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Backstage Pass Session #3 – Performance Tuning Hands-on Labs VMworld

Joshua Schnee at VMworld checking on our HOL Performance

Jon S. asking Joshua  S. about our HOL Cloud Performance VMworld 2013 San Francisco CA

Backstage Pass Session #3 – Performance Tuning Hands-on Labs VMworld

This session will discuss how we tested and tuned our Datacenters for optimal performance. Josh will discuss the tools he used to test our multiple clouds and Joey will go into details on the infrastructure we have deployed and our planning for VMworld. This is a great session for folks getting ready to roll out their Clouds and a great opportunity to ask questions.

Date: Wednesday May 7th, 2014

PDF + MP3 is available now

Backstage Pass with VMware Hands-on Labs Session #2

Join Doug and Bill as they describe how we operate our Hands-on Labs Service

Join Doug and Bill as they describe how we operate our Hands-on Labs Service

In this Session Bill Call and Doug Baer will walk you through an overview of the Hands-on Labs infrastructure, design considerations when creating our vApps (vPods) and how we move them across multiple datacenters around the world.

This technical session is for architects, and administrators running datacenters. The content level is intermediate to advanced. Please plan to attend and be prepared to ask questions at the end of the talk.  We also encourage you to start thinking about joining us for VMworld 2014 in San Francisco or Barcelona and visiting us in the Hands-on Labs room. 30 minute talk /presentation with plenty of room for questions and answers.

PDF and MP3 Recording

Announcing VMware Hands-on Labs BackStage Pass Webinars

Webinar Series VMware Hands-on Labs Backstage Pass

Join our Webinar Series VMware Hands-on Labs Backstage Pass

Friends,

We are announcing the VMware Hands-on Labs Backstage Pass Webinars Series.  These sessions are for Administrators, Architects and IT Managers running VMware environments of any size. Our talks are easygoing , focus on technology and provide tips and tricks to help make your life easier.

The VMware Hands-on Labs Backstage Pass Webinars Series will run the first Wednesday of the month 9:00 AM PDT. All sessions will be recorded and posted on our Hands-on Labs blog if you cannot attend session. Please join us as these are a great opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and learn how we use our products to run the VMware Hands-on Labs service.

VMware Hands-on Labs Backstage Pass – Webinar Schedule / Abstracts

March 25, 2014

Session #1  VMware vSphere Operations Management 101 – Online Workshop
In our vSphere with Operations Management 101 online workshop, you will learn first-hand how vCenter Operations Manager can help you manage your vSphere environments. We will walk you through the steps to access the live vCenter Operations labs.  Using the Hands-on Labs online portal you will be able try vCenter Operations Manager and chat with our VMware experts who use this product to monitor the Hands-on Labs infrastructure. Attend this online workshop to see how vCenter Operations Manager provides comprehensive visibility into the health and performance of your vSphere environments, helps you improve the efficiency of your virtual infrastructure, increase your consolidation ratios, and how it provides capacity management with “what if” planning capabilities.

This online workshop is targeted at customers who are running vSphere and who are new to vSphere with Operations Management. Registration is closed thanks for your interest.

April 2, 2014

Session #2Backstage with VMware Hands-on Labs – vPod and Data Sync

In this Session Bill Call and Doug Baer will walk you through an overview of the Hands-on Labs infrastructure, design considerations when creating our vApps (vPods) and how we move them across multiple datacenters around the world.

This technical session is for architects, and administrators running datacenters. The content level is intermediate to advanced. Please plan to attend and be prepared to ask questions at the end of the talk.  We also encourage you to start thinking about joining us for VMworld 2014 in San Francisco or Barcelona and visiting us in the Hands-on Labs room. 30 minute talk /presentation with plenty of room for questions and answers.

Backstage with Bill Call and Doug “Trevor”

PDF and MP3 Recording

May 7th 2014

Session #3Backstage with VMware Hands-on Labs Performance Testing Tuning Hands-on Labs Architecture with @jpschnee and Joeyd.

This session will discuss how we tested and tuned our Datacenters for optimal performance. Josh will discuss the tools he used to test our multiple clouds and Joey will go into details on the infrastructure we have deployed and our planning for VMworld. This is a great session for folks getting ready to roll out their Clouds and a great opportunity to ask questions.

