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About Dave Rollins

Dave Rollins is a Content Architect for the Hands-on Labs team in Technical Marketing at VMware. He has worked for various VMware Partners along with hardware and software manufacturers before finding a home at VMware.

Top VMworld 2018 Labs Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of the top labs from VMworld 2018!

Just a couple of reminders before we get started. As we release the HOL-1900 series labs, the corresponding HOL-1800 series lab will be placed in the HOL Archives catalog. For all the details, you can review the previous post on Transitioning to the New 2019 Hands-on Labs. So if you don’t see the HOL-1800 series lab in the usual catalog, try the HOL Archives catalog or better yet, use the HOL 2018 to 2019 Lab Listing sheet and take the newer, HOL-1900 series version!

The labs listed below were some of the top performers at VMworld US in Las Vegas this year. You will see some familiar labs, like NSX, vSAN, Horizon, and Workspace ONE, but there is some great new content we adding this year. We have a new lab focused on NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud, Workspace ONE UEM Intelligence, and a new vRealize Orchestrator lab has been created to include more advanced content.

By clicking on the Lab SKU and Title, you will be taken directly to the lab.  There are also links to the PDF and HTML version of the manual, pulled from the Hands-on Labs Documents site. Finally, the last column will show the corresponding HOL-1800 series lab this new one is replacing.

By the way, if you have not seen how the Hands-on Labs room at VMworld was built out this year, check out the awesome time-lapse video!

Lab SKU / Name Link to PDF/HTML Replaces 2018 Lab
HOL-1901-01-CMP – What’s New in vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1901-02-CMP – Optimize Infrastructure Performance with vRealize Operations Manager PDF / HTML HOL-1801-03-CMP
HOL-1901-03-CMP – Optimize vSphere Capacity and Cost Savings with vRealize Operations Manager PDF / HTML HOL-1801-01-CMP
HOL-1901-04-CMP – Monitor and Troubleshoot with vRealize Suite and Wavefront by VMware PDF / HTML HOL-1801-05-CHG
HOL-1901-05-CMP – vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1801-04-CMP
HOL-1903-01-NET – VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1803-01-NET
HOL-1903-02-NET – VMware NSX Data Center for Security – Distributed Firewall and Micro-Segmentation PDF / HTML HOL-1803-02-NET
HOL-1903-03-NET – VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere – Operations and Troubleshooting for Network Engineers PDF / HTML HOL-1803-03-NET
HOL-1906-01-CMP – VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Basics PDF / HTML HOL-1834-01-CMP
HOL-1906-02-SLN – Automate IT – Making Private Cloud Easy PDF / HTML HOL-1806-02-SLN
HOL-1906-03-CMP – Automate IT – Hybrid Cloud PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1906-04-CHG – VMware vRealize Automation Troubleshooting PDF / HTML HOL-1890-01-CHG
HOL-1908-01-HCI – vSAN v6.7 – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1808-01-HCI
HOL-1908-02-CHG – vSAN v6.7 – Challenge Lab PDF / HTML HOL-1808-02-CHG
HOL-1911-01-SDC – What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.7 PDF / HTML HOL-1811-01-SDC
HOL-1911-02-SDC – VMware vSphere with Operations Management – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1811-02-SDC
HOL-1911-03-SDC – VMware vSphere with Operations Management – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1811-03-SDC
HOL-1911-04-SDC – VMware vSphere Security – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1811-04-SDC
HOL-1911-05-SDC – VMware vSphere Automation – PowerCLI PDF / HTML HOL-1811-05-SDC
HOL-1911-06-SDC -VMware vSphere Automation and Development – API and SDK PDF / HTML HOL-1811-06-SDC
HOL-1911-07-SDC – VMware vSphere HTML Client SDK – Building a Plugin PDF / HTML HOL-1811-07-SDC
HOL-1921-01-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1821-01-CMP
HHOL-1921-02-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1821-02-CMP
HOL-1921-03-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Advanced Extensibility PDF / HTML HOL-1821-03-CMP
HOL-1921-04-CMP – vRealize Code Stream – DevOps Solutionss PDF / HTML HOL-1821-04-CMP
HOL-1921-05-CMP – vRealize Orchestrator – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1821-05-CMP
HOL-1921-06-CMP – vRealize Orchestrator Advanced PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1940-01-NET – VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud – Getting Started PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1941-01-NET – Secure VMware Horizon with VMware NSX and Trend Micro PDF / HTML HOL-1841-01-NET
HOL-1951-01-VWS – VMware Workspace ONE – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1851-05-ADV
HOL-1951-02-VWS – VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1851-01-ADV
HOL-1951-03-VWS – VMware Workspace ONE – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1951-04-VWS – VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1851-02-ADV
HOL-1951-05-VWS – VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise – Security, Operations and Troubleshooting PDF / HTML HOL-1851-09-ADV
HOL-1951-06-VWS – VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise – Advanced – JMP, App Volumes and UEM PDF / HTML HOL-1851-03-ADV, HOL-1851-04-ADV
HOL-1957-01-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM with App & Access Management PDF / HTML HOL-1857-03-UEM
HOL-1957-02-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Identity Management PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1957-03-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Intelligence PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1957-04-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Windows 10 Management PDF / HTML HOL-1857-02-UEM
HOL-1957-05-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Apple Management PDF / HTML HOL-1857-01-UEM
HOL-1957-06-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Android Management PDF / HTML HOL-1857-07-UEM
HOL-1957-07-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Productivity Apps PDF / HTML HOL-1857-04-UEM
HOL-1957-08-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Unified Access Gateway PDF / HTML New Content!
HOL-1987-01-HBD – VMware Cloud on AWS – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1887-01-EMT

