VMware Hands-on Labs - HOL-2051-91-VWS


Lab Overview - HOL-2051-91-VWS - VMware Horizon 7 Lightning Lab

Lab Guidance


Welcome to the VMware Horizon 7 Lightning Lab.

We have developed Lightning Labs to help you learn about VMware products in small segments of time.  In this lab, you will be guided through the steps of creating an instant-clone desktop pool and testing.

Lab Captains: 

This lab manual can be downloaded from the Hands-on Labs Document site found here:

http://docs.hol.vmware.com

This lab may be available in other languages.  To set your language preference and have a localized manual deployed with your lab, you may utilize this document to help guide you through the process:

http://docs.hol.vmware.com/announcements/nee-default-language.pdf

Below are the module included in the complete VMware Horizon 7 - Getting Started with App and Desktop Virtualization lab (HOL-2051-01-VWS):

If you have never taken a lab, view the Appendix - Lab Guidance to see best practices and tips on how to use the lab environment console.


Introduction


This Module contains the following lessons:


 

Horizon 7

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products, such as VMware Horizon 7, enable IT departments to run virtual machine (VM) desktops and applications in the data center and remotely deliver these desktops and applications to users as a managed service. This computer-within-a-computer strategy enables multiple VMs to be run per physical server core.

For administrators, this means desktop and application management can be simplified and automated. Admins can quickly create virtual desktops on demand based on location and profile, and securely deliver desktops as a service from a central location.

End users can access their personalized virtual desktops or remote applications from company laptops, their home PCs, thin client devices, Macs, tablets, or smartphones. Horizon 7 is the leading platform for Windows desktop and application virtualization, providing a consistent user experience across devices and locations while keeping organizations data compliant and securely stored in the data center.

When VDI solutions first started appearing, about a decade ago, the strategy was to take a Windows desktop system, virtualize it, and place it in the data center. Unlike this traditional VDI, Horizon 7 is built on technologies that allow components of a desktop or application to be decoupled and managed independently in a centralized manner, yet reconstituted on demand to deliver a personalized user workspace. For example, when the user logs in, a virtual desktop can assemble itself on the fly by combining an instant clone of a master image (VM) with a user environment profile and one or more containerized applications that attach themselves to (but are not installed in) the VM.

In addition, Horizon 7 integrates with VMware Workspace ONE on a common identity framework to provide a single catalog for accessing Windows applications and desktops, as well as software-as-a-service (SaaS), web, cloud, and native mobile applications.

If you are not familiar with Horizon 7 you can read more on our Digital Workspace Tech Zone at

https://techzone.vmware.com/resource/what-horizon-7

 

 

Why Consider Horizon 7?

Horizon 7 is a complete solution that delivers, manages, and protects virtual desktops, RDSH-published desktops, and applications across devices and locations. From provisioning to management and monitoring, Horizon 7 offers an integrated stack of enterprise-class technologies that can deploy hundreds of customized desktops and RDSH servers in a few minutes from centralized single images.

Horizon 7 can be integrated with Workspace ONE through VMware Identity Manager (either on-premises or as part of the Workspace ONE service). VMware Identity Manager is provided with Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition or Workspace ONE when purchased.

 

Overview of Desktop Pools


With Horizon 7, you can create desktop pools that include thousands of virtual desktops. You can deploy desktops that run on virtual machines (VMs) and physical machines. Create one VM as a master image, and Horizon 7 can generate a pool of virtual desktops from that image. The master image is also known as a base image or a golden image.

There are two main types of virtual desktop pools: automated and manual. Automated desktop pools use a vCenter Server virtual machine template or snapshot to create a pool of identical virtual machines. Manual desktop pools are a collection of Server virtual machines, physical computers, or third-party virtual machines. In automated or manual pools, each machine is available for one user to access remotely at a time.