Recording and PDF

Session #4 Backstage with VMware Hands-on Labs Project NEE & OneCloud – Delivering Hand-On Labs at Cloud Scale
Wednesday June 4th 2014
Time: 9:00 AM PDT
Length: 60 minutes
We have had tons of requests for more information on Project NEE and more details on how we run and operation our Hands-on Labs Infrastructure. In this session we will have the guys from the ProjectNEE team and OneCloud walk us through the architecture and go into details on how we manage our infrastructure.
The first part of this session we will cover details on Project NEE. The second part of the session will go into OneCloud – our internal Cloud infrastructure service. The OneCloud team will discuss how they use the vCloud Suite – vCenter Operations Manager, vCenter Log Insight and various tools.  This is a great session for folks interested in learning how we run and operated our infrastructure.
Agenda
– What is ProjectNee
– What is OneCloud
– Solving the Delivery Problem
– Operating Cloud at Scale
– Questions and answers
This meeting will be recording for folks that cannot attend.

Upcoming Maintenance window – March 19th 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM PST

Hands-on Labs - Maintenance Window
Folks,
Just wanted to make you aware of the planned Maintenance window coming up next week on March 19th.
We will be adding some fixes and updates to Project NEE.
During this time access to Hands-on Labs will be up and down
Please do not schedule any critical meetings, workshops for this time period.
Date: Wednesday March 19th
Time: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM PST
What: NEE Portal will be going through updates / fixes you may experience HOLs going up and down.

Regards

VMware Hands-on Labs Team

Click Go -> Take the VSAN Hands-on Lab !

Folks

Huge congratulations to the teams for launching VSAN !

You can now explore a fully provisioned version of VSAN at your finger tips. No special hardware, or licenses needed to run a lab and the best part is you can explore VSAN at your leisure using most modern browsers…

Important Links for VSAN Hands-on Labs:

Take your VSAN Lab – http://vmware.com/go/vsanlab

Lab Manuals in HTML / PDF – http://docs.hol.vmware.com/HOL-2013/HOL-SDC-1308_html_en

 

The art of inviting a friend to take a lab – VMware Hands-on Labs

Happy Friday Folks,

Just wanted to take a few minutes to give you some background on the “Invite a Friend” feature we have in the Hands-on Labs Portal…

This feature was requested by some our friends in the community that liked the content we had in our site and wanted an easier way to share the lab with their friends… so lets get started

Inviting a friend is easy…

1. Go to http://labs.hol.vmware.com – if you don’t have an account you can self register

VMware Hands-on Labs invite a friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2 – Choose your method  (You must have your Twitter, FB, Linked accounts associated in your  HOL Profile Settings – go to My Profile and associate your Social Media Accounts with HOL)  My friends tend to ignore my emails so I tend to use my twitter account a little more.

VMware Hands-on Labs invite a friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: Your friends will receive an email from “admin@projectnee.com” so it is important you use relevant / descriptive subject lines see below.

VMware Hands-on Labs invite a friend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well that is all I have for this wonderful afternoon thanks for reading and remember be kind invite a friend to take a lab !

Help shape the future of VMware Hands-on Labs – join us March 5th, 9:00 AM PST

help shape the future of vmware hands-on labs

Friends of VMware Hands-on Labs,
We wanted to share with our users our planning for the 2014 season and get feedback from you. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas, and tell us what you would like to see.

Agenda

Update on Hands-on Labs / Direction
– Content Planning for 2014 Season
– What would you like to see in next generation labs
– Portal / Website updates in the works
– Open Feedback

Session will be recorded and posted for folks that cannot attend.

Hands-on-Labs-Feedback

How to send text to console – New Feature VMware Hands-on Labs

Folks,

Just wanted to call out a new feature the teams have put into the HOL portal to allow users to send text directly to the console – Some of you might not have been able to enter credentials into some of the labs due to a bug encountered when using international keyboard.

The send text to console button will appear after you start your lab – it is in the lower left hand side of your window (see below)

Hope this helps making your life easier when taking your labs – Enjoy !

Send-Text-to-Console

Join us at VMware Partner Exchange 2014 – Meet our Product Experts – Hands-on Labs

Folks,

We are incredibly excited about  bringing to our Partners the VMware Hands-on Labs – This is a superb opportunity for you to come in learn all about our products, take a lab and meet the actual people that built the labs.

Please join us – looking forward to seeing you there ….

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Internet Explorer 10 Now supported – VMware Hands-on Labs

Folks,

We are very proud to announce Internet Explorer 10 support for Hands-on Labs !

Enjoy your labs !

Self Register / Log in: http://labs.hol.vmware.com