Explore Hands-on Labs at VMworld 2018 Europe

The VMware Hands-on Labs demonstrate the real value of VMware solutions in real time. As a VMworld attendee, you’ll gain special access to the latest VMware technologies without being required to purchase equipment, software or licenses.

You’ll explore a wide range of today’s most exciting topics with a VMware-provided machine or your own device, all with product experts on hand to provide one-on-one guidance. Earn CloudCred points for taking labs, visiting HOL Connect and interacting with product experts, and win prizes for each level of achievement. 

About Our Labs

Self-Paced Labs: This is our popular service where you can interact with the latest VMware products at your own pace at a traditional workstation. Many product experts are in the room ready to assist. Labs are delivered on a first-come, first-served basis and do not need to be scheduled in advance. 

Expert-Led Workshops: These sessions are presented by the VMware product experts who develop lab content. Workshops require advance sign-up and check-in at least 5 minutes prior to start. Expert-led workshops require advance sign-up through the VMworld Content Catalog. Attendees should check-in at the hands-on labs room 10 to 15 minutes prior to their scheduled workshop.  

Hands-on Labs Tours: These 30-minute tours provide a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to run our hands-on labs. The tour covers both business and technical topics focused on VMware products and solutions. You will meet lab creators and engineers running our multiple clou


Thank you to Dell Technologies and IBM for providing infrastructure to make VMware Hands-on Labs possible at VMworld.


Collaborate with Experts

Work directly with the VMware product experts who build the hands-on labs, ask your difficult technical questions and test the answers in a live lab environment.

Get a Sneak Peek

Be the first to try new lab content before it is available online as we debut brand-new hands-on labs at VMworld.

Learn for Free

Gain rapid product learning without worrying about licensing and installation and see how VMware products solve the scale, speed and complexity requirements of the cloud.

Maximize Your Time

Get the most of out of time you spend at VMworld and take advantage of flexible, first-come/first-served, self-paced labs.



Our customized learning paths provide a flexible and consistent way to consume labs that match your interests and experience level.



Getting Started

This path is designed for attendees new to our products and serves as an ideal introduction to VMware Hands-on Labs. 

Look for "Getting Started" in the lab title.


This path presents an environment with broken and/or misconfigured elements and challenged to repair the problems. 

Look for "CHG" in the lab SKU.


Are you ready to dive deeper into advanced features and capabilities? This learning path is designed just for you. 

Look for "Advanced" in the lab title.


This path is for those looking to see how VMware and partner products fit together to solve more complex business challenges. 

Look for "SLN" in the lab SKU.


Find Labs to Fit Your Schedule

Our lab modules organize content into consumable units of 15-60 minutes. You can take as many labs as you like as many times as you want. The hands-on labs are flexible to fit your schedule.

Our self-paced labs are our popular standard service where you can interact with the latest VMware products at your own pace at a traditional workstation. These labs are delivered on a first-come, first-served basis and do not need to be scheduled in advance.

Work with Our Experts

The heart and soul of the hands-on labs program is the dynamic interaction between product users, great content and elite technical experts onsite to answer questions about our solutions.

Our expert-led workshops provide intimate access to VMware product experts in an engaging, instructional environment. Join us to get your questions answered and discuss solutions in a group setting. To attend an expert-led workshop, you must sign up in advance through the scheduling feature in the content catalog.

Explore Hands-on Labs Connect

HOL Connect is the nerve center of the hands-on labs room, where you can check in to self-paced labs, chat with other attendees, participate in “pop-up” discussions around interesting topics, and stay engaged while waiting for an expert-led workshop to start.

It’s also home to the HOL Command Center, presenting a live vRealize Operations dashboard of the current lab environment and an interactive presentation of lab facts. Get a sneak peek at the infrastructure that has deployed almost 2 million labs in the last five years.