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By Rich Bourdeau

There is a proverb that states:
Tell me, I’ll forget…  Show me, I’ll remember …   Involve me, I’ll understand
It is for that reason that the Expert-led Workshops and the Hands on Labs are one of the more popular parts of the VMworld conference.

VMworld 2016 - IT Automation HOLs

What is the difference between an Expert Led workshop and Hands on Lab?

  • Expert-led Workshops (ELW)
    Our Expert-Led Workshops (which take place in the Hands-On Labs area) provide intimate access to VMware product experts in an engaging instructional environment. This is a great opportunity to interact with the subject-matter experts who built the labs. Join us to get your questions answered and discuss solutions in a group setting. To attend an Expert-Led Workshop, you must pre-register for a seat in advance by using the schedule builder feature that’s built into Content Catalog.
  • Self-paced Labs (SPL)
    Self-Paced Labs are our popular standard service where you can interact with the latest VMware products at your own pace at a traditional workstation. These labs are delivered on a first-come, first-served basis and do not need to be scheduled in advance.

Here is a list of the top Automation Expert-led workshops and Hands on Labs at VMworld 2016.

Expert-led Workshops

The Expert-led workshops walk you through various automation topics. Self paced lab versions of these sessions are available anytime.

  • Security Concepts in the Software Defined Data Center Workshop [ELW-1706-SDC-3]
    This workshop will demonstrate how as a vSphere Administrator, you can leverage NSX and vRealize Suite to reduce the overall security risk of your vSphere Environments. The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-1706-SDC-3, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open.
    Sunday, Aug 28, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • vRealize Automation 7 Advanced Workshop [ELW-1721-USE-2]
    This advanced Expert-led Workshop covers the more complex service authoring capabilities of vRealize Automation including XaaS, NSX integration and Application Authoring. The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-1721-USE-2, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open.
    Sunday, Aug 28, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • VMware vCloud® Air™ – Manage Your Cloud Workshop [ELW-1783-HBD-1]
    In this workshop we will look at how we can connect to our vCloud Air environment through the vRealize Cloud Management Platform, utilizing the power of vRealize Automation and vRealize Operations. The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-1783-HBD-1, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open
    Monday, Aug 29, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • vRealize Automation 7 Basics Workshop [ELW-1721-USE-1]
    This introductory Expert-led Workshop demonstrates the features of vRealize Automation and is a great place to start to begin learning about the powerful capabilities and features of the solution. The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-1721-USE-1, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open
    Monday, Aug 29, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, Aug 31, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • vRealize Automationfor DevOps Workshop [ELW-1721-USE-4]
    Explore how to use vRealize Code Stream to orchestrate DevOps release processes and continuous application delivery as well as manage vRealize Automation artifacts.  The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-1721-USE-4-MBL-3, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open.
    Tuesday, Aug 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Cloud Management Platform: Integrating the Parts Workshop [ELW-1706-SDC-1]
    This workshop walks you through integration points of vRealize Operations, vRealize Automation, NSX, vRealize Business for Cloud, and Log Insight, which can be applied to virtual, physical, and hybrid cloud environments.  The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-1706-SDC-1, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open
    Thursday, Sep 01, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Introduction to vRealize Orchestrator Workshop [ELW-1721-SDC-5]
    learn how to use vRealize Orchestrator to simplify the automation of IT tasks. Explore the vRealize Orchestrator development environment and learn important development concepts by building and testing basic workflows.  The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-1721-SDC-5, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open.
    Thursday, Sep 01, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to VMware PowerCLI Workshop [ELW-1721-SDC-6]
    Gain familiarity with PowerCLI, and then dive deeper into the functionalities available in this exciting product. Both new and experienced users are sure to learn something new. The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-1721-SDC-6, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open
    Thursday, Sep 01, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

Hands on Labs

These self paced labs are delivered on a first-come, first served basis and do not need to be scheduled in advanced.

  • vRealize Automation 7 Basics [SPL-1721-USE-1]

This introductory lab demonstrates the features of vRealize Automation and is a great place to start to begin learning about the powerful capabilities and features of the solution.

  • vRealize Automation7 Advanced [SPL-1721-USE-2]
    An advance lab that covers more complex service authoring including applications, XaaS, Puppet, and NSX integration.
  • vRealize AutomationExtensibility [SPL-1721-USE-3]
    An advance lab that explores how to use Event Broker and vRealize Orchestrator to extend vRealize Automation’s out of the box capabilities.
  • Introduction to vRealize Orchestrator [SPL-1721-SDC-5]
    Explore the vRealize Orchestrator development environment and learn important development concepts by building and testing basic workflows.
  • VMware vCloud® Air™ – Manage Your Cloud [SPL-1783-HBD-1]
    In this lab we will look at how we can connect to our vCloud Air environment through the vRealize Cloud Management Platform, utilizing the power of vRealize Automation and vRealize Operations.
  • Cloud Management Platform: Integrate vRealize and NSX [SPL-1706-SDC-1]
    This lab walks you through integration points of vRealize Operations, vRealize Automation, NSX, vRealize Business for Cloud, and Log Insight, which can be applied to virtual, physical, and hybrid cloud environments.
  • vRealize AutomationChallenge Lab [SPL-1790-CHG-1]
    The challenge lab will put your knowledge to the test! Each challenge module provides a scenario in which you must fix common problems that cloud administrators and integration engineers might face.
  • vRealize Automationfor DevOps [SPL-1721-USE-4]
    Explore how to use vRealize Code Stream to orchestrate DevOps release processes and continuous application delivery as well as manage vRealize Automation artifacts.
  • Introduction to VMware PowerCLI [SPL-1721-SDC-6]
    Go hands-on with VMware PowerCLI. Gain familiarity with the tool, and then dive deeper into the functionalities available in this exciting product. Both new and experienced users are sure to learn something new.