 

Advantages of Desktop Pools

Horizon 7 offers the ability to create and provision pools of desktops as its basis of centralized management. If you use a vSphere virtual machine as a desktop source, you can automate the process of making as many identical virtual desktops as you need. You can set a minimum and maximum number of virtual desktops to be generated for the pool. Setting these parameters ensures that you always have enough remote desktops available for immediate use but not so many that you overuse available resources.

Using pools to manage desktops allows you to apply settings or deploy applications to all remote desktops in a pool. You can also specify how users are assigned desktops in a pool.

 

 

Desktop Pools

 

With single-user desktops, each virtual machine allows a single end-user connection at a time. In contrast, with session-based desktops, one RDSH server can accommodate many concurrent user connections.

We will walk through the process of creating an Instant Clone Desktop Pool. A clone is a copy of a master VM with a unique identity of its own, including a MAC address, UUID, and other system information. The VMware Instant Clone Technology improves and accelerates the process of creating cloned VMs over the previous View Composer linked-clone technology. In addition, instant clones require less storage and less expense to manage and update because the desktop is deleted when the user logs out, and a new desktop is created using the latest master image.

 

Create a Desktop Pool


When you create a desktop pool, you select configuration options that determine how the pool is managed and how users interact with the desktops.

We will walk through the steps to create an Instant Clone Desktop Pool but because of time and resources in the lab environment, we will cancel out before completing. We will use an existing Desktop Pool to complete the remaining lab lessons.


 

Instant Clone Desktop Pool

An instant-clone desktop pool is an automated desktop pool. vCenter Server creates the desktop VMs based on the settings that you specify when you create the pool. Instant clones share a virtual disk of the master image and therefore consume less storage than full VMs. In addition, instant clones share the memory of the master image. Instant clones are created using the vmFork technology.

Before you can deploy a pool of desktops, you must create an optimized master image, which includes installing and configuring a Windows or Linux operating system in a VM, optimizing the OS, and installing the various VMware agents required for desktop pool deployment.

We will not be creating the optimized master image in this lab as it has already been set up for us in the interest of time. For step-by-step instructions, see the guide Creating an Optimized Windows Image for a VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop.

https://techzone.vmware.com/creating-optimized-windows-image-vmware-horizon-virtual-desktop

 

 

Launch Google Chrome Browser

 

  1. On the main console desktop, launch the Google Chrome shortcut located on the desktop.

 

 

Launch the Horizon Console

 

To perform desktop or application pool deployment tasks, troubleshooting tasks, or manage JMP workflows, you must log in to Horizon Console. You can access Horizon Console through the Horizon Administrator Web interface. We will use the new HTML 5 Horizon Console for this lab.  With the latest version of Horizon Console, it is in feature parity with almost everything that you can do in the Horizon Administrator Flex console.  We will launch the Horizon Console using the URL https://horizon-01.corp.local/newadmin

  1. Click on the Horizon favorites bookmark bar at the top of the Chrome browser and Click on Horizon-01-NewAdminConsole
  2. Enter administrator as the Username
  3. Password is VMware1!
  4. Click on Sign In

 

 

Horizon Console

 

The Horizon Console

The Horizon Console is the newest HTML5 based web interface to manage Horizon 7 Environments. Horizon Console is used to create and manage virtual desktops and published desktops and applications. Horizon Console also integrates VMware Horizon Just-in-Time Management Platform (JMP) Integrated Workflow features for managing workspaces.

Horizon Console is available after you install and configure Horizon Connection Server.

 

 

Add a Desktop Pool

 

The Add Desktop Pool wizards guides you through the steps of creating an instant-clone desktop pool.  We will not go over the steps to clone or configure a desktop image but will use one already created for this lab. For more information on how to clone a desktop or create a new virtual machine to use, please consult the documentation at https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-7/7.9/horizon-virtual-desktops/GUID-C875E8BE-20C9-4845-96DC-70F125BCA907.html

  1. Click on Desktops in the left navigation pain under Inventory
  2. Notice the existing Instant Clone Pool - IC-Pool1. Do not click on the existing pool at this time.
  3. Click on Add in the Desktop Pools pain to add a new desktop pool

