basic Enrollment and MDM Setup (45 min)
  • Module 2 – Advanced Mobile Device Management (45 min)
  • Module 3 – Single Device/Multiple Users (45 min)

While here are Barcelona, there are a number of iPads available to be checked out for use with this lab. If you are interested in using one, please ask your Lab proctor if a device is available for check out to use with this lab prior to sitting down.

So as you can see, we have provided you with many choices to learn firsthand how the VMware Mobility products can help your company to solve very complex issue. Take some time out of your busy schedule this week to come in, sit down and enjoy these labs!

Jeff Weiss

Jeff Weiss is an End-User Computing Staff Engineer at VMware


Updated Hands-on Labs Guide for VMworld Europe in Barcelona

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In preparation for VMworld Europe in Barcelona, we’ve updated the VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs Guide.  This updated edition includes all the new content created just for this event.

If you are not familiar with the guide, it will help you get the most out of your lab session by listing 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.

Here is some of the new content that will be available in the Hands-on Labs at VMworld Europe:

HOL-SDC-1401 – Cloud Management with vRealize Operations
This lab has been completely re-written and updated to showcase the vRealize Suite and offers a preview of vRealize Operations Manager 6.

HOL-SDC-1420 – OpenStack with VMware vSphere and NSX
This lab now includes two new Modules, one focusing on Python APIs and and another on an Introduction to VMware Integrated OpenStack.

HOL-SDC-1421 – Brokering IT Services and Applications with vCloud Automation Center
A What’s New with vCAC v6.1, App Services v6.1 and ITBM Standard v1.1 Module has been added.

HOL-MBL-1453 – VMware workspace Portal – Explore and Deploy
A new Module has been added showing how to upgrade from Horizon Workspace v1.8 to v2.1.

HOL-MBL-1454 – Applied ThinApp with Horizon Suite
A new Module has been added to highlight What’s New with ThinApp v5.1.

Hopefully this guide will help you maximize your time in the Hands-on Labs and at VMworld.

We’ll see you in the labs!

New Localized Lab Manuals Now Available!

Today we have added localized Lab Manual translations for five of our most popular labs into Chinese and Japanese.  These are being made available to better serve our Global audience for Hands-on Labs.  You can click here for detailed instructions on how to change your preferred language in the Hands-on Labs Online portal.


Stay tuned as we will be translating Lab Manuals into additional languages!

Partner Networking, Security and Operations Labs Released

Note: Today we welcome Jon Schulz as a guest blogger.  Jon also helped lead the Partners in developing content for this year’s Hands-on Labs.

Today we are releasing the final set of labs from VMworld.  These are the Partner labs focused on Networking, Security and Operations.  As a reminder, these labs are not just for Partners.  These are labs developed by our Partners to showcase their solutions and the seamless integration with VMware technology.  These labs are great for experiencing how well our Partner’s products integrate with VMware and enhance the overall solution.

Each year we look forward to working with a team of partners who are selected through a Call For Labs process.  Following our annual Partner Exchange event in the Spring, we begin collecting abstracts and evaluating entries for the upcoming catalog cycle.  The cycle spans 3 events including VMworld US, Barcelona and Partner Exchange the following year.  Each selected partner lab will be available online, along with the VMware content, through the end of following calendar year, i.e. the VMworld 2014 catalog will be available through December 2015.  The labs are available online and can be used by anyone for demos, training, Proof of Concepts, etc.  Check out the portal at http://labs.hol.vmware.com

If you are interested in submitting a lab during the Call For Labs, the process will open up after Partner Exchange 2015.  Check this blog (blogs.vmware.com/hol) for more details as we get closer to Partner Exchange.

Today’s set of labs are focused on integration with NSX, vCenter Operaions Manager and vCloud Automation Center.



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HOL-PRT-1462 – VMware and Palo Alto Networks have partnered to deliver a solution that combines fast provisioning of network and security services with next-generation security in the data center. In this lab, learn how to configure the Palo Alto Networks virtualized next-generation firewall VM-1000-HV with VMware NSX to protect VM to VM communications from todays advanced threats.


symantecHOL-PRT-1464 – Symantec Data Center Security: Server leverages NSX Service Composer and Security Groups to automate orchestration and provisioning of security policies for virtual workloads running on vSphere.  In this lab you will learn how Data Center Security:Server integrates with VMware NSX to provide agent-less malware protection and guest network threat protection with automated workflow allowing security policies to scale out as new VM’s get deployed on VLAN/VXLAN.


