I'm trying to create a lab environment. I have a server with plenty of nics, storage and ram. the issue I'm having is with vm workstation it doesn't support the CPU. I have tried 12,14 and 15 have not had success. My question is, is there a simiulator or lab that will let me create my own environment and that is not pre built?
You could check to see if ESXi would be supported on your hardware (and run that instead): VMware Compatibility Guide - System Search
There are free labs from VMware: Try VMware Hands-on Labs - VMware
You'll get access to a lab when you take an official class, for the duration of the class, which you might need to do in order to be a VCP anyway.
You can also buy and access the same labs independently of the classes themselves: VMware Lab Connect
There are these:
Try VMware Hands-on Labs - VMware
They are not exactly like building your own laboratory, but you can still do something.
Another solution is to purchase a Server service (from a provider) for a certain period and create your own environment.