Everyone loves a great deal, and free is about as good as it gets. So why not take advantage of some free training resources from Microsoft in the form of virtual labs?  It’s a great way to learn all about Microsoft technologies without having to buy hardware in order to set up and train yourself.  Let us do the hard stuff so you can focus on learning. The server team just posted four new virtual labs we wanted to bring to your attention:

  • Getting Started with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replication
    Asynchronous, application-consistent virtual machine replication is now built in to Windows Server 2012. It permits replication of Hyper‑V virtual machines between two locations for business continuity and failure recovery. In this lab, you will learn how to configure and manage this technology.
  • Introduction to DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012
    DirectAccess gives users the experience of being seamlessly connected to their corporate network anytime they have Internet access. In this lab, you will learn how to configure this now easy-to-install technology and provide greater mobility and ease of access for your users.
  • Introduction to iSCSI Diskless Boot Deployment
    Windows Server 2012 can efficiently provide highly available iSCSI block storage for diskless network boot. In this lab, you will learn how to configure both the iSCSI target and diskless boot servers, enabling rapid deployment and network boot capability for commodity hardware.
  • Introduction to IIS 8
    IIS 8 in Windows Server 2012 provides many new features to support greater scaling, density, and performance for your web applications. In this lab, you will learn how to configure many of these exciting new technologies, including centralized certificate support, dynamic IP domain restrictions, and throttling.

There are quite a few virtual labs on Windows Server 2012 so be sure to check out the full list. Ready to get started? Head on over to the Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs webpage.