AutoLab 1.0 Released

The AutoLab is a small package with big potential. What it contains, is a number of “shell” VMs that can be run up in VMware Workstation, Fusion or ESXi. When fed with the operating systems ISOs from VMware and Microsoft, it automatically provisions a powerful test environment with almost no effort required.

Only needing a modest machine to run, the AutoLab provides a modular approach to testing where only the needed components are installed. The core lab can run on a single PC, a dual core 64bit CPU and a minimum of 8GB RAM, along with around 100GB of free disk space.

Veeam have generously sponsored this release, and we highly recommend using the AutoLab to test and evaluate their Veeam ONE and Veeam Backup & Replication products. LabGuides plan on having some study / training material that can be used alongside the AutoLab for learning purposes also.

If you have been following along with the AutoLab since v0.5 there’s a couple of big enhancements with this release, most notably support for VMware vCloud Director and VMware View.

Support for the AutoLab is now handled in our Thanks very much to our team of volunteer moderators that will help you get unstuck should you get caught in a bind.

You’re still reading? Head on over to grab AutoLab 1.0 now!


  1. This is exactly what I was looking for as I begin to work towards my VMware certs. I have toyed around with it but haven’t gotten into it fully yet. So far so good. Great work!

    1. Hi Muneer.

      Please use our support forums at for help with setup.

      The two lines in read indicate that the PowerCLI installer and Windows 2003 install ISO aren’t on the build share, take another look at the ReadmMe.html file in the build share, they are listed in the Files section.

      1. I had the same issue. I was trying to use PoewerCLI 5.1, but uninstalled and used PowerCLI 5.0.1 and everything worked fine.

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