As an IT Professional using a lab for studying and testing is absolutely essential to your development. For my own benefit as I continue to study for my MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) and for others who may find this a benefit I’ve listed below links to all of the Windows Server 2012 R2 TechNet Virtual Labs that you can explore all for FREE. This is a great way to start exploring Windows Server 2012 technology for free without any risk. They don’t have every single lab scenario available that you would want to test/learn with Windows Server 2012 R2 but it’s a good start and you could actually go off script and test additional things outside of what the lab intends you to do.
Each TechNet Virtual Lab comes with a manual with the instructions for getting around in the lab and completing the tasks and each lab has a time limit of 2 hours but you can always extend the time or restart the lab to take another pass at it.
List of Microsoft Virtual Labs for Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server 2012 R2 – Storage Infrastructure
- Migrating Complex Active Directory to Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Azure Pack: Installation & Configuration
- Windows Server 2012 R2 – Hyper-V
- Windows Server 2012 R2 – Configuring and Managing Servers
- Managing Your Datacenter Devices With Windows Server and System Center 2012 R2
I’ve also created a filtered link that gives you a list of all Windows Server getting started guides, product resources, MVA Courses and Learning, White Papers and Videos.
Also don’t forget Channel9 offers incredible video presentations on all things Microsoft which of course would include Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.
Enjoy and Happy Studying!