Many of you may have recently attended a CANITPRO camp presided by Pierre Roman or I recently at a Canadian city near you.  Those who attend have very exuberant as to what they have absorbed in terms of hands on labs and material presented.  Many return to the organizations they represent and have implemented strategies or best practices learned and many others hunger to learn more.  We at CANITPRO have created a plethora of lab guides to further test best practices and to allow you to establish new ideas to better enable your organization.  Not everyone though has the luxury of a spare computer, let alone server, to spin up said labs and completing labs on production hardware is a definite no-no.

Recently, an older post published by Microsoft Canada's very own Damir Bersinic was brought to our attention as we were notified the links provided needed to be updated.  When investigating said post we noticed the announcement of many provided virtual labs all of which could be enabled without leaving your desk.  All that is required is an internet connection, a supported browser, a supported OS, and administrator permissions on your computer to install the hands-on lab client the first time.

An updated list of the available labs include:

  • Active Directory Deployment and Management Enhancements 
    Learn how to deploy Active Directory Domain Controllers with Windows Server 2012R2. Deploy domain controllers using Server Manager, deploy remote domain controllers using Windows PowerShell, explore the new Active Directory Management tool and use its PowerShell History Viewer.
     
  • Configuring a Highly Available iSCSI Target 
    Learn how Windows Server 2012R2 can provide storage remotely to any machine. Build clusters using shared storage and build iSCSI high-availability instances--observing highly available application communication during cluster failover.
     
  • Configuring Hyper-V over Highly Available SMB Storage 
    Learn how to configure a file server cluster to support running Hyper-V virtual machines from SMB file shares. Create the file share, configure delegation, and then create a new VM on SMB storage.
     
  • Implementing Storage Pools and Storage Spaces
    Work with the new storage spaces technology in Windows Server 2012R2 by creating new storage pools and virtual disks. Then enable the virtual disks in both Server Manager and Control Panel.
     
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell Fundamentals
    Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language that helps you achieve greater control and productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 230 standard command-line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell enables you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.
     
  • What’s New in Windows PowerShell 3.0
    Explore some of the new features and functionality in Windows PowerShell 3.0 to enable you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.
     
  • Implementing BranchCache in Windows Server 2012R2
    Learn how to install and configure BranchCache for hosted cache in Windows Server 2012R2. The setup and configuration of BranchCache has been greatly simplified by removing dependencies on certificates, and by introducing a new set of Windows PowerShell™ cmdlets for automation and centralized management.
     
  • Managing Network Infrastructure
    Explore new network management capabilities in Windows Server 2012R2. You will learn how to implement Network Teaming as well as how to implement DHCP failover. Finally, explore new Windows PowerShell cmdlets for network management.
     
  • Managing Your Network Infrastructure with IP Address Management
    Network management is core to running a business, yet the tools that IT professionals need can be too costly or not available from Microsoft. This is changed with the introduction of IP Address Management (IPAM) in Windows Server 2012R2.
     
  • Managing Windows Server 2012 with Server Manager and Windows PowerShell 3.0
    In this lab, you will learn how the Server Manager and Windows PowerShell framework in Windows Server "8" delivers an enhanced, multi-server management experience. You will learn to perform tasks such as multi-server management. You will also explore new Windows PowerShell capabilities including new cmdlets and the Windows PowerShell gateway.
     
  • Using Dynamic Access Control to Automatically and Centrally Secure Data
    Learn how to create Central Access Policies, explore the new Access Denied Remediation features, as well as learn how to use the audit capabilities built into Dynamic Access Control.

 
As always, a great complement on online labs is online learning. Be sure to visit Microsoft Virtual Academy to learn further functionality and enablement in regards to Windows Server 2012R2