February 14, 2011

Windows Server 2008 virtual lab

Version 1.1

While searching some tools in Microsoft web site I just found some interesting stuff. I found something that I think is very usefull. This stuff is more usefull for people who think about to been system administrators. Every who want to working like system administrator or people who already do this, will have a chance to test Microsoft Windows 2008 Server for free. As you may know Microsoft provide a free 180 day trials of Windows Server 2008. But you need to install and dedicate your computer for this proposal. So Microsoft gives you a way to test and practice with Windows server 2008 in a virtual lab.

What exactly is this virtual lab?
Basic it works like a real lab. You have to pass some task by scenario. Using the role and features of Microsoft Windows Server 2008. This Microsoft Virtual Lab is based on virtual servers (Hyper-V and cloud computing technology). On which you have a chance to learn some new thing about Windows server 2008. By passing the lab tasks you will learn for some new features and ability in Windows 2008.

So.. What is those tasks?
All objectives have a task to be completed. All those tasks are based on scenario. In all this tasks you will learn how to manage, configure, maintain a Windows server 2008 infrastructures. For example you have to configure access to some resource by Citrix. Recover an Active Directory (AD) from a new feature included in Windows Server 2008 AD Recycle Bin.

Everyone who want to test, practice or learn something more about Microsoft Windows Server 2008, open the follow link of Virtual Lab. Than choose the object you want to pass. And follow the instructions in all tasks' scenario. Attention all task of scenarion has time to be passed. So you must work in the time term. Unfortunatly some the objectives are requires a MSN account. So you must have or create that before you start.
Well the fun think is that the virutal lab its look like a game. With follow task like missions.
Here is small screen capture preview form Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtual lab

So I hope you enjoy of this virtual lab and learn something more about Windows Server 2008. In simple words, make your test drive on Windows Server 2008!

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Virtual Lab

Also I found some more free stuff from Microsoft.com. It was released a Windows Server 2008 R2 Features and Components posters. What is that mean? In simple words those are a posters in .pdf format. Which can be downloaded. These posters shows in collored schems and pictures the all functionality and infrastruction connection of Windows Server 2008 R2 Components and featurs included in this version of Window Server.
You can download it and then printed and mount on wall. It is great! Just one look and see all basic information about Windows Server 2008 R2. So if you interest just open the links bellow and dowload it.
Also check the showcast with the creater of those posters. I am also add some more documents which you ca found usefull too.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster 

Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Components

Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poste

Windows Server 2008 R2: Hyper-V Component Architecture




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