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Q: What is a Qwiklab?
A Qwiklab is an online learning environment along with a set of instructions to walk you through a live, real world and scenario-based use case. In a Lab you will have access to the actual environment you want to learn about, not a simulation or demo environment. You can access the Lab environment from anywhere on the Internet using a standard browser. Most Labs require credits to access (see below for credits details), but we do have variety of free Introductory Labs available as well.
Q: How do I take a lab?
- Get started by either creating an account or signing in.
- Find Labs by browsing the Qwiklabs Quests, searching, or clicking on the Lab Catalogue and then the lab tab. The lab tab allows you to scroll through all of the available labs.
Read more about a Lab by clicking on the lab of your choice
- Duration is the estimated time to complete the Lab.
- Access time is the total time resources are made available to take the Lab.
- To begin a Lab click on the 'Select' button. The Lab will not start until you have selected the 'Start' button and entered the appropriate credits or Token code (if credits are required).
- The cost of a Lab is indicated in Credits. Some Labs are Free and require no credits. Each dollar spent buys 1 credit. Labs vary in the number of credits required. For more information about the prices please see the pricing page.
- When you are finished with the Lab, click the 'End' button and leave a review.
Q: What are Qwiklabs Quests?
Qwiklabs Quests are introductory and advanced learning paths that consist of a collection of labs organized by technologies, specific services (e.g. Amazon Web Services) and practical use cases.
Q: What is a Qwiklabs Quest badge?
Completion of the required labs that are part of Qwiklabs Quests will earn you badges that recognize your hands-on expertise. In order to receive your badge, all required labs in the Quest must be completed.
Q: What can I do with my Qwiklabs Quest badges?
Your Qwiklabs Quest badges will be a permanent part of your Qwiklabs account and profile. Referencing your accomplishments can be a positive mark of distinction. You are encouraged to share your achievements on social media. You can do this by adding a link on, (for instance), your LinkedIn profile, pointing to your badge.
Why should I consider a Qwiklabs Advantage subscription?
Qwiklabs Advantage is the most cost-effective way to access hands-on lab content at your own pace. The cost of earning a single Quest badge is generally higher than 1 month’s subscription for access to *all* labs. Subscribe now
to take full advantage of the hands-on lab experience you can’t get anywhere else.
How does Qwiklabs Advantage billing work?
Subscriptions are billed every month (30 or 31 days depending on the month) to your payment method on file. Each time your credit card is charged, you will receive a receipt email from Qwiklabs. You can change your payment method or cancel your subscription at any time here
(you have to be signed into your account first).
What if I want to cancel Qwiklabs Advantage?
You can cancel your subscription at any time here
(you must be signed into your account before you click on the link). Cancellation takes effect when your current subscription runs out. You can use Qwiklabs Advantage until the current month's billing period ends. After it ends, Qwiklabs Advantage will not be renewed and you will not be charged again.
IMPORTANT: If you want to cancel your subscription, DO NOT delete or close your Qwiklabs account. Go here and unsubscribe.
*** CAUTION! *** If you delete or close your account, all information associated with your account, including lab and quest progress, class history, badges earned, etc. will be permanently destroyed.
Is lab access time still counted if I have Qwiklabs Advantage?
Yes. Individual lab sessions will end when the lab’s access time expires. Your subscription lets you take a lab multiple times, but each time you re-take a lab you start over at the beginning.
Lab duration time is based on 4+ years of data tracking lab times, and we make constant adjustments as we see new data. Each lab gives you access to a real, live cloud console so we pay close attention to resource management and efficiency.
What devices can I use with Qwiklabs Advantage?
You can use any laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection and one of the supported browsers. Simply sign in with your user account. Tablets and phones are not currently supported due to lack of support in most Cloud consoles.
Can I share Qwiklabs Advantage?
A Qwiklabs Advantage subscription can only be used by one person. Your Qwiklabs account is used to validate the badges you earn, your Quest progress, and your lab completion stats. Sharing account access and Qwiklabs Advantage subscriptions is not possible at this time and if attempted will be considered a violation of terms of service
Q: What are Qwiklabs credits?
Qwiklabs credits are purchased to gain access to a lab. Each dollar spent adds 1 credit to your Qwiklabs account. For example, $8 equals 8 credits. Labs require different amounts of credits. Once purchased, Qwiklabs credits are held in your Qwiklabs wallet (found in your Account details page). When you select a lab, credits will be taken from your account to authorize one-time access to the lab you have selected.
