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TechNet Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use TechNet Virtual Labs online immediately, free.

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Introduction to Windows Azure

In this hands-on lab, you will explore the basic elements of a Windows Azure service by creating a simple GuestBook application that demonstrates many features of the Windows Azure platform, including web and worker roles, blob storage, table storage, and queues.

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Deploying Applications in Windows Azure

"In this hands-on lab, you will learn how to deploy your first application in Windows Azure. The lab walks through the process using a simple application named myTODO, which is a simple list creation and management application built using ASP.NET MVC. The lab shows the steps required for provisioning the required components in the Windows Azure Developer Portal, uploading the service package, and configuring the service. You will see how you can test your application in a staging environment and then promote it to production once you are satisfied that it is operating according to your expectations.

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Exploring Windows Azure Storage

In this lab, examine each of the foundation storage capabilities of Windows Azure, Blobs, Tables and Queues. Discover how to create storage accounts; upload and retrieve blobs and blob metadata; create, update and query tables; and create a simple service that uses a message queue for communication. Explore the use of Windows Azure Drives.

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Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack: Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 SP1 Sequencing

After completing this lab for Microsoft® Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 SP1, you will be better able to:

  • Sequence 32-bit and 64-bit applications
  • Perform a Virtual File System (VFS) installation of an application
  • Create and consume Package Accelerators
  • Perform an active upgrade of an application
  • Sequence a plug-in to an application

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Getting Started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012

In this lab, the core Lite Touch deployment scenarios will be examined: Configuring a deployment share, adding content to the deployment share, creating task sequences, deploying a new computer from the network, refreshing an existing computer, deploying from DVD media. Additionally, new functionality present in MDT 2012 will be reviewed.

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Advanced Deployment Scenarios Using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 offers a configuration database that allows methodological automation of deployment configurations based on a number of criteria. With the configuration database, you can configure the automatic assignment of properties based on the target computer Location, Make and Model, and Computer values as well as assign Roles to those methods that contain further configurations.  The MDT allows users to create linked deployment points in their organization. Linked deployment points allow Administrators to migrate deployment assets between deployment points through the use of custom selection profiles. The MDT Deployment Wizard can be customized to provide functionality beyond the standard deployment process and further customize specialized workspaces.

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Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack: Advanced Group Policy

In this set of labs you will learn how to utilize AGPM, giving you greater control over your already existing complex environment. Topics include creation and deployment, check-in and –out, import and export, mail audit integration, search and ACL override.

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Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) Hands on Lab

This hands on lab will show you some of the management features in Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring. Learn how to set policy, run compliance reports, and how key recovery works.

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Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9 Readiness assessment with Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) 6.0 Toolkit

Are you looking for a tool to simplify your organization's migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 9, —for improved desktop security, reliability and manageability? The MAP 6.0 Internet Explorer Upgrade Assessment inventories your environment and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX controls, plug-ins, and toolbars, and then generates a migration assessment report and proposal—information you need to more easily migrate to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9. The MAP toolkit helps you with recommendations and shortens the time it takes to plan your Windows 7 deployments. Attend this session for an in-depth understanding of MAP 6.0 tool kit’s inventory assessment details, and analyze various deployment scenarios for Windows7 and Internet Explorer 9 across your IT environment.

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Deploying the Core Optimized Desktop with MDT 2010 and SCCM

The Optimized Desktop enables flexibility of provisioning and managing by benefitting from integration between Windows 7, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), Forefront and Office 2010. In this lab we will use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and System Center Configuration Manager to automate the installation and configuration of the core Optimized Desktop technologies - including the Application Virtualization client, the Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset recovery image, Forefront client, BitLocker and Office 2010 virtual application cache. As a result, the desktops you install will be ready for Optimized Desktop management. This lab is intended as a brief overview to the Optimized Desktop and operating system deployment tools - for deeper training on the individual components, additional labs specific to each technology and product are available.

