Remote Lab Instructions for vSphere 5.5 Labs Only!

This page is for customers who purchased our 7-day 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:

  1. Your remote lab log in user name
  2. Your remote lab password
  3. The Fully Qualified Name and non-standard port you will use to MS Terminal Services access your server

Your lab configuration consists of the following components:

  1. One Windows Server 2008 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
  2. 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 and follow the instructions. Lab 1 tells you how to:

  1. Connect to the remote lab environment
  2. Log in to your remote access Windows Server environnmeent
  3. Power on both of your assigned ESXi hosts
  4. 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

  1. Do not deviate from the labs. Labs are cumulative in that success in future labs depends on correctly completing earlier labs
  2. Get in the habit of ticking off each lab step as you complete it. That way, no lab steps will be overlooked
  3. Please use the suggested passwords. Using personal passwords creates the risk of forgetting them. If you forget your passwords, the only remedy we can offer is to wipe your lab environment and deploy a fresh one for you (forcing you to redo all of your work)
  4. File requests for assistance using our trouble ticketing system. We will respond within one business day of your support request

Step 3 - Things to Keep In Mind While Doing The Labs

You were provisioned with:

  1. One remote access server (to be used as your vCenter server)
  2. Two virtual ESXi 5.5 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 5.5 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
  • Labs 5. Do this lab on your first ESXi host only
  • Lab 6. Do this lab only once. You only need to import one vCenter Server Appliance
  • Lab 7.1 through Lab 7.5 Do this lab on your first ESXi host only
  • Lab 8. Do this lab on your Windows remote access VM
  • Lab 9. Do this lab on both ESXi hosts
  • Lab 10. Do this lab on any one of your ESXi hosts
  • Lab 11. Do this lab as instructed on only 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.
    Skip the steps in Part 2 where you remove your 2nd ESXi host from vCenter (as it was never added to vCenter so it doesn't have to be removed from vCenter)
  • 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 do the Host Profiles lab on one ESXi host
  • Lab 18. You only need to use vSphere Replication to replicate/recover one VM
  • Lab 19. Use VMware Update Manager to patch/update either ESXi host (or both of them)
  • Lab 20. 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 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.


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Last modified: 2017-01-18, 11:12

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