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Monthly Archives: September 2014

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.



palo alto

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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VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs (Set #1) Published

VMware Hands-on Labs at VMworld 2014 US marked a number of firsts:

  • Over 10,000 labs were taken
  • Over 100,000 VMs were used for labs during the week
  • VSAN and EVO:RACK were used to host a portion of the infrastructure
  • vCloud Air and Horizon 6 were in the top 5 labs

I am pleased to announce that we have begun to make available the VMware Hands-on Labs that debuted at VMworld 2014 in the US.  Feel free to take these labs now:

HOL-SDC-1406 vCloud Suite 101

HOL-SDC-1406 This introductory lab demonstrates the first steps in the journey to a Software Defined Enterprise by implementing all components of vCloud Suite Standard.

HOL-SDC-1410 – Virtualization 101

HOL-SDC-1410 This introductory lab demonstrates the core features and functions of vSphere and vCenter. This is an excellent place to begin your experience with VMware vSphere.

HOL-MBL-1451 – Horizon 6 with View from A to Z

HOL-MBL-1451 Complete a guided tour of Horizon View features, learn how to Optimize Horizon View for your environment and learn steps to Troubleshoot a View environment and avoid common issues.

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