About cloud access

Temporary credentials give you access to the cloud during a lab.

During a lab, you work in an actual instance of the cloud, not in a simulation or demo environment. Here's how Qwiklabs labs give you access to the cloud:

  • Each time you take a lab, you get a set of temporary credentials that are in effect only for the duration of the lab. After the lab ends, the credentials are no longer valid. If you take a lab again, a new set of temporary credentials is provided. 
    • (For AWS labs, these credentials are created and applied automatically. For GCP labs, you enter the credentials manually. Each lab manual gives you specific instructions.)
  • After credentials are entered, the lab spins up one or more VMs in the cloud. You then follow the lab manual's instructions as you do the lab activities in these VMs.

See also: How to take a lab.

Maximum number of resources used in a lab

Be sure to follow the lab manual's instructions regarding the resources you use when you take a lab. Make sure that you use only the types and amount of resources that are called for in the lab manual.

Your Qwiklabs deployment sets a limit on the resources that can be used by labs. This limit is imposed to prevent cloud resources from being used for purposes other than completing the lab activities. According to the Qwiklabs Terms of Service agreement, cloud resources are provided only for learning activities. If you use resources that are not related to the lab, you could be locked out of the lab and lose your work. 

For example, if you start up more VMs than the number called for in the lab instructions, you will be locked out of the lab and receive the message "Your account has been blocked".

 

Related links

What to do if your account is blocked.