VMworld 2019 – Hands On Labs: Know Before You Go!

Hands On Labs

VMware’s annual VMworld US conference is upon us again starting August 24th, 2019 in San Francisco, CA! For those of you technical individuals that have attended previous years, you most likely know about the main attraction at the conference. The main attraction at the conference every year is the (HOL) Hands On Labs!

Our Hands-on Labs demonstrate the real value of VMware solutions in real time. As a VMworld attendee, you’ll gain special access to our latest technologies and explore a wide range of today’s most exciting topics. You can use a VMware-provided machine or your own device; either way, product experts will be available to provide one-on-one guidance. Hands-on Labs will be located in Moscone West, Level 3

I have been a part of the Hands On Labs staff for the last six years and it has been an incredible ride! It has been hard work, but has been the most rewarding experience in my IT career. I started out as a proctor the first few years, then became a lab captain and have been one for three years now.

As a lab captain, we take what features/capabilities our content leads want to showcase in the lab, then we put it all together. We figure out what VMware solutions we need in the lab environment and what use cases, features, etc. to show. Then it all comes together into the lab manual that we build from scratch. The development cycle for us takes months of work, but again it is very satisfying!

This year I am the captain of the “HOL-2001-01: What’s New in vRealize Operations 7.5” lab. So if you are interested in learning about what’s new in vRealize Operations 7.5, take my lab and let me know how I did. Feedback is always greatly appreciated! We create these for you and want you to get the best experience out of them, so feedback is important to us and we act on all your feedback.

Hands On Labs – VMworld 2019 Information:

At this years conference, attendees will have a variety of options in the Hands On Labs. Below are the optional experiences that we will have to offer. I have also provided tips for each one of the below options to enhance your experience and maybe walk away with a cool prize or two!

Self-Passed Labs: This is our popular service where you can interact with the latest VMware products at your own pace at a traditional workstation. Many product experts are in the room ready to assist. These flexible labs have 15- to 60-minute consumable modules that you can take incrementally throughout the week at VMworld. You can complete an entire lightning lab in just 30 minutes. Self-paced labs are delivered on a first-come, first-served basis and do not need to be scheduled in advance. 

Self-Passed Tip: Make sure you complete the survey after you finish taking a lab. That is how we continually improve the customer experience. Not to mention, for every so many surveys taken (e.g. 100), we give away cool prizes (Echo Dot, wireless headsets, etc.)

(ELW) Expert-Led Workshop: These sessions are presented by the VMware product experts who develop lab content, creating an engaging, instructional environment. Workshops require advance sign-up through the VMworld US Content Catalog, now available online. Join us to get your questions answered and discuss solutions in a group setting.

ELW TIP: Even if the ELW is full, get there early and get on the waiting list. Many attendees register for the ELW and don’t show up, so there is still a good chance you can get into one!

Lab Tour: These 30-minute tours provide a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to run our labs. The tour covers both business and technical topics focused on VMware products and solutions. You will meet lab creators and engineers running our multiple clouds.

TOUR TIP: At this point, many of the tours are already booked up. But we sometimes add additional tours as needed, so keep checking for availability!

(NEW!) VMware Odyssey: We are taking Hands-on Labs to the next level by adding gamification elements to the labs you know and love. Cheer your favorite team as they showcase their expertise across the VMware portfolio and compete to be the grand prize winner. Visit VMware Odyssey™ in Moscone West, Level 3 to learn more and enter for a chance to win prizes.

Odyssey TIP: The teams have already been selected, but come and support the teams anyway. They are giving away some prizes to viewers as well!

IMPORTANT TIP:

There is one final tip I would like to share with you, especially for those who are unable to attend the conference. In case you didn’t know, there is a “public-facing” Hands on Lab environment (https://labs.hol.vmware.com) that you can access from anywhere at any time.

Prior to the VMworld conference, you can access last years content which will have the versions of our solutions at that time. Within a month or so after the conference, we will start to release the brand new labs with the “most recent” versions of the labs to the public-facing HOL site. They get released little by little, so if you don’t see the one your looking for, keep checking back.

The first two digits of the lab numbers are the fiscal year they were developed for. So last years lab which you will see on the public site today start with “19**-00”. The new labs that will be showcased for this year start with “20**-**”. So that is how you can tell which labs are this years as they slowly get released to the public site.

Hopefully this post was helpful in providing you some basic information on what the Hands On Labs are, the benefits, what’s available this year, and helpful tips for attendees.

If you are attending the conference this year, take in all the information that is available to you in the sessions, take some of our labs, but most of all have some fun while you are there!

See you there!

Attending VMworld And Interested In vSphere 6.5 Security? Try My “vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started” Lab!

Attending VMworld And Interested In vSphere 6.5 Security?

