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Monthly Archives: October 2018

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.