If you’re testing and learning VMware products then building a lab is pretty much the single most important thing you need to do before doing anything else. For your VCP you’re going to need a DC, two hosts, a VC (appliance or otherwise) and storage. Not all of us have access to equipment of a suitable level to be able to fully explore the range of VMware products so the next best thing is a VMware workstation embedded lab. This is where Autolab comes in and can save you hours of configuration.
Really, hours. And the best bit is that it’ll run on less than 12GB of RAM. Obviously you’re not going to get the full View, vDirector environment going but you’ll definitely get a VCP lab running.
It’s a straightforward job, the instructions are written in plain English and there’s plenty of help available on the forums and via Twitter. It took me a couple of attempts to get my lab ‘just right’ and once you do find that sweet spot then I suggest shutting all your VMs down and backing them up. Then, if it all goes south, all you need to do is remove them from workstation and re add.