Try My “vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started” Lab!

If you are attending VMworld US 2017 from August 27-31st in Las Vegas, NV and you are interested in the new vSphere 6.5 Security feature sets, then I have a lab for you! I am a lab captain for the Hands On Labs and have two labs that I created for this years VMworld sessions.

These new labs as well as the many other will only be available at the VMworld US and Europe conferences initially. After both conferences are over, we slowly release most of the new labs to the public-facing Hands On Labs environment that anyone can get to with an internet connection. You will see some labs to start showing up on the public side right after VMworld and then the rest typically will be released within or month or so. No guarantee on what labs will make it to the public site and when they will show up though, that is just what I’ve typically seen over the past few years.

This is my first time as a lab captain and creating labs, so I would love to see some HUGE numbers of people taking my labs! It would make me feel good knowing that people learned something by taking my labs. If you end up taking either lab at VMworld or even after they have been released to the public-facing HOL site, let me know what you think! You can reach out to me on my social media outlets, the links to them are on the right side of the page.

Public Facing – Hands On Labs Site:  labs.hol.vmware.com

Below are the labs that I have built and a summary of each of them:

  • (HOL-1811-01-SDC) vSphere 6.5 – What’s New:
    • Description:  Explore some of the new features of vSphere 6.5 including VM Encryption, vCenter High Availability, and the new HTML5 vSphere Client. You will also learn about the improved vCenter Server Appliance and how to migrate from a Windows-based vCenter Server installation.
  • (HOL-1811-04-SDC) vSphere 6.5 Security – Getting Started:
    • Description:  Experience new security features of vSphere 6.5, including VM Encryption, Audit Quality Logging, Encrypted vMotion, Key. We also use our vRealize Log Insight solution to look at the enhanced logging of the vCenter server logs. Add Key Management Servers (KMS) to the vCenter server and create a trust between them. Then we use PowerCLI commands to encrypt/decrypt virtual machines as well as other encryption related tasks.

Don’t forget to stop into the Hands On Labs at VMworld and take some labs…see you there!

 

 

 

VMworld US 2017 – Hands On Labs

VMworld US 2017 – Hands On Labs

Hands On Labs

 

From August 27 – 31st, 2017 , VMware will be the hosting its infamous VMworld US 2017 conference that everyone waits all year long for! It is an incredible opportunity for VMware’s customers to find out about upcoming and newly released versions of our software. Many of our customers come to listen and learn from all the great presentations from VMware’s own as well as guest speakers to absorb all the information they can while at VMworld. If you would like to register for VMworld US 2017, CLICK HERE!

Another major reason for our customers and partners to come to the VMworld conferences is the Hands On Labs (HOL)! The VMware Hands-On Labs demonstrate the real value of VMware solutions in real time. As a VMworld attendee, you’ll gain special access to the latest VMware technologies without being required to purchase equipment, software or licenses. You’ll explore a wide range of today’s most exciting topics with a VMware-provided machine or your own device, all with product experts on hand to provide one-on-one guidance. Earn CloudCred points for taking labs, visiting HOL Connect and interacting with product experts, and win prizes for each level of achievement. And the best part is that anyone can register for an account and access the labs from anywhere with an internet connection! 

NOTE: The newly updated versions of the labs at the VMworld Conference are usually released to the public facing HOL site for customers within a month or two after the VMworld conferences are over. 

Register for a Hands On Labs Account: Click Here!

I have been working for VMware for just under (4) years now and have participated as a Hands On Labs staff member the entire time. Because of being a staff member, I have attended all the Partner Exchange (PEX) and VMworld US conferences during that time. This year I get the honor of going to VMworld Europe (Barcelona, Spain) for the first time as a lab captain!

Without a doubt, I can say that it has been an incredible experience working in the HOL! The entire staff except a very small amount of the staff work the labs as volunteers. Everyone of us dedicate our spare time to work on creating the numerous labs or supporting them in one way or another. We do this because we are honored to be a part of a great team and we love what we do. Working with this team is an honor for me as well as the others I am sure. The knowledge and experience of the staff can be overwhelming to me at times, just an incredible group of individuals. But everyone brings something to the table and contributes to make it an incredible event that our customers and partners want to come to on an annual basis.

Another aspect we love related to supporting the HOL is the privileged of meeting our customers and partners that come into the labs. It is a learning experience as much for us as it is them! We also offer Expert Led Workshops where you get one-on-one time with us as we run through our labs and the associated technical information on the product. But sign up for them NOW, because the slots are usually filled before VMworld starts. You do have the option to sign up on the waiting list for a workshop in the event someone does not show up for a particular workshop.

So I highly recommend that if you are attending either one of the VMworld 2017 conferences, that you come into the HOL and take at least one of our labs or workshops!

