Remote Lab Instructions for vSphere 6.5 Labs Only!
This page is for customers who purchased our 7-day / 14-day / 30 / 60-day vSphere 6.5 remote lab rental offer that includes our independent study Lab Guide book. On this page, you will find everything you need to access your labs. If you ever need help accessing the labs, please review the Questions and Support section at the bottom of this page.
Step 1 - Connect to and Use our Remote Labs
The e-mail we send you that contains all of the information needed to access your remote lab environment and includes the following information:
- Your remote lab Windows Domain log in user name
- Your domain remote lab password
- The Fully Qualified Name and non-standard port you will use to MS Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) access your server
Your lab configuration consists of the following components:
- One Windows Server 2008 R2 VM that you use for remote access. You will access this VM via either our remote lab Web Portal or via MS Terminal Services (with a connection string like pod__.esxlab.com:17001)
- Two virtual ESXi hosts that are accessible to you only from the (above) remote access VM.
Please carefully review the information you received by e-mail. This document provides your user name, password and MS Terminal Services machine IP address and port number (IP:port).
Next, go to Lab 1 in the Lab Guide book, read it carefully and follow the instructions. Lab 1 tells you how to:
- Connect to the remote lab environment
- Log in to your remote access server
- Launch HP's Integrated Lights Out remote management service; and log in
- Power on both of your assigned ESXi hosts
- Open a Console on your ESXi hosts and initiate the installation of ESXi
Step 2 - Run Through the Labs
Once you make it to this step... you are ready to go. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you work with our labs
Your lab consists of two virtual ESXi hosts. Once you complete lab 2, your ESXi hosts will be powered on, configured and set up correctly for networking. Your ESXi hosts will be set up as follows:
- Hostname - Your first ESXi host will be called esxi1.esxlab.com. Your second ESXi host will be esxi2.esxlab.com
- IP Address - Your first ESXi host will have an IP address of 192.168.20.51. Your second ESXi host will have an IP address of 192.168.20.52
- Password - DO NOT deviate from recommended passwords. If you do, and you forget your password, we CANNOT recover your password for you
- vCenter Server - Your vCenter Server Appliance will have a FQDN of vcsa1.esxlab.com or vcsa2.esxlab.com. The VM name will be vCSA 1 or vCSA 2. The IP address of your vCenter Appliance will be either 192.168.20.121 or 192.168.20.122
Things to Keep In Mind While Doing The Labs
You were provisioned with:
- One remote access server (to be used as your vCenter server)
- Two servers to be used as ESXi hosts
Because you have two ESXi hosts, you get to do many of the labs twice! This is actually a benefit as doing the labs a 2nd time, on your 2nd machine significantly improves familiarization and helps reinforce the mechanics of the labs...You must install ESXi onto both machines. You must create the same vSwitch configurations on both ESXi hosts, same NFS configurations, install the same Software iSCSI Adapter, etc. or your future VMotion, High Availability and Distributed Resource Scheduling labs won't work. Please follow the guidelines (below) very carefully when completing your labs.
Please proceed through the labs as follows:
- Labs 2, 3, 4. Do these labs on both ESXi hosts
- Lab 5. Do this lab on your first ESXi host only
- Lab 6. Do this lab only once. You only need to import one vCenter ServerAppliance
- Lab 7.1 through Lab 7.3. Do these labs on your first ESXi host only
- Lab 8. Do this lab once
- Lab 9. Do this lab on both ESXi hosts
- Lab 10. Do this lab on either of your ESXi hosts
- Lab 11. Do this lab on one ESXi host
- Lab 12. Do this lab once either ESXi host
- Lab 13. Do this lab on your first ESXi host
- Lab 14. Add your second ESXi host to your vCenter Server Appliance. Ignore lab instructions to remove your 2nd ESXi host from vCenter (as it was never added to vCenter so it doesn't have to be removed from vCenter). You may need to rapidly deploy a partner W2k8 VM so that they have 2 VMs to play with when doing Migrations and also when doingDRS and HA labs
- Lab 15-16. Do these labs once on your vCenter Server Appliance. You may need to create a few more VMs so that you have enough VMs (minimum 3 VMs with dual vCPUs) for the DRS lab.
- Lab 17. You only need to use vSphere Replication to replicate/recover one VM
- Lab 18. Use VMware Update Manager to patch/update either ESXi host (or both of them)
- Lab 19. Do this lab on VMs that belong to one of your ESXi hosts
Questions and Support
If you have any questions or need support, please open a trouble ticket by visiting helpdesk.esxlab.com. You will need to create an account before you can create a trouble ticket. Trouble tickets are answered within 4 hours but only between the hours of 9-5 Eastern time, Monday-Friday.
Thank you for purchasing our vSphere 5.5 Complete Lab Guide and renting time on our server farm.
All the friendly techs here at ESXLab.com