Free vSphere hands on labs

The vSphere HOL portal was announced last year from VMware. This year the labs from VMworld 2013 are now available for everyone to enjoy.

http://info.vmware.com/content/nee-hol-reg?scr+vmworldthankyou

The lab setup is the exact same thing you would see at VMworld. There is a ton of useful resources for learning. You can do a basic install of vSphere and tinker with most of the advanced options. I encourage all who are looking into VMware products to try out a demo in the portal!

Some of the topics include:

– Applied Cloud Operations
– vSphere Distributed Switch from A to Z
– vSphere Performance Optimization
– Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery In Action
– vCloud Automation Solutions
– Virtual Storage Solutions
– vSphere Big Data Extensions
– vSphere and vSOM 101
– VMware IT Business Management
– vCloud Suite Use Cases – Infrastructure Provisioning (IaaS)
– vCloud Suite Use Cases – Application Provisioning (PaaS)
– vCloud Suite Use Cases – Control & Compliance
– vCloud Suite Use Cases – Quality of Service
– vCloud Suite Use Cases – Business Critical Applications
– vCloud Suite Use Cases – Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
– Horizon View from A to Z

Hardware vendor VIB depots

Did you know you can update your hardware with VMware Update Manager? Each vendor has a depot URL that ties into VUM.

In VUM, navigate to Configuration – download settings – add download source, enter the URL. Here is a list of vendors I have gathered so far:

Dell: http://vmwaredepot.dell.com/index.xml

HP: http://vibsdepot.hp.com/index.xml

IBM: Unfortunately they do not have a direct URL to tie in with UM. Updates are obtained by searching “fix central” on the IBM website.

Cisco: I have not found one yet. Since everything is updated in UCS, this VIB directory may not exist.

I will attach a script later to include all or one.