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.
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 appliance is initially configured, then walk through the features, management and monitoring and also see how to expand and extend the appliance.
The next lab covering the VMware Learning Platform is another of my favorites. This lab gives you an inside look at how we deliver the Hands-on Labs to you. If you are interested in how we host the labs or are interested in how to deliver lab content to your users, this is the lab for you!
Finally, if you are a vCloud Air Network partner and need to come up to speed on vCloud Director, you will want to take a look at the VMware vCloud Director for Service Providers lab. It will walk you through building out your Infrastructure as a Service platform. If you are a customer that utilizes vCloud Air or services from one of our vCloud Air Network partners, there is a section in this lab that covers consumption of vCloud Director resources.
That’s it! The Lab SKU link below will take you directly to the lab entry where you can start taking the lab. Also, you can download any of the lab manuals from the Hands-on Labs Document site.
||Archived 2016 Lab
||VMware Learning Platform: How You Can Deliver Your Own Hands-On Labs
||VMware vCloud Director for Service Providers: Build IaaS Platforms
That’s all for now! A big thank you to the volunteers who created this content and the most amazing catalog I think we’ve ever had. Stay tuned as we will be providing an update for our global users and localized Hands-on Labs manuals shortly!
If you have taken one of our labs at a large event like a VMworld, vForum, or VMUG, you may recall that we provide 90-minute lab sessions so that everyone has a chance to experience the labs. If nobody is waiting in line, users may continue their sessions by requesting a time extension from the lab staff before their lab session expires.
When we publish these labs via our online portal, we configure longer session times based on lab popularity, demand and the capacity we have available, but there is no lab staff constantly monitoring the online labs to handle realtime extension requests.
As I have outlined in other posts, our labs are designed to be consumed in small chunks, and most users spend less than an hour in the lab at a time. However, we receive a good deal of feedback from users who would prefer to sit for several hours at a time and work their way through an entire lab manual. We understand that different people work in different ways, so we are piloting a new self-service model for lab time extensions to address this request.
This feature enables our users to self-extend their lab time in 1 hour increments to continue working within the same lab environment for an extended period.
How Do I Use It?
Prior to running out of time in your lab, click on the Extend button under the lab title and the system will request an additional hour to be added to your lab session.
Try it out and let us know what you think by joining the Time Extension thread in the HOL section of the VMware Communities.
Thanks for reading and enjoy your labs.
I don’t know which of us crazy people thought it would be a good idea to begin releasing the Hands-on Labs from VMworld 2015 the week immediately following the conference, especially with Labor Day on Monday and several of us on the core team heading out to present at other events, but we have been on an accelerated schedule all year, but the project plan says we’re supposed to get rolling.
We will be releasing a new set of labs each week, accompanied by a post here that indicates which labs have been published. Note that some labs are being sent to the shop for polish and a few others are being updated for the VMworld event in Barcelona next month, so your favorite lab may not show up in the public portal until mid-October. Please be patient 🙂
The initial set includes some of our more popular, 101-level labs. For the most part, these labs replace the ones from VMworld 2014 that have the same significant bits. For example, HOL-SDC-1408 (VSAN) has been refreshed and replaced with HOL-SDC-1608 (VSAN).
We will keep the 1400-series labs around until December, but significantly reduce or eliminate the “prepops” we have on hand for those older labs in favor of the 1600-series labs. This just means that you may need to wait longer for the labs to deploy and “warm up” if you choose to use the older content.
Without further delay, I present the first group that will be released this week:
||Cloud Management with vRealize Operations Insight
||VMware NSX Introduction
||Virtual SAN 6 from A to Z
||Virtualization 101: vSphere with Operations Management 6
||vRealize Automation 101: Application and Infrastructure Delivery and DevOps with Code Stream
||VMware EVO:RAIL Introduction
||vSphere Optimization Assessment (service for partners)
If you don’t see these labs in the catalog today, check back later. They should be there by the end of the week. Preparing them for hosting on our public portal takes a bit of work and the compressed schedule between VMworld US and VMworld EMEA means that we may not get them all processed before that event.
Thank you for your patience, interest and support of the VMware Hands-on Labs!
The following labs are now available for everyone to use in our EUCSOLUTIONS Hands On Lab tenant.
These labs are now publicly available to all customers and partners to get familiar with the lab and products, as well as use for demoing with your customers….as you are free to use these for public demonstrations.
