windows-server-8-img1If you want to play with Windows Server 2012 (previously Windows Server “8”) without having to install it then these Virtual labs are for you. We have setup 12 different labs that guide you through working with this new technology.

Here is a list of the Windows Server “8” Virtual Labs:

  • Active Directory Deployment and Management Enhancements
  • Configuring a Highly Available iSCSI Target
  • Configuring Hyper-V over Highly Available SMB Storage
  • Implementing Storage Pools and Storage Spaces
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell Fundamentals
  • What’s New in Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Managing Branch Offices
  • Managing Network Infrastructure
  • Managing Your Network Infrastructure with IP Address Management
  • Managing Windows Server “8” with Server Manager and Windows PowerShell 3.0
  • Online Backup Service
  • Using Dynamic Access Control to Automatically and Centrally Secure Data

You will find the labs here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/hh968267.aspx

If you want to take it to the next level then install your own copy of Windows Server 2012 and kick the tires. You can download those Windows 2012 Beta files from here:
http://aka.ms/server8cp

You have two main options to play with this code. First you can download the ISO file and install it from CD or USB stick. Second you can download the VHD file and run it inside some virtualization product.

If you want to go the virtualization route I recommend you running it under Windows Server Hyper-v. Smile If you don’t have Hyper-v setup already – shame, shame shame… (JK) You can dual boot your machine using Boot From VHD to accomplish this. See my previous post: “How to Setup Boot from VHD” http://mythoughtsonit.com/?p=1072

If you want to run it under Windows 7 then I suggest you use Oracle’s free Virtual Box software. Here is a good blog post on how to get this going:
http://www.techgurublog.com/2012/02/29/run-windows-server-8-beta-vm-on-virtualbox-vhd-format/

Let me know if I can help. Enjoy –Brian