Increasingly, pop-up labs are being used by more and more people. They are pre-configured, self-contained lab environments. This click-by-click video shows you how to build a SharePoint 2010 pop-up lab with SQL Server, AD and a SharePoint Server Farm, all hosted on a self-contained Windows Azure Virtual Network.. Then the next video in the series, at http://aka.ms/popuppowershell, shows how to automate the pop-up and pop-down processes using Powershell.

For more info on pop-up labs, read this.