Discover the Value of VMware Hands-On Labs ( HOL )


Recently I have been looking for trying new VMware solutions like AVS, due to limited availability projects in my location for getting hands-on on these solutions is tough. But I found a solution to this problem in VMware HOL, all the new products hands-on lab is created in the HOL portal by VMware which is absolutely free.

VMware Hands-on Labs provides everyone with free access to VMware products and services to explore and learn. No installation is required. You only need your Chrome or Firefox browser, a reliable internet connection, and, hopefully, not too many distractions.

Try these labs today and learn

VMware New solutions HOL

  • Azure VMware Solution – Lightning Lab (Deployment and Connectivity)
  • Disaster Protection with Azure VMware Solution and VMware Site Recovery Manager
  • VMware SD-WAN for Azure VMware Solution

Azure VMware Solution is a partnership between Microsoft and VMware, where Azure VMware Solution is a Microsoft managed service built on Azure bare metal infrastructure and cloud verified by VMware.

You can access these Azure labs NOW and other new released labs, free of charge by visiting the Hands-on Labs Catalog

Lab Overview – Azure VMware Solution – Lightning Lab

Azure VMware Solution combines VMware computer, networking, and storage running on top of dedicated, bare-metal hosts in Microsoft Azure. AVS provides the full VMware SDDC as a service, managed, and operated by Microsoft, integrated with the Azure Portal and Resource Manager, and managed with familiar VMware interfaces.

In this lab, you will be able to explore Azure VMware Solution, where you will deploy a Private Cloud, connect the private cloud to an Azure Virtual Network, and access vCenter for your Azure VMware Solution private cloud.

Module number Module Title Duration Level
1 Azure VMware Solution Private Cloud Deployment and Connectivity 30 Beginner

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Lab Overview – Disaster Protection with Azure VMware Solution and VMware Site Recovery Manager

VMware Site Recovery Manager for Azure VMware Solution provides customers with the flexibility of scaling AVS with the automation and orchestration of SRM. This solution enables customers to utilize their AVS private cloud as a failover target or source site for the protection of vSphere workloads.

This Hands-On Lab will take you through the solution deployment, configuration, and operation of Site Recovery Manager for Azure VMware Solution including deployment, creating a site pair between on-premises and the AVS private cloud, creating mappings, and replicating virtual machines. You will also create a protection group and recovery plan, then test and execute that plan to realize the full potential of recovery virtual machines to the cloud.

Module number Module Title Duration Level
1 Disaster Protection with Azure VMware Solution and VMware Site Recovery Manager 30 Beginner

Visit Disaster Protection with Azure VMware Solution and VMware Site Recovery Manager and test the lab.

Lab Overview – VMware SD-WAN for Azure VMware Solution

Learn how VMware and Microsoft will enable customers to redesign their networks for optimized cloud access using SD-WAN and a Virtual Cloud Network architecture. The solution combines Microsoft Virtual WAN, which spans 130 edge sites or Points of Presence (PoPs), with the optimization, security, and ease of deployment and uses provided by cloud-delivered VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud

Module number Module Title Duration Level
1 Virtual WAN Hub Deployment 15 Beginner
2 Provision of the VMware SD-WAN Edges 15 Beginner
3 Network Virtual Appliances Deployment and BGP Configuration 15 Beginner
4 Connect the Azure VMware Solution SDDC to the Virtual WAN Hub 15 Beginner
5 Verify Branch to Azure VMware Solution Connectivity 15 Beginner

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Inside the Labs

In all VMware Hands-on Labs, a lab manual is provided, that walks the user through various use cases that highlight the values of a given VMware product offering. You will be able to walk through the different scenarios and even start from the module you like. For more information about the specific topics covered in the lab manual, feel free to review the text of the manual HERE.

More labs and information about the partnership between Microsoft Azure and VMware can be found here:

1. Azure VMware Solution Product Site 
2. Microsoft and VMware Partnership
3. VMware Hands-on Labs catalog