Remote Lab Instructions for vSphere 7.0 Labs Only!
This page is for customers who purchased our 7-day / 14-day / 30 / 60-day vSphere 7.0 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 sent 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 which should look like ESXLAB\user#
- Your domain remote lab password
- Your remote lab's desktop Fully Qualified Name and non-standard port. You will use this information with MS Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) to access your lab
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:1700#)
- Two virtual ESXi hosts that are accessible to you only from the (above) remote access VM
Please carefully review the information you received from us 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
- Power on your esx1.esxlab.com ESXi host
- Open a Console on your ESXi hosts and initiate the installation of ESXi 7.0
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 esx1.esxlab.com. Your second ESXi host will be esx2.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. The VM's display name will be vCSA 1. The IP address of your vCenter Appliance is 192.168.20.121
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
You do all of your initial work on host esx1.esxlab.com. At the beginning of the VM Migration lab, you will power on your second ESXi host (esx2.esxlab.com). This host has been pre-built to boot up with all correct settings and configurations already done.
Please follow the guidelines (below) very carefully when completing your labs.
Please proceed through the labs as indicated in the Lab Guide. Please do not deviate from the instructions presented. If you make minor deviations that result in future lab difficulties, we will help you by correcting your changes. If you make major deviations that prevent future labs from working, then at our sole discretion, we will reset your lab environment back to it's original state and you can do all labs again. You may also ask us to reset your labs (if you would like to do them again) at any time during your lab rental.
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 7.0 Lab Guide and renting time on our labs.
Need More Time?
It can take 20+ hours to complete all of the tasks in our Lab Guide. If you find yourself short on time and want to continue using your labs, you can purchase an extension. To do that, please visit:
All the friendly lab techs here at ESXLab.com