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VMworld is just around the corner and even though we won’t be able to meet face-to-face this year I’m still looking forward to it! It’s going to be a great event for you, VMware and for our vRealize Cloud Management solutions. As we do at every VMworld we refresh our Hands-on-Labs content for you so you can get some “stick time” with the latest and greatest in the management stack. While we are saving a few super-secret and special labs to bring to you at the event, we wanted to give you early access to some of the labs now…you know…so you can kickstart your VMworld experience a month early. I’ve provided you a list of all the recently refreshed and released lab modules for you to review below.

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Jump in early and see you at VMworld!
 

vRealize Automation Labs

 

SKU and Title Topics Description
HOL-2121-91-CMP

Getting Started with vRealize Automation – Lightning Lab

Overview of vRealize Automation The intended audience for this lab is anyone wanting to learn more about the features of vRealize Automation. It is intended to be a high-level overview for those who are looking for a quick introduction to vRealize Automation.

VMware vRealize Automation is a modern infrastructure automation platform that enables self-service multi-cloud environments. This lab will go through key features from different user personas to give you opportunities to review the agility, productivity and efficiency through self-service automation, streamlining IT processes and delivering a DevOps-ready automation platform.

HOL-2121-01-CMP

What’s New in vRealize Automation 8.1

Overview of key new features in vRealize Automation 8.1 The intended audience for this lab is someone who is familiar with vRealize Automation Cloud or vRealize Automation 8.0. It highlights only the new features in version 8.1.

You will get a hands-on walk through of the new capabilities within the Cloud Assembly, Service Broker, Code Stream and Orchestrator services. These new features include new resource limits, custom resources, custom resource actions, pricing cards, approval polices, pipelines and OVAs as catalog items and multiple new features in the Orchestrator service including the tree view, visual version differences and new debugging tools for workflows.

HOL-2121-02-CMP

vRealize Automation for End Users

  • Catalog
    • Explore the catalog
    • Deployments
    • Request a catalog item
    • Approvals
  • Deployments
    • Managing deployments (day 2)
    • Troubleshooting a deployment
    • Getting deployment and machine health and metrics (from vROps)
The intended audience for this lab is an end user or consumer of the self-service catalog and deployment management functionality in vRealize Automation.

You will explore the self-service catalog and the types of things that you can request from the catalog. This includes the use of approvals as part of the request process. You will also explore what you can do with deployments and machines after they have been provisioned and how to troubleshoot failed deployments and monitor deployed machines.

 

HOL-2121-03-CMP

Administering vRealize Automation

  • Configuring the infrastructure
  • Basic and multi-cloud blueprinting
  • Policy-based lifecycle management and governance
The intended audience for this lab is a vRealize Automation administrator. The lab covers basic administration tasks.

You will spend your time in this this lab in the Cloud Assembly and Service Broker services. Here you will learn how to configure the infrastructure components in vRealize Automation and create basic and multi-cloud (vSphere and various public clouds) blueprints with a focus on using constraint tags. You will also look at how to configure governance policies such as leases, approvals, and which day 2 actions users can invoke. Finally, you will learn how to use custom forms to modify the appearance of deployment inputs for users.

HOL-2121-04-CMP

Administering vRealize Automation – Advanced Use Cases

  • Managing NSX networking
    • On-demand networks and load balancers
    • Provider load balancers
  • Advanced blueprinting
    • Inputs and expressions
    • cloud-init
  • IPAM
  • Extensibility using vRO and ABX
  • Custom day 2 actions
  • Config management integration – Ansible
  • Custom resources – XaaS
  • ITSM/ServiceNow
The intended audience for this lab is a vRealize Automation administrator. The lab covers advanced administration tasks.

This lab covers several advanced topics in administering vRealize Automation. They include: Managing VMware NSX networking constructs in blueprints; advanced blueprint topics such as inputs, expressions and using cloud-init; integration with Infoblox IP address management; extensibility using vRealize Orchestrator and Action-Based Extensibility (ABX); custom day 2 actions; integration with third-party configuration management tools; creating custom resources; and integration with ServiceNow IT Service Management.

