Yes, you read that subject right.  You can build servers and construct a pretty decent lab environment without having to purchase hardware. 

Do it virtually.

"To the cloud!"“In the cloud?”

Bingo.  Today’s 2nd installment of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series is delivered by my teammate out of Atlanta, GA: Tommy Patterson.  In this article, Tommy walks you through the process of creating a virtual machine using your Windows Azure account.

(Don’t have one of those?  Try it for free for 90 days!)

Here is Tommy’s excellent article: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Building Free Lab VMs in the Microsoft Cloud (Part 2 of 31)

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Have you tried building VMs in Windows Azure yet?  We have an exciting schedule of topics coming up in our series.  Let me know if you have any questions or comments in the.. um… comments.