Alternatively, you can purchase a subscription that gives you access to all labs.
Q: How do I use Qwiklabs credits?
Log into google-run.qwiklab.com
, select the lab you want to take, and then click Start Lab. You will see a pop-up screen showing you the number of Qwiklabs credits required to take the lab, the number of Qwiklabs credits already available in your wallet or the number of Qwiklabs credits you need to purchase for the lab. If you have enough Qwiklabs credits in your wallet you can choose to launch the lab. If you do not have enough Qwiklabs credits, you will be prompted to buy the required amount.
Q: What about event tokens, will they still be used?
You might be given tokens/access codes in certain cases, for example at an event like AWS re:Invent or NVIDIA GTC. These tokens will work the same as they have in the past as one-time use on any lab. With an event token you will be able to start any lab regardless of how many credits that lab requires. When you start a lab, in the pop-up screen, select whether you want to use tokens/access codes instead of your credits to get access to the lab.
Q: How do I buy Qwiklabs credits?
You can buy Qwiklabs credits one lab at a time as described in the "How do I use Qwiklabs credits?" section. You can also buy preset Qwiklabs credit bundles by clicking on the “buy Qwiklabs credits” link in the Qwiklabs banner. Purchasing Qwiklabs credit bundles provide volume discounts. You also may enter any number of credits you want to purchase for your transaction by using the “*Number of Lab Credits” box.
Choose the Amazon “pay now” button or the Paypal “check out with paypal” button to purchase Qwiklabs credits.
For Amazon Payments you will be directed to an Amazon Sign In page where you need to login with a valid Amazon account, or create a new account if you don’t already have one. Next, confirm your method of payment, and then wait until the Continue button appears to confirm your payment is processed. Click on the Continue button to return back to Qwiklabs.
For PayPal you will be directed to the PayPal Sign in page where you will see your order summary and payment section, there you can choose to pay with your PayPal account or with a credit card of your choice. Click on the Continue button to return back to qwik LABS.
In both cases, once the payment transaction is complete you will then be directed to your Qwiklabs Account details page where you will see available credits and payment history. You will also find the “share credits” bar where you are able to create Credit Sharing groups for the sharing of credits with your friends and colleagues.
Finally, click on the Qwiklabs logo or the Dashboard link on banner to return to the main dashboard, select the Lab you want to take, and then click Start Lab. The pop-up screen will display your credits. Click on “launch with xx credits” to start the lab.
Q: When do my Qwiklabs credits get used?
Using Qwiklabs credits provides you with one-time access to a lab. Once you start a lab, the Qwiklabs credits apply for the duration of the lab. If you end the lab within less than 3 minutes (i.e., the “grace period”), or the lab has an error when starting, you will automatically be refunded your Qwiklabs credits.
Q: Do Qwiklabs credits expire?
Unused Qwiklabs credits expire 6 months after the date of purchase. Qwiklabs will send you an email when your Qwiklabs credits are about to expire.
Q: How do I share Qwiklabs credits?
You can allocate Qwiklabs credits to be shared with a person or with a group. To share Qwiklabs credits, you must first create a Credit Sharing Group, and then assign users to the group. First, click your credit balance link displayed in the upper right hand corner of the main screen next to your gravatar. You will be directed to the Account Details page where you will see My Share Group. Click on the + button to create a new Credit Sharing Group. Add a Group Name for the new share group, provide a brief description, and then click the Update button. Next, click on your new group name to add Qwiklabs credits and share group members. Users may be added individually using their Qwiklabs user ID or by using the filters provided. All users within the group will share the total number of Qwiklabs credits allocated to the group. Note that each user can potentially use all of the Qwiklabs credits in a group. If you want to restrict credits by user you can create a separate share groups for each user.
Q: Will users be notified that they have been assigned to a group?
Users will not be notified they are assigned to a group. We recommend that you send them a notification. Users will however know how many Qwiklabs credits are available to them, by looking at their credit balance link in the upper right hand corner of the Qwiklabs banner.
Running a Lab
I'm on my company computer. I can start the Qwiklabs lab but can't do anything else. What's wrong?