Stay tuned as we announce more great content from this year’s catalog!

Transitioning to the 2019 Hands-on Labs

Once again, we had another record breaking year at VMworld US.  We have a bit more time this year between VMworld US and VMworld Europe and thought we could fill that time by releasing the new labs!

As we prepare to get the latest labs out to you, 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 this week.  With VMworld Europe in November this year, we wanted to get these out sooner rather than later so you all could enjoy all the great new content!

As the new labs in the 2019 catalog get released, their 2018 counterparts will be placed in the HOL Archives catalog. The catalog can be found at the bottom of the list.  The catalog titles have stayed the same, with one exception.  The Horizon, Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE content is moving from the Application and Desktop Virtualization to the Virtualized Workspace Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thing to note is that once the 2018 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 2018 catalog.  As we release the 2019 labs, if the 2018 version is pretty much identical content, we will be retiring those labs immediately.  The exception is if the manual has been localized in other languages, we will keep the 2018 lab in the HOL Archives catalog until we have a localized version for the new 2019 manual.  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 2019 labs prior to that date!

Finally, to help you find the lab replacing the 2018 SKU, you can use the HOL 2018 to 2019 Lab Listing PDF.  For the most part, the 2019 SKU lined up to identical content that was in the 2018 SKU.  For example, HOL-1803-SDC-01 (NSX) has been updated and replaced with HOL-1903-01-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 couple weeks as we work to get this new content out to you!

Spring Means New Labs!

Just in time for the new Hands-on Labs contest we recently announced, we have some new and updated labs for you!

These are labs that were initially released at VMworld and have now been updated to include new content or product versions.  We also have a few new labs around vRealize Lifecycle Manager, Pivotal Container Services (PKS) and VMware IoT Pulse.

While you enjoy these labs, we are just starting to develop labs for VMworld 2018.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll win the contest and be one of the first to see the labs!

