Updated on 09 June 2020
Check regularly for additions and updates to these release notes.
09 June 2020
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If you do not use it, snooze it. The Suspend feature allows the administrator to hibernate a vApp upon exit, keeping its existing state in memory and ready to go after a lunch break or the next day of class while lowering compute costs for the time that it is not used. Less waiting and lower charges, the best of both worlds.
Console Connection Monitor
A number of improvements have been made to the Console Connection monitor with respect to sensitivity, and the amount of information available to the instructor about the state of a student's connection to the console. If the connection is determined to be unstable from the student’s side, this information will be conveyed to the instructor in the class overview page, or when viewing an individual student's console.
Saving time is always in everyone’s best interest. That is why we have introduced the ability to duplicate an existing class, targeted towards recurring classes. Go to the Classes section in the Admin UI. Choose a class from the list and click on the ellipsis on the left. Select Duplicate from the sub-menu and confirm. A window for class creation will appear and all fields should have the same values as the original class (except date and time zone fields).
Speed Test Improvements
Performance and latency issues are always aggravating, especially when it is difficult to determine where in the network path the issue resides. The VLP Speed Test will help students in determining where the issue is by looking at the connection to both the VLP servers and the Cloud where the lab is being hosted, which in turn will assist administrators and instructors to mitigate the issue as quickly and effectively as possible. The UI is improved making it easier to understand where the connectivity issue might lie, as well as being able to run the test manually as opposed to only during the Compatibility test before launching the lab. Lastly, the administrator can also specify which Cloud to run the test against in a multi-cloud environment.
Instructor vApp Cloning
The ability for an instructor to clone a vApp can now be restricted via a newly added Tenant setting.
Remember to keep a lookout for the new Admin User Interface if you are not already using it, as the old UI will be deprecated within the next few weeks!
22 April 2020
Active Lab Template Updates
Lab (vApp) Templates can now be easily updated in-flight without any disruption to existing students (active entitlements) via Lab Builder. This functionality is very convenient in situations where an improvement is identified and introduced to a Lab template, but existing students are still active on the previous iteration of the lab. Once the lab template is updated and distributed, and new lab entitlements will be off and running on the newly released iteration.
Media uploaded through Lab Builder can be managed through a new menu in the UI called Cloud Media under Cloud Management, removing the need to manage it through vCloud Director.
Cloud Catalog Management
Cloud OvDC catalog administration can now be performed directly through the Tenant admin UI, providing the capability to create, update or delete catalogs, removing the need to manage it through vCloud Director. Go to Cloud Management > Cloud OvDC Catalogs and click on the ellipsis next to the catalog name for menu options.
Disable Console Controls
Console controls visible in a student lab can be enabled or disabled on a per lab basis, allowing the Tenant admin or Class instructors to decide whether or not they are fit for purpose. Go to Tenant Management > Settings and search for console header buttons.
Student Interface Quick Launch
Need to see what a change you make will look like from the student’s perspective? We’ve included a quick launch capability in the Tenant admin UI which leverages your existing credentials to save time while testing. The link is located at the very bottom of the main menu.
Class Start Time Auto-Calculation
When creating a class, the Tenant admin or instructor can choose to set the start and end time in either their local time, or the time where the class will be taking place. Updating one automatically updates the other, so no more referring to a time zone calculator.
Disable On-Screen Manual
For those courses that do not require any on-screen instructions or additional materials for students to follow, Tenant admins can now choose to disable the instructions panel to avoid confusion for the students and free up screen real estate. Go to Tenant Management > Settings and search for Hide Instructions panel when no manual.
vCloud Director vApp Identification
This feature allows an administrator to easily identify a template that was created in vCloud Director as opposed to VLP Lab Builder. Development of this functionality is part of an ongoing process to consolidate management interfaces into a single pane of glass. In addition to identification, vCloud Director vApps can also be deleted from the platform, putting more aspects of capacity management at your fingertips. Go to Cloud Management > Clouds and select Sync cloud vApps from the ellipsis menu next to the relevant org.
Instructors can now be added, removed or changed in the same way as students via API.
