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I don’t know which of us crazy people thought it would be a good idea to begin releasing the Hands-on Labs from VMworld 2015 the week immediately following the conference, especially with Labor Day on Monday and several of us on the core team heading out to present at other events, but we have been on an accelerated schedule all year, but the project plan says we’re supposed to get rolling.

We will be releasing a new set of labs each week, accompanied by a post here that indicates which labs have been published. Note that some labs are being sent to the shop for polish and a few others are being updated for the VMworld event in Barcelona next month, so your favorite lab may not show up in the public portal until mid-October. Please be patient 🙂

The initial set includes some of our more popular, 101-level labs. For the most part, these labs replace the ones from VMworld 2014 that have the same significant bits. For example, HOL-SDC-1408 (VSAN) has been refreshed and replaced with HOL-SDC-1608 (VSAN).

We will keep the 1400-series labs around until December, but significantly reduce or eliminate the “prepops” we have on hand for those older labs in favor of the 1600-series labs. This just means that you may need to wait longer for the labs to deploy and “warm up” if you choose to use the older content.

Without further delay, I present the first group that will be released this week:

HOL-SDC-1601 Cloud Management with vRealize Operations Insight
HOL-SDC-1603 VMware NSX Introduction
HOL-SDC-1608 Virtual SAN 6 from A to Z
HOL-SDC-1610 Virtualization 101: vSphere with Operations Management 6
HOL-SDC-1621 vRealize Automation 101: Application and Infrastructure Delivery and DevOps with Code Stream
HOL-SDC-1628 VMware EVO:RAIL Introduction
HOL-SDC-1631 vSphere Optimization Assessment (service for partners)

If you don’t see these labs in the catalog today, check back later. They should be there by the end of the week. Preparing them for hosting on our public portal takes a bit of work and the compressed schedule between VMworld US and VMworld EMEA means that we may not get them all processed before that event.

Thank you for your patience, interest and support of the VMware Hands-on Labs!