 

 

Desktop Pool Type

 

  1. Select the Automated desktop pool
  2. Click Next

Options here are

 

 

Instant Clone on vCenter Server

 

  1. Choose the Instant Clone option from the vCenter Server screen.
  2. Click on the vCenter Server: vcsa-01a.corp.local

 

 

View Storage Accelerator Ignore

 

Click on Ignore for View Storage Accelerator pop up

With the vCenter Server selected, Click on Next

 

 

User Assignment

 

  1. From the User Assignment screen, Click on Dedicated
  2. Click Next to continue

With Dedicated, each user is assigned a particular remote desktop and returns to the same desktop at each login. This is a one-to-one desktop-to-user relationship. With Floating assignment users log in to any available desktop. This reduces the number of desktops required if everyone does not need to be logged in at the same time.  We will pick Dedicated for this pool so that we can see the new feature of Longer-lived Instant Clones.  We will explain more on this feature shortly.

 

 

Storage Optimization - Storage Policy Management

 

From the Storage Optimization page:

  1. Click on Next as we do not use vSAN in this lab.

 

 

Desktop Pool Identification

 

On the Desktop pool identification screen,

  1. Enter IC-TestPool1 as the pool ID
  2. Display name is IC-TestPool1
  3. Keep access group as is with the /
  4. You can enter anything in the Description field like Test pool created for HOL
  5. Click on Next

 

 

Provisioning Settings

 

Provision Settings:

  1. Make sure Enable Provisioning is checked as this will provision the desktop pool after completion.
  2. For the Virtual Machine Naming, use the naming convention: Test-{n}. Using a token n is replaced with a unique number. You can also add a fixed length with number of digits.
  3. Click on Provision machines on demand.  

We will only provision machines as we need them with a minimum number of 1 and max number set to 2.

  1. Min number of machines is set to 1

Note the warning message "Minimum number of ready/(provisioned) machines must be less than maximum and minimum number of machines. Be sure to edit the Max number of machines below to 2.

  1. Desktop Pool Sizing: Max number of machines set to 2.
  2. Number of spare (powered on) machines set to 1
  3. Click Next

 

 

vCenter Settings

 

For vCenter Settings, we have already created the master image in the environment that we will be using so we will enter the information here.

  1. Parent VM in vCenter, click on Browse... and select /RegionA01/vm/base-w10-1709-x64-01, click Submit
  2. Snapshot, click on Browse....select /IC Desktop Base HOL 2019, click Submit
  3. VM Folder Location, click on Browse....select Discovered virtual machine, click Submit
  4. Resource settings, Cluster, click on Browse....select RegionA01-IC01, click Submit
  5. Resource Pool, click on Browse....select RegionA01-IC01, click Submit
  6. Datastores, click on Browse....select the ESX04a-Local datastore, click Submit

 

 

Warning

 

Click OK on the warning pop up.

 

 

Click Next on the Desktop Pool

 

Click on Next

 

 

Longer Lived Instant Clones

With the latest version of Horizon, we introduce the feature of Longer Lived Instant Clones. Longer Lived Instant Clones have functionality similar to Linked Clones. This features is only available for dedicated pools.  It supports the same refresh options as linked clones:

Longer Lived Instant Clones supports disk reclamation.

You would use Longer Lived Instant Clones in the following use cases:

We will show you the settings in the next lesson.

 

 

Desktop Pool Settings

 

  1. Scroll down to the bottom.
  2. This is where you set the Longer Lived Instant Clones setting for Refresh OS disk after logoff, set to Every
  3. Enter 30 for days
  4. We would click on Reclaim VM disk space but this is not available in this lab environment and is disabled. But here is where you would enter the value for the Initiate reclamation when unused space on VM exceeds. Leave as is and don't modify.
  5. Click on Next to continue.

 

 

Remote Display Settings

 

You can set the Remote Display protocol for the desktop pool to be either: Blast, PCoIP or RDP. Keep as Blast.

