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VMworld 2018 Europe Hands-on Labs – Know Before You Go

 

 

The Hands-on Labs team is continuing the momentum and working hard to make sure your experience this year at VMworld Barcelona is unforgettable! We’ve created a list of items you don’t want to miss out during the event.

Take a Lab

Take as many labs as you like, as many times as you want. Here are of few options available at VMworld:

  • Self-Paced Labs: Interact with the latest VMware products at your own pace at a traditional workstation. Labs are delivered in a first-come, first-served fashion and do not require advance scheduling.
  • Expert-Led Workshops:  Engage with VMware product experts in an instructional environment and get your questions answered. This year we will have workshops in French and German. Sign-up in advance –>  VMworld Barcelona 2018 Content Catalog
  • Hands-on Labs Tours: 30-minute behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to run our Hands-on Labs. Get to meet lab creators and engineers running our multiple clouds. Make sure to book your tour at the HOL Tour check-in desk.

What’s New?

Discover the new things that will be happening this year at VMworld Hands-on Labs.

  • Hands-on Labs ON AIR: Hands-on Labs will be live streaming on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Follow the action from any location and interact with us in real-time.
  • Augmented Reality Content Wall: On-site iPad will be available to use and bring the Hands-on Labs Content Wall to life uncovering, more lab details.
  • Hands-on Labs Connect: The nerve center of the Hands-on Labs room, stop by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) area to take a lab on your own devices and interact with the new touchscreen Command Center Wall.

What about Prizes?

Don’t worry we got you covered and this year we are making it more interactive than ever! Here are a few ways to qualify to win.

  • Hands-on Labs Lightning Labs: Want to take a Self-Paced Lab but without the time commitment of the usual lab? In as little as 15 minutes you can learn something new. Take a Lightning Lab in the last two hours of each day to increase your chances of winning an Oculus Go 3D VR Headset.
  • The CloudCred, Hands-On Labs Great Labs Game: Score your CloudCred points for EVERY lab and workshop. Follow the QR code at the end of your lab or session for CloudCred points to BIG PRIZES!!
  • Code Coin: Earn 25 Code Coins for up to four labs taken, and 50 additional Coins by completing select CloudCred tasks. Code Coins can be spent on lattes & more in the VMTN Communities Lounge

Check out The CloudCred blog post for more details.

We look forward to seeing you at VMworld Barcelona 2018.

 

Lightning Labs – The Best Way to Spend 30 Minutes


 

We know your time is valuable and because that we have been working on identifying the best way to learn about VMware products in small segments of time. We have uncovered a breakthrough discovery that will transform the way you spend your next 30 minutes. How? With the development of Lightning Labs.

What are Lightning Labs?

Lightning Labs help you learn about VMware products in small segments of time. We have broken down the content of a lab into small “bite-sized” sections that allow you to learn about a core product feature quickly.

This week we launched the NSX Lightning Lab: Logical Switching. In this lab, you will get an introduction to NSX logical switching and review the scalability and availability of the NSX platform.

Learn how to:

  • Review the NSX controller cluster
  • Create a logical switch, then attach two VMs to the logical switch
  • Review the scalability and high availability of the NSX platform

How will you spend your next 30 minutes? Take the NSX Logical Switch Lightning Lab today!

We are looking at expanding Lightning Labs across VMware products. Please make sure to subscribe to the Hands-on Labs blog for the latest updates.

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vWarrior Hands-on Labs Championship – vFORUM Singapore

 

For the first time at VMware, we launched the vWarrior Hands-on Labs Championship at vFORUM Singapore on 4th October 2018. It was amazing to see the level of participation and excitement during the event. Within the teams, there was a great amount of teamwork as participants worked together to complete the required given tasks.  There were a lot of interactions with the audience as they cheered for their favorite teams and friends.

 

What is vWarrior…?

The vWarrior HOL Championship was a collaborative effort across three teams worldwide – the Global HOL team, SEAK (Southeast Asia and Korea) Marketing team and Systems Engineering team based in Singapore.

Our two Systems Engineers, Wen Bin Tay and Sheryl-Ann Lee were the brains behind the initiative. Together, they led a group of Systems Engineers to develop and organize the tournament.

 

vWarrior was inspired by the World Cup tournament format which consists of qualifying rounds and knockout stages where teams go head-to-head to be crowned the winners. The objective for each team was to challenge and beat other teams using their knowledge and technical skills across VMware portfolio of solutions in Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) and End-User Computing (EUC).

