When creating a new lab profile, users are directed to the Template Gallery. The template gallery allows lab authors to easily search for and select pre-created labs to use as the base for a new lab. Lab authors can select templates from the public template gallery maintained by Learn on Demand Systems or create a private gallery available only to their own users. Users can search by name or favorite individual templates and filter by only templates they have favorites for ease of finding frequently used templates. When accessing labs from the template gallery, authors are provided two options:

  1. The Create option allows you to generate a new lab directly from the gallery simply by defining some information – such as name, series and organization – about where you would like to save the new lab.
  2. The Preview option allows you to launch the lab so you can review the environment and confirm it is what you are looking for before creating a new lab based on it.

Templates Provided by Learn on Demand Systems

Learn on Demand Systems will provide templates that include information about components (either virtual or cloud) included in the environment, as well as guidance for how to modify the template and use it as your own.

Learn on Demand Systems templates are available to all lab authors of the platform and provide global filters that can be used to easily identify labs by their fabric (such as Hyper-V or vSphere), Operating System (for virtual environments) or included technologies (such as cloud components or installed software).

Learn on Demand Systems provided templates will fall into various Topic Areas that are available as filters. A topic area defines the types of technical scenarios that a template is best suited for. In the template gallery, a topic area defines the general technology that a template is designed to support. Templates in a topic area contain all the necessary configurations and tools to begin building content for that topic but can be further customized by the author to expand on their capabilities, such as adding additional configurations or software.

Organization-specific Templates

Templates from Learn on Demand Systems are designed as a starting point for a wide variety of lab authoring needs. If your organization has more specific needs, such as having a custom software installed, you may decide you would like your lab authors to have this custom environment available to generate new labs from. This is where you would utilize an Organization-specific Template. These templates are available only to users of your Organization and not those outside of it.

Organization-specific templates may use the same filters available to public labs by adding them as Tags on the lab profile. Additionally, you can create your own tags and select the Publish to Template Gallery option on the tag profile to use it as a custom filter for only your users.

Frequently Asked Questions

When I select “Create Lab Profile” I still see the old experience.

This capability is rolling out to clients in stages. If your organization is interested in utilizing this capability but have not received the update yet, please reach out to our Support or your account executive and they can get your organization switched over to the gallery!

Can I still create lab profiles from scratch using the traditional method?

Yes! The traditional create lab profile page still exists and can be navigated to by selecting + Create Custom Environment from the top right of the template gallery page.

Can I control what users can edit my Organization’s templates?

Yes! Organization templates are visible to and usable by all users who belong to or manage the Organization or children of it. Your templates simply need to belong to an organization in Lab on Demand, which is above the organization your standard lab authors use.  Below is an example organizational structure:

What additional changes are coming for the Template Gallery?

There more changes planned over time for the template gallery! To highlight just a few:

  • Additional Topic Areas, this list will grow to include:
    • End User Productivity
    • DevOps
    • Coding/Software Development
    • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence
    • Data and Analytics
    • Cloud Technologies
    • Systems Administration
    • Network Administration
    • Information and Cyber Security
  • More templates from Learn on Demand Systems, including labs utilizing the container and cloud lab fabrics.

I have some suggestions on how this could further benefit our Organization.

That is great to hear! We love hearing feedback about how the platform can better meet the needs of our users, we have a Community Slack channel available for lab authors to collaborate. Please use the proper channel to provide suggestions for improvements. Not a member of our Slack Channel? Join here!

For all other questions, please contact our Support.

Additional Resources

Announcing the Simplified Developer Experience
Lab Author Dashboard
Enhanced Lab Saving