Click on Next.

 

 

Guest Customization

 

Guest Customization options, we will keep the defaults, click Next.

 

 

Ready to Complete

 

The Ready to Complete screen lets you review the resettings. You can also click on the Entitle Users after this wizard finishes to go to the entitle screen. We will cancel out of this and will look at entitlements for an existing Instant Clone pool.

  1. CLICK on Cancel as we do not have the resources or time to continue the creation of the Instant Clone Desktop Pool.

Due to limited resources and time in this lab environment, we will cancel out of Creating an Instant Clone Desktop Pool and instead look at an existing Instant Clone pool already provisioned.

 

 

Confirm cancel of Creation

 

Click Ok to confirm.

 

 

Existing Desktop Pool

 

The lab has an existing Instant Clone Desktop Pool created for users named IC-Pool1.  In the next step we will connect into that Desktop Pool through VMware Horizon HTML Access.

 

 

Open a New Tab in Chrome

 

  1. Open a new tab in Chrome by clicking on the tab.
  2. Click on VMware Horizon from the bookmark bar
  3. Click on VMware Horizon HTML Access to login to Horizon

 

 

Open VMware Horizon HTML Access

 

  1. Enter Username: user1mod1
  2. Enter Password: VMware1!
  3. Click on Login

 

 

Click on Instant Clone Pool

 

Click on the Instant Clone Pool to launch the Desktop.

 

 

Confirm Instant Clone Desktop

 

  1. If "Enable Copy and Paste" window present, you can click on OK to dismiss it. This is from another part of this lab.
  2. Desktop opens in the Horizon tab. Notice Host Name and User.  You are logged into one of the Instant Clone Desktops named WIN10IC-# desktop with the Username user1mod1.

 

 

Sign Out of Desktop

 

We will disconnect from the desktop.

  1. Click on the Window's Icon for the Desktop only
  2. Click on person icon
  3. Click Sign out

This will sign out from that Instant Clone Window's desktop and disconnect.

 

 

Confirm Disconnected

 

Click Close in the Disconnected popup.

 

 

Close VMware Horizon tab in Chrome

 

  1. Click on X on the VMware Horizon tab to close it
  2. NOTE: Do NOT close the VMware Horizon 7 tab as you will use it in the next step

 

Add Entitlement to a Desktop Pool


You configure entitlements to control which remote desktops and applications your users can access. Before users can access remote desktops or applications, they must be entitled to use a desktop or application pool.


 

VMware Horizon 7 Console

  1. Click on the VMware Horizon 7 tab in the Chrome Browser
  2. Click on Desktop Pools if not already open

 

 

Edit Entitlement in the IC-Pool1

 

  1. Click on the check box next to the existing IC-Pool1
  2. Click on Entitlements to see options of either add or remove entitlements for this desktop pool
  3. Click on Add Entitlements

 

 

Add Entitlements

 

Click on Add

 

 

Find User or Group

 

  1. Enter domain user in the Name/user name contains field
  2. Click on Find
  3. Select the Domain Users by clicking on the check box
  4. Click OK

Note you may need to scroll down or resize the window to be able to select the Domain Users. You can also click the box next to Name to select all, then click ok.

 

 

OK Add Entitlement

 

Click OK again to accept the User in the Add Entitlements

 

Desktop Pool Settings


In this section we will go over the Desktop pool Settings and touch on a few of the new features available.


 

Existing Pool Settings

 

Now we will look at the configuration of the existing Instant Clone Desktop pool.

  1. Under Inventory on the left side, click on Desktops if you are not already on this page
  2. Click on the IC-Pool1 ID name to see its settings

 

 

Observe Desktop Pool Settings

 

Observe the summary settings for this existing Instant Clone Desktop pool.

Click on Machines

 

 

IC Machines

 

Observe the Instant Clone Machines currently provisioned and their status.

You can see the Horizon Agent Version here as well.

 

 

Machines (InstantClone Details)

 

Click on the Machines (InstantClone Details) tab.