 

The championship was created using VMware’s Hands-on Labs environment with customized manuals created explicitly for the event to showcase the teams’ technical capabilities.

How vWarrior works…

At vFORUM Singapore, we had a total of 52 customers and partners, forming 18 teams of 2-3 people as they competed against each other. All teams were briefed a week in advance on the rules and content they would be tested on at the event.

 

At the event, there were two qualifying rounds that would allow teams to compete and proceed to the knockout stages. In each of the stages, the teams were tested across the VMware Portfolio: NSX, VSAN, vRealize Automation, and Horizon.

It was a close match with teams competing side-by-side and advancing through the stages. In the end, drum roll please, Team Luther: Amirtharaj, Ranjit, Venkateswara was crowned the Champion by passing all four stages and beating all the teams. As for the runner-up, we had Team Nasser: Jai, Ashok, Karthik.

Congratulations to all the teams for participating in our first vWarrior Hands-on Labs Championship! 

What’s Next for vWarrior HOL Championship…?

The feedback from participants and attendees were beyond our expectations.

“It was quite fun and very interesting and very good chance for us to understand and discover more of HOL (Hands-on Labs)” – Partner, vWarrior Participant

 “We took this as an opportunity to get familiarized in NSX which we are trying to use in our environment” – Satyanarayana Chowdry, vWarrior Participant

“I like this Challenge vWarrior, and I was preparing for the last week. It’s quite good, and it’s a good fight.” – Jai Prakash, vWarrior Participant

The vWarrior Hands-on Labs Championship was a huge success and we are looking to expand this to other regions and events. Please leave your comments and feedback if this would be something you would like to see in a city near you.

Watch the vWarrior Playlist videos to hear about the participant’s experience at the competition.

A big shout-out to the VMware Systems Engineer teams based in Singapore for volunteering their time and putting all the pieces together to make this a spectacular event. Great job, folks!

 

 

Want to be part of the action? Register to VFORUM Online, the ultimate online conference of the year. Win great prizes by participating in the Hands-on Labs booth. 

Top VMworld 2018 Labs Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of the top labs from VMworld 2018!

Just a couple of reminders before we get started. As we release the HOL-1900 series labs, the corresponding HOL-1800 series lab will be placed in the HOL Archives catalog. For all the details, you can review the previous post on Transitioning to the New 2019 Hands-on Labs. So if you don’t see the HOL-1800 series lab in the usual catalog, try the HOL Archives catalog or better yet, use the HOL 2018 to 2019 Lab Listing sheet and take the newer, HOL-1900 series version!

The labs listed below were some of the top performers at VMworld US in Las Vegas this year. You will see some familiar labs, like NSX, vSAN, Horizon, and Workspace ONE, but there is some great new content we adding this year. We have a new lab focused on NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud, Workspace ONE UEM Intelligence, and a new vRealize Orchestrator lab has been created to include more advanced content.

By clicking on the Lab SKU and Title, you will be taken directly to the lab.  There are also links to the PDF and HTML version of the manual, pulled from the Hands-on Labs Documents site. Finally, the last column will show the corresponding HOL-1800 series lab this new one is replacing.

By the way, if you have not seen how the Hands-on Labs room at VMworld was built out this year, check out the awesome time-lapse video!

