Build your Lab with Ravello Cloud – Experience the true benefit as a vExpert

You can experience the true benefit as a vExpert from Ravello Cloud to build your own home lab with few easy steps. I was really worrying about my home lab and it was getting old with these new VMware releases. Buying new hardware is not an easy task in a country like Sri Lanka. You have to spend hell amount of money to refresh or build your Home Lab with new and compatible hardware for your home lab. Ravallo helped me to bring up my new home lab and I’d like to Thank You for the vExpert subscription.

So, I thought to write this article about building an own home lab with Ravello Cloud.
Login to the Ravello account from here. Check more information about pricing and evaluations

Login with your Username and password

Then You can start creating application on your Ravello cloud by click on “Create Application”

Type Application Name and a description relevant, In my case I’m not going to add anything from the blueprint

Now application as created and I’m going to upload the ISO images which I’m going to use in my Home Lab. Ravello provides you an empty ESXi and we need to upload an ISO image to the Library and start provisioning my hosts. There are some pre-configured images and I’m not going to use them in my Lab application.
Select “Library” and click on “Import Disk Image” option
You have to install the VM import tool in your computer, select the tool up on your desire according to your Operating System. I’d like to use the tool with the GUI.
It will download an .exe file and install the tool in to your computer
Once you install the tool it will open your web browser and prompt you to enter your credentials for Ravello Cloud.
Type your Ravello credentials and it will redirect to the tool’s interface
Click on “Upload New Item” option and select “Upload a disk Image (ISO,VMDK, QCOW) to import an ISO image and click on “Start” to begin the upload.
Upload will begin in few seconds
Once it completed the upload my image can access in the Library
Now I’m ready to provision an ESXi host in the Ravello Cloud
Go to your “Canvas” in the “Application” Section Click on the “+” sign on the left top corner, drag and drop the “Empty ESX” in to your Canvas.
Change the attributes of the ESXi VM such as Name, description, IP configuration, boot order, disk sizes, number of disks etc from your right hand side console, map the uploaded ISO image to start the installation.
Once you are done with the Configuration Click on “Publish” on top to publish the application. It will prompt you the details of your application and Optimization over Cost and Performance, once you are happy with the configuration. Publish your application by clicking the “Publish” button
Once your VM provisioned in your canvas you can see the “Start, Stop, Restart, Console, More” button available and click on Console to view the ESXi VM console.
Now go ahead with the ESXi installation as usual.
In the same way You can provision your other VMs and build your lab with Ravello Cloud.

What you can see in the Tabs

Settings Tab

Summary of the Pricing details, Storage addition, Application Scheduling , Ephemeral access, Application size and so on…

VMs Tab

Number of running VMs and setting of the the VMs

Canvas Tab

Your VMs topology and placement also you can change the VM attributes and settings here.

Network Tab

Your network, Static Network, DHCP services, Routing and DNS Services will automatically provision here

Logs Tab

Tasks, events and all the other log items will display here
This is it for now and Thank you again Ravello Cloud for the vExpert Subscription!

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