Lab SKU / Name Link to PDF/HTML Notes
HOL-1808-01-HCI – vSAN v6.6.1 – Getting Started PDF / HTML Updated to vSAN v6.6.1
HOL-1822-01-NET – HOL-1822-01-NET – VMware NSX Cloud – Secure Native Workloads in AWS PDF / HTML Updated to release version
HOL-1826-01-NET – VMware NSX-T – Getting Started PDF / HTML Updated to release version, module added to show new features
HOL-1826-02-NET – VMware NSX-T with Kubernetes PDF / HTML Updated to release version
HOL-1829-01-NET – vRealize Network Insight – Getting Started PDF / HTML Updated to v3.6 highlight new use cases
HOL-1832-01-CNA – Pivotal Container Service (PKS) and Kubernetes – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1834-01-CMP – vRealize Lifecycle Manager Basics PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1842-01-NET – VMware AppDefense – Secure Datacenter Endpoints PDF / HTML Updated to release version
HOL-1844-01-SLN – Modernizing Your Data Center with VMware Cloud Foundation PDF / HTML Updated to VCF v2.3, new iSIMs
HOL-1883-01-HBD – VMware Cloud Provider Program – vCloud Director for Service Providers PDF / HTML Now focused on vCloud Director v9
HOL-1883-02-HBD – VMware Cloud Provider Program – Tools and Offerings PDF / HTML New lab focused on products and tools.
HOL-1889-01-EMT – Internet of Things (IoT): VMware Pulse IoT Center & LIOTA (Little IoT Agent) PDF / HTML New!

Localized Manuals Now Available in Five New Languages!

We are delighted to announce the 2018 Hands-on Lab manuals translated to serve our global audience. Click here for instructions on how to change your language in the Hands-on Labs portal.  Once you have your language preference set, if a lab manual is available in your preferred language, it will be displayed as the lab deploys.

In an effort to better serve our ever growing global user community, we have added five additional languages to our catalog, Traditional Chinese, French, Italian, Russian and German.  We are likely to add more manuals in more languages, so check back often as we update this post!

Did you know that you can change your language preference when you log in to the Hands-on Labs site?  Just click the link next to the Globe and select your preferred language.

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Once logged in, you will see badges next to each lab indicating what languages the lab is available in.

You can click on the language badge to see all of the labs available in that particular language.

We have also made available PDF and HTML versions of the manuals. You can use the tables below to download or view them. You can also click the Lab SKU & Name in the table to be taken directly to the lab.  The manuals are also listed on our documents site and will be updated as this post is updated.

Brazilian Portuguese (Português)

French (Français)

German (Deutsche)

Italian (Italiano)

Japanese (日本語)

LAB SKU & NAME PDF HTML
HOL-1803-01-NET – VMware NSX – Getting Started PDF HTML
HOL-1803-02-NET – VMware NSX – Distributed Firewall and Micro-Segmentation PDF HTML
HOL-1804-02-CHG – vSphere 6.5 – Challenge Lab PDF HTML
HOL-1808-01-HCI – vSAN v6.6.1 – Getting Started PDF HTML
HOL-1810-01-SDC – Virtualization 101: Introduction to vSphere PDF HTML
HOL-1811-01-SDC – vSphere v6.5 – What’s New PDF HTML
HOL-1811-02-SDC – vSphere with Operations Management – Getting Started PDF HTML
HOL-1822-01-NET – VMware NSX Cloud – Secure Native Workloads in AWS PDF HTML
HOL-1844-02-SLN – VMware Cloud Foundation – Hybrid Cloud PDF HTML
HOL-1845-01-SLN – Modernize Infrastructure – Build Your Own SDDC PDF HTML
HOL-1851-01-ADV – Horizon 7.1 Enterprise – Getting Started PDF HTML
HOL-1857-01-UEM – Workspace ONE UEM – Getting Started PDF HTML
HOL-1889-01-EMT – Internet of Things (IoT): VMware Pulse IoT Center & LIOTA (Little IoT Agent) PDF HTML

Korean (한국어)

Latin American Spanish (Español)

Russian (Pусский)

Simplified Chinese (简体中文)

LAB SKU & NAME PDF HTML
HOL-1801-03-CMP – vRealize Suite Standard – Manage the SDDC PDF HTML
HOL-1803-01-NET – VMware NSX – Getting Started PDF HTML
HOL-1803-02-NET – VMware NSX – Distributed Firewall and Micro-Segmentation PDF HTML
HOL-1808-01-HCI – vSAN v6.6.1 – Getting Started PDF HTML
HOL-1810-01-SDC – Virtualization 101: Introduction to vSphere PDF HTML
HOL-1811-01-SDC – vSphere v6.5 – What’s New PDF HTML
HOL-1811-03-SDC – vSphere with Operations Management – Advanced Topics PDF HTML
HOL-1821-02-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Advanced Topics PDF HTML
HOL-1825-02-NET – VMWare NSX and SRM – Active-Standby Solution PDF HTML
HOL-1844-01-SLN – Modernize Infrastructure with VMware Cloud Foundation PDF HTML
HOL-1844-02-SLN – VMware Cloud Foundation – Hybrid Cloud PDF HTML
HOL-1845-01-SLN – Modernize Infrastructure – Build Your Own SDDC PDF HTML
HOL-1851-05-ADV – VMware Workspace ONE and VMware Horizon 7.1 PDF HTML