Lab SKU / Name Link to PDF/HTML Replaces 2018 Lab
HOL-1901-01-CMP – What’s New in vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1901-02-CMP – Optimize Infrastructure Performance with vRealize Operations Manager PDF / HTML HOL-1801-03-CMP
HOL-1901-03-CMP – Optimize vSphere Capacity and Cost Savings with vRealize Operations Manager PDF / HTML HOL-1801-01-CMP
HOL-1901-04-CMP – Monitor and Troubleshoot with vRealize Suite and Wavefront by VMware PDF / HTML HOL-1801-05-CHG
HOL-1901-05-CMP – vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1801-04-CMP
HOL-1903-01-NET – VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1803-01-NET
HOL-1903-02-NET – VMware NSX Data Center for Security – Distributed Firewall and Micro-Segmentation PDF / HTML HOL-1803-02-NET
HOL-1903-03-NET – VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere – Operations and Troubleshooting for Network Engineers PDF / HTML HOL-1803-03-NET
HOL-1906-01-CMP – VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Basics PDF / HTML HOL-1834-01-CMP
HOL-1906-02-SLN – Automate IT – Making Private Cloud Easy PDF / HTML HOL-1806-02-SLN
HOL-1906-03-CMP – Automate IT – Hybrid Cloud PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1906-04-CHG – VMware vRealize Automation Troubleshooting PDF / HTML HOL-1890-01-CHG
HOL-1908-01-HCI – vSAN v6.7 – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1808-01-HCI
HOL-1908-02-CHG – vSAN v6.7 – Challenge Lab PDF / HTML HOL-1808-02-CHG
HOL-1911-01-SDC – What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.7 PDF / HTML HOL-1811-01-SDC
HOL-1911-02-SDC – VMware vSphere with Operations Management – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1811-02-SDC
HOL-1911-03-SDC – VMware vSphere with Operations Management – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1811-03-SDC
HOL-1911-04-SDC – VMware vSphere Security – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1811-04-SDC
HOL-1911-05-SDC – VMware vSphere Automation – PowerCLI PDF / HTML HOL-1811-05-SDC
HOL-1911-06-SDC -VMware vSphere Automation and Development – API and SDK PDF / HTML HOL-1811-06-SDC
HOL-1911-07-SDC – VMware vSphere HTML Client SDK – Building a Plugin PDF / HTML HOL-1811-07-SDC
HOL-1921-01-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1821-01-CMP
HHOL-1921-02-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1821-02-CMP
HOL-1921-03-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Advanced Extensibility PDF / HTML HOL-1821-03-CMP
HOL-1921-04-CMP – vRealize Code Stream – DevOps Solutionss PDF / HTML HOL-1821-04-CMP
HOL-1921-05-CMP – vRealize Orchestrator – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1821-05-CMP
HOL-1921-06-CMP – vRealize Orchestrator Advanced PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1940-01-NET – VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud – Getting Started PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1941-01-NET – Secure VMware Horizon with VMware NSX and Trend Micro PDF / HTML HOL-1841-01-NET
HOL-1951-01-VWS – VMware Workspace ONE – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1851-05-ADV
HOL-1951-02-VWS – VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1851-01-ADV
HOL-1951-03-VWS – VMware Workspace ONE – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1951-04-VWS – VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1851-02-ADV
HOL-1951-05-VWS – VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise – Security, Operations and Troubleshooting PDF / HTML HOL-1851-09-ADV
HOL-1951-06-VWS – VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise – Advanced – JMP, App Volumes and UEM PDF / HTML HOL-1851-03-ADV, HOL-1851-04-ADV
HOL-1957-01-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM with App & Access Management PDF / HTML HOL-1857-03-UEM
HOL-1957-02-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Identity Management PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1957-03-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Intelligence PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1957-04-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Windows 10 Management PDF / HTML HOL-1857-02-UEM
HOL-1957-05-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Apple Management PDF / HTML HOL-1857-01-UEM
HOL-1957-06-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Android Management PDF / HTML HOL-1857-07-UEM
HOL-1957-07-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Productivity Apps PDF / HTML HOL-1857-04-UEM
HOL-1957-08-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Unified Access Gateway PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1987-01-HBD – VMware Cloud on AWS – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1887-01-EMT

Stay tuned as we announce more great content from this year’s catalog!

Transitioning to the 2019 Hands-on Labs

Once again, we had another record breaking year at VMworld US.  We have a bit more time this year between VMworld US and VMworld Europe and thought we could fill that time by releasing the new labs!

As we prepare to get the latest labs out to you, we want to make sure you are prepared for what’s to come. The process is what we have done in year’s past and we will start rolling out the labs this week.  With VMworld Europe in November this year, we wanted to get these out sooner rather than later so you all could enjoy all the great new content!

As the new labs in the 2019 catalog get released, their 2018 counterparts will be placed in the HOL Archives catalog. The catalog can be found at the bottom of the list.  The catalog titles have stayed the same, with one exception.  The Horizon, Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE content is moving from the Application and Desktop Virtualization to the Virtualized Workspace Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thing to note is that once the 2018 labs are placed in the archive catalog, you will likely need to wait a bit longer for your lab to start and make sure the Lab Status indicates ‘Ready’ in green before proceeding with your lab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a reminder, in order to make room for all this great new content, we will have to retire the 2018 catalog.  As we release the 2019 labs, if the 2018 version is pretty much identical content, we will be retiring those labs immediately.  The exception is if the manual has been localized in other languages, we will keep the 2018 lab in the HOL Archives catalog until we have a localized version for the new 2019 manual.  For those of you that may be planning to use our HOL-in-a-Box service for upcoming events, make sure you keep those dates in mind and transition any events to the 2019 labs prior to that date!

