MSDN & TechNet Virtual Labs
We've blogged about the Virtual Labs before, but the content keeps growing. I figured a friendly reminder wouldn't hurt. You'll find labs on ASP.NET 2.0, Visual Studio 2005 (including Team System), SQL Server 2005, BizTalk Server 2006, Window Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Smart Client, Office Development, Security, Web Services... Ok, I'll stop typing. You get the point :). There is something for everyone.
Here's an official description:
"Ever wanted to test Microsoft software in a sandbox environment? What about being able to test new applications immediately, without having to set up a test environment of your own? Now you can, with MSDN and TechNet Virtual Labs.
Virtual Labs are guided, hands-on lab modules hosted by Microsoft that can be completed in 90 minutes. Try out Microsoft products and test your programming skills through our library of hands-on tools. There is no software to download to your local PC, and Virtual Labs are free!"
The Virtual Labs team has heard the feedback that you just don't always have 90 minutes to tinker. There are now two types of Virtual Labs. Standard and Express. With Standard you have a 90 minute session and typically a 60 minute lab. With Express, you have a 30 minute session and typically 1 minute labs. These are a great way to learn in small doses.