Traditional Chinese (繁体中文)

Final VMworld 2017 Labs Released!

Today we will be releasing the remainder of the Hands-on Labs that were delivered this year at VMworld.  These labs are a great mix of hyper-converged solutions, NSX management, Cloud Native Applications and Partner integration with NSX and Horizon.

Starting at the top of the list, we have labs from Palo Alto Networks and Check Point and how they integrate with NSX.  Both of these labs focus on the benefits and enhancements to NSX that both Partners bring.

We have updated the Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy Based Management lab.  It now includes lessons on working with Nimble Storage and some of the new capabilities, like array based replication of Virtual Volumes in vSphere 6.5.

The VxRail lab has also been upgraded to show some additional features, like Storage Policy Based Management and troubleshooting hard drive failures.  In addition, there are also use case lessons on upgrading and shutting down the VxRail appliance.

vRealize Network Insight has been refreshed and now includes a lesson on managing security for public clouds and in this case, focuses on AWS.  vRealize Network Insight traffic monitoring gives you visibility in to native AWS constructs like Virtual Private Clouds, Virtual Machines, Security Groups and more.  This means that you will be able to plan micro-segmentation and understand traffic patterns using data collected from your AWS instances.

Next are the Cloud Native Application labs.  The first lab, PhotonOS and Container Basics – Getting Started, is designed more for a vSphere Administrator to see how valuable containers really are.  The vSphere Integrated Containers – Getting Started lab focuses goes in to more detail on how to setup and use vSphere Integrated Containers.  It also shows addition products like Admiral for container management and Harbor as an enterprise class registry server for Docker.  We round things out with the final lab, Kubernetes – Getting Started.  The lab starts with an introduction to Kuebernetes, but it also offers a deep-dive that shows how to manipulate an application via the CLI.  The final lesson focuses on a great use case where you will deploy a multi-tier application, upgrade to a newer version and roll back the upgrade, all with zero downtime.

Last but not least on the list is an updated Horizon 7 and F5 integration lab.  The lab has been updated to show how the F5 BIG-IP solution integrated with Horizon 7, AppVolumes, and Identity Manager.

Well, that’s all we have for now and want to thank you for sticking with us this past week.  Be sure to keep checking back, as you never know what surprises may be in store!

Lab SKU / Name Link to PDF/HTML Archived 2017 Lab
HOL-1823-01-NET – Palo Alto Networks VM-Series on NSX – Next-Gen Security for your SDDC PDF / HTML HOL-1723-SDC-1
HOL-1824-01-NET – Check Point vSEC and NSX – Advanced SDDC Security PDF / HTML HOL-1724-SDC-1
HOL-1827-01-HCI – VMware Storage – Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy Based Management PDF / HTML HOL-1708-SDC-2
HOL-1828-01-HCI – VxRail – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1728-SDC-1
HOL-1829-01-NET – vRealize Network Insight – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1729-SDC-1
HOL-1830-01-CNA – Photon OS and Container Basics – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1830-02-CNA – vSphere Integrated Containers – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1730-USE-1
HOL-1831-01-CNA – Kubernetes – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1730-USE-2
HOL-1859-01-ADV – F5 Integration with VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise PDF / HTML HOL-1759-MBL-1

VMworld 2017 Cloud Based Labs Released

There are only a few more days until we have released the new labs for this year!  Today’s release will be focused on some of the cloud based offerings and solutions in VMware’s portfolio.  These labs include everything from hosting your own desktops in the cloud to helping Telco providers run elastic, cross-cloud services.

