Lab Tools

Linux Academy Hands-On Labs are realistic environments created by industry experts to help you learn. These environments help you gain knowledge and experience, practice without compromising your system, test without risk, destroy without fear, and let you learn from your mistakes. Linux Academy Hands-On Labs: practice your skills before delivering in the real world.

Whenever you start a Linux Academy Hands-on Lab, two tools are provided to you automatically. 

Instant Terminal

The Playground Instant Terminal allows you to immediately spin up a terminal without having to wait; opening an in-browser terminal with the click of a button. Terminals allow you to connect via HTTPS (port 443), and from there, you can SSH to Linux Academy Playground Servers or instances within lab environments, even when behind enterprise firewalls! The best part is that these in-browser terminals are ready for use instantly so that you don’t have anything standing in the way of your learning.

An Instant Terminal can be used to connect to instances launched in any of the cloud providers. For example, if you are working on a corporate network and want to launch an instance in an AWS lab or AWS Cloud Sandbox from Linux Academy Cloud Playground, connecting to that instance with your corporate terminal over port 22 will be difficult. To keep from having to use port 22, you can copy the PEM key for the instance you want to connect to and use it with Cloud Playground by typing "add_key" into the terminal and providing the PEM key. From here you can connect to the instance without having to worry about opening security ports on your corporate network. It is all handled through HTTPS and a Linux Academy secure proxy.

Architectural Diagram

The Architectural Diagram provides you with a visual of what you will accomplish while working on a hands-on lab. Linux Academy Hands-On Labs are designed to be independently consumable. This means they can be used as micro learning mini-courses to learn specific objectives and then move on. Architecture diagrams are important for your learning experience as they let you see the overall end architecture of what you or your staff is building in the hands-on environment you are using.