The VMware Learning Platform engineering team put together a very cool Tool to help you do a little sanity check before you take a Hands-on Lab. It will check your browser compatibility, and some basic network sanity checks to make sure your lab experience is as best as can be.
Be sure to send us your feedback and if you think its useful tell a friend.
We will be hosting another vForum Online event this June 28th and have great Sessions and Hands-on Labs lined up to make your learning experience even better. These events are exciting as we engage with users from all of the Americas. We will be online monitoring the infrastructure and answering questions from you.
Thank you for participating in our Raffle Drawing for the very cool DJI Drone – we had a lot of fun putting it together for you. We thought it would be great to get to know our winner and did a little write up to introduce him to our readers.
Tell us about your professional career background and interests ?
I work in healthcare specializing in virtualization technology and strategy. I’ve been working in IT for over 20 years, and working with VMware solutions for over 15. My current interests involve Cloud Management and Automation, and Network Virtualization. I also enjoy attending my local VMUG meetings to understand how other people are addressing problems in Healthcare with technology.
How was your Hands-on Lab Experience? Anything we can do to improve the experience?
I’m a huge proponent of the HOL’s. I used them frequently to study for VMware Certification exams, especially to get to bits that aren’t generally available… Additionally, many of the labs give you free reign to go off of the lab manual, and do other tasks. For me, this is much easier than a home lab. Everything is properly configured, consistent, and there’s no consequence for making changes that would break a home lab configuration. Over the years, the HOL environment has gotten better and the catalog broader, there’s really nothing else like it out there.
Advice to users out there on using the Hands-on Labs
Get out there and try them! Don’t be afraid to use a HOL environment for other tasks than the lab, such as performing tasks on a certification blueprint. I rarely find that there are things I cannot perform in the HOL’s, short of complex multisite configurations. The HOL’s are great training if you’re lacking budget, offering the latest content and products.
New Hands-on Labs released and chance to win a cool DJI Drone
We are incredibly happy to announce our latest release of Hands-on Labs and a very cool DJI Drone Raffle Giveaway for taking any of our eligible Hands-on Labs. Please visit our official contest site for more details Contest runs from April 19th to May 19th 2017 Giveaway is for US residents only, sorry no VMware employees.
Below is a list of our recently released Hands-on Labs for our Spring Release. We would also like to thank our entire team for making this happen. You can take any of these labs from our Hands-on Labs site http://labs.hol.vmware.com
Newly released Hands-on Labs
HOL-1731-SDC-1 – What’s New: Virtual SAN v6.5
HOL-1731-SDC-2 – Advanced vSAN 6.5: Operations
HOL-1733 – What’s New: vRealize Automation v7.2
HOL-1810-01-SDC – Virtualization 101: Introduction to vSphere
Updates to existing Hands-on Labs
HOL-1701 (all lab codes) – Updated to vROps v6.5 and Log Insight v4. Includes updates to VOA Hands-on Labs
HOL-1706-SDC-5 – VMware Cloud Foundation
HOL-1710 – Updating to the GA release of vSphere v6.5. Log Insight content
HOL-1728-SDC-1 – General updates
HOL-1730-USE-1 – Updated to Cloud Native GA code
HOL-1751-MBL-1 – New module to include Instant Clones
HOL-1756-MBL-1 – New interactive simulation lab and renamed to Horizon Cloud-Hosted Infrastructure – Explore and Manage
HOL-1757 Updated to AirWatch v9.0
HOL-1787-USE-1 – New features of vCD
HOL-1790-CHG-1 – Updated for vRA 7.2
Thank you for your support and enjoy your Hands-on Labs –
We are incredibly proud of announcing that we have delivered over 1 Million Hands-on Labs to 269K active users since January 1st 2013. We really appreciate the help we have received from all of the teams involved for making this happen.
Some Fun Facts:
Users on average spend 51 minutes taking a Lab, taking 3.7 Labs
We deliver 1200 – 1800 Labs per day
We have over 70 Labs and 400 Lab Modules for you take
We move more than 32 TB of Data per cloud – During VMworld we usually run 9 Clouds
Looking forward to a great 2017
This year will be the year of SAS Hands-on Labs supporting recent AWS announcements that will be released for VMworld 2017, and our Global vForums.
We have consistently added users over the years at VMworld, our launching pad for new Hands-on Labs and looking forward to expanding our global footprint.
Thanks for your support and looking forward to a great 2017 !
VMware Hands-on Labs team supporting local She ++ event in Mt. View CA
Just wanted to call out one of the things we strongly believe in is raising awareness around women in technology, and more importantly, helping those who are just getting started in their college and work careers.
Recently, an opportunity to make an impact on supporting women in technology came up with she++ Gala event held at the Computer History Musuem in Mountain View, CA. The she++ event encouraged “all ages and level of experience or aspiration in technology” to attend. Some of the event highlights were she++ high school fellows’ and college ambassadors’ projects featured, eight companies demonstrating their technology and the opportunity to mingle with industry mentors and students.
Our VMware Hands-on Labs team jumped at the chance to volunteer building awareness around VMware’s technology and the VMwomen Initiative. During the event we showcased the Hands-on Labs and explained how easy it is to learn about our products and the problems we solve. Tina W, Anita K , Pablo R and Joey D spoke with folks new to the industry to provide a sense of what VMware does and the problems we solve for the planet, such as reducing datacenter footprint and accelerate business utilizing our Cloud solutions.
So our message for women thinking about going into a technology field, Consider and Explore. You may find a rewarding career in solving real problems with technology and better yet, work with smart, inspirational people.
Additionally, a Big Thanks goes out to Chris Romano who started the awareness effort and special thanks to Tina Walsworth, Anita Kapadia and Kristen Taylor for helping us design and execute on the she ++ Event.
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We had a few moments in between our releases and wanted to share with you a little dashboard we put together to help us keep track of how things are going.
Loads of exciting items to track (I think this might apply mostly to HOL geeks like ourselves but just in case you are interested) Left to Right.
Number of Active users – this refers to users who have created an account and actually have taken a lab.
Total Labs Deployed – this is mostly a testament of the infrastructure the teams have put together. We are past 1/2 million labs deployed, or 6 million Virtual Machines since Jan 2013.
Active Concurrent Users – This is as it implies – number of users actively taking a lab. What I really love about this gauge is that it is active all day long – to us this means our users from around the globe are using our service
HOL in a Box Events – This is from our HOL in a Box request calendar that shows events coming up. If you are not aware you too can request capacity for your small training event. http://vmware.com/go/holinabox
Top Trending Labs – Active Users – This is a real time feed of the popular labs at the moment, the number to the right indicates the number of users taking that lab.
Current Visitor Map – Its nice to see users around the globe taking our labs
We hope you like our Dashboard – Please do send us any feedback.
Trevor was in town last week and he created some videos to help you guys have an even better experience when taking a VMware Hands-on Lab. The videos are short and simple, and designed for someone that is just getting started using VMware Hands-on Labs – be sure to tell a friend and hope to see you at VMworld.
Tip #1 Loading of the Hands-on Labs
Tip #2 Checking to see your lab status (very cool feature in your Lab desktop most folks overlook)
Tip #3 Working your way around the User Interface,,
Tip #4 Sending feedback, getting help on Twitter @vmwarehol, Hands-on Labs Community hol.vmware.com