General Information on Cloud Servers and Hands-On Labs

Do hands-on labs cost extra?

No. Our Hands-on Labs are included with every active Linux Academy subscription. You pay a flat monthly or yearly fee and gain access to all of the features that we have to offer, without worrying about the cost of using resources.

Are there any hidden fees?

No. We don’t believe in hidden fees. We try to be as transparent as possible, and that’s part of the reason why we offer so much under the same membership and have very straightforward terms of service.

How many times can I go through a Hands-on Lab?

As many times as you want. There are no limits. Simply visit the page after completing a lab, and you can start it up again from the beginning!

Are Hands-on Labs scenario-based?

They are! Our Hands-on Labs will typically come with a scenario to resolve, and include downloadable lab guides, and video lessons. This enables you to follow along at your own pace and with your preferred learning method.

To learn, you are guided through the lab by an expert so you can see exactly how they do it. Then, once you’re comfortable, you can try the lab again without following along to see if you understand how it works. After all, practice makes perfect!

What is the difference between Hands-on Labs and self-paced labs?

They are the same. Hands-on Labs are self-paced labs. You launch the lab whenever you want and are given plenty of time to complete the scenario. Also, remember that you can take them as many times as you want.

How long do Hands-on Labs last?

Cloud Servers: Accessible at any time by starting them from the Cloud Servers Console. They are persistent for up to 14 days of inactivity. This means you need to start the server at least once every 14 days to make sure it is not automatically cleared and re-purposed.

Otherwise, you can use them so long as you are logged in and active on If you are inactive on the website, the labs will time out after 120 minutes and automatically shut down. To avoid this, make sure you are navigating to different pages to maintain an active connection. 

Hands-on Labs: Hands-on Labs have a built-in timer. You can use the lab for as long as the timer lasts. This can be anywhere from 1 to 4 hours depending on the lab. After the timer expires (or if you complete the lab early) the lab will close, and the resources will be cleared. You can restart the lab from the beginning at any time by returning to the Hands-on Lab page.

Cloud Sandboxes: All three of our Cloud Sandbox options have a set 4 hour timer. The Sandbox account can be used for the duration of the timer, but if the account exceeds our usage guidelines, it can be terminated early. Once the Sandbox has been stopped, all user created resources are cleared, and when restarted a new Sandbox account is provided. 

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