UPDATE: FREE Hands-on "Virtual Study Halls" with Live Expert Q&A

NEW HOURS! Based on popular demand, we've updated the hours for "Early Experts" Virtual Study Hall assistance - Fridays each week from 11AM to 1PM Eastern Time.

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There’s so many cool features to explore in the latest Windows infrastructure offerings that it’s hard to find time to explore all of them.  Beginning February 8th through June 2013, you can block time on Fridays on a weekly basis between 11AM and 1PM Eastern Time to join a Virtual Study Hall and work through real-world hands-on activities with live Q&A assistance from a field-experienced IT Pro Technical Evangelist!


What is a Virtual Study Hall?

A Virtual Study Hall is an “open lab” time where you can study and work virtually on any of the hands-on exercises in the “Early Experts” Hands-on Labs or Step-by-Step Guides. Instead of a structured presentation, you pick the topics that you want to work on with live assistance from us!

  • Boy Live Assistance! During the Virtual Study Hall, an IT Pro Technical Evangelist will be online to help you with questions that you may have on the lab topic areas.
  • Messenger Collaborate! Much like High School Study Hall, you’ll be able to swap notes and collaborate with other IT Pros in the Virtual Study Hall to share tips … this time without risk of getting sent to the Principal’s office!

Work At Your Own Pace!

Virtual Study Halls provide you with the ability to block-out time on a weekly basis so that you can focus on progressing in your learning goals and prepare for the latest Microsoft certifications, such as MCSA: Windows Server 2012 and MCSE: Private Cloud … All at your own pace! 

You can join all or just some of each Virtual Study Hall session - based on your schedule and availability!

What Can I Expect?

In a Virtual Study Hall, you’ll be able to work on a self-paced basis through real-life hands-on activities.  Each week, you can pick just the topics in which you have interest. When you have questions, you'll be able to submit live Q&A requests for assistance. 

The list of study and lab topics is always growing, but includes scenarios such as:

  • Windows 8
    • Build a Windows 8 Application Development Environment in the Cloud
    • Side-loading Windows 8 Apps
    • Controlling Access in Windows 8 via AppLocker
  • Windows Server 2012
    • Installing Windows Server 2012
    • Implementing Server Core and Minimal Server Interface
    • Working with SAN-like Storage Spaces
    • Configuring NIC Teaming
    • Simplified Installation of Active Directory Domain Services
    • Create and Manage Active Directory Group Policy
    • Manage Server Roles and Features with Server Manager
    • Manage Windows Server 2012 with PowerShell 3.0
    • Configure IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing
    • Deploy and Configure DHCP and DNS
    • Configure Hyper-V Virtual Machines, Storage and Networks
  • Windows Azure
    • Build Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks in the Cloud with Windows Azure
    • Build Linux VMs in the Cloud with Windows Azure
    • Connecting PaaS and IaaS Application Workloads in the Cloud
  • System Center 2012
    • Installing System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager
    • Building a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager
  • SharePoint 2013
    • Build a SharePoint 2013 Lab in the Cloud
  • SQL Server 2012
    • Build a SQL 2012 VM in the Cloud

How Do I Join a Virtual Study Hall?

Here’s the steps for joining us at the next “Early Experts” Virtual Study Hall:

  1. Clock BLOCK IT: Open and Save this appointment to your calendar to block out your study hall time as a reminder.
  2. Computer CONNECT: Join the “Early Experts” Virtual Study Hall on Fridays, between 11AM and 1PM Eastern Time.
  3. Call me SHARE IT: Spread the news about this FREE Virtual Study Hall with your colleagues and social networks by using the sharing buttons below!

See you there!


Comments (4)
  1. KeithMayer says:

    Hi Alan,

    It sounds like you were watching the "Early Experts" Apprentice video … "Early Experts" is a self-paced study group program that has been available since September with online support via a LinkedIn Community Group discussion forum.  You can begin leveraging the Early Experts Knowledge Quest materials at any time – your pace, your schedule – by beginning to proceed through each of the steps at http://EarlyExperts.net.

    The Virtual Study Hall, referenced in the article above, adds a new component to the existing Early Experts program.  Instead of being entirely self-paced, the Virtual Study Halls add an option for you to connect to an online conference center each week, work through the Early Experts labs at your own pace and then submit LIVE questions for LIVE HELP from an online instructor when you run into roadblocks.

    The Virtual Study Hall schedule is posted above in the "BLOCK IT!" link – you can download the schedule, open and save it to your calendar to block the time each Friday to work through the Early Experts materials with the added option of LIVE expert assistance.

    Hope this helps!


  2. KeithMayer says:

    Hi Neis,

    The virtual study halls present an opportunity for participants to work through hands-on lab activities in a self-paced manner with the ability to submit live questions when assistance is needed.  There is not a structured presentation, so the sessions are not recorded.

    Hope this helps,


  3. Neis says:

    Will there be a recorded session of these virtual study halls?

    I would like to join in but it's already way late in the evening here in Asia

  4. Alan Brinker says:


    I listened to your entire half hour video and it doesn't say when the course will start.  You just mention September but what year?  Can I still sign up?  I am an IT Pro and a Microsoft Partner if that makes any difference.  Please let me know by email.  Thank you.


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