A lab template consists of a vApp template containing one or more virtual machines and is required to run your labs. Use Lab Builder to create VMware Learning Platform 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 vApp 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 tenant).

  • 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 prepops enabled for the vAPP template are also deleted.

  • Uppload 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 lab templates. The card view is the default, and you can toggle between the views.

Published lab templates are displayed in green and unpublished lab templates are shown in yellow.

Lab Builder Prerequisites

Prerequisites for creating a lab template with Lab Builder include the following items.

  • You must already have a cloud org to create a lab template. For more information on cloud adding a cloud to VMware Learning Platform, see Working with Cloud Organizations.


    Lab Builder displays a message if there are no cloud organizations for the tenant.

  • Your cloud org must contain at least one cloud catalog.