Build your own Windows Server 2012 server lab in the Cloud … for FREE!

Today at Tech Ed North America, we all saw great keynote presentations featuring cool new features in Windows Server 2012 – improved features across the board, including Management, Storage, Virtualization and Security!  Aching to begin playing around with some of these new features for yourself, but don’t have access to your own server lab environment back at your shop? No worries – we’ve written a step-by-step lab guide that shows how you can build your very own Windows Server 2012 server lab in the Cloud with the new Windows Azure Virtual Machine customer preview.  Better yet, for a limited time you can build your cloud-based server lab for FREE by leveraging the Windows Azure free trial subscription program.

This is a great opportunity to begin learning Windows Server 2012 and the new Windows Azure Virtual Machine features together so that you can begin planning your own migration to a private cloud or hybrid cloud strategy.  I encourage you all to take advantage of it!

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Comments (7)
  1. KeithMayer says:

    Hi adc111,

    The Free Trial subscription program provides 750 small instance compute hours per month, 35GB of storage and 20GB of bandwidth as noted here:…/free-trial

    The Preview discounted pricing that you note above is the pricing that Windows Azure subscribers that are using a full subscription, rather than a free trial subscription, receive.



  2. KeithMayer says:

    Hi Pat,

    I believe it needs to be a credit card – some debit cards are not accepted because they are not a valid form of identification.

    Hope this helps!


  3. Anonymous says:

    Getting a 404 on the link:

  4. KeithMayer says:

    Hi Mooncalf,

    The 404 link issue has been resolved – please try again!  Thanks for reporting this issue!

    Best regards,


  5. Anonymous says:

    A free trial that requires a mobile phone and a credit card! what is the world coming to 🙂

  6. adc111 says:

    "Better yet, for a limited time you can build your cloud-based server lab for FREE by leveraging the Windows Azure free trial subscription program"

    Not so accoding to the "free" preview description, Virtual machines are "significantly discounted" during the preview, NOT free!

  7. Pat says:

    I was looking to download Azure for free but my debt card was not getting accepted.  So I changed my Windows Live ID to something that was not listed as a business account.  Tried again and still would not let me download the free version.  The debt card works just fine….since it is free I didn't think it matter how much was on my personal account.  Any ideas?  

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