The first lab, HOL-1856-01-ADV – VMware Horizon Cloud – Getting Started, walks you through setting up your own desktop as a service on Horizon Cloud and helps you understand the differences between running an on-premise solution.  You will also see how to integrate Horizon Cloud with User Environment Manager and Workspace ONE

I was fascinated by the next lab, HOL-1881-01-HBD – VMware HCX – Getting Started with Cross-Cloud Mobility and includes the solution to what I believe a lot of Customers have been or will be looking for.  This lab illustrates how to move applications across data centers, whether they are in your private or public cloud.  It also includes a look at protecting your applications with site to site disaster recovery and how to design secure networks and the tools you need to move workloads to the public cloud.

If you are part of the VMware Cloud Provider Program (formerly vCloud Air Network), you will want to a look at HOL-1883-01-HBD.  This lab provides an introduction to vCloud Director and how it interacts with vSAN, vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight.  It also covers two new tools, Usage Meter and vCloud Availability.  Usage Meter assists Services Providers in metering usage of VMware products for monthly billing.  vCloud Availability helps customers protect their on-premise vSphere environments with replication and recovery to Public Cloud.

Would you like to run your own Hands-on Labs or are you just curious about how it all works, then you should take a look at HOL-1885-01-EMT – VMware Learning Platform – Deliver Your Own Hands-on Labs.   This is also a great lab for those that are looking for a tool to integrate with their current Learning Management System.  In the lab you will get an idea of what it takes to deliver the labs to you, our users.  The lab also shows how it can be used in an Instructor-led environment and the ability to grade a student’s work in a lab.

The last series of labs, HOL-1886, focus on VMware vCloud Network Functions Virtualization with a Getting Started and an Advanced topics lab.  VMware vCloud Network Functions Virtualization is a platform geared towards the telecommunications industry.  In the Getting Started lab, you will follow the end-to-end lifecycle of vCloud Network Functions Virtualization, along with our partners Athonet and Cloudify.  The Advanced Topics lab covers integration with VMware Integrated OpenStack and deploying Metaswitch.

Thank you for sticking with us as we are down to the last few days.  We’ll be back tomorrow with more great labs for you!

 

Lab SKU / Name Link to PDF/HTML Archived 2017 Lab
HOL-1856-01-ADV – VMware Horizon Cloud – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1756-MBL-1
HOL-1881-01-HBD – VMware HCX – Getting Started with Cross-Cloud Mobility PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1883-01-HBD – VMware Cloud Provider Program (formerly VMware vCloud Air Network) – Tools and Offerings PDF / HTML HOL-1787-USE-1
HOL-1885-01-EMT – VMware Learning Platform – Deliver Your Own Hands-on Labs PDF / HTML HOL-1785-HBD-1
HOL-1886-01-EMT – vCloud Network Functions Virtualization – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1786-USE-1
HOL-1886-02-EMT – vCloud Network Functions Virtualization – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML New!

VMworld 2017 Challenge and vSphere Performance Labs Released!

Today is one of my favorite release days!  We are not only releasing the Challenge labs, but also the vSphere Performance Diagnostics and Benchmarking lab.

For those of you that unfamiliar with the Challenge lab series, we have worked on these labs alongside our Global Support Services team.  These are the people that provide awesome support for our products when you need it.  We gathered a list of potential pitfalls that they receive calls on most often and built scenarios around them in a lab.  It is then up to you to resolve that issue, almost a we break it, you fix it lab!  However, not all the challenge labs follow this model.  Some offer what we refer to as “Day 2” operations, meaning the product is installed, but there may be a need to build a dashboard for vRealize Operations, configure a virtual network in NSX or encrypt a virtual machine in vSAN.  These labs offer fun challenges, but also educate you on tasks you may need to perform or issues you may encounter in the future in your own environment.  With the Challenge labs, you will be prepared!

We have refreshed the challenge labs this year and have also added a new one for you all to try out!  Ever since we released the first Challenge lab for vSphere a couple of years ago, we have been asked when there would be one for NSX.  Your wish has been granted and I am happy to announce its release today!