Here you will see details on the Image and you can see when it was last composed.

 

Drag and Drop Feature


With the latest release of the Horizon Agent, you can drag and drop files, folders, text, rich text, and images between the Client System and remote desktops and published applications. You can drag and drop multiple files and folders at the same time. A progress bar shows the status of the drag and drop operation.

The drag and drop feature works differently depending on the Horizon Agent version and how it is configured.

Depending on the Horizon Agent version, a Horizon administrator can use certain group policy settings or Smart Policies to configure drag and drop behavior.


 

Dragging Files and Folders

If you drag a file or folder between the client system and a remote desktop, the file or folder appears in the file system on the target system. If you drag a file and drop it into an open application, such as Notepad, the text appears in the application. If you drag a file into a new email message, the file becomes an attachment to the email message.

By default, dragging and dropping from the client system to remote desktops and published applications is enabled, and dragging and dropping from remote desktops and published applications to the client system is disabled. A Horizon administrator can control the drag and drop direction by configuring group policy settings.

Dragging and dropping files and folders requires that the client drive redirection feature is enabled in Horizon Agent by selecting the Client Drive Redirection option during Horizon Agent installation.

 

 

Configuring the Drag and Drop Feature

 

 

Using Group Policy Settings to Configure Drag and Drop

You can configure the drag and drop direction, the allowed drag and drop formats, and the drag and drop size limit by editing group policy settings for the VMware Blast and PCoIP display protocols.

 

 

Using User Environment Manager to Configure Drag and Drop

With the latest UEM and Horizon Client, you can use Smart Policies to configure drag and drop behavior, including disabling the entire drag and drop feature.

See HOL-2051-02 lab for more information on this.

 

 

Drag and Drop Test

In this lesson we are going to show drag and drop by dragging text from the Chrome Browser on the Main Console Desktop and dropping it into the Wordpad application running on a Instant Clone Desktop. We will also grab an image and drag and drop it into the Wordpad document as well.

 

 

Open Chrome Browser

 

Open the Google Chrome Browser.

Note: If you already have the browser open and logged into the Horizon Console, you can skip ahead and click on Dashboard in the Horizon Console.

 

 

Login to Horizon Console

 

  1. Click on Horizon-01-NewAdminConsole
  2. Enter username: administrator
  3. Enter password: VMware1!
  4. Click on Sign in

 

 

Copy Image from Browser to Desktop

 

  1. Right click on the Image in the Browser
  2. Click Save image as...

If you were already logged into Horizon Console, you can just click on Dashboard in the left column to get to this place.

 

 

Save Image to Desktop

 

  1. Click Desktop on the Main Console
  2. Keep default name and click Save

 

 

Launch VMware Horizon Client

 

We will launch Horizon Client to open up an Instant Clone Desktop VM to test the Drag and Drop feature. We will drag and drop this file to the desktop VM.

Double-click the VMware Horizon Client on the Main Console Desktop

 

 

Launch Horizon-01

 

Double-Click on horizon-01.corp.local

 

 

Login in to Horizon-01

 

Login to the Horizon-01 system

  1. User name: user1mod1
  2. Password: VMware1!
  3. Click on Login

 

 

Open the Instant Clone Pool

 

Click on the Instant Clone Pool to open a Desktop VM

 

 

Take the Desktop out of full screen mode

 

If the Desktop takes up the entire screen, click on the Maximize button (two squares) in the top right corner beside the Close X button to take out of maximize window size so we can see the Main Console desktop as well.