While you are there, say hello to me, I will be there supporting my labs! 

 

VMworld US 2017 – Content Catalog:  https://my.vmworld.com/scripts/catalog/uscatalog.jsp

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VMworld EUROPE 2017 (SEP 11 – 14th):  https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month? Check Out This Summary!

Missed The Latest VMware Announcements In The Past Month?

Check Out This Summary!

 

 

Have you been busy lately and haven’t keep up to date with the latest VMware announcements over the last month or two? If so, you have missed quite a bit! So I thought I would make it easy on you and pull together all the recent announcements related to product updates, acquisitions, promotions, partnerships, VMworld, Wanna Cry Ransomeware, etc. This summary has a lot of great information that you want to be aware. I highly recommend that you read through the full list of announcements to be sure you are aware of them.

One link I would like to draw your attention to specifically is under “Security” which takes you to a VMware blog about the “WannaCry Ransomeware” attack that swept the world on May 12th, 2017 in over 150+ countries worldwide. The article discusses how VMware’s NSX solution and its “Zero Trust” model could have helped those that were attacked mitigate this attack. This just proves how important it is that businesses consider using VMware’s NSX solution to help protect their environments from attacks in ways that other solutions can’t.

 

Product Announcements:

 

Acquisitions:

 

Latest Promotions/Discounts:   http://www.vmware.com/promotions.html

  • New Promotion – User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.2
  • Updated Promotion- vRealize 25% Upgrade Promotions Extended to July 29, 2017

 

Security:

  • WannaCry Ransomware attack that attacks Microsoft operating systems swept the world on May 12th in over 150+ countries. Below is VMware’s response on how the NSX Zero-Trust model could have helped mitigate this attack using NSX. This is a great opportunity for you to drive how critical it is to use NSX and where other solutions couldn’t provide the same protection that we can from these types of attacks.

 

VMware Partnerships:  

 

VMware Partner Accreditation’s:

 

VMworld 2017:

 

Technical 301 (DEMO) – How to Enable & Configure vSAN 6.5!

Technical 301 (DEMO) – How to Enable & Configure vSAN 6.5!

 

In this session, I provide a demo of enabling and configuring the latest version of Virtual SAN (vSAN) – version 6.5 from within the vSphere Web Client. It is extremely easy to enable, configure, and manage vSAN even if you are not a storage expert! I used the “Hands On Labs (HOL)” environment to demo how to enable and configure it. The specific HOL lab is the “HOL-1731-SDC-1 – vSAN v6.5: What’s New” lab. The HOL is free to use by anyone and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. It is a techies playground to learn how to install, configure, and manage VMware solutions. So go out and register for an account and start using the Hands-On-Labs!

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions. vSAN is a core building block for the Software-Defined Data Center. There are more than 7,000 customers that have adopted vSAN in their production environments.

Enables You to Evolve Without Risk

Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.

Reduces TCO

Lower total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx with software-defined storage that leverages server-side economics and affordable flash. Avoid large capital expenses by growing-as-you-go with on-demand, granular scaling of compute and storage that delivers predictable performance and costs.

Scales to Tomorrow

Prepare for tomorrow’s dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.

Additional vSAN 6.5 Resources:   http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san.html

Technical 301 (DEMO) – How to Enable & Configure vSAN 6.5:   Click Here To Watch It!!

Build Your Very Own VMware Hands-On-Labs! (with vRA and NSX)

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HOL Three-Tier Application, Part 1

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HOL Three-Tier Application, Part 1

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. As with anything, there are multiple ways to do this. This represents the way that worked for me.


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Test-drive the full capabilities of VMware NSX by running the advanced hands-on lab

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Test-drive the full capabilities of VMware NSX…

Build on the basics you learned in the intro lab. Explore multi-site virtual networking and security, NSX automation, and more.


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Test-Drive The Full Capabilities Of vSphere 6.5 By Running The New Hands-On Lab!

Test-drive the full capabilities of vSphere 6.5 by running the new hands-on lab!

Test-drive the full capabilities of vSphere 6.5…

Explore new features of vSphere 6.5 including encrypted VMs, HTML5 Host Client and the vCenter Server appliance. – See more at: https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=vsphere-17-hol#sthash.uLIjx4Wl.dpuf


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There’s a Lab for That! Try VMware Products From the Convenience of Your Browser via Hands-on Labs (HOL)

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VMware Hands-on Labs demonstrate the value of VMware solutions in real-time. Get up and running with the latest HOL’s in your browser in mere minutes, via hands-on labs – no installation required.


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There's a Lab for That! Try VMware Products From the Convenience of Your Browser via Hands-on Labs (HOL)

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Last of the 2017 Hands-on Labs Released!

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Final Round of 2017 Hands-on Labs to be Released!

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