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Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization 2.0 Overview

In this lab participants will review the new features of MED-V 2.0. MED-V 2.0 allows customers to break ""last mile"" compatibility barriers between Windows XP and Windows 7 by running legacy applications, including Internet Explorer 6-based applications inside a Windows XP workspace. You'll learn how to create a MED-V workspace and see how MED-V provides seamless access to legacy applications and websites, along with host documents, and printers, and eliminates the need for a dedicated MED-V management infrastructure.

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Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack: Microsoft Application Virtualization, Configuring Read-Only Shared Cache for VDI and RDS

In this lab, participants will learn how to configure and maintain the App-V Read-Only Shared Cache for VDI and RDS environments. Scenarios include populating the Read-Only Shared Cache with applications, configuring App-V clients to use a Read-Only Shared Cache, updating applications, and updating the Read-Only Shared Cache on shared storage.

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BareMetal - SQL Server 2012 - Installation and Configuration

In this hands-on-lab you will build out a network environment that includes a Domain Controller, an multiple instances of SQL Server 2012. You will learn how to perform unattended installations and deployment of SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server and Windows Server Core. By the end of this lab you will have a clear understanding of SQL Server Deployment and Configuration.

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BareMetal - SQL Server 2012 - Upgrading to SQL Server 2012

In this hands-on-lab you will learn on how to upgrade to SQL Server 2012. You will learn how to use SQL Server Upgrade Advisor and Distributed Replay to upgrade a SQL Server 2005/2008 database to SQL Server 2012.

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Five methods for Manual and Automatic AD RMS protection with Exchange 2010 SP1 and Outlook

E-mail is one of the primary leak vectors for sensitive business information. In this lab, learn how AD RMS and Exchange are helping to prevent confidential data from being inappropriately disclosed. Exchange 2010 SP1 and AD RMS integration provides multiple methods to specify what messages should be protected automatically by AD RMS policy. An e-mail administrator can define both server rules and Outlook rules to integrate with AD RMS. Additionally users can also apply AD RMS policies manually. And through the use of pre-licensing in Exchange 2010 this even applies to offline viewing and Outlook Web App viewing.

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Compliance: Information Leakage Protection and Control

In this lab, configure Rights Management Service (RMS) and integrate Information Rights Management (IRM) as a component of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 transport security. Although users can already apply IRM manually to an email message, Information Leakage Protection (ILP) becomes even more effective when this protection can be applied automatically, based on rules defined by the administrator. This not only eases the burden on the user to protect company ILP within email, but also ensures better, more consistent compliance with corporate policies. RMS can now be applied using transport rules, which in turn paves the way for broader, more granular ILP as well as protection of voice mail. Organizations can automate RMS policies based on sender and recipient attributes.

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Compliance: Archiving and Retention

After completing this lab you will understand compliance features of Exchange 2010 in email control, retention and discovery; enable transport journaling and discovery of archived contents; and configure transport rules based on compliance scenarios.

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System Center Orchestrator Extensibility

Learn about the extensibility of the System Center Orchestrator Beta. Take some powershell and turn it into an IP. Create a simple runbook out of it. Drive that runbook with powershell provide. Finish with creating a sharepoint web part that drives the runbook through the web service.

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Getting Started with System Center Orchestrator

Take the System Center Orchestrator Beta for a spin, install, create a Runbook, and use the Orchestration Console

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Customizing and Deploying Microsoft Office: Customizing Office for Lite Touch Deployment with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

The lab features Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 to create a desktop image including Windows 7 and Office 2010. We customize the OS languages and drivers for deployment. Office is added to the image and the lab features the ways we can customize the installation using the Office Customization Tool & config.xml from the MDT workbench. Office customization is reviewed in detailed including deploying customized ribbons and templates. We chain together Office language packs in this package to provide a fully customized Office package for deployment. We wrap up with a task sequence in MDT to control the deployment activities and have a look at the Lite Touch deployment results.