26 March 2020
PDF Lab Manuals
VMware Learning Platform now supports the PDF document format for student lab manuals. This feature enables content creators to use external authoring tools to develop lab manuals for use in VMware Learning Platform. In addition, it provides customers who have preexisting content an additional import option. Go to Lab Management > Lab Resources > Create Lab Resource.
The new billing dashboard provides granular usage metering of on-demand service usage. This dashboard enables Tenant Administrators to optimize usage of the service to help control cost. The new billing dashboard is available in the Tenant Management module > Billing.
With replicas, a Tenant Administrator can easily and reliably replicate vApp Lab Templates within the same region or to other geographical regions throughout the cloud. This feature helps enable several key use cases including distributing templates for high availability, remote backups, and improving performance for students by providing labs in-region.
Create User during Entitlement Creation
This functionality introduces the ability to create a user during the entitlement creation process, without the need for the user to register for or create an account in VMware Learning Platform. This feature can be useful in one-time lab use situations, or to provide a quick hands-on demo without having the user go through the standard registration process.
Instructors now have the capability to enable a class for student self-registration. This feature is advantageous in scenarios where an instructor may not have the student roster well in advance of a scheduled class. During class creation the instructor simply configures the number of seats the class is intended to support, and then provides their students with a self-registration URL. No account creation is required beforehand.
23 January 2020
A new tenant option called Send Mail to User on Entitlement Creation is included with this update. A tenant administrator can use the option to send an email that notifies a user that their entitlement has been created. Parameter values for the option are set from the Tenant Management>Settings page on the admin user interface.
9 January 2020
You can now import Microsoft Word manuals directly into VMware Learning Platform, by using a process similar to the one used for ScreenSteps. See Upload and convert Word documents in the VMware Learning Platform Content Engine guide for more information.
Tenant administrators can now include a quick launch link when sending email to a user from the manual entitlement option.
2 December 2019
Correction to the feature announcement for Quick Launch URL: tenant administrators do not generate a quick launch URL. Instead, they access the Quick Launch URL that is automatically generated when a vApp is assigned.
21 November 2019
The following new features and improvements are included in this update:
- Additional pages of the Admin UI are available in an updated UI style, including Survey Configurations, Entitlement Callbacks, Tags, Products, Network Topology, and Badges.
- A new interface for options controlled by tenant administrators is available along with several new options. See Tenant Management>Settings and VMware Learning Platform tenant options in the Tenant Administration guide for complete information.
- Tenant administrators can access a Quick Launch URL containing an access token directly from the Entitlements page on the Admin UI. This is in addition to using the API to generate a token.
- You can create an entitlement for a user from the Admin UI at Entitlements>User Entitlements>Create Entitlement.
- You can install VMtools from Lab Builder.
- The start and stop order and boot delay of VMs can now be modified in Lab Builder.
- You can resize the console window in Lab Builder.
- The Tenant Management Settings page replaces the Tenant Options form. You can display settings organized by function or with detailed information and enable or disable settings from either view. Searching on settings and filtering on fields is supported.
- You can bulk upload users by class from the Admin UI at Security>User Control>Account Bulk Upload.
- The tenant user interface includes an enhancement to notify users when prepops are not available.
- VMware Learning Platform supports LTI 1.3 integration.
17 July 2019
Customize completion criteria for labs. Additional features for setting completion criteria for labs are included with the latest update. For more information, see: Setting completion criteria for a lab in the VMware Learning Platform Tenant Administration Guide. As a tenant admin, you can set values for the following settings.
- Set a minimum time a student must spend on a lab before it can be considered finished.
- Set the percentage of steps in a lab that a student must complete before the course can be considered finished.
- Set tenancy-wide behavior to link End button availability to lab completion criteria.
- Pre-provisioning ‘prepop’ values are now configured on the Update vApps Template screen with the following steps:
- Go to Cloud Management > vApp Templates.
- Click the vertical ellipses next to the lab you are working with and select Update from the drop-down menu. The Update vapp template page is displayed.
- Locate the Prepops text box and specify a value.
- Click Update vApps Template.