Finally, to help you find the lab replacing the 2018 SKU, you can use the HOL 2018 to 2019 Lab Listing PDF.  For the most part, the 2019 SKU lined up to identical content that was in the 2018 SKU.  For example, HOL-1803-SDC-01 (NSX) has been updated and replaced with HOL-1903-01-NET.  In cases where there was no direct match, you can review the Notes column to see where the content is now or if it has been removed.

Stay tuned over the next couple weeks as we work to get this new content out to you!

New at VMworld: Hands-on Labs ON AIR Live Stream

 

Excited about VMworld 2018? We are too. That is why this year VMworld Begins With You!

For the first time at VMworld Las Vegas, on August 26 through August 30, the Hands-on Labs will be live streaming Hands-on Labs ON AIR on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

It is in VMware’s DNA to always innovate and try new things.

 

In building out the Hands-on Labs ON AIR program, the team made sure that both in-person and online attendees have the opportunity to be part of the magic. That is why the live stream will be included as a key component of the Hands-on Labs experience.

 

Join our host, Sandy Visoso, part of the Hands-on Labs team, for a jam-packed series of live streaming material.

 

 

Below is a glimpse of the type of content that will be live streaming during the event.

Opening Day Highlights

Start the day with a run-down of the key activities that will be happening throughout the Hands-on Labs room.

Opening Day ON AIR Schedule:

  • Monday, August 27th, 2:00-2:30pm PST
  • Tuesday, August 28th, 1:00-2:30pm PST
  • Wednesday, August 29th, 2:00-2:30pm PST
  • Thursday, August 30th, 3:00-2:30pm PST

Hear from the Experts 

Engage with lab creators and engineers as they share their experience and details of their favorite Hands-on Labs modules.

Hear from the Experts ON AIR Schedule:

  • Daily, August 27th-30th, 4:00-4:15 pm PST

Expert-Led Workshops

Live stream the Expert-Led Workshops and get exclusive access to VMware product experts in an engaging instructional environment.

Expert-Led Workshop ON AIR Live Schedule:

Hands-on Labs Tours

Get a glimpse of the Hands-on Labs room, and a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to run a Hands-on lab.

Hands-on Labs Tour ON AIR Schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 30th, 3:00-3:30 pm PST

Make sure to follow the action from any location and interact in real-time by following the Hands-on Labs Facebook and YouTube accounts.

Remember if you aren’t able to join the live stream you can always view the recording on our social channels at a later time.

 

Want more information? Check out these two videos on VMworld Hands-on Labs 2018.

Tips for Attending VMworld Hands-on Labs 2018

What’s New with 2018 VMworld Hands-on Labs

 

 

 

 

VMworld Hands-on Labs 2018 – What You Need to Know

 

The Hands-on Labs team has been working hard to make sure your experience this year at VMworld is the best! We’ve created a list of things you need to know about before you pack your bags for Las Vegas.

Find Labs That Fit Your Schedule

Take as many labs as you like, as many times as you want. The Hands-on Labs are flexible to fit your schedule. Here are of few options available at VMworld:

  • Self-Paced Labs: Interact with the latest VMware products at your own pace at a traditional workstation. Labs are delivered in a first-come, first-served fashion and do not need to be scheduled in advance.
  • Expert-Led Workshops:  Access to VMware product experts in an engaging, instructional environment in English, Japanese, Spanish or Portuguese. To attend an expert-led workshop, you must sign up in advance through the VMworld 2018 Content Catalog. 
  • Hands-on Labs Tours: 30-minute behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to run our Hands-on Labs. Get to meet lab creators and engineers running our multiple clouds. Make sure to book your tour at the HOL Tours Check-in desk.

What’s New?

Discover the new things that will be happening this year at VMworld Hands-on Labs.

  • Augmented Reality Content Wall: On-site iPad will be available to use and bring the Hands-on Labs Content Wall to life uncovering, more lab details.
  • Hands-on Labs Connect: The nerve center of the Hands-on Labs room, stop by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) area to take a lab on your own devices and interact with the new touchscreen Command Center Wall.

What about Prizes?

Don’t worry we got you covered and this year we are making it more interactive than ever! Here are a few ways to qualify to win.

