Free VMware Labs

VMware’s Hands on Labs are a fantastic resource to learn new and existing VMware solutions from the ground up. There are a few different types from Learning Labs which are self-paced with a manual through to challenge labs which are like mini tests that you can use to validate your skills.

Why take a VMware HOL?

  • They are free!
  • Learn about new solutions which might benefit your business or career in just an hour or less
  • Take a challenge lab to validate your skills
  • They run the latest versions of the technology you want to learn
  • An easy way to study for exams such as VCP or VCAP Deployment exams
  • No software needed to run, just a web browser
  • No downloads or installations required
  • No hardware / compatibility / workarounds or licensing issues

The Lab Links

There are my personal favourite Hands on Labs (in no particular order of course 🙂 )

VMware Cloud on AWS

“Rapidly extend, migrate and protect your VMware environment to the AWS public cloud” Learn more..

VMware Cloud on AWS – Hands on Lab

vSphere 6.5

“vSphere provides a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility that accelerates your digital transformation to hybrid cloud” Read more..

vSphere 6.5 – Hands on Lab


“VMware NSX Data Center is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)” Read more..

NSX – Hands on Lab

vRealize Suite

“vRealize Suite is a hybrid cloud management platform that helps IT enable developers to quickly build applications in any cloud with secure and consistent operations” 
Learn more..

vRealize Suite – Hands on Lab


“Wavefront offers a real-time metrics monitoring and streaming analytics platform designed for developers to optimize their clouds and modern applications” Read more..

Wavefront – Hands on Lab

vRealize Operations

“Run production operations hands-off and hassle-free with VMware vRealize Operations, delivering continuous performance optimization based on intent, efficient capacity management, proactive planning and intelligent remediation” Read more..

vRealize Operations (vROps) – Hands on Lab


“VMware vSAN powers industry-leading hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions with vSphere-native, flash-optimized storage for private and public cloud deployments.” Learn more..

vSAN – Hands on Lab