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New Trevor Videos – Tips and Tricks when taking a VMware Hands-on Lab


Trevor was in town last week and he created some videos to help you guys have an even better experience when taking a VMware Hands-on Lab. The videos are short and simple, and designed for someone that is just getting started using VMware Hands-on Labs – be sure to tell a friend and hope to see you at VMworld.

Tip #1 Loading of the Hands-on Labs

Tip #2 Checking to see your lab status (very cool feature in your Lab desktop most folks overlook)

Tip #3 Working your way around the User Interface,,

Tip #4 Sending feedback, getting help on Twitter @vmwarehol, Hands-on Labs Community hol.vmware.com

What’s New with EUC Labs!

The following labs are now available for everyone to use in our EUCSOLUTIONS Hands On Lab tenant.

These labs are now publicly available to all customers and partners to get familiar with the lab and products, as well as use for demoing with your customers….as you are free to use these for public demonstrations.

What is in these labs?

F5 BIG-IP/VMW EUC Integration (HOL-MBL-1459)

  1. Intelligent Availability and Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP
  2. F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition Deployment with vSphere
  3. Basic Setup and Configuration of the F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition
  4. Uploading Certificates and iApps to the BIG-IP
  5. Load Balancing Security Servers for External Horizon Clients Implementing PCoIP Proxy as a Security Server Alternative

VMware User Environment Manager (EUC-MBL-1560)

  1. Introduction and Installation of VMware User Environment Manager
  2. Dynamically Managing Settings within the User Environment Manager
  3. Application Configurations

VMware Horizon FLEX (EUC-MBL-1561)

  1. Introduction to VMware Horizon FLEX
  2. Mobile Users and Remotely Managed Desktops with BYO
  3. Contractors, Temporary Workers, and BYO
  4. Building a Custom VMware Horizon FLEX VM

How to Access:

  1. Simply go to the EUC SOLUTIONS tenant on the VMware Hands On Labs portal by using the short-link http://vmware.com/go/EUClabs.
  2. Login using your email address and password.
    NOTE: If you forgot your password, simply click the FORGOT PASSWORD link. If you DO NOT have a login, you must self register by clicking on the REGISTER link on the login popup.
  3. Once logged in, browse to the All Labs catalog on the top-left.
  4. Select the lab you wish by clicking the ENROLL button.
  5. Click START THIS LAB to start taking the lab.


I would like to thank the many VMware folks who spent time assistance with building, troubleshooting, providing content, and reviewing these Hands On Labs as well as Justin Venezia and Paul Pindell from F5 for their support in the F5 lab.

AirWatch HOL Released!

Today we are making the AirWatch Hands-On-Labs publically available.   You can access the lab by going to http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1924.  The AirWatch HOLs are designed to give you an introduction to AirWatch and Mobile Device Management (MDM).   If you are interested in reading more about AirWatch in general please visit our website at https://www.air-watch.com.   If you are unfamiliar with MDM and want to learn more, please check out this page http://www.air-watch.com/solutions/mobile-device-management for a brief introduction to Mobile Device Management.


This lab is broken up into three modules that can be done consecutively or independently.    If you are new to AirWatch and Mobile Device Management (MDM) then I strongly suggest you start with the first Module, Basic Enrollment and MDM Setup.   If you are currently using AirWatch and want to see how easy it is to integrate it with your corporate infrastructure then you can skip Module 1 and go to Module 2, Advanced MDM Using the AirWatch Cloud Connector.   Module 3 is designed to introduce you to the single device/multiple user concept which has many uses cases including schools, hospitals and more.


To do this lab you will need a mobile device.   The manuals are specifically written for Apple iOS devices.  An iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch will all work.   In the near future we will publish manuals for the Android profile but for now please stick with an iOS device.   If you are new to MDM and are concerned about using your device and what might happen to it during the lab then you are not alone.   This is very common for lab participants as well as employees of companies that are deploying AirWatch for the first time, especially in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) scenario.   Rest assured that your device, your personal data and your applications that you have on the device prior to the lab will be left completely alone by AirWatch during the lab and after the lab is complete.   This is the beauty of AirWatch and MDM, we are able to add and remove settings, applications and content that are configured by the administrator all while leaving your personal information alone.