  • Hands-on Labs Lightning Labs: Are short, concentrated modules that are designed to maximize your time. In as little as 15 minutes you can learn something new, in the last two hours of each day to increase your chances of winning an Oculus Go 3D VR Headset.
  • The CloudCred, Hands-On Labs Great Labs Game: Score your CloudCred points for EVERY lab and workshop. Follow the QR code at the end of your lab or session for CloudCred points to BIG PRIZES!!
  • Code Coin: Earn 25 Code Coins for up to four labs taken, and 50 additional Coins by completing select CloudCred tasks. Code Coins can be spent on lattes & more in the VMTN Communities Lounge

Check out The CloudCred blog post for more details.

We look forward to seeing you at VMworld 2018.

 

 

Want more information? Check out these two videos on VMworld Hands-on Labs 2018.

Tips for Attending VMworld Hands-on Labs 2018

What’s New with 2018 VMworld Hands-on Labs

 

 

 

 

Congratulations our Raffle Winner – Nicole Williams!

Folks,

Super excited to announce our Raffle Winner Nicole Williams. Nicole will be joining us at VMworld Las Vegas.  Nicole is a detail-oriented database engineer with experience leading and working in teams on complex projects using a wide range of technologies such as SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, NoSQL, Hadoop, Cloudera and MapR.

Congratulations Nicole !

Spring Means New Labs!

Just in time for the new Hands-on Labs contest we recently announced, we have some new and updated labs for you!

These are labs that were initially released at VMworld and have now been updated to include new content or product versions.  We also have a few new labs around vRealize Lifecycle Manager, Pivotal Container Services (PKS) and VMware IoT Pulse.

While you enjoy these labs, we are just starting to develop labs for VMworld 2018.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll win the contest and be one of the first to see the labs!

Lab SKU / Name Link to PDF/HTML Notes
HOL-1808-01-HCI – vSAN v6.6.1 – Getting Started PDF / HTML Updated to vSAN v6.6.1
HOL-1822-01-NET – HOL-1822-01-NET – VMware NSX Cloud – Secure Native Workloads in AWS PDF / HTML Updated to release version
HOL-1826-01-NET – VMware NSX-T – Getting Started PDF / HTML Updated to release version, module added to show new features
HOL-1826-02-NET – VMware NSX-T with Kubernetes PDF / HTML Updated to release version
HOL-1829-01-NET – vRealize Network Insight – Getting Started PDF / HTML Updated to v3.6 highlight new use cases
HOL-1832-01-CNA – Pivotal Container Service (PKS) and Kubernetes – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1834-01-CMP – vRealize Lifecycle Manager Basics PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1842-01-NET – VMware AppDefense – Secure Datacenter Endpoints PDF / HTML Updated to release version
HOL-1844-01-SLN – Modernizing Your Data Center with VMware Cloud Foundation PDF / HTML Updated to VCF v2.3, new iSIMs
HOL-1883-01-HBD – VMware Cloud Provider Program – vCloud Director for Service Providers PDF / HTML Now focused on vCloud Director v9
HOL-1883-02-HBD – VMware Cloud Provider Program – Tools and Offerings PDF / HTML New lab focused on products and tools.
HOL-1889-01-EMT – Internet of Things (IoT): VMware Pulse IoT Center & LIOTA (Little IoT Agent) PDF / HTML New!

Want to attend VMworld 2018 but your team is out of travel budget?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi folks,

We are excited about announcing our first ever Global Raffle Contest – A FREE Trip to VMworld 2018! The contest starts April 18th and ends May 24th. We will be announcing the winner here on our Blog so please stay tuned.

What is the catch?

Nothing. We are running this raffle contest to show our appreciation to our global Hands-on Labs users. We also think it would be nice to have an extra set of hands helping us during VMworld (just kidding not required but happy to give the winner our special Hands-on Labs behind the scenes Super VIP Tour)

Be sure to take any of qualifying freshly minted Hands-on Labs and more info.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

What will VMware pay for?

VMware will pay for your Airfare, Hotel, Conference Pass and Airfare up to $5,000 USD. You are responsible to follow your organizations and local laws, taxes, visa, passport and all other travel requirements. Please be sure to read the Terms and Conditions and be sure to obey your local contest laws.

What if I am already attending VMworld can I transfer the prize to my friend or colleague?

Yes. You will have 3 business days to declare the new winner and the new winner will need to be approved by VMware.

Will VMware pay for additional travel expenses?

VMware will cover Airfare, Hotel and a Full Conference Pass (up to $5K USD)

Is the contest for VMworld US and VMworld EMEA ?

Yes you pick your destination but as long as the cost is under $5K USD.