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 →
The complete catalog of Hands-on Labs from VMworld 2013 is now available online. This is the best place for you to explore new features in the vCloud Suite and vSphere 5.5 and learn about VMware Virtual SAN. Connect to the labs at:
If you are new to vSphere, be sure to take the “vSphere and vSOM 101” lab (HOL-SDC-1310) This provides an introduction to vSphere features and functionality and uses videos and hands-on steps to deepen understanding.
If you are familiar with vSphere already, but would like to experiment with vSphere 5.5, this lab makes an excellent “sandbox.” It includes a “What’s New” appendix to highlight new features in vSphere 5.5.
vSphere Big Data Extensions
Also new with vSphere 5.5 is the VMware Hadoop solution, vSphere Big Data Extensions (HOL-SDC-1309). See how you can deploy scalable application clusters seamlessly with vSphere.
VMware Virtual SAN
The public beta of VMware Virtual SAN is an exciting release. This software-defined storage solution is at your fingertips in HOL-SDC-1308. Take the lab as many times as you like to familiarize yourself with the new interface and features. Be sure to sign up for the VSAN public beta at http://www.vmware.com/vsan-beta-register.html to get your own copy of the software.
vCloud Suite Use Cases
Our vCloud Suite Use Case labs (HOL-SDC-1313 through HOL-SDC-1318) demonstrate the vCloud Suite addressing important business objectives. Not all of these labs have been updated for version 5.5 of the vCloud Suite, but they do demonstrate the power and flexibility available to you, even in earlier versions of the software. Be sure not to miss this exciting content.
Just in time for your Friday morning coffee, we are pleased to announce nine new 2013 VMware Hands-on Labs freshly brewed in the HOL Online portal. The focus today is all about your cloud, how you can automate it and how you can deploy big data applications. Register, sign-in and start taking labs in less than five minutes.
Hadoop has emerged as a powerful new technology that provides users with an inexpensive and efficient way of storing and processing large amounts of data. Did you know that through VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions you can run clustered, scale-out Hadoop applications through vSphere, with only a single virtual appliance to install. Yeah, you should definitely check this out.
This lab puts all of your favorites together under one roof. Explore vCloud Automation Center (vCAC), Orchestrator, PowerCLI and AutoDeploy working harmoniously to solve real issues that real architects and admins face. Loaded with hours of content, you will need at least two lab sittings to complete all of the modules.
HOL-SDC-1305 – Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery In Action
VMware offers complete solutions to your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery needs. From Site Recovery Manager to vCenter Heartbeat to vSphere Data Protection to vCenter Heartbeat, this lab has you covered.
The vCloud Suite Use Cases labs have been refreshed with new content for VMworld 2013. The labs in the online catalog have now been updated, as well. These six labs highlight practical ways in which the VMware vCloud Suite empowers you to do more with your Hybrid Cloud solution.
HOL-SDC-1313 – vCloud Suite Use Cases – Infrastructure Provisioning (IaaS)
See how vCloud Director (vCD) and vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) work together to deliver Infrastructure as a Service.
HOL-SDC-1315 – vCloud Suite Use Cases – Control & Compliance
How is your posture? This lab will get you straightened out! Control and Compliance can be critical areas of need for today’s IT organizations. Learn the elegant solutions available through the vCloud Suite.
HOL-SDC-1316 – vCloud Suite Use Cases – Quality of Service
Do you always keep your promises? With the QoS lab you can learn how the vCloud Suite allows you to identify key metrics and then measure your service quality. Set targets and then deliver. Sounds like a plan!
We survived the holiday break and have been getting ready for Hands on Labs at Partner Exchange Las Vegas. We will have a massive 10,000 S/F room dedicated to all things Hands on Labs and invite you to attend.
Top Reasons to Attend Hands on Labs at Partner Exchange:
Over 30 Hands on Labs developed by our Product Experts
Labs covering topics in Infrastructure, End User Computing, Operations, and Partner created Labs
Get hands on experience with new products such as vSphere 5.1 features, vCloud Suite, vCenter Operations.
We will have over 60 Product Experts on the floor ready and happy to answer any questions and make sure you have a superb lab experience
Network with your peers, ask questions, get answers at our expert bars
Looking forward to seeing you at Partner Exchange Las Vegas 2013