Transitioning to the 2018 Hands-on Labs

We had another record breaking year at VMworld US last week and are on our way to VMworld Europe for next week’s show, which will hopefully be just as exciting!  We debuted lots of new content and we cannot wait to share it with you.

As we prepare to get the latest labs out to you after VMworld, 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 after VMworld Europe.  Since VMworld Europe is a month earlier this year, that means we will be delivering the labs that much sooner to you!

As the new labs in the 2018 catalog get released, their 2017 counterparts will be placed in the HOL Archives catalog. The catalog can be found at the bottom of the list.  We will also be restructuring the catalog listings, very similar to what we are using at VMworld, to make things easier to find.  More details to come in the next post.








One thing to note is that once the 2017 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 2017 catalog and that will happen on December 1st, 2017.  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 2018 labs prior to that date!

Finally, to help you find the lab replacing the 2017 SKU, you can use the HOL 2017 to 2018 Lab Listing PDF.  For the most part, the 2018 SKU lined up to identical content that was in the 2017 SKU.  For example, HOL-1703-SDC-01 (NSX) has been updated and replaced with HOL-1803-01-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 few weeks for further updates on some of the changes we have implemented this year and to see which labs are released!