A lab template consists of one or more virtual machines and is required to run your labs. Use Lab Builder to create VMware Lab Platform lab templates.

To access theLab Builder page, navigate to Lab Management > Lab Builder.

Figure 1. Lab Builder home page
Use the Lab Builder home page to create or modify lab templates.

You can use Lab Builder to:

  • Upload virtual machine files and media.

  • Create a lab template from scratch.

  • Clone an existing lab template.

  • Edit an existing lab template. A lab template must be in a draft state to edit it.

  • Publish a lab template. Publishing a lab template sends it to a lab template catalog and makes it available to run your labs. You cannot edit a lab template once you publish it.

  • Create a replica (only available if you have more than one cloud assigned to your account).

  • Backup a lab template. The purpose of a backup is to create a copy of a lab template, if there is failure or changes made to the deployed lab template.

  • Create a draft. This is identical to cloning. Use a draft as a base. When a modified draft is applied to a template, all deployment pools that contain the template are updated.

  • Remove a lab template. This deletes a lab template. All drafts and prepopulated resources or labs activated for the lab template are also deleted.

  • View visual representation of the network of a lab.

  • Upload any file from your local system and download it in your VM while building a lab template in Lab Builder.

Lab Builder provides a card view and a list view of all the lab templates. The card view is the default view, and you can toggle between the views.


Published lab templates are displayed in green and unpublished lab templates are displayed in yellow.