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What are Virtual Labs?

TechNet Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft’s newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required.

System Requirements

  • Windows - Only Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and later, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 are supported.
  • Screen resolution of 1024 x 768 - The Virtual Lab sessions are best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024x768 or greater. Otherwise you may experience clipping of content.
  • Cookies Enabled - You must have cookies enabled to run these Virtual Lab sessions.
  • Firewall - Connecting to the Virtual Lab sessions require that you have port 443 open. Please contact your network administrator for assistance.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or later - Due to the complex requirements of presenting these Virtual Lab sessions over the internet, only Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or later are supported
  • ActiveX Control - The Microsoft "Remote Desktop / Terminal Services" ActiveX control is required by this site. If you do not have it installed/enabled, you will be asked to when launching the Virtual Lab.

Lab 1 – Configuration

After completing this lab, you will be better able to create a host group, add Hyper-V hosts, create a file share, create a library server, deploy the System Center Operations Manager agent to your hosts, configure monitoring integration. You'll also import and explore the VMware management pack, and import the VMware Integration Pack.

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Lab 2 - Infrastructure
After completing this lab, you will be better able to configure the storage, the network, and services. You'll also create a private cloud, import VMware virtual machines, and deploy services.

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Lab 3 - Private Cloud
After completing this lab, you will be better able to deploy a failover cluster, configure user roles, create a dashboard view, configure advanced cluster settings and design a multi-tier service template.

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Lab 4 - Services & Automation
After completing this lab, you will be better able to review and modify the Orchestrator configuration. You'll also create, customize and fulfill a self-service request. Finally, you will create and test a runbook.

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Lab 5 - Applications
After completing this lab, you will be better able to deploy an application through self-service, scale out an application tier, configure application performance monitoring and view the monitoring data.

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If you interested to learn about Windows Server 2012, you can click here for Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs.