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VMware Hands-on Labs Releases and Naming

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Hello and welcome to 2016! We have seen quite a few questions from people having trouble finding our older labs, so I wanted to take a few minutes and explain the VMware Hands-on Labs release and naming conventions. Our major release of labs occurs annually at the VMworld conferences, but, depending on product release schedules and resource Read more...

Please, Sir, I Want Some More (Time)

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If you have taken one of our labs at a large event like a VMworld, vForum, or VMUG, you may recall that we provide 90-minute lab sessions so that everyone has a chance to experience the labs. If nobody is waiting in line, users may continue their sessions by requesting a time extension from the lab staff Read more...

Time, Resources, and Modularity

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“There is not enough time provided to complete all of the steps in the manual!” This is perhaps the most common bit of feedback we receive about the VMware Hands-on Labs. For the past few years, we have been working on ways to optimize resource utilization. One of these optimizations has been consolidation and sharing of Read more...

VMworld 2015 Labs being released to public

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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 Read more...

There’s someone in my lab !?!

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It is a rare occurrence, but it is possible that you may see windows open and a cursor moving in a lab that you have just deployed in the VMware Hands-on Labs. Before you reach for the End button to kill the lab, in the immortal words of Douglas Adams, “Don’t Panic!” Does this mean Read more...

Run Hands-on Labs offline? Probably not.

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We periodically receive requests from our users and other organizations that are interested in running their own copies of the VMware Hands-on Labs. This request frequently stems from poor network connectivity to our hosting datacenter(s), but several just want to be able to download our labs to run on their own hardware so that they Read more...

Hands-on Labs – End of Year 2014

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It has been a long time since my last post. Lest you all think we’re just sitting back and waiting for VMworld 2015, I wanted to give an update on what we have going on in the Hands-on Labs and some of the exciting work we are doing to prepare for 2015. Updated Labs: new Read more...

Where are the labs?

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Over the next few weeks, you may notice that your favorite lab is temporarily missing from the catalog when you login to the Hands-on Labs portal. We are in the process of refreshing the 2014 content with changes made for VMworld Europe and some of the changes require an update to both the manual and Read more...

More VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs – IT Outcomes

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Things 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 Read more...

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

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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 Read more...