HOL-2121-05-CMP

vRealize Automation for DevOps and Developers

  • Introduction to Code Stream
  • vRealize Automation Infrastructure DevOps (VI Admin to DevOps Champion)
  • vRealize Automation Application DevOps (Developer)
The intended audience for this lab is a DevOps engineer or developer. It is also applicable to vRealize Automation administrators.

The lab covers DevOps and developer topics. This lab will look at how we can prepare both the virtual infrastructure (VI) Administrator and Developer to start their DevOps journey with VMware vRealize Automation. As part of this module we will look at how we can use different toolsets including Postman, Terraform and the vRealize Automation Code Stream service to consume vRealize Automation. Whether a user is a VI Administrator or a Developer, vRealize Automation can help turn their DevOps aspirations into a reality.

HOL-2121-06-CMP

Getting Started with vRealize Orchestrator

  • vRealize Orchestrator Overview
  • Create a Basic Orchestrator Workflow
  • Understand Parameters, Attributes and Scripting Objects
  • Leverage Existing Scripts in PowerShell and Python
  • Create Workflow Presentation
  • Operate vRealize Orchestrator
The intended audience for this lab is a vRealize Automation administrator, DevOps engineer, developer, or anyone who wants to learn how to effectively use the vRealize Orchestrator workflow orchestration engine.

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, then put those workflows to use inside vRealize Automation to create reusable processes.

 

vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight Labs

 

SKU and Title Topics Description
HOL-2101-91-CMP

Getting Started with vRealize Operations – Lightning Lab

Overview of vRealize Operations The intended audience for this lab is anyone wanting to learn more about the features of vRealize Operations. It is intended to be a high-level overview for those who are looking for a quick introduction to vRealize Operations.

In 30 minutes or less, discover how vRealize Operations can optimize performance, rightsize workloads, optimize capacity, and make troubleshooting easy!

HOL-2101-01-CMP

What’s New in vRealize Operations 8.1

  • Container Operations – Supporting vSphere with Kubernetes
  • Support for Virtual Volumes
  • Multi-Cloud Monitoring
The intended audience for this lab is someone who is familiar with vRealize Operations 8.0. It highlights only the new features in version 8.1.

Explore what’s new in vRealize Operations 8.1. Discover vSphere with Tanzu objects, Virtual Volumes and enhanced multi-cloud monitoring.

HOL-2101-02-CMP

Getting Started with vRealize Log Insight

  • Getting Started With vRealize Log Insight
  • Querying and Alerting with Interactive Analytics
  • Configuring Integrations and Content Packs
  • Agent Deployment and Configuration
  • Log Insight Cloud Overview
The intended audience for this lab is anyone wanting to learn more about the features of vRealize Log Insight. It provides a high-level overview for those who are looking for a quick introduction to vRealize Log Insight.

Get started using vRealize Log Insight querying and alerting with interactive analytics. Gain more insight with content packs, and agents. Also get a peek in to Log Insight Cloud.

HOL-2101-03-CMP

vRealize Operations- Optimize the Performance of Your vSphere Environment

  • Optimize Workloads Based on Business or Operational Intent
  • Rightsize the Configuration of Oversized or Undersized VMs to Optimize Performance
  • vSphere Optimization Recommendations
  • Optimization History – Completed Optimization Actions
The intended audience for this lab is vRealize Operations Administrators

Discover how to optimize the performance of vSphere by optimizing workloads based on business or operational intent. Get help from vSphere optimization recommendations and view the history of optimization actions.

HOL-2101-04-CMP

vRealize Operations – Optimize and Plan vSphere Capacity and Costs

  • Assess and Plan Capacity Shortfalls and Workload Status
  • Identify Cost Savings and Reclaim Unused Resources in Your vSphere Environment
  • Plan Workload and Resource Changes, Infrastructure Additions, and Perform Scenarios for Migrating Workloads
  • Optimizing the Cost of Operating Your vSphere Environment
The intended audience for this lab is vRealize Operations Administrators

Use vRealize Operations to assess and plan for capacity shortfalls including workload, resource, and infrastructure changes. Identify cost savings and reclaim unused vSphere resources while optimizing your operational cost.