The vSphere Performance Diagnostics and Benchmarking lab is also being released.  This is one of my favorite labs and has weathered the test of time.  It has always been a top lab since I’ve been involved in the Hands-on Labs the past 8 years and every year, it is refreshed with relevant content.  The lab still provides an overview of the basic concepts and how to troubleshoot CPU, Memory, Disk and Networking, but new this year is an overview of Weathervane, VMware’s performance benchmarking tool, right-sizing virtual machines for optimal performance and testing database performance.

There are only a few days left before we have released the entire catalog for this year.  Stay tuned, more great labs are on the way!

Lab SKU / Name Link to PDF/HTML Archived 2017 Lab
HOL-1804-01-SDC – vSphere 6.5 – Performance Diagnostics and Benchmarking PDF / HTML HOL-1704-SDC-1
HOL-1804-02-CHG – vSphere 6.5 – Challenge Lab PDF / HTML HOL-1704-CHG-2
HOL-1890-01-CHG – vRealize Automation – Challenge Lab PDF / HTML HOL-1790-CHG-1
HOL-1891-01-CHG – Horizon – Challenge Lab PDF / HTML HOL-1791-CHG-1
HOL-1892-01-CHG – VMware NSX – Challenge Lab PDF / HTML New!

VMworld 2017 Labs – VMware NSX Day!

It is hard to top yesterday when we released well over half the catalog of Hands-on Labs we presented at VMworld this year, but we will give it a go as we still have more awesome content for you!

Yesterday, we released the HOL-1803 series of labs.  The three labs in the series offer a great way to get started with NSX.  Today, we will focus on more advanced NSX and Network Virtualization labs.  The topics covered include integrating Site Recovery Manager or Horizon with NSX (and Trend Micro!), multi-site configurations and one around the newly announced AppDefense.  Finally, there are labs showing integration with VMware Integrated OpenStack and our first set of labs focusing on NSX-T.

That’s all for today, but be sure to check back tomorrow to see what new labs will be released!

Lab SKU / Name Link to PDF/HTML Archived 2017 Lab
HOL-1805-01-SDC – Site Recovery Manager – Data Center Migration and Disaster Recovery PDF / HTML HOL-1705-SDC-1
HOL-1820-01-EMT – VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1720-SDC-1
HOL-1825-01-NET – VMware NSX – Advanced Consumption PDF / HTML HOL-1725-SDC-1
HOL-1825-02-NET – VMWare NSX and SRM – Active-Standby Solution PDF / HTML HOL-1725-USE-2
HOL-1826-01-NET – VMware NSX-T – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1826-02-NET – VMware NSX-T with Kubernetes PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1841-01-NET – Secure Horizon with Trend Micro and NSX PDF / HTML HOL-1741-USE-1
HOL-1842-01-NET – VMware AppDefense – Secure Datacenter Endpoints PDF / HTML New!

Releasing the VMworld 2017 Hands-on Labs

It all starts today! We are pleased to announce we are releasing the VMworld 2017 Hands-on Labs. We will continue to release these on a daily basis until all 81 are available! If you don’t see your favorite lab, be sure to check back as all labs **should** be released by the end of next week.

Before we get started, just a couple of reminders. First, once we release a new lab, the current one will be placed in the HOL Archive catalog and will eventually be removed December 1st, 2017. For example, we are releasing the HOL-1803 series of labs today, so the HOL-1703 series will be placed in the HOL Archive catalog. The labs in the archive catalog will take longer to start and be sure you wait until the Lab Status indicator says Ready before you start. If you would like more information or how the new labs map to the existing labs, you can review my previous post, Transitioning to the 2018 Hands-on Labs. You may also notice that the catalogs look a bit different and you may be confused on where to find the lab you are looking for. You can review the post, Upcoming Changes to the Catalogs and Tips on How to Find Things for all the details.

The first release of new labs has typically been the top performers from VMworld and this year is no exception. Below are the labs we are releasing today. You can click on the lab SKU and name to be taken directly to the lab. One question we receive quite often is if the manuals are available in other formats, so in the second column you will find a link to the PDF and HTML version of the manual. These links are from our Hands-on Labs Documents site, where you can find manuals for all the labs dating back to 2014. Finally, the last column shows which lab the new one is replacing.