 

 

Open Wordpad on the Desktop

 

  1. Double-Click on WordPad (created by UEM) on the Instant Clone Desktop
  2. The Wordpad window opens

 

 

Drag Text from the MainConsole Browser to the Desktop

 

  1. Arrange the Browser windows beside the Instant Clone Desktop
  2. Select text in the Browser and drag it over to the Wordpad application
  3. Drop into Wordpad Application on the Instant Clone Desktop
  4. Hit Return/Enter key a few times to add lines below the text

 

 

Drag the Image File

 

Click on the dashboard_hero.png file that you saved to the desktop of the MainConsole and drag it to the Desktop

 

 

Drop Image File onto WordPad Document on Desktop

 

Drop the image file into the WordPad Document

 

 

 

Disconnect and Logoff

 

  1. On the Instant Clone WIN10IC-# Desktop, click on the Options pull down
  2. Click on Disconnect and Log Off
  3. Click OK on the pop up

 

 

Close Horizon Client

 

If Horizon Client is minimized, click on the bottom to open it back up so you can close it to clean up.

  1. Click the Disconnect symbol to disconnect
  2. Click to OK to log off the Horizon Client
  3. Click X to close the VMware Horizon Client window

 

VM Hosted Applications


With the latest version of Horizon agents, you are able to publish applications from a Windows 10 Desktop Pool using the same deployment and configuration process as you do for Desktops.

We will walk through that process below.  First we will edit the existing desktop pool and make it a desktop and application pool. Then we will add an application pool using the Application discovered in the Desktop Pool.  


 

VM Hosted Application Use Cases

 

 

Edit the IC Pool

 

Go back to the Horizon Console.

  1. Under Inventory, click on Desktops
  2. Click the check for the IC-Pool1 Desktop pool
  3. Click on Edit

 

 

Click on Desktop Pool Settings

 

Click on the Desktop Pool Settings tab

 

 

Edit Session Types

 

  1. Scroll down
  2. Under the General Section, Select Session Types and pick Desktop & Application
  3. Under Remote Settings, confirm Empty Session timeout is set to After = 1 minutes
  4. Click OK

Supported Session Types can be configured for the Desktop Pool. There are 3 options:

If you choose to support application sessions then this desktop pool can be used to publish application pools.

 

 

Add Application Pool  

 

We are going to now add an application from the desktop pool.

  1. Under Inventory on the left, Click on Applications
  2. Click on Add
  3. Select Add from Installed Applications

With Application Pools, you can deliver a single application to many users. The application runs on a farm of RDS Hosts or a desktop pool. We will show running an application from a desktop pool here. If you want more info on running applications from an RDS Host, be sure to continue on to the Module 2: Create an RDSH Farm - Instant Clones and  Module 3: Create an Application Pool after this module.

 

 

Select from Desktop Pool

 

  1. Under Select RDS Farm or Desktop Pool, Select Desktop Pool. It will take a few seconds to populate the list of installed applications.
  2. Scroll down under Select installed applications
  3. Check on the Wordpad app.
  4. Notice Entitle users after this wizard finishes is checked
  5. Click Next

 

 

Edit Application

 

  1. Change the Display name to VMHosted-WordPad so you can distinguish this application coming from the IC Desktop pool.
  2. Click Submit

 

 

Add Entitlements

 

Click on Add to add user to this pool

 

 

Find User for Domain Users

 

  1. Under Name/User name Contains enter in the box domain user
  2. Click on Find
  3. Click the check next to Domain Users
  4. Click OK

 

 

Ok to Add Entitlement

 

Click OK

 

 

Observe Application Pool Added

 

Notice that the VMHosted-Wordpad was added and Pool or Farm is listed as Instant Clone Pool. You may have to scroll down to see it in the list.

 

 

Launch VMware Horizon Client

 

  1. Open a new tab in the Google Chrome Browser
  2. Click on VMware Horizon on the Bookmark Bar to launch it
  3. Click on VMware Horizon HTML Access

 

 

Login to VMware Horizon

 

Login to VMware Horizon

  1. User name: user1mod1
  2. Password: VMware1!
  3. Click on Login

 

 

Desktop Hosted App

 

  1. Notice the VMHosted-Wordpad Icon in the catalog. This is the one we just created.
  2. Also notice the Instant Clone Pool is present as well.
  3. Close the Horizon Client by click X on the VMware Horizon Tab

If we had chosen just the Application Session Type then we would just have the Application here and no Instant Clone Desktop Pool.  

