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This year in Boston, MA you can attend the Red Hat Summit 2017, the event to get your updates on open source technologies and meet with all the experts you follow throughout the year.

It's taking place from May 2-4 and is full of interesting sessions, keynotes, and labs.

This year I was part of the process of selecting the labs you are going to experience at Red Hat Summit and wanted to share here some to help you plan your hands-on time with infrastructure and operations focused labs. These labs are for you to spend time with the experts who will teach you hands-on how to get the most out of your infrastructure and operations products.

Each lab is a 2-hour session, so planning is essential to getting the most out of your days at Red Hat Summit.

As you might be struggling to find and plan your sessions together with some lab time, here is an overview of the labs you can find in the session catalog for exact room and times. Each entry includes the lab number, title, abstract, instructors and is linked to the session catalog entry:

L101860 - Hands on with Red Hat Satellite 6.3

Red Hat Satellite 6.3 is the latest version of the system management tool from Red Hat. In this lab, you'll go through actual business scenarios using the new features in Satellite 6.3, including Ansible integration, Puppet 4, and many others. If you're new to Red Hat Satellite, you'll get a good overview of the basic features. If you're experienced, you'll deepen your understanding of the product.

This session is in Best of Summit series with repeats due to popularity: Repeat 1 & Repeat 2

Instructors: Bryan Kearney, Mike McCune, Ohad Levy


L100810 - From source to RPM in 120 minutes

In this lab, we'll learn best practices for packaging software using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux native packaging format, RPM. We'll cover how to properly build software from source code into RPM packages, create RPM packages from pre-compiled binaries, and to automate RPM builds from source code version control systems (such as git) for use in CI/DevOps environments. And finally, we'll hear tips and tricks from lessons learned, such as how to set up and work with pristine build environments and why such things are important to software packaging.

This session is in Best of Summit series with repeats due to popularity: Repeat 1 & Repeat 2

Instructor: Adam Miller


L103745 - Hands on with the pros and the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux capabilities

In this 2-hour lab, Red Hat field solution architects will lead you through a mix of self-paced and proctored exercises using the updated capabilities in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3. We'll cover service management with systemd, system administration with Cockpit, system performance tuning and monitoring, storage management with xfs and LVM (RAID, snapshots/thin provisioning), network interface management with NMCLI, dynamic firewall configuration with firewalld, system compliance scanning with OpenSCAP, and finally, system recovery processes with Relax and Recover. There'll be ample experts on hand to help you and answer your questions. Join us and continue your journey to becoming a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 pro.

This session is in Best of Summit series with repeats due to popularity: Repeat 1 & Repeat 2

Instructors: Eddie Chen, Christoph Doerbeck, Rob Wilmoth, Mike Watkins, Matt St. Onge


L102967 - Getting started with Ansible

Ansible is a simple, yet powerful, IT automation engine for app deployment, configuration management, and orchestration that you can learn quickly. In this hands-on lab, you'll get to know Ansible from the ground up. We'll start with a brief introduction, and then you'll install Ansible by Red Hat and run the first commands. Next, we'll tackle some of the basic concepts, and you'll start to write your first playbooks. Along the way, you'll pick up some of the more advanced concepts like controlling task execution and templating.

Instructors: Roland Wolters, Reiner Rieger


L105089 - Advanced Ansible Tower by Red Hat

In this lab, we'll take you through some of the more advanced features of Ansible Tower by Red Hat, including redundant/clustered installation, integration with LDAP, and different workflows for job templates and other Ansible Tower resources.

Instructors: Michelle Perz, Gabriel Muniz


L104988 - Automate Red Hat Virtualization infrastructure using Ansible

In this lab, you'll get hands-on experience capturing Ansible's automation power, integrated with Red Hat Virtualization. Resolve common problems that once required a custom-tailored solution, but are now easy to solve using the Red Hat Virtualization Ansible modules. Sharing of solutions is made easy using the Ansible galaxy. Deploy a complete Red Hat Virtualization environment. Start from base infrastructure and configure your datacenter and cluster layout using dynamic inventory for deploying applications. Learn how to manage your Red Hat Virtualization infrastructure using a command line interface based on Ansible modules. This lab will kickstart your Red Hat Virtualization infrastructure automation and take it to a new level of control.

Instructors: Yaniv Dary, Moran Goldboim, Martin Perina


L103188 - Up and running with Red Hat identity management

Red Hat identity management (IdM) can play a central role in user authentication, authorization, and control. It can manage critical security components such as ssh keys, host-based access controls, and SELinux contexts. These functions are available in a standalone environment or when in a trust relationship with a Microsoft Active Domain Controller. In this lab, you'll learn the basic installation and configuration of IdM, configuration of an IdM replica, joining of clients to the IdM domain, basic user and host management activities, sudo setup, and ssh key management. You'll leave with an experience that can be repeated in your own environments to set up a rudimentary environment.

Instructors: Jim Wildman, Thomas Gamull, Chuck Mattern


L103963 - Hands-on introduction to Red Hat CloudForms

In this lab, you'll gain hands-on experience with an individual, dedicated instance of Red Hat CloudForms. You are welcome to participate even if you have no experience with Red Hat CloudForms, as we'll provide a brief overview of the product before starting the labs. With guidance, you'll be able to explore Red Hat CloudForms connected to different providers, create reporting and chargeback reports, build service catalogs, and integrate with containers and more.

Instructors: Michael Dahlgren, Jon Jozwiak, James Rankin


As you can see, there is plenty of infrastructure and operations for you to get hands-on through the week and hope to welcome you to one or more of the labs!

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