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Cisco IT Essentials v7 Labs Now Available for NETLAB+ VE

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 13:41

NDG is pleased to announce the addition of labs for Cisco IT Essentials v7. These labs introduce the fundamentals of computers, mobile devices, hardware, and software along with advanced concepts such as security and networking. Learners will gain practical knowledge of how computers and mobile devices work.

For details, please see: Cisco IT Essentials v7

This new content is available to all NETLAB+ customers with a current maintenance agreement who are participants in the Cisco Networking Academy.

Additional NETLAB+ Topology Support for Cisco CCNAv7 Labs

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 15:02

We want to make you aware of additional topology support added for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNAv7) labs. The lab series listed below are now also supported by the Multi-Purpose Academy Pod (MAP), and Multi-Purpose Academy Pod w/ASA (MAP w/ASA) in addition to the Multi-Device Pod (MDP):

You may also refer to the release notes for details on the new lab designs created for this additional topology support.

This content is available to all NETLAB+ customers with a current maintenance agreement who are participants in the Cisco Networking Academy.


Introduction to perfSONAR labs now available for NETLAB+ VE

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 14:53

NDG is pleased to announce the following lab library has been added to our supported curriculum content options for NETLAB+ VE. 

Introduction to perfSONAR – New Labs Now Available

perfSONAR, performance Service-Oriented Network monitoring ARchitecture, is used by science networks and facilities worldwide to monitor and ensure network performance. As described on the perfSONAR website, “perfSONAR is a software product to monitor networks for performance discrepancies, on an end-to-end basis, ensuring friction-free use for scientific applications.” You can learn more about perfSONAR by visiting:

The Introduction to perfSONAR labs demonstrate the use of perfSONAR to monitor and measure network performance.

The development of this lab series was supported with funding from the National Science Foundation Award 1829698 “CyberTraining CIP: Cyberinfrastructure Expertise on High-throughput Networks for Big Science Data Transfers” at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). 

VMware vSphere 7.0 Currently Not Supported for NETLAB+ VE

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 16:34

We want to make you aware of the current status of VMware virtualization products used with NETLAB+. NETLAB+ integrates with VMware vSphere to provide powerful and cost-effective remote PC support. 


At this time, we ask that you do not update your virtual infrastructure to VMware vSphere 7.0.  vSphere 7.0 is currently not compatible with NETLAB+ VE since it cannot be used to connect to virtual machines and support the virtual infrastructure. The ESXi built-in VNC server has been removed from vSphere 7.0; therefore, it no longer supports connections to a virtual machine using NETLAB+’s built-in VNC web client.  

Our current recommendation is that you continue to use VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 (documented) or 6.7 (undocumented, but supported). Please refer to the NETLAB+ VE Designated Operating Environment Guide for more information. Our development team is evaluating alternatives to the VNC client and will be implementing changes to NETLAB+ VE in a future release in order to continue to support compatibility with VMware’s virtualization products. When available, we will provide guidance as to how we recommend updating your virtual infrastructure.

We encourage any customers still running NETLAB AE/PE to update their system to NETLAB+ VE. Request a price quote

Potential Security Issue: vCenter 6.7 Vulnerability

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 10:15

We were made aware of a potential security issue with vCenter Server v6.7.  Please note, this only affects vCenter Server installations that were upgraded from 6.0 to 6.7, or from 6.5 to 6.7. This does NOT affect ESXi host servers.

Our normal recommendation is that a fresh vCenter Server Appliance be deployed instead of upgrading.  If you upgraded an existing vCenter Server v6.0 or v6.5, to v6.7, you will want to apply the patch (6.7u3f) issued on 4/16/2020.  

For additional details, see the VMware security advisory at the link below:


Free Access Offer for Introduction to Linux I and II

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 14:21

During this challenging time, many Cisco Networking Academies have found it necessary to shift from in-person instruction to alternative course delivery. The Linux courses developed by NDG provide an online learning environment that learners can easily access right from a web browser.

To help instructors that need to teach Linux online, NDG is sponsoring Linux I and Linux II for Cisco Networking Academies for sixty (60) days. Our goal is to help instructors that may need to shift from in-person to online courses to finish the semester.  For sixty (60) days, from April 1st to June 1st, NDG will provide learner access at no cost when instructors create a Linux I or Linux II course in

Please note, because this sponsorship will be funded from April 1st to June 1st, this means that each learner will have sixty days to claim their access, and once the learner has access and begins the class, they will have ninety (90) days of access to the course content.  For example, if, as an instructor, you create a course on April 5th and your learners/students claim access on April 10th, your learners/students will have until July 10th to complete the assigned course content.

You’ll find additional details concerning the offer here. Please also consider passing this information on to any colleagues that might find it beneficial.