Testing and demoing software usually takes some time to setup a lab. Alastair Cooke did a great job by collecting and assembling components which create a vSphere 5 lab with a lot less effort than doing it yourself!
Taken from ProfessionalVMware.com is the info below.
Mind for the moment you will need to build the AutoLab Windows servers using 2008R2 without any Service Pack
What is the AutoLab?
The AutoLab is a quick easy way to build a vSphere environment for testing and learning using a single desktop or laptop PC and VMware Workstation, Fusion or ESXi. The whole lab runs in VMs on that one PC, even ESXi runs in a VM and can then run it’s own VMs.
What’s in the AutoLab?
The Autolab download contains a set of shell VMs and a lot of automation. Once built the lab contains two ESXi servers, a Windows Domain controller, a Windows Virtual Centre, a FreeNAS storage appliance and a FreeSCO Router to link it to the outside world.
The download has been kept very small for easy download and distribution, it contains only free, open source, software. You will also need the installers for vSphere and Windows, you should use evaluation licenses for both vSphere (built in) and Windows.
What can I do with the AutoLab?
- Run VMs on the lab ESXi servers, using iSCSI shared storage
- Build an HA and DRS cluster
- Work with vSphere Networking
- Practice the upgrade from vSphere 4.1 to vSphere 5.0
- Use PowerShell and the VCLI to manage the lab
- Rebuild the whole lab quickly and with minimal effort
- Choose how much automation you want in the lab build
- Take the lab with you on your laptop
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