NOTE: Due to constraints in the Hands on Lab environment, we are not able to launch the VMHosted-WordPad application in this lab. The machines in the pool are not at the current level to support application remoting. We are limited in the HOL lab environment but wanted to show you the steps to set this up.  

 

 

Delete the IC Application Pool

 

We will delete the IC Application Pool so that it doesn't interfere with the modules that follow this.

  1. Under Inventory, Click on the Applications
  2. Select the WordPad application
  3. Click Delete

 

 

Confirm Delete

 

Confirm delete of the Application pool, click on OK

 

 

Edit Desktop Pool

 

We need to edit the Desktop pool to put back as an Instant Clone Desktop pool for the next modules.

  1. Under Inventory, click on Desktops
  2. Click the Checkbox to select the IC-Pool1
  3. Click Edit

 

 

Change to Desktop

 

We will change the Session Type back to Desktop only for the remainder of this lab.

  1. Click on Desktop Pool Settings
  2. Under Session Types, Click on Desktop
  3. Click OK

 

Conclusion


This module went over creating a Desktop Pool in Horizon. 


 

You have finished the Lightning Lab!

 

Congratulations on completing the Lightning Lab.

If you are looking for additional information on Horizon, try one of these:

Below are the module included in the complete VMware Horizon 7 - Getting Started with App and Desktop Virtualization lab (HOL-2051-01-VWS): 

 

 

How to End Lab

 

To end your lab click on the END button.  

 

Appendix - Lab Guidance



 

Location of the Main Console

 

  1. The area in the RED box contains the Main Console.  The Lab Manual is on the tab to the Right of the Main Console.
  2. A particular lab may have additional consoles found on separate tabs in the upper left. You will be directed to open another specific console if needed.
  3. Your lab starts with 90 minutes on the timer.  The lab can not be saved.  All your work must be done during the lab session.  But you can click the EXTEND to increase your time.  If you are at a VMware event, you can extend your lab time twice, for up to 30 minutes.  Each click gives you an additional 15 minutes.  Outside of VMware events, you can extend your lab time up to 9 hours and 30 minutes. Each click gives you an additional hour.

 

 

Alternate Methods of Keyboard Data Entry

During this module, you will input text into the Main Console. Besides directly typing it in, there are two very helpful methods of entering data which make it easier to enter complex data.

 

 

Click and Drag Lab Manual Content Into Console Active Window

You can also click and drag text and Command Line Interface (CLI) commands directly from the Lab Manual into the active window in the Main Console.  

 

 

Accessing the Online International Keyboard

 

You can also use the Online International Keyboard found in the Main Console.

  1. Click on the Keyboard Icon found on the Windows Quick Launch Task Bar.

 

 

Activation Prompt or Watermark

 

When you first start your lab, you may notice a watermark on the desktop indicating that Windows is not activated.  

One of the major benefits of virtualization is that virtual machines can be moved and run on any platform.  The Hands-on Labs utilizes this benefit and we are able to run the labs out of multiple datacenters.  However, these datacenters may not have identical processors, which triggers a Microsoft activation check through the Internet.

Rest assured, VMware and the Hands-on Labs are in full compliance with Microsoft licensing requirements.  The lab that you are using is a self-contained pod and does not have full access to the Internet, which is required for Windows to verify the activation.  Without full access to the Internet, this automated process fails and you see this watermark.

This cosmetic issue has no effect on your lab.  

 

 

Look at the lower right portion of the screen

 

Please check to see that your lab has finished all the startup routines and is ready for you to start. If you see anything other than "Ready", please wait a few minutes.  If after 5 minutes your lab has not changed to "Ready", please ask for assistance.

Click here to return to the click VMware Cloud on AWS - Introduction

 

Conclusion

Thank you for participating in the VMware Hands-on Labs. Be sure to visit http://hol.vmware.com/ to continue your lab experience online.

Lab SKU: HOL-2051-91-VWS

Version: 20191021-185728