After completing the lab you may be interested in seeing and doing more.   If so, please visit the AirWatch website (https://www.air-watch.com) and sign up for a free trial.   This will give you the opportunity to try out all the functions of AirWatch for 30 days.

There’s someone in my lab !?!

It is a rare occurrence, but it is possible that you may see windows open and a cursor moving in a lab that you have just deployed in the VMware Hands-on Labs. Before you reach for the End button to kill the lab, in the immortal words of Douglas Adams, “Don’t Panic!”

Does this mean that you have been assigned the same lab that someone else is already using? Based on the way that lab entitlements are managed by the VMware Learning Platform, that is unlikely. Instead, this probably has to do with some new monitoring and proactive failure notification we implemented in a subset of our 2014 labs.

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New EVO:RAIL Challenge Hands-on Lab and CloudCred!


Today the Hands-on Lab team is excited to announce a new Hands-on Lab, the EVO:RAIL Challenge lab.  The lab is designed to challenge your ability to configure, deploy and scale EVO:RAIL.  This is the first of many challenge based labs to come.  These labs are not only designed to challenge your skills, but also highlight some of the most common misconfigurations and help you be prepared in real world situations.

In the EVO:RAIL Challenge lab, you will be faced with three challenges and have 60 minutes to complete them.  The first challenge is to fix the configuration of a new EVO:RAIL appliance that is preventing it from being deployed.  As a hint, be sure to review the included documentation in the lab for guidance.  The second challenge is to deploy a virtual machine and then clone it.  This is a pretty straight forward task and there is no trickery involved.  The final challenge is to scale out your existing EVO:RAIL deployment by adding an additional appliance.  The main goal of this task is get you thinking about your initial EVO:RAIL deployment and how proper planning in the design stage is key.

If this wasn’t exciting enough, you can also earn Cloud Credibility points for taking the lab.  If you aren’t familiar with Cloud Credibility, it is a game that’s lets you broaden your professional network and earn rewards and certifications.  You earn points by learning and showing your knowledge about all things cloud related.  With the points you earn, you can turn them into fantastic prizes!  For more information and to sign up for a CloudCred account, you can visit the Cloud Credibility site.

I wanted to thank Mike Laverick and Judy Snow for sharing their knowledge on EVO:RAIL and assisting with the challenges.  It gave me some wonderful insight into EVO:RAIL and this lab wouldn’t have been possible without their assistance.  Also, a thank you to Noell Grier for her coordination in making this a CloudCred task.  And lastly to all the VMware employees who devoted time in testing this.  Your insight helped make this what I believe to be a truly awesome lab!

If you are ready to accept the challenge and test your EVO:RAIL skills, the direct link to the lab is here or you can find it in the new Challenge catalog entry in the Hands-on Lab portal.

Enjoy your lab!

Run Hands-on Labs offline? Probably not.

We periodically receive requests from our users and other organizations that are interested in running their own copies of the VMware Hands-on Labs. This request frequently stems from poor network connectivity to our hosting datacenter(s), but several just want to be able to download our labs to run on their own hardware so that they don’t need to be connected to the Internet in order to go through a lab.

While we understand many of the reasons behind these requests, it is challenging for a number of reasons, not the least of which has to do with the fact that our labs are live environments. I hope to address the main issues here while providing some additional insight into what the backend of the labs looked like in 2014. Continue reading

New Partner Labs Released!

As we finalize the last of the labs to be released to the Hands-on Lab’s Online portal, I wanted to take a minute and acknowledge all the hard work and dedication from our Partners that went into creating these labs.   If you are not familiar with our Partner labs, they are created by VMware Partner to showcase their solutions and how they integrate with VMware.  I encourage you to take one of these labs today!

