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Everybody that has attend at least at one VMworld, or at a VMware Partner Exchange, event probably know what is a Hands on Labs (HoL) and probably has run at least a lab.

HoL are probably one of the best reason to attend at this kind of event (and also this year were really good) because you can make practice on VMware technologies, and also (in the recent years) are well designed to be scenario oriented (and usually scenarios could be really close to the real world).

The HoL infrastructure is really cool (and a good example of a cloud approach) and this year I’ve got also opportunity to ear more detail about it during a backstage (one of the best moment).

And this year (the the VMworld US 2012) was first introduced the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) option: you can bring your laptop and use it, instead of the thin client provided on the regular seats. And the queue is usually shorter!

Of course you must bring a supported device because you basically will use it as a “View Client”. The list of View Clients Supported BYOD, in fact is the same list of View Clients.

But is not the only interesting news: after the VMworld events (I suppose after VMworld Barcelona) those labs will become available also on-line on a public portal ( Actually is not clear if the access will be public or only for VMworld attendees.

But will be great, because actually VMworld attendees have only the storyboard of the labs (just the PDF version) that it’s nice for start, but not the same as have the entire lab!

I’ve tested those kind of lab during the private beta and was really great (maybe not really fast, but quite similar as a usual lab). Now there is a public beta period and everybody can fill the form to ask to participate.

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