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Hands-on Labs: Differential Replication

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Forgive me. It has been more than six weeks since my last post. To make up for it, this post is pretty long, weighing in at around 3,000 words. On the plus side, you only need to read all of those words in the example code output you’re really interested. Part of the reason I Read more...

Hands-on Labs: Seeding the Clouds

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This is the first part of a post that I have been promising for quite some time. We have large amounts of data that we need to replicate to many locations. For the 2013 Hands-on Labs “season,” we used two methods to move our data. One of them is generally applicable while the other is Read more...

Hands-on Labs: Importing vPods

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This is the fourth in my series on managing content for VMware Hands-on Labs. You can find the previous posts in the following locations: Part 1 – The Many Clouds of Hands-on Labs Part 2 – Synchronizing Cloud Catalogs Part 3 – Exporting vPods The next phase of our multi-cloud vPod management process is sometimes Read more...

Hands-on Labs: Exporting vPods

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This is the third post in my series on Hands-on Labs behind the scenes. You can find the previous post on comparing cloud catalogs here. To date, my biggest problem with synchronizing data between vCD instances has been the time required to export vApp templates from one cloud and import them into another. If you Read more...

Synchronizing Cloud Catalogs

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This post is part 2 in a series on the backend processes we use to manage the Hands-on Labs. The first part is available here. Before I get into the guts of handling export, replication and import, I think it is important to understand how to identify which templates we need to work with. Sure, Read more...

The Many Clouds of Hands-on Labs

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Behind the scenes of VMware’s Hands-on Labs, there is a lot of “care and feeding” of the lab infrastructure, manuals, and the lab environments themselves. You might be surprised at how much opportunity there is for things to stop working, even in environments that have been precisely configured and then effectively frozen in time. For example, Read more...

A look back… and forward

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As 2013 draws to a close, there are a lot of people posting predictions for 2014. As for me, I think that 2014 is going to be the year that VDI really takes off… But seriously, I’m not big into making predictions. If I’m right, there is just more pressure to do it again next Read more...

Now available: OpenStack+vSphere and vCAC 6.0 Labs

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Got Automation? Fresh from their debut performances in VMworld Europe, we have released two more new labs in the Software-Defined Datacenter catalog, both specifically focused on cloud automation solutions. There was a great deal of interest in both of these labs at the conference, so we are happy to release them to the world. http://labs.hol.vmware.com/ Read more...

Hands-on Labs: Where are the Installation Labs?

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Our goal is to build labs that are useful to you, our customer. To be honest, our secret evil plan is to get you to buy our products… but don’t tell anyone. Now, it would be really nice if we could put everything you might need into each lab and allow you to do anything Read more...