juniperHOL-PRT-1472 – So, you have decided to incorporate a cloud and/or virtualization into your business.  This lab will show you how to secure and operate a software defined datacenter with Juniper’s virtual security capabilities for your Enterprise or Service Provider environment.


blue medoraHOL-PRT-1463 – Learn how to get the most out of your data contained in Oracle Enterprise Manager using vCenter Operations Manager. This lab will guide the end-user through the process of installing and configuring the vCenter Operations Management Pack for Oracle Enterprise Manager, as well as walk them through common use cases on how to utilize the management pack to achieve comprehensive visibility and insights into the performance, capacity, and health of the monitored infrastructure.


avnetHOL-PRT-1466 - This lab walks through the usage of BMC Remedy ITSM and BMC Atrium CMDB plugins for vCenter Orchestrator. You will learn how to create, read and update a BMC Remedy Change ticket, BMC Remedy Help Desk (Incident) ticket and BMC Atrium CMDB Configuration Item (CI) using the vCenter Orchestrator interface. This lab also includes an end to end use case for provisioning a virtual machine using vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) following a process that includes interaction with BMC Remedy Change ticket approval and Atrium CMDB CI creation.


infobloxHOL-PRT-1468 – One key challenge facing Cloud Administrators is the amount of time needed to obtain an IP address for a virtual machine. To deploy virtual machines, Cloud Administrators must request IP addresses from the Network Operations team, and then manually type it in which is a tedious, error-prone, and time-consuming process. This Lab shows you how to automate IP Address assignment and DNS registration so that this critical process does not slow the deployment of your Cloud.


puppetHOL-PRT-1469 – Puppet Enterprise enables IT teams to automate VM lifecycle management and scale services quickly, reliably, and efficiently. In these modules, you will receive a hands on overview of Puppet Enterprise and deploy a multi-tier managed application with vCAC 6/Puppet Enterprise.


Jon Schulz

Jon Schulz (@njonschulz) is a Staff Systems Engineer, Cloud Management Specialist at VMware

Partner Storage Labs from VMworld Released

Note: To introduce the first batch of Partner Labs being released, please welcome guest blogger, David D’Entremont. Dave helped guide Partners through the Hands-on Labs process this year and led them throughout the development process.

This year, we really stepped up the Partner Hands-on Labs program and doubled the number of labs we have from our valuable Partners.  We have 12 labs in the catalog this year covering Partner integration with NSX, VSAN, vCenter Operations, vCloud Automation Center and even a sneak-peek at Virtual Volume integrations.

As a reminder, these labs are not just for Partners.  These are labs developed by our Partners to showcase their solutions and how they integrate with VMware’s.  These are great labs for anyone to take and who knows, you may find that missing piece to a solution you’ve been working to solve!

Today, we will be releasing the Partner labs focused on Storage Solutions.

Innovation in the storage ecosystem was certainly a highlight of VMworld 2014 in San Francisco.  Advances in the hardware and the architecture of storage drive our Partners to provide the best value to our end customers by integrating their solutions to be consumed as software-defined.  Some of these Partner Labs feature previews of coming integration and features, while others demonstrate the value of consuming software-defined storage today.



HOL-PRT-1461This lab gives hands-on experience on how EMC ViPR with VMware integrations can deliver Policy Based Storage Management which decrease steps in provisioning and managing storage.  Experience how to simplify provisioning storage across block and file storage directly from VMware vCenter. Then easily map your classes-of-services to vCenter storage profiles and assign appropriate data stores to new virtual machines. The lab ends with a focus on the integration of the ViPR plug-ins for vCloud Automation Center (vCAC), vCenter Cloud Operations Manager (vCOPs), vCenter and VMware Cloud Orchestration (VCO).


Atlantis Computing

HOL-PRT-1465 – Get hands-on experience with Atlantis USX: Deliver dramatically higher-performance for your production workloads, VDI, and tier 1 apps at a fraction of the capacity and cost. Deploy Atlantis USX to pool VSAN with shared storage to build hyper-converged infrastructure.



dellHOL-PRT-1467 – In this lab, you will learn more about Virtual Volumes and how they integrate with Dell EqualLogic Storage.  You will get to see how day to day tasks, like snapshots and cloning are accelerated by the Virtual Volume integration with Dell EqualLogic and how the work flows involved remain similar.



HPHOL-PRT-1470 – Explore and test drive the new unified and integrated VMware Storage Management and troubleshooting using HP’s Insight Control (ONEVIEW).  Identifying and expanding storage capability via single click datastore deployment from within vCenter.  Extending additional HP StoreFront Analytics for vCenter Operations Manager and vCOPS to provide additional insight and unified VMware and HP value.