Lab SKU / Name Link to PDF/HTML Archived 2017 Lab
HOL-1801-01-CMP – vRealize Suite Standard – Cloud Planning and Optimization PDF / HTML HOL-1701-USE-2
HOL-1801-02-CMP – vRealize Suite Standard – Automated and Proactive Management PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1801-03-CMP – vRealize Suite Standard – Manage the SDDC PDF / HTML HOL-1701-USE-3
HOL-1801-04-CMP – vRealize Operations – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1706-USE-4
HOL-1801-05-CHG – vRealize Operations Application Monitoring – Challenge Lab PDF / HTML HOL-1701-CHG-5
HOL-1801-06-CMP – Introduction to vRealize Operations Assessment and Hybrid Cloud Assessment PDF / HTML HOL-1701-USE-1
HOL-1803-01-NET – VMware NSX – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1703-SDC-1
HOL-1803-02-NET – VMware NSX – Distributed Firewall and Micro-Segmentation PDF / HTML HOL-1703-SDC-2
HOL-1803-03-NET – VMware NSX – Operations and Visibility PDF / HTML HOL-1703-SDC-3
HOL-1806-01-CMP – vRealize Suite – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1706-SDC-1
HOL-1806-02-SLN – Automate IT – Make Private Cloud Easy PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1806-03-CMP – vRealize Business for Cloud – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1808-01-HCI – vSAN v6.6 – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1708-SDC-1
HOL-1808-02-CHG – vSAN v6.6 – Challenge Lab PDF / HTML HOL-1708-CHG-3
HOL-1811-01-SDC – vSphere v6.5 – What’s New PDF / HTML HOL-1710-SDC-6
HOL-1811-02-SDC – vSphere with Operations Management – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1710-USE-2
HOL-1811-03-SDC – vSphere with Operations Management – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1710-USE-4
HOL-1811-04-SDC – vSphere Security – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1811-05-SDC – vSphere Automation – PowerCLI PDF / HTML HOL-1721-SDC-6
HOL-1811-06-SDC – vSphere Automation and Development – API and SDK PDF / HTML HOL-1710-SDC-5
HOL-1811-07-SDC – vSphere HTML Client SDK – Build a Plugin PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1821-01-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1721-USE-1
HOL-1821-02-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1721-USE-2
HOL-1821-03-CMP – vRealize Automation 7 – Advanced Extensibility PDF / HTML HOL-1721-USE-3
HOL-1821-04-CMP – vRealize Code Stream – DevOps Solutions PDF / HTML HOL-1721-USE-4
HOL-1821-05-CMP – vRealize Orchestrator – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1721-SDC-5
HOL-1844-01-SLN – Modernize Infrastructure – VMware Cloud Foundation PDF / HTML HOL-1706-SDC-5
HOL-1844-02-SLN – VMware Cloud Foundation – Hybrid Cloud PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1845-01-SLN – Modernize Infrastructure – Build Your Own SDDC PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1851-01-ADV – Horizon 7.1 Enterprise – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1751-MBL-1
HOL-1851-02-ADV – Horizon 7.1 Instant Clones PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1851-03-ADV – VMware App Volumes – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1751-MBL-2
HOL-1851-04-ADV – VMware User Environment Manager – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1851-05-ADV – VMware Workspace ONE and VMware Horizon 7.1 PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1851-06-ADV – VMware Horizon 7 for Linux Desktops PDF / HTML HOL-1751-MBL-6
HOL-1851-07-ADV – Horizon 7.1 – Advanced Operational Concepts PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1851-08-ADV – Horizon 7.1 – Advanced Architectural Concepts PDF / HTML HOL-1751-MBL-4
HOL-1851-09-ADV – Horizon 7.1 Security – Advanced Topics PDF / HTML HOL-1751-MBL-5
HOL-1851-10-ADV – Horizon 7.1 – Graphics Acceleration for 3D workloads and vGPU PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1857-01-UEM – VMware AirWatch – Getting Started PDF / HTML HOL-1757-MBL-1
HOL-1857-02-UEM – VMware AirWatch – Unified Endpoint Management for Windows 10 PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1857-03-UEM – VMware AirWatch with Workspace ONE PDF / HTML HOL-1757-MBL-3
HOL-1857-04-UEM – VMware AirWatch – Productivity Apps PDF / HTML HOL-1757-MBL-4
HOL-1857-05-UEM – VMware AirWatch – Mobile Application Management and Developer Tools PDF / HTML HOL-1757-MBL-5
HOL-1857-06-UEM – VMware AirWatch – Directory and Certificate Authority Integration PDF / HTML HOL-1757-MBL-2
HOL-1857-07-UEM – VMware AirWatch – Android Management PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1857-08-UEM – VMware AirWatch – Technology Partner Integration PDF / HTML HOL-1757-MBL-6
HOL-1884-01-HBD – VMware Cloud Services – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!
HOL-1887-01-EMT – VMware Cloud on AWS – Getting Started PDF / HTML New!

