Apr 27

AutoLab Video Series Part 2 – Populating the NAS Build Share

This is the second video of my AutoLab Video Series. The first video covered obtaining AutoLab and setting up VMware Workstation to run AutoLab. Part 1 of the series can be found at http://www.vhersey.com/2014/04/autolab-video-series-part-1-initial-setup/.

This video, Part 2, covers populating the NAS Build share with the software needed for the AutoLab environment. The video also covers setting up the automate.ini file to automatically install the vCenter server and add the hosts to vCenter inventory.

Video Links:
AutoLab – http://www.labguides.com/autolab/

The utility I use to mount the ISOs to extract the files from them can be found here: http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html

The next video in the series will cover AutoLab automated builds of the vSphere lab VMs…

About the author


Hersey Cartwright is an IT professional with extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and supporting technologies that improve business processes. Hersey is Solutions Architect for SimpliVity covering Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. He holds the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DV #128) certification. Hersey actively participates in the VMware community and was awarded the VMware vExpert title in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. He enjoys working with, teaching, and writing about virtualization and other data center technologies. Follow Hersey on Twitter @herseyc


  1. Raza

    Hello Hersey,

    Please accept my KUDOS such nice and easy way to describe how to setup the lab, I am currently prepare my VCAP5 exam, I found your 3 videos with respect to Autolab home setup but VC Lab installation instruction is missing some how.

    if you have can you please share with us

    Much appreciate in advance


    1. vHersey

      Thanks for stopping by. Glad you found the videos helpful. The video for setting up the VC in AutoLab is in the works and should be posted this weekend.

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