There is a lot of work involved in creating these labs and would not have been successful without the guidance of Jon Schulz (@njonschulz) and David D’Entremont (@daviddentremont).   They acted as a liaison between the Partners creating the labs and the VMware Hands-on Labs Core team.  They were instrumental in making these labs a success.

This is the complete list of Partner Labs that were released to the Hands-on Labs Online portal and are available for you to take:



HOL-PRT-1461 – Policy Based Storage Management with EMC ViPR and VMware Integrations – This 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.


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HOL-PRT-1462 – Virtualized Data Center Security: VMware NSX and Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Virtual Firewall – 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.


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HOL-PRT-1463 – vCenter Operations Management Pack for Oracle Enterprise Manager – Learn how to get the most out of your data contained in Oracle Enterprise Manager using vCenter Operations Manager.


symantecHOL-PRT-1464 – Secure your SDDC built on VMware NSX & vSphere with Symantec Data Center Security: Server – 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.


atlantisHOL-PRT-1465 – Atlantis USX Data Services and VSAN: Software-defined Storage Infrastructure for Tier-1 Apps – 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.



HOL-PRT-1466 – Bridge the gap between Virtualization and IT Service Management – This lab walks through the usage of BMC Remedy ITSM and BMC Atrium CMDB plugins for vCenter Orchestrator.




HOL-PRT-1467 – Virtual Volume with Dell EqualLogic – In this lab, you will learn more about Virtual Volumes and how they integrate with Dell EqualLogic Storage.



HOL-PRT-1468 – Automating your cloud with vCloud Automation Center 6.0 and the Infoblox vCO IPAM Plug-in – 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.




HOL-PRT-1469 – Puppet Labs – Automating Your Virtual Datacenter with Puppet Enterprise – Puppet Enterprise enables IT teams to automate VM lifecycle management and scale services quickly, reliably, and efficiently.





HOL-PRT-1470 – Deploy HP Software-Defined Storage with OneView for vCenter, Troubleshoot performance with HP StoreFront Analytics for vCOps.





HOL-PRT-1471 – NetApp VSC and VASA for Clustered Data ONTAP – Policy-Based Mgmt & VVOLs Tech Preview – This lab will focus on highlighting the latest innovations for storage provisioning and management from NetApp.




HOL-PRT-1472 – Juniper Virtual Security for the Enterprise and Service Provider Environment – 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.


If you are a Partner and have an idea for a Hands-on Lab based on your solution, you can submit that idea to the Hands-on Labs Idea Registry:


These ideas will parsed by our team and presented to the appropriate Business Unit as we review this year’s plan for labs.

That’s all for now and it’s time to start working on the next cycle of labs for you to enjoy!

These New Labs are Awesome!

Everything is awesome with the release of today’s new labs!   Like Legos, we’ve pieced together a collection of Mobility, Networking, Operations and Automation labs to make a great set.


HOL-SDC-1401 – Cloud Management with vRealize Operations – The lab has been updated to include content from all aspects of the vRealize Operations Suite including vRealize Operations, vRealize Configuration Manager, vRealize Infrastructure Navigator and the NSX Management Pack.

HOL-SDC-1402 – vSphere Distributed Switch from A to Z – With lab, you will learn the basics and advanced virtual network configuration options using the vSphere Distributed Switch.

HOL-SDC-1407 – VMware Automation Solutions – If you are interested in PowerCLI, vCenter Orchestrator or Autodeploy, you will want to review this lab.  There is some great content showing you the basics of PowerCLI and how to automate Virtual SAN, both beginners and advanced usage of vCenter Orchestrator and how to automate your vSphere Host deployments using Auto Deploy.

HOL-SDC-1423 – vCloud Suite Basic Networking – This lab highlights networking in the vCloud Suite.  After learning the networking basics in the vCloud Suite, you’ll walk through VXLAN configuration and how to use Edge Services for securing your environment.