What is in these labs?
F5 BIG-IP/VMW EUC Integration (HOL-MBL-1459)
- Intelligent Availability and Traffic Management with F5 BIG-IP
- F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition Deployment with vSphere
- Basic Setup and Configuration of the F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition
- Uploading Certificates and iApps to the BIG-IP
- Load Balancing Security Servers for External Horizon Clients Implementing PCoIP Proxy as a Security Server Alternative
VMware User Environment Manager (EUC-MBL-1560)
- Introduction and Installation of VMware User Environment Manager
- Dynamically Managing Settings within the User Environment Manager
- Application Configurations
VMware Horizon FLEX (EUC-MBL-1561)
- Introduction to VMware Horizon FLEX
- Mobile Users and Remotely Managed Desktops with BYO
- Contractors, Temporary Workers, and BYO
- Building a Custom VMware Horizon FLEX VM
How to Access:
- Simply go to the EUC SOLUTIONS tenant on the VMware Hands On Labs portal by using the short-link http://vmware.com/go/EUClabs.
- Login using your email address and password.
NOTE: If you forgot your password, simply click the FORGOT PASSWORD link. If you DO NOT have a login, you must self register by clicking on the REGISTER link on the login popup.
- Once logged in, browse to the All Labs catalog on the top-left.
- Select the lab you wish by clicking the ENROLL button.
- Click START THIS LAB to start taking the lab.
I would like to thank the many VMware folks who spent time assistance with building, troubleshooting, providing content, and reviewing these Hands On Labs as well as Justin Venezia and Paul Pindell from F5 for their support in the F5 lab.
We periodically receive requests from our users and other organizations that are interested in running their own copies of the VMware Hands-on Labs. This request frequently stems from poor network connectivity to our hosting datacenter(s), but several just want to be able to download our labs to run on their own hardware so that they don’t need to be connected to the Internet in order to go through a lab.
While we understand many of the reasons behind these requests, it is challenging for a number of reasons, not the least of which has to do with the fact that our labs are live environments. I hope to address the main issues here while providing some additional insight into what the backend of the labs looked like in 2014. Continue reading
It has been a long time since my last post. Lest you all think we’re just sitting back and waiting for VMworld 2015, I wanted to give an update on what we have going on in the Hands-on Labs and some of the exciting work we are doing to prepare for 2015.
- Updated Labs: new builds, wallpaper
- Enhanced LabStartup
We are excited to announce that the first lab in the 2014 Hands-on Labs content catalog is the Horizon 6 with View Introduction.
VMware Horizon 6 with View is an important product release that brings advanced features to your end-user experience. As the first release in the 2014 Hands-on Labs development cycle, HOL-MBL-1451 brings exciting new content in real time with the general availability release of the Horizon 6 with View product. Be the first to experience Horizon 6 with View and see how your applications and desktops can be unified in a single workspace.
Ready to get started? Launch your own Horizon 6 with View lab experience:
Only interested in browsing the lab manual? Explore the content:
Connect with other interested HOL users and discuss Horizon 6 with View:
You can read all about the Horizon 6 with View release over at the Horizon Tech Blog. Enjoy!
We are looking forward to an exciting VMworld 2014 and cannot wait to share the rest of the labs with you. Be sure to check in regularly at hol.vmware.com for the latest VMware Hands-on Labs news and features.
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, SSL certificates and password expiration policies are the bane of my existence…
On a call at the end of 2013, I demonstrated some of my maintenance workflows to others on my team and they thought that at least some of our readers would be interested in what I am doing behind the scenes. So, I am kicking off a short series of posts to outline some of the challenges we have and solutions we have developed with the hope that someone out there finds them useful, or at the very least, interesting. Continue reading
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.
HOL-SDC-1320 – OpenStack on VMware vSphere
OpenStack is a cloud management platform that enables self-service cloud provisioning and automation. What does that mean for you? This lab provides a basic overview of OpenStack and how it can be used with vSphere to provide cloud users access to compute and storage resources.
Enroll in HOL-SDC-1320
vCloud Automation Center 6.0
HOL-SDC-1321 – vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.0 from A to Z
VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) version 6 has arrived! Explore how vCAC 6, vCAC Application Provisioning, vCAC Business Management, vCenter Orchestrator (vCO), and VMware vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) integrate and accelerate successful cloud deployments.
Enroll in HOL-SDC-1321