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HOL Three-Tier Application, Part 4 – Web Server

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This is the fourth post in the series about building a three-tier application for demonstration, lab, and education purposes. If you have been following along, you have created the base Photon template as well as simple database and application servers. This post covers the final layer of our stack, the web presentation tier. I have said Read more...

VMware Hands-on Labs over 1 Million Labs Served – Thank You

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Folks 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 Read more...

HOL Three-Tier Application, Part 3 – App Server

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This is the third post in the series about building a three-tier application for demonstration, lab, and education purposes. At this point, you have downloaded Photon OS and prepared the base template according to the specifications and have built and tested the database server, db-01a. Working from the bottom-up, we move to the application server, which sits between Read more...

HOL Three-Tier Application, Part 2 – DB server

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This is the second post in the series about building a three-tier application for demonstration, lab, and education purposes. At this point, you have downloaded Photon OS and prepared the base template according to the specifications. If not, please go to the first post in the series to prepare your environment. I am trying to release Read more...

HOL Three-Tier Application, Part 1

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This is the first post in my series about the multi-tier application we use in some of the VMware Hands-on Labs to demonstrate, among other things, network connectivity, microsegmentation and load balancing. This post will cover downloading the base operating system and performing the configuration tasks common to all of the VMs in the solution. Read more...

Happy New Year

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Happy 2017 from the VMware Hands-on Labs team! I have three quick updates for you in this post. 1. We are currently working on our Spring Release, which is when we refresh some of the labs from the prior year’s VMworld. Look for some updated content around April of this year. 2. We have started planning the labs Read more...

New Localized Manuals Available!

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We are delighted to announce the first set of 2017 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 Read more...

Last of the 2017 Hands-on Labs Released!

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It’s the final day of releasing labs the 2017 catalog and we have some rather unique labs for you.  We are releasing the VxRail, VMware Learning Platform and vCloud Director for Service Providers Hands-on Labs today. The first lab, VxRail, covers the installation and management of the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance (HCIA).  You will see how the Read more...

New Horizon and Challenge Labs Released!

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Today is one of my favorite release days!  We are releasing the remainder of our Horizon and Challenge labs for the 2017 Hands-on Labs catalog. There is some great new content we are releasing in the Mobility catalog for Horizon.  These labs focus on Identity Manager and application management and delivery with App Volumes and Read more...

New Networking and Cloud Native Apps Hands-on Labs Released!

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Today we are releasing the reaming network and Cloud Native Apps labs in 2017 Hands-on Labs catalog.  While we have already released the HOL-1703 and HOL-1725 series of NSX based content, today’s labs focus on VMware Integrated OpenStack and Partner solutions from Check Point and Trend Micro. These also contain our first vertical solutions for Read more...