Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs
Experience Windows Server 2012 firsthand in these virtual labs. You can test drive new and improved features and functionality through deep end-to-end scenarios or specific features, including server management and Windows PowerShell, networking, Hyper-V, and new storage solutions.
It's simple. No complex setup or installation is required to try Windows Server 2012 running in a full-featured virtual lab. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. Before you start, read the minimum
system requirements. Next, select a virtual lab from the list below. Then, you will see an application called "holSystems LaunchPad Online" which will launch the lab.
Scenario virtual labs
Building a Resilient Network Infrastructure
Windows Server 2012 introduces three new networking technologies: DHCP failover, which automatically replicates and load-balances DHCP servers; DNSSEC for secure signing of critical DNS records and to centralize management of all of this; and IP Address Management (IPAM), a centralized suite of tools that provides a single view into the health of your core IP infrastructure. In this lab, you will implement all three technologies to create a more resilient network infrastructure.
Building a Remote Storage Infrastructure to Support Your Critical Workloads
Windows Server 2012 introduces the ability to leverage server message block (SMB)–based storage for server applications such as SQL Server and Hyper-V. In this lab, you will explore and implement a remote storage solution using SMB 3.0, consisting of a file server cluster that is configured for continuous availability with transparent failover. You will then configure your enterprise class storage solution using Storage Spaces and deduplication. Finally, you will implement and test a highly available remote storage cluster with SMB Multichannel.
Configuring a Web Farm for Multitenant Applications
This lab walks you through the configuration settings of IIS 8, which support the creation of multitenant web farms. IIS 8 has been enhanced to provide greater scalability and isolation by incorporating features such as CPU throttling, network QoS, and aggressive memory management. Additionally, complex web farms can deploy SSL certificates on file servers instead of broadly across all servers, leveraging server name indication for SSL connections.
Deploying and Configuring Servers with Server Manager
Windows Server 2012 includes a newly designed Server Manager experience that places emphasis on multiserver management and role-based management. Windows PowerShell has also been greatly improved, adding thousands of additional cmdlets, improved remote support, and a new capability called Windows PowerShell Web Access. In this lab, you will leverage all of these features and capabilities to deploy multiple new servers running Windows Server 2012 in your network.
Enabling Secure Remote Users with RemoteApp, DirectAccess, and Dynamic Access Control
Windows Server 2012 provides new, exciting features to easily implement secure remote user features. In this lab, you will begin by leveraging both RemoteApp and VDI to allow users to work securely on remote applications from home computers. Next, you will grant those users access to corporate resources by enabling them to leverage DirectAccess. Finally, you will grant those users access to secure files via Dynamic Access Control by modifying properties of the user accounts.
Feature virtual labs
Active Directory Deployment and Management Enhancements
In this lab, you will learn how to deploy Active Directory Domain Controllers with Windows Server 2012. You will deploy domain controllers using the new Server Manager, as well as deploying remote domain controllers using Windows PowerShell. You will be able to explore the new Active Directory Management tool and use its PowerShell History Viewer.
Configuring a Highly Available iSCSI Target
In this lab, you will learn how Windows Server 2012 can provide storage remotely to any machine. You will build clusters using shared storage and build iSCSI high-availability instances--observing highly available application communication during cluster failover.
Configuring Hyper-V over Highly Available SMB Storage
In this lab, you will learn how to configure a file server cluster to support running Hyper-V virtual machines from SMB file shares. You will create the file share, configure delegation, and then create a new VM on SMB storage.
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.
Implementing Storage Pools and Storage Spaces
In this lab, you will work with the new storage spaces technology in Windows Server 2012. You will first create new storage pools and virtual disks, and then you will work with those virtual disks in both Server Manager and Control Panel.
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 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.
Introduction to Windows PowerShell Fundamentals
Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language that helps you achieve greater control and productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 230 standard command-line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell enables you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.
What’s New in Windows PowerShell 3.0
In this lab, you will explore some of the new features and functionality in Windows PowerShell 3.0 to enable you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.
Managing Branch Offices
In this lab, you will learn how the branch office scenario has been improved in Windows Server 2012 including new branch cache enhancements.
Managing Network Infrastructure
In this lab, you will explore new network management capabilities in Windows Server 2012. You will learn how to implement Network Teaming as well as how to implement DHCP failover. Finally, explore new Windows PowerShell cmdlets for network management.
Managing Windows Server 2012 with Server Manager and Windows PowerShell 3.0
In this lab, you will learn how the Server Manager and Windows PowerShell framework in Windows Server 2012 delivers an enhanced, multi-server management experience. You will learn to perform tasks such as multi-server management. You will also explore new Windows PowerShell capabilities including new cmdlets and the Windows PowerShell gateway.
Managing Your Network Infrastructure with IP Address Management
Network management is core to running a business, yet the tools that IT professionals need can be too costly or not available from Microsoft. With Windows Server 2012, we change that with the introduction of IP Address Management (IPAM).
Online Backup Service
In this lab, you will use Windows Server Backup to back up your critical data to Windows Azure. This lab will teach you the entire set of workflows around backing up and recovering your data to Windows Azure.
Using Dynamic Access Control to Automatically and Centrally Secure Data
In this lab, you will explore Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012. You will learn how to create Central Access Policies, explore the new Access Denied Remediation features, as well as learn how to use the audit capabilities built into Dynamic Access Control.