Check back in a couple of days, when we will release the remaining Partner labs, with a focus on Networking, Security and Operations.

David D'Entremont

David D’Entromont is a Sr. Systems Engineer, Cloud Management Specialist with VMware. Follow Dave @daviddentremont

Hybrid Cloud, Big Data and SDK Labs Now Available

Today we are releasing the last of the VMware authored Hands-on Labs from VMworld.  These four labs focus on Hybrid Cloud, Big Data and Software Development.  The Hybrid Cloud and Big Data labs are updates from last year and continue to build off of great content.  Their 2013 counterparts will be moved to the HOL Archives catalog.  The SDK lab is new for this year and if you are interested in building Cloud Infrastructure Solutions with VMware Development Tools and SDK’s, this is a great introductory lab.

Hybrid Cloud


HOL-HBD-1482 -  vCloud Air – Networking & Security (replaces HOL-HBD-1302)

VMware vCloud® Air™ facilitates advanced networking features. You will experience vCloud Air through the eyes of a systems administrator facing such issues as IP address mobility and security.


 Lab Modules

# Title Time Level Type
1 Introduction to VMware vCloud Air Networking and Security 15 B F
2 IP Address Portability Between Customer and VMware vCloud® Air™ Data Centers (Data Center Extension) 45 B F
3 Public and Private Cloud Multi-Tiered Application Networking 45 B F



HOL-HBD-1483 vCloud Air – Manage Your Cloud (replaces HOL-HBD-1303)

VMware vCloud® Air™ is VMware’s Infrastructure as a Service offering. You will manage users and role-based access, deploy from the Service Catalog, and use a host of VMware solutions with both vSphere and VMware vCloud® Air™.


Lab Modules

# Title Time Level Type
1 Automate IT Service delivery on VMware vCloud® Air™ with vCloud Automation Center 60 A U
2 Monitor resources on VMware vCloud® Air™ with vCenter Operations Manager 45 A U
3 Migrate workloads to VMware vCloud® Air™ with vCloud Connector 45 A U
4 Automate resource management in VMware vCloud® Air™ with PowerCLI 45 A U

 Big Data Extensions


HOL-SDC-1409vSphere Big Data Extensions (replaces HOL-SDC-1309)

vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE) makes Hadoop virtualization-aware, improves performance in virtual environments and enables deployment of highly available Hadoop clusters in minutes. You can choose from introductory to advanced modules in this exciting lab topic.


Lab Modules

# Title Time Level Type
1 Hadoop POC In Under an Hour 45 B F
2 Fast And Easy Deployment Of Hadoop Clusters 15 B F
3 Compute Only and No Distro Clusters on Shared HDFS 15 A F
4 Highly Available Hadoop 15 A F
5 Fast And Easy Deployment of HBase Cluster 15 B F
6 Elastic Scaling of Hadoop Clusters 45 A F


Development Tools and SDK


HOL-SDC-1422 - VMware Development Tools and SDKs

This introductory lab will get you up and running building cloud infrastructure solutions with VMware development tools and SDKs. These are developer focused modules and some familiarity with programming in Java or Python is expected. But don’t worry, no coding is required. Complete sample code has been provided.


Lab Modules

# Title Time Level Type
1 Developer Center, Workbench IS, and the vSphere Management SDK 30 B F
2 pyvmomi – The Python SDK for VMware vSphere API 30 B F
3 Workbench IS Tools 15 B F

Again, these are the last of the VMware authored labs from VMworld.  Stay tuned!  Next week we will start rolling out the Partner labs.  Just to clear up any misconceptions, Partner labs are not just for Partners, rather they are authored by our Partners and available for anyone to take.  They showcase their products and how they integrate with VMware technology.  We had our best year yet with the Partner labs this year, so be sure to check back next week!

More VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs – IT Outcomes

it-outcomes-infographic-smallThings just don’t slow down here in the Hands-on Labs. We are in the middle of lab development for VMworld Europe but want to get your hands on the new content from VMworld 2014 US as soon as we can. After publishing the initial set yesterday, we are releasing 5 more new SDDC labs that showcase some of the high-value IT Outcomes that your organization can achieve with VMware software.

Four of these new labs replace similar labs in the current catalog with updated software and content. The lab development teams have done another fantastic job and these new labs are definitely worth a look. As we replace the 2013 labs, they are moved to the HOL Archives catalog and slated for retirement in December. I have called out the replaced labs here so that you can see what is new and what will be retiring.

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