HOL-MBL-1451 – Horizon 6 with View from A to Z – This lab includes everything you need to know about Horizon 6 with View and has modules focused on Virtual SAN, optimization, troubleshooting and working with SSL certification.

HOL-MBL-1453 – VMware Workspace Portal – Explore and Deploy – This lab gives you the opportunity to explore the Workspace Portal with modules covering ThinApp and SaaS integration, working with SSL certificates and Kerberos SSO, creating a HA cluster and upgrading from v1.8.2 to v2.1.

Stay with us as we finish up the release of the labs.   Tomorrow we will have some great Partner created content!

Celebrate Presidents Day with These New Labs!

For those of you in the United States, Happy President’s Day!  If a day off means more time for you to take Hands-on Labs, we have five new ones to try.  The set we are releasing today are based on VMware’s IT Outcomes.  The IT Outcomes labs will show you how VMware Solutions can help your organization go beyond providing just basic services and how IT can solidify their role as a strategic partner.  For a really neat infographic on how you can archive high value using IT Outcomes, take a peak here.


HOL-SDC-1405 – IT Outcomes – High Availability and Resilient Infrastructure – Learn how to reduce downtime and increase availability for your applications and services with Site Recovery Manager.

HOL-SDC-1412 – IT Outcomes Data Center Virtualization and Standardization – See how to extend the traditional benefits of vSphere and extend it further into your Software Defined Data Center using Virtual SAN and NSX for vSphere.

HOL-SDC-1413 – IT Outcomes – App and Infrastructure Deliver Automation – With vRealize Automation, you can reduce the time to delivery for applications and infrastructure using automated provisioning and policy-based governance throughout the service delivery lifecycle.

HOL-SDC-1415 – IT Outcomes – Security Controls Native to Infrastructure – Learn how several VMware technologies work together to implement policy-based network control, configuration and compliance management, and intelligent operations management.

HOL-SDC-1416 – IT Outcomes – Streamlined and Automated Data Center Operations – See how the vRealize Suite can help you manage your Business Critical Applications such as Microsoft SQL and Exchange.  You will see how to monitor and gauge the capacity and performance Business Critical Applications in the Private or Hybrid Cloud.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another new set of labs!

These New Labs are So Hot, They’ll Melt Stuff!

When you see the group of labs we have for you today, you will vRealize you’re in heaven, My Blue Heaven!  Three of the labs have been updated to the latest release of the vRealize Suite of products.  The Big Data Extensions and VMware Development Tools and SDKs labs have been updated to include new content.

MyBlueHeaven-Still3HOL-SDC-1406 – vCloud Suite 101 – Perfect for anyone wanting an introduction to the vCloud Suite, this lab has been updated to include the latest vRealize Operations and Automation releases.

HOL-SDC-1409 – vSphere Big Data Extensions – Interested in learning more about Big Data and how vSphere can deploy highly available Hadoop clusters in minutes?  See all of that and more in this lab.

HOL-SDC-1421 – Brokering IT Services and Applications with vCloud Automation Center – This is another lab that has been a crowd pleaser and has been updated to include the latest versions of vRealize Automation, ApSync, vRealize Business, and NSX.  Once you’ve gotten the basics of vRealize Automation down with HOL-SDC-1406, this is the perfect lab to gain more in-depth knowledge on vRealize Automation. #module8!

HOL-SDC-1422 – VMware Development Tools and SDKs – This is an introductory lab that will get you up and running building cloud infrastructure solutions with VMware’s development tools and SDKs.  The developer tools and libraries in this lab have been updated to the latest version.

HOL-SDC-1426 – Log Insight in the Real World! –  In this lab you will see how Log Insight can be used to troubleshoot common issues.  It has been updated to the latest release of vRealize Operations and vRealize Insight.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone and be sure to check in next week for the next round of releases!