Vote for VMworld Session 5330: Building a Fake Production vSphere Environment

May 1, 2013 by Diana Nolting

Voting for VMworld 2013 sessions run through Monday, May 6th at 5 p.m. PDT.  Below is a highlight of one of Bluelock's recommmended sessions for voting.  Please vote by visiting Users must register a free account to vote. 


Session #5330: Building a Fake Production vSphere Environment

with Bluelock and VMware


Testing, development, and learning in vSphere is difficult if you don’t have a good lab environment. Even with a lab, you are still limited to the physical resources that are available for workload deployments. vCenter Simulator gives you the ability to create an imaginary datacenter with hundreds of hosts, thousands of virtual machines, and tons of fun.

What you will learn: 

- vCenter Simulator makes a great vSphere lab for learning, testing, and development.


- Puppet allows the user to build vSphere Simulator quickly and easily and even mimic a production environment.


- With vCenter Simulator at the core, you can build larger labs including vCloud Director and vShield Manager.



William Lam, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer – Automation vSphere nd vCloud API/SDKs at VMware 

William Lam is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer in the Cloud Infrastructure Product Marketing group at VMware. William currently focuses on automation with both the vSphere and vCloud Director platform APIs and CLIs. Previous to VMware, he was a Systems Engineer managing large vSphere installations and UNIX/Linux systems. William blogs for VMware at and also runs a personal blog at You can follow William on Twitter: @lamw

Jake Robinson, Solutions Architect at Bluelock 

Jake Robinson is a Solutions Architect at Bluelock, a world class vCloud Provider. At Bluelock, Jake has written much of the automation in place for the cloud infrastructure, and also helps clients automate inside their Virtual Datacenters at Bluelock using the vCloud API. Jake is a VMware vExpert, VCP, and former CISSP. Jake’s specialties are in infrastructure automation, virtualization, cloud computing, and security. Jake's automation blog can be found at and you can follow him on Twitter at @jakerobinson.