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Creating Multi-Lingual Pages in a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Website

In this lab you take an existing SharePoint 2010 website and create a variation of the site in a second language. You publish the alternative language site and are able to browse to it. You also create a new page and translate that page to the new language and you edit an existing page and translate the changes.

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Deploying a Virtual Office with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

In this lab, set up System Center Configuration Manager for OS deploymanent and virtual applicaiton streming. The lab details how to prepare and existing Office 2010 App-V package for distribution with SCCM and prepare for a zero touch OS deployment. The application deployment is reviewed with the deployment monitoring and validation tools included in SCCM.

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Deep Dive to Managing Projects with Project Professional 2010

Project Professional 2010 is one of the key building blocks of Project and Portfolio Management solution (a.k.a. Enterprise Project Management) offering rich toolset for building schedule easily, building powerful visualizations and managing resources effectively. In this instructor led labs the instructor will walk you through the Project Professional 2010 application in very detail focusing on new capabilities that make your life easier. This session is intended for project managers as well as people who sell, support and deploy Project 2010.

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Failover Clustering 101: Build a High-Availability Cluster in just 1 hour!

This lab is for anyone who wants to learn about Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering for the first time. We will show you how to build a highly-available File Server and Hyper-V cluster in just 1 hour. We will cover planning, licensing, virtualization, support, validation, hardware, networking considerations, building a cluster, deploying services and applications on a cluster, and deploying virtual machines on a cluster. You will build your own 2008 R2 Failover Cluster from scratch in this hands on lab! No prior cluster knowledge is needed.

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OM12: Monitoring Key Microsoft workloads (Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server and Windows Server) with OpsMgr 2012

In this lab we will look at the new features in Microsoft Operations Manager 2012 that are specific to monitoring Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008.

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OM12 : Introduction to OpsMgr 2012

This lab highlights the new features and functionality of System Center Operations Manager 2012 including network monitoring, dashboarding and much more.

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OM12: Authoring Management Packs

The principal means by which Operation Manager 2012 can be extended to monitor new applications, systems or devices, is through a management pack. The MP Authoring Console for Operations Manager 2012 allows very complex management packs to be created offline, using all of the main Operations Manager 2012 feature sets including monitors, tasks, diagnostics, recoveries and diagram views. This lab helps you understand the capabilities of the MP Authoring Console and demonstrates how to create a management pack from start to finish, including reporting and testing.

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iSCSI Software Target 3.3 – enabling Hyper-V storage on Windows Server 2008 R2

Storage Area Network (SAN) architecture offers great performance in return for perceived complexity and expense. Many IT pros incorrectly equate SAN with Fibre Channel, but the IETF-standard iSCSI protocol offers an alternative that is widely available. Microsoft offers a software alternative (iSCSI Software Target 3.3) that is now available for Windows Server2008 R2 and can be used in production!  It turns a computer running Windows Server into a storage device which provides shared block storage.

  • Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high availability and live migration
  • Consolidate storage for multiple application servers (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server)
  • Provide shared storage for applications hosted on a Windows failover cluster
  • Provide block storage for embedded devices
  • Hosting iSCSI boot OS image, support iSCSI boot

In this HOL you will get to cover:

Exercise 1: Configure iSCSI Software target and manage the iSCSI LUNs
Exercise 2: Using iSCSI Target in Hyper-V environment
Exercise 3: Booting diskless Servers using iSCSI Software Target
Exercise 4: Deploying a Highly-Available Microsoft iSCSI Software Target               

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Advanced Windows PowerShell Scripting

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 bring scripting and automation to new levels through a set of production-oriented features included with Windows PowerShell 2.0, such advanced functions, modules and debugging. After completing this lab, you will be able to work with Windows PowerShell and WMI to perform systems management tasks, work with COM objects and manipulateText, XML and CSV files.

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