HOL-2101-05-CMP

Troubleshooting and Remediation with vRealize Operations and Log Insight

  • You just received a call about a virtual machine’s performance, now what?
  • Utilizing vRealize Log Insight to find issues in our environment
  • our application team is asking what vRealize Operations can do to help monitor their application
  • Determine the health of our vRealize Operations environment
  • Using vRealize Operations for vSAN dashboards to evaluate and manage storage
The intended audience for this lab is vRealize Operations Administrators

Use vRealize Operations to assess and plan for capacity shortfalls including workload, resource, and infrastructure changes. Identify cost savings and reclaim unused vSphere resources while optimizing your operational cost.

Learn how to respond to performance issues, monitoring requests, and heath status with vRealize Operations and Log Insight. Discover how to evaluate and manage vSAN storage in your environment using vRealize Operations.

HOL-2101-06-CMP

vRealize Operations Advanced Topics

  • Creating and sharing dashboards
  • Creating and modifying views and reports
  • Use symptoms and recommendations to create alerts
  • Create super metrics using the super metric editor
  • Managing users and roles
  • Managing vRealize Operations with PowerCLI
  • Assess Your vSphere configuration for compliance with industry or custom standards
The intended audience for this lab is vRealize Operations Administrators

This lab covers several advanced topics in vRealize Operations. Each module is designed to show the user how to accomplish the various advanced topics through hands on experience.

 

vRealize Suite Labs

 

SKU and Title Topics Description
HOL-2106-01-CMP

Getting Started with vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

  • vRealize Suite Easy Installer
  • vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Basics
  • Content Management
  • Exploring the Content Locker
  • Troubleshooting Tips
Get to know how VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM) automates installation, upgrade, and configuration management of the vRealize Suite components from within a single pane of glass. Also, explore certificate management and how to centrally manage all patches for VMware vRealize Suite. See how vRealize Automation and vRealize Operations content can be managed centrally. Finally, learn some troubleshooting tips.
HOL-2106-02-CMP

Integrating the vRealize Suite Together

  • VMware Identity Manager as Authentication for vRealize Suite
  • vRealize Operations and vRealize Automation Integration
  • vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight Integration
  • vRealize Automation and vRealize Log Insight Integration
In this lab you will learn how to configure Active Directory as an identity and authorization source for VMware Identity Manager which will provide a single sign-on experience for the vRealize Suite components. You will also learn how to integrate various vRealize Suite components (vRealize Automation, vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations) with each other and some of the benefits that result from configuring these integrations.
HOL-2106-03-CMP

Configuring Multi-Tenancy for VMware Identity Manager and vRealize Automation

  • Multi-Tenancy Prerequisites
  • Configure Multi-Tenancy within VMware Identity Manager
  • Replacing the vRealize Automation SSL Certificate
  • Configure Multi-Tenancy within vRealize Automation
In this lab you will learn about the steps required to configure multi-tenancy for vRealize Automation. The topics include how to configure DNS and how to create SSL certificates as prerequisites and then you will cover the steps to enable multi-tenancy in VMware Identity Manager. With those tasks completed, you will learn how to replace the vRealize Automation SSL certificates and finally how to create the new tenant in vRealize Automation.
 

vRealize Network Insight Labs

 

SKU and Title Topics Description
HOL-2102-01-CMP

vRealize Network Insight

  • Micro-Segmentation and Security
  • Application Discovery
  • Visibility and Troubleshooting Across Virtual and Physical Networks
  • Advanced NSX Data Center Management and Operations
  • Manage Security for Public Clouds (VMC & AWS)
  • Container Management
  • Managing and Troubleshooting VMware SD-WAN
Use VMware Network Insight to build an optimized, highly available, and secure network infrastructure across multi-cloud environments. Learn about Micro-segmentation, application discovery, mapping, and planning. Experience a walkthrough of a real-time flow rendering across overlays and physical fabric. See how public clouds and containers can be secured by VMware NSX deployments with confidence.