Over 100 TechEd 2012 Hands-On Labs are now available online #ws2012 #hyperv #sysctr

UPDATE: By popular demand, these Hands On Labs have been extended to September 30th, 2012!

Good news! Until September 30th, we are making available online over 100 of the most popular TechEd North America Hands-on Labs. Accessing the virtual environments and manuals is really easy ...

Steps to Access myTechEd Virtual Labs:

  1. Sign in to your myTechEd account (if you don't have an account, you can sign-up for Free)
  2. Navigate to the Content Catalog, filter on Hands-on Labs
  3. Find the lab you want and download the lab manual
  4. Click on the lab beaker icon, and you're off and running.

(See below for screen shot and system requirements.)

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP SP3 or higher (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or higher (32-bit)
  • Security: Must allow ActiveX install on first use
  • Network: Requires outbound access on standard ports 80 (http) and 443 (https)

myTechEd Membership

For those of you that do not have a myTechEd account, don't worry.  You can sign up now, and its quick, easy and free.  It will also gain you access to the 2011 and 2012 recorded sessions, TechEd directory, discussions and groups.


If you have any technical questions about the labs, please email the MyTechEd team at myTechEd@microsoft.com.


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Comments (9)
  1. kishhr says:

    This is really effective this is what makes some perfect………..

  2. KeithMayer says:

    Hi Thorkell,

    Due to recent changes in MDT 2012 Update 1, the TechEd team decided that the lab from June wasn't relevant anymore and did not include it in the group of HOLs made available online.  You can download the latest version of MDT 2012 Update 1 and documentation at: http://www.microsoft.com/…/details.aspx



  3. KeithMayer says:

    Hi Thorkell,

    Thanks for your feedback! I'll check with the HOL team on the MDT lab and report back as soon as possible.

    Best regards,


  4. Björn Andersson says:

    Love this!! Excelent work!

  5. Patrick Hoban says:


  6. Wim De Groote says:

    This is really a great resource, it allows us to practice the hands on labs from anywhere at our own pace.

    We will definitely be having a look at the labs for SharePoint and BI 🙂

    Wim De Groote


  7. Gautam Gulati says:

    Excellent Work done!! and getting this kind of hands on experience is fabulous!!!!


  8. Ryan Gunhold says:

    Not many consider what they bring with them when they present – nicely done.

  9. Thorkell says:


    I have been playing around with HOL from TechEd 2012 and must say that they are indeed a good source to try W8K technology and other new 2012 technology. However there is a one catch and that is ,  when I try to take the one of the lab "Pilot Testing Windows 8 with MDT 2012" there seems to be no virtual machine to to follow the instructions that are attached to this subject. Seems to very odd, maybe there is an explanation, why there is no virtual machine to practice on.

    Best regards,


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