Upcoming Changes to the Catalogs and Tips on How to Find Things

As we return from a record breaking VMworld Europe in Barcelona, I wanted to take a minute to talk about some of the new catalogs you will be seeing in the Hands-on Lab Online Portal in the coming weeks as we start to release the new labs.

This year we have over 80 new labs in the 2017 Hands-on Labs Catalog and based on feedback we received from you, our users, we still needed a better way to break up the content in the catalog listings to make things easier to find.  For example, we have 44 labs in the Software Defined Data Center catalog.  Searching through that catalog and trying to find the bit of content you are looking for can be a daunting task!  For those that are not familiar with what the catalog structure looks like today, here is how we have things laid out.

We have four main catalogs, SDDC, Hybrid Cloud, Mobility and Challenge.  There is a fifth catalog, Focus Labs, we populate with the latest and most popular labs.  You can start to see the difficulty in finding 80+ labs in only four very generic catalogs.

We tested the new catalog listings at VMworld and from the feedback we received from attendees, it made finding labs around specific products or features much easier.  So here are the new catalogs and what contents you may expect to find in them:

New Catalog Name High Level Products Included Existing Catalog
Application and Desktop Virtualization Horizon Suite, FLEX, Mirage, Horizon Cloud Mobility
Challenge Labs Test your knowledge on VMware Products Challenge Labs
Cloud Management Platform vRealize Suite, vRealize Automation and vRealize Operations Software Defined Data Center
Cloud Native Applications PhotonOS, vSphere Integrated Containers Software Defined Data Center
Emerging Technologies VMware Cloud, vSphere Integrated OpenStack, Network Functions Virtualization and VMware Learning Platform Hybrid Cloud, Software Defined Data Center
Hybrid Cloud Hybrid Cloud Services, Cloud Services and VMware Cloud Provider Program Hybrid Cloud
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure vSAN, Virtual Volumes and VxRail Software Defined Data Center
Network Virtualization NSX, NSX-T, NSX Cloud and Partner Solutions Software Defined Data Center
Software Defined Data Center vSphere with Operations Management, Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Performance Software Defined Data Center
Solution Labs Labs focused on solving business challenges with VMware Solutions Software Defined Data Center, Mobility, Hybrid Cloud
Unified Endpoint Management VMware AirWatch Mobility

I also wanted to share a couple of additional tips that may come in handy.  The first is the search feature.  You can use the search box to find a lab by SKU (i.e. HOL-1810-01-SDC) or by product or keyword.  Be sure to click the ‘ALL LABS’ link first, so your search will be across all the catalogs.

In this example, after clicking on the ALL LABS link, I searched for ‘firewall’.  This will bring up any labs that include the term ‘firewall’ in the lab title, description or module listing.  This can also be used to search for product names, like NSX or a lab SKU.

If you have taken a lab and would like to find other labs that are based on the same product, you can use the ‘Lab Details’ section.

In the Products section, you will see the major products featured in the lab.  Click on the product you are interested in and you will be shown all the other labs that include that product.  By clicking on vRealize Log Insight, I’m given this listing of labs:

When you find a lab that interests you, just click on the link and you will be brought right to the lab details page for the lab, where you can enroll to take the lab.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for updates!  The new labs will be here before you know it!