If your computer is subject to a corporate firewall, your corporate security might prevent you from starting up resources/VMs. In this situation, you can typically sign in to Qwiklabs, start the lab, and log in to the Console, but you cannot continue.
To run labs in Qwiklabs from within a corporate firewall, you need access to the ports listed below. Contact your IT or Tech Support department.
Required access to:
- Ports 80 and 443 for Qwiklabs and the Google Cloud Console
- Port 22 for SSH (used by Cloud Shell)
- Port 3389 for RDP (to sign in to Windows VMs)
- Port 3306 for MySQL (to sign in to the database)
Q: What does lab duration time mean? How long do I have with a lab?
The posted duration time for self-paced labs is the average time that it takes to finish the lab. Access time posted is the amount of time lab resources are available to the student. Access time is generally 2x minutes the duration time. The access timer begins when the student hits the start lab button. The lab will end when the access timer clocks down to 0 seconds.
Can I pause or take a break from my lab and finish it later?
You cannot pause a lab after you have clicked Start Lab. You have until the timer runs out to finish the lab.
About the END LAB button:
- If you are still within the "grace period" (less than 3 minutes) and you click End Lab, the lab closes, and the Qwiklabs credits are refunded to you. The lab will not be listed on your My Learning page.
- If the grace period has passed, and you click End Lab before you are finished, you lose all your work for this lab, the Qwiklabs credits expire, and the lab is listed on your My Learning page as Incomplete.
- If you finish the lab before the timer runs out, you can click End Lab.
We recommend that you read through the lab instructions before you click Start Lab.
Q: I follow the instructions in the lab, but don’t see the same results?
Lab instructions are tested frequently. Often, issues arise when the instructions are not followed very carefully, so please try the sequence of steps again being sure to take all the necessary steps and use the specific commands and punctuation. If you still encounter issues, please submit a detailed description of your lab and the error messages by emailing us at email@example.com, clicking on the support tab, or by creating a support ticket at qwiklab.zendesk.com.
Q: Can I simply cut and paste commands and steps?
Frequently the cut and paste operation will not reproduce the commands exactly, due to hidden characters in the instruction manual. This sometimes results in extra characters or spaces added which will cause commands not to work. Most Labs now include a command file in plain text which will give the best results when cutting and pasting. To minimize errors you may get by cutting and pasting from the instructions, Qwiklabs has cutting and pasting from instructions disabled.
Q: I clicked on a URL link in the instructions document and the document was not found?
Sometimes the links in PDF documents incorrectly embed spaces, especially around line breaks, which keep the URLs from resolving correctly. Check to see if there are embedded spaces, and remove them. If this does not resolve your issue, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by creating a support ticket at qwiklab.zendesk.com and we will resolve the issue.
Q: What do I do if I can’t get my lab to work?
Press the support tab (on every Qwiklabs page) and search the knowledge base for an online answer or submit a ticket with a detailed description of your lab and the error messages including the severity level of the issue your have encountered.
Q: It says Lab is not activated.
Occasionally Labs are made inactive while being updated or undergoing other maintenance. If you want to be notified when an inactive Lab is made active again, please email us at email@example.com or by creating a support ticket by clicking on the Qwiklabs support tab.
Q: Can I use an iPad (or other mobile device)?
Mobile devices are not recommended due to limitations in the display, using multiple windows, and keyboard. Labs involving the AWS Console may not work at all. Best to run the labs from a laptop or desktop computer.
Q: The lab does not seem to finish loading?
Some complex labs take time to set up completely. Check the Setup Time on the Lab information page. If the lab is taking much longer than expected, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by creating a support ticket by pressing the Qwiklabs support tab.
Q: How can I change my password?
You can change your password by clicking on your name in the upper right hand corner of the main screen. This will take you to the Edit User form where you can change your password.
Can I access lab manuals and instructions for labs that I already took?
If you took an instructor-led class, you can access the course materials for two years after the date you finished the course. Go to the Qwiklabs deployment where you took your course, and sign in. On the left side of the page, click the My Learning icon (it looks like a timer/clock). Scroll down to the Completed Labs section and click the lab name. The lab opens; you can view the lab manual and other class resources.
What happens if I delete my account?
If you delete your account, ALL information associated with your account, including lab and quest progress, class history, badges earned, etc. will be permanently destroyed.
Note that you can keep your account open even if you do not have a current subscription, have cancelled a subscription, or have used all of your credits.