I have been holding Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 Installfests / Loadfests in different cities across the Southwest since August with some success. We have also been holding IT Camps focused on Windows Server 2012 that has lots of Hands On Labs as part of the event. On October 10th, we are holding an OS Cloud Signature Event with one of the tracks being the IT Camp content with labs. If you are planning to attend the IT Camp track and would like some help getting Windows Server 2012 up and running quickly and easily on your laptop (without blowing away your current installed OS), please swing by the Installfest taking place at the Microsoft Denver Office anytime between 1 PM and 5 PM as I will be there to help you get everything configured and ready to go for the labs on Wednesday.
Just make sure your machine is running Windows 7 or higher, you have at least 40 GB of free space, no drive encryption and you have hardware assisted virtualization capabilities. The full details and registration link is here: http://hwdenverinstallfest2.eventbrite.com/.