Preparing for and delivering a demo with Skytap
Before the demo
Testing the remote connection method
Prior to the demo, try your remote connection method (sharing portal, SmartRDP, RDP) using the same computer and network settings that you will use during the live event.
For a comparison of possible connection methods, see Accessing VMs.
Browser-based client within Skytap
- Run the following tests to confirm the computer meets the minimum requirements for accessing Skytap VMs:
- (Sharing portals only) Check that the sharing portals are properly configured for the type of access that you want to provide. For more information, see Sharing VMs and environments with sharing portals.
RDP or SSH
- Verify that you have a published service for port 3389 (RDP) or port 22 (SSH) on your VMs. For more information, see Accessing VMs with published services.
- Verify that remote access is properly configured on the VM. For more information, see Accessing VMs with direct RDP or Accessing VMs with SSH.
- (RDP) Verify that you have an RDP or SSH client installed on your local machine The computer that you’re using to access Skytap. .
- Test the RDP or SSH connection to confirm that you can access the VM. If you need to adjust your network or firewall settings, see What IP addresses and port ranges does Skytap use?.
Public IP address
- If the public IP address is attached to multiple VMs, coordinate with the other VM owners to make sure those VMs aren’t running during your demo. You may need to work with your Skytap administrator.
If the public IP address is attached to multiple VMs, only one of the VMs can be running at a time.
Verifying account resources
Check your current account usage to be sure that you will have enough VM, Metered RAM, and storage resources for the demo. For more information, see Account-wide usage limits.
Additional tips and best practices
- Prepare a secondary access method in case you experience issues on the day of the demo. For example, prepare SmartRDP as an alternative to sharing portals in case you experience network performance issues. Or, create a sharing portal as a backup connection method and email it to yourself so that you can access the environment from any computer.
- Test your remote site as early as possible. Allow yourself as much time as possible to adjust your computer or network settings (if needed).
- Before demo, be sure that the VMs are running.
- You can create a schedule to automatically start the environment prior to the demo and automatically stop the environment after the training or demo. For more information, see Automating actions with schedules.
- If you’re running multiple classes or demos, explore our automation tools. For more information, see Automating VMs and environments.