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  • Lab Manager is a self service portal where users can deploy and un-deploy groups of virtual machines known as configurations. Think of it as a “sandbox” where users are limited to resources that are available for only 90 days These virtual machines run on resources that are provided and configured for that users organization.
  • User is directed to the lab manger web interface which is accessible from internal, vpn, citrix, etc.. User is authenticated and dropped into their organization The user is then able to select what virtual machines they wish to deploy
  • Organizations allow us to limit and grant access to resources Organizations prevent other users from impacting each other
  • Utilizing linked clones… ten, twenty, thirty virtual machines can be deployed within a matter of minutes. These can be identical copies of the original template, bypassing all physical hardware limitations
  • Operating system testing of VMware tools Sandbox testing of vmware vcenter releases Archiving of progress to library for release testing
  • Through the web interface, you can easily share virtual machines with other members of your team
  • You can rapidly provision complex environments in minutes Your organization membership determines what resources are available to provision
  • Code release/testing every 30-60 days No configuration consistency Deployment time was hindering testing schedule

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  • Eric Sarakaitis Senior Systems Engineer OCLC VMware Lab manager OCLC Dublin July 19, 2010
  • Agenda What is Lab Manager? How does Lab Manager work? How do I use Lab Manager? How does Lab Manager help you? Dimema use case Lab Manager demonstration
  • What Is Lab Manager?
  • How Does Lab Manager Work Lab Manager Server End User Available Resources Resources Deployed
  • What is an organization?
    • An organization is a group of users and the resources they are allocated access to
    Specific Virtual Machine Templates Specific VLAN Access Specific Media Access Organization XYZ
  • What makes Lab Manager tick?
    • Lab Manager utilizes Linked Clone technology (borrowed from view) to speed up deployments while utilizing the smallest amount of resources.
    Original Template Linked Clones of template
  • How do I use Lab Manager? Lab Manager Library vCenter Application Linked Clone of vCenter Application
  • Team sharing
  • Ease of deployment
  • How does Lab Manager help you?
    • Time savings
    • Guarantee consistency
    • Cost savings on lab hardware/facilities
    • Sandbox for software development and testing
    • Rapidly provisioned area for support, training, and demos
    • Isolated security zone
  • Dimema Use Case Guest Operating Systems Application Release With Lab Manager Guest Operating Systems Application Release Before Lab Manager
    • Automated deployment
    • Refresh time measured in minutes
    • Deployments based on identical templates
    • Archiving ability for future testing
    • Manual deployment/configuration of thick virtual machines
    • Refresh time measured in days
    • No guarantee of like systems
  • Lab Manager Demonstration
    • Lessons?
    • Find a permanent home for Lab Manager the first time
    • If you can, force users to build their own templates
    • Sell it to your security team first, easy as pie from there
    • Use Digi usb-over-TCP/IP devices for USB device scenarios
    • Linked clone tree depth limit of 30, no width limit
    • Questions?
  • Lab Manager Demonstration
    • Demo