In the US, we are holding a promotion that has two very easy steps and then you receive $20 to use at the Microsoft Online Store. To begin, go visit the Microsoft Private Cloud Offer site.
Offer Period: Now until June 30, 2012
Click the Download button to go to the TechNet Evaluation Center and Download your Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software. You will need to sign in with your Live ID to initiate the download. Once the download starts, it will probably take about 30 – 60 minutes depending on your connection. (I have Cox and it took me about 37 minutes to complete the download). The nice thing is you don’t actually have to wait for the download to complete before you move onto Step 2.
Click the Explore button and you will be taken to the System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Virtual Lab. Currently, you will be taken directly to a Live ID sign in page. Once you sign in and complete the Microsoft Private Cloud Offer page, you will be taken to the final Virtual Lab page where you can Launch the Virtual Lab and complete it.
It is VERY important that you provide valid information with your Live ID sign in as you will receive an email (in about 3 days) with the code to retrieve your $20 coupon for use at the Online Store. You will also be entered to win one of three Lenovo W520s.
Disclaimer: There are a limited number of $20 coupons available (about 5,000) and are given out on a first come first serve basis and only one per person. This promotional offer is only valid in the United States. Whether you get a $20 coupon or not, you will still be entered into the drawing for the W520. You can enter multiple times for the raffle – you just have to complete the two steps each time. Please read the full Rules on the Microsoft Private Cloud Offer Site as my disclaimer only has a portion of the full rules.