Longhorn Server is coming.  In fact, Beta 3 is just around the corner, and not everyone will have the choice of blowing a machine and installing it bare, to play around with, or dual boot.  One option would be to run it in a Virtual PC, which, as we all know, can be downloaded for free, and you can play around with Longhorn Server to your hearts content.  An alternative would be a Virtual Lab.

Today, we have released 3 On-Demand Virtual Labs, which are free to use, take between 2 and 3 hours depending on the lab, and cover three different scenarios for you to get to grips with.  Please note, you need to be registered with the Partner Program to access these labs.

Event Details

Windows Server “Longhorn” Beta 2 Server Core Virtual Lab

Try out the new features and functionality of Longhorn Server Core (Which I blogged about, just the other day) in this Free-form sandbox Virtual Lab. Please note, there are no demos or walk through's with this lab.


Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 2 Server Manager Virtual Lab

After completing this lab, you will be better able to:

  • Identify the tasks necessary to complete the installation of Longhorn using the Initial Configuration Tasks console.
  • Summarise the steps necessary to install and configure Longhorn server roles and features using Server Manager.
  • Determine Longhorn server status using Server Manager as well as evaluate the other integrated Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins available in Server Manager.


Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 2 Terminal Services Gateway and Remote Programs Virtual Lab

After completing this lab, you will be better able to:

  • Configure a TS Gateway Server Objective 2
  • Deploy a TS Gateway Client


I'm going to be checking these out over the coming week or so, so I'd definitely recommend you do the same - Longhorn is going to be an awesome release - those who start getting a feel for it earlier are really putting themselves in the driving seat.

For all those of you interested in Longhorn Server Virtual Labs, but are not on the Partner Program, you can access these TechNet ones:  These are 90 minutes each and again, cover a variety of topics.